The Elder~ The Circular Path ~Final Chapter.

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 Today chores were completed, family drew close and the world continued to spin in its ever seemingly frustrating circles of divisions.  It was time to return to the Peace of her Elder Tree.

Today the Signs had all been about the number 4 as it jumped out at her at every chance it could. She thought upon how often we used this number. The four points of the compass, Four Elements. Four Cornerstones and more.

The four corners of the world were often spoken of, yet Mother Earth was round, a perfect circle as was the Moon and Sun to our eyes.

The woman smiled at how Mankind built his home in squares and angles, ridged blocks and sharp corners. And an image of the pyramids came to mind.  She thought about his personality traits, not easily bending in the wind or flowing in the stream of life. He always appeared to be fighting it, wanting to shape nature to his design rather than living in co-operations with it.

Nature rarely followed a straight line for long. The Ivy she now painted wound its way around the bird’s nest. Birds knew the strength of the circle. The woman leaned back stretching as she turned over the record which had stopped playing on the turntable.  Another circle as each thought went around and around in her head.

The Elder was taking shape now as she mixed some blues and reds in her dish for the berries. The Elder was silent again as she absorbed herself in her task of adding the Elderberries in their bunches to where she felt they needed to be. As her paintbrushes worked she followed her heart,  her vision saw another world unfolding inside her mind as she settled deeper within the Elder’s Magic.

The Heart of the Elder.

The Heart of the Elder.

Her mind flew back to her childhood to the happy times of her memory when she climbed trees and jumped brooks with her younger brother. Carefree days of long Summer Sun helping farmers harvest hay. She thought how she had gathered the Elderberries for her Aunt who would use their flowers in Spring to make sparkling wine, and make syrup and jams and delicious cordials from the Autumn berries. She loved being outdoors, it took her away from the fear of arguments and the responsibilities of watching over her four younger siblings.

She thought fondly of her Dad and the special times of walking the Dales and collecting the green Hazelnut cobs in the early months of September. Eating half before they got home with the nutcrackers tucked in his pocket to save their teeth. He’d always a sharp penknife and would often cut the Hazel rods to make walking sticks. It was the one thing she had wanted when he had passed, for he had made a special one with a ram horn on the top for a handle he used for walking.  He had found the weathered skull upon one of his many lonely hill top walks much later in life.

Around and around her thoughts went as each brush stroke filled in more leaves at the tip of the branches. Her mind thought of the overhanging branch of the large Beech tree in their childhood garden and how in winter storms her Dad had made them all sleep down stairs for fear of the big tree toppling over.

At the thought of the Beech tree she remembered the scars inflicted into its bark as her brother had calved his initials into its trunk. And how with a pellet gun he had aimed at it piercing it over and over in target practice.

Years later as an adult those same scars were still there to be seen. They were not as sharp to the eye, one had to lift their head higher to see them. But they were still visible to those who knew where to look.

But the scars had not prevented the Tree from growing. They were now part of the tree who had grown from the inside outwards.

The woman thought of all the layers which had gone into her own growth. She had no visible outward scars on her skin. Hers had been hidden within the circles of her own memories.

The Tribal  Universe is a circle of learning, everything is related, the woman had long since understood this knowledge.  Standing back from her painting, she saw how the snake had wound its way around the Elder and up into the branches. Each branch a different path. A road taken, each a journey of discovering who we are.

Branches of Life

Branches of Life

 

We are each climbing our tree, stepping onto our various branches, hauling ourselves higher as we aim to reach the top. Some are sure footed, climbing easily, while others can slip back losing their footing falling on hard ground and they struggle to pick themselves back up to climb again.   Some do not even have the courage to climb the tree for fearing they will fall.. Fear holding many back from exploring and testing one’s self to higher goals.

We are all upon the same Tree each holding onto our our particular pathway. Like leaves we may feel separate swaying in the breeze, yet each one is part of the cycle and each one is helping nourish the whole. 

 Everything has a time, an evolutionary path through their cycles. Like the Tree it had to shut down, pull back and have its periods of rest as well as growth. Throughout History the woman saw how Mankind had also gone through such cycles. 

She thought upon the events in the world. How one thing affects another, each a piece within the whole. She put her brush down and stood up arching her aching back as she stepped back to see the whole of her painting.

Elder Tree Complete

Elder Tree Complete

When we stand back, we see the Earth is alive right from its centre, the womb with its red blood, hot liquid gushing through her arteries. Her veins of waterways merging into her vast oceans tides ebbing and flowing with the Moons Wax and Wane.  While the hairs upon her outer skin are the billions of trees which hold her foundations together. Supporting both Great and Small, from Elephants to Insects, Whales to birds..

A Natural democracy prevails, all things having the right to exist, all things being equal.  She thought back through her memories, her history. We all of us have our place in history, each of us shaping it, calving out our places within it. Even if we may not realise the scars we inflict or leave behind us.  She saw how the circle of life repeats, and she knew deep down that we were reaping the consequences of neglect and greed. What seeds we had sown had to be reaped. What goes around comes around she thought. 

The Elder had known no words were needed today, for all the work being done had to come from one’s own BE-ing. As one explored their own journey which took them deep into their roots, taking them both High and Low along the branches of memory. One had to go within themselves to expand and grow.

She sighed, as she finished what she had started, she also knew that no one, and nothing was ever lost as she gave thanks to the Elder, for all that it had given.  For she knew she was just one among many who were travelling back home.

 For All roads lead us home, and we were all part of the same Tree of Life.

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The water-colour painting complete size is 10×07 inches 254 x 178mm on 100% cotton.

 © Sue Dreamwalker 2017.

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  1. The Poetry Channel
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 14:42:56

    Many layers, each with a great message. Nicely written, Sue. I enjoyed this.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 10, 2017 @ 14:46:29

      Many thanks Michael for reading to the end.. 🙂 and knowing how you dislike longer posts, I am honoured that you chose to stick it out to the end.. 🙂 Thank YOU.

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      • The Poetry Channel
        Feb 10, 2017 @ 14:56:49

        All long posts are not created equal, or equally. ☺
        I don’t even like to read my own long poems. Which is odd because most of the fantasy books I like to read are ridiculously long and so are their series. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan was 15 volumes when Brandon Sanderson finished it for him posthumously. Jordan being the posthumous one, of course.
        But I sincerely enjoyed the story, a mix of things that kept my interest throughout. And I have herein exceeded my own preference for brevity.
        Have a great day, Sue.

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  2. Writing to Freedom
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 14:58:56

    Such a beautiful painting Sue. And I appreciate your clear wisdom, passion, and attunement with nature. We can learn much from you and nature. The observation of how rigid and forced we build things really struck me. May we learn to live, work and play with nature.

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  3. New Earth Paradigm
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 15:35:45

    My Goodness — what a journey. The painting looks so massive but it is really quite small. That makes me admire you even more for being able to render such complexity with such clarity in a watercolor. I enjoyed each part of this process, Sue, especially the dialogue between you and the Elder. As you added each element, I would just smile to myself: “Oh, she’s including that animal, or that plant and even the human fetus! WoW! I am in deep gratitude for how you included me in this artistic process of art plus writing. Thank you, Alia

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  4. vanbytheriver
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 15:38:02

    Such a beautiful reveal of the final artwork, Sue. I have loved this, both the story and the process. Amazing work, thank you for sharing your soulful Being.

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  5. Paul Handover
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 15:41:25

    It is one world. It is one natural world. Humans can agree, fight it, ignore it, abuse it, or love it. But they can’t change the core principle of Planet Earth. We are subject to the laws of Nature.

    All much more eloquently expressed by you, Sue, in your gorgeous words.

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  6. Ka Malana - Fiestaestrellas.com
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 15:47:11

    This painting is really special, Sue.
    I love it.

    Maybe at the center we have a gestation period
    for a growing democracy, a more mature &
    Thoughtful reflection for our future choices,
    As a civilation of humanity is made
    Up by each person, and then nations

    As we all become more of who we are individuall-wholistically
    Authentically, and with the
    Help of nature.
    More free to be who we are, inherently.

    Embracing the air while strongly anchored deep in the roots
    Of time. See how unified we already are with the trees, plants and animal kingdoms!! 🌳🍃🌿

    Typing from my phone 📱 today has made my text strange – as. My phone keeps adding its own renditions.

    Today I am hopeful ~ something beautiful here is growing and it still may be hidden in the tree! Oh. What a beautiful painting. Unity with life.

    Much love to you, Ka

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 10, 2017 @ 16:00:21

      Yes something beautiful is happening in the world.. When we step back and really see how the world is changing.. When we look beyond the suffering, the pain the scars.. we see its really growing merging together .. The refugees have suffered.. Yet they merge our nations together showing us that the future races of Mankind will no longer have labels.. Its a way off yet before other wake up.. But each leaf lends itself to the growth and Regeneration of the whole.. It may fall, but its passing is not without its merit.. For it is through History, through our learning process.. Those worms, grab a hold and pull what is discarded back to process it into something good to nourish the roots of future seeds that fall..
      Each generation has its part to play.. We are witnessing yet another part within our Changes.. And I feel 2017 will herald in many changes.. Not all we may perceive as being Good. But each a lesson within our growth.. I am excited that the feminine energies right now are gathering momentum.. Compassion, Care, come about often through adversities and suffering being revealed..
      I know too our Animal kingdom right now are feeling these changes.. The Whales hold a vibration.. and are sensing those changes too.. Have you heard the news from Australia of them? Sad.. but each are shedding, leaving, as our vibrations shift and change..

      Much Love and I loved your symbols from your phone. 🙂

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      • Ka Malana - Fiestaestrellas.com
        Feb 10, 2017 @ 16:12:38

        Wow! the image of those worms, yes. This life cycle. Today i have more acceptance than yesterday, but nothing relies on my acceptance. Last night the whales spoke up to me, yes – and I had not known of the news in NZ of the pilot whales beaching until today. I’ve had a longtime connection with NZ and whale kind in my heart. Whale strandings now at Farewell Spit – the Northern tip of NZ’s south island. How do all these words read like a story written, woven, as those the place-names even tell the tale. Hugs, Sue, sister. I am grateful for your presence in my life. Aloha~nui~loa May there long be better days ahead.

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Feb 10, 2017 @ 16:20:13

          Yes long ago I posted a channeled piece when I connected to spirit A guide came through to speak and spoke of the whales and their parts in the world.. They warned us back then that when they chose to depart, their parts which they played within the vibration of their whale song around the earth would no longer be needed.. I think this is one of the largest exits I have seen.. And the point of which they chose to exit Farewell Spit is but another Sign..
          Love and Blessings Ka.. and we sing off the same page.. ❤

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  7. derrickjknight
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 16:12:48

    I think I have already said that this is a lovely fable – never mind, I’ll repeat it if I have. Good, nurturing, memories too. It all comes together well.

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  8. Eddie Two Hawks
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 16:15:14

    Fascinating artwork coupled with intriguing ideas that involve all humanity. This are the forces that will assist mankind in new ways of living.
    The power of the creative is within each of us. In some it manifests outwardly in the world without hesitation while in others it gently rests within until such a time that it may explode and expose itself to all creation.

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  9. robbiesinspiration
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 17:22:54

    This was a wonderful read, Sue. Your artwork and your beautiful words are a total delight.

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  10. nonsmokingladybug
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 17:49:20

    I love the painting. It’s beautiful.

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  11. peggyjoan42
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 18:39:11

    Very interesting post Sue. Your paintings are very different and quite colorful. Painting is so relaxing. I spend hours and days when I paint – I am sure you do also. Mankind definitely needs to begin an extensive campaign of taking care of this beautiful earth we live on. Mankind needs to become more understanding of others, more loving, more compassionate.

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  12. InfiniteZip
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 19:10:27

    I felt such peace here at your conclusion, enjoyed the whole series Sue and your lovely work of life art is wonderful ❤

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  13. belasbrightideas
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 20:46:03

    I just love your paintings, Sue. Sweet. Isn’t hazelwood also good for fashioning dowsing rods? We don’t have it here … Somewhat wistful dialogue, some great conclusions. You would love all the humpbacks and their babies out playing in the ocean here, these days. So fun to get out there with them occasionally. Dear Sue, of course nothing is ever lost. All our memories are imprinted somewhere … All the more reason to make them as consciously as we can at the time. Blessings, dear one ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 11, 2017 @ 10:44:11

      Yes Hazelwood makes excellent dowsing rods.. and Dad would show me how too.. He was very in-tune with nature. And I believe the land also holds our memories..Even objects.. I used to be able to do psychometry, not strongly, but I would get good impressions.. 🙂 We are so so much more than we give ourselves credit for.. 🙂 But you know all of this.. 🙂

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  14. Mark Lanesbury
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 22:31:11

    Beautiful creation Sue, as is the story. Your heart has expressed something very wise and relevant to our times. Thank you for sharing your gift, may it encourage more to do the same and stand in their truth, as you have done 😀 ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 11, 2017 @ 10:46:50

      Many thanks Mark.. I hope more people just reach inside of themselves and pull out the branches of the stories which are rooted within.. They will be amazed at the revelations they find.. Thank YOU for all of your encouragement Mark.. 🙂

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  15. From the Desk of MarDrag
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 00:09:45

    Such a breathtaking painting and story. A true message from a true visionary. There are so many truths and lessons here…what a sharing! You are such a lovely soul. Thank you for your Light that shines so Bright! Blessings!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 11, 2017 @ 10:48:22

      So pleased Mar this story spoke to you and you saw so much I intended those with their own vision to see.. Many thanks dear friend for feeding that back to me.. I so appreciate your Bright Blessings.. ❤ Hugs Sue xx

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  16. europasicewolf
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 00:44:42

    Very interesting Sue….the first section reminded me of some of what I’ve been learning about in a Symbology course. Only touched the beginnings, like the difference between symbols and signs but something in what you were saying here rang a bell as they say. I’m struggling to answer the questions, so progress is very slow but I think I understood your blog on a different level as a consequence of this budding knowledge 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 11, 2017 @ 10:50:24

      So happy to know it resonated Wolfie.. I think we all of us find that which we are seeking.. It only takes just a small sign for us to connect some of our dots and make sense of the larger picture… Sending huge Howls your way my friend and good luck with your Study results.. Hugs Sue xx

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  17. macalder02
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 05:19:51

    With so many accurate judgments, it is difficult to add something different. Your blog is great and enjoyed something different in reading. I can only say that it is great what you write and fly reading further.

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  18. Karin
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 10:37:20

    What a beautiful series of stories and wonderful painting. I resonate a lot with the idea that we are like branches on the same tree and that all the different paths lead back home eventually.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  19. Visionkeeper
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 10:50:56

    Well you’ve outdone yourself this time DW…Such a fantastic picture and your series that coincides with it. Such truth in your words and expressed through many lines of color! A very important series of words indeed…Great stuff DW. Amazing times, trying times, often dark times but always tinged with the light!!!! We are on our way if we just open our minds to a better way of being. Thanks my friend. Have a wonderful weekend. My thoughts and hugs go out to you…VK ❤ ❤ ❤

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  20. David
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 12:23:45

    As with Michael I am not a lover of long posts or poems, though I am aware that some of mine are overly long, but I must say Sue that there is something about your work that keeps us coming back for more and we have to keep reading to find your often surprising endings from which stem new beginnings. Much Love, David
    PS Beautiful post and painting! Well done Sue. X

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 12, 2017 @ 11:37:02

      Thank you David.. I am happy that you keep on coming back for more.. 🙂 It means I must be doing something right 🙂 And thank you for reading to the end.. I so appreciate your patience and perseverance.. Much love 🙂

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  21. Heartafire
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 14:17:20

    I read this yesterday but came back today to soak up this beautiful story and your lovely illustrations Sue. It is truly heartwarming and beautifully expressed as always. Thank you dear Sue . Have a lovely day~ ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 12, 2017 @ 11:40:45

      Thank you Holly I am delighted you came back to tell me you enjoyed reading.. 🙂 And it brought a huge smile to my face to know you enjoyed it so much.. I hope you are having a peaceful weekend also.. Much love.. ❤ Sue xx

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      • Heartafire
        Feb 12, 2017 @ 15:25:55

        It is early, but so far so good as the day goes. The sun is shining, the birds chirping, squirrels are scurrying…all is well. Unfortunately I turned on the news and had to quickly turn it off so as not to have a broken heart. Much love to you dear Sue. xx 💜

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Feb 12, 2017 @ 16:40:28

          Yes I have not as yet and here is is early evening switched on the News, not even the radio today.. My heart was broken the other day at the news of the Whales in NZ.. and so many acts of violence which we humans inflict upon each other.. Which is why I often prefer my Trees and getting lost within their wisdom.. Much Love Holly I really appreciate you coming back to tell me how much you enjoyed reading.. Love and Hugs my sweet friend ❤

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  22. Hariod Brawn
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 14:47:02

    This series was lovely, dear Sue, and you weaving your own life experiences and creativity into the parable made the whole richly rewarding, I felt. The tender moments of recalling times with your father touched me, as did the carving of initials into the bark of Beech trees — something I and my friends were sometimes guilty of as children living in the heavily wooded Chiltern Hills, renowned as they are for their Beech woods in particular. H ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 12, 2017 @ 11:45:15

      Dearest Hariod.. I am always most delighted knowing you are reading my creative pieces and I always feel special when you write your complementary comments upon them.. Yes that beech tree still stands within my old home even though my Dad passed away in the late 90’s I often travel back to the village I was brought up in, and look upon it..
      The Chiltern Hills not unlike the Derbyshire Dales for their wonderful walks and beautiful scenery .. Such a lovely place to grow up in too. 🙂

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  23. -Eugenia
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 15:09:46

    Beautiful painting and lovely story, as well. I love this series.

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  24. smilecalm
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 18:20:21

    profoundly an embrace, Sue
    of being rooted
    on the continuation
    tree of all ancestors 🙂

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  25. litebeing
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 20:10:16

    I am in awe of your painting and it has me wondering about the elementals and other beings that vibrate at higher frequencies that live in trees. So much consciousness alludes our limited sense in the physical. Thank you so much for bringing this project to light. I have a big oak tree in my backyard that hold s a space for me and my neighbors. Currently my backyard view is on my blog. Feeling grateful to be able to glimpse into the wonder of your being.

    love, Linda

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 12, 2017 @ 11:59:29

      Argh Yes, you touch upon this point well Linda.. So so much more going off within our world than we can see with our physical eyes.. It is all about VIBRATION.. and how each of us vibrate within our set frequencies.. 🙂 I will be calling around soon to view your wonderful Oak.. in your back yard.. 🙂 Sending much love and thank you Linda for your beautiful comment.. :-).. I feel our consciousness is now starting to vibrate a little faster as we gradually open up our awareness.. The more who open their hearts to this Frequency of LOVE the more we will see our Planet change.. xxx ❤

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  26. Sageleaf
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 22:58:24

    All parts of this story have now become One. How incredible! Your painting takes my breath away. I just love the beautiful colors and intricate watercolor! I also love the messages in your story – you’re quite the storyteller. I just love all the visions and images that came to mind: how we’re a spider web and anything we do to it, we do to ourselves; how we are all energy – connected, collective energy. Oh how I wish – and I know this is my desire (along with many other folks, but still – it’s in my own mind) – how I could magically make people see their own light. Hehe. But really, in all seriousness, we don’t come with instruction manuals but we do come with an inner knowing. Part of the process of awakening, I think, is when we get in touch with that inner knowing. With love.
    I will always believe that love wins. Those who choose to turn away, I hope, will one day realize its power. I think many people are awakening – like you’ve said – to this love. But, we still falter when we awaken to this love – when we act without thinking. I’m certainly guilty of this.
    But, in the end, when we’re in touch with ourselves, in touch with our hearts, then we will be as one – and so connected, just as in your story.
    Wonderful, wonderful writing here. Sending you hugs!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 12, 2017 @ 16:17:44

      Dear Cynthia.. Yes we have to believe that Love Wins always.. We are waking up to seeing that we have to change. When more of us re-connect within ourselves and open up our hearts they will see it is our hearts that will help alter that vibration.. That Vibration is what we all of us need to reconnect with.. Which is LOVE.. ❤ Many thanks dear friend for your wonderful contribution of thoughts which you have left me on each of my posts.. I truly appreciate you and the energy imprint you always leave here.. Thank you!

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  27. stephensmustang1
    Feb 12, 2017 @ 02:57:27

    Beautiful painting and beautiful words.
    What spoke to me the most is ‘everyone is climbing their own tree’…it’s an important reminder for me to remember.
    Hugs and love, my friend.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 12, 2017 @ 16:20:52

      Yes an important reminder especially when we know of those who at times appear stuck upon their own branches.. 🙂 But all are climbing, even those in the world who appear to have fallen.. Each are playing their parts in helping us see their are many ways, many paths, many creatures and many forms that go into the Whole of the growing of the Tree.. Each no less important upon the journey as they travel on up to experience each part of the Tree of Life.. 🙂 Hugs and Love returned Elizabeth xxx

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  28. Playamart - Zeebra Designs
    Feb 12, 2017 @ 07:14:31

    Beautiful! When artist friends express their worries about having ‘dry periods of work’ i remind them that even the moon has times when it goes into quiet mode.. This illustrates that concept so well.

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  29. lorriebowden
    Feb 12, 2017 @ 12:30:17

    I read your post last night and then life took over before I could respond! But here I am and I read it again and I feel so good about the journey you took us on, Sue. And for it to culminate with the ending of the poem with the finished painting is…PERFECT!! Your beautiful tree, full of branches that weave like the tapestry of life, is so beautiful and so representative…just like your words…of our connection to each other…our connection to the Divine! Spectacular work, Sue!! Bravo! Thank you for the blessing of walking with you ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 12, 2017 @ 16:32:55

      Many thanks dear Lorrie for that beautiful comment.. Yes we are all of us upon that journey.. Like the branches of a tree, each walking our own particular road we sometimes encounter others who are meant to guide us and keep us balanced holding us so we do not fall.. At other times we may lose our footing and feel vulnerable as we feel the branch crack beneath us. So we shift our balance and we move to another stronger branch for support..
      It may be that at times the whole tree begins to sway as the storms in life seem to topple us over.. But our roots keep us firmly anchored..
      And if the unthinkable should happen and we fall.. We know that nothing is lost.. For we begin again the cycle.. always growing, reaching upwards towards the Light..

      I know we like the world may be feeling out of balance right now.. but it is only asking us to dig deeper into the core of our hearts..
      Sending much love to you my friend.. I so thank you for reading and the effort that takes when one is not well.. Love and Hugs.. Sue xxx

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      • lorriebowden
        Feb 12, 2017 @ 18:24:36

        Your response made me cry…
        Not tears of sadness…nor tears of happiness. More like tears of truth! The painting is beautiful and your journey with words has been captivating. I feel so connected to you and I am grateful for this feeling of knowing you…and for you knowing me! It is a very volatile time and I sometimes find it so hard to stay in the love energy because some things just seem so wrong to me. But just as I must release control in my own life, I must also release thinking I have any control over others! In the end, I pray that the energy of light radiates and brightens the darkness. I know it will…I’m just not sure when. But I also know that we can’t stand idly by and watch without extending our energy out.
        Thanks so much…FOR EVERYTHING ❤

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Feb 13, 2017 @ 16:13:03

          Awww.. I did not wish to make you cry Lorrie.. There are so many things I wish I could explain about both dark and light.. You are now undergoing what I feel many are experiencing as we shed, cleanse, and regenerate our physical and nonphysical bodies to align with the many Earth changes happening which are occurring more rapidly that our outer bodies are not always catching up .. For me at this time I am finding myself sleeping deeply.. My senses are in overload at times about the world, which is why I withdraw from time to time.. Merge back with my own inner creations and visions of thought.. Like you say so much energy reverberating around.. We are often caught unawares and we bubble over with our emotions of tears, be it injustice, or sheer frustration at the folly of others and their actions..
          But we are all of us part of the whole.. Each of us are now more aware, and are all of us moving, shifting, within the streams of consciousness.. What will be will be, according to where we are upon our Tree… Keep hold of those HIGH vibrations Lorrie.. For it is seeing that LOVE and HARMONY will Unite us all. and All who are ready will join as one..

          Love and Hugs my friend.. ❤ and thank you so much for the energy you bring here.. I feel your love ❤ Blessings Sue xxx

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          • lorriebowden
            Feb 14, 2017 @ 01:46:14

            I’m so happy you can feel it…because I’ve got it…I am radiating it through all of this journey…the dark and the light 🙂 I have to say that I feel such a shift…internally. I feel so much better equipped to deal with it all…and I am grateful for it. And I am grateful to have our connection, Sue…I just feel so comforted by your words…always!
            I know…what will be will be…and land there is a certain peace at accepting that. All I wish is to continue learning…growing…and sharing 🙂
            Blessings my friend♡♡

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Feb 14, 2017 @ 11:30:59

              Yes in our acceptance comes peace.. Trusting that the Universe does Have a plan.. But also remembering we each are playing our parts within it.. So long as we hold our vibration at the highest we can.. And continue to send out our vibration of LOVE, as we try not to judge and condemn.. For we live in a world of duality.. And without the Dark Shadows we would not have the experience of the Light..
              And I know from my on experiences, that it has been the times I have worked through shadows that have illuminated me and pushed me to reach higher for that Light..
              So too the world is going through this cycle.. :-).. The Feminine is uniting through her compassion and strength.. I see it everywhere.. So Smile.. For all is well in our world.. ❤ xxx

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            • lorriebowden
              Feb 14, 2017 @ 22:04:44

              Thank you so much, Sue. I appreciate your understanding and the way you can express yourself so easily about it. I didn’t really connect the thought that the world is going through this cycle also! It is comforting, and I am Blessitude ❤ ❤

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Feb 15, 2017 @ 10:08:27

              Your welcome… We mirror each other at every turn.. (This is the circular path! 🙂 ) ❤

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  30. Teagan Geneviene
    Feb 12, 2017 @ 13:02:45

    Sue, such a beautiful story, lovingly interwoven with the painting. Nicely done, my friend. Both are lovely. Mega hugs!

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  31. IreneDesign2011
    Feb 12, 2017 @ 14:58:50

    Amazing and very beautiful post, dear Sue 😀
    You are so very talented in many ways and I love your paint here. We are all equal, which is important to learn too. No one has more right than another ❤

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  32. insearchofitall
    Feb 12, 2017 @ 18:47:17

    I LOVE your painting, Sue. It feels so alive! There are a lot of points here that I could add comment to but it would be loquacious of me to continue. Everything you said here had deep, profound meaning. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  33. Tina Frisco
    Feb 13, 2017 @ 04:52:55

    Sue, this was vital nutrition for my life’s blood. It did more for me than all the vitamin C and golden seal root I’ve been taking. Your words, your art, your spirit inject hope into the consciousness of humankind. And we are blessed by your presence … 💖💖

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 13, 2017 @ 09:59:13

      Dear Tina.. Thank you, from my heart to yours.. It pleases me that your Spirit was lifted as well as your energy.. And I am delighted that this post made a difference.. Love and Blessings my friend, take care and a speedy recovery xx Hugs Sue x

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  34. voulaah
    Feb 13, 2017 @ 11:35:17

    dear Sue,
    Thank you so much for sharing lovely story with beautiful words
    Have a very nice week
    Kisses

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  35. cindy knoke
    Feb 13, 2017 @ 18:33:30

    Such powerful positivity here and artistic talent. Impressive.

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  36. marina kanavaki
    Feb 13, 2017 @ 19:14:40

    You know how sometimes you see a beautiful work a friend has done and you wait for the right words to come up before you write, simply because you’ve enjoyed it so much and think that every phrase you come up with is just not good enough? That’s been the case here and I keep coming back… well, guess what, the right words aren’t present still but I can tell you this, every time I come back, I see more, enjoy more and appreciate even more your beautiful work, my sweet friend and all I can say is Thank you for this and send a big big hug! 🙂 xxxxxx

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  37. Val Boyko
    Feb 13, 2017 @ 22:39:51

    I love the building of layers and your journey Sue. What a beautiful work of art to nourish heart and soul. Thank you for sharing your passion, insight and love ❤️

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  38. Inese Poga Art plus Life
    Feb 14, 2017 @ 04:14:57

    I just got a free minute tonight and stopped by to check what’s new. I see you have been painting and implementing your wise philosophy in this painting. Thoughtful, true and honest story. I like when things are not too sweet and there is left some space for imagination without saying absolutely everything. Or painting everything.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 15, 2017 @ 13:58:32

      Yes.. we have to leave spaces for the imagination to grow.. 🙂 and sometimes the truth hurts.. 🙂 lol.. Many thanks for your lovely comments Inese.. I have seen your beautiful flowers and will be commenting upon them after moderating my post.. your talents far exceed that of my own.. But I dabble and dribble a little paint or a word here and there, and it keeps me out of mischief Lol.. Much Love ❤ And Thank you

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  39. marjablom
    Feb 14, 2017 @ 06:19:15

    What an inspirational story I love how you say that the scars didn’t prevent the tree from growing and all the layers of growth. The painting is absolutely stunningly beautiful.
    Love the elderberry. We too gathered the berries each year and took the berries off and made wine of it in our first years here in NZ. It was delicious.
    Ahoranui Marja

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 15, 2017 @ 14:00:26

      Thank you Marja.. so lovely to know you have read the story.. and enjoyed so much.. Yes so many uses has the Elder tree.. And I am sure in NZ its fruits are rich and ripe.. Wine is delicious… I hope you are well.. and hope to hop over to NZ to see what you have been up to recently very soon.. 🙂 xxx ❤

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  40. 🌵VIVIMETALIUN🌵
    Feb 15, 2017 @ 12:40:26

    Que pintura magnífica dessa árvore. 😀

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  41. Beverley
    Feb 15, 2017 @ 15:04:23

    Beautiful, Sue! Yes, we are all connected, we ascend from the same source and although separate we are all connected through that source. If only everyone in the world knew this and accept it, then there would be more love and love comes acceptance and peace.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 17, 2017 @ 13:08:36

      I agree with you Beverley, if only more understood,and shared love and kindness, if we did this, the world would be much more at peace.. 🙂 For it all begins with ourselves.. When we find Peace within, we shall then find it outside of ourselves.. ❤ xxx

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  42. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Feb 15, 2017 @ 22:29:11

    The painting is wonderful, Sue! It has so many meaningful layers in it…each part has a story of its own. I’ve seldom seen such a picture with a message crystal clear yet so deep and dramatic. I love you so much for your feelings and attunement with Mother Nature…she is the one who keeps us alive..she is the Ultimate… ❤ ❤

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  43. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Feb 15, 2017 @ 22:29:45

    P.S. I shared this post on my Twitter account. Hope you won’t mind … 🙂

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  44. Maria Wind Talker
    Feb 16, 2017 @ 16:13:54

    Gees am so behind..I need to read the others first xx

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  45. aussieian2011
    Feb 17, 2017 @ 07:15:01

    Absolutely beautiful Sue, getting rapt up in your writings, and being absorbed into your painting is a pure joy, and leaves one with a feeling of peaceful acceptance and contentment.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 17, 2017 @ 12:40:14

      Oh thank you Ian.. you and others have made this experience of my story telling in this way such a pleasure.. And I am delighted that it has been a two way experience.. For I so found so much peace painting it.. 🙂 ❤

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  46. laura kilty
    Feb 17, 2017 @ 09:40:37

    This was just such a beautiful tale, wonderfully woven over each installment. Your words and images truly spoke so deeply to me, so many layers of complexity and simplicity all as one. I have truly loved reading this (as you may have been able to tell from my other comments!) and am in awe of the complete painting. Your creativity and expression of nature is inspiring, Sue. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gifts and wisdom with us all.xo

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 17, 2017 @ 12:38:51

      Thank you Laura, for your kind and wonderful feed back of my writing.. I am delighted that you stayed the course and read to the end.. It has been your comments along with others who have enjoyed that have inspired me to continue writing my insights.. I know there was and is more to come.. about the Elephant, and the Aquatic life. But thought it best to conclude and save what else the Elder shared at a later date perhaps..
      In the mean time I have been busy painting and absorbing in again All that Nature is telling us..
      Love and Blessings and thank you again Laura for reading.. I am very appreciative of your comments 🙂

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  47. JoAnna
    Feb 19, 2017 @ 03:56:26

    Well, it took me a while to get back here, but I came when I needed it most. Your words and flow of your painting inspire me to look beyond the outer drama and mundane challenges to the deeper world and to remember my roots. Thank you.

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  48. Michael33
    Feb 19, 2017 @ 16:29:39

    Well… Sue… it’s not that you haven’t gotten enough comments on this post… but I must inflict my own thoughts within the mist of others…

    A magnificent, intriguing painting… I have wandered within it… pondered the thoughts that spring forth from it… lingered in its meaning… wondered within its magnificence to the point of thinking that my most resent post has been proven to be ‘imperfect’… for I might have discovered that one can indeed… paint the ‘beautiful’ within a dream.

    Oh… have I fallen on hard ground many times… though I remember all so well those times that were self inflicted… yet I will forever climb the tallest of trees. As I age, perhaps the fear of falling is magnified… yet, I wander in the thoughts of the most beautiful of visions… the most exhilarating emotions… that come to one in the tops of trees… while I reach for that first branch… offering itself to me within my struggle… I can climb above the brume… and then reach my hand down… to lift another…

    You have journeyed with me… along the path of my poetry… and you know that I have often written of those very scars of which you speak… sadly inflicted by me and left behind… so imprinted upon my soul… of those of which I have absorbed from others… left behind in the shadows of a tattered soul… yet leaving me with wisdom of which I would not have gathered without them.

    Perhaps within my vision to the eastern horizon
    Gazing into the dawn of a new day
    I will see you there
    Where we might share upon the branches… our memories
    From the tops of trees…

    A most beautiful day to you Sue…

    Michael

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Feb 19, 2017 @ 17:03:09

      Dear Michael.
      Thank you so much for your most profound and touching comment my friend.
      Yes our fears never leave us, we are always climbing, always reaching out.. But we are always growing.. Growing from our mistakes. Growing in the knowledge we gain, Growing as we learn to leave behind our wounds as we continue to grow despite them.
      Our roots are held firm in our faith.. And we learn to let go of trivial things as we see the strength of our core as we know what is most important in life..
      All else falls away.. When faced with challenges..
      Michael you have seen and learnt more than most.. But like the Elder you have grown.. Far FAR more wiser than from one who failed to even begin the journey to climb the tree you have been striving to conquer..

      I know if it be our wish my friend.. We will reach out among the leaves as we ascend our tree of life.. To meet in that eternal sunshine ..

      Thank you So so much for your wonderful contribution you have left me here Michael.. Your words brought tears..
      Love and Blessings to you as well as continued healing wishes..
      Sue xxx ❤

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  49. Maria F.
    Feb 20, 2017 @ 02:10:17

    This is so good!

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  50. Barbara Franken
    Mar 09, 2017 @ 08:26:02

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following your lovely story Sue, thank you so much for sharing this with us all. I so love the painting and can imagine it hanging in a special place in your home. much love and here’s to enjoy our journey as we all return home… but not just yet as this life is a double incarnation, the second is happening now as we all transform into our crystalline self and begin a new experience of embodied enlightenment. Barbara x

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Mar 09, 2017 @ 13:13:55

      Yes, I fully understand this Barbara.. What I had not envisaged though was the pull and drain on energies.. Which if I am honest I am having to rebalance . As I go back to many of my basics in Meditation practice again.. Many thanks again for your treasured visit and comments.. Thank you so much for reading.. I really appreciate the time spent here.. ❤ Sue xx

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  51. summerrain63
    Mar 18, 2017 @ 08:36:24

    Love the finished painting and end of the story….smiling here…
    I think I will just sit on a branch and watch for a bit….I am tired of climbing for now…have fallen too many times…lol

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