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NOTE: The Guardian Tree" was originally published as "The Tree Oracle" in 2009. The Tree Oracle was a preliminary attempt to write my auto-biography.


The Tree Oracle was taken out of circulation by me and republished as "The Guardian Tree" in 2012. The Guardian Tree has been revised several times as my life continued to unfold. The most recent version ends on my 60th birthday in 2014 and was updated in January 2023..


I apologize for any inconvenience, as I have stumbled through this process of chronicling my life story.


Sincerely, Laural Virtues Wauters

The Guardian Tree 


The Guardian Tree - The true story of Carmen Sylvia
Written by: Laural Virtues Wauters

Carmen Sylvia is an infant girl adopted by Americans working for the CIA in post-World War II Germany. Her journey begins in an enchanted park in Frankfurt where Laural (Carmen Sylvia) encounters a tree spirit with a mysterious message that opens the doors to an epic adventure of self-discovery.


Join Laural as she unravels her ancestral roots – which are intertwined with Nazi Germany, a mystical German mother and a warrior father – and reconnects with the spirit of the tree and the lessons it held.


Travel along as she immerses herself in the healing arts of shamanism and the mandala, as well as the roots of world belief to heal herself and her world.


When Laural eventually realizes that her name, Carmen Sylvia, means "Guardian Tree" she awakens the ultimate truth.   

Book Reviews

"This should become a best seller soon. There are not true stories that are more heart breaking still full of hope. History makes sometimes the life of certain people. History has surely touched Laural's life in so many ways. Her life shows us how humble we should be and the life inside is so important and that light and love is everywhere around us." - Sami Hero


"It's hard to believe that this is a true story, but it is...yet it is also full of mystery, intrigue, and ultimately spiritual renewal and life coming full circle. This is a beautiful story, winsomely told. You will feel as though Laural is a good friend -- you will care about what happens to her, and you will rejoice with her. And perhaps you will be moved to go and listen to a tree." - Ellen Rosewall

"An incredible story of compassion and forgiveness that will inspire you, delight you, and change you forever after. I found the author's voice delightfully warm and accessible, and the story fascinating with many unpredictable twists and turns. I enjoyed reading all of it, from her stories about coming of age as a feminist during the Sixties to her stories of stepping into her work as a shaman. The many magical synchonicities reminded me a bit of another amazing book, "Autobiography of a Yogi," by Paramhansa Yogananda. I plan to give many copies of this one as gifts." - Rebecca Lerner

"This is a powerful book that has you travel along with a young girl through time starting with post war Germany until she reaches middle age in a Midwestern town. The twists and turns in this real life story, will have you reading The Guardian Tree, from cover to cover, fascinated." - Susan Parson

"What a gift this book is! To read each page and all the intimate details of the heart of a person, you can't help but want to be her warrior and want to protect her. As her story unfolds and her ability to find that inner knowing that she will heal instills HOPE in the reader that they too can "make it" in life. This journey will captivate you and you'll find yourself unable to put it down as you read it's pages cover to cover. When you are finished, you will be forever changed and will leave and everlasting mark of love and light." - Leah O'Barski

"This story is engaging in the most candid way. It's like reading all the very best parts of a juicy diary, a good intrigue novel, and a hero journey."  - Anne

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