January 31, 2020
If you’re attracted to Redwood, you may be feeling as though you don’t belong or that there is a lack of support in your life. A sense of instability, overstimulation, and overwhelm may be causing you to feel lost or like you don’t know in which direction to move. There might be a tendency towards immaturity—keeping your head in the clouds and not implementing the discipline necessary to make your dreams a reality.
You may also be dealing old father/masculine wounds regarding abandonment, not getting enough love and attention, or feeling generally unsupported and disregarded.
Redwood can also indicate disturbances in regards to physical balance: fears around or a tendency to fall, lack of coordination, being unstable on the feet, or even dreams of falling.
Here’s a little Redwood inspiration:
Redwood elixir helps us to feel at home no matter where we are. There is a sense of belonging and knowing that we are always supported—because we do belong and we are supported by this beautiful Earth we call home, and we can always access that unwavering stability. We allow ourselves to feel welcomed, looked out for, and completely accepted by those we trust.
This tree essence encourages us to notice where we feel a sense of community—which can be with other people or even places, environments, plants, and animals—and ask ourselves how we can create even more community. And, Redwood strengthens these bonds by opening us up to more easily receive assistance from others so we become more free to offer support in return. In other words, the more we are able to receive, the more we are able to give.
Redwood elixir allows us to tap into the stability that already exists within ourselves. By learning to observe ourselves—our thoughts, our emotions, our reactions—we can separate from those things and realize they do not define us. The biggest, vastest, most reliable version of you is the one observing all that occurs.
This essence heals old father wounds, such as lack of support, abandonment, not enough attention from father in childhood, or a father with harsh behaviors. Redwood can help expose certain patterns and behaviors rooted in our childhood that are playing out in our adult lives, allowing us to see ways in which we may or may not be supporting ourselves. Engendered with the warmth and stability of activating fatherly love within ourselves, we are able to ‘get our feet on the ground’—find direction + embrace the discipline necessary to bring our dreams into reality.
Much like a loving + supportive father encourages his child to go and explore the world, Redwood encourages us to move confidently in the direction of our dreams. And when we fall and scrape a knee, we are gently encouraged—with a helping hand—to get back up and keep moving, knowing that we are supported. This in turn enhances our ability to teach others through love, patience, caring, and generosity.
Just as Redwoods hold the ancient knowledge of being on Earth for millions of years, the elixir reminds us of the wisdom of our elders, the wisdom of community, and the wisdom inherent within each of us.
The Redwood elixir can help support those whose fathers have recently died.
I collected the Redwood elixir in Northern California where they grow in quiet, majestic circles. Standing beneath the tallest trees on Earth, there is a sense of deep peace and comfort, an attunement to the knowingness that resides in these ancient keepers of wisdom.
Redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens)—also known as California Redwood or Coastal Redwood—have been on Earth for about 240 million years, showing up shortly after the dinosaurs. They live, on average, for 1,200–1,800 years, with the oldest one on record being 2,200 years old!
The Redwood only lives in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., from Big Sur in California up to southern Oregon. It is one of only three sequoia species, the others being the Giant Sequoia, which grows only in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California (and doesn’t get quite as tall as the Coastal Redwood, but is larger in diameter), and the Dawn Redwood, which grows to about a third of the height and is found only in a remote area of central China.
The tallest and oldest Redwoods are found in deep valleys within the mountains, where there are more streams and regular fog. The amount of fog is actually a direct influence on the growth of Redwoods—above the fog layer, they are shorter and smaller due to the drier and windier conditions!
They are also incredibly resilient and resistant to insect attack, fungal infection, and rot. Redwood bark grows to over a foot thick and contains very little pitch or resin, protecting them from forest fires.
“Redwood gave me the support that I desperately needed. I was able to uncover the root of feelings of not being supported, which has allowed me to feel held + protected and that I'm not alone. It helped me tap into my capacity to feel and be stable, which already exists within myself but which I forget sometimes when the going gets tough."
Midge Constantino | Los Angeles, CA
Magnifies: Patience. Stability. Generosity. Discipline. Divine masculine. Getting our feet on the ground.
Dissolves: Feeling unsupported, lost, overwhelmed. Unbalanced. Old father wounds. Abandonment. Immaturity. Lack of direction.
Love + flower petals,