The Wisdom of Trees, Way of Nature

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. Every path leads homeward..” ~Hermann Hesse


“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone.

In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent.

You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them.

But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”

― Hermann Hesse,
Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte


“Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life. Breathe out and let yourself soar to the ends of the universe; breathe in and bring the cosmos back inside…”
~Morehei Ueshiba

“There’s nothing to prove, nothing to figure out, nothing to get, nothing to understand.
When we finally stop explaining to ourselves, we may discover that in silence,
complete understanding is already there.”
~Steve Hagen~


“The world is not a problem to be solved, it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature.”
~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee


Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind become still. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the Source. Returning to the Source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
~Lao Tsu
Tao Te Ching, Verse 16

“In the woods, we return to reason and faith… Standing on the bare ground – my head
bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space – all mean egotism vanishes.
I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents
of the Universal Being circulate through me…”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature, 1836


“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see
how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
~ Paramahansa Yogananda ~

About Christopher Chase

Co-creator and Admin of the Facebook pages "Tao & Zen" "Art of Learning" & "Creative Systems Thinking." Majored in Studio Art at SUNY, Oneonta. Graduated in 1993 from the Child & Adolescent Development program at Stanford University's School of Education. Since 1994, have been teaching at Seinan Gakuin University, in Fukuoka, Japan.
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20 Responses to The Wisdom of Trees, Way of Nature

  1. nedhamson says:

    Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News and commented:
    The forests are self-aware and speak to each other – when will be take time to listen?

  2. Bob OHearn says:

    Trees then.

    As we may begin to first reflect on perhaps some basic existing understandings. Trees have come about in their abundance over hundreds of millions of years upon the Earth. Their existence on the Earth plane made possible by the evolutionary process of photosynthesis. The process of turning light energy into chemical energy was the precursor for the development of a great many life forms on the planet. This process occurred when the first biological cells, the chemicalised clusters of organic material began to react to its external environment. Simple cellular structures began to collect and store light, heat and sound frequencies and process this energy to produce different compounds, chemical energies and various gases. It is actually during the interaction of these basic elements and compounds that new spirit gravitated to inhabit the Earth. However, spirit has always inhabited all basic elements as they danced and clustered throughout the universe to seed new planets. Water, for example, has its own spirit, its own consciousness wisdom and, in the spirit world, its own profound voice of ancient intelligence.

    Through tectonic plate movement, atmospheric change and other environmental occurrences many organic structures evolved to survive their geographical habitat. The most fundamental survival necessity, due to challenging and changing environmental conditions, was the continuation of its own genetic journey upon the Earth. These organic structures evolved to survive through the harsh seasonal cycles by protecting and prolonging their consciousness journey through the seed. The seed was then to become a very sacred and spiritual chariot for the spirit of the tree.

    The consciousness journey of a tree persists for as long as its seed and its roots have life.
    Every seed of a tree carries the consciousness and cellular memory identity of that one being. This is to say as long as the seed of a singular tree continues to flourish in favourable conditions that being will continue its consciousness journey. So too if that tree is able to retain healthy roots it will continue to grow and survive. Even if a tree has been cut or blown down it may still grow new roots from one of its many limbs as long as the soil is of a favourable condition. What this means to human beings, perhaps in their disadvantaged ignorance, is they are in fact sharing the planet with intelligent life forms who have lived life spans of millions of years. This long life span upon the Earth has granted these beings tremendous wisdom, inner peace and harmony with the Earth, and a deeply intimate connection with their own spirit. This wisdom, this consciousness and the essence of their beautiful spirit is contained within every fibre of the structure of the tree. This is to say, the fruit they bare which humanity, and other creatures consume, often thoughtlessly, actually contains the ancient essence of this being and its consciousness journey from millions of years in Earth state. Meaning, it is literally quite possible to connect and ingest cellular history of planet Earth from a single fruit, such as an apple.
    This is also to say, the consciousness journey of that ancient being is similarly resident within the very wood that humanity crafts into furniture and other building structures. Those who are astutely sensitive and intuitive will receive information from this material simply by touching it.

    Understanding that trees are a very ancient species, they have, over millions of years developed valuable rapport with a great many other creatures and forms of life, of which they have learnt to communicate with. Trees inherently have the capacity to communicate with all other trees and do so most proficiently. Between species, this will often take the form of discretely sensitive biological signals, chemical pheromones and audible sounds, though beyond the range of human beings. Trees will also sing to one another as they nourish themselves in the sunlight of a summers day. From the spirit world trees have a brilliant auric glow to them, and many human beings who see them upon their passing will observe a pink and blue tinged aura emanate from them all over the world.

    Once in the spirit world, should you wish to associate yourself with the spirit of tree, understand that the laws that govern their survival on Earth are no longer a part of their fluid free existence anymore. This is to say, do not be surprised to observe trees levitating or flying from one place to another. Nor should you be surprised to observe their branches and roots dance and weave themselves as if a conductor directing an orchestra. No being in the spirit world has to limit their divine form or continued existence bound to cellular memory prohibitations. A dog can learn to fly. A whale can learn to dance. A bird can learn to write. This is possible through the infinite availability of knowledge and the reciprocation of interspecies love. Many diseases and illnesses I can observe are to do with how humanity has disconnected from the planet itself as a sentient being and removed themselves from the abundant nourishing ways of old within nature. As you continue to choose artificial cities in replace of natural organic environments, and continue to destroy the healing properties within nature with toxins, it creates an ideal world for the evolution of new virus and diseases.

    Now, in terms of your health and wellbeing, if you are within a state of perpetual love, infection and dis-ease is much less likely to exist or persist. Since love is an emotional response to the consciousness interaction of bond-ship, of connectedness, your physical being will also mimic this connectivity and each cell in your body will communicate proficiently with one another on many levels. This creates a strong immune system as well as provide a stable balanced chemical environment to transfer healing antibodies to damaged or infected cells. Love also raises your vibration making it more difficult for lower vibratory life forms and viral beings to reproduce themselves efficiently due to the fact you are providing a challenging environment for them, as life can often be for the human being.”


  3. John Willemsens says:

    Reblogged this on Advayavada Buddhism.

  4. notrehta says:

    Reblogged this on notrehta and commented:
    Optional added thoughts: none

  5. Allana says:

    Ah! Trees! I lost my beloved tree in the backyard. She gave so much by standing stoic every day even through the worst of storms, through the changing seasons. I lost her, but she gave me an open sky to the stars.

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  7. J.R. Rainbow says:

    “Nothing” as it fills the void becomes Everything.”

  8. Magdalena says:

    I have a great appreciation for gentle giants making our lives possible ( oxygen in a first place but also beauty and the coolest structures perfectly aligned with both heaven and ground). I loved your writing on it. Thank you.

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  10. Barbara S says:

    thank you – reblogging on

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