Iyanla Vanzant: Natural Healing; Finding Therapy in Nature


river and treeWhen ever we hear the word “therapy,” most of us think of a man or woman in a little office with a couch for their “patients” to lay on as they unload all the stories about their many pains and pressures of life. While no one is pointing fingers at anyone who chooses to go for this kind of therapy, Iyanla Vanzant suggests that we consider taking a look at nature as a source of some healing, comfort and therapy.

Even if one is in the traditional therapy (or not) the wonderful part of finding therapy in nature is that it does not have to replace or interfere with any other kind of therapy.

According to Iyanla,

“The Creator has placed at our disposal a wealth of natural energies that are willing and useful healing tools. We need only ask, and the help is there for us.”


These mighty friends are elemental symbols of wisdom. They are tangible signs of transformation and growth. Trees are receptive and energizing. They stand as symbols, representing and demonstrating our endless source of supply. Imagine that every tree you pass on the streets or roads is a demonstration of the things you can be or have in your life. There is no shortage of possibilities in life, and every possibility is within your reach. We can also talk to trees, particularly elms and oaks. Weeping willows are eager receptors for our sorrows—they take our tears and transform them into beauty! Trees are a solid support system.

An excellent clearing ritual can be performed at the foot of a tree. Dig a small hole in front of the tree or near the roots. Lie flat on the earth and talk directly into the hole. Talk as though you were speaking to a person. If you are expressing pain, sorrow, fear, and so on, tell the tree exactly what the cause is and how you feel about it. If you are making a request, be specific. Talk about the situation, what you are feeling, and propose an outcome. When you have fully expressed yourself, re-cover the hole. Ask the tree to take your concerns and turn them into something beautiful!

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  1. I love nature. It’s beautiful, peaceful and serene. It’s sacred, yet accessible. In the midst of, it’s an opportunity to observe, listen, connect, and to be wowed. It’s heavenly; it’s divine. I love nature, because it is God.

    • Since my initial post, just envisioning the tree, the grass and the water, it is so soothing. I often sit on the bank of the Potomac River in the summer and commune with nature in a similar setting. It is there that I capture my most inner self, and discover and experience the beauty of nature.

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