Tree Meditaion from The Call of Sedona by Ilchi Lee

 

If you’re planning on visiting Sedona and haven’t yet read Ilchi Lee’s The Call of Sedona, you might consider doing so before you arrive. And even if you’re not coming to Sedona soon, aren’t you curious as to why it’s been on bestseller lists across the country, including the New York Times? When you read it, you’ll see why.

Praised by both visitors and long-time residents alike, it’s a treasure trove of information about Sedona’s exceptional energies and their counterpart in the human experience, grounded and balanced within heartfelt personal experiences and ancient philosophy, and loaded with wit, wisdom, inspirations, and specific ways to open to Sedona’s powerful opportunities for spiritual progress and personal growth. In fact, it’s a great guide for such goals no matter where you live!
One of the book’s main messages is the importance of interacting more deeply with nature. Why? Such activity is parallel to, and considerably eases, the effort of going within ourselves more deeply.
TIP: Communing with nature is so much easier in Sedona.
Here are just a few inspiring ideas from the book to help you on your future journey of the heart.

Can Nature Help Us to Understand Life?

Did you know that our ancestors observed nature in great detail and used that knowledge to survive? Come on, you might be thinking, I live in a very different world and I don’t have to hunt for dinner.

And you are correct. However, modern life has probably also obliged you to work in a building with artificial light and recycled air, endure long commutes and, aside from home plants and maybe a backyard seldom used, provided very little time for contact with nature except maybe during weekends. Maybe.

You’re anxious to get out in nature, where Sedona’s highly charged energy is most powerful, hike, breathe in the stunning scenery, maybe meditate, and get in touch with your spiritual self. Maybe you’ve been asking yourself, “Who am I, really?”

So Let’s Get Started.

  •  Find a spot on Oak Creek.
  •  If it’s a warm day (or maybe even if it’s not), slip off your shoes and dangle your feet in the water. Swish your feet around and feel the water flowing around them.
  •  Now sit quietly and meditate – either actively or passively. The point is to clear your mind. There might be irritating things jangling around in your head – problems that you wanted to leave behind.
  • Now focus on the creek’s water as it rushes over and around the rocks. Notice how those irksome thoughts are fading.
  • Listen to the sounds of the water as it gurgles and swooshes over every obstacle in its way. Notice where a twig or stick is stuck dancing in a tiny gully. Sit long enough to watch the water finally dislodge it and wash it downstream.
  • Notice that the water’s momentum – or perseverance – and its ability to find a way around something – or flexibility – are key to its success in getting to its destination – or goal.
  • And if there isn’t an obvious path to its goal, it makes one – in its own creative way.
  • Notice again the sounds the water makes as it collides with obstacles in its path. Beautiful, aren’t they? How different would it be if there were only silence, or slight sounds?

In the book, Ilchi Lee observes that, “Conflict is the source of creation. A life that avoids conflict never changes . . . We must live making sounds like the stream of water, not just making small, quiet sounds, but big, beautiful ones. We can produce beautiful sounds in our lives by colliding with obstacles.”
This little exercise is simple, but profound. Do you feel a kinship with nature, however slight it may be, arising within you? Can you see similarities between the water’s path and your own?

Talk to the Trees and the Mountains. Really.

Ever thought about doing this? It’s not just for granola crunchers. You can send your thoughts telepathically, but aloud might work better.

Stand alone among the trees in one of Sedona’s forests – on a mountain or canyon or on a trail. You might want to meditate a little. When you open your eyes, see that the trees are looking at you and not the other way around. Focus on those trees and not yourself. Empty your mind. One of the trees will appeal to you in some way. Walk up to the tree and touch it or give it a hug. You may hear the tree say something. Speak to it as you would a friend. Go ahead and give it a compliment. After you are feeling more comfortable, ask it a question. Don’t be surprised if you get an answer.

You can do the same with a mountain. Just focus on that mountain and speak with it, even from a distance, as you would a friend. Take interest in it and really focus on it as another being. Ask it something and be prepared to hear its answer.
Can nature take away your negative energy and maybe even give you advice? Yes, it can. See the book for another exercise about communicating with trees.

Feeling Energy

Here’s a quick exercise from the book (where it is much more detailed) that will help you to feel energy.
Sit straight with eyes closed; rub or shake your hands for 30 seconds. With palms upward, place hands on your knees and then raise them, very slowly, about five inches. Now lower them about three inches. Keep repeating this and focus on your palms. Be one with them. Imagine them receiving continuous energy from the air. You’ll notice a heavy feeling in your hands. That is energy.

Now bring your hands slowly in front of your chest with palms facing and two inches between them. Again focus on the sensations in your hands. Now move them apart a few more inches and back again. Repeat slowly. You will begin to feel an energy field between them. Imagine your hands linked with energy. Notice all the sensations you feel: magnetism, tingling, warmth, etc.

Such energy exercises will help you to become more aware of your body in a state of relaxed concentration, which will prepare you to respond more fully to the vortex energy and transformation of your body and mind.

As Ilchi Lee so aptly puts it in The Call of Sedona, “The experience of interacting with the earth connects us with a greater and more permanent power beyond the limited and finite self to bring us spiritual fulfillment and a sense of unity.
We say that the red rock mountains of Sedona, the souls of Native Americans, the juniper trees that are hundreds of years old, the eagle flying through the endless clear blue sky gave us a message, but actually it’s that with the help of Sedona’s energy, we have a meeting with ourselves in a state where our various defensive walls surrounding us have come down.”