Ancient Wisdom for Now.



July 31, 1996 on the Full Moon is when we closed on the Land that became known as Sage Spirit Terra, Healing Spirit Land.  When we arrive I didn’t remember what I had purchased. The house needed to be cleaned and painted top to bottom with some renovation, the out building was full of black mold and had to be gutted, re-wired, painted, cleaned and prepared for gatherings. Then there was the Land…the Trees, the Standing Ones, were alive and as were some of the woods. The Land and house were blessed by a Native American of the Lakota Tradition, Chief Richard Grimes in November of 1996. However the place felt dead because it had been decimated with hunting – there were no birds, or small animals and many fewer wild plants and nesting places for wild life.  We came to clean the house so we could live here. We moved in November 1997 exactly 28 years after moving to the City of Chicago and final move in August of 1998. As we worked with the Earth to heal what had been done with lumber harvests and hunting we healed ourselves little by little.

Gatherings are organized so that others can experience healing of their Spirit in Nature. We started Shamanic Journey Drums Circles in 1996 and by 2000 had a regular schedule that we maintain in accordance with the Earth’s Calendar. Please go to  for the schedule – All are Welcome. There is more information under Drum Circles…

Many people, ceremonies and events have come and gone as we live a Simple, Shamanic Life, being with all of the living Beings and Intelligences who dwell here. It is magical and healing… We are going to share pictures and information. We hope you enjoy your tour of our home…Healing Spirit Land is a school where we all learn and share…As we continually evolve and grow our lives change in subtle healing ways.

Sage Spirit Terra is my muse and where I write and research with Shamanic Journeys, the Akashic Records, Mother Earth and Father Sky. The Ancestors are alive and well here. The Wind that Moves Us, The Fire that Transforms Us, the Water that Shapes Us, the Earth that Heals Us and the Crystals Inform Us through the Quantum Field of Possibilities…This is where magic and miracles occur.

Please enjoy your tour of Sage Terra Terra…Contact us at


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The One Tree

The One Tree

By: Marilee AnnSnyder-Nieciak


Pearlstone Retreat Center, Maryland USA – March 7, 2012

Today is my Grandmother’s birthday. Happy 112 Birthday Emma Catherine Allen Wrightsman!

The Oneness of the Tree of Life has never been more evident than now. As I sit looking out towards the Sun directly behind a Tree without its leaves and I know as the procession of the Sun continues and it blasts us with more and more Light we will grow and expand like the ripples in the pond.

The Tree will develop little buds that become leaves bringing nutrients to and from the roots.  The roots must grow deep in Mother Earth in the Winter so that the Outer Tree grows in the Spring and Summer with its new babies, the branches and leaves. Then in Autumn the leaves fall and the life force is drawn down into the roots for the Winter sleep.

The Tree is a metaphor for the human procession through life.  We are born; for the first thirteen years we watch and learn through playing and imitating. Then we begin to change and we must leave infancy and childhood behind. Then we start moving away from our complete dependency on our parents.  We begin to develop ourselves, expressing more of who we are with raging hormones and changing bodies.

After another 13 years we shift again. We think about relationships with others, our own families and
children. We work. We work at raising our children and families or growing a business (our child).

At 39 we begin to transform once again. We continue to work, but the children are growing up and on their own more. We start looking for something more. What is that “MORE”? The “more” is the unseen world of Spirituality that manifests as Service, Volunteer Work. It makes us feel good. We continue to work within the structures that we co-created, our families, our work, our communities.

Year one to 13 is the first cycle, Spring; 13 to 26 is the second cycle, Summer; 26 to 39 is the third
cycle, Autumn and the last cycle, Winter,  is 39 to 52 years of age.   We have completed the first journey around the “Medicine Wheel”. We begin to let go of our illusions created by our needs and neediness for stuff and approval.

At each shift of ages in our lives, we let go of more as we acquire more responsibility for ourselves.
Stuff and Approval aren’t as important as we learn to go deep within the emotional and spiritual healing required for our transformation. At 65 we get to be children again, playing and enjoying ourselves with grandchildren, maybe even great-grandchildren.

As I sit and watch the Sun fade behind the tree, I see these cycles in the trees. They grow from a seed or acorn. They grow and bloom, nourishing the next generation of seeds; their leaves dry out, whither and fall off dropping the new growth. The tree draws in its energy, going deep with the Earth for six months to grow roots.   The roots expand, drawing in nutrients, water and love from Mother Earth.

The tree can only grow as much as the roots grew in the Winter. The cycle begins again as the sap begins to flow to the upper branches, bringing love and nourishment for new growth anchored in the Sun.

This is a perfect example of the Gnostic Axiom – As Above So Below – As Below So Above; Bringing Heaven to Earth.

This is the human experience as well. The tree didn’t separate itself from the Earth and the Sun.
It is a bridge.

This connection of the trees as bridges is particularly visible in the Northern and Southern Rainforests where no logging has occurred. The roots and the canopies of the trees are equal and quite astounding in their size.  Look at the Giant Redwoods of California and the Sequoia Trees in Northern California.

As we desecrate the Earth, we desecrate humanity with lack of respect for the cycles of Life. WE are not
out growing our neediness for stuff and approval. WE are not given loving touches because it is “incorrect” we are given sexual abuse instead. Where is acceptance of the individual in the group or family structure?

It is time to honor the Medicine Wheel of our lives. Honor the Loving Life Force Energy in every living
Being and Intelligence. Each plant, animal, rock, flower, bird, insect, microbe, virus, parasite and bacteria contributes to the Whole with its unique gift and purpose.

The Earth is alive with these same cycles. If we live in harmony – We will have compassion, acceptance
and respect for ourselves, our families, our communities, the World and the Universe – We will be at Peace in our Oneness with the One Tree.

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