“If dolphins have intelligence, why not trees as well?”
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Spiritual awareness of Sequoia Redwoods by Emily Seate of Fort Worth Texas


My husband and I saw redwoods for the first time when we went to Muir Woods as part of a bus tour on a visit to San Francisco, California. Those ancient trees, some 1,000 years of age, inspired reverence. With footsteps quieted by a thick carpet of needles, we walked softly on the earth that day.

While we lived in California, we went to visit the giant sequoias (sequoiadendron giganteum) – a completely different experience. With an enormous girth, these trees are older than the coastal redwoods, some reckoned to have lived for 4,000 years. Only slightly less tall, they inspire awe, but they do not have the soft mist of the coast redwood (sequoia sempervirens), and thus, to me, they are different enough to seem two separate species even though they are both sequoias.

One group of coast redwoods holds a special place in my heart – Humboldt Redwoods State Park. According to the brochure, the park has “the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world.” During our first visit nearly twenty years ago, my husband and I played tourist and drove our small car through the giant trunk of a redwood, an attraction that has graced postcards for decades. But that experience could not compare to what happened next.

If dolphins have intelligence, why not trees as well? I had touched a dolphin. Maybe if I touched a tree... My extremely tolerant husband walked with me into the woods beyond the drive-through tree. When we felt fairly certain we would not be observed, I chose a tree, placed my palms on it and closed my eyes. My dear husband did the same. Nothing. I waited, desperate to slow myself, to get into rhythm with this ancient being. Still nothing. With a deep sigh, I removed my palms and motioned to my husband. Suddenly, unexpected tears ran down my face and I knew that once again I had encountered intelligence.

Redwoods are important to The White Crown, especially in Tes-a’s story, and in Menes’ preparation for becoming the first king of Egypt. At least one beloved coast redwood will be a character in HeartMind,the final book of The HeartMind Chronicles.