• Jana Field

Using trees to help us through our journey of life.

Trees are magnificent entities. Not only through their pure beauty but also through the remarkable healing and transformative energies they emit. Ever since being a child, I have felt a strong connection with trees and have always wanted to touch them, hug them, and play imaginary games as I sat high up in their crowns. As I got older, I would take refuge in their shade and touch their beautiful trunks so that I could still benefit from their energies. I take comfort from all the trees planted in my garden – the minute I step into my garden I feel as if an invisible arm is surrounding me in a huge hug, assuring me that I am safe and sheltered. That’s how amazing the energies of trees are!

As an environmental educator, I always encouraged my group of learners to hug a tree when we went walking outdoors! If you want to calm down a hyperactive child, make them hug a tree. Works every time. My niece, from a very young age, would always climb up her favourite tree on our family farm when things got tough on the ground. There she would sit, in the fork of this magnificent tree feeling safe, somehow subconsciously knowing that she was being loved and protected. That’s how amazing the energies of trees are!

As a transformational healer, I ensure that each of my clients walk away with their own Journey Tree, full of symbolism, unique to their own transformational journey.

I read an interesting analogy the other day about trees and our own personal growth. To measure our growth, imagine each growth phase of a tree being a symbol of our own personal growth. Each new ring on a tree is a representation of our own cycle of growth through our own journey. As trees grow so do we. As trees grow more majestic and grand, or willowy and graceful, no matter what the outer environment does, so do we. As long as we open ourselves to transformation and embrace it, we will grow. Change is unavoidable, it’s going to happen. The trick is to find ways of embracing it so that we come through it, transformed.

Take lessons from trees. Watch them embrace the changes of seasons. Learn from them. Allow yourself to take comfort and strength from them. Hug them. Touch them. Sit quietly in their shade and listen to their leaves gently rustling in the wind. As you travel through your journey of life, know always that you are surrounded by love, support and protection that are the amazing energies of trees!

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” ~ C. JoyBell C.


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