Trees & spiritual practice
Trees have a very interesting role when it comes to spirituality, they have been seen as sacred in many cultures. They are both beautiful & symbolic & can have very powerful influences in our spiritual lives.
Most religious or spiritual practices involved trees in one way or another. Many mythologies around the globe have stories of world or cosmic tree. The roots, trunk & branches of a tree reperence the underworld, earth & heavens.
Biblical scripture also mention trees, “tree of life” & “tree of knowledge of good & evil” in the book of Genesis. Buddhism also has connections, especially to the Bodhi tree where Buddha was known to have reached enlightenment as he sat & meditated. Druids have been known to practice worship among sacred groves of trees.
Tu B’Shevat is known as the birthday of trees, whichis the 15th day of the month of Aquarius, which changes yearly. In 2020 it will fall on Sunday 9th February & end in the evening of Monday 10th February. It is known as the 24 hour window in time where the trees receive their energy for the entire year-whether they will grow & whether fruits will grow from them.
Trees are a souce of energy on so many different levels. They help people physically by providing oxygen & shade. They also provide shelter & habitats for animals. Some trees also give their fruit & wood to help ensure our survival.
The energy from trees can also affect our mental, emotion & spiritual bodies of energy. For example, the peace & serenity people feel when they sit under a tree or walk through a forest. The feelings of joy & excitment that children feel when climbing through a tree or the magic of spending time in a treehouse.
Like all living things, trees have an energy frequency or vibrations & an aura. With roots reaching deep into the earth & they have excellent grounding energy. Their vibrations are slower, deeper * more concentrated compared to some other living things. They give out the energy vibe of safety, secruity & stability.
By coming into contact with a tree you will pick up these vibrations whether you are consciously aware of it or not. You begin to resonate with the tree’s energy & you become more centred & grounded. This can help explain the comfort many people feel when they are next to a tree. Tree hugging doesn’t seem so bad now, eh?
Working with trees for spirituality
Trees grow like we are supposed to: against our nature. What do I mean by that? Well essentially, our human nature is this Desire to Receive for the Self Alone. As we grow against it, we become like the Creator, who is all sharing, good, and completely infinite. As we become like the Creator, we rise above those negativities that hold us back from our potential.
As mentioned before, spending time among trees can help center your energy in a positive way. Sharing the beauty of a tree can be very healing and can help you reconnect with the sacredness of life and living things. Here are some ideas for working with trees.
Do the hippie thing and try physically hugging a tree. Visualize your scattered or negative energy travelling down the tree’s roots to be recycled by Mother Earth. Then you can picture the tree absorbing nourishing energy from Mother Earth up through its roots.
Consider taking it a step further by thanking the tree (mentally or verbally) for helping you to ground your energy. By doing this you not only raise your positive vibrations and the tree’s, you also raise the planet’s energy. It’s a lovely and simple spiritual and healing practice.
If you practice Reiki or some other form of energy healing, offer it to a tree. As living things, they can appreciate a dose of universal life energy too. It also benefits the giver by spreading good karma. If you don’t practice energy healing, then say a prayer, blessing or send positive intentions for the health of both the tree and yourself.
Plant a tree if you have the opportunity. By doing so you are not only giving life to a tree, you are ensuring the life of the planet. Trees have so many wonderful benefits to the ecosystem. What could be more healing and sacred than that? If you can’t personally plant a tree, consider donating time or funds to a foundation that cares for trees.
A tree planted in someone’s memory is a living tribute that benefits present and future generations, and is perhaps the most fitting memorial gift of all. Your memorial trees planted in National Forests will be honorable monuments and active participants in nature’s plan for decades to come.
Plant a tree in someone’s name – a unique and green gift for events such as birthdays, holidays, graduations, weddings, new births, anniversaries, or any special occasion. Now you can pay tribute to your friends and loved ones while replanting our nation’s forests.
Next time you pass by a tree, remember its spiritual power and all the wonderful gifts it gives to humanity and the planet. Share its healing energy and enjoy all its beauty!