The stories describing the Tree of Life are found across many cultures, in many forms. Even in Taoist tales, we have the spiritual peach tree that bears a fruit that bestows immortal essence.
In Chinese mythology, a carving of a Tree of Life depicts the Phoenix and a dragon. The dragon represents one’s essence and the Phoenix the fire of changing but immortal life.
In this drawing, I love the image of the leaves becoming butterflies. Butterflies in their transformation are living Phoenix in disguise.
In the fractal pattern of life, we are one with the Tree of Life, the fruit: the seeds of our change. To eat of oneself: is to partake of the nature -the flesh- of every being. We are connected to all life in this universe. Every religion has variations of this tale, be it Christian when one partakes of Christ’s flesh or a Taoist biting into the immortal peach.
Thanks towards Cara for sharing her art.