from 'THE JEWEL OF PARADOX:
CLIMBING THE COSMIC TREE OF THE CHAKRAS
I've walked this glade of ancient, mystical trees many times. Usually
I admire and sample a variety of them, living antennas radiating nature's
splendor. But today, I'm strongly drawn to the one called the Cosmic Tree,
an especially huge and venerable one. I've recently been initiated as
a Dreamer and am anxious to try out my new gifts, excited with thoughts
of using these higher senses to truly experience the Cosmic Tree to its
fullest. With my senses attuned to these new realms of being, I sometimes
perceive them as easily as I do the physical ones.
The Tree of Life, Center Pole of the Universe, I've also heard people
call it. I've watched them go to touch it, to rest their palms on it,
to sit for a while with their backs resting on it, apparently with deep
pleasure and renewal. Till now I've just observed all this going on around
the Tree, but now, I'm drawn to examine it closely, to enjoy the wonders
of my new perceiving. Now I can truly get to know it. I weave my way through
to the center of the copse of trees to find it. Standing before the Cosmic
Tree's formidable presence some while, I ease into deeper awareness of
it, thrilled with its encompassing aliveness. It flourishes on so many
levels. Its roots must seek down to some primal water bed to feed it's
Walking round and round it, I pass my hands over its bark, deeply gnarled
and scarred with the assaults of time. First I walk around it counterclockwise,
then clockwise. I do this as an honoring and discovery as I begin to experience
other dimensions of it. Perhaps it really is the center and pivot of the
universe, I begin to sense and believe. A way of passing between the worlds.
How venerable this Cosmic Tree is. The trunk is three, nearly four feet
across. I let my eyes climb as it rises straight up some 80 or 90 feet.
Seven huge limbs radiate out around it every 10 or 15 feet. Each of the
seven branches is well twigged with broad, pointed leaves in fan-like
spreads that I can't identify. The late-noon sky above it is all glare.
The shadowless wisps of cloud seem not to move.
Pulled by the Tree's soaring, I imagine what it would be like to climb
it. The burrs of its bark are huge and I can imagine someone might find
finger and toe holds in it. But it's straight up. And the lowest of the
seven branches is at least 25 feet up. There are stumps of lower branches
that apparently died or were broken off over the millennia. To me, it
looks like a pretty difficult if not impossible climb.
Instead, I'm drawn to hug the Tree closer, into penetrating it deeper,
my palms pressing the surface of its crinkled and rough bark. I close
my eyes and the Tree's energy grows more penetrating. My Dreamer's awareness
expands to merge with it. I'm taken into the very core of the trunk, then
down into the mammoth webbings of its roots, the layers of earth they
weave through. That earth-feel fills me. My legs extend into the roots.
I draw from the rawest earth for sustenance. My blood is of the Tree's
sap that ebbs and flows with the seasons.
I'm deliciously real to myself, so solid in my being. Present, realer
than I've ever felt to myself before. So immensely gifted by the Tree,
I'm touched and thankful. "Revelations will come as you ascend to
the top of the Tree," the inner Dreamer wisdom assures me, "gifts
of your Calling."
I absorb into even fuller resonance with the Tree, awakening in myself
the same quality of consciousness. So merged with the Cosmic Tree's being,
I know it truly is the Pole Center, the Pivot of the Cosmos. And at the
base of my spine there is fiery corresponding tingle. The current of groundedness
that flows up into me gives substance to my soul. I awaken to myself as
a primal living being. Staying grounded, my awareness merged with the
Tree's, as it expands upward it takes me with it. As I'm moved up through
its limbs, I'm also moved up through levels of my lightbody, ascending
up through my chakras.
At this First Branch, in my lightbody I awaken to the Root Chakra at the
base of my spine. Through it, I savor the aliveness of my earthy body.
I learn what the stones know about the sanctity of just being a thing.
My 'I-sayer' consciousness affirms, "I am this body-thing."
That tangible self-knowing fills me to the tips of my toes and fingers
till I'm utterly, ecstatically present.
Another wave of exaltation takes me on up to the Tree's Second Branch.
Here the taste of soil evolves into the green tang of vegetation. My energies
go up a harmonic from the simple state of physical being and into a vast
range of organic possibilities, capacities and paradigms. A fountain of
nature's bountifulness opens in my belly. I feel a deep gratitude for
the Cosmic Tree's nurturing this realm of my aliveness. My 'I-sayer'celebrates,
"I am fecund."
Now I'm swept up into the next realm at the Tree's Third Branch. Here
I awaken to very active powers in me. Like a lion's. Like fire's. "I
am the doer," a very empowered I-sayer says. My Solar Plexus fills
with and radiates heat. Surges of potency pulsate out through it.
Another rush of life-force surges up through me and I'm flung up to the
Tree's Forth Limb. The first three levels of being -earth, vegetation
and animal- now fuse and leap into a new level of being that creates in
me a sense of self. It creates a vessel for my personhood. Through my
heart, I'm opened to the center of my being and the universe. I listen
for the voice of my 'I-sayer'. "I am all things that I feel,"
it affirms. I'm shown glimpse of the Heart dimensions in things I never
It feels like an exaltation as I'm raised up to the Fifth Limb. My inner
senses are startled as if by reverberations from a celestial gong. It
awakens fresh glimpses of the magic in perception and expression. The
richness of the sights, sounds and smells of my lifetime gather, join
in jubilant song and celebration. "I perceive and commune",
my 'I-sayer' exclaims as my soul fills with these bounties of my senses,
physical and beyond.
Bursts of light and illumination soar through my Third Eye Center at the
Tree's Sixth Branch. I recognize the realm my visions birth from, its
knowing as fundamental and unique as the Heart's. As I come to experience
it now, merged with the Tree's rootedness and fully embodied in myself,
I can participate in it with greater resource and potency. Containment
opens it to infinite freedom.
Now, at the topmost reaching of the Tree, the Seventh Limb, I awake to
the Crown Chakra Center atop my head. Heavenly radiance flows in, Solar
and Divine. At this subtle culmination of all the Chakra Centers, ethereal
consciousness flows into mine and lets me perceive the spiritual matrix
within all that I experience. I taste the purity of Source within and
beyond my own purposes and intentions. As I drink in this ultimate, lucent
knowing, in full resonance with the Tree, I recognize I am the Cosmic
Man. In this I experience the fullness of my being, every level, every
aspect. Here I know the Unity. I too am the Pole Center of the Universe.
For a long, long while I hug the Cosmic Tree to the center of my being,
bliss filled as my seven Chakra centers spin with splendid rainbowed light.
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Copyright Nathaniel Schwartz 2003