It’s happening! TreeSisters is funding 5000 tropical trees in India this month, and thousands more every month going forwards. Our first beneficiary partners, Project GreenHands in Southern India are thrilled that we are stepping up in support of them when they are in greatest social and ecological need.
Today I had a conversation that rocked my world in so many ways. It was fabulous because I was finally clarifying the exact usage of TreeSister funds to grow saplings in India, and I learnt so much. It was horrendous because I got to really hear about what’s happening in India, as climate change hits with a vengeance.
In the same way that we were told that England would get wetter, and here we are slowly going under water in our wettest winter yet, Tamil Nadu expected to get wetter before shifting into drought. First they had massive floods that removed the top soil, and now the monsoons have failed 2 years running. For a Brit used to some form of precipitation most weeks, the idea of 2 years without rain in soaring temperatures just baffles me. How does one grow food? Simple answer: with great difficulty.
Faith feels like something between the feelings of falling and innocence. You don’t need faith if you know the ground before you step, and the sensation of stepping forward without anything in place requires the trust in something greater than yourself that is aware of you.
I often say that deepening ones relationship with the Feminine is like dancing blindfold in a pitch black room with an invisible dance partner. TreeSisters has been since the beginning, an invitation to discover how to follow life by growing muscles that you can’t describe, in places that you didn’t know you had, to respond to things that you can’t find words for, to achieve things that make little sense in the realm of the measurable.
Or, an easier way to express this might simply be to say that this is an invitation to deepen one's experience of the mystery within and without, to recognize the sacred nature of that mystery and to exalt Her sufficiently to balance the rational and the manifest.
I’m writing from the snow-capped mountains of New Mexico here in the United States. The last six weeks have been an adventure with all of the attending joys and challenges, but I’m still out here joining dots, weaving threads and walking every path that will take us closer to fully resourcing TreeSisters. But I can’t do this alone; nor would I want to. Please join me on this journey by holding the vision of TreeSisters being fully funded as we enter this next stage of organizational development and getting trees in the ground. I am a long way from home on this pilgrimage and it helps to know that the treesister network is surrounding me with love and support and holding space for the highest possibility! I know we can do this, and our togetherness is crucial. Somewhere out there are the funders who will hold the organisation so that the network’s funds can go directly to the trees...
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