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The Spiritual Life of Trees

The Spiritual Life of Trees
Trees as Spirits, Trees in mythology, Trees as healers.
A Bibliography by Michael Pilarski
Edition #1. February 6, 2018,
I have been collecting books about the spirit side of trees for years. Here is an annotated bibliography of the books of the 17 books I could find at the moment.  This is by no means an exhaustive list. These are the birds in the hand. There are many more in the bush.
 
A Field Guide to Imaginery Trees
Jospen Bulgatz. 2005. Xlibris Corp. USA. 267 pages.
Trees throughout spiritual traditions. Mythology of trees.
 
Gospel of the Living Tree: for Mystics, Lovers, Poets & Warriors.
Roderic Knowles, 2009. Earth Cosmos Press, Ireland. Contact the author at earthcosmospress@gmail.com
A treasure trove of information about trees and full of poetry. Narrated mostly by the trees themselves.  A splendid and endearing book. One of my favorites in this genre.
 
Nature Spirits of the Trees
Interviews with Verena Stael von Holstein. . Edited by Wolfgang Weirauch. 2009, Floris Books. 228 pages.
One of my personal favorites. 37 tree devas are interviewed and Theabrox, the Great Timber Deva. You can learn a great deal about the spiritual side of trees.
 
Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Into the Dreaming of Earth.
Stephen Harrod Buhner. 2014.  Bear & Co. Rochester, VT. 564 pages.
A deep thinker. Explores some of the depths of the human mind and some relationship with nature.  No messages from the plants here. A scientific book.
 
Sacred Trees: Spirituality, Wisdom & Well-Being.
Nathaniel Altman. 2000, Sterling Publishing Co. New York. 208 pages.
An earlier edition was published as Sacred Trees. Nathaniel Altman, 1994, Sierra Club Books. 244 pages.
The mythology and medicinal uses of trees.
 
Secrets From the Lives of the Trees.
Jeffrey Goelitz, 1991, Planetary Publications, Boulder Creek, CA. 133 pages.
A story about a man’s friendship with trees and his discovery of how they reduce stress and facilitate the quest for inner peace. 13 trees are covered in depth. He converses with the trees and writes down the conversations. He is in close relationship with them.
 
Speaking with Nature: Awakening to the Deep Wisdom of the Earth
Sandra Ingerman & Llyn Roberts.
 
Talking with Nature. Sharing the Energies and Spirits of Trees, Plants, Birds and Earth.
Michael J. Roads. 1985. HJ Kramer, Tiburon, CA. 151 pages.
Michael talks with waterfalls, rivers, trees and other aspects of nature who impart wisdom messages to him.
 
Talks with Trees
Leslie Cabarga: A Plant Psychic’s Interviews with Vegetables, Flowers and Trees. 1997. Iconoclastics Pub Co, Los Angeles. 173 pages.
Over 30 psychic interviews with trees, flowers and vegetables What the plants think of their life.
 
The Divine Nature of Plants: Wisdom of the Earth Keepers.
Laura Aversano, Swan, Raven & Co, PO Box 1429, Columbus, NC. 2002. 213 pages.
Eversano is a medical and spiritual intuitive whose communication skills extend in to the plant kingdom. She discusses 30 medicinal plants in depth in the book. She describes the spiritual healing qualities of the plants as well as their physical herbal uses.
 
The Forest in Folklore and Mythology
Alexander Porteou, 2002. Dover Edition. Originally published  by the Macmillan Co, in 1928. 319 pages.  
A compendium of facts, folklores, superstitions, myths and ancecdotes about trees and the forest. One has to intuit the inner meanings of these tree myths.
 
The Healing Energies of Trees.
Patrice Bouchardon. 1999. Journey Editions, Boston. 159 pages.
Drawing on ancient traditions to teach us how to today sense the life forces of trees and accessing tree energies to healing mental, physical and spiritual crises. A guide to letting tree energies assist our healing process. Reading (and digesting) this book should assist the healing path of anyone afflicted with a serious health challenge.
 
The Power of Trees: The Reforesting of the Soul.
Michael Perlman, 1994. Spring Publications, Dallas. 264 pages.
How do trees affect humans.  The psychology of trees.
 
The Secret Life of Trees: How They Live and Why They Matter.
Colin Tudge. 2005, Penguin Books. London. 452 pages. “A love-letter to trees”.
About the lives of trees. Poetic, The beauty, variety and ingenuity of trees around the world. A scientific book about the uses and ecology of trees and full of good information. The love of the author for trees shines through the book.
 
Touching the Earth – Talking to Trees: Mystical Experiences in the Old Growth Forest.
Cecelia Ostrow. 1990, PO Box 775, White Salmon, WA 98672. 62 pages.
A personal story of relating to the forest deeply, by an environmental song-writer.
 
Tree: Essence of Healing
Simon & Sue Lilly. 1999. Capall Bann Pub., Freshfields, Chieveley, Berkshire, RG20 8TF, UK.  324 pages.
A survey of tree essences and how they can bring us back to wholeness. Heal humans. He has information on about 75 tree species. A bit of natural history for each species and is uses as a flower essence. A sort of “Doctrine of Signatures” book.
 
Visionary Plant Consciousness: The Shamanic Teachings of the Plant World.
P. Harpignies, Editor. 2007. Park Street Press, Rochester, VT. 209 pages.
How psychoactive plants affect human consciousness including our ability to communicate with the plant realms.  Essays by 23 leading ethnobotanists, anthropologists, and psychoactive explorers.
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