The Spirit of Autumn

Spirit of Autumn

I am back after giving myself some Breathing space for a couple of days.. I swapped the click of the mouse for a stroke of the paint brush. as you see from my artwork above..

Trees are the Lungs of the Earth, they give us oxygen-rich air which we all rely upon to breathe. And often we have forgotten just how to take in  those Deep breaths and relax..  Trees have always played a huge part in my life from growing up surrounded by them and later learning how to interact within their energy exchanges, I’m a big advocate of ‘Go Hug a Tree’..especially when you feel a little low of energy yourself.  

Trees are a living presence and I am sure many of you can sense their energy, you have only to go outside and listen to the stirrings of their voices as the leaves gently rustle in the breeze, or hear how they screech and moan as the wind whips through their branches in a storm.  They like our Mother Earth are givers and ask noting in return. They bring us shelter and warmth with their timber, shade from the Sun, fruits  and Nuts, and lets not forget their many healing properties.

Tree’s teach us the importance of renewal, as they shed their leaves and outer attachments as they go into their slumber of winter rest..

They teach us so many qualities and teach us stillness and contentment as well as learning how to stand strong within our roots..

So many places around our world Tree’s are being destroyed this always is heart breaking.. And if you are conscious of recycling as I am, I am sure you look to buy recycled paper and products, for we need to protect our life giving trees of our Mother Earth.

There are many Tree myths and legends and tree-lore preserved for us both in folksongs and folktales, which show us that our ancestors had a deeper relationship with Trees than we know of today..

It was once commonly known in most parts of the world that within the tree lay a living essence of a Spirit within it.. The Druids called them the “ The Many Eyed Ones” or “ Hooded Ones” and they believed they watched the comings and goings of the Human Race… When you consider how old some trees live to be, its no wonder,  as many live over 200 yrs and some 800 yrs plus,

Important meetings were held under trees, Kings were crowned, and Laws were passed, Marriages were held and at many a cross-roads Tree’s were planted as markers and boundaries at significant points on the land.

A Tree Spirit, or as they are know. a Dryad, can be understood as a huge energy field radiating outwards from each tree, It is said it can radiate out for several miles… During the growing season in Spring and Summer it is easier to make contact with a Dryad than in the Autumn or Winter as the energy drops down into the Earth for Renewal or so I’m informed… For me I just like to link into the Spirit of the Tree as I give thanks for their life giving oxygen and healing peace.. 

Its always good to go out and connect back into Nature and there is nothing like communicating with the Trees.. For those who have never done this you do not know what you are missing..

When walking out, feel which Tree you are drawn towards and then reach out with your mind and feel the Tree’s energy as you slowly approach it.. Open your hands and start to feel your fingers tingle… Stop and I always ask in my mind for permission to step closer, you may feel you need to walk around the tree in a circular fashion, See if you can feel the layers of energy the tree sends out..

Make contact placing your hands gently upon the bark and feel the pulse of energy surge upwards from its roots… ( this is better felt in the spring and summer months ) .. Feel yourself developing strong roots down into the earth like the tree and feel your strength grow as the tree gives you its own healing nourishment… Or sit with your spine against the trunk and connect by meditating with the tree to share with you some of its wisdom…

Nature has for us in her hands its gifts of healing, by being out-doors experiencing Nature, we can also find the  many healing properties found in Trees and Plants around our world as there are many cues for many ailments. 

Above  you see is the painting I did, It took four hours to paint, of which TIME just flew.. I painted in Acrylic’s on Canvas size 22cms by 30cms  I named this one ‘The Spirit of Autumn’

© Sue Dreamwalker – 2012 All rights reserved.

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  1. Cat Forsley
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 15:55:35

    Just Love xxxx

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  2. Raymond A. Kukkee (@sunflowergate)
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 15:56:48

    Sue, this is a beautiful painting–and a wonderful post. We do need to reconnect with nature, and trees are SO important to us. May everyone soon realize just how important they are. Blessings to you on this beautiful, sunny autumn day! ~R

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 12, 2012 @ 16:04:32

      Thank you Raymond, Yes trees are so very important, and they bind us together, we rely upon them to give us our breath.. and they rely upon us,.. We have to live in Balance and Harmony together as One..
      Blessings Sue

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  3. CMSmith
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 15:58:56

    Good idea to put down the pen and pick up the brush. Nice post. I feel a great affinity towards trees too.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 12, 2012 @ 16:05:37

      Hi Christine, yes and you are surrounded too with such a wonderful array of them in your wonderful homeland setting… 🙂 Thank you .. xx

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  4. davidtenn
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 16:12:46

    Beautiful Sue, your use of colour is inspiring. My favourite of the Elder Ents is the Bristle Cone Pine living to over 3000 years and often on the limit of eternal snows. Love David

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 12, 2012 @ 16:18:11

      Yes David, many wonderful Trees which have seen many of us Humans come and go… no wonder when you think about it how they play their roles in many a fantasy film especially in Disney movies … Trees are more than just Trees!…

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  5. Cat Forsley
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 16:50:18

    tiny tiny hearts of gold 🙂 everywhere – !
    leaves with hearts in the shadows – everywhere 🙂
    i wanted to return as i really zoomed in

    XXX
    sending love
    and a fave song 🙂
    Have a FAB weekend 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 12, 2012 @ 16:55:29

      Thank you Cat… I used glitter glue in gold around the edge of the leaves and to put the leaves on the tree 🙂 xxxxx

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      • Cat Forsley
        Oct 12, 2012 @ 16:58:40

        LOVE IT ! Glitter Glue at the dollar store – i think i am gonna go get some this weekend !!!!!!!!!! i used it all the time as a kid 🙂 i think it’s time for it again 🙂 xoxoxoxo

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  6. purpleskyz
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 17:00:17

    Beautiful painting and a beautiful post DW.
    Have a blessed weekend. Thanks for the uplifting sharings.
    Much LOVE to ALL here!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 12, 2012 @ 17:05:58

      Thanks Purpleskyz…..You can certainly feel the energy of Love here Pupleskyz, and I am sure they send their love back.. as do I my friend.. Sue xx

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  7. prenin
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 17:38:12

    Not bad young Sue! 🙂

    I have trees all around my home and I really hated it when the tree surgeon cut some of them down and butchered others…

    We have two cherry trees which the Squirrel steals the fruit of and we once had a plum tree which gave delicious fruit year after year until a storm threw it down and it was removed and never replaced…

    Trees are part of us and we are a part of them! 🙂

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 16:17:09

      So very true Prenin, Trees are a part of us, thank you so much for sharing about the trees near your home, Cherry trees I love So not surprised the Squirrels are having a great time with the delicious fruit.. 🙂 hope your Sunday was restful 🙂 Sue

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  8. Ruth Nina Welsh
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 17:46:24

    Hi Sue, Beautiful post and very interesting, I didn’t know those myths you mentioned so I appreciated reading about them. Thanks so much, have a lovely weekend, Ruth xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 16:18:34

      Hi Ruth, yes there are some fascinating facts and legends about Trees etc, I hope to add a page soon where those who are interested can find out more about Trees and Healing.. 🙂

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  9. natswans
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 18:43:27

    Love the painting Sue and love the words here..So very true.
    Hugs Sheila xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 16:19:49

      Hi Sheila, I hope that you are having a beautiful Sunday, the sun has been out today but Frost has been on the ground quite a sharp one this morning as I headed off for work.. 🙂
      Sending you a Warm Hug back xxx

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  10. Tom (Aquatom1968)
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 21:28:12

    Yes, a lovely painting and a great post once again, Sue!
    A lot of trees close to where I live have been cut down and completely taken away in order for ‘flood defences’ to be built… it is heartbreaking to see what was beautiful, full, proud trees, magnificent all year round, destroyed.
    I see the Spirit of the Trees within the leaves, always smiling, very friendly and watching us all of the time… and look what we do to it in return!
    Yes, I feel the power the trees have over us! 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 16:32:23

      Yes Tom such a shame when those magnificent trees get cut down.. We supported some Tree lovers a few years back who build a tree house in one of the trees which was scheduled to be cut down a Great Oak 500 yrs old, as Housing plans had gone through and it was said to be in the way of a road to be widened….They hung in there with local support amide TV camera’s etc for a long time through bad weather defending the trees right to life.. The Law stepped in and served notice and the hippies were moved on not without protest and the Tree cut down… for Years the plot had nothing done to it.. Last year they widened the road leading to the new houses built, and it didnt touch no where near where the tree had once stood… Yes Many do defend our trees And they are WATCHING us ALL the time… Thank you Tom for your comment
      Sue

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  11. Androgoth
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 22:11:52

    You certainly know how to push your brush
    Sue, indeed you are an Artist, Knitting Genius,
    Plant and Garden Princess and many more
    incredibly wicked titles 🙂 😉 lol

    This painting shows your command of the brush
    and a few postings before this one we had a treat
    from your knitting expertise too 🙂 Hey have a rest
    this weekend or paint something else for us, you
    have such excellent talents my great friend 🙂 🙂

    Enjoy your evening and weekend Sue 🙂

    Andro xxx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 16:38:13

      Thank you Andro, blush!.. I guess because I will try my hand and most things, Im one who thinks we can all of us achieve anything if we put our minds to it.. And take my gifts often for granted… So thank you for reminding me, as I give thanks for my talents .. I hope you enjoyed your Formula One this weekend too… I caught a glimpse at 6-45am just before I set off to work this Sunday morning… Hope you too have a great rest of the day and week.. Sue 🙂

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  12. beautifulchaos2
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 01:56:32

    I cant believe that I dont think I ever realized you painted! Its absolutely gorgeous your painting!! First I visited Andro and saw his amazing talent for drawing and now I see your amazing talent for painting…wow what a creative group of friends here, its wonderful. I’m going to give that a try..what you said about placing hands on the tree and feeling the energy.
    Wish you a beautiful night dear Sue
    Nikki xo

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  13. Angelwings6
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 07:57:52

    After reading this, I’ll be more aware to buy re-cycled products if I’m able……

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 16:46:27

      Wonderful to see you Lady-Jude my friend, there are so many little things we can do to help, as we recycle our products too…. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by.. Blessings sent your way.. Sue xxx

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  14. gingerfightback
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 12:09:11

    Well said Sue – i was out running (well I call it that) this morning and early autumn sunshine, morning dew and autumn trees make all the effort worthwhile. I have a hazel grwoing in my garden apparently. Cheers me up knowing that.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 16:50:53

      Hazels are good trees, Yes the sunlight upon an Autumn scene of golds and reds make those early morning get me ups worth while turning out for.. 🙂 Thank you for dropping in to add your thoughts Ginger… 🙂

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  15. Valentine Logar
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 15:55:23

    You always put me in a the right spirit to face the days. Much love

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 16:56:23

      Always happy to put some Spirit into your Days Val… sometimes we need to just step back from the world and let Mother Nature do her work. Mother Nature will reclaim back that which the politicians and corporate businesses have pulled apart and as things are going I think it will be sooner rather than later when we be witness to just that as the cycles of change are already set into motion upon this planet…
      Love to you Val my friend,, I hope you relaxed some this weekend.. Sue xx

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  16. chicasl10
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 16:05:36

    When we stayed in Sulawesi Indonesia We saw something special Sue.
    When babies die and dont have teeth yet The Sulawesian ppl burried the baby inside a tree They make a hole and close it again only with wood. So the baby lives further in the leaves of the tree. And right above facing the light.
    Its something i never forget. Trees are oxygen indeed.
    TC and enjoy the weekend.MJ

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 17:00:36

      MJ, I had never heard of this method of burial, but when you think about it how sacred is that, to give those young babies to the spirit of the Tree to encase and protect it and in essence the baby lives on within the tree, how wonderful… And I should imagine that this would be something one would carry within as a memory for a long while.. Sacred… and Pure…. Thank you MJ for this wonderful share.. Sue xx

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  17. The Blazing Trail
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 19:04:22

    Hi! I have nominated you for the addictive Blog Award. http://wp.me/p27eXb-9G Congratulations!

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  18. Sabina Brave
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 21:11:51

    It’s nice to see you back. I got soe break too. Sometimes it’s necessary.
    Have a wonderful weekend Sue. 🙂
    Hugs, and lots of blessings.
    xxx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 17:12:39

      Thank you Sabina, Yes we all of us need a break at times from what ever we are doing… And they say a change is as good as a rest… Lovely to see you again here my friend xx Love Sue xx

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  19. IdealisticRebel
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 04:32:12

    The painting is beautiful and I really love its energy. I am sure it will touch many hearts. Great work.

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  20. Cat Forsley
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 17:34:32

    I just traveled over the atlantic ocean 🙂 zooooom 🙂
    It’s totally UK weather here 🙂
    just dropping a little gift off
    what is love if we don’t give it 🙂 xxxx

    i am learning to paint with new software – it’s just a little bit of me 🙂
    i plan on doing HUGE ONES 🙂 lol ……..
    Love You xo
    C
    i am gonna fly back to Canada now 🙂
    xxx
    SEE YOU XOXOXOXOXO lol
    smiles smiles smiles 🙂
    xxx
    Love xx
    C

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 15, 2012 @ 17:39:46

      Thank you for your Dawn creation Cat a restful tranquil piece.. 🙂 and that was lightning speed, don’t get your feet wet over the ocean…. Its raining here and damp and was frosty start…. 🙂 Keep smiling 🙂 and the Sun will soon shine 😉 xx

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      • Cat Forsley
        Oct 15, 2012 @ 17:45:54

        that was fun huh 🙂 zooooooooom 🙂
        i am back in UK again 🙂 xx
        I am smiling big time 🙂
        ok – going home now 🙂 LOLOLOLOL 🙂 xo
        sending you the sun always and always xo
        C

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  21. giselzitrone
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 19:01:20

    Einen schönen Abend liebe Sue,ja die Natur kann uns so viel geben,ist nur schade das Menschen nicht so gut acht geben,und die Umwelt so verschmutzen,die Natur wird sich irgendwann dafür rechen.Wünsche dir noch eine gute glückliche Woche und grüsse dich lieb Gislinde.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 16, 2012 @ 09:56:32

      Danke Gislinde, ja, es ist eine Schande, dass die Menschen nicht kümmern Mutter Natur .. Danke mein lieber Freund für dropping by here … Immer schön auf Ihren Besuch Gislinde .. Liebe und Segen für Sie und Ihre Familie,, Haben Sie auch eine wunderbare Woche .. liebe Sue

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  22. Eddie Two Hawks
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 19:57:03

    Thank you Dreamwalker for drawing attention to nature and especially trees which bring us so many blessings. Did you know there are trees alive on Earth that are 1000’s of years old! Several Bristlecone Pine in southern California are over 3000yrs. old! They were here when Buddha and Jesus walked the Earth! Can you imagine? They must have some stories to tell…
    Your post brings needed attention to one of nature’s gifts most taken for granted.
    many blessings, Eddie

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 16, 2012 @ 10:05:40

      WOW!, yes I knew that some were older than a 1,000 yrs old but not as old as 3,000 yrs Eddie now they COULD tell us a story or two couldnt they?
      Yes our environment needs attention Eddie, along with our Tender Loving Care….
      Blessings my dear friend, and thank you for your most welcome comment..
      Dreamwalker x

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  23. aussieian2011
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 02:09:48

    Here in Australia Sue , the Aboriginals would see you as one who hears and speaks to the land, you see and hear what others take for granted, you accept that the land was here as were we since time began, but we have not evolved to the extent to harmonize with that which sustains our hearts and souls.
    Iam proud of you as my friend
    Aussie Ian

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 16, 2012 @ 10:30:53

      Many thanks Ian, for this wonderful compliment…
      To have you even class my thinking along side those of the Aboriginals is an extreme compliment,
      I so appreciate you as a friend Ian…
      Sue x

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  24. bibuji
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 03:47:06

    Your picture has given all fallen leaves on the pavements, gardens, fields, water surfaces, and soils, their lives again. They must be all pleased.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 16, 2012 @ 10:32:45

      Thank you so very much Bibuji, this is a wonderful compliment for the Spirit of Autumn … 🙂 Greatly appreciated Thank you Sue x

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  25. dontchawannadream
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 20:52:41

    Yay, another painting 🙂 Love it.
    And love the explanations too!!
    As always, very interesting.
    Xxx

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  26. Oceanwaves
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 21:06:35

    Another beautiful painting of yours Sue.. I am glad you took time out to paint some more. I do enjoy your art, it is so expressive mmm also full of energy 🙂
    It is so totally true what you write about trees..some people take for granted.
    We all need to get more into the nature mode!
    I love the chatter and rustling of the trees..and the chirping of birds.
    Without trees all would stop….!!
    kiss xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 24, 2012 @ 13:42:10

      Yes without trees Tracey the world would stop and many young children in cities are not aware of how important they are for us to live… Thank you for your lovely comment… I hope all has been well with you? xxx Sue

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  27. suzicate
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 14:04:35

    This post really spoke to me. I love trees and don’t like seeing them wastefully destroyed. I live in a neighborhood once filled with tall pines, We are practically the only house remaining with trees. We are in the midst of a hurricane, and most of my neighbors have expressed concern over my sixteen trees. I look out and take odd comfort in them. They shelter and soothe me. I admit during the bands of extreme wind I get a little antsy as I watch them sway and sweep, but they bend much better than I do!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 29, 2012 @ 14:20:00

      Sending out thoughts to you amidst Hurricane Sandy Suzicate. I am a great believer in we can manifest our thoughts, so I am sending a thought that is calming the winds as it leaves you and your trees alone…. Know you are Safe!.. Many thanks for visiting back… Blessings Sue x

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  28. Renee Espriu
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 03:08:06

    How beautiful is your art and words. I have been missing out it seems. Sorry to be lax. Blessings.

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