The Tree of Life
For many the Tree of Life
A chapter on the Tree of life from the book:
The World Tree In Classical Shamanism
As is written in the description of the Midwestern Shamanic Gathering on Shamanic Circles website, there was an Axis Mundi at this recent gathering. This was a pole, approximately seven inches in diameter, erected in one end of a large grassy, ceremonial field.
Peoples from many cultures believed that an axis unites sky and earth, or the three shamanic worlds, the lower world, the middle world and the upper world. Such an axis, symbolizes the interrelationship of all levels or realms of the cosmos known to humans, and represents the center around which they are organized. Tree has been the most common form for the Axis Mundi (The World Tree) There have been other forms as well, such as the column, pillar, high mountain, to name a few.
(picture by Cid Freitag)
The Tree of Life.
In Costa Rica, there is a particular type of tree, the natives call "The Tree of Life": because its branches and trunk are home to over 200 species of orchids, insects and birds. The Mayans worshipped this tree and believed that the Spirits of the 'Yet to be Born' arrived to this life through the roots of this tree. It is said that one can hear the Spirit Voices of the 'Yet to Be Born' when one sits quietly next to one of these trees.