I have just been guided to write this post due to a picture a friend of mine posted on another site!.
Trees as Spiritual Teachers
By Melissa Krige
Trees and forests are a prerequisite for life on our planet. Referred to as the lungs of the Earth since they produce the oxygen we breathe, they are also climate-controllers and desert-preventers. They provide us with raw materials, timber, food and fodder, medicines and spices, shade and shelter.
Our physical dependence on trees is becoming increasingly well known, and there is a growing awareness of how our lifestyles and attitudes towards nature are resulting in global warming and subsequent climate change. Yet how many know of the spiritual dimension of trees?
Our ancestors enjoyed a very different relationship with trees and nature. Prior to the industrial revolution that changed the very roots of society, humanity lived in greater harmony with the earth. This is reflected most clearly by our past connection to trees.
The world over, trees were venerated and held as symbols of fertility, wisdom, power and renewal. Across cultures and continents, the mythologies of ancient civilizations had at their core a Cosmic Tree or Tree of Life that explained our earthly existence. From all corners of the world, stories of tree worship abound. Forests and groves were holy sanctuaries for spiritual practice, and impressively large, old trees were seen as a channel for connecting with the divine.
A measure of how greatly trees were revered in the past, is an example from Germany where the punishment for removing bark from a tree resulted in the guilty party’s navel being cut out and nailed to the injured tree.The culprit was then driven around and around the tree until all his innards were wound about the trunk of the tree (*1). The life of a man for the life of a tree. Barbaric certainly, but food for thought: Does this not symbolise what we do to our collective selves as we wantonly fell and poison with acid rain the great forests that once grew so abundantly over the earth’s surface?
So I have held a strong connections to trees for quite some time now it started as a young child whilst I visited my Grad-parents home a beautiful graceful Red Copper Beech.
tall, majestic, pround, and so beautiful. Leaves moving in the wind a frequency whispering a singing.
I’m picking up (good) vibrations!
The term “vibes” or “vibrations” is often used to describe certain feelings that a person has for another or feelings they might get from some situation or thing. If you have ever personally felt positive or negative “vibes” coming from people or things, you are tapping into and beginning to understand the most basic and yet most important aspect of our selves, our consciousness, and of our Universe.
Modern science has proven what our ancient Earthkeepers and our shaman guides have known for centuries; That everything in the Universe is in a state of vibration. As “Healing Sounds” and Ancient Solfeggio expert Jonathan Goldman puts it: “From the electrons moving around the nucleus of an atom, to planets and distant galaxies and stars. As they’re creating movement, they are creating vibration, and this vibration can be perceived of as sound. So everything is creating a sound, including the sofa that we’re sitting on, or this table, or our bodies. Every organ, every bone, every tissue, every system of the body is creating a sound. The Human ear, in its very limited capability, can only hear a certain range of vibrations, but we are affected in ways by all sounds, including the ones we cannot hear. What we cannot hear we can still feel and be affected by.
Gaia, the ancient name for our Earth, vibrates at a certain frequency (The Schumann Resonance) and the earthly bodies on her vibrate at their own special frequencies. Mountains vibrate. Oceans and trees vibrate. So does our Sun, our galaxy, and our physical bodies. The vibrational frequency or tone that our human body emits, when we are in tune with nature, is in exact and perfect harmony with the frequency that Gaia’s body emits. There are certain tones that can affect us in very positive and loving ways. For example, when we hear a good song we love on the radio it makes us feel happy or it reminds us of someone we Love. The vibrations that the instruments make and the tones the singer sings are understood by us. We feel in harmony with that song and comfortable listening to it.
Contrarily, when we hear a song being played and one of the instruments is playing in the wrong key with the rest of the band or the singer has a particularly grating vocal quality and is not singing in tune, we have feelings of negativity and we may feel like we are being put off-center or off-balance by the music. These tones make us feel disharmonious.
Love trees x