Gyhldeptis and the Twisting Tree

Gyhldeptis #wildwisdom #soulstory is the accompanying archetype for this weeks #treeteaching

Travelling to the north west of North America, Gyhldeptis is the goddess of the Tlingit and Haida people. Her story tells of a time when her people were threatened by a great whirlpool and so she called all the natural powers of the coast together for a great feast and so it was that they were so charmed and delighted that they all agreed to work with her. She gathered all their energies together and changed the whirlpool into a river. Gyhldeptis is Synthesis.

In our #treeteaching of The Crooked Twisting Tree we saw that it was all the straight trees harvested and only the crooked one survived. Sometimes what appears to be ‘ugly’ may in fact reveal great beauty. There is something in this too about being gentle. Gyldeptis doesn’t use force, she uses charm. How is it we can gather all the parts of ourselves together we may not like? Not by force, but by acceptance. Only then will we find all the guests will work together for the greater good.


We also see that when outside convention dictates to us our interior world, it soon leads to destruction. All the ‘straight’ trees are cut down. Of the original forest only a few more resilient trees are left standing. In fact, this ‘greed’ or hunger for chopping everything down we can lay our hands on in order to consume is at the heart of our current environmental problems, just as it is at the heart of most of our personal problems.

Of course, we all know it is easier said than done to synthesise all the parts of ourselves but here again if we listen to nature then we can find out how. Gyhldeptis succeeds because she calls everyone together and honours them with a feast. In other words, everyone is recognised and everyone gets fed.

Taking time to honour all aspects of creation from the soil to the flowers, the trees up to the clouds. Recognising that each has a vital part to play in the cycle of life. When we take time to walk outside to sit with nature, to treat nature as a living being worthy of respect then we can find what there is to be learned. In other words, witnessing … without asking, or expecting anything in return. When we learn this in nature we can start applying it in the human world. There is a huge amount of power of simply allowing, observing and witnessing without judging and in this a form of honouring or ‘getting fed’. This is really what very many people are looking for.

Rather than endlessly demanding and consuming what if we were to just be quiet for once and see what comes? So, we see a crooked tree, but the more we look the more we see its extraordinary presence and the gifts of wild flowers at its feet. The more we sit in nature the more we witness it and then the more life reveals itself. If you sit long enough you will begin to feel a part of life rather than separate from it. Gyhldeptis gathers and transforms. I offer the #treeteachings, #wildwisdom #soulstories and this site for Free for people and #planet. If you think that everyone has a right to access nature and its wisdom for free you can conTreebute and ....

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About these wild wisdom soul stories.

You take this as you wish as a mythic exploration, spiritual gift, positive psychological programming whatever … but I offer it to you in the hope that it will serve you some good purpose.

The tree teachings, #forestbathing #meditations and wild wisdom soul stories are not pre-planned, I don’t have the year ahead mapped out with neat little diagrams and to do lists and pre-prepared old last years’ materials. No ... these are the fresh green shoots of inspirations sent forth from the trees. I don’t care what your belief system is … in times of mass extinction, and #climatechange , my conviction is that if we connect personally with trees and nature this can only serve both us and the #earth well … I hope you agree.

Each being and story featured each week is of course a brief glimpse. If you feel drawn to a particular one you could study it in greater depth and pay homage to the culture within which it arose.


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