Our property on the Bay of Quinte is home to several species of native trees. In one area we call the glen, we’ve been witnessing an ongoing onslaught by invasive insects. Over a period of three to four years we watched helplessly as the ash trees slowly lost their battles to the Ash Borer Beetle. It bores pencil holes into the bark, then tunnels under it, robbing the trees of vital sap. Simultaneous attacks by tent caterpillars forced the trees to leaf out twice in the same season depleting their reserves.

The first tree to come down was a 60 foot specimen that was still mostly alive when we felled it. It came down with a heavy thud that shook the little glen, and sent my son and me running for cover.  We bucked the branches and left the trunk for another day.

Three nights later I awoke around 4:30 AM for a bathroom visit, and became wide awake afterwards. Since it was a mild October night, I put on my bathrobe and slippers in the dark, and decided to walk down to the glen to make a rare, early morning meditation.

As I descended into the glen I hit something. I had forgotten about the felled tree laying in the middle of the very dark glen. Even though my eyes were dark adapted, I did not see the branches lying on the ground until I walked into them. As I peered into the darkness before me, my eyes took in a faint ribbon of light stretching away from me for many feet into the night’s darkness. I had to take a few steps back to catch my breath and regain my balance.

Puzzled, I walked back up to the rim of the glen from where I could see that there were no patches of low-lying fog forming anywhere down in the glen. The night sky above was clear and starlit, and I could not see any sky shine from other ground sources. I gave the long sliver of glowing light a wide berth so as not to disturb it, as I walked around to approach it from another angle to see if I could discover its source and extent.  This time as I got closer, I could make out a soft grey-blue  glow hovering over the full length of the carcass of the tree. As my mind took in the significance of the scene my head dropped intuitively out of respect for what I knew in my heart was a lifeforce leaving the dying tree. I said some words of regret, and my body started to shake with excitement or cold, as I sat in quiet wonder.   

The glow disappeared as the morning light entered the glen. I rushed to the house to investigate the strange light on-line.  My cursory research suggested that the grey-blue glow fit the pattern for bioluminescence from decaying organic matter. The common name is Foxfire or Will ‘o the Wisp, and it was documented long ago. The usual sources are decaying matter and fungi, and the glow is so faint that it can only be observed if your eyes have been dark adapted. Apparently, the light is produced by a pair of special enzymes present in decaying matter which react with each other to release biophotons of soft light. After discussing the tree’s eerie glow with an experienced woodsmen and chemist, I chose the simple explanation that the light I had observed that morning came from rotting sawdust created under the ash bark by destructive beetle activity.

A few days later I started to dissect the trunk for firewood, and I noticed how thick the bark was, and how little actual sawdust had been produced by the beetle invaders. The amount of sawdust under the bark was trivial, and it just didn’t seem possible that so little organic matter could produce all the light that I had observed. In addition, the bark was so thick that it would surely absorb all the light photons completely. More compelling, was the sudden realization that the rest of the ash trees that were still standing were equally infected, but they did not give off any visible light emissions on that night. As the realization sank in; that the eerie glow over the dying ash tree was most likely its life force or spirit leaving the dying carcass, it sent a chill up my spine.

I consulted some of the top forestry research and management experts in Canada, who ruled out an explosion of the Armillaria fungus, that glows in the dark forest, and can spread over large areas of forest floor and acts as a communication system for trees. It became clear that the unusual glow could not be explained satisfactorily by natural processes. I reviewed my personal impressions as I witnessed the event, keeping in mind that my human presence in the glen could have perturbed the natural electromagnetic field energies present on that morning. The physical evidence I observed that morning informed me (mentally and spiritually) that spirits live  in trees. Why is there no documentation of this anywhere? Can only autistic eyes discern spirits and things that glow in the night? Now I see trees differently. Wherever there are trees, there is abundant life. They’re like living fasteners that connect the sky with the earth. Because they live in both worlds, they act as a conduit of communication between them.  

FMRI studies reveal that consciousness is still measurably present after the brain/body has died, telling us that consciousness is not the result of biological processes. Science supports the theory that trees have intelligence, because trees have been observed to mount organized defences against a deadly threat like invading insects. Planning and strategizing require creative thought.

When the rest of the ash group is felled this spring, they will hopefully provide more opportunities to study this undocumented phenomenon, perhaps with a night vision camera.

Shamanic and other spiritual cultures around the world honour and use sacred trees as: portals or gateways to hidden worlds, sources of wisdom, and even wish fulfillment. To name just a few, the Mohawks of North America honour the cedar as the sacred tree of life. The Caribe natives honour the ceiba tree, and West African’s have spiritual relationships with the iroko tree.

The visible light emissions coming from the ash tree trunk 3 days after it was cut down, proved to me with high confidence that trees have a spiritual nature that gives them life, and it can be observed and possibly documented under the right conditions.


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Comment by Steve Staniek on April 9, 2019 at 5:35am

This report describes how humans react when suddenly confronted with the numinous. Could Moses' burning bush have been nothing more than a tree spirit?

Comment by Steve Staniek on March 2, 2019 at 12:17pm

Q – Ever wonder who’s in charge of the planet spiritually?

Do humans have a spiritual monopoly on this planet, or are we really a tiny, insignificant spiritual minority, blinded by design to the presence of fellow spirits, and lost in the cosmic scheme of life on Earth?

As our spiritual awareness grows and opens intuitively to recognize other planetary sources, we’re discovering that the physical world is much more spiritual than we humans like to admit. So where do these other spirits exist physically? My experience points to trees as a possible home.

A recent global inventory of trees put their numbers at just over 3 trillion, vs 7 billion humans, or 428 trees for every human on the planet. If every tree has a spiritual nature, as suggested by my recent experience with tree spirits in my glen, then human spirits represent a tiny minority, less than 1% of the total spirit population on this planet.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that trees actually regulate/control life on this planet far more than humans do. They’ve been creating the conditions for ecosystems to emerge and survive since the planet cooled enough to support physical life.

– control water levels in the ground by how much they drink, (100 gal/tree/day).
– control the wind, by diffusing it to regulate, temp and humidity on the forest floor for optimum growth.
– provide leaves that breakdown and create a living humus (soil) that supports thousands of essential lifeforms.
– act as lightning rods (organic electrodes) to discharge dangerous excess electrical energy from our atmosphere.

– dispose of (store) our waste gases, and give us back gases we absolutely need to live.
– transform barren deserts into living communities… where there are trees, there is abundant life.
– they’re even known to sing and dance under the right conditions….

Comment by Steve Staniek on February 6, 2019 at 11:47am

Perhaps I can open this discussion by stating that my article describes my first hand empirical observations resulting in profound spiritual implications....

After digesting the tree spirit event I decided to share it with the world. My scientific background informed me that any discussion around spirituality must start with an up to date definition for 'spirit'. Finding none that were satisfactory, I offer this as a first approximation: Spirit is the infinite, or divine energy of the universe, that manifests itself in many collective as well as individuated complexes. Each individual or human complex consists of, or houses many other complexes.

Many of the complexes that live physically within each individual contribute in positive ways to the well being of the individual, while some do not. Some stomach bugs for example help us digest food which assists in extracting valuable nutrients, while other stomach bugs simply produce waste products that are toxic to us like propryonic acid? (sp?). Apparently, when this acid is injected into lab rats it produces anti-social behaviour.

Those complexes living within an individual that do not contribute to its health, but consume its energy, are commonly referred to as harmful parasites. Humans are home to many parasites, in physical and spiritual form, and they influence our lives directly and indirectly. They can influence our thinking and feeling which controls our behaviour. They have their own agenda designed to maximize their access to our negative feeling energy, at our peril. 

The tree spirit event was not a: dream, mirage, or hallucination. When I bumped into the branches at the top of the tree in the dark I became full awakened by the danger, and cortisol/adrenaline flushed thru my brain. That's when I started to look deeply into the darkness before me.

I spent most of my professional life protecting people against occupational exposure to ionizing radiation in nuclear workplaces. I've surveyed [measured] many situations involving various forms of nuclear radiation, including electromagnetic radiation, which are easy to characterize with proper measuring instruments. When I saw the glowing layer of light hovering over the dying tree trunk, I immediately thought that this was extremely subtle energy being released by the tree.

According to Canadian physicist Bill Tiller who has spent most of his career investigating subtle energies at Stanford U, subtle energies are extremely hard to detect and quantify directly.

So one question that emerges from the event; was this eerie glow an actual spiritual presence in repose, and if it was, was it the owner of the tree, or merely a parasitic entity living happily in the ash tree until its unfortunate demise?

Comment by Steve Staniek on February 2, 2019 at 9:42am

Hmmm...I posted this message here, hoping to get some engagement from a few of the more active and informed thinkers that visit this site. So far, about 30 visits, but not one question regarding the unique, and shocking information that I have shared, and which promises to reset the paradigm of reality we live in. 

I now have "night vision", thru the acquisition of a game camera with high-sensitivity night vision capability. This equipment may be capable of documenting the physical reality of ash tree spirits, which I plan to do this Easter when I fell more trees. If I'm successful in recreating the first event, and can produce photographic evidence of tree spirits, it will change everything.

Proving the existence of tree spirits will raise many questions such as: "Is our spiritual nature shared with more species than trees? Are humans just one of many spiritual species occupying this physical dimension?" Does the presence of other spiritual entities on this planet, mean that they are also consciously aware, and what is the source of that consciousness. If every atom and subatomic particle creates a tiny kernel of consciousness as suggested by entanglement theory, then the collective mass of the earth could be the main source of planetary consciousness.

Once we begin to admit and document the existence of other spiritual entities among us, the entire cosmology will change dramatically, and humanity will leap ahead. 

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