Mountains Speak, Trees Sing

David Price
3 min readApr 24, 2022
From Real African Books

“The earth is a living thing. Mountains speak, trees sing, lakes can think, pebbles have a soul, rocks have power.”

— Henry Crow Dog

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“We are not here on Earth to be alone, but to be a part of a living community, a web of life in which all is sacred. Like the cells of our body, all of life is in constant communication, as science is just beginning to understand. No bird sings in isolation, no bud breaks open alone. And the most central note that is present in life is its sacred nature, something we need to each rediscover and honor anew. We need to learn once again how to walk and breathe in a sacred universe, to feel this heartbeat of life. Hearing its presence speak to us, we feel this great bond of life that supports and nourishes us all. Today’s world may still at times make us feel lonely, but we can then remember what every animal, every insect, every plant knows — and only we have forgotten: the living sacred whole.”

— Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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“Each creature has a medicine, so there are many medicines. Because they are so close to the Creator, they are to communicate that medicine. Then they bring help and health.”

–Wallace Black Elk

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The Elders say everything has a purpose and everything has a will. We should never interfere with the purpose or the will of anything. Every plant, creature, animal, insect, and human being has a purpose to be here on the Earth. Each has a special medicine to contribute for the good of all things. Each person also has good medicine, a special talent, a special gift. These medicines are to help others or to help make us healthy. What is your special medicine?

— Robin Youngblood

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Our world has gone silent; it no longer sings to us. We’ve forgotten how to listen to its songs, to notice how it dances with its partners. We are trained to see the natural world overlaid with our projections. We see what we are capable of seeing, which is dead matter that needs correcting or exploiting. We imagine ourselves in the role of overlords, not partners, certainly not students. We may imagine ourselves as masters of the natural world but we’re acting like desperate and…

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David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.