Day 160/366: Tree Of Life
I love trees. I feel deeply connected to them, and they have always played a vital role as a source of spiritual inspiration and comfort to me. The older and more crocked/tall, the better. With big, deep roots. In mythology, trees are regarded as very powerful, and almost every mythological system has a powerful tree as part of their myth. In Norse mythology we have Yggdrasil, or the evergreen world tree. It represents the world's meridian and serve as a connection between people, the powers of the heavens and the earth. In mythology, trees take on magical powers and become the centre of our fascination – they offer us a sense of the unknown. Of our past even beyond ourselves. They offer us a living reminder of events so wondrous as to be beyond our comprehension. To be able to see and touch such a tree is a powerful experience, although we cannot physically draw from it any of that power - we are unable to grasp the complexity of these feelings, the tree has a superiority over us.
A sense of belonging is something many people strive to achieve in a community. The tree with its firm base symbolises that concept of ‘roots’ and an element of an ongoing relationship with our surroundings. The canopy drawing in energy from its environment is symbolic of our need to absorb our cultural heritage in order to feel in tune with our evolution from times past. The drive to find an historic link with our present lives is almost instinctive and propels us forward as if on a quest to attain status and find a reason for being. The material strength of the trunk and its part in holding the tree together is perhaps symbolic of our need for inner strength.
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