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The Sacred Tree in Dreams and Myths





The Sacred Tree in Dreams and Myths

Tony Crisp







The Sacred Tree in Dreams and Myths

Copyright © 2012 by Tony Crisp

Smashwords Edition 1.0 July 2012



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The Sacred Tree in Dreams and Myths

Tony Crisp





The tree is one of those images taken from nature that plays a significant role in shaping the worldview of our own and many other cultures. Although the tree in this role is a mythic creation, this does not detract from its power in our daily life or in our unconscious. In the introduction to her book Primal Myths, Barbara Sproul explains this by saying that myths “organize the way we perceive facts and understand ourselves and the world. Whether we adhere to them consciously or not, they remain pervasively influential.” As an example of this she quotes Genesis in which humans are said to be created in the image of God. “Most Westerners” she writes, “whether or not they are practicing Jews or Christians, still show themselves to be the heirs of this tradition by hold¬ing to the view that people are sacred, the creatures of God. Declared unbelievers often dispense with the frankly religious language of this assertion by renouncing God, yet even they still cherish the consequence of the myth’s claim and affirm that people have inalienable rights (as if they were created by God).”

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