Dreams: Trees depict the living structure of our inner self

Krishna Splits the Double Arjuna Tree, US public Domain, via Wikimedia.
Krishna Splits the Double Arjuna Tree, US public Domain, via Wikimedia.

If one is to have a dream of tree, one might contemplate the Self.  Tony Crisp (1991) speaks of trees in dreams:

“Trees depicts the living structure of our inner self. It’s roots show our connection with our physical body and the earth; its trunk the way we would direct the energies of our being–varied and yet all connected in the common life process of our being. The tree can also symbolize new growth, stages of life and death, with its springs leaves and blossoms, then the falling leaves. The top of the tree, by the end of the branches, are our aspirations, the growing bendable tip of our personal growth and spiritual realization. The leaves may represent our personal life which may fall off the tree of life (die) but what gave it life continues to exist. The tree is our whole life, the evolutionary urge which pushes us in two being and grow it depicts the forces are processes which is behind all other life forms–but seen as it expresses interpersonal existence.”

“In some old manuscripts picture show a man lying on the ground and his penis going into a tree, with brutes, birds, and perhaps people in its protective shade. This illustrates how one’s personal life energy can branch out from its source in the basic drives, and become creativity, fruitfulness, something given to others. The tree can also represent the spine, and the different levels of human experience–physical, sensual, sexual, hungers, emotions, relatedness, communication, thought, awareness.” (p. 384-385, emphasis added. See image below)

Reference:

  1. Dream dictionary: a guide to dreams and sleep experiences by Tony Crisp – 1991.

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