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(plane tree trunk)

Meditation Tree

All trees help us towards a meditative state. Tree awareness is always connected to the whole. Tree awareness exists in a cyclical or spiral time. Human awareness exists in a linearity of past – present – future. We think at this linear level: evaluating past memory or projecting into the future. The present doesn’t hold our attention in the same way. Perception of the present becomes memory or speculation by habit rather than of necessity.

Tree awareness is held in the present, so requires no thought process (or not like ours). When we contact a tree energy we absorb some quality of tree consciousness and so find it easier to release the habitual linearity of thought. This begins to establish a meditative state. (Each tree will have a different quality or ‘flavour’ depending upon how we interact with its energy.)

Tree awareness is concentric and 360 degrees. Individual awareness is the centre of a circle of energetic liveliness that also includes many other circles of awareness. A tree’s individual awareness is not experienced as separate from the circle around it, but as a denser focus of peculiar factors of view and form. The self (I) cannot have the same meaning where there is no spatial movement or change of view. As humans, we are always in a state of physically changing relationships with our environments. We have therefore to be constantly self-referring to know where we are and what we are doing. A tree exists in one place and has less differentiated parts (organs etc.) so there is not the same need to be self-conscious. More of the awareness can be directed outwards towards the circle’s circumference. It is an inclusive awareness rather than a human’s exclusive awareness. Entering into tree spirit awareness, we experience a change in metabolism – things slow down, the body relaxes, loses track of its position, sense of time changes, thoughts continue but do not distract us from an underlying, non-verbal vibration of energy, sometimes experienced as bliss or sound or light. Buddha knew what he was doing sitting under a tree – not just for shade, but for the connection to wholeness of life.

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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.”

interstices of light

light arcing

synaptic elegance

synaptic elegance

million suns

interstices of light

eloquence

radiance

radiant suns

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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Yew Breath

Breathing in: as if a vortex shape is being imagined pulling deep into the earth – like the action of a diaphragm magnified.

Breathing out: the breath moves out in a widening circle into the world.

( Tree breathing is a technique to integrate and absorb the spirit energies of a tree. It can be used for contemplation, healing and meditation. Because of the combination of breath and body-based visualisation, tree breathing can be very helpful for those who find the concept of meditation, concentration, silence etc. difficult to put into practice. Get a feel for the practice for a few minutes, then relax, then do a few more minutes, then relax and notice the shift of awareness and consciousness. The world is full of deep pools. This is a safe way to get beyond paddling and diving down).

“Infrasound
stirring
healing poison”

The above is the tree sutra of the yew tree. Tree sutras are short, evocative, gnomic phrases and images that attempt to encapsulate in their feelings the way a species of tree interacts with us. They give clues to the energetic substructure of the interactions we experience with what we call ‘tree’. They can lead to elucidation. They can lead to ambiguity. They are signposts, not the road ( which is, as ever, your own). They are an amusement and an oracle. They can lead to the Deep Forest.

” Tree Sutras” is available as a pdf file from http://www.greenmanshop.co.uk
( look under ‘books’ on menu). ” Tree Sutras” contains 101 sutras, with the visual keys ( Tree Spirit Key) for each tree.

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Spell of Yew.

In your deep shade
Time’s whispers
Dull and fall.
Thought cinders:
Feathers of flame.

Centuries revolve,
A round vowel
In the poet-bard’s
Recitation.

The histories
In your deep heart’s remembrance.
Red, dark,
Hub of this land’s
Wheel.

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