As you may know, I am a Priestess of Enchantment. By this, I am referring to the root of the word “enchantment,” which is to use chanting or singing to create magic. In my practice, I believe that singing is a common language between human and non-human species and realms. Thus, this wonderful event for Earth Day resonates in a most powerful way for me. I hope it will for you, too. Singing praise songs to our beloved trees is incredibly healing for us, and for them. Join our chorus this Earth Day! ~ Beth
EARTH DAY – SING FOR THE TREES
Mother and Daughter Singing in Sweden
A Single Idea Planted With Hope
In January 2010, a single idea was planted on the fertile ground of Facebook. It was a simple call: On Earth Day, April 22, 2010 we would create our own Woodstock. We would all sing to our favorite tree.
Over 3,000 people from 39 countries and 30 states sang to trees.
Today, Earth Day, 2011, the call goes out to do it again! This is why it is needed:
- Every day a rain forest the size of Central Park is destroyed.
- Every year a rain forest area larger than England is cut down.
- 15% of deforestation is caused by cutting down trees for toilet paper.
30 Kindergarten children sang to trees in Switzerland
From the Civil Rights Movement, to ending apartheid, to Pete Seeger’s “Ship of Hope” to clean the Hudson River, songs have created awareness and galvanized action. Songs, chants and music are powerful magic. Music heals.
- Helps create community
- Gives us a way to have a voice in saving what we love
- Is an offering of our life force and spirit
- Connects us to ancient traditions
- Nourishes trees by giving them carbon dioxide
- Is part of the joy of being human
- Helps us relax and tune into nature and to each other
- Reminds us we are part of the chorus of life
“As you humans come and take a public stand with us, it does strengthen our health. Your intentions radiate in waves that carry life force. We are grateful for the public nature of your support. That is needed even more than you know.
“Open support creates consciousness waves within the collective human mind. Our life becomes less about struggling to maintain and more about generating greater life force for all. Every small thought turned to action counts.” ~ Bonnie Willow, Asheville, North Carolina
“The trees say, ‘BeLeaf in yourself.'” ~ Alan DeValle, New York City
Your help is needed for Earth Day 2011
The Trees Need Your Song ~ Each Voice is Needed
Native American Prayer Tree – The Cabin Path, Atlanta, Georgia
A suggested ritual:
You might first call in the directions and offer cornmeal or tobacco to the tree.
1. Circle round or stand next to your favorite tree.
2. If there are children, have them be in an inner circle. They will be our next caretakers and we want to empower them with our song.
3. Place your left hand on your heart and extend your right hand towards the tree
4. Silently name yourself and your intention and how you wish to link. If you are a small group you can do this out loud. Ex: I am Susan, I sing for the trees, for White Leaved Oak and the Holy Thorn, for the Joshua Trees in the Nevada dessert, for the trees in Japan, for all trees destroyed by greed, for trees that are dyimg or disappeared. I link with the trees in North Carolina, for the junipers in New Mexico and all trees around the world. I send them my love.
5. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth three times, feeling your love for this tree and setting an intention for healing and linkng with the other trees around the world.
6. Tone on an Ah voice, the sound of the heart. If you can, tone the note F#, a note related to the heart and to many sacred places around the world.
7. Allow this note to change and shift. Explore your voices with the intention of sending the song to the children and to the trees. If doesn’t matter what your singing voice is like. What matters is the love and intention you are sending.
8. Allow the toning to come to an end. Stand in silence.
9. Listen for a message from the trees.
11. Sing whatever tree songs or earth chants you know.
12. Offer ribbons to the tree.
Today, Earth Day, 2011, I will be singing to my trees!
Where will you be?
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