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HAWTHORN

“warm breath
dark cave
summer stars.”

No smell so captures the atmosphere of early summer in Britain than the hawthorn blossom. It has a heavy, sweet, erotic earthiness that seems ideal for the burgeoning of life around the beginning of May when the branch-tops become laden with a layer of white, cream or pink flowers. Hawthorn is a tree long associated with earth spirits – the fairies in particular – and with the Earth Goddess. It is a small tree that never attains a great girth or height, though it suits its habitat of open scrubland, woodland margins and open moorland. It is one of the main hedging plants as it can survive heavy pruning and forms dense thorny barriers of angular branches. The wood is heavy and fine-grained, though not as hard as blackthorn or other fruit woods. It’s often contorted and expressively gnarled form gives each tree a personality and presence less easy to find in other species. Despite its rugged and wild appearance during the winter months, it has an aura of benevolence throughout springtime, summer and autumn when the branches are laden with small, dark red berries. Hawthorn somehow manages to express the epitome of the Threefold Goddess and the sequence of time marked by seasonal change. Herbally and energetically hawthorn benefits the heart by regulating any abnormal activity. Its generosity of expression in flowers and fruit and the guarded protection of its compact form and fierce thorns perfectly characterises the needs of the heart in opening to relationships with love whilst maintaining appropriate boundaries between the self and others. There are many sub-species and types of hawthorn, all of which work alongside the qualities of the heart, love, expression of emotion, personal path, universal consciousness, intimacy, relaxation, expansion, richness of the senses, relaxing into the experience of living.

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HAWTHORN BREATH
Breathing in: upon a constant stream of moving breeze from the distance in a straight line into the centre of the back (at heart level).

Breathing out: upon the stream as it emerges out of the front of the centre of the chest.

TREE TEA
Hawthorn flowers soothe sore throats. The bark is a mild tranquilliser that can help with fevers and malaria. Flowers, leaves and bark all regulate heart function bringing elasticity to blood vessels, reducing palpitations and giddiness.

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HAWTHORN GODDESS

Attraction of atoms,
Mesmeric swing of electrons,
Neutron heart –
The yearning of gravity.

The constant dance of suns and planets,
The magnetic tide of the years,
Pulling green fire
Furled from rock-bleak branch.

Lying warm in lust nest
Dreaming of you,
Shining one.

Nesting in warm lust,
Weaving dream,
Shining one.

Clasped together
Magnetic dance,
Heart sharp drop.

Star for stone
Blood for thorn
Bud for spring
Attraction, fascination.

Root to soil
Iron to Pole Star
Spiralling inwards
Spiralling outwards.

Dancing hearts
Bud to heaven.


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MIDLAND HAWTHORN

Expansion into heart, growth, direction, awareness, enthusiasm, fractal patterns, inward expansion, thousand-petalled

Inward expansion
Heart mother
Thousand petals.

Expansion inwards
Open fractals
Thousand petals.

Inner expanse
Heart mother
Fractal patterns.

Inner expanse
Heart mother
Fractal petals.


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Midland Hawthorn Breath:

Breathing in: bring the breath in to the heart.
Breathing out: see the breath expanding out from the heart as a growing sphere. At its furthest, outermost edge, there is a sense of stars.

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The Hawthorns all work with the energy of the heart. The heart is the centre, the core, of a thing, the place from which everything expands and originates. The first often gets swamped by the second, the third, the succeeding experiences that explore and elaborate in greater and greater complexity and originality. It is easy to get swept along with the new until there is so much to experience simultaneously that we grow tired of having to make choices, decisions, changes. We lose sense of control, sense of perspective and are overwhelmed by possibilities. Yet we have travelled so far away from where we started that it seems impossible to find a way back to a simple, honest, central point. Midland hawthorn helps us to experience a return to the centre, focusing energy and awareness in one place so that we can see the chaotic whole for what it is. Chaos and lack of order is simply looking at things from an inappropriate distance. Getting closer or going further away patterns will begin to emerge that we can recognise and follow.
Within infinity every possible point is the central point, and within that central point everything else is enclosed: expanding inwards, remaining in the centre, patterns unfolding endlessly. A small tree that becomes the universe. A wavy-edged leaf becomes a map directly to one’s goal. The music of the heart beating.

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A Little More On DownLoading

This process is very similar to that described in Robert Monroe’s “Far Journeys”. Rather than receiving information as a linear flow of explanation, the unfolding of understanding in linear progression, he describes exchange of information packets he calls a ‘rote’, which can be instantly given and received complete into the mind. This can then be unpackaged, unravelled or revealed in a timescale and situation relevant and convenient to the holder. It has a similarity to the concept of a ‘gestalt’, and to holographic models, where information is complete but enfolded within itself.

The linearity of physical experience and the linearity of language is a constraint of living within time and space (these two concepts are one thing: time being simply the duration between spaces, the time it takes to get from A to B). Outside of physical experience, in the non-physical mind, for example, time and space do not dictate experience in the same way. We experience this all the time in dreaming where linear narrations can be overlain by loops, jumps and parallel views. We can go over the same scenario again, or from different viewpoints, or follow imagery that makes internal sense that can be very confusing when remembered from the waking state.

Thought is not a linear thing. One does not have a single stream of thought or language. As we learn language we use it to pick out some of the easily recongisable threads and weave them into a ‘hard’ thought.

Downloading allows exchange of information packets instantaneously because it occurs outside of that framework of linear time and space. New ideas and information can then naturally filter into conscious awareness over time, often feeling like a flow of inspiration, ideas or viewpoints.

It is not really important whether we believe in communication with sentient spirit energies or not. The ultimate source of inspiration cannot easily be uncovered. “All in the imagination” is as meaningless as “channelled from a Higher Entity”. We will, no doubt, have a preference or an opinion, but the value of the download is its usefulness to our life, its practical, emotional and spiritual value.

Localised pockets of sentience sending messages to each other is one scenario for existence, like stars sending out light to other stars distanced by millions of light years. Another model could present a field of fluctauting sentience underlying all physical manifestations that is received or amplified by localised receiving minds-brains-patterned subfields. In this hypothesis thought and awareness do not belong to any one being, but is a quality of the whole, accessible to all those parts that naturally or temporarily choose to align to a certain band of resonant frequencies.

Where there is an emotional attachment to a location, place or tree (positive or otherwise), then that is a good indication of a valuable resonant field. Such a place would be ideal to ask for an information/teaching download.

You will already be absorbing the underlying patterns that are present ( or else you would not be feeling any change of mood or perception).

All that is necessary ( or helpful, or polite,) is to acknowledge this resonant effect and ask that if there is any helpful or specific information/healing/teaching able to be given. Ask that it is downloaded as a package into your deep mind so that you will be able to work with it at convenient times.

Then simply stay quiet and alert for a little while. It is not necessary to be aware of any input. You may or may not feel a change of state. Perhaps, anyway, nothing is being ‘given’ or ‘transferred’ at all. It may be that a pre-existing connection or link is being strengthened or set up that will enable you to return to this same energetic environment when you later turn your mind back to it.

Usually information is unfolded as a new set of ideas or as a stream of thought that arises by itself over the next few hours or days. But maybe the download will flavour a much longer period of time.

The connection made need not even be experienced as a teaching or information that is new to us in some way. It might be experienced simply as an increased stability or state of being, a quietness or an attitude of flexibility.

Very often a download is a tendency to follow certain clues, to investigate and follow, to be attracted towards, to be led, to find solutions, to forget about solutions. Downloads are a change of perception, or allow the possibility of a different viewpoint. They can provide an instant of clarity or years of research. They can be denied or ignored but their presence, like any other memory, is always accessible, and colours everything from that moment on.

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Birch Breath

“Bone white
birth reveals
all in beauty.”

The birch is amongst the most graceful of trees. Its white bark and long elegant boughs, often with down-swept branches, make it easy to see from a distance wherever it might be growing. Birch is a pioneer tree inhabiting the poor, rocky soils of heath land and lower mountainside. Living on the edges of the inhabited world of man it is easy to associate the tree with the spirits of the wild, particularly female lunar and fertility deities. In keeping with its character as a liminal dweller on thresholds the birch carries associations that appear contradictory but elucidate its significant role and symbolism.

The ghostly white bark represents both light and life- the power of life to conquer and regenerate, to give birth and flourish – and also of the cold, lifeless bones of the dead, the dwellers of the Otherworld and the ancestors. In the Scottish Highlands the birch is sometimes seen as a benevolent female spirit, a dangerous, devouring witch or a home for the spirits of dead girls. This symbolism may well reflect an ancient association with the Great Goddess, whose aspects included the nurturing fertile Mother at the same time as the ravening destructive force of War and Destruction. She is the Mother who goes to all lengths to protect her offspring from harm.

The name ‘birch’ derives from the same Indo-European root words as ‘light’, ‘shining’, ‘bright’. But birch also shows that all beauty is balance, for the white purity of the bark splits to reveal black underneath. There is no birth without death, no light without darkness, no beginning that is not also an ending. We cannot rest our eyes on true beauty until we accept the whole interaction of life with death, until we stop favouring, stop judging, stop comparing. The oldest traditions of the Great Mother are uncompromising in their clarity. All aspects of human experience, good and bad, are manifest in Her forms and faces. There is no possibility of compromise with human frailties or wishful thinking if we want to attain a true state of clear, birch-like awareness.

Breath:
Breathing in through the solar plexus.
Breathing out, imagining the breath swirling around the inner walls of the body(as liquid swirls around a vessel).

Tea: All parts are useful, including the rising sap in early spring which can be tapped to make an excellent wine. The bark is diuretic and laxative. The leaves are high in potassium so taken together with the bark can prevent the sodium-potassium imbalance that can occur when taking other diuretics. Both the leaves and the sap are anti-inflammatory and are useful for arthritic conditions and skin irritations like psoriasis. The buds can be used in cases of cystitis (the alkalising effects of potassium helpful here as well).

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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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WITHIN SILENCE

There is a manifestation of Lord Shiva, known as Dakshinamurti. He is represented s a radiant youth, sitting silently on the ground with long, flowing hair. His teaching is given in silence, within which all knowledge and all creation exists. Words are simply a commentary on the nature of this Eternal Silence. Dakshinamurti is the mountain, and he is the tree. The tree is the centre of Silence. All Tree Spirit Healing is a set of creative techniques to attain this central Silence, or Harmonic Balance. All actions, a means to attain stillness. All words, a means to settle into presence. A few years back I created an image attempting to recreate the energy of Dakshinamurti, combining it with the concept of the  Seated Horned God – on of the earliest prototypes of Rudra, (the red one), who later took form as Shiva as the Hindu pantheon evolved. This image -a human crowned with a stag’s antlers – is found in the Celtic lands, and seems like Rudra and Shiva to be associated with Pushapati, Lord of Wild Animals, and therefore with Lord of the Wild Forest, home of the deepest of sentient silences……

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Moving without moving (anywhere).

Seeing without seeing (labelling, storytelling).

Hearing without hearing (distinguishing).

Tasting without tasting (difference).

Feeling without flinching.

Breathing without movement of air.

Thinking without thought.

Living without limits.

Being without space and time.

     

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Silence is Consciousness.

What we get from the presence of trees is stillness and silence. Out of habit we move and make noise. If we do not like something we run away from it. If we like something we run towards it. So silence and stillness can feel like a lack, like a nothing. We feel worthy when we are doing something. We feel helpless when we do nothing. When we get absorbed into the ‘doing nothing’ of a tree’s energy we soon find out that within the “nothing happening” something is going on. There is a bright interweaving of silence, an awareness, consciousness. This consciousness is not doing anything. It is consciousness by itself. Finding silence is finding consciousness (rather than the manifest activity and noise and movement that grows out of silence/consciousness). Sound and silence – one is not the opposite of the other. One is the expression of the other. Movement and stillness – one is not antagonistic to the other. One is found within the other. Being a tree and not being a tree: both are based in the same silence of consciousness.

 

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Dancing Around.

Dancing around the tree

How do we find the real tree?

By forgetting we are human

By forgetting the tree is a tree

By forgetting to make differences.

By dancing the dance of the tree

The tree disappears

The human disappears

The dance disappears.

Silence looks on.

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