The tree, healer and friend
Trees are the largest and most spiritually evolved plants on Earth. They meditate at all times and subtle energy is their natural language. As your command of this language increases, you can begin to develop a relationship with them. They will help you open the energy channels and cultivate calm, presence and vitality. You, in turn, can help them with their blockages and weak spots. It is a mutually beneficial relationship that needs to be nurtured.
- Choosing a tree to work with
Throughout history, human beings used all parts of the tree as a remedy to heal. The best trees to heal are large ones, especially pine trees. Pines radiate Chi energy, nourish the blood, strengthen nervous systems and help prolong life. They also feed the soul and spirit. The pines are the "Immortal Trees". Ancient Chinese poetry and painting are full of admiration for pine trees.
While pine trees are often the best choice, many other trees or plants can be used. Large aids contain the most energy. Among the most powerful are the trees that grow alongside running water. Practice distinguishing the various properties of different trees.
- Cypress and cedars reduce heat and nourish Yin energy.
- Willows help to eliminate unhealthy winds, release excess moisture from the body, reduce high blood pressure, and strengthen the urinary tract and bladder.
- Elm trees calm the mind and strengthen the stomach.
- Maples chase unhealthy winds and help ease pain.
- White acacias help to eliminate internal heat and balance the temperature of the heart.
- Bengal figs cleanse the heart and help remove moisture from the body.
- The cinnamon sticks eliminate the cold from the heart and abdomen.
- Fir trees help eliminate bruises, reduce swelling, and heal broken bones faster.
- Hawthorn helps in digestion, strengthens the intestines, and lowers blood pressure.
- Birch trees help to remove heat and moisture from the body and detoxify it.
- Plums nourish the spleen, stomach, pancreas and calm the mind.
- Fig trees remove excess heat from the body, increase saliva, nourish the spleen, and help stop diarrhea.
- Ginkgos help to strengthen the bladder and relieve urinary problems in women.
You don't have to go too far into the forest to find a suitable tree to work with. Trees that are used to having people around understand our energy and are actually more accessible and friendly than those that are far away in the forest. City parks and suburban courtyards are full of powerful and accessible trees, who would love to have closer relationships with the humans who dominate their environment.
There is a certain size limit for the trees most accessible to humans. If the tree is too small, it doesn't have enough energy to impress you. If it is too big, the problem is the opposite, that is, it will take more time to be interested in large trees. As a source of healing energy, it is best to choose a large, robust tree within the range of accessible sizes. For the interaction with humor, it is convenient to choose a tree between small and medium. While it is not necessary to climb the tree to establish a relationship, it does open up a whole new world. Climb gently and carefully so as not to damage it.
c. Establish fellowship with a tree
There are certain methods of approaching, interacting with, and moving away from a tree. By following specific steps you can create a silent communion rite that both you and the tree can understand and thus increase the
harmonious interaction potential. The steps come from observing the natural course of events in the communion of subtle energy and are valid for communion with almost anything: tree, rock, human being or animal, if you saw the following steps correspond specifically to trees.
First of all, each tree, like each person, has a personality, desires and a life of its own. Trees differ widely in their taste for human contact. Some are very generous and want to give all the energy they absorb. Others are weak or sick and need your healing energy. Some are simply friendly souls who enjoy the company of man. Others are quite indifferent to men. You can learn and grow by working with all of them. Try to be open and respectful rather than pressuring them to serve your purposes. In this way, the trees will provide you with more than just another source of Chi energy: friendship, humorous expression, and love.
Trees aculate on a longer time scale than humans. You can help close this gap by going back to the same tree over and over again to establish a relationship. Visit periodically so the tree knows when you are going and can wait for you. You are likely to see very clearly that the tree really misses you when it disappears for a longer time than usual.
Spiritual communion with trees, of all human activities, is the one that most closely resembles sexual union. As such, there should be a touch of sensuality and cuteness. You don't always have to handle the situation. Allow yourself to relax and melt into communion. Let the tree lead you to the wonders of your inner life. Working with trees in this way can help vent sexual frustration. You will likely find that some of the practices presented here can be easily adapted for use in sexual intercourse.
to. Absorb Chi Yin energy with your palms to compensate for Yang energy (Figure 2.29)
The best time of day to practice with a tree is during the morning until noon.
- Take a stance. Stand or sit two or three meters in front of the tree.
- Open up to a tree. Relax and focus. Feel your limits blur. Allow yourself to be more perceptive and somehow vulnerable, ready to communicate with the tree. Feel how your energy field opens like a flower without emitting or absorbing energy, it just opens and is available (Figure 2.30)
Welcome. Extend your arms and expose the palms of your hands to the tree. Extend your energy toward the tree in a friendly "offering" attitude. When the tree responds by extending its energy to you, accept it, breathe in to bring it into the body with a “welcoming” attitude. Use the mind and the eyes as follows: With the lower part of the eyes, focus on the tip of the nose. With the upper part of your eyes, look at the palms and the tree.
Let your intuition guide you as you respond to the tree again with another “offering” gesture. Make several of these exchanges. Take the time and feel what happens.
Absorb Chi energy with your left palm, mind, and upper eyes.
- Parallel Reading. Remain self-centered, not approaching or backing away, and observe the subtle relationship between you and the tree. Use contemplative focus to become abstract in your connection to the tree without actively trying to change or analyze what is happening. Do not try to deepen or diminish the fellowship. Control your own energy and watch the tree as it controls its energy and watches you. This is known as Parallel Reading. This neutral state can occur several times during a session at deep levels of intimacy and not so many.
- Attract and stick together. Let the energy field between you and the tree intensify, thicken and contract to bring you closer together and hold you together. There may or may not be physical movement. The feeling is that the two of them wrap themselves in a cocoon of energy while exposing their hearts more and more to the other. Finally, they hug each other
This rapprochement often happens spontaneously as the offering and welcoming intensify into circularity and sharing, or as this circularity and sharing deepens more and more.
As with all Healing Tao practices, you need to train your eyes and mind to move and guide Chi energy. This will also help you exercise to recognize and be aware of the energy quality of the tree. Feel the energy of the tree as it enters the body. When you send it to the tree, combine it with the Energy of the Human Plane (Cosmic Particle). Feel the energy coming back to you from the tree has improved: it is fresh and healing. Also notice how the power quality changes after nine, 18, 24, and 36 cycles.
Move the upper part of the eyes to guide the Chi energy slowly through the inside (Yin side) of the left arm to make it go up the left shoulder, the left side of the neck, the left ear up to the crown. From here, bring the Chi energy down the right side to the back of the right ear, the right side of the neck, the right shoulder, the inside of the right arm to the palm of the right hand. Project the Chi energy outward, bring it into the trunk of the tree. Absorb it once more in a circle (the Yin Energy Circle): 36 cycles for men and 24 cycles for women.
Extend yourself to a deeper level. Now start exchanging energy with the tree on a deeper level. Sharing with the tree on a deeper level means communicating a certain part of your body with a certain part of the tree's body and breathing the energy from one to another. To circulate now means to guide the energy through a conduit that passes through both bodies and returns to its starting point. You can guide the Chi energy as in the previous point. You will eventually discover that there are several different possible schemes.
8) Inspire and retain so as not to end abruptly. Inspiring and retaining is very important as this prevents you from absorbing more energy from the tree than you can use without becoming unbalanced. You also avoid draining too much energy from a small or weak tree or leaving too much of your negative energy unprocessed on that tree. Also, it seals the connections you made with the tree so that the energy doesn't leak into the air once it's gone. All of this contributes to an aesthetically complete meditation and shows respect for the tree. When you feel that enough is enough and you want to start returning to normal consciousness or a shallower level of communion, try to do it slowly and gradually so as not to disturb the beauty of what you have shared. You will feel that little by little you return to yourself, you can separate the energy that belongs to you from the energy of the high and again establish the boundary between the two.
It should be noted at this point that if after you have healed you still feel a lot of energy in your hands, close the point of the crown to seal it so that your healing energy does not continue to flow out.
Trees are very fond of communication with man and you may have to wait a long time for the tree to tell you to go away.
- You should gradually divert your attention from contact with the tree and focus more on your person.
- As you do so, much of the shared energy will enter your body, so you “push back” the energy stream from the tree to prevent it from entering, while allowing your human energy to return.
- Then when your polarities are reversed, let the energy of the tree return to you but keep your conscious energy within the body.
- After a few exchanges, the tree will understand your intention and begin to cooperate. In a few minutes you will be fully back in your body and ready for closure.
- To get rid of a powerful circulation pattern, slowly focus your attention on the umbilical region, the place where the meditation ends. As energy accumulates there, let any excess energy flow into the tree.
- If the tree tries to supply you with energy from another point, reject this flow in the manner described above.
Eventually the scheme will cease and you will be able to share the energy with the tree at the chosen point. Now he can separate the energy that belongs to him from that of the tree, to finalize the retreat.
When the fellowship with the tree is very intense, you may have to "go too far" to withdraw in one go. Instead, after partially inhaling and holding, continue circulating and sharing but not as intensely. Little by little, after repeating these steps several times, you will come back completely to yourself.
- Closing. Always end with a closure. The closing is a precise and somewhat abrupt gesture that breaks the connection, secures any healing that has been done, and imparts a feeling of goodwill, all in a second or two. The closing can be a movement, a sound, or just a change in the subtle energy field, such as clapping your hands or nodding your head. A smooth upward arcing of the cigar that ends with a light downward punch is very effective. The “Ah” and “Amen” sounds used to end prayers are also examples of closing gestures, such as shaking hands tightly or a little squeeze at the end of a hug. In addition to these closing gestures, wave goodbye or give the trunk a quick kiss to finish the closing.
Sections 7), 8) and 9) are used to intensify, lighten, and finish the exercises explained below and can be used at any time to end communication with the chosen tree.
b. Absorb Yang energy with your fingers to compensate for the Yin energy (Figure 2.29)
- Stand about two to three meters in front of the tree. Approach the tree slowly and gently. Feel how the energy field around you becomes thick like honey.
- Stretch your arms toward the tree with your palms facing the trunk and your fingers extended.
- As you slowly adjust to be closer to the tree, less "honey" separates you from the bright energies in your heart.
- Similarly, its radiance is revealed to the tree.
- At the same time, the surrounding honey-like energy acts as
- When you reach the tree and wrap it in a big hug, the radiant energies of both of you come together and it is likely that for a moment you will lose yourself in the bliss of union.
- After making contact in this way, you may need to sit still for a while until the other deeper connections between you and the tree stabilize and simplify. Soon you will find yourself in the parallel reading state described above, from which tiara will circle and share the energy.
- Feel the energy of the tree first. When you feel the Chi energy of the tree, focus on the tip of your nose with your mind, your sight, and the lower part of your eyes. The upper part of the eyes look towards the fingertips and the tree.
- Absorb Chi energy with the fingers of the left hand, the mind, and the upper part of the eyes.
- Slowly move the upper part of the eyes to guide the Chi energy up the outside (Yang side) of the left arm, the left shoulder, the left side of the neck, the left ear, and the crown of the head. Bring the energy down the right side starting from the back of the right ear, the right side of the neck, the right shoulder, and the outside of the right arm to the palm and fingers of the right hand. Project the energy outward from the fingers, combine it with the Energy of the Cosmic Particle and guide it into the trunk. Absorb her again in a circle. Men repeat the cycle 36 times; women 24 times (See Figure 2.30).
- If you wish to end the experience at this point later, follow the instructions in section a), points 7), 8) and 9) to finally intensify, lighten and break your connection with the tree.
The Yang Energy Circle will help you to become more sensitive to acute and more superficial pain, as well as to the energy of the Yang Organs (small and large intestines, gallbladder, bladder and stomach).
c. Soak up the energy Tree chi with palms; the Yin side
- Sit or stand about two to three meters in front of a tree.
- Extend your arms toward the tree with your palms facing the trunk (Figure 2.31).
- Feel the energy of the tree first. When you feel the Chi energy of the tree, absorb it with your mind, eyes and palms through these Last. Bring the Chi energy up the inside (the Yin sides) of both arms to the shoulders, both sides of the neck, the left and right ears, and the crown of the head. From the crown of the head carry the energy down the Functional Channel to the middle of the eyebrow, the throat, the heart, the solar plexus, the navel and the cauldron behind the navel.
- Keep drawing the energy downward from the cauldron to the perineum, the soles of the feet, and then approximately ten feet into the ground.
- Bring the energy up to the roots of the tree, then into the trunk. Feel your energy flow through the tree, then emerge from the trunk and enter your palm. Repeat cycle nine, 18, 24, 6 36 times.
- Practice sending your energy up the trunk from the palm of the right hand, through the tree, to the palm of the left hand, and from the left palm, through the tree, to the right palm. Men should practice for 36 cycles; women for 24. It is very
7) Try to distinguish the different parts of the tree. Start at the top of the trunk. Send your energy into the tree and feel it reverberate. Kneel down slowly to practice the lower torso. Then practice with the roots. Feel and exchange the force with the tree.
d. Absorb the Chi energy of the tree at the crown
- Stand about two to three meters in front of a tree with your arms at the side of your body. Feel the aura of the tree (Figure 2.32).
- If you don't feel it, you can move a little closer.
- When you feel the aura of the tree, absorb the energy through the crown. The balanced energy of the tree is gentle and has a very powerful healing effect.
- Absorb the energy from the tree at the crown and allow it to flow down the Drive Channels or the Functional Channel to the perineum and then to both feet. Exhale the energy through the soles of the feet into the ground. Bring the energy from the ground to the roots and then up the trunk.
- Feel how it absorbs the Energy of the Earth and the tree (Figure 2.33) and how they purify its energy and eliminate unhealthy or negative energy. When you feel it sprouting from the trunk, absorb the Energy of the Human Plane (Cosmic Particle) and return the energy to the crown. You will feel that the combined energies nourish the brain, glands and Organs. Repeat the process nine, 18 6 36 times.
and. Share with the tree from the heart.
In this model, the energy of the tree flows through the arms and the center of the heart. You can use it to cleanse the healer's arms of sick energy that has accumulated during work, or simply to open the heart.
1) Get into any comfortable posture in which you can reach a branch without straining.
- Reach out one arm until you can touch the tree with your palm or fingertips. Feel the vital energy under the cortex and make contact with it, allowing some time for the contact to develop.
- After a while you will feel that you begin to share, as if a soft aura is transmitted in both directions between your hand and the tree.
- Extend the process gradually until you find yourself inhaling and exhaling energy throughout your entire arm, from the center of your heart to the tree and vice versa. Let this mutual flow go on for a while.
- Now include the other arm. You can support it on the same branch, near the other hand, or you can support it on another branch.
- Allow the energy from the tree to flow through one arm, mix with your own energy in the heart center, and flow through the other arm. Every so often reverse the direction of flow in one or both arms.
- For a deeper experience, try extending the flow from the heart to the navel, letting it run from the tree to the heart, from there to the navel and then back.
- where does the energy go after leaving your hands and entering the tree? If you follow its journey with your mind, you will begin to discover something else about the subtle anotomy of the tree.
- You may discover blocked or congested areas that you can work on by circulating energy from one hand to the other. Feel the tree's response to these efforts and allow your intuition to guide you.
Absorb the Energy of the Earth
- Generate heat in your navel and bring the energy to the crown.
- Project the Chi energy outward to the top of the tree trunk. Enter the tree and feel that you establish a connection with it.
- During this process it can stand at a distance from the tree (between three and ten meters). As you progress through this practice, you can easily project your energy onto the tree from a greater distance. Allow the tree to absorb sick or negative energy. The energy that returns to you will be in balance.
- Allow your energy to flow down the trunk until it reaches the roots and into the soil (Figure 2.34).
- Let the Energy of the Earth purify your own energy. Absorb this combined energy through the soles of the feet, up to the perineum and then up through the Driving Channels or through the Governing Channel that runs along the spine. Allow the energy to flow to the crown and project it outward once more. Repeat the process nine, eighteen, or thirty-six times.
The more times the procedure is repeated, the more the energy will be refined or increased. Notice that the Drive Channels and the Microcosmic Orbit become clearer and brighter. Once you have established a good connection with the tree, you can send your diseased energy to the tree at a distance, to refine your own energy or improve your health.
Meditate while sitting under a tree
Once you have developed your ability to feel the Chi energy of the tree, you can sit under the tree to meditate. Absorb the energy of the tree through the stations (points) of the Microcosmic Orbit (Figure 2.35)
Excerpted from the books of Mantak Chia and Maneewan Chia