Trees have an interesting role in the world of spirituality. Trees have been held sacred in many cultures both ancient and modern. Both beautiful and symbolic, trees are very powerful and can influence our spiritual lives.
TREES AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Trees have been involved in a number of religious and spiritual practices. Many mythologies around the globe have stories of a “world or cosmic” tree. The roots, trunk and branches of the tree represent the underworld, earth, and heavens respectively.
Even biblical scriptures mention trees as in the “tree of life” and the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” in the book of Genesis. Buddhism has connections to the Bodhi tree where Buddha was known to have reached enlightenment as he sat and meditated. Druids were known to practice worship among sacred groves of trees.
The Kabbalist recognize the fifteenth of the month of Aquarius, the day known as Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees. It is the 24 hour window in time in which the trees receive their energy for the entire year–whether they will grow and whether fruits will grow from them.
Trees have a long and rich history of sharing the spiritual path with humanity.
TREES AND ENERGY
Trees are a source of energy on many levels. Physically they help people and the planet by providing oxygen and shade. They can provide shelter and habitats for animals. Some trees also give their fruit and wood to help ensure our survival.
The energy of trees can also affect our mental, emotional and spiritual bodies of energy. Consider for example the peace and serenity people feel when they sit under a tree or walk through a forest. And what about the feelings of joy and excitement that children feel when climbing a tree or the magic of spending time in a treehouse?
Trees like all living things have an energy frequency or vibration and an aura. With roots reaching deep into the earth, they have excellent grounding energy. Their vibrations are slower, deeper and more concentrated compared to some other living things. Essentially they give out the energy vibe of safety, security and 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 and you become more centered and grounded. This can help explain the comfort many people feel when next to a tree. Maybe the hippies had the right idea when they advised people to go “hug a tree.”
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 – IN MEMORY OR CELEBRATION
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. I personally use A Living Tribute.
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!