Man has been aware of invisible forces in the universe as far back as records exist. All cultures have used symbolism to express man’s relationship to these forces. This mystical symbol which has been imbedded in almost all religions and teachings is called the Tree of Life. The tree is believed to have healing properties and its fruits grant immortality.
In Buddhism, the Tree of Life is known as the Bhodi-tree and is believed to be the Tree of Enlightenment. It was under this tree that Buddha reached enlightenment so is seen as a very sacred symbol.
In Judaism, Moses (1391- 1271BC) is considered their most important prophet and credited as being the giver of the Law of One when he came down from Mount Sinai, Egypt in 1313 BC, with two tablets of stone.
However, remember Akhenaten from Mary Magdalene’s Legacy and my blog dated 6 November 2019? He was the first Egyptian pharaoh who ruled from 1351-1334BC. He also taught the Law in his Law of One mystery school. So Akhenaten may have pipped Moses to the post, but more on him and his connection with the Essenes later.
The Law governs all that takes place in the universe, and all other universes. The Law creates life and it creates thought. The sum total of life on all the planets in the universe was termed the cosmic ocean of life. And the sum total of currents of thought in the universe was called the cosmic ocean of thought. These two cosmic oceans formed a dynamic unity of which man is an inseparable part. Every human being is an individualized part of the unity. This unity is the Law, the Eternal Light.
The abstract idea of the Law was incorporated into the symbol of a tree, called the Tree of Life. It portrayed man as a unit of energy, with thoughts and emotions constantly communing with the totalities of energies in the universe.
The Essenes added to the Tree Angelology – the Science of the Angels. The Essenes petitioned the assistance of these angelic Ones in all aspects of everyday life.
The Essenes were aware of dark forces but only recognized the positive and constructive forces in the universe. The Essene Tree of Life represented 14 positive forces, seven of them heavenly or cosmic forces, and seven earthly forces. The Tree has seven roots reaching down into the earth and seven branches extending up towards heaven, symbolising man’s relationship to both earth and heaven.
The centre branch represents God, the centre root Mother Nature. The seven roots represented earthly forces and powers; Mother Earth, the Angel of Earth, the Angel of Life, the Angel of Joy, the Angel of the Sun, the Angel of Water and the Angel of Air. The seven branches represented cosmic powers; the Heavenly Father and his Angels of Eternal Life, Creative Work, Peace, Power, Love and Wisdom. These were the Essene angels of the visible and invisible worlds.
Man, in the centre of the Tree, was surrounded by the heavenly angels above and the earthly angels below.
They also understood each heavenly force to have an earthly force corresponding to it. These corresponding heavenly and earthly forces were placed on the Essene Tree of Life diagonally opposite, one above and one below man. This made it clear how inextricably linked we are to all the forces, cosmic and terrestrial, and how essential it was to be in perfect harmony with each and every one of the forces and angels. This required constant, conscious, daily effort, but was considered the most important activity in life. Attunement to the angels was known as Communion, every morning and evening.
In addition, at noon each day of the week, they prayed for peace – the Sevenfold Peace. Peace with the Body, Peace with the Mind, Peace with the Family, Peace with Humanity, Peace with Culture, Peace with the Earthly Mother and Peace with the Heavenly Father.
For years I have struggled with meditation and my monkey mind but the Essene Tree of Life has transformed it.
I visualise myself seated in this large oak tree which I can see from my bedroom window, nestling in an egg shape at the base of the trunk. I feel like I am in Mother Earth’s womb – the safest place in the world. I give thanks to the angel of the day and drop into my heart (I explain this fully in ‘Apostle to Mary Magdalene’ under ‘Unity Breath’). A timeless place of love and peace where I escape my judgemental mind, and the words I hear are from my soul voice, my truth. It takes practice, of course, but I take heart from the Essenes who quietly and selflessly dedicated their lives to others.
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