Spotlight: Trees: Our Loyal and Necessary Companions

POSTED July 5, 2024 IN

As I put this spotlight together I recall hearing the relentless buzzing of a chainsaw as a tree outside my window was being cut down. I feel extreme distress over the outrageous and violent destruction of a living, breathing tree. This pain in my heart causes me to seek refuge in the wisdom of former guests who share a deep intimacy with our most necessary and loyal Earthly companions. Here are four Programs specially selected from the New Dimensions Archive that have informed and comforted me. I know they will do the same for you.

Julia Butterfly HillThe Power Of One: Making Choices For A Better World
with Julia Butterfly Hill

Program 2942
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In this moving dialogue, Julia speaks about her heart wrenching experiences sitting in the Redwood tree she named Luna, and the work she has been doing since she ended her tree sit. Julia continues to speak out for the Earth and acknowledges how easily we can become overwhelmed by the problems of the world. Read more »

Standing By Trees, Women, And Girls 
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.

Program 3395
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Trees are our essential partners in life on this planet. Not only are they indispensable to our wellbeing, they are sacred. Bolen’s thwarted efforts to save a magnificent Monterey Pine tree in her yard from those who wanted to have a better view moved her to look at the anatomy and physiology of trees as well as the archetypal and sacred symbols they represent. Read more »

Listening To What Trees Have To Teach Us
Ellen Dee Davidson

Program 3787
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Here we explore what it means to be in conversation with trees. Davidson hikes into an ancient redwood forest on a regular basis and practices “forest bathing”. She reminds us that when we are not bombarded with the noise, bright lights, and electromagnetic fields of a city our nervous system calms down and our capacity opens up to a wider field of perception. Read more »

 Exploring the Hidden Kingdom of Fungi
with Merlin Sheldrake, Ph.D.

Program 3705
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Fungi live their lives largely hidden from view and over 90% of their species remain undocumented. Sheldrake says that the fungal kingdom is more closely related to the animal kingdom. Here he takes us into his research on the ecological significance of fungi and its importance to all life on planet earth. Read more »

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