(PRWEB) June 02, 2013
What is it about trees that inspires such awe in us? We see the grace of the whispering willow, we see how it bends but doesn’t break, and we are inspired to see ourselves – and our own struggles – in its remarkable resilience. We see the majesty of the giant redwoods and massive sequoias and we are humbled as we stand before them. We see the incredible, sturdy strength of the giant oak and we are reminded, yet again, that this mighty oak had its origin in a tiny, unassuming acorn. Somehow, in the trees that we love, admire, care for and respect, we humans see ourselves and our place in this world.
Charlotte Fielden loves trees. She loves everything about them – and she readily acknowledges the emotional bond that draws us into their world. She is also a woman of many significant talents: she is a highly regarded, Toronto-based author, poet and playwright, having developed her writings for the stage, the screen, radio and television. Over the course of her adult life, she also has served as a holistic therapist and has taught yoga, metaphysics, meditation and masterminding and has worked with clients in the field of past-life regression as a form of psychotherapy and spiritual exploration.
Author Fielden’s latest published release, Travelling Together: a Contemporary Fable, channels her own extraordinary regard for the healing power of trees as it explores the life journey of a man, a woman and, yes, a giant oak, as they pass through time, troubles and a life's experience. It explores the world of Rachel and Tom and, in particular, it explores Rachel’s extended healing journey through her struggle with breast cancer; more than that, it explores the power of the mind and the will and how they can manage the strength to move mountains.
Travelling Together is a fable – or is it? Is it author Fielden’s imagination (and striking imagery) at work – or is it truly representative, a statement of fact, of the nature of her fight against the horrific tumour that had invaded her right breast? There’s a vivid sense of dreaminess within Travelling Together, a sense of place, time and out-of-body experience, that belies the true, difficult nature of Rachel’s internal struggles.
In the end, and with the guidance, wisdom and counsel of the healing spirit of the giant oak, Rachel literally wills the cancer from her body. The tumour, against all apparent odds, simply disappears, astounding Rachel’s doctor and putting Rachel back on the path toward full health.
This is Rachel’s remarkable journey and it is one she wishes to share. As she says: “If, with this story, I have been a travelling companion and shared anything to help anyone on their own healing journey, that gives me a tremendous amount of peace and joy.”
Travelling Together is Charlotte Fielden’s 12th published book. She is a founding and active member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada – and is very active as a tree conservationist. Life is a journey, she says, and people and trees are travelling the path of life together.
Travelling Together: a Contemporary Fable
by Charlotte Fielden