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Horse Chestnut (White Chestnut)

Agitation, harmonising flow, contrast, difference, clarity, intuition, peace, dissipates excess energy, steady, frictionless, super-conductor, frictionless flow, seamless, silk, candle in a cave, constant flame, smooth flame, wordless place, silk flame, windless place, seamless time.

” silk flame
Still cave
Seamless time”

Like a candle burning in a still cave, the awareness is not disturbed by any outside influences. There is a smooth, seamless flow of energies with no friction or irritation. When there is no resistance, all energies can be harmonised. When we become aware of great contrast it can be difficult to reconcile the difference. This sets up a conflict, an annoyance, an intolerance. Rather than needing to move away to find a more peaceful place, the spirit of horse chestnut resolves the differences within ourselves so that we can be at peace wherever we may be. With an easy flow of energy it becomes easier to avoid setting up repetitive patterns and other symptoms of blocked or resisted energy. One moment flows into another with no neurotic repetition. Thoughts are smooth and reflect deeper perceptions of mind. The body is less agitated and can remain at peace. Excess energy is able to drain away. What is not needed is released. What is not helpful is not absorbed.

Tree Breath Meditation:

Breathe in: as you breathe in, imagine you are pulling air up through the base of the spine in an upward moving, anticlockwise spiral that tightens inwards toward the axis of the body.
Breathe out: relax and brathe out, imagining the breath leaving the body downwards through the armpits.

Mantra:

The mantra to link to this tree spirit is:

GAASH…T’HAAASH. DAA. R. NAA. Y

repeat this to yourself out loud until familiar with the sound of it, then take it inside your mind and let it float there for a while.

The tree itself exhibits a contrast of tense and relaxed, rough and smooth. As it matures the bole of the trunk begins to spiral to the right, though the crown opens out and spreads with heavy boughs. The leaves are large, rough fingers held relaxedly downwards on long, smooth stems. The white, candle flowers appear in late spring and ripen into heavy, spiky fruits that fall in autumn to reveal shiny brown chestnuts.
Rich in tannins, these fruits are used in many cosmetic skin products as they ‘tone’ and tighten the skin. Internally, horse chestnut restores tone and flexibility to blood vessels and is used to prevent varicose veins and reduce haemorrhoids.

This tree is now a familiar and welcome sight in many parks and public spaces of the world, but before the end of the 16th century it was unknown. At this time it was found in a small mountainous area between Greece and Albania and was soon introduced to stately homes throughout Europe.

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the image is of the Tree Spirit Key for the Horse Chestnut.It can be used as a focus for healing or for meditative work.

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ivy

I have worked with the Ivy Spirit quite a lot recently. It has been one of the main plants to be explored in groups who were starting off learning about Tree Spirit Healing. It has a lively, easily recognisable energy and provides a great support to those who make a good connection to its energy. Here is one way to become a little more familiar.

THE IVY DOORWAY

“Ivy is a plant that behaves like an animal – specifically a snake, which it so obviously resembles. It creeps and wriggles throughout the undergrowth. it wraps itself around tree trunks. A image of the deep forest: mature old trees within a darkened, clean forst floor. As though in a time-lapse film nothing much changes except the flicker of day and night, the occassional leaf fluttering down into the humus. And then a movement at the corner of sight: a thin, snake-like tendril wriggles its way into view. It writhes and twists ans scrabbles as though sniffing out something. As time flickers on, the tendril thickens to become python thick; aerial roots, like legs, support and stabilise; new tendrils spread outwards across the floor searching more of that essentil food: light. Soon a wave of ivy, a tide of shiny green, is washing up the tree trunks and as time flickers forward the main Ivy Snake wriggles on out of sight, deeper into the forest silence.

“Ivy is a tree that moves, a vegetal snake, a green sea of leaves. It can become a gatekeeper and a useful guide…..

“unless you travel via the intermediary of Ivy or some other, similar tree spirit, it is not easy to gain access to the deeper levels of Tree Wisdom that is the Deep Forest….

” The serpent, the wise snake, is the ivy that lives in the duality of dark and light, summer and winter, intoxication and sobriety, life and death. Only a teacher who has travelled every possible path can know every step of the way and be for us a safe guide.”

(from “Tree: Essence, Spirit and Teacher”)

The Ivy Doorway is a process that combines chant and vision.

What is needed: a black and white image on card or thick paper.

1) First, create an image of a doorway with a semicircular arch, within which is silhouetted a large five-pointed ivy leaf. The archway is black and the leaf is white.

2) Position the image so that it is slightly above your eye level, but that causes you no strain to keep it in easy view.

3) Have a clear intention: ‘to open the Tree Doorways’ and then gaze easily at the image whilst chanting or mentally repeating the Ivy mantra:

KI JAA OH TRRRI

KI JAA OH TRRRI

…..

…..

4) When your eyes tire, simply close them for a while and continue with an internal visualisation of the image.

5) A time will naturally come when you feel a shift of awareness. When this happens simply relax and allow the experience with the Ivy Spirit to unfold.

6) When you feel it time to return to your normal awareness, say thank you for whatever experiences have been brought to you, and bring your awareness back to your body. When you are ready, slowly open your eyes.

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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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