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'Neath My Beautiful Banyan Tree

September 26, 2012 (22:22) by Carolyn Romano

So, I've been sitting here for the past two days writing and rewriting what is supposed to be my brief, I-can-knock-this-out-in-10-minutes introduction to my newsletter. Sigh. I am stuck. Stumped. Stymied. Stressed. This seizing up happened right after "thinking" I knew what I wanted to write about and "thinking" that I'd get through this in no time, and, then finally "thinking" that all my "thinking" just wasn't working.

Man o man, do I need a new, non-thinking strategy to get this intro written, I think. So, I say a teensy prayer to call in Spirit and decide to start listening instead...
Finally, after a cricket-filled moment of eternal proportions, I banyan treehear:
"Psssst. You! Yes, you over there by the beautiful banyan tree. C'mere. We need to talk. Or, actually, I need to talk and I need for you to keep listening."
Huh? That's odd, my thinking mind interjects. A banyan tree? And not just any banyan tree, a beautiful banyan tree? Where's this coming from? Fortunately, I know by now to pay attention to these seemingly random images that come to me when I'm listening. For the next moment, I allow my thinking mind to take over while I clickety clack on my keyboard to see if perhaps Google will shed some light on the origins of this beautiful banyan tree.
As it turns out, according to Wikipedia, a banyan tree "provides a multi-layered, rich, and complex symbol of the self and its journey towards enlightenment." Buddha sat under a banyan tree. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna uses the banyan tree as a symbol to describe the true meaning of life to the warrior Arjuna. It is a tree of refuge. A tree of safety. A tree of great wisdom.
I'm beginning to like banyan trees! I'm even beginning to like listening to messages under banyan trees:
"Worry, anxiety, pressure, control do not support your growth at this time. Embrace the uncertainty. Befriend the many ways in which you block your growth so they may be released. Trust that the many roots you have extending into the earth nourish and support you, while the leaves on the many branches you extend toward the sky also feed you. Be open to receive the gifts that come from heaven and earth.
"Embrace your 'complex, multi-layered self and its journey toward enlightenment.' Receive yourself under the banyan tree. Receive love, joy, wellness, healing, wholeness.
rainbow banyan tree"Allow what you long for to make itself known. Allow the most authentic part of you to emerge without apology and with the strongest conviction that you are worthy. You matter. You deserve. Listen to your heart's desire, to your soul's calling. Be willing to surrender to them.
"And then rest in the safety of your beautiful banyan tree trusting that your prayers have been heard and will be answered."
Sigh. I love my beautiful banyan tree and sit down beneath it. I look around and realize, wow, there's plenty of room under here, and I don't mind sharing. Won't you come sit and rest with me?
It's your beautiful banyan tree, too.


  • My Bear Lodge Sister,

    Such a beautiful reminder that we, like the bear, only need to trust, and we will be guided to what is right for us at the proper time.

    Posted by Chantra on October 16, 2012
  • I just arrived in Santa Fe New Mexico to visit my sister.
    I didn’t want to open your email till now.
    You always have such inspiring thoughts and I’m sure they are just as well understood in downtown Jersey City, but here in Santa Fe they my quess is they seem like simple common sense.
    Keep up the good " fight." Lol

    Posted by Andy Palmet on October 05, 2012
  • Hi Carolyn,
    You are such a sweetheart and this is a lovely story. I love how honest and strongly vulnerable you are and I miss you! Hopefully I can return to journeying with you one of these months.

    Posted by Carol on September 27, 2012
  • Such a nice story to remind me to slow down and enjoy all the enrichment around me in nature, loved ones, and within.
    ….time for a walk in the woods w my puppy!

    Posted by Janine on September 27, 2012
  • I LOVE this opening you have written! It touches me deeply as I have sat under banyan trees and enjoyed a true sense of peace and safety that I did not understand until now. Thank you for opening my eyes Carolyn. I’d be glad to join you under the beautiful banyan tree! =)

    Posted by Dawn on September 27, 2012

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