By HealingWorks, Mar 8 2020 05:08PM

Shamanic uncertainty principal!

We all want to feel secure. Darwin’s, Evolution by natural selection and Einstein’s relativity are both theories that help us to make sense of the world around us. They help use to comprehend and even predict life’s twists and turns allowing us to rest easy in our beds with a sense of direction and familiarity. Yet as we know a theory is not the same as fact.

A theory suggests under the same conditions the same process and outcomes will occur. Quantum mechanics upsets this interpretation with the Uncertainty principle, ‘The uncertainty principle implies that it is in general not possible to predict the value of a quantity with certainty, even if all initial conditions are specified’. After all it does not matter how many times you see the sun rise it doesn’t mean it will definitely rise tomorrow!

And with this uncertainty principle in mind I was interested to hear from an elderly gentleman that regularly walked his dog. He said it was these outings that helped keep his marriage together and make sense of the world. Upon further enquiry, I learnt his dog walking was always to an old Oak tree. Overs the years he started muttering/talking about his troubles and problems at the tree before returning home. One day whilst he was muttering about the latest worries, he heard a quiet voice answer him. He said, at first it was like he was speaking to himself. Giving himself some good advice that he had not thought of previously. However, as the visits to the tree continued, he gradually realised it wasn’t him at all. It was in fact the tree. The tree was talking to him.

This working with plant spirits, as we would call it, is an old Shamanic practice and a part of the honour of recognising the sacred connection to all our relations whether they be people, trees, stones, places etc. It’s an area we cover on our Shamanic Healers training in Totnes (

If you would like to try this connection to a tree than set a clear intention that, for 7 days you will daily spend 15 – 20 minutes with a chosen tree. Start by greeting the tree as a stranger, introduce yourself and your hopes. On another visit ask if there is anything you can do for the tree. On a following visit share something that you need to get off your chest. Keep a note of each visit and expect the unexpected. I would be interested in your experiences so please do email me. My elderly gentleman still goes to the tree, that he considers a friend, only now the friendship is more two-way with him helping out the tree when he can.


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