With Red Flag warnings of possibly imminent evacuation, this month provides opportunities to hear Nature's message to us now.
Grateful for Coastal Fog
A request to care
This past year, a second redwood tree near the border of our property reached out to me and asked me to adopt it. This came to my attention in the form of a weakened branch falling at my feet one day, when I was standing in my garden about 10-15 feet away from the base of that tree. The branch was dry and the needles on it were brown, and it had dropped to my feet so suddenly and with such precision (landing just exactly in front of me, as I'd just walked to that spot) that it was evident to me that this redwood sought my full attention. I looked up at the redwood and asked (in my heart and mind), “What do you wish to tell me?” and that was when I could clearly sense it asking my mind and heart, “Will you care for me?” I was so surprised and of course said “Yes!” in a heartbeat, and have been giving it love and energy and water ever since. I felt a bit silly that I'd so long (over 30 years) been assuming that redwood “belonged to the person who owned the neighboring property.” Obviously the tree is sentient, and obviously (to me anyway) it's health was at risk, and it knows that by connecting to me who will greet and love it every single day that I live here it can quickly come back into balance and health, which it is. This is not something I could explain to the neighboring property owners, nor expect them to do—and besides, the redwood tree specifically made this request to me. I see that I'm there with it every day, and others are not–though my rational mind did raise these thoughts, as you see!
Surrounded by Fire, and Love
In mid-August, most of those of us in California received notification from our Governor and local government representatives that immediate evacuation might be required of us at a moment's notice, and we should all have our Go Bags packed, and be prepared to exit by car if possible, and by foot if need be. These warnings were based on incoming storms that meteorologists warned would likely bring “dry lightning” strikes for a second time, while California was still reeling from having been hit by thousands of lightning strikes, with hundreds of fires still burning all around.
Friends and colleagues checked in to make sure I was alright, while numerous email, phone, and news messages all repeated the warning that dry lightning strikes were anticipated in the next two day period of “Red Flag” alert. I posted a status update to social media, including mention that I was feeling “positive and prayerful,” and turned away from electronic media and the internet to tune in with the weather systems, and to feel caring, heartfelt love for California. Hundreds of people blessed me with love, positive visualizations, prayer, and healing energy–which I could palpably feel. I could also sense the weather systems indeed seemed to be transforming from the expected dry lightning with high winds to no lightning and very little wind, together with beautifully cool, damp, fog. Through the night I could hear rain falling on my roof, as a redwood tree caught fog and brought it down to earth as rain.
While nearby fires continued to burn, few new fires were started, and the cooler, calmer air assisted fire-fighters in gaining better control of what was already ablaze. And together with a deep sense of gratitude, my heart felt ablaze with love.
Care across fences
I recognize in my experience with hearing the request from my neighbor's redwood tree to care for it, that this can be an important message for all of us at this time. There are benefits for caring for one another and all of nature regardless what barriers or divisions we may presume to exist.