UPDATE: Tree Badge is complete!

Earth Centered Heart Tree Project Participation Badge
Earth Centered Heart
Tree Project Participation Badge

Beginning:

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The original re-quest (during Mercury retrograde):

Dear friends,

I think it would be neat if you helped me with some art. In fact, it’s more of an interaction experiment; and I’m hoping that you’ll share in the comments your ideas, along with a link to your own blog post around a tree of your choice. I’ll be away for a little while, and I’m curious to see if, when I come back, there will be some more inspiration to finish my own tree. I like to see your ideas, expressions, thoughts, ruminatings, visions, photographs, inspirations, prophecies, recipes, potions, field guides, haikus, short fiction, novels, Β Whatever. Β If you participate, I will be very inspired, and I will finish my tree painting and turn it into a badge for you.

I’d like to ask you some questions [I decided to answer them, too]:

If you were a tree, what would life feel like? [Here are my answers.]

If I were a mighty tree, I would sway in the wind and receive the rains from the sky. I would enjoy the sun soaking up the rain, and feel peaceful at night when all the little critters have gone to sleep. I would be free from ants. I would look up at the moon, and cherish theΒ twinkle of the stars, and experience the awareness of all my beginnings and endings, from the depth of my roots, to the tips of my fingers and beyond.

What kind of tree would you be, if you got to be a tree just now?

I would be an ethereal tree, a consciousness that has accumulated from many, many times but can change form, appearance, name, and quality. I would be flexible enough to move through the world. I’d carry my roots with me. I’d open my limbs and leaves one day and the next, I’d wrap them up and bury myself like a fig tree in the winter (such as every year at my grandmother’s house) to rise next spring. One day, I’d be a house plant, another day I’d be a Rainbow Eucalyptus or a Rudraksha tree living on the island Kauai. Then, I’d be a redwood tree with an amazingly shallow but well-connected set of root-systems, connected to all my brothers and sisters, and taking in water from the coastal mists and through my leaves. It really wouldn’t matter to me what form I’d take on – just that I am free to be a the tree, any tree, that I need to be in the moment.Β 

If you could choose to make artwork to honor a tree, what format/media/style would it be in?

How old would you be, if you were a tree ?πŸŒ΄πŸ˜ƒΒ (This is Kim’s Question!)

Since I am a tree spirit, I have been around for as long as I can remember, and even longer than that, there’s evidence of me.Β 

Participants

Bluebutterfliesandme

eyehearttesla30

Sue Dreamwalker

eyes Of Odysseus

InfiniteZip

oneanna65

stockdalewolfe

litebeing

Sindy’s Saturday Satsang

Michael

Barbara Franken

Venusβ₯Lotus

lorriebowden

Aquileana

MH

Mary

Little BIG life

94 thoughts on “UPDATE: Tree Badge is complete!

  1. If I were a tree, slow would be slower, and I would have more patience. I would watch seasons pass by like clouds passing through the sky. Nourished by sun and by rain, without having to choose from a menu or find the way to the grocery store. People in love would carve their initials into my bark and I would wear these tattoos proudly, letting them proclaim to the world, “People in love rested beneath my shade.”

    I would be a fig tree. Large, majestic, drought-resistant — which is another way of saying patient. I would be able to give shade and shelter on a hot, sweltering summer day. I would be able to give sweet fruit to any who would take the time to pick them from my limbs. I saw a video today of a tree that is a hundred years old, and I would like to be that tree — a witness to history.

    I would make an installation piece that you climb inside, in order to feel what it is like to be a tree. Your feet and toes would be slightly stretched out — not in an uncomfortable way, but in an expansive and yet relaxed way — and slightly moist like roots touching the water underground. Your arms would be drawn upward, also pulled slightly so they are stretched like branches. Small electric fans would blow a slight breeze onto your hands. You could enjoy your tree-ness with eyes closed like a tree sleeping through a night or a winter, tuning in only to the sensations in your roots and branches, and the sound of your trunk and branches gently swaying in the wind. Or you could open your eyes and see (from a variety of screens linked to cameras on the outside of the tree) you could see the world from a multitude of different angles and perspectives. High, low, from the trunk or the branches. You could see children playing tag, birds chirping, old people resting under your branches. Perspective. No wonder trees are so wise.

    1. Dear Friend,
      I love it when you show up, so unexpected. I’m wondering if you can send the link to your installation piece. Fortunately, the internet is likely to be forever in existence…. data repeated on servers and duplicated over and over. That means, that, we’ll be able to revisit the shrine anytime we like. As well as… let it be and go with the flow… if you should be so inspired as to make that installation piece. Count me in! If you want to make it small scale… let’s. Que Sera Sera… you know.
      Much Love,
      I’m still going to be revisiting this one…
      xo Ka

  2. Here I am again… I didn’t have much work to do for this one as I had already done a post on Trees.. Below is a poem I wrote.
    Oh mighty brothers that reach up high
    Your branches swaying in breeze from sky
    Tell me as I sit beneath your shade
    What wisdom have you for me today..

    Spring one with your leaves so fresh
    Your colours of green replenish and re-fresh
    Your blossoms shower us in petals so light
    From winters sleep you grow in delight

    Summer Oh how you please
    As you rustle your full grown leaves
    Your breath so pure so we may breathe
    I pray this Earth you never leave

    Autumn of golden rich fruits you carry
    To sustain life in harvest berries
    Fallen leaves and wood for the fire
    Replenishing larders, of you I never tire

    Winter with your ever-greens
    White coats of snow on branches gleam
    In your forests shelter you bring
    Silent and tall as you sleep until Spring

    Lets not forget our brothers the Tree
    Hundred of years they stand still and β€˜see’
    Majestic and strong they give life to all
    Save our trees don’t let them fall.

    Below is the Link to my own Tree Art.. 4 paintings depicting Spring Summer Autumn and Winter..
    https://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/my-creative-arttrees/

    Wishing you a creative weekend and looking forward to your finished artwork ..

    Love and Blessing ❀ Sue xx

      1. Yes you have told me O and Om.. And I thank you for telling me again. :-D…. Many thanks for your compliments.. πŸ™‚ they are very much appreciated πŸ™‚ x Hugs and Purrrs returned x

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      1. Ah, you did see it, I had to read higher up in the notifications. Paint on my friend and give life to majestic tree. Maybe use words as leaves?

  4. Hi Ka.. I posted the Tree poem along with my link to my Tree art in my earlier reply here.. … I intended this for your Tree contribution.. πŸ™‚ .. You got me thinking our wires got crossed, when you commented upon my reblog of the mandala!…:-D…
    How’s the Tree Art coming along? Wishing you a wonderful week my friend.
    Sending Hugs.. ❀
    Sue

  5. Hi Ka,
    I love this idea and will come up with something. Let me think about the questions first and I will get back to you soon.

    I really dig blogging projects and trees have become more important in my every day living.

    Namaste sweet being of light, sister in existence ❀

  6. okay I am back.
    1- Life would be more expansive and yet simpler if I were a tree. I would just be and all of life would organically play with me. I would always be outside and have lots of companions from the natural world.

    2- I would be a large oak, like the one that faces my terrace. Strong, grand, and life affirming, providing shade and sanctuary to many. The elementals would hang out with me and I would seamlessly change and morph with the rhythm of the seasons.

    3- I would create trees in the style of Klimt if I possessed talent of that caliber. I am linking a post of mine that features Klimt. Many of the pieces showcased are trees: http://litebeing.com/2015/03/13/mercury-in-pisces-say-it-artfully/

    love, Linda

  7. Hi Ka,

    Here’s a tree poem contribution…

    http://embracingforever.com/2015/01/12/the-function-of-fir-trees/

    I like your question about what it would feel like to be a tree, particularly when I think about the really old trees like the sequoias. I love the way time is converted each year into rings, how the memory of an epoch is recorded inside of them in waves. I always imagine them to be stunningly pleasant– silent observers that carry memories of other times and places always close– and accept peacefully all that comes. Wind storms. Snow storms. Squirrel nests. Fungal communication networks. The sound of machinery… I feel also they have a real sense of community. Standing tall together… They’re such beautiful beings.

    I’m intrigued about your painting here. I can’t tell if you’re about to add leaves, or keep it stark and add a moon to the bare limbs… πŸ™‚

    Michael

    1. Dear Michael,
      How do you know so much?! “Fungal communication networks”! Are you familiar with Chaga mushroom? I think it really makes a difference with pain. Not to mention. It’s absolutely fascinating that you brought it up (well, at least… in my mind). I haven’t even read the poem yet, and I’m already excited! Beside myself. Grateful! Yes, we shall see how it turns out… what does it do? will the leaves be silent? Will one tree painting really suffice? We are cultivating a symbol here! xoxo I hope whatever it looks like, maybe you might want to display it next to your own art. Just a thought… KA

      1. Hi Ka!

        I read one of Paul Stamets books a few years ago, Mycelium Running I think. I’m interested in many things, but don’t know much about Chaga mushroom specifically… Biology has become increasingly captivating as I have learned more about the amazing powers it possesses… I love the book The Rainbow and the Worm by Mae-Wan Ho. Have I mentioned that one to you before? It strikes me as the front wave of a revolution in biology– to integrate quantum physics with the study of living tissue… And Biology Revisioned by Elisabet Sahtouris influenced me when I read it. Life is full of surprises…!

        I hope your enthusiasm doesn’t wane when you discover this poem was previously posted… I have been traveling this week, and had limited time for new material!

        I can’t wait to see what comes of the tree painting(s)! We’ll find a home for it…!

        Michael

  8. HI ka –
    A lovely idea. Can’t wait to see this badge! suggestion” What if you drew the bagde tree in all four stages of the traditional American seasons. One quarter of the branches shows summer, one shows spring, etc…

    As for the questions, let me try and help with some answers:

    1.If you were a tree, what would life feel like?
    I think it would feel awesome to be so connected to earth, time, the cosmos, seasons, and all of the elements (earth, wind, water, and fire (necessary for forest regrowth) through an amazing sentient ability that we as humans, in all of our wandering mobility, have grown disconnected from. in a word – I think it would feel powerful.

    What kind of tree would you be, if you got to be a tree just now?
    I’d love to be one of the rainforest trees that shelters and supports a whole host of species. I’d love to be an entire ecosystem to these creatures, from cradle to grave, hosting generations of families – plants, lichen, fungi, insects, birds, mammals, frogs, spiders.. you name it!!! They’d be safe with me.

    If you could choose to make artwork to honor a tree, what format/media/style would it be in?
    Multimedia. Anything gathered around the workshop would work great in creating my art tree. My big themes are abstraction through color and texture. Tactile materials – yarn, ink, acrylic, clay, dyed/torn/crumpled paper (sorry trees)… to show the complex nature of trees, from bark to leaf, would work well. I would then photo this original piece, and make high res prints after different photo processes to get more colors and textures. I’d keep the original and share the prints.

    hope this helps.
    o and om.

    1. Hi O and OM,
      Did you see any yarn that’s made from Fungi colors? Very cool. Very cool. I seriously appreciate your excitement. I love this so much! I think this tree might be simplier in appearance at the end of it all… because I am making it into one of those online badges. It’s a naturally ‘square shaped’ wooden canvas. I think that this is something that will unfold over time. But I want to bring this energy to the weekend healing. I want to bring everybody’s contributions to it. ❀ ❀ ❀ This is a success attunement healing workshop for me. But I want to dedicate my practice to all of you. Aloha, thank you so much for answering those questions… The Rainforest…. Makes me think of the movie Medicine Man. Every where I look…. it's an example of what this tree stands for: all I want in my life. YES, it helps!!! xo Ka

  9. count me in too Ka… lovely idea for a get together… I’ll be back as soon as I have a link for you… could be after this weekend when my creative juices run wild with my painting brushes… Barbara

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  11. I am quit fond of flowering trees like these, Parkinsonia florida (Blue Palo Verde; syn. Cercidium floridum) is a species of palo verde native to the southwestern United States (southeastern California, southern Arizona) and northwestern Mexico (Sinaloa, Sonora, Baja California). Its name means “green stick” in Spanish, referring to the green trunk in which the tree does photosynthesis.

    The yellow flowers fall like rain,

    Namaste

  12. Hi Ka,
    Thank you for inviting me to this project. When I read it I immediately remembered a post of mine about a tree…it was in Central Park, NYC. Something compelled me to take a photo and when I looked at the photo when I got home, I saw a man’s head in it…then I felt his story and wrote about it. So here is the link to this post:
    http://lorriebowden.com/2014/09/03
    It is titled “Exiled.” I hope the link works πŸ˜‰

    I love all trees. Right now in south Florida the most beautiful Royal Poinciana is blooming. She also goes by the names of: Flamboyant Tree, Peacock Flower, and Flame Tree. I took a photo the other day and will use it in a post soon. It has the most vibrant red/orange flowers and you can not take your eyes off of her! Right now I would wish to “flame” like her and stand in my flamboyant beauty, but I’m afraid that a Weeping Willow is more my speed of late. So I stand firmly planted in the ground and the wind blows my long sweeping branches, and you can hear an echo of a cry, a faint whispering moan.

    Have a wonderful day…I love your art and hope you will share when and if you add anything to it! Happy to be connected ❀

    1. Dear Lorrie,
      The link works! I can’t wait to come back… and read view/more. This tree is beautiful, as is a willow. We need them all. You really have answered my re-quest. I am so grateful to you. I have updated “my tree” today, and it felt like…something I might not have experienced before…I wasn’t thinking of sharing it yet -as other leaves or writing has come. Maybe I will do an update soon. I really want to spend some more time with all of these wonderful links. ❀ Thank you so much, Lorrie ❀

  13. the tree is exquisite and the link to my name is fully operational But why the ? after my name? Will you explain how the diagram fits in or is that off track?

    Namaste

    1. Dear Linda,

      That’s a good question. I don’t know πŸ™‚ maybe because purple would have been in it anyway, and maybe because stippling is something that we connected on – and I told you that I enjoy it. I know you enjoy it, too. I’m not sure about Monet? Does that help? Should I have written Monet? and then a link to Monet? What is artful? ❀ Seems there's always an element of mystery no matter how much we know.

      I'm glad the link works. I checked them, but you never know for sure for sure for sure. I also don't know the answer to your second question, but it all seems on track to me.

      Namaste. Thank you for your loving and supporting, and dialoguing and being you.

      xo Ka

  14. I ❀ the tree … [Make sure to give him very strong roots!]…
    The treetop in purple is lovely…
    Have a great friday and weekend ahead, dear Ka! …
    Hugs and best wishes, Aquileana ⭐

      1. Hi Aquileana,
        Great! I love quotes! We’ll see what we can do here with our quoting challenge. Lovely post, by the way: Apollo mythology revealed, and an exquisite “Hymn to Apollo” written by Geofrey Crow, all so beautifully displayed and twinkling…You introduce me to so much! Much Love, Ka

  15. Today is the day IAM creating my tree and writing about it… I’ll send you a link later for you to see and read all about my tree… I love it when we all inspire one another… barbara x

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    Hey Ka,
    I am working on something. It just takes me a while. I love this idea of yours, and look forward to what you create.
    Blessings,
    Mary

    1. Hi Mary,
      I’m so glad you like the idea. Thinking about trees elevates my spirits ❀
      I'm excited to see what you contribute. My current tree painting develops a little bit every day it seems πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thank you for your message! Xx Ka

    1. Hi Barbara,
      I love your link so very much… I checked it from my phone while my husband and I were out shopping for Father’s day. This joy from the center of your being IAM, really emanates. Thank you for allowing my message to inspire you, and for continuing to inspire me. You are a unique form of art!!!! xo Ka

  17. Wow.. Love it so far, and brilliant how you have linked us all in together.. And HOW on earth do you remember ALL of that stuff!… LOL.. I know when I was in my mid 40’s I joined my daughter back in nightschool at college and did my Massage course.. Learning the skeletal and lympatic system.. along with lots of other things I never thought I would ever remember let alone sit an exam for.. But I did and passed..
    So I admire your art, your Mind and your dedication Ka.. I really do..
    And I enlarged the photo’s and enjoyed delving deeper into your art.. πŸ™‚ Many thanks.. πŸ™‚ and Hugs and Love Sue xox

    1. Dear Sue,
      Thank you so much for visiting! It was neat connecting earlier, too. I have no idea how memory happens. The truth is I really fared well during Merc. retrograde. We have weekly tests in every class. Studying is basically mandatory, especially for longer term, even if short term one can eke by. I’m glad I did my massage program before embarking because it helped me to prepare for this Masters/Doctorate program, as well as the sciences, arts, everything helps to prepare a person. Nevertheless, it’s still a very hoop-jumping type of process. It’s amazing that I don’t have to sing for grades. lol. Oh well, I’d do it I guess… if the end result is … who knows? I guess I am as committed as I can be. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Art/Work/Life/School balancing… It’s also weird being a student again after having been a teacher. I guess there’s the rest of my life ahead of me. I think it’s so awesome that we have so much in common. Thank you for sharing that about your own massage course pathway. xoxo Again, I’ll take all the hugs, cookies, accolades, cheers, virtual sweat bands and virtual drinking stations I can get. πŸ™‚ I hope to write more poetry and be more abstract. I hope to just continue keeping on. It helps to balance. xoxoxo Bless you, Ka

      1. Haha!.. Wow… Life is really ‘Buzzing’ for you right now in ALL directions, but isn’t that just the greatest thing.. That WE are all of us if we really think about it have no limits.. We can soar and achieve and create and BE and the journey is endless.. This Life is just one aspect where we get to enjoy the physicality and emotions that go with it. So making the most of your moments Ka is wonderful.. And I too am really pleased we connected.. There are so many special people now I am linking into to here via WP.. Learning such a lot from others too along the way..
        Makes me realise how mapped out our journey’s really are as we connect and slot our various pieces of the Giant Puzzle together.. And we are gradually finding all those straight edges as we find our particular colours and start making sense of the BIG PICTURE.. πŸ˜‰
        Hugs my friend.. and don’t work Tooooo Hard .. Love and Lights.. Hugs Sue ❀

      2. Hi Sue,
        Yes! Indeed…. WE really have great big opportunities with exploring, as you write, “We can soar and achieve and create and BE and the journey is endless.. ” So beautiful. I’m so glad that I got some of my WP technical challenges out of the way πŸ˜‰ it makes it easier to connect with our “Giant Puzzle” as you so aptly describe. Thanks for the hugs!!! Always appreciated! xoxo Ka

    1. I’m so glad you like it, Kim. I was definitely nervous because I didn’t know how it was going to turn out, and it’s my offering to all of you. ❀ Please feel free, if you want, to take this award badge to display on your page. I enjoyed making it very much! xxKa

  18. I am loving your completed Tree Ka… and I think I failed to answer those questions.. But we are as old as the trees if not older πŸ˜‰ and if I were to be a tree it would be a silver birch, simple because it has so many uses.. but my favourite is the Mighty Oak.. And how would I feel?,,,, At ONE… πŸ™‚ for we all have roots in Mother Earth..
    Loved enlarging your painting Ka.. such a lot of work in there.. πŸ™‚ Love and Light my friend.. Sue xxx

  19. Your tree badge turned out great!! I like the seasonal changes and ephemeral nature of living things that it implies. Colors are wonderful to behold. Congrats. I also like your ethereal tree answers.
    hugs,
    o and om.

    1. Hi Lorrie!
      Thank you so much ❀ It really means a lot to get a message from you! Your love is so appreciated. πŸ™‚ I feel very fortunate that you remembered and visited. I'm tuning into myself just now, and delighted to see what shows up…in my art, in my blog, in my life…grateful for your presence here.
      Love, Ka

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