After communicating with the tree, practice being that tree you are talking to. Move your body and arms, mimicking its limbs and bending in the wind. Let your body take on the structure and form of the tree. Don’t let your mind determine what this should look like. Go inside and listen. Feel what it feels like to be a tree. Let its voice, resonating inside you, guide you into the shape of its spirit. And whatever you do, don’t be inhibited by the thought that someone might be seeing you act like this. Your actions might intrigue them. Then you can become their guide.
When you take your leave of the tree, thank it with an offering of tobacco, corn paho, or a strand of your hair. Practice this, and you will experience a powerful connection, not only to nature, but to every other aspect of your life. Learning this new language doesn’t require long journeys, expensive equipment, or great amounts of time. All it takes is practice with an open heart, receptivity, and a strong desire to rediscover the shining of your true nature.
Check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi if you would like to learn more.