The Trees of Life: Occult Anatomy

The trees are God's great alphabet:
With them, He writes in shining green
Across the world His thoughts serene.
~Leonora Speyer


The Tree of Life is a universal symbol found in many spiritual traditions. It symbolizes many things, including wisdom, protection, strength, bounty, beauty, and redemption. This tree is symbolic of the Creator as it sustains creation with its abundant fruit, protection, and regeneration.

The Tree also represents humans as we too develop roots, strengthen our trunk and branch out to a wider vision of life as we grow. The tree provides shelter. Tall and strong, it has deep roots. It reaches skyward. It loses its leaves and grows new ones …bears fruit …gives shelter. With nurture and care, it lives for generations.
~ Sondra Crane

The concept of a Tree of Life, a many-branched tree illustrating the idea that all life on earth is related, has been used in science, religion, philosophy, mythology and other areas. A Tree of Life is a motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies; a mystical concept alluding to the interconnectedness of all life on our planet; and a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense.

Many parallels can be made between the Tree of Life as described by the Kabbalah and the Chakra Tree, the main system of the energy of our bodies. Both of them have three structural channels. The central channel on the Chakra Tree is called the “Shushumna.”

The central channel on the kabbalistic Tree is symbolized as the “Central Column.” The side channels on the Chakra Tree are called the “Ida” and the “Pingala” and on the kabbalistic Tree, the “Columns of the Right and the Left.” The side channels play a much more prominent role in the Kabbalah than they do in the Tantric wisdom.

The esoteric tradition admits the existence of two trees inside of the human body. The regular Tree of Life, the kabbalistic representation of the manifested universe-macrocosm, has its roots anchored in the higher planes; into the divine realms. In the Human body, the microcosm, we see at least two different trees that work in unison with each other.

parasympathetic-and-sympathetic-systems_Humanity-HealingThe first is the nervous system, which integrates the entire body, and which the main root is the Brain. Through this organic tree passes all the electrical stimuli that move the body and sensitize it to the daily requirements of living.

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.
~Welsh Proverb

The second tree is formed by the multiple ramifications of the circulatory system of the organism and has its roots anchored in the heart center. Through this center runs the vital energy that sustains life. The Ageless Wisdom teaches that the great phenomena of Human and animal life come from the “marriage” or reunion of these two elements: the vital principal of Prana, directed by the heart center and the second, the electrical principal ruled by the Brain; The Brain captures and produces the etheric electric stimuli and re-transmit it throughout the body in order to stimulate the transmutations necessary to sustain a biological life. At the same time, the Prana is absorbed by the respiratory system and made available to every cell inside of the living organism through the circulatory system. It is through the circulatory system that life renews itself every time.

The Ageless Wisdom teaches that the great phenomena of Human and animal life come from the “marriage” or reunion of these two elements: the vital principal of Prana, directed by the heart center and the second, the electrical principal ruled by the Brain; The Brain captures and produces the etheric electric stimuli and re-transmit it throughout the body in order to stimulate the transmutations necessary to sustain a biological life. At the same time, the Prana is absorbed by the respiratory system and made available to every cell inside of the living organism through the circulatory system. It is through the circulatory system that life renews itself every time.

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