The best part of happiness is the pines. ~Terri Guillemets
I love the Adirondacks. It’s a beautiful and powerful area full of the wisdom of the mountains, the lakes, the birds and the trees.
This weekend, I spent a few days there. Despite almost freezing temperatures, there was a blanket of warmth protecting the early morning and it allowed me to walk comfortably without the weight of a heavy coat. The forest had a soft quietness, in part due to the carpet of dried pine needles that cushioned my steps.
As I walked through the forest, I kept stopping, closing my eyes and inhaling deeply to take in the aroma of the pine needles. I couldn’t seem to breathe it in enough.
I found myself reflecting on the messages I get from Pine trees. We have several amazing trees that I connect with on our property. Many of them are over a hundred years old, but that’s no special feat. Pine trees have been on the earth for more than 300 million years according Christopher Earle, who is the creator of conifers.org and the Bristlecone Pine trees are the oldest living known organisms on the planet with some of them being more than 5000 years old. Pine trees embody sense of ancient wisdom, of knowing secrets long forgotten.
From the trees that I connect with, I find an ongoing message of support and protection.
This message from Winter Pine came in 2013 along with this beautiful Nature Mandala:
Pine trees offer us deep layers of support ranging from the physical to the emotional to the Spiritual.
The Support of Pine Trees
Pine trees offer us a natural source of Vitamin C as well as arginine, proline and several other important amino acids.
One of the first Western documentations of the healing benefits of the Pine Tree came in 1536 when the Haudenoshaunee made a decoction of pine needles and pine bark to cure Jacques Cartier’s crew from Scurvy. A decoction is a term that differentiates between the type of mater used in extracting the healing benefits of a plant. Roots and barks require decocation, or boiling, for twenty minutes or so in order to extract their healing properties, where things like flowers and leaves require less time, called an infusion, to extract their healing benefits. Once Cartier’s men were healed and cure for Scurvy was found, it greatly benefited maritime exploration for its ability to help keep sailors healthy while on the seas, in turn the Pine Tree was given the name ‘The Tree of Life.’
Coughs can be soothed by creating a pine syrup from the needles, twigs and cones and pine essential oil can help to alleviate colds and congested sinuses. Pine essential oil can also be used to soothe aching muscles.
The scent of Pine helps us to focus, improving our concentration and our memory and it provides emotional support offering an uplifting, cleansing and energizing effect.
Pine wood, because there is so much of it, offers an affordable wood for building and crafting.
Spiritually, Pine trees hold a sense of wisdom, of nurturing, of holding space for our own growth.
Pine trees offer us so much to draw from, we simply need to have the awareness of these magnificent entities, and have gratitude for all that they share with us.
These are just some of the many ways that Pine Trees can and do support us. What can you take away with you today about your own life experiences? Where can you find layers of overlooked support in your life? Sometimes we are so focused on how we ‘think’ we should be supported, we miss the support that is being offered.
I believe the more we see and honor and have gratitude for the support that is in our lives; the more support we receive. It’s another wonderful aspect of The Law of Cause and Effect. The more you see it, the more you appreciate it, the more you experience!
Winter Pine Tree Mandala 1
(c) 2013 Christine Agro
Pine Tree Attunement
You can tap into the energy of the Pine Tree at anytime, using simple meditation and our Attunement process.
If you are unfamiliar with the process, or would simply like to be a part of a group focusing on the same connection, I will be holding a Pine Tree Attunement call on on Thursday, October 23rd at 12 Noon ET. Participation is by donation (you must give something – but the amount is up to you.) If you would like to attend please make your donation via this link and then I’ll send you the call-in info – you can attend via Skype or phone.