Two trees in particular. One is a special oak tree who always makes me feel safe and as if I'm in "the right place". She is the kind of being that, when you are with her, that is always the right place to be.
Like Luisa I used to talk to trees a lot when I was small... then later a different world view took over. I got involved in Christianity, first as a Catholic and then as an Orthodox Christian. A very "fundamentalist" branch of it... only someone who has been in it will really understand this! - although there are plenty of other spiritual ways with the same 'flavour'.
The thing is, I really believed that the world is "fallen"... it was not a very cheerful view. But it was dogmatically correct
We were supposed to be focussed on saving our souls and on the next life.
So... every Saturday night and every Sunday morning, I would go off on the long, long walk (2 miles) to church... where I would stand through the long, long services (like, 4-5 hours) and then walk home.
For some reason
I started to get depressed after a few years. I mean, very despondent. I thought it was a temptation and it would go away if I tried harder.
In a little park beside the road on which I walked to go to church, and to take my kids to school and do the shopping, there is a small tree - an ornamental plum tree of an Asian variety. She is between two small apple trees, but she is the most beautiful. I was drawn to her beauty and would often look at her. Then I got the feeling that she was watching me. Her watching became more and more insistent. I felt she wanted to communicate. Some days it was so strong that I would stand for several minutes and be late for wherever I was going. One day I said to her, "You know, if you keep this up, I'm going to have to quit going to church. People don't talk to trees there." It wasn't long after that that I crossed the road and asked her, "All right, what is it that you want to tell me?"
She said: Life is here
. It's not in heaven. It's here. You are missing it!
I believed her. And now I'm here.
Vapour Trail - that is amazing that a tree gave you a riddle.