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Dante - Paradiso - The wood and trees

Identifier

003262

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Because trees can represent both enlightened beings or gods and their virtues , they are often found on the top of hills or even on the top of or very high up the mountains. As such, one of the challenges found on the mountain may have been to preserve virtue when faced with adversity. Depending at which height they are found a grove of trees or even a single tree could thus represent a virtue found or sustained.

A description of the experience

Dante – The Divine Comedy

 At this height, which is entirely clear,
In the living air, that motion can be felt
And makes the wood, because of its density, sound;
 
And the tree that is struck, has the property
Of impregnating the air with its virtue,
Which the air, in its revolution, diffuses;
 
And the land, according to the merits
Of itself, and its climate, conceives and produces
Different trees with different sorts of virtues.
 
To anyone who had heard this, it would not appear
To be a marvel on earth that some plants
Take root without any visible seed.
 
And you should know that this holy plateau
Where you are now, is full of all the seeds
And has fruits which are not to be gathered elsewhere

The source of the experience

Dante Alighieri

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Fruit
Hill
Seed
Tree

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Love with visualisation
Manic depression

Commonsteps

References