The tree


I believe the tree has a prominent place in all the world's religions. We can let the tree illustrate aspects of being. And in some religions, the tree has been made divine. In Norse mythology, the tree is a deity which shows how truth arises and passes through three stages. But in this way one worships the creature. One looks at the emerging thing and worships it instead of looking at the thing as an image on how life appears. It is first as fully developed the tree illustrates something important.

THE TREE

The tree shall not be made divine.
By stages three the tree is fine.
But fruit and foliage is so
that no faith trees will ever show.

The tree should not be divine. But we can let the tree illustrate principles. The tree can illustrate wisdom, if we describe the tree in broad terms.

The tree seems to come to life in three stages, at root, stem and offspring. The offspring are leaves and fruit. By the fruit, the tree gives life, what it does not by the leaves. Thus, the trees on earth are of two kinds, being common trees and fruit trees. The fruit tree illustrates the righteous. If one is like the ordinary tree, one is only occupied with showing off.

The Trinity is illustrated by the tree, where the root is the Father, the trunk is the Holy Spirit and the fruit is the Son. By the foliage, which is the daughter, the tree will illustrate pleasing. The tree can illustrate The Trinity as a circle where the fruit, being the Son, itself is a root. Looking at the tree in this way, the root is the heart, the trunk is the blood and the fruit is the body.

It makes sense to think of the root as the Father, the stem as the Mother, the fruit as the Son and the leaves as the Daughter.

Trees may provide nuts, pine cones and fruit. It makes sense to think that the Son has three modes, as necessary, useful and beautiful.

The Son is The Word. And the word is the fruit of the tree, where the thought is the root, and the tongue, or voice, is the stem. If we go beyond these, the root is the unconscious, the stem is the conscious and the fruit is the tongue.

The trunk of the tree illustrates this coming to life in three stages, by the pith of the trunk, the wood in the trunk, and the bark of the trunk. Also the fruit does, by being core, pulp and skin.

The tree can illustrate three different orientations. The root can illustrate necessity, the stem utility, and the fruit and leaves beauty. We distinguish between nature, culture and spirit. And there is a clear distinction between necessity and usefulness, on the one hand, and beauty on the other. There is a clear distinction between grain and herb, on the one hand, and fruit trees on the other. There is a clear distinction between creep and cattle on the one hand, and wild animals on the other. But the tree can also be seen as having two aspects since the tree breaks the ground in the distinction between root and stem. Looking at the tree in this way, the way of the tree is what we perceive. We take as a materialistic view, different from an idealistic view.

The tree is growth. As tree, one is green. As growth, the tree illustrates the material as opposed to ideal being. And the thing is that there are two trees which counts in life. In the midst of the Garden of Eden there were two trees, and these two trees were The Son and The Daughter. The Son is The Tree of Life. And The Daughter is The Tree of Knowledge. Both trees provide fruit.

The Tree of Life is the truth, and The Tree of Knowledge is wisdom. Eating fruits of these two trees is not only to taste the flavour of the fruit, but it is to be fed by the trees, by the fruit pulp, and it is getting new life, by the seeds in the fruit. If the truth appears to us, or we come to wisdom-knowledge, by the fruit we acquire, it is truth's or wisdom's consequence we acquire. The fruit is consequence. The Tree of Life, that is the truth, is so that acquiring the meaning gives eternal life. And The Tree of Knowledge, that is wisdom, is such that acquiring the meaning gives the ability to distinguish between good and evil. Truth gives opportunities. And wisdom gives options.