August 12, 2012
The first time I saw a Bodhi Tree I had just landed in Bodhgaya, India. As I entered the courtyard, a strange sensation came over me and I began to weep quietly to myself. Something overtook me—I was so filled with love and peacefulness. It was as if I felt like I was coming home from a long journey, one that I previously hadn’t known I was on or where I had originated from.
The experiences I had during these months in India changed me and my life forever. An entire decade passed before I went back to visit Bodhgaya again in 2013. This time, I wanted to be able to capture some of the power, magic and love that emanates from this special place and from the hearts of the sincere meditators who come to visit. What better way than to make an elixir of the Bodhi Tree!
When I collected the Bodhi Tree leaves to make the essence, the sun was shining and everything around me seemed to sparkle. I was surrounded by monks, nuns and other meditators doing their practices. Stray dogs were prancing around the area and brightly-colored zinnia flowers looked like pinwheels in the sun. Time seemed to pause. The huge, heart-shaped leaves quivered on the branches of the massive trees that offered shade and cool moisture.
(If you’re interested to see more photographs of the area precisely where I collected the essence to make the Bodhi Tree elixir, find them here.)
If you are attracted to the Bodhi Tree or its leaf, you may be wishing to express your love more deeply, or you may be yearning to fuel your spiritual connection. You may need to carve out some extra time for meditation, prayer or spiritual practice.
Whatever it is that connects you with the divine, whether it's a specific practice, creative expression or being in nature, make time for it and be intentional with it. There may be gifts and treasures that are waiting to be discovered when you give that extra space for awakening your spiritual side.
The Bodhi Tree essence catalyzes an all-encompassing love that pacifies negative emotions. It helps us cut through fears and anxiety as well as experience unwavering peacefulness, open-heartedness and tenderness. It magnifies patience and the ability to accept others as they are, forgiving and unconditionally loving them without wanting to change them.
Bodhi Tree calms aggression, anger and violence, inspiring kindness and gentleness. It awakens devotion and a deeper experience of spiritual connection.It helps us embrace life as it is, perceiving the sacredness woven into the fabric of everyday life.
Note: The Bodhi Tree Elixir is a very strong and potent elixir. If at any time any discomfort arises, you can slow down and take it 1–2 times each day instead of 5 times per day.
It is also part of our Boundless Wisdom collection.
The Bodhi Tree (Ficus religiosa) is a rare and sacred fig tree, native to India, Nepal, Burma, Sri Lanka and southern China. It symbolizes pure body, pure speech, pure mind, and its leaves are shaped like exquisite hearts.
Not all of the Ficus religiosa trees are called "Bodhi" trees. Bodhi is a special name, meaning "awakening" or "enlightenment," reserved for those trees that belong to an unbroken lineage from the original ficus tree that sheltered the Indian prince, Shakyamuni, who would become known as the Buddha. He vowed to sit, under this tree in Bodhgaya, until he became enlightened: 100% free of fear, anger and all disturbing emotions, awakening an all-pervasive love, compassion, kindness, pure motivation and a total understanding the past, present + future.
The massive Bodhi trees at the base of the stupa are descendants of the very tree that existed there over 2,500 years ago, where the prince made his vow, and became the first of many "Buddhas," or enlightened ones.
"When I use this essence, I immediately feel my inhales and exhales balancing out. I'm so neutral, accepting and compassionate. I truly feel the energy and spirit of the Bodhi Tree. Thank you so much for collecting and creating this elixir!!!" —Jessica Briggs
"This elixir was so transformative. It gave me peace and helped me a lot during my meditation practice. I love Bodhi Tree—through it I was also able to relate to the story behind the elixir. Thank you for always bringing us beautiful magic!" —Monica
"This was a beautiful, gentle elixir that I felt deepened my awareness and gave me incredible patience/understanding, especially with people/situations that might have acted as triggers before. It also imparted a new, higher perspective on situations." —Celeste
"I have been taking the Bodhi Tree elixir three times a day. The first two days, I cried, and on the third day, I realized I was breaking through some walls. My partner helped me pick out this elixir because it is common that I scold or can get very short with him, and we've both noticed more of a softness over the two weeks. It has also given me the strength to step out of my comfort zone in a particular area and ask for what I need, and I can feel a more sacred connection with myself coming in because of the space that I asked for." —Sara Eddison
"I love Bodhi Tree. It reminds me that it’s better to be accepting of others than to be right. It strengthens my patience as I continue to blossom." —Kathleen
Magnifies: All-encompassing love and devotion; patience and accepting others as they are; feeling safe, loved and patient; sense of something greater than oneself; tenderness, open-heartedness, softness and gentleness
Dissolves: Feeling disconnected from your spiritual life; negative emotions; fear, aggression, anxiety and obsession; fear of violence; feeling unsafe
Infused with flower essences for mindful awareness, synchronicity & sacred perspective, Boundless Wisdom helps us look beyond the obvious & perceive the preciousness of every moment.
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