Thursday, June 21, 2012

an interlude for planting

i've been out planting trees again. spending time with my hands in the soil instead of wrapped in cloth. a much needed endeavor. for the yard...and for my spirit. the australian aborigines speak of *jiva*, a *seed power* deposited in the earth. in their world view, every meaningful activity, event, or life process that occurs at a particular place leaves behind a vibrational residue in the earth just as plants leave an image of themselves as seeds. the land's mountains, rocks, riverbeds and its unseen vibrations echo the events that brought that place into creation. i am finding that there is a potency in connecting to these echos. a dreaming that unfolds that is much needed in my life at this time.

as i dig into the earth and cultivate the soil to receive the waiting trees, i contemplate my own *soil*. my home. my work. my art. are they fertile? where is compost needed? pruning? re-seeding? there is much to be done. always much to be done...

i will be back to manifesting cloth and the stories therein in the next couple of days. i have many rust bundles to unwrap. needle chanting to do. dye baths to prepare. workshop projects to re-engage in.

today though, my hands are in the dirt...and it feels good to commune with trees. one must always slow down and become quite still when communing with trees. their thoughts are slow. measured. without haste. for their vision emanates from a totally different perspective and can sometimes take centuries to unfold...



  1. A very worthwhile endeavor, this tree-planting of yours. Enjoy digging in the dirt, and please hug a tree or two for me.

    Enjoy the dreaming as it unfolds.

  2. just reading your description seems to bring me into that contemplative tree-space. of just being with them. i love your blog!

  3. i think it does 'ground' us. it seems to soothe and calm while also making a connection to nature.
    i enjoyed info on aborigines. dream time - - slowing down, connecting. i think many of us need that in our life now.

  4. Joe, I love your blog and your beautiful writings. Trees are one of my favourite things. Have your ever thought of writing? You have a beautiful way of expressing your thoughts in words.
    Cheryl Harper

  5. there's dirt under my fingernails too, got the gardening bug today, no planting though, lots of pruning, letting in the light for smaller plantlife and space in our heads...yes Joe, being 'out there' hands in the dirt is SO important.

  6. "their vision emanates from a totally different perspective and can sometimes take centuries to unfold..."

    now there's a lesson in patience we could all learn from~!

    i too have been called into the garden. doing some pond rehab and getting close to a 'finish'.


  7. There is optimism in planting trees.
    I have noticed that a lot or most of our Rag Mates are gardeners and lovers of all things that grow in the earth.
    Wonderful post Joe...I agree with Cheryl, you are a wonderful writer and always leave your readers with something to contemplate.