FORGIVE YOURSELF NOW, FOR WHAT YOU COULDN'T DO THEN, BY ACTS OF LOVE + LIBERATION IN THIS MOMENT.
Earlier this week I built a raised spiral, 3 feet high, & 20 across, from the branches around our camp, to hold your last shares & questions. I took them each to heart & hand, printed in pencil, & placed them in the center. This afternoon we had two gifts in the spiral, an early-to-turn sugar maple leaf, & a spray of red-winged blackbird feathers.
Sugar Maple tells us to grow something with historical & economic importance, like syrup, or timber...In the Japanese schools I attended growing up, "kito," which means calm, rest & peace, are a symbol of grace, peace, serenity, balance & practicality.
Maple's first invitation: build your year as a working retreat. Let every workspace be an altar, every project be a bit seva that finds you nourished & fulfilled. When collaborating, choose carefully :: relate to your work as a wooden temple.
The leaves here are still a verdant green, waxy, & very much on the trees. With the wind that travels across the lake, I've come to know that leaves hold the true name of each tree, creating a very distinct sound that carries the energy of each species. This maple has a swishy-hush to it, a lightness that's almost buoyant. It speaks of a youthful energy, & contains an inner elixir of sweetness & liquid sugar. More energy. The actual trunks are a solid hardwood, used for homes, artisan rolling pins, knife handles, & cutting boards - all use*full, beauty*full, & heirloom.
what's your true name?
the flavor of your essential nature?
what are you actually made up of?
For growing sugar, you need large crowns - branches that grow far & 60-80' wide, with plenty of exposure to the sun.
So to create a year of sweetness, with a sense of deep giving*ness, focus on just a couple of projects, feeding them as much warmth & brightness as possible.
For dense timber, & fuel (fire wood), you need tall, up to 100' straight trunks, so this means plenty of thinning. All branches below the crown are removed, to eliminate chaos in the wood grain. Irregular, wonky, leaning & troublesome trees are also removed, so they don't disturb or take resources from the timber.
To build an heirloom, or legacy platform, this year, thin out your initiatives. Choose the strong. Create efficiency by removing messy dynamics,systems & processes. Remove projects & products that don't fit the space. Create specific pillars & feed them with all your heart.
Over 100 feet, with crowns that spread 60-80 feet. Can you imagine the interconnection of these trees? The biodynamics & communication between them? For most of the year, maple's crown is filled with liquid sun, chlorophyll, which masks the yellow & orange with green. As they prepare to drop, anthocyin pigments develop, turning the leaves a vivid red. Your maple leaf found itself just within our spiral entrance.
While it's easy to show our usual, practiced ways, there's something edgy & precious & novel about those hidden aspects of your nature. This is maple's final invitation.
LET GO. SHOW YOUR OTHER COLORS.
This requires the music of wind + wild spaces. There's no way around it.
I can't wait to see.