I had a dream one night, that I was walking through a forest, as a light spring breeze gently caressed my skin. I had no particular destination in mind. All I knew was that the noise of the so called civilized world had become unbearable to me, and what I had been seeking could not be found in a life of external distraction. I walked freely between the tall, lush trees of the forest. I was nowhere, and everywhere. As I continued to walk, I noticed one particular tree that was like no other.

I had never myself seen such a tree, but I somehow knew it
was special. The sun seemed to shine ever more brightly as it set itself over the tree which illuminated it so splendidly that when I looked up I felt a wave of joy, peace and love wash over me as the very foundation of all the magic in the universe emanated from the tree. It called to me, and I followed as tears flowed down my face. What was this tree? Why did my heart feel as though it would burst out of my chest?

I followed the calling of the tree. The closer I got, the stronger the pull became, and as I 
reached it, I slowly extended my arm and towards its trunk and placed my hand upon it. The tree was not alive, it was life, eternal, unending. I sat beneath the tree and closed my eyes, and in that moment I realised that nothing existed but me, present and serene. No harm could ever come to me, I had found my place.

I asked, without thinking. “Who are you?” 

The reply was comforting and clear. I am the Bodhi Tree, you have come to me for fulfillment and I give it to you now. For all of your troubles and burdens, I give you the gift of peace. No longer will you roam discontent and pained, now you are free, now you belong.”

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    Paul Lewthwaite
    Paul Lewthwaite(@paul-lewthwaite)
    1 year ago

    Hi Staci, great to see you at Voice.Club. A lovely, gentle, mystical story and I felt rather envious of the protagonist for having such a wonderful dream. Your story also made me look up the back story to the Bodhi Tree, so thank you for making me learn something new as well!  ???? 

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    1 year ago

    Like Paul, I also researched the Bodhi Tree. Thanks for introducing Bodhi Tree to me, Staci. It has added to my knowledge. Your protagonist is very lucky to have had such a wonderful dream. And the last paragraph for the ending of the story is very satisfying. A warm welcome to Voice club, Staci. 

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Staci Harrington
    1 year ago

    You’re most welcome, Staci.

    Linda Rock
    Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
    1 year ago

    Thank you for introducing me to the Bodhi Tree, Staci, and its symbolism. Your story conveys a strong sense of peace, something we all need in our lives. Beautifully done.

    Melissa Taggart
    Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
    1 year ago

    Hello Staci, welcome to Voice.club! I love the first paragraph of this story! Such a freeing, peaceful and beautiful thing to be “nowhere, and everywhere.” I really suggest that every member takes the time to read your story. In a time in history where everything is stressful, and filled to the brim of unknowns this story will bring a smile and much needed calm. Great work!

    Last edited 1 year ago by Melissa Taggart
    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    1 year ago

    A lovely story Staci that calls to my heart. I find the companionship of trees very soothing and would love to meet the one in your story. Welcome to Voice Club. Very much looking forward to reading more of your stories.

    Christer Norrlof
    Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
    1 year ago

    What a wonderful dream, Staci! The spirit of the Buddha is hovering over your story, which is filled with serenity and peace. I hope the protagonist got the spiritual message and started to study the enlightened masters and to meditate. While reading it, I was reminded of my own story “The effect of Ultra Violet Light” which was shortlisted under the Cherry Blossom theme. They have a lot in common. A warm… Read more »

    Reply to  Staci Harrington
    1 year ago

    Hello Staci – I agree with Christer. You definitely belong in this community! I loved your character’s dream and totally identify with the feelings.

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