Earth & Soul is our 300 acre (112 hectare) property located at Cannon Creek, 12 kilometres west of Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt of Southern Queensland. When you enter our property, just inside the gate you turn right into an open field - this is the World of the 22nd Path – the Tree of Life Spiritual Walk.
The walk consists of 11 connected paths that lead out from the Source and travel to Earth. Then you return to the Source along the same 11 paths. The total length of the Tree of Life Spiritual Walk – outward and inward combined – is approximately 1400 metres (1.4 kilometres). Time-wise, you can walk up and back in around 20 minutes.
The Tree of Life presents a model of the creation of the universe and the pattern of the rhythm of life. It is drawn from the teachings of the Kabbalah’s Sepher Yetzirah (the Book of Formation). In the diagram to the right, you can see that the paths emanate from the Source and connect from circle to circle. The circles are called Sephira (singular) and Sephiroth (plural). Essentially they are states of being. Sephira/Sephiroth is a Hebrew word that comes from the root for the word Sapphire and this is fitting as each Sephira is a shining, shard of light splintered off from the main Source.
Although the Kabbalah of the Jewish belief system is the main source of reference, the Tree of Life Spiritual Walk does not represent any particular religion or religious practice. My interpretation of the philosophy is intended to be entirely non-religious and non-denominational. I prefer to refer to entities and higher authorities as energy and rather than the word God I prefer the word Source. The Tree of Life Spiritual Walk is the manifest, living model of this spiritual philosophy. It is intended as a spiritual experience and a reference model for spiritual development. Together with information drawn from the Tarot, this is a complete spiritual philosophy and provides a positive model for living a good and balanced life.
The Tree of Life is a practical model for contemplation, meditation, learning and understanding of life. By taking this model from books and dreams and manifesting it on the ground as a real structure that you can walk and see, then it becomes a powerful, active, physical learning aid.