Tree Talk and Tales Daniel H. Henning

ISBN: 9781401030544

Published: March 1st 2002


213 pages


Tree Talk and Tales  by  Daniel H. Henning

Tree Talk and Tales by Daniel H. Henning
March 1st 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 213 pages | ISBN: 9781401030544 | 7.21 Mb

Part One of this volume consists of messages spoken to me by trees and forests in Thailand, Australia, Montana, Norway, and Canada during my journeys over the past l2 years. Part Two involves trees tales and legends from Buddha and Asian countries,MorePart One of this volume consists of messages spoken to me by trees and forests in Thailand, Australia, Montana, Norway, and Canada during my journeys over the past l2 years. Part Two involves trees tales and legends from Buddha and Asian countries, Nepal, Celtic countries, and Finland which I found during these same journeys.

Part Three, Wilderness Spruce, is a tree novella (for the young and older) that I wrote in Montana.This book should be of interest to a wide spectrum of readers, including tree lovers, wilderness advocates, environmentalists, Deep Ecology activists, Buddhists, self help, and members of the general public with spiritual and nature interests.I believe that there is an aura of mystery and spirituality about trees (and other living beings for that matter) which we do not understand and simply must accept. There is an old story of two Buddhist Monks who meditated under a tree in Tibet for several hours.

Finally, one Monk turned to the other and said, And they call that a tree.Trees are living bridges which connect Mother Earth and Father Sky in living processes and sacredness. They are vulnerable, silent, and noble with eyes that can see that which we cannot. I believe that they have a consciousness and intelligence that goes beyond our understanding as they commune with the earth and the cosmos in their Oneness and diversity.

It is this sacred perception that enables them to see so deeply into life, including the inner life of human beings. They are in a perpetual state of meditation and awareness through their living tissues above (trunk, branches, and leaves or needles) and below (roots systems) the earth.Although trees are individuals and vary their receptivity and responsiveness to talking, I believe that they are basically concerned with survival and quality of life, including human beings.

They also realize, I believe, that they need human beings who are wise, clear, and dedicated to their earth home. In this sense, trees have a wisdom, spirituality, and desire to help and educate human beings along Deep Ecology lines.This Deep Ecology awareness is basically spiritual in nature. It recognizes that other forms of life on earth (and hence their well being) have intrinsic value and worth, regardless of their usefulness to people.

It further recognizes that human beings are only one particular strand in the web of life and calls for a paradigm shift from anthropocentric to ecocentric. Deep Ecology calls for change in values and spiritual perspectives.Buddhism is one of the spiritual paths that has been practicing the values and tenets of Deep Ecology for over 2,500 years.

In Part One, some of the Asian trees that spoke to me exemplified this spiritual connection between Buddhism and Deep Ecology as did the Asian tree tales about Buddha in Part Two. Buddha was born, meditated, enlightened, taught, and died under trees and in forests where he spent most of his life. Could the Buddha nature be based on enlightenment through the tree nature? Besides Buddha’s teaching of loving kindness and compassion for all beings, one of the first rules was to forbid Monks from cutting living trees.Part One consists only of what trees have said to me in several countries over the past l2 years.

It goes without saying that one needs to get the ego and its projections and illusions out of the way when listening to what individual trees or groups of trees in a forest try to communicate. I had noticed over the years that I sometimes thought I heard trees. This heard interaction, however, was not audible like a human voice. It was more of a sense of having heard a message, talk, or a poem in my heart, body, and, lastly, mind.It would appear a bit arrogant and anthropocentric to believe that trees could talk in the English of human beings.

I believe that they have their own language(s) and hence adapted their communications so I could heartheir voiceless voices in English. Maybe if I were German, they would have spoken in German.I had always loved trees and wanted to protect them as long as I can remember, particularly after a bulldozer destroyed a beautiful small forest by my home when I was only l2 years old.

After my university education and teaching, I was gradually drawn toward Deep Ecology with its spirituality, Oneness, and ecocentric approach. I felt that trees had a similar approach in trying to help and educate human beings about the living earth and the need for change.For that reason, I thought it would be a good idea to wrote down their tree messages and teachings on Deep Ecology as they had actually indicated.

Yet I knew that I had to personally change just as much as those who exploit, destroy, and degrade the trees and forests. Clearly, the need in my life has been deep change, just as Deep Ecology calls for deep changes in the way we relate to nature and other living beings.Before deep changes of this nature (both personal and Deep Ecology) can occur, it is necessary to deal with personal aspects, projections, and illusions of the individual.

The individual psyche or soul needs to heal so that the way is clear for healing the relationships between other living beings, including trees and forests. It also means letting go of the mind and getting into the heart.It is also means letting go of the mind and getting into the heart. This is particularly difficult for an academic like myself who has mostly lived in mind due to fear over the years. It means listening with the heart and body, and, then, the mind.

As a result, many of the spiritual messages of trees in Part One are of a personal nature that could apply to most people. Deep Ecology tree teachings relate directly and indirectly to these messages.Part Two contains tree tales. After a guided tree meditation, tree tales will involve stories, legends, and myths about trees and forests from, A Tree’s Plea, A Tree Grows in Bangkok, Buddha and Asia, Nepal, the Celtic countries, and Finland.

In many ways, these tales speak to the heart and bring out their own messages for personal and Deep Ecology change.Part Three, Wilderness Spruce, is a natural history and Deep Ecology novella about an Englemann Spruce tree and environmental efforts by young people and adults to protect it and its area through wilderness designation.The first half deals with stages of life growth of Spruce, a tree who is the main character. Chapters are: (l) The Seedling, (2) The Sapling, (3) The Pole, and, (4) The Tree. Minor characters include plants, birds, and wildlife which converse with Spruce.

Through episodes, incidents and conversations, they convey natural history and ecological information and ideas to Spruce as well as the warning about being logged someday.The second half deals with human beings and wilderness considerations for Spruce and the Grandview area. Chapters are: (5) The Forest Rangers, (6) the Hiking Party, (7) Environmental Action, (8) The Congressional Field Trip, (9) The Public Hearing, and (l0) Congress. The majority of the above takes place in Spruce’s mountain forest.On an integrated theme, various experiences, values, conflicts, and controversies are presented in the fight for and against the wilderness designation of the Grandview area.

Two teenagers, Heather and Paul, along with their father, Professor Frank Spur, play major roles in environmental action to protect Spruce and the Grandview area as wilderness. Other characters, including forest rangers, Congressman, local officials, lumber company executives, are involved in this political controversy.

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