i love how life unfolds.
a few years back, i made a t shirt design of a tree. it was a primitive drawing that looked like a cross section of a tree. i really enjoyed drawing the leaves and letting them flow upon each other in different shapes (i love the meditative flowing doodling part of drawing). as i drew this tree, i started to see trees differently. i have heard this phenomenon once called the Tao of drawing.. by drawing something, that something allows us to see it in a different light. its true essence reveals itself to us. later, when the shirts were printed, i showed a coworker the shirt and he saw the tree as a set of lungs. (it also said breathe underneath it, so that could have helped that imagery) but from then on, i started to think about it more and realized, wow. trees are lungs of the earth! what an amazing refection of the human body and the body of earth. life is so cool like that. trees breathe, just like our lungs, creating an exchange of air, which i knew, but now, for the first time, i could actually see that trees are lungs!
(i put see in italics because it is a special kind of seeing)
for a long while after that, my consciousness went on many different thought journeys regarding this subject. i was fascinated with the idea that i created something without thinking and then that creation revealed wisdom and understanding to me. in a similar way, i am currently in the process of switching my artistic identity from planet carolyn to "under the magic tree." i have been since thinking about trees and surfing the web on tress and was reminded how people from all over the planet have respect and worship trees. there is a lot of interesting symbolism. for example, they are both the masculine and feminine (bearing fruit). their roots grow down while their branches grow up, which means that they are a bridge that connects heaven and earth. when going into the underworld of shamanic journeying (meditations), a very common method for getting there is to find a tree, go inside and climb down through its roots (like the rabbit hole in alice in wonderland). also, in some cultures when people die, they believe the soul climbs up the tree to heaven. the human body is also like a tree. Our legs are roots, drawing energy up to flow through our bodies. to be a healthy human is to have the abundant energy that rises up from the earth flow unimpeded through our chakra system (which distributes the energy outward) in the spinal column and up through the top of the head. In India, this is called kundalini energy and is described as a coiled up snake at the bottom of our spine. the path of healing is to uncoil that snake and draw it up through the body our out through the head. hospitals use this same symbol.there are 2 snakes (masculine and feminine) climbing up the staff.
the more i think about everything, the more i see that everything is interconnected. we are all reflections of each other. this can be seen and applied on so many levels. it is inspiring and i could go on, but then this may never end!
the magic tree is my new name for my creative adventures (which is magic like the world we live in). there are many branches to this tree, to accomodate all of the mediums i like to use. the henna branch is naturally called magic tree henna, which is this website.
( And what was my point?) since i have been working on my website, i have been thinking about henna a lot lately and realized that henna is actually a magic tree! it is a very special little tree; one who's leaves you can pick and grind into a powder, mix into a paste, paint on the body and leaves a beautiful stain behind. meanwhile, it was also used as a medicine for skin ailments and cooled the body temperature down in the deserts where it grows. this is magic, no?
magic is all around us! we are magic. we can make babies (i still am amazed by that on) as well as lots of other amazing things. when was it, along the way that we stopped relating to the amazing phenomenon of LIFE on earth as magic and then call this other something magic that is a show of illusion. It hit home when a friend said once that she didn't want to lie to her daughter when she asked if the tooth fairy was real because she does not like we are passing by the magic that surrounds us all the time and trading it in for a "magic" that is not real.
I also read somewhere and loved: if you want to teach your children about magic, plant a garden!
anyway, this is where I will end this thought adventure for now :) there is a beautiful drawing of the magic henna tree! Oh what fun it is to be human:)