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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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The message
of the great trees
is communicated from within
and by means of
their great silence.

If you have a wish
To communicate with
The spirits of trees
Then go with a willing
Quietness.

Take time
Just to be
In the presence
And receive packets of information
For later unravelling and
Investigation.

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THREE QUESTIONS: THREE TRIADS

What is tree spirit healing?
A reminder of wholeness.
A reminder of belonging.
A movement towards balance.

What are the tools of tree spirit healing?
The five senses, the quiet mind,
The open heart of natural stillness.

What are the methods of tree spirit healing?
Walking towards opening doors,
Looking through other windows,
Paying attention.

(Triads are traditional mnenomic method of the British Celts (Welsh). Similar to Hindu and Buddhist sutras, they act as reminders to teachings and evoke deep unconscious responses. They can be obvious, or gnomic and obscure. Triads often come in the form of question and response.)

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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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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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“Skyline trees –
stitching together
heaven and earth.

The Great becomes Small,
The Small becomes Great.

The Oak tree. Its energy is to maintain the balance within physical reality. The maintenance and harmonisation of opposite forces, the tying together of light and dark, sky and earth, void and form, existence and non-existence. All this can be intimated from the consolidated, rigid tension within the large boughs of the oak tree. As if each oak tree represents a stitch that holds our very reality together in its potent form. Each tree is a vortex of energy. Simultaneously a white and a black hole, drawing into itself and its surroundings the tendency of things to separate and fly apart, to dissolve back into the formless matrix of potential existence.
Oak demonstrates the means by which the individual is able to manifest from out of the many possibilities of how reality might be constructed. Oak absorbs within itself all these possibilities and then reveals new patterns. It helps to define and clarify, allowing communication, the flow of energy, from the hidden sources of existence. Seemingly weaving together impossibly thin threads to create an unbreakable web that will be able to hold all perceptions fast.
Oak itself remains free of time, outside the flow of events, and can thus bring a sense of timelessness, a place of the deepest calm within which to consider possibilities of action and understanding.
Learning the way of oak is treading the labyrinth – always seeming to turn in different directions, but always heading towards the one central, invisible goal without fail.

(from “Tree: Essence, Spirit, Teacher” p.39)

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Original print by Simon Lilly of the Oak Spirit Key symbol using the colour sequence that is aligned to that tree.

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