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Lodgepole Pine & Pine Bark Beetle, Fraser, CO
Dr. Jim Conroy talks about “Beacon” and other trees on the Colorado test sites.
“When Marie met Basia and me at a Feng Shui exposition in New Jersey in 2007, she exclaimed: ‘I am so sad for our trees in Colorado. They are all dying. Won’t you please come out and help them.'” And so we did.
“That autumn, Basia and I headed for the Winter Park/Fraser area as well as another famous ski town. Marie rounded up her friends–among them was Leslie–and their properties became our test sites. On our first trip, along the highways through the mountains, we saw horrible red and brown swaths of trees. Lodgepole Pines were dying by the millions. We were shocked and dismayed.”
Dr. Jim continues the story: “By 2007, my Green Centrics™ and Tree Whispering® systems were well developed. I had treated not only big old trees and landscapes, but also multi-acre farms and soybeans fields. I was very good at what I did and trees almost always recovered health under my care. But these properties were an order of magnitude larger. I had to stretch myself and my systems in order to address the health of a whole ecosystem. This was the beginning of the Cooperative BioBalance and Co-Existence Technologies® work.
“The Pine Bark Beetle is not the bad guy. It gets the blame; it has been set up to take the fall. But, it is only living its life as it has for milennia on all the West Coast mountains. It’s been doing its job: living its own life and weeding out the weak trees.”
Basia interjects: “What happened in Colorado in the mid 2000’s was a perfect storm. All the Lodgepole Pine trees became weak due primary to years and years of summer droughts, the human policy of fire suppression, and other factors. And, climate change has favored the beetle larvae’s survival through warmer than usual winters. So, whole mountainsides of Lodgepole Pines were dying.
Dr. Jim talks about the die-off: “You might think that this is a natural process. Trees have gone through die-offs in the past but this is different. First, it is happened much faster than has been seen in geologic time. Second, many young trees are being ‘hit’ by the beetle and killed. That means that even young trees are weak rather than vigorous. And, third, my system is a permission-based system. I always ask the deep intelligence within Nature for permission to do the bioenergy healing work. I don’t force myself or my skills on any tree. If I tried, it wouldn’t work anyway. Permission is the key.
“So I ask permission of every tree I treat, including the Lodgepole Pines. Since they have always given me permission during these trials, I feel that their deaths are not a natural process. Also, I do a very specifically directed healing process; my work is not random application of “energies”. I can tell that their deaths are not a natural process because of the specific connections and interconnections in their inner functionality that they direct me towards for their own healing.”
Dr. Jim reveals how the ecosystem really operates: “Over the years of the test-sites study, I found them to be suffering from drought and other stresses totally separate from any effect of the beetles. See, the beetles are just living their lives, so they seek weak and stressed trees to support their own life cycles. When the trees regain inner health and synchronized functionality, the beetles are not attracted to them. Beetles are primarily attracted to ALREADY sick trees.”
Dr. Jim continues: “I realized that part of rejuvenating the health of the trees, included addressing the needs of the beetle. In a dynamically balanced ecosystem, both want to live and both need to survive. Leslie’s beautiful tree, Beacon, showed me how to invite a certain kind of peace between Lodgepole Pines and the Pink Bark Beetle. That “peace treaty”–or understanding of each living being’s needs–was the foundation of what I now call “EcoPeace Treaties.
Dr. Jim thanks all involved: “I have an affinity for Beacon, and appreciate Marie for inviting us to Colorado and Leslie for being such a good host. I also appreciate the other test site property owners for hanging-in there with us all these years.”
Note: For photos of additional trees on test sites in Colorado, please go to the CooperativeBioBalance.org website.