Our property on the Bay of Quinte is home to several species of native trees. In one area we call the glen, we’ve been witnessing an ongoing onslaught by invasive insects. Over a period of three to four years we watched helplessly as the ash trees slowly lost their battles to the Ash Borer Beetle. It bores pencil holes into the bark, then tunnels under it, robbing the trees of vital sap. Simultaneous attacks by tent caterpillars forced the trees to leaf out twice in the same season depleting their reserves.

The first tree to come down was a 60 foot specimen that was still mostly alive when we felled it. It came down with a heavy thud that shook the little glen, and sent my son and me running for cover.  We bucked the branches and left the trunk for another day.

Three nights later I awoke around 4:30 AM for a bathroom visit, and became wide awake afterwards. Since it was a mild October night, I put on my bathrobe and slippers in the dark, and decided to walk down to the glen to make a rare, early morning meditation.

As I descended into the glen I hit something. I had forgotten about the felled tree laying in the middle of the very dark glen. Even though my eyes were dark adapted, I did not see the branches lying on the ground until I walked into them. As I peered into the darkness before me, my eyes took in a faint ribbon of light stretching away from me for many feet into the night’s darkness. I had to take a few steps back to catch my breath and regain my balance.

Puzzled, I walked back up to the rim of the glen from where I could see that there were no patches of low-lying fog forming anywhere down in the glen. The night sky above was clear and starlit, and I could not see any sky shine from other ground sources. I gave the long sliver of glowing light a wide berth so as not to disturb it, as I walked around to approach it from another angle to see if I could discover its source and extent.  This time as I got closer, I could make out a soft grey-blue  glow hovering over the full length of the carcass of the tree. As my mind took in the significance of the scene my head dropped intuitively out of respect for what I knew in my heart was a lifeforce leaving the dying tree. I said some words of regret, and my body started to shake with excitement or cold, as I sat in quiet wonder.   

The glow disappeared as the morning light entered the glen. I rushed to the house to investigate the strange light on-line.  My cursory research suggested that the grey-blue glow fit the pattern for bioluminescence from decaying organic matter. The common name is Foxfire or Will ‘o the Wisp, and it was documented long ago. The usual sources are decaying matter and fungi, and the glow is so faint that it can only be observed if your eyes have been dark adapted. Apparently, the light is produced by a pair of special enzymes present in decaying matter which react with each other to release biophotons of soft light. After discussing the tree’s eerie glow with an experienced woodsmen and chemist, I chose the simple explanation that the light I had observed that morning came from rotting sawdust created under the ash bark by destructive beetle activity.

A few days later I started to dissect the trunk for firewood, and I noticed how thick the bark was, and how little actual sawdust had been produced by the beetle invaders. The amount of sawdust under the bark was trivial, and it just didn’t seem possible that so little organic matter could produce all the light that I had observed. In addition, the bark was so thick that it would surely absorb all the light photons completely. More compelling, was the sudden realization that the rest of the ash trees that were still standing were equally infected, but they did not give off any visible light emissions on that night. As the realization sank in; that the eerie glow over the dying ash tree was most likely its life force or spirit leaving the dying carcass, it sent a chill up my spine.

I consulted some of the top forestry research and management experts in Canada, who ruled out an explosion of the Armillaria fungus, that glows in the dark forest, and can spread over large areas of forest floor and acts as a communication system for trees. It became clear that the unusual glow could not be explained satisfactorily by natural processes. I reviewed my personal impressions as I witnessed the event, keeping in mind that my human presence in the glen could have perturbed the natural electromagnetic field energies present on that morning. The physical evidence I observed that morning informed me (mentally and spiritually) that spirits live  in trees. Why is there no documentation of this anywhere? Can only autistic eyes discern spirits and things that glow in the night? Now I see trees differently. Wherever there are trees, there is abundant life. They’re like living fasteners that connect the sky with the earth. Because they live in both worlds, they act as a conduit of communication between them.  

FMRI studies reveal that consciousness is still measurably present after the brain/body has died, telling us that consciousness is not the result of biological processes. Science supports the theory that trees have intelligence, because trees have been observed to mount organized defences against a deadly threat like invading insects. Planning and strategizing require creative thought.

When the rest of the ash group is felled this spring, they will hopefully provide more opportunities to study this undocumented phenomenon, perhaps with a night vision camera.

Shamanic and other spiritual cultures around the world honour and use sacred trees as: portals or gateways to hidden worlds, sources of wisdom, and even wish fulfillment. To name just a few, the Mohawks of North America honour the cedar as the sacred tree of life. The Caribe natives honour the ceiba tree, and West African’s have spiritual relationships with the iroko tree.

The visible light emissions coming from the ash tree trunk 3 days after it was cut down, proved to me with high confidence that trees have a spiritual nature that gives them life, and it can be observed and possibly documented under the right conditions.


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Comment by Steve Staniek on January 17, 2020 at 9:28am


[What amazes me now, is the unexpected way that some of my blogs have converged.]

My blog on "Witnessing Tree Spirits in Ordinary Reality", and my blogs on Yahweh's criminal activity over time, primarily: "Is There an Extraneous Source for Violence and Insanity", have come together over the ancient goddess/archetype, Asherah, who goes by many other names. I believe she represents 'the regenerative life force' serving this planet, and her symbol is the sacred tree.

The mother force [lifeforce] of the planet, was symbolized by the sacred tree, as well as the pubic triangle, representations of the renewal of the life cycle. The most popular names for this lifeforce were Asherah and Qds.

Wayfinding in a Hostile World - I believe that all humans were environmental empaths long ago, when we were far more sensitive to, and worked with the energies around us, especially earth's subtle magnetic fields. Our bodies have been slowly shutting down, and our natural abilities have atrophied for various reasons:

  • we've become reliant on 'easy to read' maps instead of our environmental sensors,
  • Christianity destroyed many of the spiritual relationships [conversations] we had with the land through our interactive pagan spiritualism.
  • moving into artificial environments like: villages, towns, and cities, disconnected us from the land and the energy grid, which desensitized us to natural energies that once informed us about our world.

As we examine how our ancestors traveled around the world with little more than rudimentary navigation devices, we must conclude that they also benefited from natural skills at wayfinding in a hostile world. Our on-board navigation systems are powered by tiny magnetite crystals made from human proteins. Since these biocrystals have no other application, they were intended to serve as our mental compass.

I believe that our more primitive sensitivity allowed us to engage and communicate with some success with nature. Pagan practices that engaged nature kept our abilities alive and tuned, as we sensed the natural energies of: plants, trees, animals that developed into relationships. Most of those relationships were cultivated and sustained by those who felt more spiritually motivated or inspired. Those charged with looking after the well being of groups, like tribal leaders and shamans learned to follow their intuition, and develop their higher psychic skills that led to journeying into other worlds through the interdimensional power of the human mind.  

When we were more sensitive to the energies on the landscape, we probably interacted with trees as the most abundant and dominant lifeform. When we sensed their life giving energies, and experienced a benevolent relationship with special trees, we created stories [myths], to explain them and keep them alive. 

Historical records also suggest that Yahweh and Asherah had an acrimonious relationship that ended badly. Archeological artifacts and records from this period in the Middle East, reveal that Yahweh was a late comer to the spiritual business in the Middle East. Asherah, [and her epithets], had been worshipped long before Yahweh came along, and it continued at a lower level, as a double faith, during his apparent reign over the Hebrews in Israel. Yahweh’s  commandments reveal him to be deeply insecure, narcissistic, and simply jealous,  as he forbids his Hebrews to worship “strange”, or “other gods” before him.

Asherah is often depicted as a sacred tree or grove of trees. As the divine feminine energy she  needs masculine energy to create new life, and she is reported to have taken many husbands over time, and one of her consorts [studs?] was Yahweh. Apparently, there was an angry split resulting in Yahweh's acrimonious and hateful attacks on Asherah, banning her symbols from his altars and his presence.

In the Book of Judges, Yahweh exposes the hate in his heart as he instructs a Hebrew judge to cut down an Asherah pole that stood next to his altar to Baal. The wood to be used for sacrificial burning.

In Deuteronomy 16:21, Yahweh declares: “You shall not plant any tree as an Asherah beside the altar of the Lord your God which you shall make.” Despite Yahweh’s threats, the Jewish people did not obey his edicts, and King Manasseh placed an Asherah pole in the Holy Temple. Exodus 34:13 states: “Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, and cut down their Asherim.”

It is geographically interesting, that sometime between 2,000 - 5,000 BCE, trees started to disappear from the great northern Africa forests. In a short amount of time, the Sahara Desert began to form, as sacred trees were destroyed. Both Asherah and trees are regenerative forces that support the life cycle, whereas Yahweh’s history of total destruction of life, suggests that he is the antithesis to life.

Comment by Steve Staniek on January 15, 2020 at 9:31am


This is what I'm talking about...

This drawing, represents how orgone energy is drawn from various sources or pathways, and how it organizes itself into a toroidal field around a tree. The tree acts as a conduit between the world of matter [below], and the world of spirit, [above], as it “pumps” the energy which is a form of information, between two worlds. It resembles the normal transpiration cycle of trees, because bions have a strong affinity for water.

This model assumes that trees are good accumulators of blue bions containing orgone energy. Bions are non-living bundles of life energy [chi, prana, ether] that Wilhelm Reich discovered with an optical microscope in decaying matter over a century ago.

The trunk of the tree consists of layers of dielectric materials, such as: xylem, lignin, and water, arranged in vertical layers of alternating conductive and non-conductive materials.

Large quantities of bions are: collected from:

  • groundwater - contains bions from the slow, long-term decay of subsoil components,
  • forest floor - where living matter decays, releasing bions that are washed down to roots,
  • atmosphere - bions captured by precipitation, and present as airborne bions.

The three components: spirit, matter, and energy work together to help create new life from old.

Comment by Steve Staniek on December 6, 2019 at 5:30am

FYI- The wonderful image of the human heart field is posted with written permission from copyright owner Meg Benedicte. Thanks Meg.

Comment by Steve Staniek on December 3, 2019 at 9:21am

When I started this blog earlier this year, I was deeply pessimistic about its outcome.

It started as a record of my spiritual investigation into the spirit world of trees in my glen, before moving into the transition zone of life, thru the most fundamental ideas of science, then the occult world of Tarot, and now back to the safety of my den where digestion takes place.

I feel a bit like Bilbo Baggins, snug in his hole after a long trip. Having completed this journey, I am powerfully encouraged that humanity can indeed solve the mystery of its existence here, and remake the realities that we live and move thru.

There is so much more to humans than we are able to see and understand, and we are just beginning with fresh information that blows away the old lies and deceptions imposed on us by others.

Comment by Steve Staniek on November 29, 2019 at 9:42am

And then there's Jung's Tree of Life...entangled by unknown forces...

And then there's Jung's demonic monster that sends us horrible pernicious thoughts that sound and feel like ours, as it controls all we; see, feel, and do. This is not us, but an extraneous energy that overlays our much weaker energy and dominates our free will and our lives. This disclosure informs us that we are not solely responsible for our actions, and karma is used fraudulently to restrict and control our spiritual ascension. .

Comment by Steve Staniek on November 29, 2019 at 6:19am

Free at last, all the way up, and all the way down...mastering my journey and my fate.


Comment by Steve Staniek on November 8, 2019 at 9:20am

Tarot Reveals a Waiting Game

I posted the ‘upside down hanging man card’ rather hastily, and now as I study this Tarot card with fresh eyes, I get a sense that I'm hanging there ‘waiting’ for something really important to happen.  It looks like I'm expecting some great secret to be revealed that will open a gateway, releasing me from my helplessly ignorant position, and set me back onto the spiritual path that I was travelling, but that has been interrupted or blocked from above.

Someone Closed, and Now Controls the Spiritual Path of Ascension

Then my eyes open wide to recognize that the ‘living tree’ from which I hang, should have a central lead branch growing upward, but it has been intentionally removed, truncated, denying me, and fellow seekers, a spiritual path of ascension. There is no path above the crossbar of this living tree, meaning the vertical path of ascension has been closed, or controlled by others. The great life secret that I’m working on with my hands has to be solved behind my back without my conscious mind, only my subconscious. So the deep secret of this hanging tree card, is that there is no upward path of ascension from the crossroads location I find myself in. I'm stuck.

Restoring the Spiritual Path with Magic Energy

What do I do now? Am I to hang like a salami waiting to mature, or wait for conditions to change, and are they my conditions or the world’s conditions? How can I influence another divine lifeform like a living tree to grow a central leader for me, so that I can continue on my ascension path? Perhaps my greatest ability to solve problems as a creative human spirit, is my powerful imagination. I imagine my hidden hands working with secret energy that I have discovered in the transition zone of life, which I use to produce a magical solution. When completed, my hands emerge to present a beautiful graft bud, a tiny fractal of tree life, that I will attach to the apex of the hanging tree. I will bless this starting node of life with sacred human intentions, and encourage it to grow a strong vertical path, one that all human souls can use to access higher levels of spiritual knowledge and experience.

Comment by Steve Staniek on November 6, 2019 at 9:21am

How Do We Quantify and Survey Orgone Energy in the Environment?  

A dying ash tree on my property became a transition zone where the life energy of the tree changed back into another form of energy, and we can name it "chi, prana, ether, or orgone" depending on our culture. This energy when released seems to return to the all pervasive ether.

Is this what happens to our spiritual energy when our earthly lives end? How does spirit become matter and return to spirit when the time comes? This has been my conundrum for more than a year, like the starving mule caught between two bales of hay, unable to choose. In tarot terms, I look very much like the upside down hanged man, as I ask the life question: "Where  do I go from here, up into spirit, or down into matter?"

In this card, I note: 

  • my life's true perspective has always been upside down, [I usually see things from the opposite perspective]
  • that I hang precariously from a living tree by my weakest link, [I have weak ankles], and my will actually keeps me hanging there more than my bindings 
  • the tree and I share a secret which I hold behind my back [the tree and I are one].

The transition zone between life and death is an area that is extremely difficult to study because we, as the supposedly dominant life form on this planet, still do not understand how it, or the life force present in and around us, actually works.

Rebirth, or the reconstitution or reorganization of life happens as often as death on this mortal plane, ie: trillions of life-death-rebirth events occur each second, and yet we do not understand this simplest of mechanisms. How hard can it be to find and examine the process of rebirth?

Since death is the mother of life, rebirth must take place in the same place where death occurs,  because all of the requisite components are there. So we look for new life in places where death ended it, and the cemeteries of the world would be a natural starting place. Not just human cemeteries, but the world's wastelands, the dumping grounds of the world.

Rain is a major part of the global waste collection system, not unlike our lymphatic system, as it washes mountainsides, carrying decaying lifeforms down into streams, rivers, deltas, and eventually rich swamplands, where the lifeforce is released back into the system.

Orgonomics,or the study of orgone energy suggests that one of the constituents released from the decay of lifeforms is called a blue bion, a lifeless cell that radiates a blue glow. Highly sensitive, life energy detectors have been designed and manufactured, and these instruments can measure the level of orgone energy being emitted by an item in transition. Under the right conditions, this orgone energy is thought to reorganize itself into new lifeforms. 

Comment by Steve Staniek on July 19, 2019 at 12:06pm

Jung's Red Wine or Reich's Swamp Water?

Synchronicity often shocks us into seeing the interconnectedness of everything.

Early in the 20th century, Carl Jung and Wilhelm Reich (former students of Freud), investigated the transition zone between life and death, using radically different methods, on different research paths.

Jung dove into the psyche, and his Red Book describes his mental journeys into those worlds, including the transition zone where life is renewed thru death. (P. 169)…”If we still want to overcome death, then we must enliven it. Therefore on your journey be sure to take golden cups full of the sweet drink of life, red wine, and give it to dead matter so that it can win life back…..and a night of wonderful will-o-the-wisps will come over you.”

[Note 1 -  Jung’s claim that red wine is the elixir of life may have been a personal choice, an unfounded guess?  Reich’s lab work, and my investigations into extraordinary water effects, reveal that dirty swamp water, indeed cesspools, may actually be the elixir, since they contain the necessary ingredients required to reconstitute life.  The physical transition zones, as one might expect, seem to be the graveyards found around the world. During their flood cycles, rivers of the world wash down the remnants of life on the land to their final destinations. These are the great deltas where biologically active swamps wait to digest the detritus of life, and release the life force energy it contained back into the larger system.]

[Note 2 – Jung’s specific reference to the “wonderful will-o-the-wisps”, refers to [the hope] of finding light in the darkness that envelops our journeys into soul. Unbeknownst to him, will-o-the-wisps bioluminescence is emitted by the decay or breakdown of dead or dying matter on the forest floor. Whether he was aware or not, he described what Reich had discovered with a microscope in the transition zone. Nevertheless, Jung’s prediction of being overcome with wonderful light when visiting the transition zone, is deeply synchronous (meaningful) to me, since I believe it’s the same luminous (wonderful) glow that I experienced coming from a dying ash tree in ordinary reality on my property months ago, and identified positively as orgone plasma, by orgone expert James DeMeo.

Wilhelm Reich on the other hand, dove into the lab in search of the transition zone. With optical instruments he discovered what other investigators had alluded to, ie: that the transition zone is a real physical place where life breaks down and reconstitutes itself.  He witnessed the process of new life emerging from old, following a period of digestion and reorganization, under the influence of what he called the universal life force, or orgone energy. With optical magnification, Reich saw blue bions of radiant energy that would cluster together to reorganize themselves into new life forms, or attack other cells that were clearly harmful to the organism.  In this primordial soup, chaos gives birth to order, as death becomes the mother of life.



Comment by Steve Staniek on July 10, 2019 at 9:42am


Borrowing or adopting other perspectives, in this case from the occult world of Tarot, can produce deeper understanding by illuminating those human experiences that we have trouble digesting by normal methods. 

The Tarot's 'Fool' undertakes perilous journeys thru the transition zone of life, where he/she experiences how spirit is alchemized into matter, and then returns to spirit again. The process resembles the ancient...Ouroboros, and orgone energy discovered by Reich, may drive this process.

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