The Benefit of no Benefit: Tree Gratitude Ceremonies
Let's become acquainted with the practice of ceremony which seeks no-benefit at all, gratitude.
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It is the kings and queens of the forests, the woody perennials of hill and dale that call to my heart and intimately connect me to the gifts that our Mother Earth bestows. To this generous family of enduring defenders of all life I have focused my personal expression of offering prayers of gratitude, seeking nothing in return.
More often than not when ceremony is invoked, there is an appeal for some result to occur. It is entirely befitting to petition for care and support through the sacred communion of ceremony. Invocation through ceremonial ritual, even if exclusively for the fulfillment of personal need, can only help humanity’s sense of connection to that which is above, below, beside and beyond our individual selves.
Though even ceremonies of desire are waning from our culture, still, we can go further and become acquainted with the practice of ceremony which seeks no-benefit at all. We can draw forth again, from our ancestors and wisdom cultures, the simple and profound rituals offering gratitude for all that we receive from other realms. Primarily, specifically, especially, from the vast ecology of the natural world that sustains life on Earth.
Over the past five years, through the purest offerings of “thank you” to life, I frequently have been led to a new place: the humbled position at the base of a tree, singing the loveliest tunes of gratitude that I possibly can.
I find that the more I offer these blessings, the more I am blessed by the very communion of seeking no benefit. From this place, I am infused with harmony and well-being. I sense “love” being poured into me in response to the love I am offering to life.
When I sing to the trees in this manner of offering, She, He, It, The All demonstratively gifts music back to me. The epic symphony of this deep connection leaves me awestruck. In these precious moments, I actually can feel that I am in a reciprocal relationship with Nature. When I participate actively and with awareness in that relationship, a vibration of harmony is co-created between us.
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