The Essene Gospel of Peace Book 3 has the following meditation dedicated to our Brother the Tree! The introduction states: from the remote ages of antiquity a remarkable teaching has existed which is universal in its application and ageless in its wisdom...dating back some eight or ten thousand years. Some of the symbols, such as for the sun, moon, air, water and other natural forces, are from an even earlier age preceding the cataclysm that ended the Pleistocene period. How many thousands of years previous to that the teaching existed is unknown. To study and practice this teaching is to reawaken within the heart of every man an intuitive knowledge that can solve his individual problems and the problems of the world.

Go towards the high growing trees, and before one of them which is beautiful, high growing and mighty, say thou these words: Hail be unto Thee! O good living Tree, made by the Creator.

In the days of old when Creation was young the earth was filled with giant trees; whose branches soared above the clouds and in them dwelled our Ancient Fathers, they who walked with the Angels and lived by the Holy Law. In the shadow of their branches all men lived in peace, and wisdom and knowledge was theirs.

Through the forests flowed the Eternal River and in the center stood the Tree of Life that was not hidden from them. They ate from the table of the Earthly Mother and slept in the arms of the Heavenly Father; their covenant was for eternity with the Holy Law. In that time the trees were the brothers of men, and their span on the earth was very long. As long as the Eternal River which flowed without ceasing from the Unknown Spring.

Now the desert sweeps the earth with burning sand. The giant trees are dust and ashes and the wide river is a pool of mud. For the sacred covenant with the Creator was broken by the sons of men, and they were banished from their home of trees. Now the path leading to the Tree of Life is hidden from the eyes of men and sorrow fills the empty sky where once the lofty branches soared.

Come now the Children of Light to labor in the Garden of the Brotherhood. The seed they plant in the barren soil will become a mighty forest, and trees shall multiply and spread their wings of green until the whole earth be covered once again. The whole earth shall be a garden and the tall trees shall cover the land.

In that day shall sing the Children of Light a new song: My brother Tree! Let me not hide myself from you, but let us share the breath of life which our Earthly Mother has given to us. More beautiful than the finest jewel of the rug maker's art is the carpet of green leaves under my bare feet; more majestic than the silken canopy of the rich merchant is the tent of branches above my head through which the bright stars give light. The wind among the leaves of the cypress makes a sound like a chorus of angels. Through the rugged oak and royal cedar the Earthly Mother has sent a message of Eternal Life to the Heavenly Father. My prayer goes forth unto the tall trees: and their branches reaching skyward shall carry my voice to the Heavenly Father.

For each child thou shalt plant a tree that the womb of the Earthly Mother shall bring forth life, as the womb of woman does bring forth life. He who does destroy a tree has cut off his own limbs.

Thus shall sing the Children of Light, when the earth again shall be a garden: Holy Tree, divine gift of the Law! Thy majesty reunites all those who have strayed from their true home, which is the Garden of the Brotherhood. All men will become brothers once again under your spreading branches. As the Heavenly Father has loved all his children, so shall we love and care for the trees that grow in our land, so shall we keep and protect them, that they may grow tall and strong, and fill the earth again with their beauty.

For the trees are our brothers, and as brothers, we shall guard and love one another.

Paraphrased and rendered in contemporary language from The Essene Gosple of Peace, Book 3 By Izora Woods

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