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Trees as Symbols of Wisdom and Knowledge

“Mans veneration for trees as symbols of the abstract qualities of wisdom and integrity also led him to designate as trees those individuals who possessed these divine qualities to an apparently superhuman degree. Highly illuminated philosophers and priests were therefore often referred to as trees or tree men—for example, the Druids, whose name, according to one interpretation, signifies the men of the oak trees, or the initiates of certain Syrian Mysteries who were called cedars; in fact it is far more credible and probable that the famous cedars of Lebanon, cut down for the building of King Solomon’s Temple, were really illuminated, initiated sages. The mystics know that the true supports of God’s Glorious House were not the logs subject to decay but the immortal intellects of the tree hierophants.

“Trees are repeatedly mentioned in the Old and New Testament, and in the scriptures of various pagan religions. The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil mentioned in Genesis, the burning bush in which the angel appeared to Moses, the famous vine and fig tree of the New testament, the grove of olives in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus went to pray, and the miraculous tree of Revelation, which bore twelve manners of fruit and whose leaves were for the healing of the nations, all bear witness to the esteem in which trees were held by the scribes of Holy Writ.” ~Manly P. Hall

Veneration of Trees

I think veneration of trees may be overstating it, yet it is true that trees have been important symbols in many societies, more so than most of us know. Most of us know about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that was the downfall of Adam and Eve, though few know what is actually represented. The same is true for the Tree of Life. And the Jews at the time of Jesus considered it a great insult to be killed by being hung on a tree and reserved such punishment for only the worst criminals. And being crucified on a wooden cross was the same as being hung on a tree, so the Romans used this method to not only kill Jews but to insult them in the process. And it was the Roman authorities who killed Jesus, not the Jews. The Jewish “authorities” did what the Roman governor told them to do, nothing more.

Tree People

That the ancient illuminated people were often known as trees, or as a specific variety of trees like oaks or cedars, is news to me, but it makes sense. Trees are often symbols of quiet strength, wisdom, and knowledge. So the Druids may very well have gotten their name from Oak trees. Continue reading “Trees as Symbols of Wisdom and Knowledge”

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Tree Hugging for Spiritual Growth


“You are fortunate if you love trees, and especially the wild ones growing where the Great Creative Force placed them, and independent of man’s care. For all things we call “wild” or “natural” are nearer the Infinite Mind than those which have been enslaved, artificialised and hampered by man. Being nearer the Infinite they have in them the more perfect Infinite Force and Thought That is why when you are in the midst of what is wild and natural – in the forest or mountains, where every trace of man’s works is left behind you feel an indescribable exhilaration and freedom that you do not realize elsewhere. You breathe an element ever being thrown off by the trees, the rocks, the birds and animals and by every expression of the Infinite Mind about you….

“You are fortunate when you grow to a live, tender, earnest love for the wild trees, animals and birds, and recognize then all as coming from and built of the same mind and spirit as your” ~Prentiss Mulford

Love Trees and Nature

While Mr. Mulford was not exactly a spiritual guru, much of what he wrote is applicable to those of us learning to be more spiritual. While many will think that getting closer to nature isn’t spiritual at all, it is. That is primarily because a natural environment is closer to God than the artificial kind found in cities.

In this particular chapter of his book, he concentrates on tress and why they are important. When he says that what is wild and natural is closer to the “infinite Mind” which is God, than that which is man made, he is correct. We all can’t get out into nature regularly. But almost all of us can get close to a tree, even one that has been planted in an urban area. Continue reading “Tree Hugging for Spiritual Growth”

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Know Ourselves to Reach the Tree of Life

“All Christian Religion wholly consists in this, to learn to know ourselves; whence we are come, and what we are; how we are gone forth from the Unity into dissension, wickedness, and unrighteousness; … and how we may be delivered from them again, and recover our original blessedness.
“First, how we were in the Unity, when we were the children of Adam before he fell. Secondly, how we are now in dissension and disunion, in strife and contrariety. Thirdly, where we go when we pass out of this corruptible condition. … Lastly, how we can come forth from disunion and vanity, and enter again that one Tree, Christ in us, out of which we all sprang.” ~Jacob Boehme

Churches and Religion

The original purpose of all churches and religions was the same. It is not limited to Christianity. Boehme says it that way because he lived in a Christian society and he could have been charged with blasphemy for saying otherwise.

Not only churches, but spiritual and philosophical schools also had the same purpose. That purpose was to gain true Knowledge and to unite with God. To know ourselves is also to know God.

Know Ourselves for Deliverance

Boehme says the churches should teach us how to be delivered from the evils of the material world. He doesn’t say that joining a church or spiritual school will deliver you. He says those organization should teach you how to be delivered. They must lead us away from dissension and into unity. Not simple unity of man, But the ultimate Unity with God.

In the Beginning

Boehme tells us that we were in unity as “children of Adam” before the great fall. In the materialistic world of most modern churches, Adam and Eve had no children until after the fall when they came to Earth as material beings. But Mr. Boehme says we were children of Adam before the fall happened.

He is speaking of Adam as a spirit and the prototype of man. On the spiritual level, he wasn’t literally our father, God was. But he was the first man on a spiritual level of being. Continue reading “Know Ourselves to Reach the Tree of Life”

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Tree of Life and the Branch of the Initiate

“The Tree of Life has many branches, and that which is initiation bears the best fruit. It is about this that your brother writes. It began in that far away glorious period before the days of wickedness, which caused men to walk in darkness, in the days when they walked in the Light of Truth.
“A house of Hidden Places was maintained, so that all who had any part in governing the lives of the people, whether as king or priest or official, could prove themselves worthy before becoming encumbered with the office.
“Later, it came about that the Hidden Places had to be further secured, and only men long established in goodness could enter them. Those in high places and those with power shirked the austerities and dangers demanded, and thereby, they cut themselves off from the Light of Truth.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (SOF:2:4-6)

Tree of Life

As with most spiritual writings, we have a mixture of literal truth with allegorical truth. In this case, it is nearly all allegorical. The Tree of Life, much like its counterpart, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil are not trees at all. They are allegorical symbols of spiritual things. Without getting into too much detail, the Tree of Life represents spiritual truth, eternal truth, and eternal life.  The Tree of Knowledge represents the material world of illusion. That is why it was forbidden. It isn’t that knowledge is but, only false knowledge and false beliefs that lead away from the true path.

Many Branches of the Tree of Life

If you do a Google search, you will find that most interpret “branches on the tree of life” as meaning something material. They may depict the branches as plants, animals, and man. They may get more detained with bacteria, and viruses, and one-celled animals, and so on. None of that is correct because the tree of Life is spiritual.

One interpretation for “branches” is that there are multiple paths to the truth represented by the tree. Some schools teach that there are many paths, thousands of paths, and we must each follow our own. While in a certain sense, that is true, most often the result of that philosophy is that many waste their lives following a path that leads nowhere. While there are minor difference in the exact path taken, there is really only one path that leads to the ultimate truth. The Kolbrin Bible calls this “branch” the branch of initiation. In other words, this is the branch of the spiritual student who becomes an initiate in a spiritual school, and practices spiritual growth techniques. Just reading about spiritual things is another branch. Those who blindly except what the state-approved churches and priests tell them of God and truth is another. Those branches rarely bear fruit. Continue reading “Tree of Life and the Branch of the Initiate”

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