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 June 11, 2019 at 7:51pm

Part 2 - Blue Bions Produce Extraordinary Birdwater Effects

Minutes after pouring untreated rainwater into an old cement bird bath, a well-defined, raised lip of water was observed to form all around the water’s edge.  The unusual effect was carefully photographed, and is presented here as an extraordinary water effect which I call the Staniek Effect, in the absence of other owners or public documentation of the phenomenon.

Photo 1 - Bird bath water forming raised lip all along the edge of water body.

Water Behaving Strangely in an Old Bird Bath

When I refill my 30 year old bird bath, I dump out the contents including any loose algae, and let it dry it out, before refilling it with rainwater from a nearby rain barrel. The surface of this cement bird bath is generally covered with a 1-2 mm thick layer of algae and other mixed debris. Once the algae layer dries out it appears to take a few minutes before it’s ready to absorb water again. As rainwater is poured into the gently sloping bowl it mixes with bits of loose debris as well as algae slime (a slightly oily substance) altering its viscosity. The growing body of water spreads itself out as it climbs the fluted sides of the bowl,  but its shaped is controlled by surface tension which produces a meniscus that is initially flat across the entire surface of the water as expected, but its edges are rolled down all the way around its  perimeter. As more water is added to the bird bath, the rolled edge creeps up the sloping sides.

Once the additional few liters of water have been poured, the water body attains a static state. In the next few minutes, as the algae absorbs more and more of the water body, the level of the water in the central portion of the bowl drops slightly,leaving a  well-defined raised lip of water all around the periphery. The water reorganizes itself, based on zones with the same density, and separating zones with very different densities with a seam of water .  

A raised lip structure appears and seems to hold up for more than 10 minutes, before collapsing, and becoming as flat as the rest of the water surface. 

Discussion: How the Raised Lip Structure is Formed and Maintained

As rain water is added to the mostly dry bowl creating a water body, the leading edge of water is rounded and moves slowly up the sides picking up loose algae and its oil, and fine debris. As It moves like a Tsunami wave, the accumulated debris raises the viscosity of the leading edge compared to the cleaner water behind it. Two areas with different viscosities have formed naturally, and are held initially by the same, or uniform surface tension until the water absorption at the bottom becomes significant. In a very short time the central body of water moves down a millimeter or more against the force of surface tension above which weakens but does not collapse. The lip area all along the rolled edge maintains its shape structurally because of a stronger original surface tension along the rim, which did not change. The well-defined lip structure maintained its shape for at least another 10 minutes, unsupported on either side.

I believe that the organizing force becomes weakened but not broken all along a line determined by the difference in viscosities of the water. The two surface tensions coexist in different parts of the same body of water, and there appears to be a seam of mixed water that separates and joins the zones of water.

Surface tension is a subtle force that seeks to reduce surface area as much as possible, not increase it, so this behaviour even for a few minutes is, I think, an extraordinary effect not documented on the internet.. The raised lip continues for a few minutes until the organizing force or surface tension weakens, releasing the lip structure, and all the water is now under one surface tension, and is free to spread out to the sides of the bird bath container.

Comment by Steve Staniek on June 11, 2019 at 9:48am


Orgone expert, Dr. James DeMeo, Director of the Orgone Biophysical Research Labs, (OBRL), is possibly the most active investigator in the field of orgone energy today. He has reviewed my article, and agrees that what I saw that night emerging from the dying ash tree was an interesting display of orgone plasma. How and why it happen, comes next.

When energy engages energy, it can produce something entirely unexpected, depending on the how the resulting energy organizes itself. It now seems entirely plausible that my presence (personal human energies) may have played a stimulating or catalytic role, in the interplay between:

i) orgone energies emerging from the dying ash tree,

ii) existing electromagnetic energies on the landscape,

iii) existing atmospheric orgone energies,

iv) other unseen energies?

It now seems quite possible that all these energies converged to produce a massive plasma of blue bions.

But this is not the only place on my property where I have noticed and documented blue bions occuring. In my next post, I will offer my investigations into blue bions observed in birdwater.

Comment by Steve Staniek on May 19, 2019 at 7:12am

This direction of enquiry seems to leads us to the pivotal question; is human vision controlled by design to blind us to 96% of the universe around us?

If we accept the increasingly popular opinion that we humans are able to see less than 4% of the physical universe around us, and we combine that with the fact that some humans are able to see what others are not, it suggests that human vision has been manipulated or reduced (optical blindness) to control the range of our abilities, and prevent us from seeing and understanding what is really happening around us. 

Comment by Steve Staniek on May 19, 2019 at 6:41am

This open pool nuclear reactor allows us to see a blue glow called Cherenkov radiation. Free neutrons in the core are absorbed by control rods that shape the neutron flux, which "shapes" or gives form to the blue glow. This glow has been easily observed and understood, until all the "magic" has been explained away. But there are other sources of blue glow out there that have not been investigated fully, and lack rational explanations.

Comment by Steve Staniek on May 19, 2019 at 6:09am


Was it the numinous I saw coming out of that dying ash tree, or was it just the everyday life force finally being witnessed by the right observer, under just the right environmental conditions, in a nature lab I had been operating for about 9 years?

In the last month or so, my investigative instincts (simple curiosity) have led me to drill deeper into this fantastic mystery, until I hit what could be the base layer of reality that seems to operate among us.

When I witnessed the grey-blue glow over the tree trunk last October, it did not seem alive. It was passively hovering over the fallen tree trunk which was laying on ground that I knew to be covered with a naturally occurring  electromagnetic field. My property sits on a patch of limestone, riddled with streams of underground water, producing  EM fields that emerge as energy lines on the surface. I had conducted dowsing surveys years before, and mapped the EM lines as they traversed the area.  

I was absolutely bewildered to discover that I was back on the path opened by Wilhelm Reich over 100 years ago. Who would have thought that my experience with glowing tree trunks in my nature lab would bring me face to face with the same phenomenon discovered by Reich under a microscope. Was I staring at a massive display of orgone energy, which had manifest spontaneously under the right environmental conditions? Are trees natural orgone accumulators, and if orgone is a life force, is it released during the decay process, as living matter breaks down into its constituent parts? We are all spirits inside these earthly suits, and we know intuitively how spirits behave. When I first saw the grey blue glow, a part of me recognized the phenomenon manifesting before me as an essential life force leaving the tree trunk, but it did not seem to be animated by any wil of its own, that might suggest the presence of a sovereign entity.

Why did my eyes see the grey-blue glow in the dark forest, when billions of others have probably been in the exact same situation without seeing it? Did my experience with Reichian bioenergetic therapy in my 20s, prepare me, or open me mentally somehow? Did my willingness to accept and engage orgone energy lower my optical discriminator settings, to allow more information in, so that I could see differently. Why do some investigators see Reich's blue bions in a microscopic slide, and others do not? Do we see what we believe? Does belief tune, or recalibrate our bodies (optical systems) so that we can access more information that is closed to those who do not believe? Is belief the key? Can only those who are unafraid to open wide, begin to see grey-blue glow of what Reich called the basic life force as it operates in the largely unknown region, the transition zone between life and death.

I'm waiting for a response from the American College of Orgonomy to learn:

1) if trees are good accumulators of orgone energy,

2) does my event fit the pattern for manifestation of orgone energy? 

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 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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