Advice from a tree

taken at Hollard Gardens, Kaponga, Taranaki


The Provision Room said...


Makes me want to go hug a tree! :-)

Unknown said...


I noticed our advice mentioned in your website or blog and wanted to write you. Aren't trees amazing? Thank you for celebrating the beauty of the trees and sharing Advice from a Tree with your audience. I remember the day, very vividly, when I leaned against that 100 year old cottonwood tree in Colorado and asked for its wisdom. What came through me was a gift that I am proud to share with everyone. The poem has been very popular worldwide; translated into Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese as well as recently into Daki (Afghanistan). Advice from a tree now appears on tshirts, greeting cards, posters, notepads, books and even pillows. It pleases me to share a message from the Earth as reminders for people to live their true nature.

It is important to keep the copyright and completeness of the poem as it is shared. I am writing to connect with you in our common bond of trees and to ask you to add information if it is not included:

1. Ilan Shamir should be noted as the author (It is spelled ILAN SHAMIR)
2. It should have (c)Ilan Shamir www.yourtruenature.com as the copyright. We would ask you to help us out by making the www.yourtruenature.com a link to our site.
3. The poem, wherever possible, should be included in its entirety. See the attached word document.

I invite you to get to know us more and visit our website (we have 60 other advice) and also www.treegreetings.com the ecard that plants a tree. If you become an affiliate and put our link on your website, you can let people know about this beautiful tree gift. If you like, you can also let people know about the YouTube videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNOtu063eCM

Let your audience know I wish for their growth, connection and branching out to their full potential.

I look forward to hearing from you and together we can celebrate the beauty of trees!

Kind regards,


merinz said...

Lovely poem - thank you for posting.

Tonya said...

I love this! So very true! Thanks for sharing this!

dyanc said...

That is nice, but it's not a poem, it's a prayer, or rather spiritual medicine, native indian prayer. It's tree medicine - you can have owl medicine, dog medicine, etc. There are many, many Native American (or rather First Nations, as I am Canadian) prayers/poems/homilies/spiritual tonics. Here's some I know:

Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.

Honor the Sacred

Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we
share the Earth:-
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds,
winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers,
plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.


Thank you to the earth, our Mother who sustains us all. Thank you to the rivers and the rains which supply us with water. Thank you to the birds and animals, our fellow beings who nourish and clothe us. Thank you to the plants which furnish medicines to cure our diseases or soothe our suffering. Thank you to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone. Thank you to the Sun, that has looked upon the earth with a warm and beneficent eye. Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit. Oh Great Spirit, bring to our brothers the wisdom of nature and the knowledge that if her laws are obeyed the land will flourish for our children as it did for our ancestors.

Native American Prayer

Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have
hidden in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my Spirit may come to you without shame.