Last year it seemed at the end of summer, there were masses and masses of acorns as if the oak trees had gone into extra production in light of the tree diseases which had been particularly virulent. As anyone knows who works with or is an observer of nature, she adapts and shifts every year to retain balance, often resulting in certain plants, fruits or species having a particularly abundant year or a particularly sparse year.
This year, locally at least, we have been swamped with Sycamore seeds – they are everywhere! Some days the car has been so covered in them we’ve actually had to brush them off the windows before driving.
Every plant and tree has it’s own “medicine”. This can be through it’s chemical make up, through it’s gesture or legend and energy that it holds, but every one has something to teach us on some on some level. To the Native American people the trees are “The Standing People” and the sycamore trees lesson was and is:
“…of how to reach our goals and make our dreams come true.”
So perhaps the Sycamore is telling us that 2014 is a great year to dream that dream, plant those desires and help you reach your goal. Below is a Sycamore Meditation to help you with that process.
Sit comfortably, turn off the phone, tv, pc, ipod, ipad, tablet etc….. go somewhere where you can be comfortable and relaxed for a good 15 – 30 minutes. Perhaps light a candle, put on some soft music, burn some oil or incense what ever makes you feel most comfortable, safe and relaxed, making sure your back is well supported and feet with on the floor or sit cross-legged on the floor.
Breathing deeply, take some cleansing breaths – always breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. Focus on your breath, easing out aches, pains, stresses, stiffness from you body and letting any thoughts go, just enjoying this space and time to listen to your breathing and your inner self.
When you are ready, visualise walking along a country path that brings you to a clearing and a large sycamore tree. Allow yourself to enjoy this tree, taking in it’s branches and leaves, the bark and trunk. When you are ready feel yourself sit down beneath it. In front of where you have sat is a leaf and some sycamore seeds. Take a moment to study the leaf with it’s 3 prominent points, how this echoes – the 3 – mind, body and spirit. Take a moment to feel into your body giving thanks for all it does for you each day, take a moment to quiet the mind and enjoy that space, take a moment to center in your heart and let it speak.
Let your heart speak of what you need to let go of and let it speak of what makes it sing with loving joy. As these become clear to you become aware of the leaves on the tree turning brown and falling to the ground and as they fall and blow away and rot, turn to compost disintegrate and be transmuted by the earth. Let the things you need to let go of or the hurts that have held you back go with each leaf to die off, to be transmuted by the earth.
Let your heart speak of your joys and desires and now allow each of these to take the shape of a sycamore seed, allow the wind to blow these seeds far and wide to fall on fertile ground. The sycamore seed is shaped so that it is easily picked up by the breeze and blown far and wide. Observe the twisting and spinning of the seeds as they are released by the wind, carrying with them your desires to be planted and to take root in fertile ground.
You can revisit these seeds again and see how they are taking root and growing at a later date, to reconnect with growing your dreams.
When you are sure you have released what needed to be released for now and asked for your dreams to be carried by the seeds for planting, rise up from under the tree, return along the country path becoming aware of your breathing and your body. Gently move your feet, hands, shoulders, ground or seat beneath you, be aware of the space you are in and open your eyes.
Don’t forget, sycamores have deep roots, they can grow to 65 feet tall if its a London Plane Tree variety of 100 feet tall it’s the one of the ones in US. They can live up to 200 years old. So just imagine how high and how far your dreams might travel!
The sycamore is also one of Biblical trees famous at the tree Zaccheus the tax collector climbed up to see Jesus preach when he came to Jericho. Zaccheus was a short man so climbed a sycamore to be able to see above the crowds. See link below if you would like to know more about that particular repentant tax collector!