Yew: Tree Of Eternity
Michael Dunning, Yew Shaman: The yew tree is a living mystery. It has survived virtually unchanged for over 250 million years as the oldest, and yet simultaneously the most youthful and even ‘embryonic’ tree species in Europe. Known as ‘the tree archetype of Europe’, the yew has the ability to change its sex, seemingly at will. The oldest known word for the yew, eya (circa 1750 BCE) means ‘eternity’ or ‘to be touched by eternity.’ It is likely that the ‘eternity’ referred to here is related to ancient practices involving the psychoactive properties of the yew. Michael has directly experienced these properties through working in specific ways with yew bark which produces a consciousness altering alkaloid toxin; what Michael in his Yew shamanic work refers to as the ‘alkaloid cloud’ of the yew. In this talk Michael shares his many experiences through a body of work that he has come to call 'The Yew Mysteries'
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During the late 1980’s Michael became extremely ill as a result of an encounter in the far north of Scotland with a powerful elemental being that he calls the Sulfur Daemon. Several years later and close to death, he was led to an ancient female yew tree in the south of Scotland. Michael spent over nine years under this yew where he was healed and where he was given the template for a spiritual teaching and shamanic healing practice that he refers to collectively as the Yew Mysteries. Michael emigrated to the USA in 2003. He now teaches the Yew Mysteries, Yewshamanism and a unique form of Biodynamic Craniosacral in USA, Canada and in UK.
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