Wisdom of the Big Trees: Journey Through the Ancient Sequoias

I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but apparently, I have turned into a Matriarch. I went from having a couple of adorable grandchildren to suddenly having SIX! (Daughter #2 was a late bloomer). With the restraints of lockdown lifted, my daughters and I celebrated a week together with all six grands, ages 6 months to 13 years, in Northern California. The highlight of the visit was a trip to the Big Trees near Arnold, CA.

Dana Taylor with four youngest grandchildren

Though Native Americans, bears, deer and other creatures surely knew of the majestic sequoia (aka redwood) groves, the first European descendants discovered them in 1850 and the trees soon became a tourist attraction. Of course with typical marauder disregard for the sanctity for natural life, the largest tree was felled in 1853. Over 1,200 years of life was displayed as a traveling trophy; the stump turned into a dance floor. I danced on it with my grand kids last week, 168 years since its demise.

Fortunately for the trees and future generations of humans, naturalists like John Muir, Senator John Conness and others, banded together to protect the groves from lumber companies. In 1931, 6,498 acres were designated as Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Easy walking trails meander among the mixed conifers and stands of ancient sequoias. Rising to heights over 300 feet tall and living over 3,000 years, the giant redwoods inspire speechless awe in the beholder. Literally, no words can adequately describe and express their splendor or emotional impact. Many of the trees have been given names–Palace Hotel Tree, Empire State (so tall), Pioneer Cabin, and Mother of the Forest, which sadly stands today as a testament to man’s destruction of nature. In 1854 it was skinned alive of its bark so it could be shipped East and reconstructed to show people a Big Tree. It subsequently died, losing its canopy in 1861. Today it stands as a fire scarred snag. The Mother of the Forest induces feelings of grief and loss. Yet, it is also a symbol of resilience. For despite the worst man could do to her, she still stands.

Mother of the Forest

The sequoias are indeed resilient against drought and fire. Their reproduction is actually reliant on cycles of fire to release seed from pine cones. After the flames have died and the spring rains return, new generations of trees will sprout.

Walking among the Big Trees, the wind stirs the high branches, creating a symphony of swishing crescendos and pianissimos. The community of trees seem to form family groups, whispering over the human visitors roaming their domain. Hopefully, they’ve come to appreciate us, feeling our sense of wonder as we gaze upon them. My crew loved wandering the paths, exploring tree tunnels, and absorbing the sights of nature’s unending creativity.

The trip inspired me to create a new meditation, Wisdom of the Big Trees. Join me for a spiritual, healing journey into the heart of the ancient sequoias.

Calm Down and Shape Up With These Videos

by Dana Taylor

April 4, 2020

Keeping body, mind, and spirit together in quarantine isn’t easy. YouTube provides a variety of instruction, inspiration, and distraction. Here are some of my favorite channels to help you through the long days.

BODY

Fear and inactivity combine to produce physical aches and pains. Stiff back, anyone?  Qigong is an energy balancing, mild exercise modality to release tension and balance the body. Qigong with Kseny has a large selection of short routines to plug into your day whenever you feel the need to dispel tension and calm down.

The hoyden of workouts, Denise Austin, has kept America Fit and Slim for several decades. She’s still going strong. Whether you’re looking for cardio, interval training, yoga, pilates, or dancercize, Denise has a video for you.

MIND

How about trying to get sleep? Isn’t that a blast? YOGA NIDRA can turn off your monkey mind and help you drift off. This meditation from Liz Hill is working for me.

SPIRIT

There’s no lack of spiritual guides on YouTube. Everyone should practice great discernment when it comes to buying into anyone else’s view points. The preachers, astrologers and soothsayers are making lots of noise. My best advice is exercise critical thinking. Don’t just jump down the rabbit hole. That being said, here are a couple of my favorite spirit-minded guides:

Lee Harris is an intuitive guide. He offers cosmic perspectives for Lightworkers as we navigate this amazing era of human history.

Steve Nobel has uploaded 200 transmissions and interviews since 2016. His message is for Starseeds and Lightworkers. Personally, I find the transmissions powerful and refreshing. Most afternoons, I’ll take a power nap and turn on Steve. His soothing voice takes me to la-la land where I don’t actually sleep, but somehow reboot my body and brain. My body often buzzes with energy. If you’re open to mystical mind trips, float away with with Steve Nobel.

SUPERNAL MEDITATIONS

Travel to Hawaii with me to Makapu’u Beach for a sunset meditation into the tidal pools, meet a Hawaiian Ancestor, and release your tension into the turquoise waves of the Pacific.

Relax to the angel inspired Supernal Healing Chants received in my morning meditations.

Peace and blessings in these days of Spiritual Shaking and Awakening. Stay well!

Dana

Healing Energy Meditation Available on YouTube

by Dana Taylor

According to The Secret Language of Destiny book, I am on the Path of Articulation. If you are unfamiliar with this big tome, I highly recommend it. Based on astrology, it fits people to certain life paths according to when they were born. I’ve found it very useful in understanding the people in my life.

People on the Path of Articulation “are here to make a commitment to their unusual thinking or way of doing things by articulating it and bringing it to the attention of a broader audience.” Our core challenge is “overcoming the fear or rejection or humiliation.” Which I guess is one reason I found myself with New Age, mystical, healing urges living in the Bible Belt of Oklahoma for thirty years. I was learning how to Live My Truth, despite the culture around me.

Through the twists of fate, I now live in Hawaii, where I can relax into the spiritual diversity of the island. I’ve got the luxury of time, health, and energy to explore creative pursuits. I sing with a local chorus. I write their shows and my blogs and books. I explore the healing arts here and see occasional clients for Reiki energy treatments. Oh, yes, I go to the beach!

Lately, I’ve felt the spiritual nudge to build a Supernal Living presence on YouTube. People nowadays are listening more and reading less. I enjoy using my voice. I was a drama major, back in the day, after all. I’ve been told my voice has a pleasant, soothing cadence.

Also, I’ve listened to a variety of meditations on YouTube, my favorites being from Steve Nobel and Lillian Eden. But many others I’ve found lacking….something. Creativity? Power? I’m not sure.

Anyway, the advice for writing a book used to be, “write the book you want to read.” So, I guess, now for me the advice translates to “record the meditations you want to hear.”

So, I have begun. Last evening, I meditated a while and got into the “zone” and then turned on the microphone to see what would come out. I felt healing energy flowing through me as recreated an experience very similar to giving someone a basic energy treatment. It seemed like I was also transmitting healing energy as it went along. Hopefully, listeners will feel it. I know I have been impressed with the energy that comes through the Steve Nobel transmissions. Perhaps, I can tap into some channels that connect through time and space. Now, that would be interesting.

At any rate, I am uploading popular posts from Supernal Living and will explore producing more meditations, picking up a theme I’ve developed on my Facebook page. I’ve posted pictures of rainbows, ocean scenes, and tropical settings of my life on Oahu and called them Aloha Moments. My Facebook friends seem to enjoy them. It feels right to expand Aloha Moments to YouTube.

If you have a half an hour to sit back and relax or perhaps, drift off to sleep, give this first mediation a listen. I hope you find it healing and refreshing.

Aloha!

Dana Taylor

 

Meditate Like a Lion

For the past few months, I’ve been writing creatively while in a meditative state. I’ve decided to begin sharing them here. I’m calling them Supernaltations. Enjoy!

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Meditate like a lion, like a bird, like a dolphin. Animals spend hours simply being true to their nature. The lion lies in the grass, feeling the breeze, watching the horizon.

flying-bird-1328802494Px7  Birds fly or perch, creatures of the air. They sit and sing from great heights, never afraid of a fall. The air is their domain.

file000450127837  Dolphins swim in pods, separate beings but moving in complete unity. The water hugs them, supports them, feeds them. They fear not the currents nor the storms.

All creatures trust their instincts and their Creator. They have no doubt of their environment. When food is scarce, they just keep searching. It will appear.

They are in constant connection with Spirit. Quiet times are never boring, but peaceful, because they dwell in Spirit.

Land, air, or water, the creatures are content with their place in creation. They are attuned to the Creator.

Dear ones ~

Meditate like a lion.

Sing like a bird.

Float like a dolphin.

Love your Creator. Be the Creation.

 

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