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 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.

Comment by Steve Staniek on June 19, 2019 at 6:17am

FINAL UPDATE: The Solution - June 19,2019

Human Vision into the Transition Zone

According to medical sources, the human eye has trouble with blue light. It’s harder for the eye to focus blues sharply, compared to other colours. Apparently, our eyes can easily focus on fine details in red or green light, but have trouble with blues. This could explain in part, why some people have difficulty seeing blue bions.

Photo 1 shows an abundance of blue bions in the water.

Photo 2 – when enlarged to 150%, reveals blue bions trapped in deep crevices all along the waterline. When the raised lip collapsed, many blue bions washed up onto the concrete.  The blue is so deep it seems to glow in normal daylight, and disappears when it evaporates from the concrete.


Orgone information has changed my understanding of environmental energies. When various  energies converge and interact, the resulting, reorganized energy pattern can produce some extraordinary phenomenon, resulting in unusual physical effects.

The following sources of blue bions have been identified as contributors to the bird water phenomenon:

1. Primary Source of Blue Bions - Detritus

The primary source of blue bions was the detritus, in various stages of decay, lining the bottom of the bird bath bowl. It includes: algae and its oily slime, waxy cedar leaves, bird oils and wax from their uropygial glands, bird poop, insects, cedar berries, seeds, pollen, etc. After a few days of use the bird water becomes swampy. When the dirty water is dumped out, some organic detritus remains stuck to the concrete bowl, and becomes a rich source of bions for the next bowlful of water.  

 2. Secondary Source of Blue Bions -Rainwater

Clean rainwater from a nearby rain barrel is poured into the center of the bowl. This rainwater is a source of atmospheric bions, captured during precipitation.  When this rainwater is poured into the center of the bird bath it mixes with, and collects all the detritus still left in the bowl. As more water is added centrally, it pushes the first water out and up the sides of the bowl. As the heavily contaminated leading edge of water moves along the bottom of the bowl it collects more detritus bions, increasing the concentration of bions in this band of water as it moves up the sloping bottom.

3. Tertiary Source of Blue Bions- Atmosphere

The atmosphere surrounding the bird bath is also a source of blue bions. The bird bath sits in a natural setting, in a shady grove of eastern red cedar trees who constantly release their bions into the air thru transpiration.

4. Orgone Activators – Human Bions and EMF

The human body is a source of blue bions, and the human heart is a powerful source of EMF. The heart field has been measured at a distance of 3 feet from the body. The human EM field is a significant factor in attracting and accumulating orgone energy.

5. Orgone Activators – Concrete EMF

Water is a reactive substance that absorbs energy and bions. Each offering of rainwater is accompanied by human spiritual energy that is deposited at the same time into the bowl. Some of that energy may be absorbed, and stored as electromagnetism. EM fields are known activators for orgone energy, multiplying the concentration.


My continued investigations into the 30 foot long luminous phenomenon that I witnessed hovering over a dying ash tree last October, revealed the presence and influence of orgone energy. This ubiquitous energy goes by other names; Chi and Prana, in many cultures, and it’s produced and emitted by blue bions. Enormous numbers of bions were concentrated on my property that night around the dying tree because the environmental conditions were optimal [naturally occuring EMF on the landscape, 99% humidity, no moon]. A review of my earlier research literature revealed that other extraordinary water effects on my property were also probably due to orgone energy.

My original question remains unanswered: If it was indeed a common but unseen fundamental lifeforce leaving that ash tree, and not a sentient spirit, does that mean trees are not occupied by spirits, or did I just happen to miss its departure?

Comment by Steve Staniek on June 14, 2019 at 5:54am

Not sure how the graphics work on this website, but if they allow the reader to "click and expand" this photo, what I believe to be blue bions will be evident all along the waterline on the concrete surface. These bions may have been released from the natural decay of leftover materials in the birdbath: eg: algae, leaves, insects, bird poop, etc, resting on the bottom. A gathering of bions seems to attract bions from other sources available nearby, ie: the immediate atmosphere.

Comment by Steve Staniek on June 12, 2019 at 10:30am

And here they are, those elusive little blue bions of energy...

After the raised lip (described in the preceding post) collapses into itself, the blue bions seem to have washed up along the waterline of the concrete bird bath, lingering there until the water evaporates to dryness.

Note how the deep, almost florescent blue colour that bion energy seems to produce under these conditions, seems to glow.

Birdbath Spiritual Centers

My bird bath serves as an outdoor altar, where I make daily offerings of clean water to nature. After 30 or more years of depositing a bit of my spiritual energy thru my heartfelt intentions at this altar, it has become charged with my spiritual energy, not unlike the great Christian altars that celebrate human sacrifice. This is my Chartres.  

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