Researcher Discovers How Our Tree Relatives Talk To Each Other
Mitakuye Oyasin - commonly pronounced: me-talk-oo yah-sin - translates to "All My Relations." Every being on Mother Earth has a spirit - from the two-legged's, to the four legged's, from the winged's and tiny earth crawlers, to the stone and plant people and everything in between. All spirits are interconnected and that makes us all one family. Indigenous First Nations people have always known that our tree relatives communicate and share medicine with each other, but there's some interesting news on the science front that's worth sharing.
Our Tree Relatives Have Their Own Social Network
Move over Mark Zuckerburg, professor and forest ecologist Suzanne Simard with the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences in Vancouver, British Columbia has discovered that trees have the largest social network on Mother Earth. Suzanne was the project leader of the team that led to this scientific discovery and she gave a presentation about the results of that experiment in which she said, “…we set about an experiment, and we grew mother trees with kin and stranger’s seedlings. And it turns out they do recognize their own kin. Mother trees colonize their kin with bigger mycorrhizal networks. They send them more carbon below ground. They even reduce their own root competition to make elbow room for their kids. When mother trees are injured or dying, they also send messages of wisdom on to the next generation of seedlings…so trees talk.” She further explained that it is thought the communication and sharing is done through a fungal network throughout the root system. The fascinating details of this scientific discovery is told in Suzanne Simard's 2016 TedX Talk:
The Divine Feminine Is At The Center
This forest ecologist identifies the trees with the most activity of communicating and nurturing as "Mother Trees." These Mother Trees send wisdom and nutrients through fungal networks that transfers water, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, defense signals and other forms of energy to other trees. Mycorrhizae is the name of the fungal network that forms around the root systems of the trees that works like neural synapses to bridges the transfer of these energies from tree to tree. It's truly amazing how Creator teaches us time and again the divine power of the earth medicine.
Whether it's conventional science or ancient understanding, we have been given the knowing that our tree relatives are sentient beings - and they are to be honored as such.