I recently visited my grandmother’s bungalow ‘The Sycamores’ in Yorkshire for the first time in over forty years. The majestic sycamore trees that I remembered and loved as a child, were still there in the corner of the property. It was like having a touchstone to a former time and circumstance - their roots were my roots as well.
I’ve chosen a tree theme for my website not only because I’ve always loved trees but
also because their rootedness provides a wonderful analogy for the concept of Inherent Worth and True Self. Our Inherent Worth just is and never changes, as solid and stable as a tree trunk. Tree roots merge with the earth just as our True Self connects to the Oneness of the universe - a mystical Truth that ensures no one can be worth more than anyone else. Tree branches reach upwards in a seemingly joyful acceptance of the gifts of sunshine and rain - like our soul’s acceptance of Love from the Source that surrounds and nourishes us. Trees give freely of their shade, fruit, and oxygen with no expectation of a reward – an example of how we too can give unconditional love when we are aware of our connection to our Inherently Worthy True Self.
Just as we produce masks for ourselves in the form of mistaken beliefs about who we are – the small self - so too do trees grow leaves that obscure the branches and trunk. And just as trees shed their leaves every year, we are capable of shedding our negative beliefs to regain our awareness of our Inherent Worth. Leaves grow back every spring, but our beliefs don’t have to if we are vigilant with our thoughts.
I’m passionate about prevention of substance abuse, depression, bullying, and suicide in teens, and I’ve chosen to spend my time helping parents to raise resilient, bully-proof, addiction-free kids. I know firsthand the emotional and financial costs of having a troubled teenager and I don’t want that to happen to you.