Findhorn Foundation and Community Co-founder, Dorothy Maclean, recalls an important message for humanity and the Earth which she received from a small cypress tree in the garden at the community in Findhorn.
We come in with a lordly sweep, for we are not just the small trees that you see in your garden. We are denizens of magnificent spaces of great hills in the sun and the wind. We put up with being hedges, but always in our inner being it this growing toward the open sun-kissed places where we stand in clustered grandeur.
You feel in us an almost intolerable longing to be fully ourselves. We of the plant world have our pattern and destiny, worked out through the ages, and we feel it quite wrong that we and others like us are not allowed to be because of humans and their encroachment. Trees are not so much doers of the world as be-ers. We have our portion of the plan to fulfill; we have been nurtured for this very reason, and now, in this day and age, many of us can only dream of the spaces where we can fulfill ourselves. The pattern is ever before us, out of reach, a dream that we are forever growing towards, but which seldom becomes reality. The planet needs the likes of us in our full maturity. We are not a mistake on the part of Nature; we have our work to do.
Man is now becoming controller of the world forests and is beginning to realise that these are needed, but uses silly economic reasons for his selection with no awareness at all of the planet’s needs. He should not cover acres with one quick growing species, which though admittedly better than none, shows the ignorance of the purpose of trees and their channeling of diverse forces.
The world needs us on a large scale. Perhaps if man were in tune with the infinite, as we are, and were pulling his weight, the forces would be balanced. But at present the planet needs more than ever just what it is destroying – the forces that go through the stately trees. We have been vehement. Here are these facts of life, forever with us, and no-one has listened to them.
Though you feel at one with us you feel unable to help. You are only looking at it from a limited view. We know that the very telling of this to you does help – that a truth once in human consciousness then percolates around and does its work. And we feel better for communicating. Let us both believe that the almighty one knows better than either of us and that something is being done.
Recorded at the 3rd World Wilderness Conference in 1983.