"Oak. Silence. Time. I bet it's not a far stretch for you to consider how well Oak, Silence, and Time know one another. It's an easy leap considering Oak can live a thousand years or more and stand in one place, sometimes deep in the obscured mystery of the forest. It is this very thing that strikes me first whenever I walk up to an elderly tree and I instantly, as if it's an innate reflex, enter silence and an altered sense of time.
There is this syncopated rhythmic resonance orchestrated by Nature that still creates a vibrational hum in The-Silent-No-Time-Place-Of-Now. OAK is there. OAK knows the silence and the hum behind the silence. It’s behind the sound of birds, and insects, and animals as they sing with the trees on the wind. The human heart knows this resonance too. It trusts it instinctually and can follow the hum in pilgrimage to a destination unseen, even unknown, and yet like the migration of our genes in order to support life, the heart knows things. Inexplicable things like the silence and hum that OAK knows.
We’re all faced with the challenge of designing a life that integrates making plans and attempting to steer our own personal greatness while navigating by the stars and the planets as we attempt to find comfort within being guided by the mysterious. The modern mind gets distraught as it senses its limits. It relays this discomfort to the body sometimes too. Maybe it's a way to ease the intensity of the mind? But still the heart knows that resonant hum of a universal guidance system. We must slow down to make the leaps. It’s a paradoxical reconciliation that feeds our resiliency, our ability to show again, and again. There will be more on this from OAK on innate and cultivated resiliency..
Let’s consider SILENCE first as a Divine Force.
Are you opposed to it? Do you seek it? What is it actually if truth reigns around the existence of a constant resonant hum behind it? To keep silent and to be in silence takes tremendous strength. We are the keeper and/or the seeker of silence depending on our conditions. What we hold while silent becomes mysteriously hidden and protected, out of sight or ear shot, away from scrutiny or judgement, and even thwarts disintegration and death sometimes which can be a necessary and good medicine. To retreat to silence and sit within the resonant hum brings another set of challenges. The psyche loves it, and yet not. It will test our resolve, our strength, and our ability to remain with silence by throwing iron monkey wrenches into the wind generated turbines of life just to see what happens.
There is this pivotal moment or that still point place at the very bottom of a ship where the sea-sick seek peace from the motions of the waves. That place for the seeker. And there's that place where the keeper of silence is challenged to stay silent too or honor the overwhelming urge to speak, to take a stand, to honor a confrontation, or ignite a worthy argument and even risk death. If we pilgrimage well with our soul in time, will the keeper of silence learn the path of least resistance from the resonant hum of Nature in The-Silent-No-Time Place-Of-Now, and speak well? I pray for this. The seeker of silence and the keeper of silence hold a similar set of challenges that at first appear to be different. I wonder if they are one in the same at the soul level? What do you think?
Now let’s consider TIME as a Divine Force.
To our indigenous soul Time is an essence, an entity, a natural force to be consulted, just as we can consult Silence with its resonant hum. Ancient Egypt measured time through the dance between light and shadow and by today’s artificial measuring of time this ancient way is considered rudimentary. It’s funny really. We have no way to describe ‘real’ time in modern times among our general milieu and so it’s often termed ‘Divine Time’ with the sometimes slapped on label of ‘woo’ and then dismissed by those opposed to such things. But for me soul growth can easily be transposed onto this very ancient and efficient time piece of the relationship to light and shadow in order to navigate. It works.
Time in this sense is ruled by ripeness, readiness, something that’s cooked long enough or well enough to be juicy and delicious, be it sweet or savory or even bitter. Martin Pretchtel writes of such things in his gorgeous series of books that are easy to find AND akin to neuro-surgery for me. I say this quite reverently as a surgical nurse who is in neuro-surgeries for we are in times that require rapid shifts in our neurology and it can be done with more than surgical instruments. Our ancestors saw time as circular in pattern. It repeats, revisits, contracts, bends, stretches, and even disappears. Our scientists and mathematicians have proven this to be true. Time is not linear even with the creation of time clocks that help us artificially measure via productivity.
The past and the future are woven into the present and we hear this often but we don’t get it until we get it. Having a physical body is much like a grounding wire that supports flow through our lives so that the past and the future can be equally influenced by how we go about our way right now. So yes, the healing you do now affects the past and the future. Just imagine this as a truth and see where your mind wanders. And yet, there’s no new pondering here. The ancient ones have been speaking and echoing this for a long time. My aim is to bring this forward today for review as we find our way in with OAK for more of the story."
Excerpt from Plant Dieting with OAK - Resiliency, Strength & Abundance Teachings from the Grove.
Hug an OAK and lean in close. Much Love, Jen
Jennifer Costa, Herbalist, Teacher, BS, RN, CST, and Founder of ElderMoon School of Herbs & Earth Medicine