Is La­ni­akea the Tree of Life of the old cul­tures? – by An­dreas N. Bjørn­dal

Many of the old cul­tures speak of a Tree of Life. It is a fa­mous con­cept in the Bible and at the core sym­bol of Kab­balah and many other old cul­tures. The Vikings spoke about a uni­ver­sal tree called Yg­gdrasil and the Chi­nese spoke about the Heav­enly stems and branches.

The lat­est dis­cov­er­ies in sci­ence, has given us the pos­si­bil­ity to cre­ate pic­tures of the close uni­verse with all its galax­ies mak­ing clus­ters and lines like roads of star-light. These close clus­ters of galax­ies make a struc­ture look­ing very much like a tree (see pic­ture).

Is it pos­si­ble that ear­lier cul­tures could per­ceive this huge in­ter­galac­tic struc­ture with­out mod­ern tech­nol­ogy?

The eas­i­est ex­pla­na­tion of the wide­spread use of a tree as an anal­ogy to our con­nec­tion with the uni­verse, or to the ba­sic struc­ture of the uni­verse is the tree as a bi­o­log­i­cal huge plant reach­ing up to heaven and hence be­com­ing a sym­bol of the con­nec­tion with the heav­ens.
But we will now ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of La­ni­akea as the ori­gin of the uni­ver­sal tree.

Man and cos­mos
Peo­ple look­ing at the starry sky could eas­ily imag­ine how it would be to float out there. There are sto­ries about many old cul­tures con­nect­ing to the stars based on ori­en­ta­tion of their build­ings. The ba­sic time­lines and many fes­tiv­i­ties and cel­e­bra­tions are based on the move­ment of the sun, earth and moon. The year month, week and day are all based on these re­la­tions.

Gods in the early cul­tures reigned and habited the heaven. A lot of sci­ence fic­tion plays out its story in a uni­verse where we can travel and live.
Is there some­thing deep in our psy­che that knows there is a con­nec­tion?

World views:

From a mod­ern and sci­en­tific view point we would need ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy to reach out into the cos­mos on the other side more and more peo­ple ac­cept that the uni­verse must have a uni­for­mity and that there must be life many places. Some of these more ad­vanced than our cul­ture might be vis­it­ing us from outer space more than we are able to per­ceive.

There are also other world views like the one see­ing the uni­verse as en­ergy. Even Al­bert Ein­stein said: “Con­cern­ing mat­ter, we have been all wrong. What we have called mat­ter is en­ergy, whose vi­bra­tion has been so low­ered as to be per­cep­ti­ble to the senses. There is no mat­ter.”

When we look at the uni­verse as en­ergy we open up to vi­bra­tions of cos­mic ra­di­a­tion and grav­i­ta­tional waves in­ter­con­nect­ing into a cos­mic mu­sic. There could be lev­els of com­mu­ni­ca­tion like the whales com­mu­ni­cat­ing huge dis­tances in the oceans that we to­day do not un­der­stand yet.

A more ad­vanced per­spec­tive is that every­thing in the uni­verse is aware­ness. Based on Ein­stein sen­tence above I would say “Con­cern­ing re­al­ity, we have been all wrong. What we have called mat­ter and en­ergy is aware­ness, whose vi­bra­tions have been so low­ered as to be per­cep­ti­ble and ac­cepted to the mind and senses. There is no mat­ter nor en­ergy only aware­ness.”

The first ma­te­ri­al­is­tic world view is the re­al­is­tic, the last is called the rel­a­tivis­tic and the mid­dle I call the en­er­getic world view.

The last opens up to a changed aware­ness an higher vi­bra­tion of per­cep­tion as a key to con­nect to na­ture and the uni­verse in a dif­fer­ent way.

As­tral pro­jec­tion
I re­mem­ber a peer stu­dent in high school that had started some yoga breath­ing ex­er­cises and came run­ning into the school yard scream­ing “I have lost my self, I have lost my soul”. He was in deep agony, suf­fer­ing and very scared.
I asked him what had hap­pened and he said that as he was prac­tis­ing his breath­ing ex­er­cises again and again to try to at­tain a spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence. Dur­ing this prac­tice he sud­denly left his body and in a split sec­ond was drift­ing in the uni­verse. He was di­ag­nosed with psy­chosis and spent years in a men­tal hos­pi­tal that could not help him.
Was his ex­pe­ri­ence real or a delu­sion?
He said he was drift­ing among the stars and could not find his way back and this feel­ing of be­ing lost out there had scared him so much that he was afraid of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it again.

A pa­tient of mine com­plained that some­times he would wake up from his sleep, sit­ting up and re­al­iz­ing the lamp hang­ing from the ceil­ing was stand­ing up like a flower next to him. Then he would see him­self ly­ing in the bed ap­pear­ing to be above him. As he would re­al­ize he was float­ing up side down un­der his ceil­ing. It would scare him so much that he woke with a ter­ri­ble headache. There are peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sim­i­lar things dur­ing surgery.

Some peo­ple say they can leave their body and float in the air and even travel through ma­te­r­ial things. This is called as­tral pro­jec­tion.

Is it pos­si­ble that the wise, learned, the med­i­cine man and shamans of ear­lier cul­tures had the abil­ity to con­nect their aware­ness not only to per­ceive na­ture from out­side their body but also to travel the uni­verse with the speed of the mind? Could they per­ceive a big­ger per­spec­tive a big­ger holonity. Could they per­ceive the tree like struc­ture of the galax­ies within their own aware­ness?

In the ar­ti­cle Ouroborus eat­ing the tale with the head you can read more about how this can be achieved.

Holon, unity and wholeness, holonistic knowledge, self-development, spirituality, nature and mysticism as the way to truth

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