I am sure you’ve heard of the Law of Attraction before… now on the other hand there is what’s known as the “Zen of Attraction”. Most commonly understood as the path of least resistance and it is a simple idea really.
When we allow life to flow naturally, that is to say, allowing nature to take its course, we find that we aren’t exhausting our efforts every step of the way. Then we find that have gained the ability “to get out of our own way”, which also is a fundamental understanding and teaching in Zen Buddhism.
The tree of life or world tree, is a creative symbol of manifestation in many cultures. Known as the ultimate gateway to the knowledge of oneself and the true nature of reality.
Upon the awakening of the serpent energy or naas, the “moist essence of the universe” in the Gnostic view, also known as a kundalini awakening. The serpent energy coiled at the base of spine makes its ascend upwards into the brain and ignites all of the pathways, as the synapses begin firing wildly. This activation serves as the initial link between the metaphysical and physical reality of existence. Allowing the seeker to acquire his first evolutionary step into heightened awareness.
This tree of life, allows the initiate to travel between the three worlds as depicted in shamanic practice. Creating the connection needed to be established between physical and non physical reality. When this bridge is formed the seeker connects with the lower and higher dimensional beings as well as animal spirit totems.
Yet, this is just one of five trees of life, and the secret of the five trees is what we are here to talk about today.
According to the Coptic Gospel of Thomas, the secret teachings of Jesus, found over a half of a century ago in the desert of Egypt. It states that Jesus told his disciples (19) “For you have five trees in Paradise which do not change, either in summer or in winter, and their leaves do not fall. He who knows them shall not taste of death”
A parallel to this teaching can be found in Hindu tradition where the five trees are known as mandara, parikata, samtanaka, haricandana and kalpa vrksa.
As well as in the Kaballalistic interpretation of the five worlds and the five senses known Asiyah, Yetzirah, Beriah, Atzilut & Adam Kadmon describing the five dimensional levels, as it relates to the souls progression towards unity consciousness.
1.The Tree of Life (The World Tree)
Expressed as a large ash, oak or bodhi, the tree of life is found at the center of earths three worlds. Used as a passageway between the 3 dimensional levels of consciousness that earth serves.
The world tree signifies the initiates attainment of the first of five senses being vision and will be accompanied by prophetic dreams and visions of the future.
2. The Second Tree of Life
Expressed as a large pink coral, the bottom of the tree is brass or copper and is used as a portal through the fifth dimension where beings who exist on this level travel as seen by portal openings just as doorways… with no door.
The fifth dimensional tree signifies the initiates attainment of hearing and is accompanied by bouts of telepathic communication.
3. The Third Tree of Life
This tree serves as the clearing and re-connecting of the nervous system. Expressed as a large flowing tree, alike to a white weeping willow, repressed memories of life before incarnation surge forward into your waking consciousness.
The third tree of life signifies the initiates attainment of smell and is accompanied by the smell of flowers in waking state with no source apparent.
4. The Fourth Tree of Life
Upon reaching this fourth tree the seeker experiences what is known as the elixir of immortality, or the nectar of the gods, this sweet tasting honey is produced and drips down the back of the throat giving one the experience of timelessness. Restoring him to pristine physical health. The fourth tree signifies the initiates attainment of taste.
5. The Fifth Tree of Life
Known only as myth and legend, this tree of life signifying the piercing through and connecting physically and metaphysically to the “gods above”.
The effects are unknown. The fifth tree signifies the initiates attainment of touch.
As each tree of life unfolds in your mind, you begin to see that all is connected and that the mind is the center of consciousness, because while yet not proven scientifically there is surmounting evidence that the center of the universe is consciousness itself. When you connect your body and mind to this eternal consciousness, you CAN achieve ever lasting life.
Before the beginning, the Brahman (absolute reality) was one and non-dual. It thought, “I am only one — may I become many.” This caused a vibration which eventually became sound, and this sound was Om. Creation itself was set in motion by the vibration of Om. The closest approach to Brahman is that first sound, Om. Thus, this sacred symbol has become emblematic of Brahman just as images are emblematic of material objects.
The vibration produced by chanting Om in the physical universe corresponds to the original vibration that first arose at the time of creation. The sound of Om is also called Pranava, meaning that it sustains life and runs through Prana or breath. Om also represents the four states of the Supreme Being. The three sounds in Om (AUM) represent the waking, dream and deep sleep states and the silence which surrounds Om represents the “Turiya” state.
Because the first of the three states of consciousness is the waking state, it is represented by the sound “A” pronounced like “A” in accounting. Because the dream state of consciousness lies between the waking and the deep sleep states, it is represented by the letter “U” which lies between the “A” and “M”. This “U” is pronounced like the “U” in would. The last state of consciousness is the deep sleep state and is represented by “M” pronounced as in “sum.”
This closes the pronunciation of Om just as deep sleep is the final stage of the mind at rest. Whenever Om is recited in succession there is an inevitable period of silence between two successive Oms. This silence represents the “fourth state” known as “Turiya” which is the state of perfect bliss when the individual self recognizes his identity with the supreme.
The Symbol Om:
Just as the sound of Om represents the four states of Brahman, the symbol Om written in Sanskrit also represents everything. The material world of the waking state is symbolized by the large lower curve. The deep sleep state is represented by the upper left curve.
The dream state, lying between the waking state below and the deep sleep state above, emanates from the confluence of the two. The point and semicircle are separate from the rest and rule the whole. The point represents the turiya state of absolute consciousness. The open semicircle is symbolic of the infinite and the fact that the meaning of the point can not be grasped if one limits oneself to finite thinking.
The Power of Chanting Om:
The chanting of Om drives away all worldly thoughts and removes distraction and infuses new vigour in the body.
When you feel depressed, chant Om fifty times and you will be filled with new vigour and strength. The chanting of Om is a powerful tonic. When you chant Om, you feel you are the pure, all pervading light and consciousness.
Those who chant Om will have a powerful, sweet voice. Whenever you take a stroll, you can chant Om. You can also sing Om in a beautiful way. The rhythmic pronunciation of Om makes the mind serene and pointed, and infuses the spiritual qualifications which ensure self-realization.
Meditation on Om:
Retire to a quite place, sit down, close your eyes and completely relax your muscles and nerves. Concentrate on the space between your eyebrows and quieten and silence the conscious mind. Begin to repeat “Om” mentally while associating the ideas of infinity, eternity, immortality, etc. You must repeat Om with the feeling that you are the infinite and all-pervading. Mere repetition of Om will not bring the desired result.
Keep the meaning of Om always at heart. Feal Om. Feel that you are the pure, perfect, all-knowing, eternal, free, Brahman. Feel that you are absolute consciousness and the infinite, unchanging existence.
Every part of your body should powerfully vibrate with these ideas. This feeling should be kept up all day long. Practice regularly and steadily with sincerity, faith, perseverance and enthusiasm in the morning, midday and evening.
Symbols of life have been found throughout recorded history leaving lasting psychological impression in our minds. Just by studying the intricacy and deeper meaning each one holds and gazing at these symbols we feel connected, alive and intrigued.
But what do these symbols mean?
Here are 10 commonly used spiritual symbols and their meanings.
1. The Lotus Flower
An important symbol in Buddhism as well as many other eastern cultures. The lotus flower is seen as a sign of enlightenment. A symbol of the third eye or ajna-chakra in Hindu culture. The lotus flower symbolizes the balance between the masculine feminine energies.
The moon and the sun represented in balance on either side of the petal and the third eye open thus, signifying that the disciple has attained this inner balance.
The symbol is also a representation of the journey into darkness involving deep and inner transformation. A sign of detachment, just as water glides off a petal.
2. The Hamsa
The Hamsa is known as the universal sign of protection and is used to ward off anyone who aims to cause you harm. Known as the “evil eye” the Hamsa is known to the wearer that no harm will come while carrying this symbol. Hamsa is the Arabic word for “five” and represents the five digits of the hand and is known as the universal symbol for protection.
3) The Yin Yang
The yin yang represents the harmonization of duality. The unification of masculine and feminine energies as well as serving for reminder that balance is key to living a holistic meaningful life.
4) The Flower of Life
Found in nearly all major religions across the globe, the flower of life is considered to be the most important symbol of sacred geometry.
Containing the ancient religious values that represent the fundamental forms of all space and time, the flower of life is the pattern of creation itself.
Within the flower holds a secret set of symbols, known as the Fruit of Life. Through which, one can discover the most important and sacred secrets of the universe.
5. The Tree of Life
The tree of life has been represented by a number of cultures and religions across the world. Also known as the World Tree, the tree of life is associated with birth, life, death and rebirth the circle of life.In Christianity, the tree is known to be in the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve picked the forbidden fruit from.
The world tree is used by shamans to travel between the three worlds, the upper, lower and middle worlds and is sacred to those who practice Asatru. And it is believed the tree of life is a metaphor for the human brain.
6. The Ankh
The Ankh is a well-known symbol of life associated with the Egyptians. It is said that our ancestors would use the Ankh during sexual practice in order to regenerate the sexual energy at time of orgasm. Generally, the Ankh symbol has been associated with eternal life and regeneration.
7) The Pentacle
This primary symbol of Wiccan Religion the pentacle is said to be the symbol of man. For those who wear it, it is believed to protect against evil. The top point represents the spirit, while the other four points represent the four elements.
8. The Eagle
Known as the eternal spirit or great spirit, the eagle is known throughout many cultures and religions from Christianity to Native American Tradition. Known as the creator of All, the eagle is the ruler of the skies and when called is said to assist the disciple to reaching the tree of life.
9. The Caduceus
Mistakenly used as a symbol by healthcare organizations, the Caduceus is the traditional symbol of Hermes and features two snakes winding around an often winged staff.
The Caduceus provides the basis for the astrological symbol, representing the planet Mercury. The Caduceus symbol is also a representation of your own primal life force energy. The twin snakes, represent the Kundalini energy rising from the base of your spine, one being feminine and one masculine; intertwining with the other, allowing the successful person to possess the wings of new life.
10. The Snake
Often praised and often feared the snake is the most well-known spiritual symbol in the world. In some cultures the snake is worshipped while others highly frowned upon. In Christianity, the snake is referred to as “the devil” while in eastern cultures the snake is known as a symbol of primordial life energy, death and rebirth.
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts”- William Shakespeare
Upon the contemplation of William Shakespeare’s work we find hidden truths nestled deep into the root of our society, our egos, and the illusions of self that keep a firm grip on our perception of reality.
The world-renowned Philosopher Alan Watts, taught his students to understand that when we are born, we do not differentiate between the external and internal world. We do not understand “that which exists outside of ourselves and that which exists internally” and therefore as we grow we learn to discern what is I and what is you. This was the true understanding of duality and the ego; that without you, there could be no me and if there was no me, then there would in fact be, no you.
And with this understanding we begin to see that we are all wearing a societal mask–a role that each of us play on the grand stage of life. That, the description each of us gives ourselves, is only measured by the perception of someone else. When you begin to care about the perceptions of others and what others think, have engaged emotionally, you have become subject to the judgement and perception of others; falling into your role too deeply. You have in fact lost yourself in the role that you are playing and the game of hide and seek has begun.Continue reading “Who Do You Think You Are? The Truth Will Surprise You”