Wish Trees are SACRED places where people, throughout the ages, have come to voice their inner longings and made offerings to Nature, The Great Spirit, to the Universe, in the hope that their LONGING FOR GREATER THRIVING will come true.
Even if we don’t believe that an external force will grant us our wishes, the process of taking the time to articulate something that may previously only have lived (hidden) inside, may for some be the first step in saying yes to moving towards it.
Wish Trees are found in many different cultures around the world and although the specific rituals differ from one country to the next, what all Wish Trees have in common is that of being places where people reconnect with their inner truths- what truly matters to us. Modern Wish Trees often have paper tags with wishes and reflections written on them hanging from their branches.
Wish Trees can feel like special places, as they invite us to step out from the busyness of our daily lives and into a space where what matters are the whispers of our hearts.
Seeing the wishes of other people floating in the wind connect us to our common humanity: we will soon notice that we share very similar longings and hopes for our lives and the world.
Japanese artist and wife of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, have used Wish Trees in her art for over 30 years.
Her process is to plant a tree native to a site and people are then invited to tie a written wish to the tree. Yoko Ono’s installations have been found in many places around North & South America, Australia and Europe. The wishes are collected and buried at the base of the Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island in Kollafjörður Bay in Iceland.
To date over 1 million wishes have been buried beneath the tower.
The Imagine Peace Tower is a beacon of light, symbolising the wish for world peace. It is there to give encouragement, inspiration and a sense of solidarity in a world filled with fear and confusion. “Let us come together to realise a peaceful world” says Yoko Ono:
“Love is our energy
Wisdom is our power
It’s time to shed light to all corners of the world
Enjoy the trip we make together“
In Wish Tree, we work with Wish Trees both metaphorically and sometimes literally.
In order to flourish, like a tree, we must be nourished by a healthy foundation – our roots: what truly matters.
In order to spread our branches and expand forwards or upwards, we must say yes to sunshine: to be inspired by our dreams, longings, hopes.
And we need to learn to withstand the storms, chills and droughts of our lives by nurturing resilience.
Our journey towards a more peaceful and whole world starts with enabling ourselves to live and lead ourselves more authentically and mindfully: grounded and open to receiving life wholeheartedly and interdependently.
The Wish Tree has many gifts to offer us on this adventure.