Awakened by Sumac; Nature’s beauty does it again…

by Joebaby on October 24, 2010

I spent most of October drinking in autumn up in Canada, its very similar to the New England I grew up in, except that instead of saying ‘A-yup‘, they say ‘Aye?‘  The beauty of sumac trees have caught me… their spectrum of colors keeps grabbing my eye…  They radiate such a vibrant red, they pull me from my walks, have me crossing fields and streets and streams, all so I can get right up close and gaze deeply into their colors…

One day I was walking the narrow edge between a field of young wheat and a maple forest. The maples were turning mostly yellow and orange, I was looking for the trademark red, when I spotted a clump of sumac ahead… it was bright and bold, like the fiery red crest of a cardinal, and I found myself walking excitedly towards it, like a kid at Halloween towards a house surrounded by trick-or-treaters.

I gazed in awe at its many colors; infinite shades of red, orange and yellow. There was one leaf that the afternoon sun shone thru so brilliantly that it looked like gold… I savored that light, felt some part of me drinking it in as if it was pure prana, liquid chi…

I spent half an hour with that one leaf, there at the edge of forest and field… I returned to that one spot, day after day, and literally drank in its glory…

Beauty, illuminated with the light of an afternoon sun… feeding my spirit with light, colors and vibration in a way I cannot understand, nor need to…. I am happy enough to know that it is enriching me; body and soul…

That one branch opened me, now I find myself seeking out sumac wherever I go… I fancy myself a bit of a connoseur, (even if I don’t know how to spell it)… Connoseur sounds too aloof… I am a devotee, yes, a humble fan of this radiant tree spirit, ever ready to stop everything and gaze, with devotion, into her vortex of color and light… to be transported into dimensions so vast and vibrant, I lose myself in her beauty, only to ‘come to my senses’ moments or minutes later, noticing the color has changed yet again from the restless passage of the sun…

And so in my love of her magic, she reveals more; more variations and more beauty…. I find that some of the leaves are threaded with lines of passage; the worm-like trails of bugs who have, in their mythical journey into butterflies (at least in my imagination), have eaten their way across the undulating slopes of a sumac leaf, leaving tracks of their passage that reveal yet another kind of beauty…

I find myself following these tracks as a race car fan follows the Indy 500, though every one of these trails is unique, telling their own story of the life of a leaf-eater turned butterfly…

One day, along a set of abandoned railroad tracks, I found a sumac with spots! I came closer, looked deeper… the spots look like African war paint, the leaves look like warrior’s shields… and another whole new kind of leaves, spotted sumac leaves, entered my awareness…

These spotted leaves transport me into a tribal ring, they look like the colors of a queen’s robe…

I looked up what others say sumac’s flower essence does for the human spirit; most concur it is a form of physical and spiritual empowerment, along with a way to feel more involved and connected with life. For me, the loving energy of sumac is one of grounding into spiritual energies, joy and vitality.

Thank you for joining me in this journey, it is grounding (and joyful!) for me to share it as intimately and profoundly as I experience it… It’s my heartfelt guidance that the more we connect with Nature’s beauty, the more graceful our collective awakening will be, for us and for all other forms of life in our world.

Here’s to our beautiful awakening!

Love,

Joe

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