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.
Julie and I were in the redwoods yesterday, and it’s very peaceful between the trees. A redwood forest reveals how to hold presence, showing potential growing towards the sky. We enjoyed a day of clarity walking between the majestic trees.
When I hold myself in the crystal space, it’s a place of clarity, a moment between all the potentials that are possible to live. When I walk in the redwoods, it’s a mirror to being in the crystal space but also outside of that experience. In this, the redwoods are a living temple, a place where to see reflected in the redwood’s potential: our potential to be.
Life is our temple. It isn’t required to build temples as much to recognize and show respect to places we find peace and truth within. So we try to protect these special places.
But protection is not enough.
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico shows how easy it destroys the world, and places like a redwood forest can be easily lost unless they are allowed to shift/grow to new places as climate changes to a new balance. But Redwood’s shift over hundreds of years rather than to the hourly schedule of man-made timetables. This puts them at risk, and these peaceful giants need our help in the times ahead. Sometimes to improve the world can be as simple as to plant a few seeds.
Do not forget the world is our temple. We need to both respect and assist nature’s growth rather than adding to humanity’s desire to burn and cut down.
This 90-minute video class will introduce you to meditation. We will go over the practical aspects of setting up your practice.
Casey will teach you how to use the Dragon Fire Meditation technique. He will also start you off by learning the morning meditation practice. Dragon Fire will serve you for a lifetime as you continue to expand and explore other meditation practices. Morning Meditation will give you a framework to incorporate additional meditation techniques into your life.
The class also includes six guided meditations and a further article about working with awareness.