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Forest Friend (for-ist frend) n. Elfin being of Ontario woodlands, known for environmental consciousness and earth-based spirituality

Since ancient times the Forest Friends have recognized the interdependence of all lifeforms, thus they understand that to live in Harmony with the Earth, with the Others, and within their own community is essential for their survival, balance, and joy of living.  Their nature-based wisdom has important messages for our fast-paced technological age.

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As the pine knot piece unfolded (see posts from yesterday and Friday),and was finally ready for Forest Friends, I could not think of a better theme than...
HIDDEN TREASURE
The Forest Friends treasure and honour new life in any form: the dawning of day, the first leaves from a germinated seed, the unfolding of buds, the emerging of a butterfly from a chrysalis... Most cherished of all is the birth of a child. It is a time of joy, of hope, of renewed commitment to the Harmony credo.
The child will be showered first with love, nurturing, and protection. As time goes on the child will be shown many skills, and will be taught values and insights, along with knowledge of the surrounding world. There is an understanding that when the best of a community is lavished on the young, it is an act of love and it is the greatest treasure to ourselves and to those who follow. Material goods are either quickly dissipated or decayed...
And so, in this community of gentle, peaceful Little People, babies are hidden away in nooks and crannies, usually cradled in milkweed pods lined with fluff and most often covered with a feather. The entire community keeps a watchful eye to ensure protection and a wholesome upbringing.
(more information at forestfriends.ca)
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