The trees have always represented a multi-dimensional world in shamanism.
Native Americans call trees “The Standing People. While they’re not mobile, trees are conscious and alive, they are rooted in their reality. They are considered to be the link between Heaven and Earth and act as guardians of the earth.
Celtic Shamanism focuses on the idea in the Tree of Life, the “Axis Mundi” as a common connection between the different worlds. The roots represent the Lower World the unconscious mind, or “The Place of Empowerment”. Home About Contact Services The roots are rooted in the earth and have access to the deepest levels of our unconscious mind, where hidden potential is. The leaves and branches symbolize their connection to the Upper World, the super-conscious mind, or the “Place in the Center of Creativity”. The tree’s trunk represents that of the Middle World, “Ordinary Time” and the conscious mind, and the “Place of Manifestation”. This is where the potential becomes creative and our hopes are realized in the daily routine world.
Energy and trees
The value of trees to the health of our ecosystem is evident in today’s world. Many people consider trees to protect the environment. Their roots anchor the soil and aid in preventing slide-prone landslides. The branches and leaves form an overhanging canopy over rivers, cooling the water to an appropriate amount for the fish. Through photosynthesis, the trees take carbon dioxide from air as well as nutrients from the earth as well as energy from the sun for the production of oxygen. This makes the earth’s atmosphere more able to support healthy life.
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, hazardous chemicals can be absorbed by the root system, and modified to release them in the form that is less harmful by the leaf. Once the poplars reach their peak the trees are then harvested for paper. Thus, tree energy is contributing to a cleaner, healthier environment , and is a renewable resource to support industry.
Energy of the tree and Celtic Reiki
The idea of energy from trees is used in Celtic Reiki to promote healing and gently facilitate change within our daily lives.
Reiki, “universal life energy” is a kind of energy healing renowned for its ability to work efficiently on all levels and promote holistic well being. It helps to heal and energize, decreases stress, and can be used in conjunction with other treatments for health.
A variant from Usui Reiki, Celtic Reiki utilizes the energy of the Earth as well as specific trees and shrubs to create an environment that encourages healing and positive transformation. Thus, the Celtic Reiki is an Earth-energy Reiki which is channeled through the Base chakra.
It is believed that in Celtic Reiki energy is passed through three attunements. These attunements are working with change in the body’s energy flow as well as healing and Celtic wisdom. The results of an attunement are a lasting present. They offer a connection to earth and plant energy that can never be lost. It is always accessible for positive change.
Let’s go back in time for a historic perspective of the development of Celtic Reiki. In the cold winter days towards the end of the 20th century, Martyn Pentecost was a Reiki Master/Teacher from Croydon, U.K. began an ongoing process of discovery. In his words, “…having studied various kinds of Reiki for a long time, I was guided to work with the natural world. When channeling Reiki to help animals, trees, plants, rivers, lakes, the oceans, and the earth itself, I realized that everything has an individual vibration. Each variety of rock, each stream, and every type of flower has its own unique energy. I could sometimes get lost deeply in the vibration often to the point that I was able to mimic the energy that I felt during Reiki in self-treatments.”
While visiting in Wales “…I came across a massive Silver Fir tree that had been broken up in two after an erupting lightning strike. One half was still firmly planted upright and producing a healthy flow sap to recover itself. The other was lying on the ground and was dying. As I walked closer to the branch, I could sense the huge loss of the upright part and the ferocity of the falling half which was totally separate from the standing section.” He began sending Reiki to the upright section of the tree however, he felt resistance, so he directed the energy to the falling portion. While he was doing this, “I felt a transfer of energy. As the Reiki passed through my hands I felt a vibration in my body. There was nothing like it I have had before. It was the essence of the tree’s knowledge, its power, it’s energy and its love. I was then guided to offer all of this power to the stand section of the tree. I then proceeded to do.”
Over a two-year period, Pentecost explored various species of plants and trees indigenous in the United Kingdom. To try to remember and recognize the unique energies generated by different species, he turned to the ancient Ogham Celtic alphabet. He also assigned each plant a symbol, which is common in Reiki and other forms and forms of work with energy.
Trees have served as powerful symbolic of long-lasting life and unshakeable stability throughout various cultures throughout the ages. They, together with various other minerals, plants, as well as the earth itself, emit unique energy vibrations. They can be channeled through Celtic Reiki to create an energy that increases the body’s openness and ability to accept physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The trees nurture the earth and enhance our lives through their energy and presence.