The mystical growth of the Joshua tree

Several years back, I went to Joshua Tree State Park to see the annual blooming of the Joshua trees.

I joined a fascinating talk given by one of the park rangers, called ‘Meeting the Joshua Tree’, and learned about the mystical growth of these special trees.

Each tree is unique and different, often markedly so. There is no genetic predisposition to become a perfect Joshua tree shape – each tree is a perfect Joshua tree and each is one of a kind, like fingerprints.

Ranger Dar, whose joyful enthusiasm for his job made it a pleasure to listen to him speak, explained that each tree’s growth is affected by its immediate environment.

In order to grow and spread, the individual branches must split, and split again, to create the unusual form of a Joshua Tree.

Different factors figure into how this happens: animals chewing on a branch can begin the process, so can fire or lightening, and so on. Stress on a tree creates the tree, in other words. Without that stress, the tree does not spread.

In order to become beautiful, each Joshua tree must experience small endings, cuts, destruction, letting go of the old shape. Each one is designed by nature as it grows.

What a gift to hear this, and what a great picture for how human beings grow. How else would we know how strong or capable we are, unless tested? We all need challenges and tests in our lives, in order to become all we can be. Like the Joshua tree, there is only one of each of us. We are all unique.

It is a mystical and healing experience indeed, visiting the desert.

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?  -Rumi
©Kris Cahill
https://psychiceveryday.com
Image: ‘Joshua Tree in Bloom’ ©Kris Cahill

 

Join my mailing list and receive my free weekly newsletter:

Related Post

Bring your spirit into your everyday life When you bring your spirit along with you every day, you change your experience of being alive. You also get to have a lot more fun being who you alr...
The fine art of free will The choice you make in any situation will depend on the choices you see before you. Yes, you do have free will, and are free to choose what you want,...
Psychic is an everyday way of being Everyday is an adjective that means commonplace, ordinary, or normal. You are psychic every day, and being psychic is an everyday thing. It's normal ...
What is spiritual freedom? The freedom to be healthy in body, mind, spirit, to have health on all levels of being, is all about spiritual freedom. It begins in your spirit. The...

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.