When I was in New Zealand back in February, one the most impressive things to me was the Kauri Tree that I saw in the Waitakare forest.
The New Zealand trip was a meditation tour, so we visited many natural sites and meditated at them. My meditation at the Kauri tree was one of the most profound.
They call these trees ‘King Kauri” because they are massive and they are ancient. They are the largest rainforest trees in the world. The particular one that we visited was 1000 years old. As I sat there, I could feel it’s great Life Force emanating from it. It’s bark was a kind of whitish color, standing tall amidst a sea of greenery. As I looked up up up she seemed to be housing so many plants and habitats for different creatures. I felt like her spirit was reaching up to the sky, arms wide open with love, welcoming all to come and participate in her bounty. I was in awe of her greatness and I remember having the thought, “I want to be like you.”
Then, just yesterday, as I was driving down the street, it suddenly occurred to me that this blog, Healing Tree, is like a great Kauri tree.
As I receive so many lovely comments here and see people sharing their stories, their hearts and their hope, I felt that it’s like a tree itself, where many can come to perch for a while. Some can take refuge, some just sit quietly and observe, while others chirp away. Someone might take a little nibble of something and be on his way, while another may return again and again to keep drinking from its source. My hope is for all visitors to receive healing nutrients for the Soul from this Tree of Love, so that they can fly off and spread that Love around their lives.
And at the same time, all the little creatures bring nutrients back to the Healing Tree, giving it Life and allowing it to blossom. All who partake, bring love and beauty back to this tree, amplifying its strength and light.
As I had this thought, I felt tears of gratitude for this beautiful online ecosystem welling up in my eyes. At that moment, the joy of sharing love and light filled my heart. I truly believe that we human beings were born to share such a heart, and this Healing Tree community is needed in the world now more than ever. Perhaps all of the Healing Trees existing in the forest of our global society can someday reach out and connect their branches, creating a web of love and light that vibrates across the planet.
With that, I’d like to end today’s blog post with one of my favorite messages from Ilchi Lee’s “Calligraphic Meditation Book.” It’s quite possible that I have shared it before, but I figure that it doesn’t hurt to share it once more 🙂 It is the message of Indra’s Net:
Nothing in this world exists in isolation. All life on the planet is connected through heaven, earth, and the empty space in between. From this knowledge emerges a heart of hongik, which seeks the good of all life.
Raise your right hand and look at your fingers. At first you’ll see only your hand. Gradually move your eyes to your arm, shoulder, trunk and entire body. Feel your body, which connects your limbs as one.
Now expand your field of vision to feel the empty space surrounding your body. Taking it further, try to feel the people, buildings, and nature around you in the same space.
The stars in the sky seem to be separated from each other, but they’re connected as one through the void.
The maple and fig trees in my front yard are far enough from each other that the small leaves of one don’t even brush against the big leaves of the other, but deep underground their roots are touching the same streams of water.
There is a very beautiful metaphor in the Hwaeom school of Buddhism. It is said that an endlessly wide, infinite and transparent net, Indra’s net, is spread out in the palace of Jeseokchun, the land of the Buddha. Hanging from each knot of this net is a transparent jewel, and these jewels reflect clearly everything in the universe. Each jewel also reflects all other jewels, so that a wave arising in anyone spreads to all the others, and a sound coming from just one reverberates among all of the jewels hanging from the net.
In a world of beings interconnected like Indra’s Net, there is nothing unrelated to me. Each life is different from all others in all sorts of ways, but, in their essence, they are all interconnected.
In their source, all are one. People create differences from that one. And they end up confronting each other because of those differences. Since you and I are different, since you are not on my side, goes the insane logic they create, it’s OK for me to harm you.
From knowing that all are one comes a heart of love for all.