This morning a moment of truth flashed before my eyes. Light rain was drizzling over the tree in our backyard. Most leaves had already fallen to the ground but there were still many left, clinging to the branches for one last chance to be part of the mother tree.
Don’t ask me why but the thought of God came to mind. God being the tree and humans being its leaves. Each one of us represents a leaf on the tree of life. As the seasons change our lives change. They have a clear beginning and clear ending. Yet the ending is also a signal of another beginning to come not too long from now. Everything is cyclical.
Can the tree be a tree without its leaves? Can the leaves be leaves without the tree? They cannot. Both are interchangeably related as one represent the whole and the whole represents the one. So many of us search for God outside ourselves as if we are separated and He is superior to us. We turn to religious establishments and self-proclaimed gurus to teach us who is our God. And the more we rely on outside sources for the truth the more confused and lost we become.
If one wants to understand God then one needs to understand the concept of the tree and the leaves. As the leaves on the tree, as the waves of the ocean, as the cells in our body, we are all united and connected to the Source, God, Universe or whatever one chooses to call it. As a result of our interconnectedness, causing harm to another is the same as causing harm upon oneself; stealing from another is the same as stealing from oneself; turning back on another is the same as turning back on oneself.
The separation we’ve created by sheltering ourselves from others is responsible for much of the hate, violence and injustice in the world. If we want to evolve, we’ve got to stop thinking in terms of Me or You when there is only We. Humans may have individual souls but each soul is powered by the soul of our Source. We cannot exist without God and God cannot exist without us. We are one and the same. We are the interconnected tree of life.
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“God being the tree and humans being its leaves.”
Yes, we are all one performing the very duties of God in our own unique ways. Funny how the tree begins as a little seed which comes forth and produces the other parts – but all already in the seed.
Good exposition, Zoe! So glad you are parent! Oh, how the world needs your breed of a parent with such understanding! Your “little seedling” will be a chip off the ‘ol trunk? lol 🙂
I love references to trees. I have a thing for big oak trees. Also, the breadth of the branches are equal the the breadth of the underlying roots that nourish the tree. What do you feel about the roots’ role? 🙂
Love the look of your blog! I haven’t had much time to get back into blogging or reading. It’s taking quite a while to acclimate to London – and Dino has a bad cold.
Baeutiful tree and basis for the blog! You really nailed this! We are all one and are all connected!
One needs to realize that we are all God and if this is the case how can we believe we are separate from one another?