Turtles, owls, butterflies, and hummingbirds have stood out to me throughout the years. Each of these images represented a different message during different phases of my life.
The time of turtles was a time in my life when I wanted results fast. During this time, I remember reading the book Tortuga by Rudolfo A. Anaya. (“Tortuga” is the Spanish word for turtle.) Given the chance, this is the time I would probably choose to go back to–not to change anything, but to live with more presence.
The hummingbird started showing up in books, in author interviews, in art, and even in my clothes. The hummingbird became a reminder to live each day to the fullest, a reminder of life’s brevity.
The image that is showing up lately is the tree. I see and experience it mostly in meditation. The tree that I’ve been seeing is so tall and wide that I can only see and feel its strong trunk. The tree has been a reminder of inner strength and the value of life. It has helped me see and appreciate the value of my life, especially on the days when I don’t understand its purpose.
The tree has been a reminder of inner strength and the value of life.
I started wondering what type of tree I was seeing or experiencing since it didn’t seem like the usual trees I’d find in a park, and I was led to the redwood tree.
The Redwood Tree
I remember two references to redwood trees throughout my life. A transformational coach often refers to a healing and transformational period in her life in which she would go the redwoods on a daily basis. She did a lot of emotional healing there.
The other reference to the redwoods was in a song my favorite and most memorable elementary teacher had us memorize: “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie. Part of the lyrics go like this: from the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters / this land was made for you and me.
Facts About the Redwood Tree
The redwood tree is known for being the tallest tree in the world. I cannot imagine what effect these trees would have on me and have had on others. These trees are taller than the statue of liberty! Imagine that.
These trees don’t have deep roots. Instead, their roots intertwine with the roots of other trees, and they help hold each other up. As with everything that comes up in our lives, I think that the meaning of an image becomes personalized.
The intertwining of the roots makes me think about the part that I get to play in this world. I’ve been thinking about how I don’t get to decide how much of an impact I leave on this world. I get to be as we all get to be.
The intertwining of the roots also reminds me of how we are all connected and in some way or another support each other. We support each other in our growth, when we fall, and when we just don’t know any better.
Learning about the redwood trees has inspired me to add them to the list of places to visit. I’ve never visited a national park, but this one sounds like a one-of-a-kind experience. I’ve included a couple of links below if you’d like to learn more about them.