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Much like traumatic events in our life, wildfires appear to destroy everything in their path. But did you know..? Some species on this planet only exist because of the existence of wildfires. Pyrophytic Plants are one of these species. They actually require fire for their seeds to sprout. These species grow because of a fire-activated seed!
Trees such as the lodgepole pine, Eucalyptus, and Banksia, have serotinous cones (or fruits) that are completely sealed with resin. These cones/fruits are unable to release their seeds until they are exposed to extreme heat from a fire. The incredibly intense heat of the fire is the only element that can physically melt the resin that protects and encapsulates the seed.
Other species such as ___ shrubs and annual plants can only survive from the effects of fire. These species need the chemical signals from smoke and charred plant matter to end their seed's dormancy.
Some species will only sprout in the presence of such alchemical chemicals. Until the fire awakens them, they will remain dormant, silently buried in the soil-seed-bank for decades, until a wildfire awakens them.
A field with the rare Fire Lily (Cyrtanthus ventricosus): Researchers discovered it's not fire or heat that triggers this flower into blooming but rather something in the smoke itself.
Similar to wildfires that occur from unnatural conditions such as human interference, traumatic events in our lives can become catalysts for great change. Whether the change comes about through conscious choice or an unconscious one, there can be a great awakening. Like the seeds who sleep in the seemingly safe soil until a wildfire awakens them, humans also go through this process.
Wildlife who barely live through a wildfire do not want to barely dodge death's door. No one chooses to loose a loved one or be attacked. No being wants to experience trauma or pain. But they all occur here. It is the unfortunate and unnatural part of physical life on Earth.
Some say it's the "hand we've been dealt". Others say it's "fate". Some believe it's random. Others say it's karmic. None of this matters to the ones who have experienced severe trauma. None of those beliefs or shared sentiments help those who are left picking up the pieces.
What matters is how we move forward together. What helps is how we flip the script. If trauma is in our "cards" then let's pick another deck. We get to choose a new fate for ourselves now. We can consciously change the narrative. We can all move from the victims to the victors. We can choose to walk a new path of peace and empowerment.
It is not what happened to us or a loved one defines us; it's what we do after the events that change our lives. It's what we do after the trauma occurs. It's what we are choosing to create and heal now. It's the new script we can choose to write into our storyline. It's the new chapter we can begin today.