The Tree of Life

Written by Gary Wonning

What does the Tree of Life look like?

Several years ago while attending the funeral of a friends father, I began walking back to the van we all arrived in.

As I walked back to the parking lot, I sensed I had entered another time and reality. As a friend and I walked shoulder to shoulder we entered another world, It was a barren world and seemed as if it was where we came from before living on earth. 

Continuing on , we passed a scraggly old locust tree, which to me symbolized the Tree of Life.  Through the years that image has continuously returned into my thoughts. 

photo of the Egyptian Sphinx at sunset

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Looking back, that image has undoubtedly lead to much of my self discovery into the spiritual world and the meaning of life.

Even though I had read the bible a couple of times, I never realized there were two trees in the Garden of Eden, the Tree of Knowledge, or good and evil, and the Tree of Life. 

Only years later when I was lead to study the Kabbalah did I come to vaguely understand what the Tree of Life was all about.

The Tree of Life explains the ten attributes of God, the foundation of all life and the principles we all need to live by. 

Many belief that when we pass from this earthly existence, we return to God and the Tree of Life.  Some have described the tree of life as being an extremely bright illuminated willow like tree with energy pulses traveling through its branches.The tree is described as being white with sparkling branches, it could be compared to a Christmas Tree. 

The tree is in an immense valley with beautiful hills and green grass.  Nearby is a waterfall and a river, and beds of beautiful flowers surround the Tree.

The Tree isn’t a tree like on earth, it is composed of light, veins of light that seem to go on forever.  The veins go on forever and are intertwined and life is streaming through them like the blood streams through our own body. Each of the millions of little lights is equivalent to a life, or soul.

We each return to the Tree of Life upon our passing from earthly existence to give our soul an opportunity to access it’s recent life, contemplate what it has learned and to decide with the guides that are there what the next best possible course of action is for our particular soul to continue it’s learning and advance to a higher state of consciousness.  

I would like to hear your comments and thoughts

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

Your comments are welcome





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