defeat

self-realization

 

apathy
alienation
emptiness
alcoholism
drug addiction
crime dependency
interpersonal conflicts

joy

health

creativity

fulfillment

acceptance

contentment

self motivation

purposefulness

 

fear

guilt

hostility

self-pity

mistrust

jealousy

insecurity

resentment

 

love
trust
charity
warmth
kindness
gratitude
friendship
forgiveness

The Trees of Self Defeat and Self Realization 1970 John Argeropoulos

Adapted from: Tree of Self-Realization and Tree of Self-Defeat by John Argeropoulos as described in A Simple Path by Lucinda Vardey.
 

 "Those who say they would have right without its correlate, wrong ... do not apprehend the great principles of the universe,
nor the nature of creation."
Chuang Tzu, The Tree of Life


"I become bound up in relation to it. The tree is no longer It. I have been seized by the power of exclusiveness. Nothing is lost. The tree is no impression, no play of my imagination, no value depending on my mood, but it is bodied over against me and has to do with me, as I with it -- only in a different way."

From Martin Buber, "I and Thou," The Spiritual Naturalist


"Tree", Caesarea, church outside the walls, Israel

"Tree", Caesarea, church outside the walls, Israel

 

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