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Turning The Corner - Forecast & Activations - April 2019 By Emmanuel Dagher ... And ... Experiencing Heaven on Earth By Anita Moorjani ... The Astounding Connection between People and Trees

Turning The Corner - Forecast & Activations - April 2019 By Emmanuel Dagher

Hi my friend,

How have you been feeling, with all the changes that have been taking place within each of us, and in our world?

Collectively, we all moved through a powerful few weeks that had us consciously and/or subconsciously processing our feelings, emotions, and thoughts in deep ways that helped us receive greater clarity.

That clarity is showing us what we really desire to continue nurturing and growing in our lives, and what we now desire to honor and let go of.

As challenging as times like this can be, when we process in this deep way, we shift the foundations of our reality so that they more easily support us and create more balance in our lives.

The month of April will feel much different.

Turning the Corner

April will be a month of action and movement.

This is an excellent time to complete unfinished projects or tasks you’ve set for yourself.

This is also a great time to begin brand new projects, be inspired to experience greater healing and personal development, enter new relationships or a new career, or to embrace a new hobby or creative endeavors.

This is the time to honor an inner call to action.

If for any reason you find yourself procrastinating or feeling unmotivated, honor these behaviors by being gentle with yourself.

The mind uses patterns of procrastination and lack of motivation as coping mechanisms when it’s faced with a new beginning.

Yet these behaviors have absolutely nothing to do with who you are.

One of the main reasons the mind chooses to procrastinate and feel unmotivated, is because it usually prefers things to stay exactly as they are.

As a result, the mind will create stories such as, “I can’t . . . I’m not able to . . . I’m not good enough . . . What’s the use,” etc., to make sure everything stays the same.

Once we realize that this is just one of the mind’s defenses, it becomes easier to have compassion for the mind.

It’s just doing the best it can with the information it has, to keep itself/us safe.

Really, how could we be upset with the mind for just desiring to protect itself?

Most people who choose to remain in procrastination are only there because they are judging themselves for not moving forward.

Yet there is always another option.

When we express compassion for the mind instead of being upset with it, this helps the mind to feel seen, heard, honored, and acknowledged.

Over a short period of time, that act of compassion allows the mind to lower its guard and its coping mechanisms, so that more space can occur for it to recognize the benefits of other ways of being.

Honoring our mind through compassion also creates space between the fear-oriented stories that the mind creates to protect itself, and our old habit of needing to believe those stories.

From there, it’s easier to get back into and embrace our own Universal Life-Giving Energy, which allows us to feel motivated—to take inspired action in the direction of the greatest vision we have for our life.

The energies of this month greatly support our treating our mind in new ways.

All that is asked of us is to be willing—to do our part by creating a daily practice of being more compassionate and loving with our mind and ourselves.

This month’s energies are in the flow of helping us move in the direction of treating ourselves in a more compassionate and loving way.

This supports us in integrating a daily practice of compassion and love for ourselves that will help us move more easily through the times that feel more challenging.

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Focus on and breathe into your Solar Plexus Chakra now as we activate this power center in you now, helping you free yourselves of the chords, attachments, vows, oaths and bonds we still have to people, places and experiences that previously kept us from fully being in our sacred power.

Empaths tend to be the first to give their power away in hopes of helping others feel better, so we now re-activated ancient codes that already reside within every fiber of our being, to help support all empaths with learning how to support others without giving their power away. 
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These ancient codes have always been available to us, and have the ability to elevate our consciousness by helping us understand the clear difference between compassion and empathy, the difference being is that compassion is an energy that elevates, inspires and heals, while empathy is an energy that dims and burdens.
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So we also anchor for you now the ability to choose compassion with greater ease, which allows us to more clearly recognize the pure perfection within all living beings and experiences. 
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Imagine what can happen when our first response to any experience being presented to us is to no longer go into the fear, lack, worry, judgment, etc... but rather to be kind, loving and compassionate?
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So we honor and lovingly offer compassion to all parts of us that chose to operate with empathy, creating a space between us and the pattern of empathy itself, so that we can understand that we simply no longer need to choose it in order to support the world around us.  
 
This helps us understand that we can actually elevate the world around us by choosing to recognize the wholeness and perfection within all of life (Choosing compassion.)  

A Time of Action is a Time to Manifest

Because the energies of April are so movement-oriented, we have the opportunity this month to refine our manifestation skills.

This supports us in creating experiences that reflect what we want more of, instead of what we don’t want.

One of the ways we can refine our manifestation skills is to understand the clear difference between intentional manifesting and future-casting.

Future-casting happens when someone views their desired intentions as being a future circumstance or event, rather than already feeling in the present moment the qualities that that situation will bring them.

If you are finding yourself getting mentally caught up in the story and specifics of how your desired intentions “should” show up in your life, you are future-casting, rather than intentional manifesting.

When we future-cast, we keep our desired intentions just out of reach, so that they are never fully realized in our present experience.

Future-casting is a coping mechanism the mind uses to protect itself, and to keep feeling structured and organized. It’s often mixed with doubt, worry, and fear.

When we realize that this is what’s happening when we future-cast, it becomes easier to have compassion and love for the parts of our mind that choose to cope this way.

Intentional manifesting requires us to first enter the present moment. To fully be here now.

It’s in the present that we operate at our most powerful, and are able to create the most joyful and fulfilling life.

Here are a just a few ways we can align with the present:

  • Acknowledging and being fully present and aware, actively using all five senses
  • Honoring all of our feelings and emotions
  • Expressing gratitude often
  • Meditating
  • Placing our bare feet ion the grass/on the Earth often, and spending time in nature
  • Performing acts of service without expecting anything in return
  • Eating natural foods that nourish and support our body
  • Moving the body through dance, exercise, and intentional walks
  • Working with affirmations
  • Taking in 10 to 15 minutes of off-peak sunlight each day
  • Receiving massage/touch therapy
  • Using essential oils
  • Recognizing that you are a timeless Spiritual being (through self-development, self-inquiry, self-healing)

Adding any of these into our daily routine will help us come back to the present with greater ease, to where we are able to intentionally manifest and create more of our desired reality.

Then, as we are operating in the present and choosing to intentionally create from the Now, we can expand out of the “specifics” of our desired manifestations, which tend to limit us and hold us back.

We can then instead focus more on the qualities that these manifestations would bring into our lives.

For example, a very specific desire would be something like: “I desire to manifest my soulmate so that I can create a family with them, and have two or three children.”

The quality asks us, What is the purpose of this desire?

By questioning the specifics, we can see that there’s something much more expansive underneath that original vision.

In this case, when we ask “What is the purpose of my manifesting my soulmate, so that I can create a family and have children?” we might receive ideas such as, “I desire to experience love, understanding, joy, romance, care, etc.”

This reveals to us that these are the qualities we desire to create more of in our lives.

We can then ask ourselves questions such as, “Where in my life have some of these qualities already shown up?

“What would happen if I released the specific pressures I’ve placed on my desired soulmate, to provide me with these qualities?

“Wow! Would I be able to give myself the things I was relying on others to give me?

“Would I then be freer, happier, and more empowered? Might I be able to create and manifest more experiences that are aligned with my greatest good?”

It’s powerful, isn’t it, what happens when we free ourselves from all the pressures and entanglements of the specifics the mind uses, simply to protect itself!

Give yourself permission this month to honor the parts of you that have been future-casting. And when you’re ready, give yourself permission to choose to do something different.

Enjoy a month filled with action, fun, and wonderful surprises.

And of course, just be mindful of all the inner calls to action you receive, so you can work happily with the beautiful energies available to us at this time.

Until next time,

Miraculously yours,

Emmanuel

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Experiencing Heaven on Earth By Anita Moorjani

Lessons from My Deathbed

When I was born into this world
The only things I knew were to love, laugh, and shine my light brightly.
Then as I grew, people told me to stop laughing.
“Take life seriously,” they said,
“If you want to get ahead in this world.”
So I stopped laughing.
People told me, “Be careful who you love
If you don’t want your heart broken.”
So I stopped loving.
They said, “Don’t shine your light so bright
As it draws too much attention onto you.”
So I stopped shining
And became small
And withered
And died
Only to learn upon death
That all that matters in life
Is to love, laugh, and shine our light brightly!
—Anita Moorjani

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What if you were suddenly to realize that this is heaven (or nirvana)—this physical life we are living right now? I know it sounds crazy, and I can sense some of you thinking, “If this is heaven, then why does it feel like hell to me?” And I hear you. It sure felt like that to me when I was being bullied as a child; taunted and discriminated against for the color of my skin and my family origin—things I had no control over. And it certainly felt like hell again when I was going through cancer, being in constant pain and fear for all those years. But play along with me for a bit.

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What if the reason my life felt like hell all that time was because I didn’t know how powerful I was, or what I was capable of doing? After all, no one ever taught me how life worked, and we aren’t born with an instruction manual. Life truly was a struggle for me, and I lived in immense fear well into adulthood. I believed that life happens to us and that I was a victim, so I was always reacting to my life circumstances instead of creating them. Who would create a childhood of bullying and discrimination that would leave her with such horrible low self-esteem? Who would choose to be born as a woman into a culture that still believes women are inferior to men? Who would create cancer in her own body—cancer that would nearly kill her? Of course, I was a victim of my circumstances, or so I thought—until I died.

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Finding heaven on Earth
Life should feel like heaven on Earth, not hell.

The Day I Died

Much of my life story and my near death experience is chronicled in my first book, Dying to Be Me. One of the most striking insights my near-death-experience (NDE) gave me was that this life—the life we are all living now on Earth—could become a heaven for us if we simply understood how it worked and what we needed to do to create that heaven as our reality.

A major reason why I chose to return to this life during my NDE was because I understood that heaven is a state and not a place, and I wanted to experience, firsthand, the heaven that this life could actually be. I wanted to live out the amazing truth of this reality and transform the life of fear and dread and heartache that I had previously experienced. I wanted to live in heaven, here and now. When I was in the NDE state, this all seemed so clear, so easy.

But as I tried to integrate my newly realized insights and apply them to my life after my NDE, I kept running into roadblocks, particularly when I tried to connect or interact with other people. The response to my book was overwhelming, but no matter how many people I spoke to, how many letters I answered, it was never enough. There were always more that I couldn’t respond to. I was feeling both people’s suffering and, at the same time, my own pain for not being able to help them all.

I always felt that answers came to me whenever I was in nature, whether those answers came through the whispers of the wind, the sound of the water, or the rustle of the tree branches and leaves. So as I sat there on the sand one day, looking out toward the sea and the sky, I spoke silently to the universe.

“I came back from death,” I said. “Now what? This is heartbreaking for me. How am I supposed to be of help to all these people—and to myself—from the perspective of my puny physical being? If I had stayed in the NDE realm, maybe I could have helped a greater number of people. But all I feel is heartache for every person I can’t help!”

Listen to the voice within you
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I went into nature and spoke silently to the universe. And she answered.
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Tears streamed down my face as I surrendered to the universe, questioning why I had come back. Why was I having to endure this heartache? And why was our world filled with so much of that pain? Then, out of nowhere, I heard a whisper—not a real voice, but one that seemed to come from the sound of the waves in the sea, a sound that resonated in my heart.

“What was the main message you learned from your near-death experience,” the whisper asked, “the message you wrote about in your first book?”

“To love myself unconditionally,” I answered. “And to be as much myself as I can be. To shine my light as brightly as I can.”

“And that is all you need to do or be. Nothing more. Just love yourself unconditionally, always, and be who you are.”

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“But we live in a world that does not support thinking or feeling this way. It’s as though this world is much more a hell than a heaven,” I challenged the invisible voice as I watched the waves crashing against the rocks at the far end of the beach. “People all around me are facing so many challenges every day, and I don’t know how I can help them by loving myself!”

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“When you love yourself and know your true worth, there is nothing you cannot do or heal. You yourself learned this when you defied all medical knowledge and healed end-stage cancer. The cancer healed when you became aware of your worth.”

This was absolutely true. Until I got lymphoma, I had lived a life filled with fear, but learning to love myself saved my life. It sounded so simple, yet why was it so difficult to convey this to others who were struggling? And why had it been so easy for me to lose this understanding once I attained it?

Love yourself unconditionally
“Just love yourself unconditionally, always, and be who you are.”
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“Remember, your only work is to love yourself, value yourself, and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you. Realizing how loved and valued you are is what healed your cancer. This same knowledge is what will help you to create a life of heaven here on Earth. You are serving no one when you get lost in the problems of the world. So the only question you need to ask yourself when you are feeling defeated or lost is, Where am I not loving myself? How can I value myself more?

Returning to the Truth

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Although this was exactly what I had learned in my NDE, and it was indeed what had healed me, it seemed that I had forgotten. I had lost myself in everyone else’s pain, and now I was dumbstruck by the intensity of what had just happened. This experience clearly revealed how easy it is for us to lose focus on our true purpose and to get caught up in the web of dramas we weave, in order to justify our existence. I now understood that this is what happens to us once we immerse ourselves in the dominant beliefs of our surrounding culture.

I believe we are born knowing the truth of who we are. But we reject this knowledge as we grow up and try to fit in and conform to society, conditioning ourselves to its norms. We learn to look outside ourselves for guidance, and in doing so, we take on other people’s expectations for us. Then when we can’t live up to all these external expectations, we feel inadequate and flawed.

This means that as we navigate through life, the beliefs making up the very foundation that our personal values are based on are all untrue! So no matter how many self-development workshops we take or how many self-help books we read, we still keep going outside ourselves for answers. Not only does this not serve us, it also actually holds us back! Nothing can change these destructive patterns until we break open the myths and reveal the lies that have been informing our thoughts and beliefs. There are ten common myths and most of us have accepted these as truths. We need instead to consider a more universal truth.

Live your truth and no one else's
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We take on other people’s expectations which makes us feel unhappy and inadequate.

Myth 1: You Get What You Deserve

Consider these truths instead: No matter what people think or say about each other, we are all worthy of being loved unconditionally, just for being who we are. We don’t have to earn love—it is our birthright. In the other realm, each of us is recognized as a beautiful, magnificent, and powerful creation of the universe—unique, special, and valued in every way.

Myth 2: Loving Yourself is Selfish

Consider these truths instead: Because we cannot give what we do not have, loving ourselves is absolutely necessary before we can truly love anyone else. (For example, we cannot love our neighbor as ourselves if we do not first love ourselves.)

The more we love ourselves, the more love we will have to give others because love grows exponentially (we can’t use up the love we feel). If we are all expressions of God/Universal Energy/Creation, then not loving ourselves would be the same as saying that God/Universal Energy/Creation is not worth loving.

Myth 3: Real Love Means Anything Goes

Consider these truths instead: You can’t love another unconditionally until you love yourself unconditionally, and when you truly do achieve that, you will never allow anyone to use you or abuse you. A relationship that does not involve pure acceptance for both people, by both people, cannot benefit either person. Authentic unconditional love means wanting for another what that person wants for themselves and allowing that person to be who they truly are—even if it requires setting them free—instead of expecting them to change to fit our ideas of who we want them to be. Relationships based on unconditional love are freeing because those couples choose to be together, rather than stay together because they feel trapped by fear, obligation, or manipulation.

Myth 4: I’m Not Okay, You’re Not Okay

Consider these truths instead: We are born perfect in every way. We are already everything that we are trying to become. Although we may have temporarily forgotten who we are, we are not broken in any way! The challenges in our lives are not an indication that there’s anything wrong with us; instead, they’re merely part of the journey back to ourselves.

We are all born perfect
We are all born perfect.

Myth 5: Health Care Cares for Our Health

Doctors and other health-care professionals can give us information about our physical condition and what our options are, but we are responsible for accessing our guidance and deciding on the best course of action. Poor health is not only a medical issue; the causes can also be rooted in our mental, emotional, or spiritual state—as well as in our environment. We are not victims of illness because illness and disease do not happen in a vacuum; we can do much to improve our health on many levels. Illness is a teacher—and often a wake-up call—that shows us a better path. It’s not an evil that must be destroyed, the consequence of bad karma, or the result of negative thinking. Even death itself is not our enemy. Choosing to see the gifts or messages in illness, instead of viewing illness as a curse, empowers us (and may very well improve the outcome of an illness).

Myth 6: It’s Just a Coincidence

Consider these possible truths instead: We are part of one big, cosmic whole, intricately connected in ways we can’t see and can’t even imagine in the physical realms. If we are all connected, then whatever harms another also harms us, and whatever helps another also helps us. If we could see this physical world from that connected state of non-duality, we would see that everything that happens is perfect just as it is, even if it doesn’t seem that way from our more limited earthly perspective.

Myth 7: We Pay for Our Sins at Death

Consider these possible truths instead: In the other realm, only unconditional love and compassion for each of us exists, with no judgment or punishment for what we did or didn’t do on Earth. (This includes those who have committed what are considered in the world of duality to be egregious acts, including suicide or even murder.) Our infinite selves—who we are on the other side—are completely devoid of any part of our physical-world identity (such as our race, gender, culture, or religion). We do not take those elements with us, nor would we want to! When we are in the other realm, we feel no pain, anger, guilt, fear, or judgment. We feel only total understanding, complete acceptance, unconditional love, and the joyous ecstasy of union with the divine nature of all that is.

We are all connected
We’re all connected. Whatever harms or helps another, also harms or helps us.

Myth 8: Spiritual People Don’t Have Egos

Consider these possible truths: The ego is not our enemy, and we don’t need to overcome it; the ego is necessary for survival in the physical world. We choose to come into the physical realm to experience separation and duality with all the rich, contrasting qualities that make up reality here; without the ego, this experience would be impossible. We are born predisposed to have both a healthy ego and a healthy sense of conscious awareness. Loving ourselves is not being egotistical; it’s absolutely vital to our optimal health and happiness. The more we love ourselves and embrace our ego, the easier it becomes for us to see ourselves beyond our ego and to become aware of our infinite selves.

Myth 9: Women are the Weaker Sex

Consider these possible truths: Neither gender is superior to or inferior to the other—each has important qualities that are needed to make a complete and balanced whole. That whole is not only much greater than the sum of its individual parts but much grander than we can possibly comprehend. In the spirit realm, we have no physical bodies and so gender does not exist. We are all equal, and we are all equally powerful.

Myth 10: We Must Always be Positive

Consider these possible truths: We can’t control having negative thoughts, so trying to push them away doesn’t make them disappear; at most, this just buries them temporarily. It’s okay to feel pain, anger, sadness, frustration, fear, and so on. They’re a natural part of who we are as human beings.

Experiencing so-called negative emotions does not mean that we have failed or that we are not spiritual enough. Embracing pain gives us an opportunity to see its gifts (which can only appear once we arrive on the other side of the pain). Negative thoughts don’t make us sick; not loving ourselves for who we truly are has a much greater effect on our health.

One day, we will all transcend this physical plane into the infinite realm of the afterlife, and while many fear what lies beyond, crossing over is actually the easy part. Let me assure you that there is nothing to fear beyond the veil. Our true challenge is in trying to live a life of expansion, liberation, love, and joy here on the physical plane.

This article is an edited excerpt from Anita Moorjani’s book, What If This Is Heaven? published by Hay House, reprinted here with permission.

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The Astounding Connection between People and Trees By Jocelyn Mercado

The Link Between Humans and Trees

Trees are considered sacred in many cultures. Tree worship, in one form or another, has been practiced, almost universally, by ancient peoples in every corner of the globe.

It is no wonder that trees have captured the human imagination since the beginning of time. Their strength, deeply rooted in the Earth, is an inspiration. Their trunk and branches are a wonder of nature because they stand sturdy and impenetrable most of the time, yet they can flex and sway with the wind when needed.

The whisper of a breeze in their leaves, or the sight of ants marching in a straight line up or down their trunks, remind us of the magic of nature that trees embody. They live for hundreds or even thousands of years, and so we revere them as keepers of past secrets and sentinels of the future.

Watching their cycles of growth–shedding of leaves, and re-flowering in the spring–people have long perceived trees as powerful symbols of life, death, and renewal. Since the beginning of time, humans have had a sense that trees are sentient beings, just like us; that they can feel pain, that they bleed when they are hurt. Trees even look like us. People have a trunk; trees have arms. And so we innately feel a deep connection to them.

Some believe trees are sentient beings
Some humans have a sense that trees are sentient beings, just like us.

Many people say they can feel a tree’s vibrational energy when placing their hand upon its bark. With their deep roots, trees carry significant grounding energy. We naturally feel peace and serenity when walking in the shade of trees or on a forest trail.

Trees Help Us Every Day

A recent study shows that trees remove so much pollution from the air that they “prevented 850 human deaths and 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms in 2010 alone.” When an insect called the Emerald Ash Borer killed off a significant number of trees in the American Midwest in the 1990s and 2000s, rates of human death from cardiovascular and respiratory illness increased.

More difficult to quantify is the psychological effect that trees have on people. People who spend time outdoors, or even those who have access to windows looking out at trees, have been shown to have better health than those who do not.

The Universal Tree of Life: Both Ancient and Modern

The concept of a Tree of Life, often symbolizing the connections between all life forms, is found in many religions and philosophies, dating back as early as ancient Egypt. The Egyptian tree of life symbolized creation and represented the chain of events that brought everything into existence.

Fast forward to modern science. The tree has become the quintessential symbol of biological evolution, as its ever-branching image poignantly depicts the unmistakable interconnections between all living species on the Earth.

Trees are good for our health
People who spend time outdoors have been shown to have better health.

The Tree Leaf and Eternal Life

Consider this beautiful commentary from Thich Nhat Hanh reflecting on a tree leaf:

I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much of me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So I don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.’ “…That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head, knowing that I have a lot to learn from the leaf because it is not afraid–it knew nothing can be born and nothing can die.

Cultural Beliefs about Trees

Trees are considered sacred in virtually every place where humans have settled. There are many profound beliefs surrounding trees that people have held for millennia. Here are some interesting and touching examples:

For the Sng’oi people of Malaysia, a person and a tree can belong with each other, and this relationship is maintained for life. Certain trees and certain people belong together. When a person belongs with a tree, they also belong with its offspring: any trees that grow from the seeds of the first tree, no matter how far the seeds may scatter. The Sng’oi people call upon their intuition to know which child trees have sprung from which parent trees.

The World Tree is said to dwell in three worlds: Its roots reach down to the underworld, its trunk sits on the Earth, and its branches extend up to the heavens. Many cultures share a belief that this tree is the Axis Mundi or World Axis which supports or holds up the cosmos. For the Mayan peoples, the Axis Mundi was a massive Ceiba (in other cultures, it is called Kapok) tree that stands at the center of the world. The Mayan beliefs reflect that human souls first came into being as the sacred white flowers on the branches of the Ceiba tree. Souls of the dead Mayan ancestors rose from the roots of the Axis Mundi, up through its branches and into the celestial realms.

The cycle of life
Trees literally and metaphorically represent connection and the cycles of life.

In Germanic regions, it was believed that mankind was created from tree trunks, echoing the perception that people and trees have much in common.

In Sweden, some trees were considered ‘wardens’ and could guard a home from bad luck. The warden was usually a very old tree growing on the lot near the home. The family living there had such great respect for the tree that they would often adopt a surname related to the name of the tree.

A well-known sacred tree in Norse mythology was Yggdrasil, a giant ash tree that was said to link and shelter the nine worlds that were believed to exist.

In Irish and English folklore, fairies would be found wherever Ash, Oak, and Hawthorne trees grew together. Hawthorn trees were regarded as a powerful symbol of protection, and were often planted near houses to ward off lightning, as well as evil spirits. On the dawn of Beltane, it was believed that women who bathed in the dew from a Hawthorne blossom would become beautiful, and men who washed their hands in the dew would become skilled craftsmen.

Buddhists have a deep reverence for the Bodhi tree–a type of fig tree with heart-shaped leaves–beneath which the Buddha is said to have meditated for 49 days; trying to reconcile his mind to the fact that there was suffering in the world. On the 49th day, he stood and thanked the tree for providing shade for him, and in that instant he attained enlightenment.

Today, in the same location where the Buddha is believed to have sat, there grows a descendant of that same Bodhi tree. Buddhist myths say that the tree will live there until the world is destroyed, and the place where it grows will be the last place to be destroyed; and when the world is reborn, that site will be the first place to appear.

Trees connecting worlds
Tree mythology across many cultures describe trees connecting the different worlds.

The villagers of Piplantri, in Rajasthan, India, celebrate the birth of each little girl by planting 111 trees in her honor. The entire village works together to plant and care for the trees. This tradition not only ensures that the environment will be able to support the increasing population of the village, but it has also brought harmony, and a drop in crime, to the village.

In Malaysia, people maintain a very intimate relationship with trees. “There is a practice of tree planting around houses to the extent that the walls and wooden structures are allowed to give way to the roots of creeping plants, purposely sown at the bases of these structures.” The graveyards in Malaysia are covered so thickly with trees that the entire grounds are cool and sheltered from the tropical sun. The trees are allowed to take root into the graves and it is said that the trees whisper prayers to the creator, asking for forgiveness of past transgressions of those buried there.

These are just a few of the many ways trees have been honoured throughout time. In today’s age, let’s not forget the significance of trees, their history and how they are essential for human life.

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