The Forest : Healing Mind, Body and Soul

Healing has become a big topic for me in the past few months.

I have seen a return to the healing lineages of my ancestors and the direct orchestration of healing and healers coming together to practice their skills.

When I looked at 2024, for the light side of the split, I saw that healing was going to enter our awareness and lives strongly this year, but it still took me by surprise when my own healing skills popped up again to be utilized. I have been diligent in making sure that they stayed unfocused since 2010 as it was made very clear to me that my public role was not as a healer, but as educator.

In September 2024, I will be holding a Healers’ Workshop at the Shamanshack. The workshop will be open for members only and has a minimum attendance number of 8 people, and maximum of 33 people. If you are interested in attending, join the student body at, and follow the information on how to register there.

Back to our topic, the Forest.

Larry and I live in the Olympic Rain Forest. Not in a town nearby, or a road by the side of the forest. We literally live inside the forest, surrounded by hundreds of acres of both old growth and tree farms.

Some years ago, one of our friends visited us. She was an established healer at a nearby city at the time and, unbeknownst to me, she was having health and personal issues herself. 

We went for a hike into the forest. I wanted to show her a natural altar which Larry, myself and other friends and students had embellished with crystals, rocks and other pretty things. The hike to get to the altar was about half an hour long. We walked and talked about our latest happenings, previous lives memories, aliens, sasquatch and all the other things that are normal conversation among our friends here.

At some point, halfway there, she stopped, took a few deep breaths and tears welled in her eyes. “I haven’t felt this good in years,” she stated.

“I had heard of the healing properties of the forest,” she continued, “but had never experienced it myself. It was all theoretical to me until now.”

She then revealed to me that apart from her life’s stresses, there was an underlying medical condition that had been getting worse. She said that it felt like the condition was actively being healed during our hike, and that she would get some lab work done when she got home, to be sure.

I nodded and looked around at the forest. I had never heard of such a thing as the forest being a healing modality, but my friend was a professional healer and more informed than I was about healing modalities and experiences.

The forest didn’t feel any different to me. It was the same as it had always been, just there, breathing, living, beautiful, bright, pristine and, very much, sentient.

I closed my eyes and tapped into it, and asked the forest around us about the healing. What I got back was an energy that I can only describe as “what is healing?”

After my friend left, I did a bit of research on the internet and found several theories of how the healing force of a forest works. But, I have met plenty of locals, who also live in the forest, that are not exactly healthy. I understood, from my own healing knowledge, that it is not enough to be in the forest, or go to a healer, or take supplements, to have spontaneous or gradual healings. I understood that there was more to it than that. And it involves a healing story, perhaps a healer, and perhaps a modality that the person respects and has good effects on him or her. 

My friend got back to me a few weeks later and told me that her suspicions were right, that the tests had come back and that her condition was in remission. She also told me that after our visit, she had taken some radical life decisions which removed many stressors from her daily life. 

“The forest healed more than just my body,” she told me.

In a recent healing story, for a different person, the wisdom of my ancestors came in again. It hadn’t made an appearance for decades, but there it was. On the day of the healing, I woke up with the knowledge I had from childhood, that for the healing to be effective, I had to clear my energy field, body and mind to be absolutely pristine. And I understood. The forest, especially a loved forest, has a pure and pristine energy. And behind that pristine energy, there is unlimited life force, power and intelligence. A person, a human, can then direct that power with intent.

In my novel series, The Return, I speak about how we and trees and plants are part of the same species. That where there are humans, flora exist. And where there is flora, humans exist. Our intelligence is very similar, also. As is our true, natural, frequency.

Recently, a scientific study came out telling of how plants are highly related, at a genetic level, to humans. A percentage and relationship that was much higher than previously thought. 

I smiled, looked outside my window, into the forest, and winked.

It winked back.

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