By Don McLeod
The Curative Properties of Trees
a walk through nature is not only refreshing and energising, it can
also be a healing experience thanks to the energy of trees. In the
early years of mankind, trees were regarded as special beings, no doubt
because of their size and majesty. Apart from being the home of animals
and birds, trees were also thought to embody a spirit, and people would
leave offerings to the spiritual presence that resided in the tree. In
India, most local shrines are constructed under trees. Shamans of
Native American and Europe believed that trees also possess curative
powers. Different trees are said to have particular medicinal
properties. The following is a brief list of trees and the healing
qualities they are said to contain...
Ash: Brings peace of mind. Warts rubbed on the bark will be absorbed into the tree.
Beech: Reduces swellings and skin inflammations. Helps to balance mental health.
Birch: The bark helps to heal wounds and burns.
Cedar: Cleanses negative atmospheres.
Oak: Brings vitality and long life.
Sassafras: Eases problems with the digestive system. Burying money near the roots of a Sassafras tree brings prosperity.
Pine: A renewal of energy can be obtained by sitting under a pine.
Adds vital energy to the elderly and the sick. Smoke created from
burning the wood of a willow tree can soothe and guide the souls of the
How to Find Your Own Healing Tree
is a small ritual for finding your own personal healing tree. Enter a
quiet park or forest that has a variety of trees. Stand quietly amongst
the trees and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and release all
thoughts from your mind. Then allow your consciousness to drop through
your body, and to settle within your heart chakra. Now, with your eyes
open, but unfocused, start walking through the trees. You should be
able to feel the energy of each tree as you enter its aura. When you
find an energy that feels right for you, mentally ask the tree for
permission to physically make contact. If you then feel that it is all
right to do so, approach the tree and place your back against it. Feel
the energy of the tree resonating within you. Which one of your chakras
does this tree seem to affect the most?
How to See a Tree's View of the World
can also enhance your psychic perceptions of the world around you, by
merging your consciousness with that of your healing tree. Allow your
aura to merge with the tree's energy field, and with your eyes open,
see the surroundings as if through the consciousness of the tree. A
silvery glow will surround the area, and you will see the auras of
other trees and plants. When you have finished this experiment, thank
the tree for its participation, and move away from its energy field.
Bring your consciousness up through your body and into your head, then
take a few more deep breaths. Stamp your feet on the ground to bring
yourself back to full conscious awareness.
Clearing Negativity with Trees
is said that trees can also absorb negative energy from our bodies,
without it doing the tree any harm. To clear yourself of negativity,
find another tree that you are intuitively drawn to, and ask permission
to give it the negative energy that you have unwittingly stored in your
body. Trees can transform and use this energy for their own
enhancement. To gather and release negativity from your physical,
mental, emotional and spiritual self, run the palm of your left hand
from the top of your head, and down the right side of your body,
visualising the collection of negativity into your hands. Do the same
with your right hand on the left side of your body. Then rub your hands
on the trunk of the tree, thereby releasing all the toxins that you
have gathered. Also run your hands down the front and back of your body
and pass this onto the tree as well. Do this three times, and when you
are finished, thank the tree for taking the negative energy from you.
are more than lumps of wood with leaves attached. Make the effort to
walk through a national park or forest soon, and take visual notes of
the variety that exists even within the same species of tree. By making
the conscious effort to look closely at a tree trunk, you will be
surprised at the myriad of patterns and colours that normally go
unnoticed. Each tree has its own characteristics and personality. And
by taking the time to attune to a few trees, you will be amazed at the
different styles of energy that emanate from them. For your health's
sake, hug a tree today