Daily Aligning with Love, Abundance, and Peace #301

I’m grateful for the symbolic meanings of trees. I’ve felt grounded and centered around trees as far back as I can remember. I’ve always loved taking woods walks and being among them. When I was in my late twenties, I visited the largest Banyan tree I had ever seen. I grew up around Banyan trees, yet never fully appreciated them until that moment visiting the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Ft. Myers, Florida. I left with a seedling from that very tree. I watched the seedling grow into a large tree, but the tree wasn’t walking like the one that inspired me to get it. I remember a man at the local plant nursery telling me that it’s not spreading because the energy is being distributed to the top of the tree. If I wanted the tree to sprawl, I had to take off some of the deadweight from the top of the tree, because that is where the energy that is needed to spread is going to. I really wanted my tree to be free to be as magnificent as it could be.

This is a glimpse of the Banyan tree from the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. This is just a small portion of one very large sprawling tree. It’s called walking when a branch drops roots from the branches back into the soil.

So I climbed up the tree.

I start by pulling all the dead branches down one by one. I felt like I was setting the tree free. All this energy was going into dead ends keeping the tree trapped from growing into her full potential. AHA-moment, I’m putting my energy into places that are keeping me trapped. I kept pulling branch by branch, I need to pay attention to where I’m putting my energy. I’m not living my life, I’m putting all my energy into trying to control things I have no control over, dead ends. I’m focusing my energy on other people’s lives–DEAD ENDS! I kept pulling, tears start filling my eyes as I start seeing clearly what I need to do to set myself free—GO WITHIN!

Once I removed the deadweight, the tree started to walk. That tree taught me a lesson about energy that will live with me for the rest of my life. It also changed the way I look at trees in general. The energy that travels through a trees roots (my beliefs); travels through the trunk (how I processes things); and into the branches (what I project out to the world). The health of the branches depends on what is coming in from the ground and in from the environment, which will then determine the life of the leaves and/or flowers (my experiences that come and go). I see the sun, air, water, moon, and clouds as the Universal Unseen, this can be God, spirits, collective energy, etc. This all influences the trees life. I remind myself that I don’t HAVE to fully understand the workings of the unknown, I just see them all as working together to serve the Universal highest good.

Now, I don’t have time to go into all my symbolic meanings related to trees, but I hope I gave you enough to see their overall influence on my journey. I find every time I write about them, I go a little deeper. That’s the beauty of all these symbolic meanings is that they can grow, change, expand, and evolve over time.

I often remind myself that all our symbolic meanings for things are going to be a little different based on what we need to understand and process at the time. It’s not my business to judge other people’s symbolic meanings for things. I like to look at how symbolic meanings can work in my life to help me serve the highest good. I believe that tapping into symbolic meanings is one of the ways the Divine communes with me. This is one of the reasons one of my favorite places to be is in the woods. I tend to find some meaning in nature that serves the highest good.

Today, I commit to embracing the symbolic meanings of trees. One of the things I love doing is putting my hands on the trunk of a tree and feeling the tree’s energy while thanking it for it’s service to our planet. I love looking at old trees and thinking about everything they have felt energetically over the centuries. I feel the AWE when I just stop and look at their magnificence. Today, I’m going to do a grounding and centering exercise I love using the imagery of a tree. Here’s how I do it:

  1. I go outside and put my bare feet on the ground
  2. Take a deep breath in
  3. While I release my breath, I imagine my energy creating roots in the Earth
  4. I visualize my roots going as deep as I can
  5. I breathe in and imagine the purest energy of the Earth coming up through my roots, into my trunk (my body), and through my branches (limbs)
  6. I repeat until I feel grounded in a peaceful and light-filled energy.

I love this reminder to stay grounded, centered, and aligned with the energy of love, abundance, and peace, because that is what sets me free.

I filmed this after I wrote this piece, but wanted to add it in for you. Enjoy!

With Love, Abundance, and Peace,

©Rachael Wolff 2021

Author of Letters from a Better Me: How Becoming an Empowered Woman Transforms the World – Click title to learn more

Daily Aligning with Love, Abundance, and Peace #275

I’m grateful for what is old. Any time I’m around an old tree, I sit in AWE. There is something so special to me about being around something so old. I love going to museums with ancient artifacts. I also love being around people sharing great wisdom, and all great wisdom is ancient. People just find new ways to present it through their personal experiences. I can sit and listen to stories about people’s lifetimes all day long. I’m fascinated by people’s stories. I ask a lot of questions! I’m surrounded by old things, and I love it!

I was recently having a conversation with a friend about my first stuffed animal named Leppy, though technically I think she is a Cheetah. I still have her. I still consider her my protector. I remember she kept me safe in my dreams. I’ve moved all over the USA over the years and I didn’t hold on to much, but I held on to her. Thinking of her brings back so many memories.

I’ve also been blessed to hold onto to many long-term friendships. My oldest is now just over 40 years. I’ve known a handful of closest friends for 35 years, which includes my partner. I remember playing a name game called True Love with our names in fifth grade, our names together gave us a very high score for true love. The beauty of these friendships are the stories and the growth. We can go long stretches without talking and then pick up like no time has passed at all. I have one friend who I met just over 13 years ago, our relationship has based around our spiritual journeys which have aligned since the day we met. Her and I talk every week. Whenever I say I’m reading a book with a friend, that’s usually her. These old relationships provide my life with so much tremendous depth. Then there are the friendships that are relatively new, but something about them feels so old and familiar. Those always tend to come with lots of surprises.

I’ve fallen more in love with my life the older I get. It took me awhile, but I learned how to be my own best friend. Doing that took time, but in the old, I found new life.

Today, I commit to appreciating what is old. Just writing the words puts me in a deep state of appreciation. Tears are welling up in my eyes as I begin thinking about all the amazing people and things to appreciate. Just looking at this picture, I’m taken back to this ancient forest in North Carolina where I walked in total AWE as I tried to see the tops of these amazing trees. I felt so incredibly small, yet apart of something so vast.

Memories of family and friends come flooding back as I think of dancing in my grandparents grand ballroom on Christmas Eve with all my cousins. I remember running up and down the stairs of their old colonial house that once housed my mom along with her 12 brothers and sisters. I even remember specific creaks to let me know if the person was closing in on my hiding place. Then I think of meeting my oldest friend hiding behind the opposite sides of the same rock in my front yard as our moms introduced themselves to each other. So many amazing memories.

When I sit in appreciation for what is old, I have a peace about me. I feel grounded, like these trees. Notice, it’s the energy of love, abundance, and peace tying all of this together.

With Love, Abundance, and Peace,

©Rachael Wolff 2021

Author of Letters from a Better Me: How Becoming an Empowered Woman Transforms the World — Click the cover to find out more.

Daily Aligning with Love, Abundance, and Peace #13

Nature offers us so many tools to get to a peaceful place within ourselves. When we learn to start focusing on the abundance they provide us with, that’s when amazing connections begin to happen. I will be forever grateful to a banyan tree that taught me the importance of getting rid of dead weight so that my energy could be distributed to places that will make me stronger. Trees come with many answers if we stop, listen, and observe. Just sitting under trees as the wind moves their branches puts me at ease with the world around me. I’m reminded to breathe in the magnificent oxygen that they provide.

We make time for what’s important to us, so if peace is important, we must first start making time to be at peace. The world around us might be chaotic and frantic, but trees can offer us calm. If we don’t want to be in the chaos, we need tools to get our energy out of the chaos and into the energy where the best solutions lie—in our calm. Our best problem solving skills happen when we are in the energy of love, abundance, and peace, not fear, lack, and separation.

A practice I love to do is write down a challenge I’m facing, then sit under a tree and see what comes to me. I’m never opposed to climbing one either. It was when I was climbing a banyan, high in the branches that I became free from the chains that were holding me down. I asked for the wisdom and I got more than I ever could have imagined.

With Love, Gratitude,and Peace,

©Rachael Wolff 2020

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