Trees have long represented a multi-dimensional world in Shamanism.
Native Americans call trees “The Standing People. Although they aren’t mobile, trees are alive and aware, they are rooted in their reality. They are seen as an interconnection with Heaven as well as Earth and act as guardians of the surrounding environment Home About Contact Services.
Celtic shamanism uses the concept of”the Tree of Life, the “Axis Mundi” as a connecting link that connects all worlds. The roots are a symbol of the Lower World which is our unconscious mind, or “The Place of Empowerment”. The roots are located in the earth and have access to the most profound levels of our unconscious mind, where the potential is. The branches and leaves symbolize their connection to the Upper World, the super-conscious mind, or the “Place in the Center of Creativity”. The trunk of the tree is a representation of the Middle World, “Ordinary Time” and the conscious mind and the “Place of manifesting”. This is where our potential meets imagination and dreams become reality in the everyday ordinary world.
Trees and energy
The value of trees for our environmental health is obvious in today’s world. A lot of people believe that trees be the guardians of the earth. The roots of trees anchor soil and prevent slide-prone landslides. The branches and leaves form a canopy over rivers, cooling the water to an appropriate levels for fish. Through photosynthesis the trees capture carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and also the nutrients that come from the earth and sunlight to create oxygen. All this helps make the earth’s environment better equipped to support healthy living.
In Oregon State, ongoing studies in phytoremediation (‘phyto’=plant and ‘remediation=to correct a fault, pronounced fi-to-re-mee-dee-a-shun), have shown that poplar trees are capable of removing dangerous chemicals from the soil. In this process, harmful chemicals are absorbed into the root system. They are altered and released in more benign form in the form of leaves. After the trees have reached their maximum growth the trees are then harvested to make paper. Thus, tree energy is contributing to a cleaner, more healthy environment as well as the renewable energy needed to sustain industry.
Tree energy and Celtic Reiki
The concept of tree energy is used as a part of Celtic Reiki to promote healing and facilitate subtle changes in our everyday life.
Reiki, “universal life energy” is a kind of energy healing recognized for its capacity to work effectively on all levels and improve overall well-being. It stimulates and heals, reduces stress and is compatible with other healthcare treatments.
A variant of Usui Reiki, Celtic Reiki makes use of the vibrations of the Earth as well as specific plants and trees to create an ideal environment that promotes healing and positive change. So, Celtic Reiki is an earth-energy Reiki that is channeled through the Base chakra.
In Celtic Reiki energy is passed through three attunements. These attunements effect change in the body’s energy flow along with healing and Celtic wisdom. The results of an attunement are a lasting gift. They bring a sense of connection to earth and plant energy which cannot be taken away. It will always be accessible for positive changes.
Let’s take a brief step back in time to gain an historic perspective of the development of Celtic Reiki. On a cold winter day late in the 20th century, Martyn Pentecost was a Reiki Master/Teacher who lived in Croydon, U.K. began an ongoing journey of discovery. In his own words, “…having studied various types of Reiki over the years I was compelled to work with nature. When I channeled Reiki to help animals plants, trees as well as rivers, lakes the oceans and the earth, I noticed that all things have an individual vibration. Each kind of rock, every stream, and every kind of flower has its own distinct energy. I would often get to this deep vibration, sometimes so much so that I could mimic the energy during Reiki in self-treatments.”
While I was visiting Wales “…I came across the huge Silver Fir tree that had been split in two by a recent lightning strike. One side was rooted upright and was producing healthy flow of sap to help it heal. The other was lying on the ground in a state of death. As I walked up to this tree, it was easy to sense the huge loss that was felt by the upright portion and the urgency of the fallen section, which was totally separate from the standing portion.” He began sending Reiki to the standing section of the tree but was met with resistance, so he directed the energy to the fallen portion. After he directed the energy, “I felt a transfer of energy. As the Reiki flowed through my hands I felt a tingle enter my body. There was nothing like it I’ve had before. It was that is what I felt when I was in the tree’s wisdom of energies, wisdom and its love. I was then guided to give this energy to the stand section of the tree. I then proceeded to do.”
Over a period of two years, Pentecost investigated various species of plants and trees native in the United Kingdom. In order to keep track of and recognize the unique energies emanating from different species Pentecost turned to the old Ogham Celtic alphabet. He then assigned each plant a symbol, which is a common practice in Reiki and other types practices involving energy.
Trees have served as powerful symbolic of long-lasting life and unshakeable stability in many civilizations throughout time. They, together with others, including minerals, as well as the earth itself, emit unique energy vibrations. These vibrations can be channeled and focused through Celtic Reiki to create positive energy that improves the body’s openness and ability to accept physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Trees nourish the earth and enhance our lives through their presence and energy.