Neurology & Sacred Trees: What’s the Connection?

Via Eric Klein
on Aug 15, 2013
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Your innate creative/spiritual essence is beyond words.

It is best described in images and metaphors: a magic lamp, a burning bush, a healing fountain, a holy grail.

An image I love is that of the wish tree. What is the wish tree?

The wish tree is an image of your creative potential. In the language of science, the wish tree symbolizes your neurological potential.

Remember the Buddha seated under the Bodhi Tree? Well, you’re seated under the sacred tree of your own neurology.

Every experience you have, from the darkest mood to the most elevated revelation, is the fruit of this inner wish tree: your neurology.

Your nervous system has the capacity to resonate with the most sublime, creative, sacred states of wisdom. Your neurological wish tree can bring forth the fruits of peace, love, and abundance.

But not if it’s left untended.

Your wish tree needs tending.

It won’t produce the fruit of wisdom on its own; it will continue to bring forth the patterns of the past.

Here’s how it works: The experiences that you are having today are the fruits of past cultivation. These experiences will continue—unless you cultivate a new dream.

In the words of Rick Hanson, Ph.D. “You can use your mind to change your brain to change your mind.”

You can cultivate wisdom, peace, bliss.

You can dream a new dream.

Or you can continue to dream the dreams of the past. It’s truly a matter of cultivation, choice, and practice.

Develop the meditation habit and harvest the wisdom of your inner wish tree.

What are the fruits of the past that you want to continue cultivating?
What new states of mind/heart do you want to cultivate?

Share your wisdom in the comments below.



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Ed: Bryonie Wise


About Eric Klein

Eric Klein is one of the few people on the planet who is both a lineage holder in a 5,000-year-old yoga lineage and a best-selling business book author. You can get his free ebook & guided meditation audio "The 7 Reasons Meditation Doesn't Work (and how to fix them)" at Eric has worked with over 35,000 people to infuse greater meaning, awareness, and purpose into their work and lives. His book "You are the Leader You’ve Been Waiting For" won a 2008 Nautilus Book Award for being “a world-changing book promoting positive social change and responsible leadership.” With his wife and partner Devi, Eric is also the creator of the Healing Family Karma programs and The Meditation Habit. Eric and Devi have two adult sons, a ball-obsessed pup, and live in Encinitas, California. To learn more about their work (and access free teaching videos on meditation and mantra), go to


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