The Tree That Changed Everything

April 27, 2015 — 4 Comments

Hey Lovers,

Years ago I wrote a post called Sound Of Music about a tree that changed my life. I’ll never forget this magnificent Magnolia tree and here is why. It stood directly across from my old apartment and I always noticed it for its beauty and presence. I parked my car under it numerous times. It always made me smile. One day I had this overwhelming sense to hug this tree and I didn’t know why. The urge was so strong that I finally gave in. I walked back across the street, looked to see if anyone was standing around (they weren’t), and gave it a huge hug. It was one of the most soothing feelings I’ve ever experienced. The trunk was cool and I felt so much peace throughout my body. I guess you could say in that moment I experienced what it was like to be a full-blown California tree-hugger :).

I didn’t think much of it the rest of the evening. But the next morning I woke up to a slew of bangs and chops. I couldn’t tell where it was coming from but I knew it was close. You can imagine my heartbreak when I finally stepped outside to see the City of LA hacking my sweet Magnolia tree down. I was stunned. There were no visible signs on the tree the previous day when we hugged, at least noticeable. But as I stood there staring at its remains, now preciously manicured logs, I couldn’t help but to think of previous day.

This happened in a season when I wasn’t sure what to believe about God. I was still on an intense spiritual journey and assertively seeking answers about the Divine. I’ve shared this experience with a few friends and no one really has an answer for it, aside from me being spiritually sensitive. But I wanted to share it again with all of you. Have you experienced anything like this in or through nature?




4 responses to The Tree That Changed Everything


    Absolutely. I’m a Druid and animist, so I’m biased where trees are concerned. They do have unique presences, and they communicate not only with each other, but with organisms that live around them. It’s not at all a surprise that this tree would reach out to you. Check out Susan Simard’s work with mother trees. It’s amazing:


    Very interesting clip Kelley! It reminds me of a documentary I saw several years ago called “The Secret Life Of Plants”. Ever seen it :)? I do believe that all creation can communicate. I’ve experienced it with birds even.


    I will look for it. Thanks for the suggestion! Very cool that you have a connection with birds. I always feel like a bad hostess when I encounter them. Unless they are very obviously marked, I can’t ID them. I need a good bird book! Cheers to you!

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