Marijke Creveld, Netherlands
Pinus longaeva are the longest living trees on earth. A dream proving was conducted with a remedy made of the root and wood of a Bristlecone pine. During the dream proving many dreams occurred with the theme: ‘above and below’, related to the connexion with the earth and the cosmos/ spirituality. Among others the themes ‘no communication, being unconnected/ disconnected and insensitive’, ‘running and hurry’, ‘sadness’ and ‘lonely’ all related to the problem which is that we are increasingly out of sync with our external time frame.
Methuselah tree, Pinus longaeva, Bristlecone pine, Coniferales, Pinales
High in the White Mountains of California the oldest living trees on earth are found. They are Bristlecone Pines, Pinus longaeva. They were already growing when the Egyptians built their pyramids and by the time the Greek and Mayan civilizations thrived they had been remnants of the past. The seeds germinated soon after the last Ice Age was over, when the glaciers retreated. The dead wood that can still be found here is some ten-thousand years old and contains a wealth of information going back for centuries. These living trees have been standing in between heaven and earth for forty-seven centuries. They are connected to, and communicate with, both the cosmos and the earth and are outside our time frame. The homoeopathic remedy that has been made was produced using the root and wood of one of these trees.
Systematic and site description
Pinus longaeva is assigned to a group called Foxtail pines, which includes three species. Since they are all pines, they are comprised in the Pinaceae family. (lit.3 and 5). Two of these three species are Bristlecone pines. The other species of Bristlecone pine, Pinus aristata, grows in the Rocky Mountains at some two hundred and forty kilometres from the White Mountains region. Pinus aristata can reach an age of some 1,500 years which is old, but hardly compares to Pinus longaeva, the oldest living specimen of which is 4,700 years old.
The trees grow up to sixteen metres (52 feet) high. The bark is reddish brown and shows deep furrows and high, irregular ridges set with scales. The branches are often twisted and drooping. The leaves needle-like, in fascicles of five, slightly curving upwards. Needles measure 15-35 x 0,8-1,2 mm and reach ages between ten and forty-three years (the highest age on record). Male cones are cylindrical to elliptical, 7-10 mm long and purplish red. Female cones are ripe after two years, acute cylindrical, 60 to 95 mm long, reddish brown and purple when ripe, nearly sessile. The cone scales bear slender, stiff bristles of 1 to 6 mm in length. Seeds are elliptical to obovate, 5 to 8 mm long, pale brown with dark red spots. The wings are 10 to 12 mm long.
The tree (including leaves, cones and buds) contains much resin which serves to protect the wood. The resin is exuded as a watertight layer on the branches sticking out. The dead wood remains intact for a long time since it grows so slowly, because it contains so much resin, because of the low ambient temperature and on account of the dry climate. The oldest dead wood examined proved to be 10,000 years old. The dead wood has streaks of different colour, ranging between reddish brown through to greyish and white. Many trees are still alive because their bark is stringy. This means that when on one side of the tree the bark has been eroded off by the wind carrying ice crystals in winter, the bark on the lee side can still be completely intact, if only over a restricted width. However, this narrow stretch of bark can carry the necessary water and dissolved minerals up to the living branches full of leaves and cones.
Pinus longaeva grows at an altitude of some 2900 – 3500 metres (9500 – 11500 ft). Frosts occur during most of the year and during prolonged periods; winds are strong and harsh. On account of the snow, the trees can be reached for only a few months every year, mainly because of the snow that remains on the ground for a long time. These unfavourable circumstances mean that the trees, at this altitude, usually grow only to about nine metres (30 feet) high. Each year, the branches grow a tiny bit, causing the growth rings to be extremely narrow. One branch, measuring five cm (some 2 inches) diameter proved to be two hundred and ten years old. The crown is most irregular and the wood is usually crooked. The root system, which makes up to some seventy-five per cent of the weight of the tree, is very extensive. This is necessary in order to optimise the water intake in this dry locality.
The symbol value of this tree is related to the notion of time. The name longaeva means ‘having a long life’. They germinated after the retreat of the glaciers that remained after the last Ice Age and the wood that was grown then is still around at the site. Therefore, the memory of this time span is still present there. The oldest Bristlecone pine is named the Methuselah tree. It was named after Methuselah, mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible. Like this tree, he looked back upon an immensely long life. The site being in the White Mountains refers to the colour, white, the positive element, light. The Bristlecone pine is known as the tree that rewrote history in the sense that the conclusions that could be drawn from its growth rings enabled people to reconstruct the changes in the climate over a very long period of time.
These growth rings have also been used to rectify the carbon dating method. It was shown that previously, archaeologists had obtained wrong dates of finds.
During February 2006, a blind dream proving was conducted. People have slept with the Pinus longaeva remedy in a 200K potency on three consecutive nights. They handled the tube containing the remedy for some time and after this, put it under their pillow. Some of them also smelt the remedy prior to their last night of dream proving. One person has slept using the remedy on three additional nights. In all, nineteen women and nine men, aged between thirty-one and sixty-seven took part. Twenty-three out of the twenty-eight participants experienced dreams. In general, they had many dreams that were usually vivid.
In the analysis of the dreams, several themes were found. I will only mention the themes that occurred in several people.
I will give dream excerpts as examples, along with several repertory additions assigned to these themes.
Above and below
The large number of dreams about above and below were striking.
Interpretation: This might point to the connexion of the trees with both the cosmos/spirituality and the earth.
- We were driving downward.
- He allows himself to slide back down again.
- Sighing, she looks down somewhat dejectedly.
- In a space upstairs.
- I quickly went upstairs.
- I’m in an upstairs office, teaching arithmetic.
DREAMS – DESCENDING
DREAMS – DOWN – going
DREAMS – LIFT – ascending
DREAMS – LOOKING – down from above
Interpretation: The Glass theme refers here to a clear connexion, both upward and downward. The theme glass though, that is also present in Thuja, might suggest that transparency also is connected to Pinus longaeva. Pinus has not the brittleness of glass that we see in Thuja.
- Half of the elevator is made of glass.
- The cottage has much glass; it resembles a hothouse.
- The entrance downstairs, next to a shop front.
- In the top of the cathedral there’s a round window, like the windows on a ship.
DREAMS – GLASS
DREAMS – WINDOW – big
DREAMS – WINDOW – house with a lot of windows
DREAMS – WINDOW – cathedral, in top of a
Sexuality and nakedness
Many dreams related to sex or nakedness were recorded.
Interpretation: This is a lower chakra theme and might refer to the connexion with the earth. The nakedness might also refer to the transparency.
- My swimming trunks had come down; they had fallen to the ground.
- Women were sitting in deck chairs, all naked.
- I raised my clothes like I should do
- Many dreams about having sex, erotic dreams.
DREAMS – LOVE – making
DREAMS – NAKED people
DREAMS – SEXUAL – sexual activity
DREAMS – WOMEN – naked
No communication, being disconnected and insensitivity
This theme figures largely in the dreams.
Interpretation: The internal clock is connected to our internal feedback and the development of every unique human being. Communication with our hidden programmes has broken down and we have lost our way. Our feedback must be re-connected through external communication.
Sankaran mentions the theme of ‘connected, disconnected, separated and being cut off’ as the theme that is connected to the conifers. He says this expression is caused by a deeper feeling, the familiar feeling related to Thuja: MIND – DELUSIONS – body – brittle. (6) I don’t see this ‘brittle’ theme in relation to the dreams in the proving of Pinus longaeva.
When I visited the site where the Bristlecone pines grow in 2005, I felt the trees were standing there in isolation; they didn’t make contact with any other living being, including humans and each other. They are just passing on the information between heaven and earth, and they are outside our time frame.
- An elderly, deaf man was unable to understand me.
- I cannot get in touch with her.
- It isn’t easy to remain invisible.
- I could not understand what they said; I was not familiar with the language and they spoke too softly.
- I tried to make a call using a telephone that wasn’t connected.
- Unscathed, without a worry, as if nothing had happened.
- I feel distant from him.
- You’re supposed to discuss that before you do it.
- I’m unable to identify any of those present as someone that I know.
DREAMS – CUT, being
DREAMS – DEAFNESS
DREAMS – DISCONNECTED – being disconnected; of
DREAMS – INVISIBLE; she is
DREAMS – RECOGNIZE – not
DREAMS – SEPARATED; being
DREAMS – TELEPHONES – not connected
DREAMS – UNMOVED
Running, hurry and rush
Interpretation: This rubric is related to the speeded-up external time we are experiencing now. We humans are unable to cope with this speed any longer. We are caught between the two definitions of time: the external time frame (spurred on by social pressure) which is gaining speed all the time, and our internal clock dealing with feedback and development at a rate we humans can digest. (1) The living trees are in a time frame of their own and don’t care about our hurrying and rushing.
- I could not go home because there was so much to do; I had to work overtime.
- He leaves the house, running; two of the others were following him.
- The boat becomes more of a speedboat, racing across the water. There seems no stopping it, it’s going at full tilt.
- Quickly, I slipped upstairs.
DREAMS – BUSY, being
DREAMS – HURRY
DREAMS – RUNNING
DREAMS – TIME – short of time; he is running
DREAMS – TIMELESSNESS
DREAMS – WORK – overtime
Interpretation: This is connected to this time as well. Everything seems large and massive these days.
- A large mass of people.
- The window was huge.
- The head of an elk is being fixed on high, looking down on you.
DREAMS – ARROGANT
DREAMS – CAR – big
DREAMS – HOUSE – big
DREAMS – KINGS
DREAMS – LOOKING – down from above
DREAMS – ROOMS – big
The theme of being alone, being left to your own resources, is one that appears regularly in dreams.
Interpretation: It belongs to the theme of being disconnected, unconnected, as well. Our internal feedback is disconnected to external communication, which gives a feeling of loneliness.
- She did everything by herself.
- I was the only one who did not get anything.
- I did not join them in their meal.
- Why are they not together?
DREAMS – ALONE; being
DREAMS – COOPERATING
DREAMS – FORSAKEN; being
Sadness and crying
A number of dreams were about sadness and crying.
Interpretation: Sadness is the consequence of the loss of our connection between our own feedback (which, in turn, depends on our internal time frame) and external communication.
- A little sad as well.
- She told me she was immensely unhappy.
- In the meantime she was all in tears.
- The sick girl is starting to cry.
DREAMS – SADNESS
DREAMS – WEEPING; about
Black, white and dark
Dreams including black (or white) and dark. In Diospyros kaki (2) the theme was mainly white; in this remedy I largely see the dark side.
- His Labrador (black dog).
- A black bus.
- Showing black stripes.
- It is dark already.
- Long, dark hair.
- White window-curtains.
DREAMS – COLORED – black
DREAMS – COLORED – black – white; and
DREAMS – DARKNESS
There are many dreams based on the theme of something being dirty, cleaning up and renewal/replacement.
Interpretation: This can be taken to mean that the remedy could help in letting old and dark issues go.
- Cleaning up, painting and ordering the house.
- The right side of my trousers were full of my own excrements.
- I found a bag. However, the outside was dirty so I threw that side away.
- Packing up. Filling large boxes, throwing out the junk and packing up the stuff.
DREAMS – CLEANING – house
DREAMS – CLOSET – dirty – cleaning
DREAMS – DIRTY – bag
DREAMS – HOUSE – new
Orderly and critical
Frequently, dreams that included a description of someone being orderly or critical came up.
- Very neat galoshes.
- From what my mother told me I gather this boy taught his children very strictly and they became very polite.
- He was most critical.
- I did my best.
- I had to censure the people some more about their being on time.
- It is not done just to shoot at everything; there are rules to be followed.
DREAMS – CENSORIOUS
DREAMS – FASTIDIOUS
MIND – DUTY – too much sense of duty
Thieves, being pursued and fleeing.
Several dreams had to do with being pursued, fleeing, stealing and getting caught. A theme that is recurring daily in the dreams of one of the participants before she took part in the dream proving, used to be: murder, manslaughter and pursuit. During the proving she did not dream about this.
Interpretation: This is also about the dark side which comes up so it can be transformed.
- My bike was stolen; a second bike disappears.
- We have been caught doing something and flee the premises along with someone else.
- Like a real thief. I don’t have any idea that I just broke into that house at all.
- Being on the run for someone.
DREAMS – CATCH – being caught
DREAMS – ESCAPING
DREAMS – FLEEING
DREAMS – PURSUED, being
DREAMS – ROBBERS
Two complete dreams cited:
1: I was able to fly up to the top of a pine tree where an owl was sitting. It had golden, glossy feathers showing black streaks. This was close to a supermarket where a friend of mine happened to be, too. We got two packs of toilet paper and then went out into another room. This room had warm, rusty brown earthy colours.
Interpretation: This dream refers to the pine tree, the connexion with the cosmos/spirituality and the earth. Also to wisdom (the owl) of the tree and the possibility to let things go (toilet paper). The woman who dreamed this said: The pine tree that stays green in winter and is able to keep its light during the dark days, that is wisdom. To fly means freedom. Therefore this has to do with the basic chakra and the uppermost crown chakra, since the owl had golden feathers, which is a symbol of the crown chakra.
2: I dreamed that I worked undercover for some kind of criminal investigation agency. I failed to understand them because they were talking so very softly. Moreover I did not hear what language they were speaking; I even failed to notice if they were speaking English. I awoke without any positive or negative feelings, it did not make any difference to me.
Interpretation: This dream, and its waking, refers to the rubric of no communication, of feeling distant from others, being insensitive, even to one’s own feelings.
Physical complaints inside the dreams
Some participants described physical complaints affecting them in their dream. Notable among the complaints were those referring to the legs (connexion with the earth) and hearing (communication) were conspicuous.
- Hard to move, something wrong with my legs.
- In a wheelchair. (2x)
- An elderly deaf man who was unable to understand me.
- I could not understand what they said.
DREAMS – EQUILIBRIUM; unstable
DREAMS – LEG – difficult motion
DREAMS – WHEELCHAIR – sitting in
DREAMS – CONTACT; no
DREAMS – DEAFNESS
Some additional rubrics:
DREAMS – ANOREXIA NERVOSA
DREAMS – FEAR – narrow place, in
DREAMS – HEMORRHAGE – stomach
DREAMS – MENSES
DREAMS – TIREDNESS; of
DREAMS – VOMITING
Physical symptoms during the proving
During the proving several participants experienced some physical symptoms.
Most conspicuous are symptoms related to female sex organs and hormones.
I hereby cite them as repertory rubrics.
CHEST – RETRACTION of nipples
- BACK – PAIN – menses – during
- FEMALE GENITALIA/SEX – METRORRHAGIA – menopause – during
- FEMALE GENITALIA/SEX – METRORRHAGIA – menses – between
- FEMALE GENITALIA/SEX – MENSES – scanty
- FEMALE GENITALIA/SEX – PAIN – Ovaries – burning
- FEMALE GENITALIA/SEX – PAIN – Ovaries – cramping
- GENERALS – HEAT – flushes of – menopause; during
Some participants experienced mind related symptoms that occur in the dreams too, such as:
MIND – DELUSIONS – separated – world; from the – he is separated
MIND – INDIFFERENCE – morning – waking; on
MIND – SADNES
VERTIGO – VERTIGO
HEAD – HEAVINESS – lying – bed; in – agg.