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Tree Trees

The tree depicts the living structure of yourself. In particular it shows not only your past in the condition of its roots and trunk, but also what you have grown into and what your possibilities or potential are.  It is what has grown from the past into the present.

Its roots show your connection with your physical body and the earth, your family background and influences, and cultural roots; its trunk the way you direct the energies of your being – growth, sex, thought, emotion. The branches are the abilities, directions and many facets you develop in life – varied and yet all connected in the common life process of your being.

The tree can also symbolise new growth, stages of life and ageing, with its spring leaves and blossom, then the falling leaves.

The top of the tree, or the end of the branches are your aspirations, the growing vulnerable tip of your personal growth and spiritual realisation. From this point of view, the leaves may represent your personal life, this particular life with its many activities and desires, that may fall off the tree – die – but what gave it life continues to exist.

The leaf may indicate something in you that is living, growing, or outworn (depending on colour of leaf). This may be part of your thinking or feeling. You can also be blown like a leaf, suggesting separation from your roots and main growth; or you can take a leaf from someone’s notebook, thus following their example or idea.

To sum up: The roots depict your connection with the earth through food, air and water, as well as your psychological roots in family and culture. The trunk shows your body and what you have developed in your life, the main thrust of your expression. The branches are the different avenues you have explored and developed, your children, your relationships and ideas. The seeds or flowers are your own fruition, the expression of what is deeply your own unique self manifesting creatively. They are also your reproduction as a parent with children or ideas in the lives of others. Dead wood represent parts of you that no longer carry life and energy, perhaps ideas or opinions that you no longer hold. The lightning struck tree represent sudden change, even death.

The tree may also at times represent a place of safety or refuge, as when we climb it to escape.

The tree is our whole life, the urge which pushes us into being and growth. It depicts the force or process which is behind all other life forms – but seen as it expresses in our personal existence.

The phrase ‘family tree’ describes a way the unconscious uses the image of a tree to represent something that is an internal reality. Within the unconscious there is an awareness that our present personality is built upon the lives and character of our forebears. So our face may be presented on the top or surface of the tree, but behind our face, or on lower branches, or in the trunk, lie the lives of our ancestors stretching back throughout the ages.

In some old manuscripts pictures show a man lying on the ground and his penis growing into a tree, with fruits, birds, and perhaps people in its protective shade. This illustrates how ones 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, self awareness.

Example: In the dream I was looking at a very large and old tree. I wondered if I could climb it but couldn’t see any way up it. But I noticed a large area without any bark, like an old wound, and I thought that area would become rotten and so the tree would become hollow and offer shelter to animals and humans.

Then I walked around the back of the tree and saw that the bark was like thick cables about 6-8 inches wide. I could then see a fairly easy way to climb the tree. So I climbed up and the top of the tree was like a massive bell shape made by the branches, like a huge flower, a crocus shape. And it was light and colourful. Suddenly I saw a spirit, a beautiful female. It was the spirit of the tree. At this point I was semi awake, and I wanted to hold the beautiful spirit, but realised that the tree was a representation of my life, and so was the spirit of the tree. The spirit sat on me in a sexual position, so I was lying on my back and she was upright. She slowly took me into her, I mean the whole me, as if she was sucking my whole body into her. There was no movement as this happened. Then I realised that I had to die because she wanted to take all the experience of my life and endeavour into her and fertilise herself to form a baby. So I was ready to die and watched her form a new baby, a mixture of her and me.

A wood or collection of trees: The natural forces in your own being, therefore ones connection with or awareness of the unconscious; other people’s personal growth and connection with self.

The wood also indicates allowing yourself to be natural, to express what is innate in you, and for the mind and emotions to move in their own way. Walking in a wood might therefore suggest a feeling of relaxation, but it can also mean delving within your deeper feelings and mind – your unconscious – exploring your inner life.

Branches: Members of your family; directions or possibilities in your life. Or the end of the branches are your aspirations, the growing vulnerable tip of your personal growth and spiritual realisation.

Burnt tree: Painful inner situation, perhaps from early in your life.

Christmas tree or other evergreen: The eternal or unchanging aspect of your transitory experience.

Climbing a tree: Exploring or becoming aware of the directions and facets of your personal growth; using your skills or strength to get away from anxiety or danger, such as you do when climbing to get away from a dangerous animal.

Dead branch: A direction that no longer has life or motivation in it; a member of your family dying or leaving you.

Dead tree: Past way of life; something which was full of life for you in the past, but is now dead; dead relative.

Falling tree: Sense of threat to your identity; this can often suggest a big change in the way you express yourself. It is a breaking down of the influences you lived from in the past, perhaps because your childhood set in place painful or negative influences; loss of relative.

Flowering tree: Fertility; femininity.

Human or animal hung on tree: Personal sacrifice; the death of some part of self so further growth can occur – death of dependence so independence can arise; surrender; the pains and struggles, the sense of crucifixion occurring in the maturing process.

Leaves: The living, growing part of you. The part that is still vulnerable because of its newness, or outworn (depending on colour of leaf) part of your thinking or feeling. You can also be blown like a leaf, suggesting separation from your roots and main growth; or you can take a leaf from someone’s notebook, thus following their example or idea. The leaves as a whole, if falling, can represent the end of your life, the passing ego that dies, but leaves the trunk, the process that gave life.

Roots: Your connection with the past, with your family heritage or influences; the things you are tied to by necessity or love; your fundamental physical characteristics as they express in your personality; the aspects of your culture or family ties that you particularly identify with or find connection with.

Tree trunk: Your family background and connections; What you have developed or grown from.

Idioms: Top of the tree; family tree; barking up the wrong tree; tree of knowledge; dead wood; can’t see the trees for the wood. See: Sacred Tree in Dreams and Mythdeath and rebirth, and archetypes of the self ; individuation.

See: Cross, Wood.

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-Carlisse 2014-07-29 17:39:22

I’m a big dreamer and love figuring them out but I can’t seem to understand this one..I dreamt of an amusement park ride going back and forth over a big tree then it got stuck on the top branch and it seemed like the people on the ride jumped or moved and the branch snapped. I looked over my head and the branch was coming right at me I wanted to run but I couldn’t move. It bounced in front of me then over me and kept rolling. I heard someone say I can’t believe you didn’t get hurt and I couldn’t do anything but pray and I remember holding my hands up and saying “thank you Lord!”

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-08-04 8:43:39

    Carlisse – It seems you have a dual nature, a fun loving, social and even exciting part of you. But another side which has a sense of the inner you that connects with Life/God. But the dream is partly a warning against swing too much into the fun loving side. Because it can damage the side of you that is growing and is an expression of your whole family background – your family tree. But it is more about your own inner purpose that might get broken or damaged.

    The suggestion is that you have avoided the damage through prayer. So keep the contact going within you. Pray often for guidance in your life.

    Tony

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-Carynne 2014-07-31 6:40:55

I dreamt I was the tree (big, strong and lots of green leaves) but was able to move around and turn other things and people into trees. It was a powerful dream and made me feel powerful.

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-mel 2014-08-05 8:56:40

I had a dream that I’d done a charity rub with my partner the woods we ran to were muddy and a hill had been made for the runners I’d finished the run and achieved my goal then all these half cut tree stumps came crushing down on to people I barely moved out the way and was holding a child I kept waiting and moving although none hit me they hit other people what does this dream mean??

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-Anissa 2014-09-28 14:37:40

I have had several dreams of being able to pull a 5′ tree out of the ground very easily. The tree has no leaves no branches and no roots. Also it also grows in places like inside a building or over a pond and in my back yard. Always surrounded by dry dirt or water. After I pull it from the ground I have no way of discarding it. I dream this night after night, I just don’t understand it…..

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-10-02 9:24:45

    Anissa – I get the feeling from your dream that you have disconnected yourself from your roots. The roots are all your family ancestors and even your family.

    You cannot discard the tree because it represents you, a young tree that needs to be planted and watered. Use the following to really explore your tree = http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/seed-meditation/

    Tony

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-Jennifer 2014-09-30 9:07:41

One night, I had one tree (Just picture like) coming back in my dream about 3 times. And every time the tree came in mind I acted frustrated or even al little sad.. I called it a name but I can’t remember what I called it. But my dream felt really chaotic, yet every time that tree appeared, my mind calmed a little
I was wonderimg what that tree could mean
(sorry for the english, I’m dutch)

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-10-07 9:17:27

    Jennifer – Your English was no problem. Some English speakers send me script that I have to edit to understand.

    A tree is a growing thing that often symbolises our own personal growth, with its roots and growing tips.

    Your dream suggests that you are experiencing a time when you cannot see clearly what you should do or be – at least some chaos. The tree calms you because it reminds you of your whole history, which helps you to feel more in touch with yourself.

    I suggest you ask yourself what are my roots, your background and ancestors. Here is a man’s experience of experiencing his ‘roots’.

    “When I opened the door I was overwhelmed by such a huge awareness of what had been left me as an inheritance by my ancestors that I sobbed for many minutes. It wasn’t pain causing me to weep, but the intensity of what I experienced. The strength, persistence, ability to love, as imperfect as it was, the sharpness of mind, the ability to exist within a modern community, were all gifts hammered out of raw human material by my forebears, enabling me to take the few further steps in life that I have.”

    It might help in this by using http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson

    Tony

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-Neomie 2014-10-07 10:40:28

Maybe someone can help. It seems in my dream…. I was in a traffic jam or accident and ended up in a tree with others that were in the jam or accident. I didn’t recognize anyone but my best friend. The tree didn’t look strong… It was big and and the freeway was built around it. It Had trimmed branches… But the branches did easily hold us and bent with out breaking. The fire department did begin to save us when I finally woke up.

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-10-13 10:49:55

    Neomie – It seems you were suffering frustration or not being able to get on with what you wanted to do. The tree represent you – the inner you. You felt it was not strong but it held everyone in its arms. Which means that you have more inner strength than you believe.

    I believe the accident/jam was probably a difficulty your family faced at some time, and the difficulty was the cause of your inner hesitation. It blocked your main energy from expressing, but your ability to deal with problems is coming into play. Please read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing and you could try being the tree by using http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson

    Tony

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-Michael 2014-10-17 20:13:10

I had a dream…
I was I’m a forest at night.
I was hunted, pursued.
I moved like someone should in that situation.
Alert, wary, quiet and hurried.
I paused, and a great old twisted pine tree grabbed my attention with the sound of rushing water.
It was grown leaning back from me, but bent toward me higher up and looming over me and surrounding me with its unusually twisting limbs, all pointing at me I’m a round about way…
When I turned to it, it split at its crook, as if its belly, and began leaking its translucent pitch in a subtle flow, but loud fashion.
Then it began to gush, like a weak fountain or stream.
It did not spray.
Nothing else happened.
I just stood there, afraid, and watched it gush its life blood like water.

Any help on this one?

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