I’m on my way- Goosebumps included!
About a week ago, I had a flash of a dream. In a very brief instant I was walking on a trail and came upon what I observed in my dream to be a tree growing brazil nuts. Not knowing their nature (they’re not even technically nuts) I saw a tree with the little orange slice-looking nuts hanging from their ends in the tree. And then I was awake. Why, you might ask, does this evoke goosebumps? Read on…
Why This “Brazil Nut Tree” Matters
Like so many things in our busy lives, I kept thinking about looking up information about the tree that produces brazil nuts. Every time, though, I was not in a place or space to dwell on it for even moments. Finally, while sitting at a coffee house, the thought occurred to me at The Right Moment. Oh. My. GOODNESS! Yes, goosebumps.
The Bertholletia excelsa Tree is found in the Amazonian forests of Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. It’s seeds grow in baseball-sized pods within the high-hanging canopy of these trees. The trees reach as high as 160 feet tall and can live for 500 years or more. They are actually more closely related to blueberries and persimmons than walnuts or pecans. Here’s a fascinating video about the industry built around this tree:
Did Someone Say Peru?
Since I am hosting a tour of Peru as part of my Definite Major Purpose, it would be reasonable to think that this is where the uncanniness of this dream resides. But wait, there’s more; so much more!
The Brazil Nut Tree & The Heroes Journey!
Bring on the goosebumps! Delving further into the nature of the Bertholletia excelsa tree, there are only two animals that can open it’s sturdy seed pods: a small rodent called an agouti (pictured left) and we humans; that is with the help of axes or machetes. As viewed in the video above, there’s no easy method to access those seeds!
Perhaps the most unusual characteristic of this tree rests within its pollination. Consequently, there is only one, yes one, insect that can successfully pollinate the trees flowers! The orchid bee is the solitary insect that is big enough and possesses a long enough tongue to pry open the flower’s hood to lap its nectar! Isn’t it amazing that nature provided ONE pollinator for a tree that grows throughout South America’s Amazon Rainforest, that lives for 500 years or more, whose known history begins at least with the Paleolithic era, some 11,000 years ago?
How Does This Correlate With My Journey?
Each and every one of us is here for a specific Purpose. As Og asserts, “Since the beginning of time, never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my hands, my hair, my mouth. None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me. All men are my brothers and yet I am different from each. I am a unique creature.”
“None can duplicate my brush strokes, none can make my chisel marks, none can duplicate my handwriting, none can produce my child and, in truth, none has the ability to sell exactly as I.” None can share my passion for the connection I sense within the realms of creativity across the world and its cultures quite the way I share it! I am a unique creature, just as you are! I began this self discovery with knitting, my first foray into something that lit a creative fire within me.
Goosebumps again! THERE Is ONLY One YOU!
Like the orchid bee, I am the only ME that can be what I am meant to be. It is the same with you; YOU are the only YOU that can share YOU and your passionate purpose with this world! Above all, we are each NATURE’S GREATEST MIRACLE! See? A momentary dream about an Amazonian seed-bearing tree. Not random in the least, and truly GOOSEBUMP evoking for sure!