I find a peaceful and healing energy near some trees. When I was a young boy I enjoyed climbing up trees, for the view and exhilaration. Once ,at the age of 15, I climbed up a 100 foot tall eucalyptus tree to the nest of a red tailed hawk; I used climbing irons like those of the telephone service technicians. I felt an electric quality to the air, perhaps electrostatic and also a feeling of strength and power.
Today I explore forests and have found some redwood trees and groves which induce a fine degree of serenity, variable from one grove to the next, and not present near all trees or groves. The quality varies, as does the intensity, and can t times be slightly unpleasant, of a slightly depressive and dizziness quality.
The Legacy of Luna, by Julia Butterfly Hill is a sweet story about a young woman who lived at the top of a redwood tree for two years. This is an extraordinary and sensitive account of life with an ancient redwood tree, a living and wise companion for this author, who resonated with her, via inner song and power that shines forth from each page of this book. This site perched high in a tree is clearly a luminous place, powerful and healing in nature.
John Muir also found a perch high in a fir tree of the Sierra Nevada, during a storm; it appears to have been a high lite of his life (chapter 10, The Mountains of California).
Another fascinating tale of life in the trees is recounted by Marina Chapman, in her book, The Girl With No Name (1954). She was kidnapped, age four, and abandoned in the Amazon jungle. Alone, she grew up, a feral child, who learned from monkeys how to survive, including climbing to the top of the jungle canopy. Life above, in the tree tops was so good that she spent as much time there as possible, including sleeping. Her perceptions are pristine, and shares her unique perspective on many aspects of life, including relationships with various people of the modern city environment.
For those who prefer not to climb high up in a tree, consider these options: On your next hike into the forest, take a lite weight hammock and tie it between two trees. This is a great way to rest and enjoy the wilderness lying down, napping, reading or meditating. If you plan on spending the night in the forest, then try a tree tent (include the bug net).
Paul C Adams (c) 2016 updated: 6-23-16