02
Jun
10

The Lightning Flash

Meditating on the lightning flash

– Lightning is a phenomenon of polarity. It is formed from the relation of postive and negative electrons in the atmosphere; it is also formed from ice crystals in the clouds but gives birth to fire.

– The association between lightning and the Tree of Life mirrors the real link between lightning and trees.  Sheltering under trees in a thunderstorm can be dangerous, as that is precisely where lightning is most likely to strike.

– ‘Beware of an oak, it draws the stroke’, or put another way, the tree draws down power from the heavens to the earth.

– Ambivalence: some things struck by lightning conduct the energy and are unharmed. Others resist and are destroyed. The bolt from the blue can be a shock and/or a sudden flash of inspiration.

– Anyone who was a child in England in the 1970s will remember the haunting theme song The Lightning Tree from the TV programme Follyfoot: 

Down in the meadow where the wind blows free,
In the middle of a field stands a lightning tree.
It’s limbs all torn from the day it was born
For the tree was born in a thunder storm.

Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
It’s never too late for you and me;
Grow, grow, the lightning tree,
Never give in too easily.

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1 Response to “The Lightning Flash”


  1. February 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Excellent. Well done. (I remember Follyfoot from being a child in New Zealand in the 1980s, but close enough.)


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