Finding answers in trees

By Jena Griffiths | March 18, 2014

“As above, so below. As within, so without.” – Hermes Trismegistus
advice from trees

Have you ever had a problem that you just can’t solve?
Or you can’t see a way forward or what to do next?

Here’s a fun way to get answers. Talk to trees!
I’ve been doing a lot of this recently. And no, I’m not losing it.
It’s so quick and effective and such fun, I thought I’d share it with you.

The idea comes from Jean Houston who recommends doing it aloud and preferably with a friend.

If you don’t feel brave enough to babble out aloud in the park with only trees for audience, even the silent version works wonders. Within minutes you have your answer.

How do you do it?

Look for an interesting tree. Or any tree that calls you.
Take your question to the tree and as you look at the tree, at the patterns in bark, the growth spurts, whorls and swirls or whatever is going on
the tree will start answering you with the patterns embedded in the tree.
How does it work? Somehow we’re all interconnected. The world mirrors back your inner world. The tree helps you tap into your greater wisdom.
Who knows for sure. Celebrate the mystery.

If you’re doing this with a friend, each ask your own individual question to the tree
Then describe what you see in the tree. Somehow doing it together
encourages mutual creativity and the release of deeper wisdom.

Even if you don’t talk to any trees this week, may you find lots to bark about

(I’ve added some of my own stories/direct experiences and the science behind this below in the comments. Also how to apply this to hands… click comments to continue reading.)

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9 Responses to “Finding answers in trees”

  1. Jena Griffiths Says:
    March 22nd, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Talking to some friends the other day, I realized a lot of people don’t get how to this process.
    Here’s an example of how I do it: On my early morning walk today I hugged a tree because it was so unique.
    It had a kind of undersea wave pattern in its bark whereas its brothers of the same species were all stiff, very smooth and upright.
    As I hugged the tree I asked, “What on Earth are you trying to tell me? Be more fluid? Drink more? What? Make waves?…” Then it came to me in a flash. “Be unique!” I laughed and gave the tree a tighter hug and a big kiss. And thanked it for giving me the exact piece of information I needed right now

  2. Linda Bard Says:
    March 23rd, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Jena – I LOVE your articles about other aspects of how to raise our awareness in the world! In fact, the day you posted the tree article, the note below came in my email box from a source called And I’ve attached a couple of photos I took on my afternoon walk that day of some trees I conversed with!

    “You know, Linda, a kind word can move mountains and change lives. But for those times when they’ve escaped you, when the right thing wasn’t said, or the time wasn’t right to say it, kind thoughts can do the same.

    And better, thoughts have a way of lingering, seeking, and finding their intended beneficiary, unfettered by time and space. So it’s never too late to think ’em, nor are you ever too far away.

    Just a little something a tree once told me,
    The Universe”

  3. Jena Griffiths Says:
    March 23rd, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Linda, thanks! I loooove your tree images. We have snow today but as soon as it clears I’ll go photograph “wavy” 🙂

  4. Jena Griffiths Says:
    March 23rd, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Once I was asking for advice on a project and suddenly I noticed that the old core of tree I’d turned to was dead but it had grown a completely new tree around it.
    I took this to mean that my project was evolving into something completely new.
    Another time I asked where my work fits in and I noticed a small bright vine on a huge tree. The message I got was that my work is just part of a much bigger awakening.
    Try it yourself and post your results here.

  5. Jena Griffiths Says:
    March 26th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Another example: suddenly I noticed I was surrounded by listening trees. And this was my answer – you are not and never alone.

  6. Jena Griffiths Says:
    March 26th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    What has this to do with hands?
    Everything and nothing.
    You can use your hands instead of a tree if you have some training.
    Formulate your question. Then hold your hand at an angle to the sunlight.
    What marker catches your eye? Therein lies your answer.

  7. Jena Griffiths Says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    For the science behind why this works, especially with an audience or a recorder, see Win Wender’s research on imagestreaming
    or his course with Paul Sheele called the Genuis Code.)

  8. Jena Griffiths Says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    My most recent answer from trees on a really pressing problem – I was focusing on a wound on the tree that looked like an eruption. Then I shifted my gaze slightly higher and noticed a heart formation with a circular vibration-like pattern radiating our from it. reminding me to manage my heart vibration as this is what shifts everything….

  9. Jena Griffiths Says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    And here’s ms “Wavy” 🙂
    She’s the reason why this post wasn’t removed and why I decided to keep sharing wisdom from trees and other offbeat stuff that makes my heart sing. Thanks Wavy!