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Proving of the Methuselah Tree -Pinus longaeva

Marijke Creveld
Written by Marijke Creveld

Homeopath Marijke Creveld reports on a dream proving of the Methuselah Tree – Pinus longaeva

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.

Proving themes

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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

About the author

Marijke Creveld

Marijke Creveld

Marijke Creveld, PhD. was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She graduated the University Utrecht in 1973 as a researcher in plant ecology, and in 1981 she completed her Ph.D. in plant ecology. She has conducted fieldwork on lichen ecology in Norway and on old, indigenous trees and shrubs in the Netherlands and Belgium. She was a biology teacher from 1970-1996. Ms. Creveld trained at The Dutch School for Natural Medicine and later with George Vithoulkas, Rajan Sankaran and Jonathan Shore. She has been in private practice as a homeopath since 1989, occasionally integrating spiritual and shamanistic therapies into her practice. In 1999 she began making new homeopathic remedies using tree roots, which she connected to silicon (15 Radix remedies). She conducted dream provings of these remedies and has written and lectured about her research.These provings lead to the discovery and manufacture of the Diospyros kaki remedy in the 2000. Marijke lives and works in Zwolle (the Netherlands). She is a member of the Dutch Association of Classical Homeopaths. www.creveld.nl

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