I believe that there is a Universal Consciousness and all life comes from it, is permeated by it. In every cell and atom there is consciousness, learning and growing and changing. As leaves begin to fade, as the summer life slows in its course, different colors appear, the veins are more noticeable, the leaves more brittle. They will lose more color and crumble and die, while the tree will sleep all winter, storing its resources, building its strength, readying itself for new life. And so the cycle goes. Nothing is permanent.