Day 71 - 100 Days #FortheEarth

Because trees have been around for so long, they have picked up one or the other secret about us human beings. The first secret is that trees will tell you everything they know. Trees are not shy, in fact, they love to share from their abundant source of ancient knowledge. It makes them feel alive. Not so unlike us.

The second secret is about how you get the trees to share they knowledge. This one is easy. You ask them. If you do not know how to ask a tree for something, the best way is to pretend that you do. A secret in itself, this one is most often taught by cats. Cats always know what to do, simply because they know how to pretend. Anyway, approach the tree you want to talk to and do excactly what you would have done, if you had known what to do in the first place. Before you know it, you will be in your first (yeah, right) deep and profound conversation with a tree.

The third secret is about us. Normally, trees only tell you this secret when they feel you are ready. You are ready. 

From the moment you were born, the world surrounding started teaching you things about life. Everything was done with the best intentions and much of it can in different ways be true. However, you are not what you have been taught. You are not the stories of your life, the morals you have been given or the culture you have grown up in. You are not the wounds of your society and you are not obliged to compensate for them, you are not the person in your passport, not the number in the statistics. You are not an economic asset. Nor are you the choices you have made, the style you represent, the clothes you wear, the amounts you can take. You are not the stories of your life. These are merely teachings, things, stuff, useful in the same way a hammer can be used on a nail, while useless in the same way that a hammer can not possibly live a meaningful, thriving and social life inside the house it helped build. You are so ridiculously much more than what you have been told. Nevermind why you have been told what you have been told. Who cares, when the point is that you no longer need to believe it. You are ready. You can say NO while you endlessly love what has been. And then you can turn to yourself, to the vast, zealous fields that form a path towards who you really are, and say a loud and clear and powerful and beautiful YES.

This is a calling to slow down and listen. To take a deep breath and explore our personal connection with Mother Earth. The feminine and masculine, the beautiful and dirty, the real, the messy, the sacred. Once it was natural. Today it feels crucial. 

For the next 100 Days I will write a book to the Earth. For the Earth. With the Earth. The book, and the journey, is also to you. For you. And with you. Together, we are everything.

Use #FortheEarth to share and, please, add your story.

Love, Åsmund.

(Photo: Flickr/CC/Paloika)