Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photo by Jean-Jacques M. (Feb 2012). © 2012 – 2014. All Rights Reserved
People are like trees.
Depending on the forest, they are all similar, yet different.
In very many forests the trees are so similar that the odd trees really stand out.
These are the trees we are drawn to find shade under, or talk to, or confide in, or share our dreams and thoughts with.
Often it’s just good to know that there are trees which can be trusted to be different.
In most forests authentic growth is not permitted.
When forests were planted, it happened on occasion that a seed from a far away forest found it’s way by air or other means to the local forest.
Initially on the outside the odd tree looks like any other tree, but inside it grows differently, because it came from another type of seed.
As these trees grow they start showing very unique attributes, so the forest keepers try to prune them into submission and conformity.
Every now and again such a tree would grow back into itself and the pruning process is repeated.
Nevertheless eventually the cutting down attempts start up, but these trees are not felled easily. Due to all their re-growing efforts they had become extremely resilient, tough and strong.
Uprooting this type of tree proves futile due the depth of its roots, which goes all the way back to the forest it originates from.
Still, eccentric trees are not full of poison or hatred for what had been done to them, but they are wise to the natures of many forest keepers and also many generic trees.
On closer inspection these trees can be identified by their calluses, multiple knots, scars and their thick bark, giving character and a rich texture to their individuality.
Odd trees are descendents from an era of forests which grew wildly and freely with well preserved natural ecosystems.
It’s in such forests where seeds are more likely to be uniquely activated, but difficult winters are mandatory for shaping their characters fully.
During times of drought odd trees tend to survive due to the amount of life giving water retained in their deeper roots and core.
Sometimes the entire ecosystems in which eccentric trees stand become so unbalanced that these are the only trees which remain alive, being fully functional self nurturing ecosystems within themselves.
It’s from the buried roots of these trees which ecosystems eventually recover fully, even if these trees themselves appear to have been dead for years.
In an ideal forest all trees would aspire to become uniquely independent and self sufficient trees.
Fortunately the winds of time have spread odd tree seeds far and wide, but not in large quantities, making them present, but increasingly rare.
Even in middle to old age, after weathering particularly harsh storms, these trees always return to form.
Onlookers are mesmerised by their re-established youthfulness, beauty and attractiveness, energy and vibrancy.
When strong winds batter the forest, trees in close proximity manage to survive as well by being shielded by them.
The function of independent trees is not to shield for too long, but to guide other trees to stand strong on their own terms and strengthen their roots.
Seedlings which grow in the shade of these actualised trees may or may not be strongly influenced by them. That is the nature of the choice which all seedlings have, to either learn or not learn from their elders.
Individuated trees know that the roots of all trees finally lead back to the original forest, but that the roots of the vast majority of trees have become severed over time or have never developed fully due to restricted growth and willful conformity.
A tree which makes the right choice to reconnect its roots and follow them back to their origin and source, stands a good chance of becoming a self-transcended tree in a forest of chosen mediocrity.
Even forest keepers seek shade under these trees eventually, having gained respect for them over time, in spite of themselves.
Being an eccentric tree is not an easy life, but it’s the most authentic life a tree can live. Besides, it may be the only way for a tree to stay well and to continue to grow in a modern day unwell forest.
Original trees never fade, they just go through seasons. That’s the nature of Authentic Treedom.
By Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café. © 2014. All Rights Reserved.