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Sunday, August 8, 2010: The Tree of Eternity: Part Two

          It seems strange -- only now I realize that when I hear someone speak of physical reality, I think first of solar systems and planets and the earth. I think of the force of gravity and the speed of light, of laws of action and reaction. Physical reality is unyielding, proceeding without concern for human frailties. I only add in plants and animals to my concept of the physical world as an afterthought. Why is that? They are as much a part of the physical worlds, yet I think of them residing on top of the physical, unmoving, rock-bottom reality.

         Perhaps that is why I am so intrigued by the symbol of an upside-down tree. A tree is giving, supporting, interacting. All of creation as we know it is contained within the structure of the symbolic tree, but a tree is something that shifts and grows. What existed a week or a year ago is not the exact same tree existing in this moment; yet, through all the changes, what we identify as the tree itself continues. I realize my preference of a tree over an animal form. Biological forms stop their physical growth at maturity; the tree continues extending outward and upward, always growing. The newest growth could not exist without the previous growth already established. Is that not the same as the reality we live today, the people we are today?

         V.G. talks of the tree trunk being the path by which we travel from the physical worlds to the higher spiritual worlds, but my attention wanders as I take in more implications of an upside-down tree. The trunk may be a pathway, but a tree's flow is two-way. Roots serve their function -- absorbing water and inorganic minerals from outside the boundaries of the tree, bringing into the body of the tree the exact elements needed, transforming those elements into a transport medium. I'm aware the lower worlds could not exist without spiritual energy, just as a tree could not exist without its roots.

        Yet I reason that neither could a tree live long without its leaves. Through the work of the leaves (physical reality) energy is transform into the very food required if the tree is to survive and manifest its destiny. All that the leaves produce is sent back down the tree, to be used by the whole. Without water and elements provided by the roots, the leaves wither and die. Yet leaves provide food for growth, a function essential for the health of the overall system.

         I think of leaves. Are we each a chloroplast, confined with scores of other chloroplasts within a single leaf? Some leaves are exposed to full sunshine, working harder perhaps to stretch the growth of other sections outward, to increase the number of leaves exposed to sunshine, to produce more growth. I think of leaves left in shade and wonder if they only produce enough food to maintain a basic level of survival; the idea does not bother me. There is a balance within the system, something never appreciated by the parts. That a tree pushes out branches toward sunlight means even if some leaves are now in shade, their connection to the whole will eventually expand their function.

To be continued.......

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