The Yew Mysteries

photo by Andy McGeeney

Sacred Teachings

from the Tree of Eternity

photo by Chelynn Tetreault

with Michael Dunning

The Yew Mysteries and Sacred Yew Institute 2017-12-04T20:26:38+00:00

There is a Story to be Told...

Paintings by Mitchell Pluto

"Three lifetimes of the yew
for the world from its beginning to its end."

~ The Book of Lismore ~

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Michael Dunning returns to the Craniosacral Podcast 

This episode features Michael Dunning teaching about biodynamic ignition in a live classroom setting. In this introduction to the topic he incorporates traditional biodynamic references along with spiritual and poetic accents. Michael has been one of the most popular guests on the podcast to date, undoubtedly due to his passion for the work and eye for nuance.

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Filmed at Plant Consciousness 2016, London

The Yew 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 yewshamanic work refers to as the ‘alkaloid cloud’ of the yew.

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