Friday, April 30, 2010

The Seven Week Chakra Challenge: The Bonus Round

Dear Yin Weaver,

This ends the Seven Week Chakra Challenge. To all of you, posters and non-posters alike, thank you for taking part. Many of you left very thoughtful comments regarding your experiences with different chakras. Hopefully these experiences have helped to open a new world to you and a deeper appreciation for your “energy anatomy.”

Now begins the Bonus Round! For the next seven days I'd like you to answer a couple of questions to help you integrate what you've been experiencing these past seven weeks

For starters, what have you learned? The answers may be as simple as "I learned the root chakra is associated with the color red and the quality of safety" or "there are seven main chakras." It may be more personal, such as "I learned I could really feel the energy in my solar plexus chakra" or "I learned I dreamed more when I did a chakra exercise right before going to sleep."

For seconders, how have you grown? The answers to this question will be highly personal. There are no right or wrong answers, just your answers.

For thirders, go back through the various original posts for each chakra, select the exercises you like the most. Here are the links to each one:

This week, give yourself one, big, long, luxurious (like soakin' in a hot bubble bath luxurious) chakra treatment. What did you notice? How did it feel? Were you drawn to one chakra more than the other? What feelings came up? Did any memories surface?

For fourthers, write it all down here. I would love to hear your feedback.

Last but not least, next week I will be starting a new series on another aspect of your energy anatomy--the meridians. Here’s a brief explanation of meridians:
Chinese use the term "jing luo" which means, channels, conduit, meridian etc. According to acupuncture, these are the invisible channels through which qi circulates throughout the body. The acupuncture points (or holes as the Chinese term xue is more aptly translated means) are the locations where the qi of the channels rises close to the surface of the body. There are 12 main meridians, six of which are yin and six are yang and numerous minor ones, which form a network of energy channels throughout the body.
You can read about them here, but I’d rather you come back to my blog for my next seven week series. Each week for seven weeks I’m going to write about two meridians. I am going to offer a simple challenge with each one which will teach you over the course of seven weeks how to trace ALL of your meridians in just a few minutes.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

What's Your Crown Chakra Story? Write your autobiography here...

Dear Yin Weaver,

Apparently I asked the right question yesterday!  Thank you for all your open-hearted replies.  I learned quite a bit from each of you, and it raised a whole new list of questions for me.

How do you let go of fear so you can enjoy the adventure?
Do we need to suffer?  Is it unavoidable?  How do we respond to it?  As a Teacher?  A Betrayer?
What is my body trying to tell me through pain, illness, injury?  Is it a source of Guidance?
How do I experience intuition in my body?
Can I really find everything I need by looking within for guidance? 
What is the balance between looking within and seeking help from others? 
How do I know when to turn to others for guidance?

Food for thought.  You're welcome to comment on any and all of the above questions, AND...your "official" Crown Chakra question today is...

Do you bargain with the Divine? Do you complain to the Divine more than you express gratitude?

I have a daily gratitude practice.  Each night I offer a decade of the rosary for all the blessings of the day, those I noticed and those I didn't.  I then name my "five favorite blessings" for the day and dwell on those in gratitude.  Lastly, I pray the rosary for all those who have nothing to be grateful for today, and for those who have no-one to pray for them. 

I wouldn't say I was a naturally grateful person, but the practice does keep me from complaining.  As for bargaining, I don't think I do that.  If I do, it's very subtle and I haven't caught myself at it yet! 

And you?


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What's Your Crown Chakra Story? Write. your autobiography here..

Dear Yin Weaver,

Well, I guess I have a lot of shy followers, because I'm not getting any posts here or on my Fan page (OK, Like page). Maybe I just need to find the right question? Or are these questions too personal? Let me know!

Here's todays Crown chakra question: What type of guidance do you fear the most?

Hmmm, that's an interesting question. Compelling, even. Why would I fear guidance? What beliefs do I have about guidance that would make me be afraid of it? I suppose the answer is I fear guidance that stretches me out of my comfort zone and draws me into unfamiliar territory.

Why would that be? Because a part of me fears I can’t handle the truth. I’m reminded of Jesus’ words to his disciples near the end of his life: “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.”

But have you ever had a dream where you’re in a familiar setting—say your home—only to discover a room you never knew was there? That’s the good news. Truth never appears until you’re ready to handle it.

And you?


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What's Your Crown Chakra Story? Write your autobiography here...

Dear Yin Weaver,

Here's today's Crown Chakra story question.  Take a few minutes to share your memories here. 

Think of your earliest experience of prayer – who taught you to pray – who explained what God is or isn’t.

Hmmm.  My earliest memories of praying are being tucked into bed by my mother and taught to recite, "Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep.  If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take."  That prayer worried me a lot.  I can remember asking my mother what the chances were of--you know--dying before I woke. 

Who explained God to me?  I have a memory from when I was five years old.  I was running around the back yard playing tag with the neighbors and my brothers.  Suddenly, for reasons I can't begin to explain, I ran into the house and plowed into my mother's knee (she was having coffee with a friend), with this question burning to be asked, "What's the difference between omniscience and omnipresent?"  My mother paused a moment and then said, "Well, omniscience means God knows everything.  Omnipresent means God is everywhere."  As she spoke these words I had a vivid image in my mind's eye of the world being a neat patchwork quilt of homes next to which stood all the moms, dads and children.  Over each head a tiny candle flame was burning.  God was everywhere.  God knew everyone.  Made perfect sense to me, and thus satisfied with my impromptu theology lesson, I raced back outside for another game of tag. 



Saturday, April 24, 2010

What's Your Crown Chakra Story? Write your autobiography here...

Dear Yin Weaver,

What's your Crown Chakra story?

Every chakra tells a story. The Crown story will likely relate to your experiences of and feelings about God, the Spirit, the Divine. 

Each day I will post a new question to get you thinking about your story. Write just a few lines here and discover your Crown Chakra Autobiography.


My story?  I read a book recently called Same Kind of Different as Me (an amazing true story about a relationship between a street person and a volunteer in a soup kitchen).  At one point in it, Ron says "All I can do is tell the jagged tale of my own spiritual journey and declare that my life has been better for having followed Christ."  I was raised Catholic but was fortunate enough to encounter Christ when I was seventeen.  It is a relationship that has challenged and transformed my life ever since.  I am still a practicing Roman Catholic, although over the years I have travelled other paths and gathered riches there, especially from the Hindu and Tantric traditions.  A Benedictine Abbot friend of mine says I have the gift of "dual-belonging" because of my ability to straddle and  integrate dual realities.

And you...?


Friday, April 23, 2010

The Seven Week Chakra Challenge--Keeping the Light in Your Crown Chakra

Dear Yin Weaver,

We are finally entering the seventh week of our Challenge! Congratulations! This week we will address the Crown chakra. Sahasrara rests at the top of the head. It is also called the Chakra of 1000 Petals, and is often pictured as a beautiful Lotus blossom. This chakra is the most subtle of all the chakras. It is the chakra of pure consciousness, transcendent awareness of, and union with, God.

Maybe you think only yogis sitting in caves who meditate 24 hours a day can open their Crown chakras. I suggest you think of it a little differently. We all have the capacity to open our Crown chakras to the fullest. Your fullest will look different from my fullest. But that doesn’t matter. Let’s see, how can I explain this?

Well, a story comes to mind of one of my favorite saints, Therese of Lisieux. In her "Autobiography of a Soul," she wrote

One day I expressed surprise that God does not give an equal amount of glory to all the elect in Heaven—I was afraid that they would not all be quite happy. [Pauline] sent me to fetch Papa’s big tumbler, and put it beside my tiny thimble, then, filling both with water, she asked me which seemed the fuller. I replied that one was as full as the other—it was impossible to pour more water into either of them, for they could not hold it. In this way Pauline made it clear to me that in Heaven the least of the Blessed does not envy the happiness of the greatest; and so, by bringing the highest mysteries down to the level of my understanding, she gave my soul the food it needed.
Let’s say Heaven is the state of consciousness that occurs when the Crown chakra is open. What does it matter if your Crown chakra is the size of a thimble or the size of a rain barrel? It’s full of the awareness of the "Love in which we are made and the Love in which we disappear!” Blissed-out (blessed) are you! Hooray!

Well, we could all stand to be more blissed-out, don’t you think? Certainly a daily meditation practice will help you reach that goal eventually. But what about something you can do on the quick to support the flow of Crown chakra energy throughout the day? I’m going to suggest Donna Eden’s Crown Pull as our Chakra Challenge this week Here’s out it goes…
• Start with both hands on the sides of your head, place your thumbs on temples and bring your fingers forward to rest your fingertips on your forehead just above the center of your eyebrows.
• Inhale deeply .
• Breathe out; simultaneously press down and pull your fingers from the center of your forehead to the side of your face.
• Place your fingers at your hairline and repeat the pull.
• Place your fingers at the top of your head; breath in and as you breathe out push down and pull your hands apart to just above the ears. Rest your fingers at the crown chakra, and repeat the pull
• Continue these pulls down the back of the head
• Place your fingers at the base of your skull with your thumbs where your head meets your neck. On the out breath, pull your hands apart to just under your ears.
• The final pull – Place your fingers where your neck meets your shoulders and pull forward – over the shoulders. Let them hang while you gently rotate your neck.
Trust me, this is easier to do than it looks like on paper.

Personally, I like to imagine my Crown chakra is an Observatory, and the Crown Pull opens it to take in all the vastness of Heaven pouring its light down on me. But it has practical applications, too. Got a headache? Crown Pull! Need to clear your mind? Crown Pull! You can’t overdo the Crown Pull exercise, so have fun with it.

And as always, let me know what you think.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Keeping the Light in your Third Eye: Feed Your Imagination

Dear Yin Weaver,

Anodea Judith said this about the Brow Chakra and imagination. 
Beauty opens the imagination. And as Albert Einstein has said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” We must have imagination if we are to envision a future.
That is why I have been asking all my fans to notice something beautiful everyday.  Many of you responded, and here's a composite list of your reflections...

Children participating in story time! And making pictures of blossoming trees!
Redwoods ferns & wild iris
 my 14 month old son kissing the tomato plants good-morning
The sun
An unexpected note from someone telling me that my two sons are fantastic!
Every plant and tree that seems to have bloomed at onece.
The redbud blooming right outside my office window
My Grandchildren playing in the sunshine!
A beautiful azalea bush in my backyard.
The sunrise on my morning walk
The tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in bloom.
The sun in the sky.
My cats lazily sunning themselves in the rays falling across the bed!
A blue sky without clouds

One of my favorite Proverbs reads, "without a vision the people perish."  What is your vision today?  If you don't have one, then perhaps you need to open your Third Eye just a little wider.  Watch for beauty.  Let it inspire you.  


Friday, April 16, 2010

The Seven Day Chakra Challenge--Keeping the Light in Your Third Eye

Dear Yin Weaver,

We’re now on to the Sixth, Brow or Ajna Chakra, located at the center of the forehead. The word Ajna comes from the Sanskrit root “to know, obey and follow.” It is commonly translated as “command,” meaning it is from here you “know, obey and follow the command of the Guru.” For us Westerners, that may sound a little scary. However, in Hinduism, where devotion to a teacher is common, it makes perfect sense. In our culture we might be more comfortable being open to know, obey and follow that spirit of innate Wisdom with which we are all born. But an open Brow chakra could also mean you are teachable, open to wisdom from whatever source it comes.

This chakra is also called the Third Eye or “eye of intuition,” and is the gateway to the psychic dimension of consciousness. For most of us, though, this “inner eye” remains closed to subtle perceptions of reality. Why is that? According to Donna Eden, “The flaw that many of us have at the level of the sixth chakra is that we are so filled with our abstractions, mental constructs, and fantasies that more refined processes get crowded out.” As a result, “{o}ur sixth chakras can be dominated by thought that is not balanced by more subtle ways of knowing the world.”

Perhaps we would live in a different world if more people were asking how to open their Brow chakra so they could be wiser. But the truth of the matter is most of us are intrigued by the idea of being more psychic. I hope this week’s Chakra Challenge will offer you a few fun and playful ways to open your “eye” to a little bit of both. These exercises are based on the work of Donna Eden, and can be found in her book Energy Medicine or in her Energy Medicine Kit.
A Simple Exercise to Open Your Third Eye
Place your middle finger at the bridge of your nose and push up a couple of inches.

Inhale deeply and imagine you are lifting open the eyelid of your Third Eye

Exhale and repeat for several minutes once a day for thirty days
Another Simple Exercise to Open Your Third Eye

Spin a crystal on a string in a clockwise/counterclockwise spin an inch in front of your Brow chakra

Continue for 30 to 60 seconds

Stop the crystal from spinning and see if you notice any sensations (colors or pulsing, for instance)

Repeat the process as many times as you like.

Repeat the exercise once a day for thirty days.

A Simple Exercise to Open to Inner Wisdom

With your breath calm and deep, direct a question from your sixth chakra down to your root chakra.

Let the question settle into the energy of your root chakra.

Inhale deeply, and as you do so, draw up the light in the Root chakra so it moves back up to your Brow chakra.

Be open for the answer to reveal itself.

I’m looking forward to hearing some interesting stories this week!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Ahem! Have you cleared your Throat Chakra today?

Dear Yin Weaver,

I am happy to report my sore throat is almost entirely gone.  I've decided to call it my "East Meets West" cold, because I don't think I could have licked it without finally adding in the antibiotic my doc gave me last Friday.  Many thanks to all of you who suggested your favorite home remedies.  I stuck with a combo drink of 1/3 ginger ale, 1/3 grapefruit juice and 1/3 water (not to mention a steady diet of Netflix movies).  But here are some other wonderful ideas...

Sharon Hampp suggested hot lemonade with a cinnamon stick.  Susan Parker also likes Cinnamon tea with honey.  Smart thinking, because cinnamon is an effective remedy for colds and sore throats.  Boil powdered cinnamon with a pinch of pepper powder in water, and add honey for a healthy home remedy.

Karen Klauber said to chew on fresh ginger, but I ain't got the noive. 

Does anyone remember mom making you gargle with salt water?  Eve Michelini still uses this tried and true home remedy.

Horehound candy has been around forever, hasn't it?  I haven't tasted one in years, but I couldn't resist looking it up online when Cathy Goff suggested it.  Listen to this description:  Claeys Candy horehound drops are made from 100% natural horehound herbal tea that has been brewed using the traditional technique of steeping in copper kettles to enhance the flavor.  The ingredients are as follows:  sugar, corn syrup, natural horehound herb, caramel color.  Doesn't that sound just so healthy?  Well, except for the sugar, corn syrup and caramel color. 

Still, Horehound is a tried and true herb that's been used to treat colds and sore throats from way back.  But I'm with Susan.  I'll stick with my Ricola, thank you very much.  Here's a quote from Ricola's website:  "Since time immemorial, Ricola has been blending 13 precious medicinal herbs from Switzerland with the same delicious recipe. The mix is particularly effective for colds, coughs and hoarseness, always refreshing and has that fabulous, unique flavour."  And then, there's all those flavors to choose from, like Echinacea and honey lemon, as Sheila Edwards pointed out.

I didn't abandoned my use of the Shankh mudra, either.  I did it every hour or so for just a few minutes.  Call me crazy but I could swear each time, I could feel the pain and burning ease, and the muscles in my throat relax.  Would I have taken longer to recover if I hadn't used the mudra?  I don't know.  I like to think so.  I do know I recovered much more comfortably, and for that I'm very grateful. 



Friday, April 9, 2010

The Seven Week Chakra Challenge--Keeping the Light in your Throat Chakra

Dear Yin Weaver,

Wouldn’t you know it? The week I am to write about the throat chakra I have a terrible sore throat! I just came back from the doctor. He thinks it might be strep throat. So I’m on antibiotics, Vitamins C & D, a probiotic, licorice tea, bed rest and a steady diet of Netflix instant movies. Well, they say there are no coincidences, so I suppose I better pay especially good attention to what I’m about to write today.

Since I’m not feeling well I’m going to cheat and cut and paste a short article in here about the throat chakra written by Donna Eden and her husband David Feinstein. Donna Eden has a fascinating take on the throat chakra.

Donna Eden & David Feinstein, Ph.D.

Metabolism—necessary for all life—is the unceasing transformation of matter into energy (catabolism, a yin process) and energy into matter (anabolism, a yang process). Ideally there is a harmony between catabolic and anabolic processes, a yin-yang balance.

While metabolism takes place at all levels of the body, down to events in the cells, metabolism is governed by the throat chakra.

Beyond metabolism as we usually think of it—involving physical matter such as food—information carried by a more subtle form of energy is also metabolized. This is the job of the throat chakra. Information from the other six chakras passes through the throat chakra.

Seven different truths, different kinds of information, are represented in the seven chakras. Here is how information from each chakra is metabolized at the throat chakra. It is both broken down (catabolism) so it can be assimilated, and assimilated information is built up into new syntheses (anabolism). The value of having all this occur in one place is that the truths of all 7 chakras can be incorporated into the new synthesis.

Each of the 7 chambers of the throat chakra corresponds with one of the 7 chakras.

The 3 chambers on the left side correspond with the 2nd, 4th, and 6th chakras. These are a more receptive energy, more yin. These chakras are catabolic, more involved with breaking down and assimilating information, though this is not to say that any chakra is all yin or all catabolic. Each has both yin and yang energy, but the balance of these three is more toward yin, toward catabolic action. These three chakras happen to contain more layers that spin counterclockwise (which breaks down, catabolic) than clockwise (which stabilizes, anabolic).

The 3 chambers on the right side correspond with the 1st, 3rd, and 5th chakras. These are a more active energy, more yang. These chakras are anabolic, more involved with creating new information out of information that has already been assimilated. But again, every chakra carries out both processes--it is simply that the balance of these three is more toward yang, toward anabolic action. These three chakras contain more layers that spin clockwise (anabolic) than counterclockwise.

The energy of the 7th chakra comes through the central chamber, at least during the times in our life when we are enjoying harmony among all our chakras. When this harmony does not exist, however, because new information needs to be synthesized, or because of stress or other factors, the energy of the throat chakra comes through the central chamber. It does this to give a boost to the metabolizing and harmonizing of all the chakra energies it is managing. When the throat chakra energy comes through the central chamber, the energy of the 7th chakra will move through the far right chamber.

In case all of the above is too simple, some people are more yin and others more yang, which impacts the degree of anabolic or catabolic properties you will see on each side of the throat chakra. There are also figure 8 forces and spiraling layers of energy that move and blend the energies of all the chambers together, which are the final influences on the way the throat chakra metabolizes information from the other six chakras.
Your challenge this week is to open the throat chakra using the Shankh mudra. It is said to drive away every kind of throat problem. I’m sure hoping so!

How to form the Shankh mudra: The left thumb is placed on the center of the right palm. The right hand forms a firm grip around the left thumb. The left hand rests against the right fist. Right thumb touching the left index finger.  Hold this pose in front of your sternum high enough so the tips of your fingers touch the hollow of your throat for two to three minutes.

I'll be doing this one but I'm also going to try my mom's favorite home remedy for sore grapefruit juice with raw honey.  Drop me a line and tell me your favorite home remedy. 


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Got Hypertension? Try these two quick energy fixes

Dear Yin Weaver,

The Heart chakra is governs the heart and circulatory system.  So if you have hyper- or hypotension, you want to make sure your Heart chakra is in good shape! 

Here are two easy (I mean EZ) exercises that can help to relieve emotional stress in the heart and balance your blood pressure in whichever direction it needs to go. 

Sunrise/Sunset (time--30 seconds)

This exercise can be found in Donna Eden's award-winning book Energy Medicine for Women.  It can help stabilize blood pressure (it lowers high blood pressure and raises low blood pressure) and is generally very good for the heart.  In addition, it calms body and mind.

1.  Begin with your hands at the sides of your body, palms facing outward.  Slowly with an in-breath, circle your arms above your head, as if directing the sun to rise.

2.  With both arms now extended upward and palms facing each other, reach for the risen sun.  Stretch one arm up high toward the sun.  Imagine grabbing a rope with this hand.  Close your fist around it and pull it down, drawing the sunlight onto you.  As thi hand comes down, reach up to grab the rope with your other hand and pull it down.  Keep drawing the su, alternating hands for several more pulls.

3.  Turn your palms outward.  Release your breath slowly as you circle your arms far out to the sides and down tot he sides of your legs, as if directing the sun to set and your body to calm.

Chakra Clearing (time--3-5 minutes)

Donna describes this exercise in her other award winning book, Energy Medicine!  It's a simple method that can be used on all the chakras.  Try it over your Heart chakra this week and see what you notice.

1.  Rub your hands together vigorously and shake them off. 
2.  Spin your left hand in a counterclockwise direction over the heart chakra (note:  the clock is sitting on your heart with 9am to the right side and 3pm to the left) for about 2-3 minutes.  This helps to open and release stagnant energy from the chakra.
3.  Shake off your hands.  Rub them again vigorously and shake them off again.
4.  Spin your right hand in a clockwise direction over the heart chakra for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
Stay Hearty, Yinmates!


Friday, April 2, 2010

The Seven Day Challenge--Keeping the Light in Your Heart Chakra

Dear Yin Weaver,

We are now entering the fourth week of our Seven Week Chakra Challenge, and halfway through our seven chakras. Below us are the root, womb and solar chakras which help us to function successfully in the material world. Above us are three more chakras which help us mentally, spiritually and vocationally. The fourth or Heart chakra (so called because it sits in the center of the chest at the level of the heart) integrates the mind/body complex. The Sanskrit name for this chakra is Anahata. It is the chakra that enables us to be fully human, fully alive and fully divine.

Each of the first four chakras is related to one of the four elements. Root is related to earth, Womb to water, and Solar to fire. The Heart chakra is related to the element of air. It also represents the quality of love. I’d like to quote Anodea Judith here as she describes the similarities between air and love:

“Air is formless, largely invisible, absolutely necessary, and the least dense of our first four elements. Air is expansive as it will expand to fit any space it is put into, yet it is soft and gentle.

So, too, is love. Love is the expansion of the heart, the transcendence of boundaries, the interconnectedness of spirit. Love is balance, ease, softness, forgiveness. And love at the heart chakra is felt as a state of being, existing independently of any object or person, unlike the passion-oriented love of the second chakra.”
The balanced Heart chakra radiates love for self and others. It reaches out in compassion, unconditional love, forgiveness, hope and inspiration. It draws to itself the same. If the Heart chakra is too open, we give our time, energy and self away, losing our own center. If it is closed down, we become withdrawn, unforgiving, depressed and isolated. We struggle with feelings of hate, envy, fear, jealousy and anger. Physical dysfunctions can result from imbalances in the Heart chakra, such as any and all heart conditions, blood pressure irregularities, asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, lung and breast cancer, and upper back and shoulder problems.

Since this is the air element chakra, we’re going to combine Pranayama (think “yoga for the breath”) with a Mudra (think “yoga for the hands”) for this week’s Challenge. It’s a simple meditation, but it does have a number of steps, so you may want to read through it a couple of times before attempting it.

Sit comfortably with a tall spine, shoulders relaxed and chest open.

Inhale the palms together into prayer pose so that the knuckles of your thumbs are touching the sternum at the level of the heart.

Close your eyes and breathe slowly, smoothly and deeply into your belly and chest.

Quiet the mind using your breath. On the inhale, breathe in silence. On the exhale release any thoughts and distractions.

Continue for one to two minutes.

Next, gently release and rub your hands together, making them warm and energized. Place the right palm in the center of your chest and the left hand on top of the right.

Breathe as if you were breathing directly into the center of your chest. Feel your chest grow warm, radiant and full of energy.

Breathe this radiant energy through your entire body. Feel it flow into your arms and hands and back into the heart.

Continue for one to two minutes.

Next, gently release the palms and turn your hands outwards towards the world.

Breathe. As you inhale, continue to breathe directly into the heart chakra. As you exhale, send the love in your chakra out to the world. You can send it to a specific person or situation, to all sentient beings, or ask it to go where it is most needed at that time.

Continue for one or two minutes. You can repeat the cycle as often as you wish.

According to Hindu philosophy, it is believed another smaller chakra sits just below the Heart chakra. It is called the Celestial Wishing Tree. In front of the tree is an altar for worship. It is believed the Tree contains the deeper wishes of the heart chakra. End with your hands in prayer pose as at the beginning, only bring them down a little lower, in line with this “inner altar.” Direct your breath towards this chakra, and allow it to carry all the prayers, desires, hopes, needs and intentions—known and unknown—towards this Tree. When done with humility it is believed “wishing and worshipping” before this Tree bestows even more than we could ever imagine.