The word tree is derived from the Latin arbor . The wood of the trees is an energy source and building material. From the trees, we obtain the cellulose for the production of paper.
Specimens of trees with historic features of considerable size are defined landscape and monumental trees in some countries surveyed and protected. According to estimates by the Forest Service, are about 22,000 monumental trees of Italy, from ancient oaks to the oldest plane tree .
The habitat trees are exemplary with special ecological value, especially in relation to biodiversity. The tree may in fact represent a real habitat for different species of animals can inhabit.
“The best friend of man’s land is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and sparingly, we have one of the largest resources on earth. “
(Frank Lloyd Wright).
They produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide: l a crown of a small tree produces the amount of O2 that a man needs every day ; a 23-30 cm diameter plant absorbs approximately 30 kg of CO2 per year, releasing an amount of oxygen equivalent to that required for the life of 10 people.
They promote energy savings: in fact lower temperatures because drastically reduce the reflection of heat and its re-irradiation shading buildings and floorings. It is estimated that a single shaft is comparable to 10 air conditioners in operation for over 20 hours per day. In addition, the presence of a tree planted on the west side of your home, resulting in energy savings of 3% in five years and by about 12% in fifteen …
Clean the air: the leaves intercept the particulate filter and the major pollutants, the presence of even a single tree, results in a reduction of 9-13% of the rate of pollution, thanks to a sharp decline in the amount of dust on the ground compared with open zones.
They reduce noise: the foliage protect against strong winds and noise. It has been studied that a thick barrier of plants to leathery leaves (such as a magnolia grandiflora) with a thickness of 60 meters (mean the hair) can guarantee a noise reduction from 5 to 10 db!
Embellish the landscape and increase property values: the value of homes with garden is higher than that of homes that have none (of 18-25%). In addition, the shapes, the colors, the flowers and barks, you know, brighten and brighten urban spaces.
They control erosion: reducing the amount of contaminants that are conveyed in the receiving waters. Their roots consolidate the banks of rivers and streams of water erosion and prevent landslides hydrogeologists.
They make people feel better: in an environment that fosters the rediscovery and the natural world (think of public parks) multiply opportunities for recreation, meeting, sports, contact with nature.
They increase the biodiversity: provide shelter and food needed to animals.
Even from an article published in the newspaper “LaRepubblica”
“More healthy if we have trees near our house”
“When the last tree has been cut, the last river poisoned, the last fish caught, we realize that we can not eat money.”
Native American proverb
Trees are wonderful beings. Not only gratify us with their extraordinary beauty, but also provide key benefits for our very existence. If all this is true, you do not understand why you do not assign all’arboricoltura (understood in the English sense of the term, which refers to trees in urban areas, monuments, etc.) That dignity, even scientific, that is up.
Perhaps because the care of trees so-called “non-productive purposes” (although, as mentioned, and well known, “produce” a whole series of immeasurable benefits) is a concept that is not fully understood …
Raising awareness is a major obstacles in spreading the “culture of the tree.”
Taking a walk through nature is not only refreshing and energizing, but it can also be magical and curative walking among the trees.
In the early years of humanity, trees were regarded as special beings without any
doubt because of their size and majesty. In addition to being the home of
animals and birds, trees embody a spirit and, even today, some people leave offerings to the spiritual presence. In India, the majority of local shrines are built under the trees. Shamans Native Americans and Europeans
believe that trees possess curative powers. It is said that several trees have special magical and medicinal properties.
For the Celts, Druids and many other peoples of the old world, some trees had special significance as fuel for heat, food, building materials and weapons. Beyond that, however, many forests have also provided a powerful spiritual presence. The specific trees varied between different cultures and geographical locations, but those “sacred” believed they shared certain traits. Unusual Size, beauty, the wide range of materials provided, unique physical features or simply the power of the tree’s spirit could guarantee him a central place in the folklore.
Trees are living beings, full of essence and energy of the Elementals and Mother Earth with an aura of power that is visible to those who are in total balance and harmony. The tradition surrounding a particular tree or wood often reflects the power that the old perceived and drew from their presence.
In ancient cultures everything revolved around the cycles of nature and its elements …
We used the trees and rocks to build houses, plant to treat injuries and diseases, land to grow vegetables and fruit trees.
Given the fundamental importance that covered nature in man’s life, it should not surprise us that the trees that the plants were usually associated with deities or were taken as religious symbols, spiritual and esoteric.
Both in the Nordic traditions and classical, the trees have always been the meaning of interconnection between the surface of the earth, the subsoil and the sky.
Most of the knowledge handed down from ancient cultures, passing through the tree shape. Several philosophers and shamans, but also alchemists and magicians of the most diverse cultures, they used the trees as a symbol to give answers, simple and direct, the big questions that men of various ages were placed on life.
Below is a list of some plants and trees that have assumed an important role in the symbolism in various cultures throughout history:
- Acacia : the hardness and the strength of the wood of this tree give it a sign of strength and durability. This is translated into the concept of the victory of life over death. Its typical green color is the symbol of existence and life.This tree represents wisdom and rebirth. In ancient times it was considered the symbol of the link between the visible and the invisible. In the Acacia Egyptian culture was the initiation tree that symbolized the transition from ignorance to knowledge. Some Egyptian texts tell of the birth of some gods under an acacia .
- Cedar: it is the symbol of immortality and eternity. It is the embodiment of greatness of soul and spiritual elevation to the height of its stem and its branches. Often the sacred statues are carved in the wood of this sturdy and elegant tree. The Cedar of Lebanon , in antiquity, was widespread in the Eastern Mediterranean. It is believed that the temple in Jerusalem, the palace of Solomon and the labyrinth of Minos, were supported by cedar columns.
- Cypress: is the symbol of immortality as a symbol of eternal life after death, in fact, it is often in the vicinity of cemeteries. To his absolute verticality, the set itself up, the Cypress indicates the soul as it moves towards the heavenly kingdom. In ancient Greece it is associated with Apollo and Artemis. It is the tree of Hades, god of the dead. Since the dark foliage of Cypress expresses melancholy and pain , the priests of Hades, indeed, were the crowns and he sprinkled his clothes during the sacrifices.
- Ivy: in ancient times enjoyed great fame, its leaves formed, in fact, the crown of the participants of all the festivals dedicated to Bacchus (Dionysus by the Greeks), the divinity to which the plant was consecrated. According to ancient legend, a young man named Cisso, who was performing in festivals in honor of Bacchus with jumps and stunts, had one day a serious accident. Bacchus, who was fond of the young, to prevent the death of the author, and became a plant, ivy, able to climb on any surface. From the ancient legend he was born artistic habit of depicting Bacchus with an ivy wreath on his head and the cup wrapped by ivy branches. Since then, the sacred plant to Bacchus among the Greeks and then among the Latin spread the belief that surround the front with a crown of ivy would prevent the effects due to excess of wine from poisoning. The ancients believed, moreover, that the plant with its leaves could separate the water from wine, in fact nowadays we know that the fibers of ivy leaves, do not separate the water from the wine but, absorbing molecules pigmented wine and other liquids. Even today, in the bars of the small urban centers is out of the threshold traditional peasant hangs a sprig of ivy to report the production of wine. In Celtic mythology, however, the ivy is connected to the worship of the serpent and dragon, representing symbols of the afterlife. that the plant with its leaves could separate the water from wine, in fact nowadays it is known that the fibers of ivy leaves, do not separate the water from the wine but, absorb the pigmented wine molecules and other liquids. Even today, in the bars of the small urban centers is out of the threshold traditional peasant hangs a sprig of ivy to report the production of wine. In Celtic mythology, however, the ivy is connected to the worship of the serpent and dragon, representing symbols of the afterlife. that the plant with its leaves could separate the water from wine, in fact nowadays it is known that the fibers of ivy leaves, do not separate the water from the wine but, absorb the pigmented wine molecules and other liquids. Even today, in the bars of the small urban centers is out of the threshold traditional peasant hangs a sprig of ivy to report the production of wine. In Celtic mythology, however, the ivy is connected to the worship of the serpent and dragon, representing symbols of the afterlife. in the taverns of small urban centers it is out of the threshold traditional peasant hangs a sprig of ivy to report the production of wine. In Celtic mythology, however, the ivy is connected to the worship of the serpent and dragon, representing symbols of the afterlife. in the taverns of small urban centers it is out of the threshold traditional peasant hangs a sprig of ivy to report the production of wine. In Celtic mythology, however, the ivy is connected to the worship of the serpent and dragon, representing symbols of the afterlife.
- Fig: tree and sacred fruit, the fig is the symbol of life , light, strength and knowledge. In ancient Greece, it was the sacred tree of Athena, goddess of wisdom, and Dionysus. Plato believes this tree friend of philosophers. In the ancient tradition Fico is therefore of significance of immortality and abundance. It also represents the axis of the world, which connects the earth to the sky. In ancient times it was practiced sicomazia, a method of divination through the leaves of this tree. As a symbol of abundance is related to fertility. The Fico presides at birth ; according to legend, the Hindu god Vishnu was born under a fig. The same applies to the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. The Fig Tree is also present in the Bible, at different points, starting with Genesis.
- Ash: it is the symbol of fertility in many traditions. A legend Scandinavian cosmogony presents this tree as the original holder of the world, associating it with the story of creation. In fact it originates both the upper world, is the lower. The ash , from the immensely large structure, spreads its roots to the hellish worlds. Its branches up to the celestial spheres. In the German-Scandinavian legend four deer graze its shoots endangering the entire Universe. The three standards (in the German-Scandinavian mythology embody the wisdom, dwell in the Ash Yggdrasil and Watering every day because it can continue to grow) are placed in his protection. For the Celts this tree took on different meanings. renaissance symbol, transformation and initiation was often used by druide populations in the course of various rituals and ceremonies. This beautiful tree was associated with young warriors. To these he was given a lance with which they passed a series of tests. He was also highly regarded for its magical and miraculous qualities. In an Irish legend tells that the druid Fintan Mac Bochra arrived in the island during the first mythical invasion. Fintan was the only one to survive the Flood turning into salmon. Fintan planted five magical trees (of which 3 were ash) to mark the boundaries of the provinces of Leinster, Munster, Connaught, Ulster and Meath.
- Almond: it is the symbol of the birth and resurrection . It is the first tree to bloom in spring and therefore symbolizes the renewal of nature after her winter death. Its esoteric meaning is closely linked to its fruit. The Almond is the secret, the mystery that must be conquered by breaking its shell, which protects the seed. Some sacred rituals involve indigestion Almond, believed to make changes wisdom. In fact, the Almond , being hidden, embodies the spiritual essence, wisdom. The Almond for its ovoid shape is connected to the matrix, as a symbol of fertility, the early universe was born. As cosmic egg reproduction, it has the symbolic feature of representing a closed and protected space; delimits the sacred space separating it from the profane space, so it forms a closed space; protector which separates the pure, native, impure.
- Willow: has many different symbolic meanings. It represents the tree of life and a symbol of longevity. In Japan, the willow was considered the embodiment of sweetness and grace. In China, the willow has also become the personification of spring, the female beauty, the joys and sorrows of love. Furthermore, it confers the ability to ward off evil spirits. The followers of Taoism see the willow as an example of patience, kindness, flexibility. The symbolism of the negative image associated with the concept of willow instead is grief and mourning (the image of a weeping willow in folklore), Weakness in general. The Jews believed the willow as the embodiment of adversity, the ancient Greeks rather as a deity associated with the underworld and death.
- Pomegranate: In Hebrew, the pomegranate (rimon) evokes the elevation (ram), but also the levy (térouma). It is a symbol of productivity, and also unity of the people, since the grains are caught between them. The plant requires very little water and grows on any type of terrain, almost to constitute a kind of miracle and gift of nature in arid and barren lands. The same result, with its sweet and succulent beans, seems in itself embodies the emblem of prosperity: not at all became a symbol of wealth and fertility.
The esoteric analogy between tree and brain
To find the secret meaning of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, one must first analyze how some parts of a tree work.
Furthermore, it is necessary to understand how certain features of the brain and spine are similar to a tree.
The tree is an important symbol in many spiritual and religious teachings because it represents the connection between the spiritual realm and the material world.
In addition to studying the structure of the tree, brain and spine, it is appropriate to overcome the preconceptions about the Occult to explore the world of esoteric knowledge.
Many religious people attack occult researchers but what they do not “sense” is that the Bible, the Koran, the Talmud and other “religious” texts contain very extensive occult knowledge …
The seed of infinite potential
The tree begins its existence as a seed with infinite potential. This seed contains the atman, a word that derives from the Sanskrit word atma, which means “essence, breath, soul”.
In Hinduism, the term atman means “the principle of life” or the individual self, known after enlightenment to be identical to Brahman or the Soul of the World, from which all individual souls derive and to which they return as the supreme goal of existence.
As the one / seed grows, it transforms into a trunk and then branches and leaves sprout from it, becoming an increasingly complex “being”.
By observing and studying how a tree grows, you can see how it expresses the principle of unity and multiplicity magnificently and miraculously. This principle of unity and multiplicity can also be seen during the development of a fetus.
The creation of the fetus begins with the fusion of two seeds (the sperm and the egg). This fusion process transforms the sperm and the egg into a zygote which is considered a seed or a “being”.
When the zygote grows and divides, it eventually develops into blastocysts and then into the embryo. This is the stage where all the different parts of the body develop, such as the spine, the heart, the brain, the lungs and the central nervous system.
An important structure of the body is the skull. This is the “dome” of the “temple” which houses the most complex organ, the brain. This organ is composed of the left and right hemisphere. The brain with its ramifications and neuronal connections is undoubtedly the most complex and mysterious organ of the human body. Scientists and even spiritual teachers have said that the left hemisphere is the male side of the brain and is responsible for logic, analytical thinking, science and mathematics. As for the right hemisphere, it is the feminine side and is fundamental for art, creativity, holistic thinking, imagination and spiritual awareness.
The left hemisphere is the male side and controls the right side of the body. The left hemisphere is considered “good”. One of the reasons for this is that for thousands of years male energy has always been associated with positive energy or light.
As for the right hemisphere, it is the female or negative side and therefore it is mistakenly considered “evil”, the characteristic given to darkness. The right hemisphere (female / “bad”) controls the left hand and the muscles of the left side of the body. This is why the esoteric path is called “the path of the left hand”.
The thoughts produced by the mind and processed by the brain have the power to motivate man (male and female) to do good or bad things.
Anatomically, this tree represents the left and right hemispheres of the brain. It is spontaneous at this point to note the connection between the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
To make this connection easier, let’s explore another important tree in the middle of the Garden of Eden called Tree of Life.
And from the earth did the Lord God to grow every tree which is pleasing to the eye and good for food; the tree of life even in the middle of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. [Genesis 2: 9]
To find the secret meaning of the Tree of Life you need to know “arbor vitae”, which is an important part of the brain located near the brain stem. The arbor vitae has “a tree-like appearance in a vertical section of the cerebellum, due to the arrangement of the white and gray nerve tissues.
The connection between the arbor vitae of the brain and the Tree of life is clearly obvious when it is known that the Latin term arbor vitae literally means “tree of life”.
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life represent some parts of the brain and are not really trees. The book of Genesis like all religious texts have different interpretations, it cannot only be interpreted literally.
The tree of life (Etz haHa’yim עץ החיים in Hebrew) is one of the most important archetypes of the mythology of different cultures. Wherever it appears, it is an extraordinarily important element, developed independently of cultures very distant in space and time. It is the central symbol of the Cabal. Artistically, it is a recurring motif in the Mediterranean basin and in the Near East.
Visually, the tree of life is represented in most cases as a stylized tree with a symmetrical structure. Branches with a often comb-like structure and with similar dimensions both for the low branches and for those close to the top leave from the central trunk. Some variants of the tree remain symmetrical but paint an intricate crown that can connect to a root system of similar size and shape. In some cultures, such as Azerbaijan, the tree of life is associated with the pomegranate. There is also a particularly stylized and geometric form that recalls a table, and it is the form used in the Kabbalah. Just the tree of life linked to the Jewish religion and the Old Testament is the most famous in western culture.
Hugging the trees
All of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced the wonderful feeling of hugging a tree. It is a primordial instinct that we feel very strong especially as children. You want for social etiquette, you want because we lose the ability to dream, you want for our rhythms of life, in modern society embracing trees is considered a typical action of children or environmentalists, and not something natural and perfectly acceptable. If you also think that the act of embracing trees is childish, perhaps you do not know that this practice, called sylvotherapy, can actually improve our health. To be honest, you don’t even have to go hug a tree to see the many benefits that come with it, you just need to be surrounded by trees and plants in general. This practice has been going on since ancient times, so it is not a new discovery at all, but a scientific confirmation of what we had already experienced firsthand.
A public health study that investigated the association between green life and mental health concluded that “access to nature can contribute significantly to our mental and physical well-being.”
A further study showed the effectiveness of nature in alleviating the symptoms of depression, and also in improving attention and working memory. On the other hand, we have already talked about how to meditate in nature further amplifies the benefits of meditation by accentuating its effectiveness. Perhaps because returning to our origins and reconnecting with what surrounds us is just what we need in this world so agitated …
The vibrational properties of trees and plants have very powerful effects on our health. Everything in the world vibrates, everything around us is literally vibration. Various vibrations affect biological behaviors, which is why we recite a mantra to improve our concentration. Consequently, when you touch a tree or find yourself in its vicinity, its different vibrational pattern will affect the biological mechanisms within our body.
In Japan people regularly practice sylvatic therapy through the “forest bath”, a practice that simply consists of spending time in the woods absorbing the wisdom of ancient forests, taking long walks through the trees to stimulate the immune system. In Taoism students are encouraged to meditate in the trees as they are believed to absorb negative energies, replacing them with healthy ones. Trees are considered a source of emotional and physical healing, absorbing and conserving all the energy of the cosmos.