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Tree Consciousness – on Silence.

Attaining a degree of silence is essential to any work with trees and tree spirits, ( in fact, with any work on subtle and meditative levels).

Silence, though, is not a reduction, not a shutting down or shutting out, not a restriction of thought, nor of the senses, the actions or the passions.

Silence is an opening out in order to include what appears not to be sound, what appears not to be self, what appears not to be sensation.

Silence happens with inclusiveness of what is not perceived. Thoughts don’t stop, feelings don’t stop, nothing changes. Except there is an addition in the self-awareness that all is occurring within a field existing beyond any object or percept.

We habitually seek out things, objects, names, identifiers. These are all in the foreground. Silence occurs when we also notice the background, the field within which our percepts reside.

When we stand in front of a tree, we need to see the tree behind the tree, the tree between the tree, the tree and the non-tree.

When we stand in front of the mind, we need to see the mind behind the mind, the mind between the mind, the mind that is the non-mind.

What is the non-tree? What is the non-mind? They are the silence that arises when we pay attention to what is not there, as well as to what is perceived as there.

Most, if not all, of the Tree Teacher Techniques in Tree Spirit Healing are ways to bring this silence to our awareness, either directly or indirectly. The next few posts will describe some of them. Beginning with Gazing.

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Tube Of Light

A tree is a tube of spirit

Through which the energies of the world

Can move.

Being in the presence of a tree and its spirit

We can feel the movement of this energy again.

Our edges soften, our roots spread deeper,

Our ‘but…’ awareness quietens down

And we become happier to let go

And breathe life through our own tube –

The tube of our body,

Of our personal history,

Of our awareness.

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Mimosa (Silver Wattle)

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“ Synaptic elegance

radiant suns

interstices of light.”

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interstices of light

eloquence

radiance

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arcs of light

million stars

limitless flow.

In the cold winter days of the Northern hemisphere nothing is so delightfully surprising as the fragrant clouds of yellow spheres that burst out from the delicate foliage of the mimosa. Originally from the temperate zones of Tasmania and Southern Australia, the wattles, or mimosas, have been planted wherever they can escape the harshest of winter winds and frosts. They are a common street tree in the Mediterranean area and they flourish in sheltered areas of southern Britain. They have a light wood and very rapid growth.

Breath.

Breathe in : through the fingertips and the insides of the thighs to the spinal column.

Breathe out:  up the spinal coumn and into all the sinuses, chambers and cavities of the head.

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Mimosa (Silver Wattle) : sensuality, internal awareness, intuition, expression, peace.

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ROWAN : STAR AND STONE (a visualisation meditation)

You are sitting on a large rock

overlooking a landscape of rolling hills

and deep, hidden valleys.

The sun has just gone down,

the sky is turning a fragile turquoise blue.

Soon the stars will become visible in the deep skies

above you.

The sun’s heat can still be felt through the rock

against which you comfortably sit.

Time passes and your body relaxes.

Your mind and emotions relax.

Your senses relax

and stretch out

to each horizon.

You become aware

of all the oncoming noises of night-time.

Behind where you sit,

amongst the crevices in the rock,

a rowan tree is growing.

It is not large,

because it has had to weather the seasons

in this exposed position.

But it is strong

and shaped by the elements

that it has learned to balance

perfectly.

Darkness has fallen.

The small sounds of the night

fill your senses.

Your body is comfortable and relaxed.

You feel its presence perfectly,

but you do not feel restricted by it in any way.

Your senses relax

and spread out into the landscape,

and up into the sky where the stars are appearing.

The rock, the tree, the night,

your still body,

all relax into one view.

Thoughts, feelings, sensations,

all come and go,

as do the sounds and breezes

of the night.

Sitting open, but unfocused,

alert, but relaxed.

A sense of presence

draws close to you.

Perhaps behind you,

or to the side,

to the front

or even inside you.

The spirit of rowan.

Within the globe of your awareness

is a place to meet and learn.

To perhaps receive initiation

into the heart of

rowan spirit energy.

The spirit focuses its awareness upon you.

“Ay noo ay.

“Establish Silence.

“Establish a point of attention in the Silence.

“Allow the flow of energy tides to move through you.

“Shape the tides and read them.

“Ay noo ay. Ay noo ay.”

Stay with the flow of life.

Pay attention

to what happens

and what fails to happen.

The tree, your spine,

your body, the rock.

Your senses, the night.

Your awareness,

spirit awareness,

the world watching.

Return

when you return.

Stay awhile

and remember.

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BAY TREE SPIRIT:

“If you wonder whether the thoughts you are having are at all the influence of the tree in front of you, or simply your own thoughts, then consider this: Why do you consider that your thoughts at any other time belong to you?

Why not accept the possibility that your mind is like a radio or a mirror – just reflecting those signals, taking up the images that are within your vicinity.

Then the flavour of the thoughts can be recognised as significant. There is awareness of difference, and in this way thought becomes a sense like seeing, hearing or feeling.

A thought is like a sound ; neither right nor wrong, accurate or inaccurate. Only your degree of awareness or lack of awareness gives the experience meaning or significance. “

 

 

 

 

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Mirror Body  – Duel Nature

The tree’s experience is very different from most other life-forms on earth. It exists simultaneously in two different environments. The root experience is completely different from the branch experience. The consciousness of root/earth and branch/air can be seen as a variation of unconscious or subconscious root and conscious awareness of the branch. If one were to contact the energy of the ‘root’ it would probably be a different form of energy and experience to ‘branch’. So there may be at least these levels of being or personality or character: firstly the physical body in its entirety; secondly, the root as an inward-looking, stable unconscious; thirdly, the branch as an outward-looking, reaching, reactive conscious.

To approach the experience of this duel aspect of the tree consciousness, try the following:

Stand or sit and become aware of your body’s weight.

Take your attention to the bottom of the feet.

Let your awareness sink below your feet as a mirror image of yourself as it were, attached to your feet.

Extend your awareness so that it can simultaneously hold both your body and the mirror body images at the same time. This may initially be vague or disorienting.

Take your attention to specific parts of the body. Start with the soles of the feet – in physical, then in mirror body; the knees; the hips; the navel; the solar plexus; the hands; the shoulders; the top of the head.

Once you are more used to this swapping of focus, see if you can maintain simultaneous awareness in reflected spots, and then return to an overall view of yourself as both bodies.

When the exercise is completed, dissolve the image and spend a moment getting re-acquainted with the physical body.

(from”Tree: Essence, Spirit, Teacher”  p.49- 50)

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Maintaining Balance

A tree does not choose its place of growth.
It can only survive and flourish by adjusting its form to harmonise with the prevailing conditions.
A tree that grows up, matures, flowers and bears fruit shows that it has succeeded in maintaining that balance for tens, hundreds, even thousands of years.
It is this ability to remain balanced and flexible,
to absorb and to let go,
to remain quiet and harmless,
that is transferred to us when we contact the energy of the tree and its spirit.

(from “Tree Essence, Spirit, Teacher” p.59)

Replacing chaos with silence
Replacing excuses with responsibility
Replacing ignorance with awareness.
These are the qualities that are encouraged when we absorb tree spirit healing.

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