An essay by Sha'Tara, local writer and friend...
The Tree of Life
[thoughts from the other side – by Sha’Tara]
Of all the topics available for the open mind to pursue, none is as fascinating than that of life itself. What a privilege it is to have become (or been chosen to be) an intelligent, self-aware, sentient being! To be able to observe oneself -- and whoever said you can't watch yourself dance was so wrong!
The tree of life is an interesting way to describe life in its manifold aspects, or dimensions.
Let me preface by returning, for a moment, to the fabled Eden of Biblical Genesis. For the Eden God to have "pets" with whom he could interact or interface, he had to make them able to know themselves. For that, he had to draw them from the tree of life (he could not create them from nothing) and give them a place at the source from which they could create their own branch on the tree - and he had to make them aware that they were entitled to partake of the tree. However, he didn't want them to evolve out of his control so he did the wizard of Oz thing, confusing and threatening them. He made them fear their own source of life and believe they were utterly dependent upon himself for everything. He "grew" an artificial "tree" beside the tree of life and called it the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil." (There is no such tree.)
Then he set up a false "god" to "tempt" the humans into partaking of this artificial knowledge. Once inveigled, he went into a rehearsed pretend rage, cursed them and the earth, then cut them off from the tree of life -- that is, from access to any other reality but that of earth -- subject to all the conditions that he was to set up for them to endure. If they held to the belief of their unworthiness he could almost guarantee that they would search for their new life through him and with each (re)incarnation, be blinded to the promises of the tree of life. Brilliant, eh Watson!
Sadly, thousands of years and billions of humans later most still ascribe to the Edenic "God" version of events... or worse, deny the existence of the fabled "tree of life" and seek for it in physical accomplishments and through posterity.
Symbolically the tree of life is most commonly represented by the Jewish menorah or 7-branched candelabra (seven being a number of completion). Sometimes it is drawn as a regular tree with many branches... Ultimately the tree of life has an infinite number of "branches" and sub-branches (and let's not forget the leaves, flowers, fruits and nuts!) But as in any tree you do not find any two (or more) branches growing from the source, or trunk and then growing into each other. Even if two branches are forced against one-another, they do not become one. They do not share their "information" at the point of contact. (There may be biological exceptions to this rule I am unaware of, but I'm using symbology here and speaking of "normal" trees!)
This says much about the validity of talk about crossing dimensions: it cannot be done without returning to the "source" or re-entering the trunk and flowing up until a branch is found to suit one's current state of awareness... or until a self-empowered entity simply "grows" a new branch somewhere along the tree. One of the reasons "death" was invented was a means of returning to the source to get a new "go" in the tree - rather obvious, if we know anything about trees. (Note that the artificially induced "Edenic" death - the kind now in vogue on earth - as a result of divine curse is altogether different than a natural death - it does not bring one back to the tree of life, but to the "Giver" of that death. Also, a natural death involves no fear and gives no pain.)
This explains why "the dead" and us don't have fire-side chats every evening. It also explains why those who explore through the near-death experiment enter experiences beyond words, translatable only as "a bright light" and a "feel good" or, as I’ve discovered only recently, a state of extreme clarity in which everything becomes a personal choice and decision . Sometimes they do meet strange angelic beings (as I have) or even meet dead loved ones. So it is possible to glimpse other dimensions, not by arbitrarily "jumping" across from one branch of reality to another, but by dying. And that is how life protects itself, preventing total chaos.
As with any tree, lower (older) branches eventually lose their ability to draw life from the source. They dry up and fall off. If we take branches as groups we can see why systems (collectives) eventually lose their reason for being, cutting themselves off from the source. Hubris, greed, immorality and decadence infect these "branches" and they die off, as do their appendages, that is, as do those who believed in the system rather than in life.
But far above their disaster the tree and its branches are doing quite well. The tree of life is another of those concept one can label "infinite" in scope. Ever increasing in diversity and complexity. Those who partake of it are equally infinite and equally evolving - their physical mortality attesting to it.
Again re-iterating an obvious point: immortality is not a boon but a curse. As long as a being remains in its current form it cannot move to any other dimension within or upon, the tree of life. It cannot truly evolve, but only change and adapt! However human "science" gets around to explaining this to itself in the near future, that is what it will "discover" and be awed by. For those who believe in some instantaneous "translation" or "ascension" to another dimension -- prepare for a very long wait at the cosmic bus stop, for it too is an artificial construct... there is no bus. All ISSA's* have to learn to "freecast" through the cosmos if they would "be more". If they would live, they must first learn how to die.
"...and you will understand the language of the dead and of the living. Eventually you will be able to hear the music of the spheres and then, take your first step... to anywhere. (Teachings of Aenea - The Rise of Hyperion - Dan Simmons - paraphrased)
“Human scientist in the 21st C. discovered that the human mind – not the brain, but the mind – wasn’t like a computer; it wasn’t like a chemical memory machine, but exactly like a quantum state standing wavefront. Human consciousness exists primarily as a quantum state waveform just like the rest of the universe.” (from Illium, p. 476, by Dan Simmons)
(ISSA* - acronym for Intelligent, Sentient, Self Aware)
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|Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald
|A very interesting write|
|Reviewed by J Howard
|For me...i must eat of this fruit slowly, as it is foreign to me, but i know it is of value for me...so...i will reread it until i am better able to understand it. thank you for sharing the thoughts from your mind-|
|Reviewed by JMS Bell
|I PRAY THAT ONE DAY YOUR 'THIRST'(BASED ON YOUR ATTEMPTS TO EXPLAIN SEVERAL BIBLICAL SUBJECTS) TO KNOW THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD WILL BE REALIZED. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|You wrote a quantum here. While I can see the tree of life being the evolution of life to all of its various branches, culminating in a higher being than before. That all species must die before genetic progress takes hold and we become more intelligent. However, I can't believe that anyone in near death is seeing anything other than the firing of his/her own brain cells.
|Reviewed by Odin Roark
|What is so arresting about this article is its clear distinction as regards the brain and the mind. A much misunderstood aspect of our sentient abilities, having the mind addresses as its own creation is marvelous to consider. I would only add that even though I agree Man's current form cannot move to any other dimension, the idea of existence (even as microbial dust) remaining eternal as indestructible matter, continues to fascinate my Zen leaning mind, as suggested in my poem "Scattered Ash." Thank you again for another chapter in Sha'Tara's accessible, yet scholarly mind.
|Reviewed by Tom Hyland
|REG ... Sha'Tara ...
As usual, very cerebral ... but I don't 'buy' it.
A few considerations:
1. For those 'ISSA's that believe in GOD - they were 'taught' or 'brain-washed' that HE is Omnipotent - All Powerful ... Omniscient - All Knowing ...
OmniPresent - Present All the Time & Everywhere ...
Omnificent - Unlimited Power to CREATE! Ergo, 'they' would say HE Could create Adam & Eve from NOTHING! If HE created the entire Universe in just 7 Days ...
such a Feat would be mere 'Child's Play' ... or a 'Parlor Trick'!
2. For those 'ISSA's that are Unbelievers - Atheists ... the entire Concept would be MOOT! Semi-Quasi-Ditto ... for Agnostics = I DUNNO!
3. This 'Tree of Life' analogy reminds me of Terry Brooks' 'Shanara' series, with 'Guardians' and 'Keepers' and 'Magical Powers' ... Sci-Fi? ... Far-Fetched?
4. Mind versus Brain? If the assumption here is that the 'mind' is the entity capable of Conceptualizing, or Thinking of Ideas ... while the 'brain' is just a 5-pound physical 'blob' of various cells, like all other Organs ... then, I understand.
However, to me personally ... IF there is a GOD ... IT IS ELECTRICITY!
5. Many years ago, I penned a piece entitled "A Human Being Is Nothing More Than A Walking, Talking BATTERY"!
LIFE = a 'CHARGE' still Present ... Whereas ...
DEATH = 'NO CHARGE' ... aka a ... 'DEAD BATTERY'!
So, My Friends ... Keep those 'PADDLES' Ever-Present!
Never know when you might need to be 'ZAPPED' !!!
Peace ... Tom.
|Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger
The tree of life a beauty in the universal trilogy.
Lady Mary Ann
|Reviewed by Paul Berube
|An excellent and thought provoking article.|
|Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
|Ad infinitum, experiencing, dark and light, beauty, and ugliness, glimpses of God, yourself a part of.....Wonderful Regie, bless ya!|
|Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci
|Thought provoking indeed!
|Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
|Listen for tales of The Tree..a must
for it foretells of what is to be...
Sharing is Loving *Regis* with love,
|Reviewed by neerja gandhi
|Quite a thing....this tree of life ...:(