WOOD WIDE WEB
Did you know trees and people have a lot in common?
Trees are magnificent and sublime creations of nature ans so are we! There are astonishing similarities and a symbiotic relationship between a tree and a human being: we are both mostly made of water. Human central nervous and cardio-vascular systems resemble the shape of a tree, its branches and root systems. We breathe-in what trees breathe-out (oxygen) and they breathe-in what we breathe-out (carbon dioxide). Actually all of the nature in this universe is dendritic , that means it follows the tree pattern. That is why we are not just a part of nature…
“We often forget that we ARE nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature. We’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” — Andy Goldsworthy
Since Darwin, we have generally thought of trees as striving, disconnected loners, competing for water, nutrients and sunlight, with the winners shading out the losers and sucking them dry.
🌳 Tree Internet and the Amazing Wood Wide Web 🌳
“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.”
~ Herman Hesse
“There is now a substantial body of scientific evidence that refutes that idea. It shows instead that trees of the same species are communal, and will often form alliances with trees of other species. Trees are very considerate in sharing the sunlight, and their root systems are closely connected. In cases when one dies, the other usually dies soon afterward, because they are dependent on each other. Forest trees have evolved to live in cooperative, interdependent relationships, maintained by communication and a collective intelligence. Some are calling it the ‘wood-wide web. Trees share water and nutrients through the networks, and also use them to communicate.
Scientists call these mycorrhizal networks. The fine, hairlike root tips of trees join together with microscopic fungal filaments to form the basic links of the network, which appears to operate as a symbiotic relationship between trees and fungi, or perhaps an economic exchange. As a kind of fee for services, the fungi consume about 30 percent of the sugar that trees photosynthesize from sunlight. The sugar is what fuels the fungi, as they scavenge the soil for nitrogen, phosphorus and other mineral nutrients, which are then absorbed and consumed by the trees.
Trees send distress signals about drought and disease, for example, or insect attacks, and other trees alter their behavior when they receive these messages.” For young saplings in a deeply shaded part of the forest, the network is literally a lifeline. Lacking the sunlight to photosynthesize, they survive because big trees, including their parents, pump sugar into their roots through the network. To communicate through the network, trees send chemical, hormonal and slow-pulsing electrical signals, which scientists are just beginning to decipher.Mother trees are the biggest, oldest trees in the forest with the most fungal connections. They’re not necessarily female, but they are in a nurturing, supportive, maternal role. With their deep roots, they draw up water and make it available to shallow-rooted seedlings. They help neighboring trees by sending them nutrients, and when the neighbors are struggling, mother trees detect their distress signals and increase the flow of nutrients accordingly.
“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is right now.” — Chinese proverb
Why do trees SHARE RESOURCES AND FORM ALLIANCES with trees of other species? Doesn’t the law of natural selection suggest they should be competing? Actually, it doesn’t make evolutionary sense for trees to behave like resource-grabbing individualists . They live longest and reproduce most often in a healthy stable forest. That’s why they’ve evolved to help their neighbors.” (Source Richard Grant via Smithsonianmag.com )
Be grounded, keep growing, stay connected, and know when to let go. BE LIKE A TREE!
Did you know that when you hug a tree, it will share its energy, and the effect on you is an immediate increase of the levels of oxytocin (love and connection hormone) in the body, followed by a profound sense of peace, calm, and overall well-being. Being in the forest also called “forest bathing” and especially hugging trees is proven to boost the immune system, reduce stress hormone production, improve your mood, energy level, increase creativity, lower heart rate and blood pressure, and help you heal faster.
Let’s look at different tree species, their healing properties, energetic signatures, and what each represents 🌳
Each tree is unique and has a particular appearance and energetic properties, very similar to how people widely differ from one another. If you wish to benefit from a tree’s healing energy, first you need to clear you mind from thoughts and get centered in your heart-space. Science have discovered, trees and plants can communicate through a change of their electric signals and for a human to register that is more of an intuitive “feeling” process also known as “non-verbal communication”. When it comes to receiving the soothing and healing energy of a tree, spend 10 to 20 minutes with it. Walking bare feet, touching the tree, flowers and grass have proven health benefits and will recharge your body, mind and soul, connecting you directly to nature the powerful electro-magnetic grid of mother Earth.
🌳 Cypress –power, mental, emotional & physical purification, transcendence and transition from ego to heart
🌳 Maple – serve without expectations, generosity, prosperity, synchronicities, and everyday miracles
🌳 Birch – innocence, courage, letting go of the past, purifying the old self, new beginnings and heart-centered living
🌳 Willow – nurturing, gentle, motherly energy, neutralizes negativity, graceful release of the old, awakens the spirit, encourages to follow your dreams and expand
🌳 Walnut – nourishment, support, stability, development, wisdom, compassion, maturity, and fruitfulness
🌳 Oak – masculine energy, longevity, life force, strength, stability, vitality, great power, confidence
🌳 Linden – restores balance, relaxes, connects, releases what no longer serves us, contentment, being certain and present, self-love and procreation
🌳 Fig Tree – fertility, finding answers to life questions from the divine perspective, new beginnings, inspires creativity and unity consciousness
🌳 Cherry tree – revival, new beginnings, good fortune, sensuality, splendor, insight, manifestation
🌳 Ash – creativity, talents, motivation, mastering the art of living, astuteness, eloquence, success
🌳 Pear tree – positivity, balance, beauty, art, harmony, refinement, unity, delight, forgiveness, open-heartedness, joy
🌳 Sequoia – enlightenment , growth, sacredness, vision, eternity
🌳 Peach tree – success, marriage, good fortune, happy relationships, completion of something we desire
🌳 Olive tree – peace, purity, well-being, prosperity, immortality, forgiveness, equality, success
🌳 Alder – strength, balance, protection, safety, confidence, determination, royalty
🌳 Plum tree – patience, diversity, good health, individuality,perseverance, and hope
🌳 Chestnut – trust, patience, optimism, confidence, presence, enjoyment, integrity
🌳 Pine – versatility, innovation, clarity, adaptability, synthesis , inspiration, loyalty, higher purpose
🌳 Apple tree – joy, health, beauty, youth, bountifulness, unity, happiness, love, romance, honesty, creation, motherhood
🌳 Spruce – harmony, child-like innocence, birthing the Divine, eternal life, light, tapping into our inner resilience and resources
🌳 Almond tree – manifestation of divine love, honor, charity, loyalty, high knowledge, spirit, purity and open heart
🌳 Beech – reliability, responsibility, positive energy, sharing, wisdom, creative expression
🌳 Cedar – protection, strength, incorruptibility, purification, healing, peace, divine connection
🌳 Hornbeam – mysteries, multidimensionality, self-awareness, insights, protection
🌳 Poplar – security, resilience, grounding, trust, courage, overcoming blockages, manifestation
🌳 Hawthorn – protection, reconciliation, alchemy, love, stability, commitment, faith
🌳 Elder – fertility, growth, nourishment, well-being, wealth, openness, sharing, contentment
🌳 Aspen – freedom, connection, unity, flexibility, laughter, communication, determination, overcoming fear and becoming victorious
🌳 Hazel tree – inspiration, spontaneity, playfulness, simplicity, trust, happiness, fulfillment, wisdom
🌳 Juniper – attentiveness, devotion, observation, patience, willingness, stamina, tenacity, perseverance,
🌳 Hemlock – magical transformation, changing with ease and grace, fearlessness, acceptance, flow, integration
🌳 Blackthorn tree – strength, transmutation of what no longer serves us, protection, courage, growth, purification
🌳 Acacia tree – compassion, femininity, networking, renewal, love and purity
🌳 Bamboo – protection, strength, flexibility, integrity in the face of adversity, unity, vitality, humility
🌳 Elm – inner capacity to do the “impossible”, positive outcomes, showcase your best self, reinvention, strength, creativity, protection
🌳 Holly Tree – clarity, good judgment, courage to face your fears, realization, deepening, integration
🌳 Yew Tree – wisdom, eternal youth, being present, timelessness, rejuvenation, renewal, transformation, transcending boundaries
🌳 Coconut tree – enjoyment, regeneration, peace, sense of security, inspiration, epic journeys, spiritual quest, dreaming big
🌳 Date-wood tree – longevity, healing and protection
🌳 Cinnamon tree – perpetual growth, longevity, inner strength
🌳 Mahogany tree – energy, greatness, protection, practicality, beauty, grace
🌳 Moringa tree – vitality, life force, resilience, resourcefulness, strength, power, healing, abundance
🌳 Ginkgo tree -zen, spirituality, neutrality, flow, balance between feminine and masculine energies