The Essence Of Trees



“Trees are sanctuaries. Who knows how to listen to them, learns the truth “

Hermann Hesse


On this page, the creation tree wants to be presented from a holistic perspective and show you that trees have a far more important meaning than being mere wood suppliers for firewood, furniture and tools. The topics presented here are excerpts from the books “The Spirit of the Trees” by Fred Hageneder, “The Essence of Trees” by Guntram Stoehr, “The Celtic Tree Horoscope” by Bertram Wallrath and own thoughts and experiences. All in all, but only a small part of what has been written down and handed down about this for many unknown beings over the last 6,000 years.



Realize: the trees can live without man, but man does not live without trees! Gratitude is therefore the least we owe to the trees. Any positive preoccupation with the trees – as with all living beings – strengthens them.
The parallels between tree and human can not be overlooked, because both are an important link between heaven and earth and help to maintain the link between the UR Central Sun, all spiritual centers throughout the universe, and our home planet Terra. The fate of man and that of the tree are closely connected, the tree disappears, man will follow him.

Sycamore – Steintal, Ebnat-Kappel (Switzerland)

  • Tree worshipTrees always seem to have fascinated people in a special way, because in many traditions they take a high priority. There is talk of sacred groves performing rituals of worship and worship, or the Bible speaks of the Tree of Knowledge, the Tree of Life, and the World Tree, which is mentioned and documented in all pre-Christian cultures around the globe. All over the world, sacred trees received the respect and offerings of locals and travelers alike. People have known since earliest times that real trees and groves have their own lives, regardless of human experience and beliefs. Since people were lifted up under trees to the higher realms of the spirit, trees were called the dwelling place of the gods. Offerings, altars and entire sanctuaries could be found under sacred trees or in sacred groves. Some of them grew to prestigious centers of healing, contemplation, and oracle, and were the target of pilgrimage for centuries. These ancient places have remained unchangeable oases of peace and inner growth, regardless of social or religious changes that may take place outside. Not even invading armies of pressurized neighbors ventured to touch them. People slaughtered each other in the Iron Age just as they do today, but they seldom desecrated the sacred places of one earth. They shared an idea of ​​the sanctity of life, and they all knew the archetypal symbol of its unity – the sacred tree. Some places in the jungle were so intensely charged with spiritual power that our ancestors of every culture honored them as sacred groves. not man has declared those groves to be holy – they were sacred by nature, as they embodied the unity of spirit and matter.

Druid Ceremony in the Oak Grove

The elements of tree worship of the last 6’000 years

1. The tree as a symbol

  • the tree of life, the tree of knowledge, the world tree

2. The tree as a residence of either:

  • good or evil spirits
  • the Tree Devy (Deva) itself
  • an important deity
  • of the Creator God

3. The tree and its meaning for human society

  • the tree as the ancestor of humanity and the gods
  • special trees as transformed ancestors
  • Trees as breadwinner, both mentally and physically (nuts, fruits, wood)
  • a tree as the sacred center of the tribal area, the local axis mundi
  • a tree as a shamanic ladder, the spiritual axis mundi
  • Trees as a place of higher inspiration, in use for prophecies and oracles, tribal and court hearings
  • Trees for miracles and healings (for example sacred trees at holy springs)
  • Trees as teachers of sacred knowledge and the alphabet.

Lime from Linn (Switzerland)

The green cathedrals are falling

The crusade of the Christian Church against sacred trees and sacred groves is unparalleled in history. Even the Druidry, which had kept the psyche especially of the powerful in balance and balance, was wiped out as an influential social force and a dark period of migrations and wars began.

Religion, before it was made to somthing special, was nothing more than a natural way to express joy and gratitude, and to communicate with the other nonhuman realms of nature.

From the beginning of Christianization, the bishops ordered the destruction of the sacred groves and places of worship to put an end to the pagan worship of trees and gods once and for all. In Europe, Churchism justified the campaign against nature with a sentence from the Old Testament:

“And God blessed them and said unto them: Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue them, and reign over the fish in the sea, the birds of the sky, and every living creature that moves on the earth . “(Gen. 1. 28)

Christianity was not popular, and for the majority of peoples across Europe there was no reason to give up their worship for nature, their gods, and spirituality through a new image of faith, because the new faith sought the ancestral native customs of spiritual life to replace.

But the worst part was that the source and seat of all spirituality was taken away from the indigenous earth, sown the seeds of desecration and abuse of the planet Terra.

The most catastrophic act of the Roman Church is probably the wedge that drove her between man and nature, paving the way for an unrestrained sellout of nature and its treasures. In the 14th century, wood finally became a commodity, a product with a price. Nothing was more holy than profit. And so this inexorable military campaign against the pagan peoples of Europe lasted more than a millennium until the resistance was decisively broken.

Forest destruction

To date, humanity has destroyed half of the world’s forest. Since the beginning of sedentariness and agriculture, people have been influencing the forests since some 7,000 years ago. They cleared forest areas for settlements and agricultural use and grazed cattle in the forest. Wood was used for heating and cooking, for building houses and making tools. Whole forests disappeared with the city foundations and shipbuilding for the colonization of the world and for warfare. It is no secret that the wealth of the Middle Ages came from the forest and introduced the accompanying deforestation of Europe. Between the 8th and 13th centuries, there were the first large-scale deforestations and the primeval forest of Central Europe had to give way to the growing agricultural land and the hunger of people for lumber. In the Industrial Revolution, the overwhelming hunger for coal devoured huge gaps in the once mighty jungle.

The forest – the lung of the Earth

In the 19th and 20th centuries, large afforestation began in Europe, mostly with monoculture-grown, fast-growing spruces. After quantity has long been the goal of forestry, the time is now ripe to work for quality. This involves disintegrating the straight lines of monoculture, using deciduous trees, generally allowing more deciduous and mixed forests, and, above all, defining areas where the forest is left to itself, uncompromisingly without human intervention, and finally new virgin jungles for centuries to come to build.

“Reverence the tree, it is one great miracle, and it was holy to your ancestors. The enmity against the tree is a sign of the inferiority of a people and of the low-mindedness of the individual. “

Alexander von Humboldt



Incidentally, the slash and burn especially in the Amazon Basin, Indonesia and Africa releases the stored CO2 in the trees and in the soil and thus greatly aggravate the greenhouse effect! The same happens where forests are radically “harvested”, for example in Canada and Scandinavia. In this case, it is the soil erosion that releases the Co2.

Earth’s magnetic field

It is of the utmost importance for our beautiful planet Terra that the last large forest areas are preserved and the forest destruction is stopped now! Our forests are not only the green lung of our planet and reservoirs that contribute to a temperate climate, along with the polar ice caps and caps, but they also stabilize and regulate the earth’s magnetic field.

Like every plant, trees have electric currents which flow most intensely through the tree behind the bark in the cambium and in the phloem.

The Swiss electrotherapist Eugen Konrad Müller, a pioneer of electrobiology, first recorded electrical currents in a maple in 1925 by means of a galvanometer. Shortly thereafter, the American neuroanatom Harold Saxton Burr of Yale University in a long-term study could prove that each plant has its own bio-electrical pattern. His research essentially proved the following points:

  • Tree potentials (electric fields) range from 0 to 500 mV (milivolt).
  • They show a daily cycle with a minimum early in the morning and a maximum in the afternoon.
  • They show an annual cycle with a minimum in April and a maximum in September
  • The turning points in the annual cycle are the equinoxes (21.3 and 23.9.)
  • The bioelectric field of trees is sensitive to the physiological activities of the tree and the various external changes of light and darkness, air electricity and changes in the earth’s magnetic field.
  • The bioelectric fields also react to the phases of the moon
  • The approximately 11-year sunspot cycle


These relationships also make it clear that it makes perfect sense to embrace a tree when you feel it. There are at most a few centimeters in thicker bark (oak), sometimes a few millimeters (birch), which separate us from the electric-magnetic layers. A real energy exchange is virtually inevitable.

Aurora borealis – Alaska

The photosynthesis of plants and trees is not only dependent on light, nutrients, temperature and humidity, but also on the electrical charge of the air. (The air electricity is also a decisive factor of the tree line in the altitudes.) The entire earth’s surface is generally electrically negatively charged, the ionosphere positive. The tension between earth and the ionosphere is highest in fair weather conditions. During thunderstorms, because of the charge inversion (reversal of the voltage), the ground assumes a positive charge because storm clouds at the bottom are heavily negatively charged. The sap flow of plants turns them into electrical conductors. Especially through trees, the air-electrical voltage between the earth and the ionosphere is constantly reduced, which is already clear from their known lightning arrester function. Trees are not only lightning conductors in some cases, but constantly reduce air electricity. The electromagnetic field of the trees is naturally weak, but not insignificant. Each conductor creates an electro-magnetic field around itself when it is traversed by electric current and these fields reinforce each other when they are all rectified and current flows in the same direction. This is also true for trees and many hundreds of billions of trees are involved in building and maintaining the earth’s magnetic field.

The German geomagnetic field researcher Rainer Fischer, who discovered these relationships as early as 1986, says: “The electromagnetic fields of large forests now act on the outer core, which is characterized by a high electrical conductivity. Due to the tidal braking of the earth’s crust, the core rotates a little faster. The electromagnetic influence of the forests is thus guided by magnetic fields in the core, where a current flow is inevitably induced, which in turn causes magnetic fields. Thus, an externally acting charging effect on the earth’s magnetic field is created by the tree growth, namely aligned with the pole of rotation.” Another, unfortunately dramatic, reference to the causal relationship between plant cover and geomagnetic field is the fact that a drastic decline of the earth’s magnetic field is detected which runs parallel to the worldwide forest destruction. Since the beginning of the measurements in 1838, this field has already shrunk by 10%.

Taiga and Yukon – Alaska

By deforestation, therefore, man himself causes the decline of the earth’s magnetic field, which, with the magnetosphere, builds up the only effective protective shield of the earth against the harsh particle radiation from the sun and the cosmos.

Taiga – largest coherent forest of the earth

The spiritual power of man can directly affect the environment…

The dwindling of the earth’s magnetic field is ultimately only a material indication of a hostility to life that begins in the spirit. The spirit of the new era challenges humanity not only to re-plant the planet, but also to change attitudes to nature in order to reverse the path to the abyss.

“The required mental strength is not self-centered intelligence, but the ability to take responsibility and connection for and with as large parts of nature and the cosmos, says geomagnetic researcher Fischer.

Pine Grove – Hörnli (Switzerland)


Trees and Water

“Without healthy forest no healthy water, no healthy blood. – No bread without water – no bread no life. “

Viktor Schauberger

Our forest is the cradle of water. Trees in the cool forest absorb water from the soil and thus also remove heat from the latter. Due to the physical law that cooler water masses can not be above warmer, the new water rises from the depths. Forests keep the groundwater level high and also produce many springs. A balanced groundwater level is the result of the water balance of the trees, which only the forest can guarantee. With the clear-cutting of a whole forest, a change in the regional and global climate is inevitable. The water table is sinking and the land is becoming desolate.

Source and Waterfall, Speer, Toggenburg (Switzerland)


In the 16th century, the physician and alchemist Paracelsus, a professor at the University of Basel, divided the world of nature spirits into the four elements of fire, water, air and earth, following the models of ancient civilizations. In each of these realms, the elementals perform countless useful tasks. Plato spoke of the “goal-oriented,” a variety of intelligent beings who are not as sophisticated as angels but who are still involved in the creative process. The elementals observed by humans usually worked in groups with a dreamlike and collective consciousness, always tied to the proximity of their element. Clairvoyant people have repeatedly described human-like forms.

  • Fire spirits or salamanders control the germination of the seeds, the electro-magnetic waves that hold fish and flocks of birds together and probably their most important tasks in the field of sexual reproduction of all kinds.
  • Water spirits or undines arrange hydrogen ions in the soil and create the fine water film that surrounds soil particles. They are the chemists of the world. As nymphs they guard springs, fountains, streams and rivers, as mermaids ponds and lakes.
  • Air spirits or sylphs thrive in the sound of music and in every wave of modulated air. They bring light to the plant, spread pollen and smaller seeds, and guide insects and birds in their flight, directing fragrances to desired insects or from animals to their sexual partners.
  • Earth spirits or gnomes are the intelligence of the deep earth. They can penetrate any rock and mineral. Their greatest pleasure is to transmit minerals to the plant world. They act as ambassadors of the cosmos and especially in autumn and in winter they carry the ideas of the universe to every rock, mineral and crystal.

The knowledge of the existence of nature spirits, elves and fairies was forgotten in Western culture only for a few centuries. But this “short” period was long enough to anchor not only a predominantly rational mind in the majority of people, but also a premature and fierce rejection of anything irrational or inexplicable.

How could it be explained why a number of electrochemical reactions in a tissue called a brain should produce something like a human personality.

Since the publication of Peter Tompkins’ international bestseller “The Secret Life of Plants” in the 1970s, millions of people have come up with the idea that plants are somehow alive beyond the mere biochemical level. But the theme of nature spirits was not included in the book, because Tompkins felt that people were not yet ready to penetrate deeper into the consciousness of nature. In the follow-up volume “The Secret Life of Nature” from 1997 he takes this step.

“The elemental spirits or nature spirits are the hidden master builders of nature, and they work everywhere, they also carry the intelligence that makes our bodies work and without which we could not live.”

From a geomantic point of view, trees seem to take on an important life supporting task in the landscape. Trees seem to have the ability to lead spent life energy into energy-draining sites, as well as to recharge vitality-giving points to the Earth’s surface. In addition, they provide elemental beings and higher developed beings a dwelling place. So trees can be experienced in such powerful places as an energy donor.

By working the trees and elementals in the cycle of life energy, true force fields can emerge around them. The planet earth usually supports the intentions of man when they are in harmony with her. Then she likes to give of her wood, especially if it is to be used sensibly.



  • Tree Spirits

The two theosophists Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater described a whole series of spirits associated with trees. Their statements are fully consistent with the reports we have received from the last three millennia and various parts of the world, but they are much clearer and more accurate in their statements, as they understand their work as a spiritual science. They have developed their skills in intensive yoga training in India. This allowed them to tune their field of vision to microscopic areas. Without a lab or any material resources, they studied every chemical element known at that time, from hydrogen to uranium. Her book “Occult Chemistry”, first published in 1895 (!), Describes each element with the correct number of subatomic particles belonging to it, which today are called quarks and subquarks and were not recognized by science until the 1970s. The two Theosophists described the forms of atomic nuclei 14 years before they were even discovered. Because they were so far ahead of conventional science, they only earned ignorance and ridicule.

  • Elementals

The lowest level of consciousness of trees consists of the elementals. They help to build the physical appearance of all plants of all sizes and ages. They have already been seen by humans as the smallest wandering points of light. In an ongoing process, they absorb something from the atmosphere and then enter the plant to release the ethereal material or life energy.

  • Leaf Spirits

They occur in combination with heather, wildflowers, grasses, ferns, shrubs and trees and appear in sizes between 10-90 cm. Those of the trees are usually found in the trunk and branches near the cambium under the bark, also on leaves and twigs, and they collect ethereal substances from the air and the soil, which they then bring to the tree. Others are busy in the undergrowth with the decomposition of leaves.

  • Devas

The devas of trees are those that the ancient Greeks called dryads and tree nymphs. The center of their consciousness lies in the astral plane and their bodies have been repeatedly described as radiant, luminous, iridescent, pulsating and changing, as swirling masses of energy and vitality, in which wing-like forms appear, long flowing curves, hints of moving arms and blowing hair. The aura of a Deva appears as a billowing fire.
They live as the soul of a tree or a group of trees, and they often condense their substance to form an etheric body, with which they can stimulate the metabolism of the trees. Charles Leatbeater described the devas of trees as residing in the central trunk, the head in the upper crown, the feet in the ground. Devas have a precise knowledge of the perfect blueprint of a plant and also how to adapt it fluently to disturbing influences such as weather, animals or other plants.
Their consciousness is completely one with the tree, and they supervise and direct the activities of numerous leaf and elemental spirits.

Other Devas are associated with groves, thickets, rock formations, small valleys and hills and dragon lines (leylines), the subterranean streams of power that energize the landscape like a network of invisible blood vessels. Their communication among each other can be perceived as flashes of light and color.

Guardian Tree – Weisstannental (Switzerland)


  • Landscape-Devas or Angels

They care about the well-being of all creatures in their aura, be it human, animal or plant nature. They, too, have a clear knowledge of the completely higher plan for each plant. The source of this knowledge is the angel of a tree, the higher self, as it were in man. This angel preserves in his heart the archetypal spiritual patterns from which all trees and subspecies have evolved. The angel of the oak, the angel of the birch and all others are of eternal and indestructible nature and their bodies are even finer than those of the astral plane.


Tree Meditation

(By an idea of Fred Hageneder)

The presence of a tree is something very healing and even the sole stay under its canopy does its own. You can do all sorts of things: take a nap in its shadow, read a book, watch the light and shadow of the leaves as you absorb some of its energy and peace, consciously or unconsciously.

At this point, however, we should be aware that two essential points in the relationship with other life forms and with each other are of significant importance: respect and gratitude.

  • When approaching a tree where we want to meditate, it is polite, as when visiting friends, to knock on the “door”. The door of a tree is at the edge of its aura at the extreme edge of the longest-hanging branches. Stop here and look at the whole tree, empty your consciousness by opening your energy center above your head, your crown chakra like a flower, and imagine how a ray of light flows into you through this energy center and floods your heart space. Now let the thoughts traverse your mind and concentrate on your breath for a few breaths. Imagine – with a SMILE – by opening your heart and ask the tree if you are welcome. If you want to use words, it might sound something like, “I came today to give you my love and to learn from your wisdom. Will you allow me to step closer? “Watch an impulse in you – because no one will call out to you,” Yes, come on in, dear human being! “Perhaps you notice an outward sign like the singing of a bird or a light breeze or a Butterfly that wants to lead you under the canopy, or a sweet scent that lies in your nose. Or does it feel good to move on now? Let your feeling and your heart guide you and do not be afraid of mistakes, the tree will understand your learning process.
  • In fact, a tree has many layers of auras, and through conscious walking and slow walking we are constantly discovering new energy fields. And it is a good exercise that shows your willingness to learn about the true nature of the tree. You may even hear a buzzing or crackling of the high energy.
  • Now find your place, hug or lean on the trunk while standing or sitting – your backbone is your most important energy channel – and close your eyes. Relax as your body engages the energy field of the tree. Imagine the roots as they reach deep into the ground and then grasp the stature of the crown above you. Then listen to him whisper something to you and if you receive feelings or even pictures. For the first few times, you may not notice anything special. As you do this repeatedly, your perception of the exchange between you and the tree gradually becomes clearer. Then you can start asking questions. Ask with your heart and listen with your heart, then the answer will undoubtedly come to you.
  • If you feel the contact is round and complete, gently pull back. Never forget to thank the tree in which you sing a song or say something beautiful to the end, like: “I thank you for our being together today and I bless you for it. May you prosper and receive your kind of love, respect and gratitude on a healthy earth. Be protected and have a long and healthy life.” However, always leave the place – with a SMILE!


Times and seasons for tree meditation

Just to avoid disappointment, it should be noted that some times are better suited than others.

Cloudy and foggy weather and drizzle are very conducive to finer perceptions, as well as sunsets and dusk. Brilliant sunny weather should actually not be so suitable because the vegetation seems to be busy with itself (photosynthesis, processes of metabolism are in full swing).

In the seasons, the experience has been that the physical activity of a tree is constantly increasing until the end of July, but then the phase of expression turns into a phase of impression. The tree can absorb impressions, it is ready to process new impressions. These come primarily from the stars and are absorbed by the leaf buds in autumn and winter. Even a conversation with a person is then welcome.

Autumn forest – the time of regeneration begins


Whoever decides for life and wants to heal the earth, plants trees, those in the earth and those in the heart


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