Monday, April 21, 2008

Invitation: Planting the Tree of Dreams

Two lumps of raw clay purchased to make the vessel.
This is what will happen to the dreams we placed in the Dream House:

The tree planting ceremony will take place on a friend's estate in Santa Cruz on Saturday 3rd May 2008 from 2:30 p.m. (Note this in your dairies). To get to the spot where we will plant our dreams/the Dream Tree, we will hike uphill for about 30 - 45 minutes. (Bring water to drink)

Once we reach to the mountain top, we will sit in a circle and pass around a large lump of raw clay. Each person will contribute to the gradual creation of a deep, open-top bowl. It doesn't have to be 'perfect'. It may end up being lumpy and misshapen, but the important thing is that this vessel will contain the positive communal energies of all who created it. Once finished, our dreams will be put into the vessel, which will be placed in the earth, open top up. This vessel will hold our dreams. (Those who wear lots of rings, your hands will get caked in clay, so it will be better to come with bare fingers).

Earth will be covered over the hole/vessel/dreams. In that exact spot we will then plant the tree (type of tree to be announced closer to date). The moist, unbaked clay of the vessel will be one with the earth. As the tree grows, its roots will stretch down through the open top of the clay vessel, toward the dreams, absorbing them and transporting their energies from the earth (a nurturing womb) to the sky (limitless potential).


DATE: Saturday 3 May, 2008
1:30 p.m. sharp (please, not Trini time). Meet at collective point: outside Undercover Plant Shop, Santa Cruz.
Follow me from Undercover to the estate where we will be planting the Dream Tree. (About 10 mins drive away). To make it easier (less cars), car pooling for people coming from the same area can be arranged.
Hiking shoes, knapsack with drinking water/snacks, etc., a raincoat and change of clothing (just in case it rains).
IMPORTANT: I need to know the amount of people attending. Those who plan on coming, please e-mail me at nowiswowisnow [at] yahoo [dot] com by Sunday 27 April for the latest with the following information:
Name, contact information, headcount (you may want to bring a friend) and where you're coming from.

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Blogger Mitra said...

I will certainly be there Elspeth! Can't wait to get my hands on the clay and into the soil again:o)

4:15 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

Great. So far by close of day ten people confirmed (including you).

7:24 PM  
Blogger human being said...

what a beautiful ritual...may i take part virtually?! with your real hands?
looking forward to reading more about it... are you going to put some pics here after it is done?

by the way, would you like to take part in Hopper's projects? the latest is a community writing project... a story
this is the link:

7:43 AM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

Yes, of course you can take part. You can either do it alone or with loved one(s). Plant something on the same day at the same time as us (once your time difference makes it possible). You can write your dreams for planting too. I will check out the Hopper project.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

Inside this clay jug there are canyons and pine mountains, and the maker of canyons and mountains!
All seven oceans are inside, and hundreds of millions of stars.
The acid that tests gold is there, and the one who judges jewels.
And the music from the strings no one touches,and the source of all water. If you want the truth, I will tell you the truth: Friend, listen: the God whom I love is inside.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

That's beautiful!

5:43 PM  

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