Shamanic Skills: Communicating With Tree Deva’s

All the Shamanic cultures around the globe have a tradition of communicating with tree spirits. The word, Deva, meaning supernatural entity, derives from ancient India. In Europe tree spirits are often to referred to as Dryads.

“A dryad is a tree nymph, or female tree spirit, in Greek mythology. In Greek drys signifies “oak.” Thus, dryads are specifically the nymphs of oak trees, though the term has come to be used for all tree nymphs in general.” (

Humans have a special relationship with trees, simply by the fact that trees produce the oxygen we breathe in and we exhale carbon dioxide which trees love.

So can I prove that tree spirits really exist? Nope. But you can do some really interesting thought experiments, by acting as if you can communicate with these Deva’s, and get useful results.

Isn’t everything a projection of the mind (consciousness) anyway?

If you would like insight into a problem or inspiration for a new project, I certainly recommend going for a walk in the woods, and imagine connecting with these wise beings or if you prefer; facets of the imagination.

One way you can achieve this:

Shamanic Skills: How To Communicate With Tree Deva’s

  • Walk around and allow yourself to be drawn to a certain tree.
  • Walk up to the tree and take a good look at it. Notice the trunk and the branches. Notice the bark and the leaves. Become aware of the smell of the tree. Place your hands on the tree and feel the textures.
  • In-tu-it: Imagine stepping In-To-It. That is imagine shape-shifting into the tree – becoming the tree. Notice what it’s like being the tree.
  • Psychically say “Hello” to the tree Deva. Become aware of any response.
  • Go ahead and ask a question you want help with. e.g.) “Please give me guidance on how I can solve problem xyz.” or “How can I improve my relationship with xyz?
  • Now allow any impressions to enter your consciousness. Relaxing, breathing and becoming aware of any thoughts, sensations or imagery that comes to mind…
  • Thank the Deva!

So there you go, you now have one approach for communicating with tree spirits. As you have fun practicing these new shamanic skills, you will find yourself being able to gain better rapport with certain Dryads. It is well worth forming a relationship with a favourite particular tree because it will enable you to learn more about the subtle aspects of communicating at these levels of consciousness.

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