Based on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, Sparkles and Dirt is a blog by Louise Brunet. Her posts explore the beauty and the struggles we all encounter and how we can, just maybe, show up for all of it with compassion and grace.

Send Love, Big Doug xo

Send Love, Big Doug xo

What can we do when world news gets us down - and it does 'cuz OMG! 

We remember that we are love.

WE = LOVE. Period. So bring it, send it, share it, beam it! Put it on speed dial, in your favourites, click all the heart icons. Sprinkle it liberally on everything.

What does that have to do with how we respond to clear cutting forests? With how we respond to our growing concern and fear about our planet. We ACT! We march, we vote, we use our voices, we write letters to members of government, we change our buying habits. We do all of that. But also, this.

I recently travelled with a friend to an ancient forest on Vancouver Island. Driving in remote areas on logging roads brought me through clear cut areas of forest that are alarming to see up close.

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The contrast between lush rainforest and clear cut is harsh. I was starting to feel overwhelmed by all the stumps and devastation when we made our way to Big Lonely Doug. Doug is a giant 1000 year-old Douglas Fir that was left standing in the middle of a clear cut. One lone giant tree. Doug has unwittingly become an icon for forest conservation and the mascot of every organization that is fighting to save old growth forests. The trees that were cut down around him were hundreds of years old.

I was very excited to meet Doug, having seen many photos and read stories about him.

Doug stands about 20 stories high and 12 feet across at the base!

Doug stands about 20 stories high and 12 feet across at the base!

I was curious to know if Doug is a Doug or a Dougette. And whether Doug really is lonely? Who would I meet way out there in the wilderness in the middle of clearcut land. The tree I met was very happy to answer my questions. What I discovered was that Doug is not alone. The response came not as he or she but as 'we.' There's a collective of spirits within this one ancient tree. Energies from trees all over coming to share strength and vitality with Doug. The spirits of the surrounding trees that were cut down are all there in Doug, living in form together.

Yes in a physical sense this tree is much more vulnerable to storms, erosion etc. Absolutely. Doug is teaching us that trees need community around them to survive. Scientists are learning how trees share nutrients and communicate through their root systems. Leaving one tree standing on it's own makes life much harder for the tree. Doug is acting as a catalyst for change in the forestry industry which is amazing and much needed.

Energetically though, Doug is off the charts! He's thriving with life force. A whole community in one giant.

We're stronger together. We're all part of the web of life, connected in the same energy. Doug is  showing us how this works. The size and age of the tree alone challenge our perspective and calls us to see things differently. Doug feels strong, vibrant, thriving and deeply land-before-time-ish connected. (He was a teenager when the Norwegians invaded England in 1066 and Viking Kings ruled.) Doug is stunningly beautiful.

While we hung out with Doug, Sue asked me about him. She filmed my answer. 

Placing a Call to the Universe, part 1

Placing a Call to the Universe, part 1

Going Home

Going Home