The tree of life is used in science, religion, philosophy, and mythology. It is used in many religions to refer to the interconnection of all things on earth and the evolution of all things. The tree of knowledge is also used in many areas as the connection between heaven, earth and the underworld; many religions connect the trees and have one known as the sacred tree.
In Egyptian mythology, the first people were Isis and Osiris. They were said to have emerged from an acacia tree, which the Egyptians considered the tree of life, referring to it as the “tree in which life and death are enclosed.” Another myth relates how Set killed Osiris, putting him in a coffin, and throwing it into the Nile, the coffin becoming embedded in the base of a tamarisk tree.
In Chinese mythology, the Tree of Life depicts a phoenix and a dragon; the dragon often represents immortality. A legend states a tree that produces a peach every three thousand years. The one who eats the fruit receives immortality.
The bible mentions the tree of life several times, symbolically as having healing properties; the Tree of Life also represents the immaculate state of humanity free from corruption and Original Sin, and some religions believe that the Euracrist is the fruit of the tree of life.
The tree of life remains in the Garden of Eden according to the Jewish religion, the gates to the garden are now guarded by Cherubs to stop us from accessing the tree.
Native Indians also have a tree of life, their legends state the tree of life is found in heaven where humanity lived until a pregnant woman fell from heaven onto a turtles back, she then created the world by planting bark from the tree of life on its back.
In science the tree of life is used to describe our evolution, bio-diversity and even the development of the brain!
So why can’t we access the tree of life? In the Book of Genesis a tree is planted by the God in midst of the Garden of Eden (Paradise), whose fruit gives everlasting life. Together with the tree of life, God planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge they were banished from the Garden of Eden. Hence as the tree of life is now guarded we cannot access until God changes the curse placed on mankind and therefore have everlasting life.
Kabbalah however believes that the tree of life is the combination of the 10 powers that make up the Spiritual DNA of all existence. It is a poetic term or a codeword for the 10 powers of God. In Kabbalah, the 10 powers let us take a look at how god works in our world. They believe that we are spiritual beings in a physical existence and we struggle with life when all we want is peace. The tree is split into three stages Keter, which is infinite energy, then Chokmah, or Wisdom, which is considered to be a stage at which the infinitely hot and contracted singularity expanded forth into space and time. Finally Binah, or Understanding, which is thought of as feminine energy, the Mother of the Universe which receives the energy of Chokmah. They believe this to be the beginning of time. Since its energies are the basis of all Creation, the Tree of Life can potentially be applied to any area of life. They feel that the Tree of Life can be used to truly know themselves, and is used to find the answers as they return along the paths held in the tree of life.