Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search
LLEWELLYN JOURNAL
Article Topics
List of Articles
RSS Data Feeds
Mission Statement
Use of Our Articles
Writers' Guidelines

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

September/October 2015 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Journal
Print this Article Print this Article

Communicating with Trees

This article was written by James Endredy
posted under Pagan

Since there are so many different and unique types of trees, it is important when approaching one to simply start by standing back from it and noticing what it is like and what it is doing. In this way you will have a better idea as to what kind of conversation you could have with the tree and what you may be able to learn from it. For example, if you were to meet a person who is a math professor, you probably wouldn’t start a conversation ecoshamanismwith them about Shakespearean literature. In the same way, a tree that lives alone at the top of a hill won’t be as insightful about getting along with others as a tree living in the thick forest or grove. A tree living inside the main courtyard of a monastery may have much to say about the people living there, just as an oak living in the wilderness may have a lot to teach about deer and squirrels and birds.

The outwardly manifesting characteristics of the tree will tell a lot about the internal insights and lessons that the tree may have for you, so it is worth the effort to open up to what the physical qualities of the tree are telling you before going into a deeper conversation. Many clues about the personality of the tree can be found by simply noticing the answers to the following questions:

  • What social environment does the tree live in? …What influence does the tree’s relationship with other trees have on its personality?
  • What physical environment does the tree live in? …What has the environment of the tree contributed to its knowledge of the world and the lessons it might share with you?
  • How has the tree grown? Notice the size and girth of the tree, and the pattern of its growth. What does the tree tell you about its age? Are there any special clues about its life that you can see, like curving of the trunk, growth more toward one direction, attacks by insects, lightning strikes, wind or water patterns? Does it seem like the tree has led a hard or easy life? Is it thriving in its environment or do you think it would be happier living elsewhere? What does the physical growth of the tree tell you about the trials and tribulations of the tree’s life, and how might that affect its personality?
  • What season is the tree in? Be sure to notice if the tree is without leaves, or is flowering or dropping fruit. Does the tree appear to be busy or resting?
  • Can you tell what the tree contributes to its community?
  • What does the species of the tree tell you about it? Certainly an oak or redwood tree will have something different to say than a sassafras or a hawthorn.
Once you have gone through this type of initial process with the tree, the next aspect of communication can be in the form of an offering from you as you begin to relate to the tree through your words. Even though the communication you receive from the tree will not come in the form of human speech, you can use your own speech skills very effectively to share your energy of the moment with the tree. In terms of moving energy, our speech is one of our most powerful tools, and when you talk or laugh or shout or cry during your conversation with the tree, the energy moved is what the tree will feel—not necessarily the meaning of specific words, but certainly the feelings evoked in you by them. That is why, especially in the beginning, it is far more productive to actually use your voice to talk to the tree and not try to do it telepathically. Also, the uncommon act of talking to the tree will loosen you up and shrink your ego by placing yourself on the same level as the tree.

When receiving dialog from the tree be sure to listen at all perceptual levels, because just as we relate to people at different levels, the same happens with trees. Intuition plays a large part here, as does relating to the postures, movements, and language of the tree, both at a sensory level as well as the physically imperceptible actions of the tree that are continuously happening. Interacting with a tree in this way is an extremely enlightening and personal experience, and as you develop your communication skills you shouldn’t be afraid to pose relative questions to the tree just like you would a good friend, and like a good friend you should be available to listen to the tree’s questions as well.


From Ecoshamanism, by James Endredy

James EndredyJames Endredy
James Endredy is a teacher, mentor, and guide to thousands of people through his books and workshops. After a series of life tragedies and mystical experiences as a teenager he changed direction from his Catholic upbringing and embarked on a life-long...  Read more

RELATED PRODUCTS

Ecoshamanism
Ecoshamanism
Sacred Practices of Unity, Power and Earth Healing
James Endredy
$26.95 US | Add to Cart
Shamanism for Beginners
Shamanism for Beginners
Walking With the World's Healers of Earth and Sky
James Endredy
$14.95 US,  $16.95 CAN | Add to Cart

Please note that the use of Llewellyn Journal articles
is subject to certain Terms and Conditions

When I was doing research for my new book, Ghosts of Lincoln, I found a particularly delightful tale in several collections. The story goes that when Winston Churchill was staying at the White House, it was said that Churchill was staying in one of Lincoln's old rooms and emerged from the bathtub, dripping wet and completely naked, to find the... read this article
Mind Reading Quick & Easy
Two Energy Exercises to Empower Yourself
Theurgic Meditation
Ghost Hunting vs. Paranormal Investigation
Turn Your Dreams Into Reality Every Day

Most recent posts:
Ritual Use of Blood, Yesterday and Today
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Aaron Leitch, author of several books, including Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires, The Angelical...

Tarot: Art or Science?
My friend Fordrena Griffith recently asked my opinion: Is tarot reading an art or a science? If science why are not all equal? If an art, what...

Energy Healing for Women
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Keith Sherwood and Sabine Wittmann, authors of the new Energy Healing for Women. Since 2001 there...





Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Calendar Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Calendar
By: Llewellyn
Price: $13.99 US,  $16.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
The Firebug of Balrog County The Firebug of Balrog County
By: David Oppegaard
Price: $11.99 US,  $13.95 CAN
The Child Garden The Child Garden
A Novel

By: Catriona McPherson
Price: $24.99 US,  $28.95 CAN
Anodea Judith's Chakra Yoga Anodea Judith's Chakra Yoga
By: Anodea Judith
Price: $24.99 US,  $28.95 CAN