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The Magic of Trees

The bamboo forest at Sagano, Japan

The bamboo forest at Sagano, Japan

“What riches, what a blessing trees are! Particularly if you can sense that all that solid, compact matter is in fact condensed light. Yes, trunks, branches and foliage all feed on light and are condensed sunlight. How could we not be filled with wonder at the thought that the sun’s love is there in abundance? And trees are also our benefactors, as they purify the atmosphere with the oxygen they release, so those who live near a forest are truly privileged. A forest is a place naturally full of presences. As soon as I begin to walk through the trees, I sense presences. And so I speak to them. I know how to address them, how to commune with their soul, and they understand me. These trees are all inhabited, and humans would be happier if they were aware of this and tried to establish real relationships with them. What is an oak? What is a fir tree? What is a eucalyptus? You have to spend many hours with them to discover their soul and commune with it.  When you go into a forest, remember there is a multitude of creatures there, coming and going, busy doing different things, and that they can see you. Try to relate to them, and even speak to them to show them you appreciate their work.  Go up to an oak tree or a fir tree, rest your hand against its trunk, and say to it, ‘How beautiful you are! How strong you are! Give me some of your robustness and stamina… Also, I entrust a message to you for all the other trees in the forest. Tell them they are magnificent and that I love them. Say hello to each one from me; kiss them for me’, and then hug the tree. The entities living in it will then rush to give your love to the whole forest, and while you carry on walking the other entities that have received your message come out from the trees to say hello and dance as you go by. When you return home you will be happy, as if you had just met some friends. A tree is a reservoir of energies which come from the earth and the sun. And it is possible to capture these energies that constantly circulate between the roots and the tips of the branches. When you are in a garden or a forest, choose a tree – the biggest and most beautiful – and lean your back against it, placing your left hand against your back, with the palm against the trunk, and the palm of your right hand on your solar plexus. Then, concentrate and ask the tree to give you its strength… You receive this strength through your left hand and pour it out into your solar plexus through your right hand. It is a sort of energy transfusion, as if the tree was giving you some of its sap. And when you feel recharged, thank it. You may be wondering how a tree can really help you. It will help you if you think of it as a living, intelligent being and if you love it. Your understanding and your love allow you to create a harmonious relationship with it, and gradually you will feel that this relationship revitalizes you and brings you joy.”
-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov 
Have you ever stepped into a forest and suddenly felt a sense of serenity overtake you? 
Have you ever walked around your neighborhood and suddenly found yourself attracted to a particular tree or grove? 
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Have you ever had the feeling while hiking by yourself in the woods that you’re not alone, but somehow feel a gentle presence is watching you or is with you?
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For me, check, check and check. 
I’m fairly certain that I had a former life as a forest guide or tracker. It’s a place which I have always felt safe and have spent hours happily hiking and never felt alone in the least. When I was younger I always wanted a treehouse and admittedly it was after hearing about Olympos, in southern Turkey, a backpacker’s haven where people stay in tree houses , which pulled me there. 
The "treehouses" of Olympos.

The “tree houses” of Olympos.

 

As a tomboy, I spent many hours climbing trees and reaching the top of the local linden tree and having a bird’s-eye view of the entire neighborhood. At an even earlier age, in Bangladesh, I recall playing hide and go seek with other cousins around a gigantic Banyan tree which seemed to be a house in itself.
A very typical Asian Banyan tree.

A very typical Asian Banyan tree.

I will never forget the sense of awe I had when I entered an old-growth redwood forest in Northern California. It was like entering a natural cathedral. Lately, I’ve found myself drawn to a magnificent, ancient willow tree in my neighborhood, which has a perfect place to sit and lean against and is near-perfect for climbing as well as having great branches for quietly sitting on and meditating.
Not "my" willow tree but you get the idea.

Not “my” willow tree but you get the idea.

I wouldn’t mind in the least, even now, living in one. Just have a look at some of the designs out there these days.
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If you want to check out even more amazing tree houses, have a look at this article.

If you want to check out even more amazing tree houses, have a look at this article.

Tree worship is nothing new. The fact that they are revered almost universally and have a prominent place in the mythologies of various cultures around the world are also a testament to their ability to calm us and even heal us.
Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life in Norse mythology

Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life in Norse mythology

The Celts, ancient Druids and modern-day Pagans have a very rich and comprehensive understanding of trees and the properties of their wood as well as magical exercises for working with the them.
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Africans have a very rich connection to the weird and wonderful Baobab tree.
The Baobabs of Madagascar

The Baobabs of Madagascar

Indians have a myriad of stories around the Banyan tree.
Buddhists of course revere the Bodhi tree under which Buddha achieved enlightenment.
Buddha's original Bodhi tree is long gone but it's descendant is now a shrine.

Buddha’s original Bodhi tree is long gone but it’s descendant is now a Buddhist shrine.

Japanese Shinto worshippers usually tie pieces of cloth to specific tree shrines, with each cloth-tie signifying specific prayers.
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I love the Aivanhov quote because it reminds me of the dryads in C.S Lewis Narnia tales, where trees had specific spirits attached to them and that they showed themselves to us when we were ready.
Lucy Pevensie seeing a dryad for the first time in the film version of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

Lucy Pevensie seeing a dryad for the first time in the film version of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

There was a recent article about how actual tree hugging has been scientifically proven to be good for you and that it’s not some leftover idea by the hippies. I can believe it. (I recall watching an NFB film years ago in a “Women and Religion” college course called “Goddess Remembered” and there was a speaker in the film who mentioned an old pagan practice of standing against a tree, with your back against it, in order to alleviate menstrual cramps. It works.)
Go hug a tree!

Go hug a tree!

In the meantime, if you find yourself in a concrete urban area with little chance of getting yourself to a huge tree, have a listen to this song, called “Sky Trees” by Swedish electronic artist Solar Fields aka Magnus Birgersson. It’ll get you into the right state of mind :).
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Twin Souls and the dangers of looking

I seemed to have hit a nerve with yesterday’s posting on Ascension Symptoms.

I got hit with several private messages about wanting to know more about Twin Souls, so here it is. (BTW, by no means am I an authority on this, this is just my own interpretation of the idea)

What are Twin Souls?
Twins and soul mates are two entirely different things.

If you do believe in reincarnation and past lives, you could literally have thousands of soul mates out there, people you have bumped into constantly over your many, many lives along with the karma which comes with it.

But the Twin is different. It is literally your missing half from the beginning of Time. You can have 1000s of soul mates but there is only one Twin. The reunification of Twins is also a very, very holy event.

According to folklore, myths, stories through the ages, all of us are Divine sparks from the Source, eons ago, we were WHOLE, not separated, in a state of constant bliss. The Classical Greek philosopher Plato talks about it in the “Speech of Aristophanes” in his book “The Symposium”.  (Here’s a fun version of it interpreted by John Cameron Mitchell in that boisterous rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. You can find Plato’s original “Speech of Aristophanes” on YouTube also.) You would need to watch this carefully and keep in mind that it’s not to be taken literally, but merely ideas expressed in highly symbolic form.


Twins are marked by several characteristics: parallel life stories, eery and insane coincidences, communication which borders on the telepathic and an overwhelming sense of familiarity between you, like you’ve known each other forever.

Various myths and traditions around the world describe when Twins became separated: In Christianity/Islam/Judaism, it is the Fall of Man, when Adam and Eve are cast out of Paradise. In Egyptian mythology, it is when Set angered the Sun God RA so deeply when he killed his brother Osiris and cut him into 14 pieces, forever separating him from his Twin, Isis.

If you’re not familiar with the myth of Osiris and Isis, and how Set killed his brother, here’s the short form: 4 brothers and sisters. Osiris, Isis, Set and Nephthys. brother and sister, husband and wife, Osiris—>Isis,  Set—> Nephthys. Osiris is given rule over the Nile, the fertile lands, while Set is given the barren desert. Set is jealous of Osiris and kills him not once, but twice. The first time, Isis, with her magic and being a powerful goddess, brings Osiris back to life. Set kills Osiris once more and hacks his body into 14 pieces and scatters them throughout the world. Isis retrieves 13 pieces except the phallus, which according to myth, fish ate in the Nile. Osiris is still broken and incomplete. Isis brings Osiris back to life a second time and conceives Horus magically without the phallus (this is the basis of the Immaculate Conception with Mary and Jesus and Joseph thousands of years later). Osiris now becomes Lord of the Underworld and Afterlife, balancing and judging souls against the Ma’at feather (truth and justice).

This awful event caused Twins to separate and the search of true love is really a search for the missing Twin. Their reunification is holy because it is literally the coming together of a PRIMARY energy from Source itself. Meaning, the energy Twins generate is of such a high frequency and so pure, that the work that Twins do together is of immense importance and usually helps inspire humankind to evolve to a higher state of consciousness, which is why Twins finding each other during this time of transition would go a long way.

All Twin relationships are a reflection of the most ancient and primary of Twins, Osiris and Isis, the first king and queen of Egypt. In Osiris first death, when Set caught him in a funeral casket and flung it into the sea, it was Isis who went looking for it and eventually found it in a tree in Byblos, Lebanon and revived him with magic back to life. The second time, when Set dis-membered Osiris, again it was Isis who set out to find the parts and heal him once more, and make him whole (except for that phallus). Isis and Osiris’ reign and their time together was not very long, Each time it was the female who had to heal the male. He could only be healed by her hand which was driven and motivated by her love. It is the female’s role to heal and make whole again. Probably a worthless and thankless task in the eyes of many, but not really if you really think about it.

Twinship is not about romance, candle lit dinners, great sex, buying a condo together and shared investments and retirement savings plans (Though it probably will include that later). It is about two souls coming together to be of benefit and service to humanity, usually by inspiring and leading others with the creative work they do together, whether that be the books they write together, the ideas they come up with together, the healing work they do together, the artistic and creative output they do together etc. The works they produce together usually live on, long after they have gone.
It is usually a male, female configuration, but not always. It may manifest itself as brother and sister  like in the case of Richard and Karen Carpenter

1970's brother and sister singing duo, The Carpenters.

1970’s brother and sister singing duo, The Carpenters.

or teacher and student from time to time  like Socrates and Plato,

Ancient Greek philosophers, Socrates and Plato

Ancient Greek philosophers, Socrates and Plato

Think of John Lennon and Yoko Ono ,

or Paul and Linda McCartney.

Paul and Linda McCartney back in the late 1960's/early 1970's

Paul and Linda McCartney back in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s

Or consider Joseph Campbell, the father of modern mythology and Jean Erdman Campbell, the two never had children, but instead, focused on their work. With his books like “Hero with a Thousand Faces”, Campbell influenced everyone from George Lucas and Star Wars to writers around the world. Jean, was a principal dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company and revolutionized modern dance.

Other legendary Twins: St. Francis of Assisi and Claire of Assisi, St. Francis established the Franciscan Order of monks, Clare founded the Order of the Poor Ladies

Dante Alighieri and Beatrice Portinari: Dante’s “Divine Comedy” is considered to be a masterpiece of the Italian language and in world literature. Considered to be the father of the Italian language, Beatrice was his muse. Dante claims to have met her only twice, each time separated by nine years but was so affected by the meetings that he carried his love for her throughout his life.

Peter Abelard and Heloise: Medieval theologian, Peter Abelard was considered one of the greatest minds in Europe in the 12th century. For a time Abelard was Heloise’s tutor and eventually lover. When Heloise’s uncle tore them apart and had Abelard castrated, he ended up becoming a monk and Heloise became an abbess, one of the greatest in France. Their letters have survived the centuries and are a testament to the redemptive power of love.

Pierre and Marie Curie, the father and mother of radioactive theory and Nobel prize winners in chemistry and physics, the two were pioneers in the field.

Will and Ariel Durant, best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration between 1935 and 1975, the Durants presented history to the common man and most of all made it interesting.  Durant was a gifted prose stylist and storyteller who won a large readership in great part because of the nature and excellence of his writing, which, in contrast to formal academic language, is lively, witty, charismatic, colourful, ornate, epigrammatic, in short, “humanized.”

Noam and Carol Chomsky: Noam Chomsky is considered the pre-eminent intellectual of our times. Described by some as the father of modern linguistics, as others as the conscience of the nation, Chomsky is ranked as the 8th most widely quoted intellectual of all time in the Social Sciences Index (and the only living one on the top 10 list, between Plato and Sigmund Freud). The two meet in pre-school, their families knew each other but did not marry until he was 21 and she was 19. Their 60+ year marriage lasted until her death in 2008.  A prolific academic, Chomsky decided in the early 1960’s that having a privileged position as a professor at M.I.T just wouldn’t do especially in light of the ongoing atrocities during the Vietnam War and that intellectuals had a moral duty to speak up. Knowing that if he kept his activism up and challenging state power, there was a very strong likelihood that he would end up in prison.  Given he had 3 small children at the time, it was decided at that point Carol Chomsky would go back to school and get her Ph.D in linguistics at Harvard. The 2 never looked back after that. Both of them are models of impassioned activism and how real change can be possible from the grassroots level.

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Noam and Carol Chomsky

Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his queen Mumtaz Mahal, a heart-broken Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal, the most architecturally beautiful  building on Earth, as a tomb for his beloved Mumtaz. There were plans to build an identical building across the river in black marble for Shah Jahan’s own tomb but imprisoned by his own son, it was never materialized.

Mumtaz Mahal and the Emperor Shah Jahan

Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, considered the two most talented actors during Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tracy and Hepburn would spend 27 years together until his death, made 9 films together and went down as one of the most mythical love stories in Hollywood history.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward: With the record for the longest marriage in Hollywood history of 50+ years, their marriage withstood her Oscar win over him by over 20 years. Leaving the shallowness of Tinseltown, the two preferred working at summer stock productions and theatres near their Connecticut farm-house home where they raised their 6 kids and perfected his spaghetti sauce which raised over $300 million for camps for disadvantaged children.

What should equally be emphasized is also the danger of the False Twin or the Dark Cupid Love Bite. Too many people have thought they have met a twin soul or soul mate and very often it turns out to be emotional co-dependency, Narcissistic Personality Disorder or psychic vampirism.

Many people think that by meeting your Twin, all your relationship woes will suddenly disappear. Not so. The Bulgarian mystic Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov had this to say about Twins:

“Even after several disasters and disappointments, how many of you insist on believing it is not your understanding of love that is defective; it is simply that you haven’t met your twin soul yet!  As if happiness were just about meeting someone… Unfortunately, that is not how things happen: a twin soul does not appear as a man or woman you meet by chance and it’s love at first sight. The meeting with your twin soul is, first and foremost, a psychic process, whereby the higher part of you attracts its complementary part. You need to have worked for a long time and shown yourself worthy of your divine half.  But when you have finally established the connection, you feel him or her there, living inside you. Do you truly wish to find your twin soul? Begin by not going looking for them. Concentrate on the light, and your twin soul will come of their own accord, attracted by the light they see shining from you. You may not know where your twin soul is, but they know where you are. Be content just to wait inwardly: they will come. Once a man or a woman has truly found their twin soul, that is, has found their complementary principle within, they keep feeling they are meeting this principle everywhere, in all creatures. They love all the women and all the men on earth; they love them spiritually, and they are happy, because they are fulfilled by their twin soul. They no longer experience the emptiness for which others constantly feel they have to find a cure. They feel enriched by every encounter they have. Yes, when you have achieved inner fulfillment, you find your complementary principle in every being. Such experiences cannot be explained or expressed. Only those who have had them can understand them. But what a long way there is to go until then! Always suffering and being disappointed, always looking for someone and not finding them! You think, “Ah, this is the one.” And then, after a while, you realize it isn’t. So, perhaps it’s someone else? And so it goes on, until you realize you have your twin soul within. But from then on, you find it everywhere. Now, do not misunderstand me. I am not advising against physical love, the physical union, or condemning it. I am simply explaining that if you want to find true fulfillment  you must unify the two principles within yourself first. 

Every human being has a twin-soul. When man leapt like a spark from the bosom of his Creator he was two-in-one, and these two parts complemented each other perfectly, each was the others twin. These two halves became separated, they took different directions, and they have evolved separately. If they come to recognize each other at any point in their evolution, it is because each carries the image of the other in the depth of his being, each has put his seal upon the other. Thus, each carries the image of his twin-soul within. The image may be blurred but it is there. For this reason, everyone who comes to Earth has a vague hope that he will find a soul who will be everything he needs, and that with this soul he will find indescribable harmony and perfect fusion. Twin-souls complete each other; no other person in the world can so complete them. Thus, all beings you have met since the beginning of your multiple incarnations, all the husbands and wives you’ve had, all the lovers or mistresses, have all left you, because they were not for you.  Perhaps you were together for a while, like a pot with a lid that doesn’t match. Wheras two Souls whom God has created together are absolutely made one for the other, and nothing can seperate them, truly, they have no fear of being separated. In a married couple, when one or the other is AFRAID that someone may ‘rob’ him of his partner, (and nothing can keep this from happening), it is because that partner is not truly the beloved, not the TRUE beloved, the twin-soul…Twin souls recognize each other with absolute certainty and can never truly leave one another. Two people may never have touched each other even with their fingertips, and yet they feel a powerful, indestructible link between them. Nothing and no one can separate them. Despite walls, mountains and oceans, they are together, because their love goes beyond the limitations of the physical plane. You will no doubt have noticed that when you feel the subtle presence of a loved one, you do not necessarily need their physical presence to feel you are with them. If you strongly feel that you need their physical presence, it means you are moving out of your inner world, and then you are likely to meet with great suffering. For who is to say circumstances will not some day deprive you of the person you love? But if you feel their presence inside, outer circumstances will have less hold over you. This is a criterion: if you feel as much joy thinking of the person as when you see them, you are free, and this joy will never leave you.

You are all seeking this love of the so-called soul mate. Well, if you want to find your soul mate, above all, do not look for it. Concern yourself only with living a pure, intense, and luminous life. Simply live this life and let it take its course; it is this that will attract your soul mate to you. You do not yet know what such a life can do to bring you the beings who have an affinity with you. One day you will say: ‘I did not seek my soul mate, I did not go searching for my beloved, and yet she came…from the far reaches of the universe.’ To find this soul mate, many people put advertisements in the papers and go to all kinds of receptions and night-clubs, but what do they find? Is it so difficult to understand that it is by nourishing something vital and luminous within ourselves every day that we end by attracting this marvelous being we have hoped for? The whole adventure of man and woman can be summed up as the search for their lost half. Men seek women, and women seek men. They don’t even know why they seek one another, but that is what they do; it is instinctive – a voice tells them that is how they will regain their original unity. From time to time, for a few moments they taste an indescribable joy, and then come the disappointments and the sadness. But as they never lose hope, they keep searching. So, why is this? Why do human beings’ deepest aspirations never come to pass? Because it is not on the physical plane that the union of man and woman must first take place. What happens on the physical plane must only be the outcome of work previously carried out on the psychic and spiritual planes. Otherwise, they find at best only ephemeral pleasures and enjoyment. If a small number succeed in achieving lasting oneness by merging on the physical plane, it is because they have previously done a whole inner work. Human beings must first of all seek to bring the two principles together within themselves. Consciously or unconsciously, all men and women are looking for their twin soul. What they do not know is that, in reality, their twin soul is not a different entity from them but the other pole of their being, living on high with God in perfection and fulfilment. In all the ancient initiations, disciples were taught how to find this other pole of their being – their higher self. In India, Jnani yoga provides methods that enable the yogi to achieve union with their higher self, since through this union they become one with God. In Greece, we find the same idea expressed in the phrase carved into the pediment of the temple of Delphi: ‘Know yourself’. But we should not forget the rest of the sentence: ‘… and you will know the universe and the gods.’
True knowledge is the result of the fusion of the two principles, the masculine and the feminine. This is the meaning of the words in Genesis: ‘And Adam knew Eve’. So ‘Know yourself’ means ‘Find the other pole in yourself, find your complementary part and become one with it’. If you are a man, the other pole in you is the feminine principle; if you are a woman, it is the masculine principle, and you seek to merge with one or other principle in purity and light. When this fusion occurs, you meet your true twin soul.”

The late playwright Patricia Joudry wrote the book “Twin Souls: Finding Your True Spiritual Partner” and she likened it to a single person climbing a mountain by themselves, with the struggle, the pain, the difficulty. Suddenly you find yourself alone at the top and feel proud and happy of what you’ve accomplished. Suddenly the fog lifts and you see there is another mountaintop not far from you and your Twin is there, alone,  looking right back at you.

If you have no clue as to how to discern who is a twin soul or at the very least a soul mate, pay close attention to Madea’s wise words here about who in your life is a leaf, a branch and a root.

Links:

Letter of Gratitude

Twin Souls on Film

Part I: 11:11:11, Linda Goodman and a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Part II: 11:11:11, Linda Goodman and a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Part III: 11:11:11, Linda Goodman and a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

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