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Avatar Movie Directly Parallels Sacred Tree Story Written Thirty-Four Years Ago

The “Tree of Souls” in the film Avatar is the Na’vi “link” to the spiritual and guiding force Eywa. The Na’vi held the Sacred Tree of Souls in great respect and understood that without it, their way of life and their world, would die.

In the book, The Sacred Tree, Indigenous values and traditions are taught as a primary key to unlocking the spiritual force of the Archetype of the Sacred Tree that will move us on the path of personal growth and development. Indigenous Elders prophesy that by returning to the life-preserving and life-enhancing spiritual values and guiding principles of the Sacred Tree, Indigenous Peoples and the Human Family will be awakened and transformed.

This transformation will have a healing effect on all of Mother Earth. We will all come to realize that we are Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth.

The symbolism of The Sacred Tree is found at the heart of the cultural and spiritual traditions of all members of the Human Family. With great love and respect for those Walking the Red Road of spiritual understanding and personal growth, please enjoy this excerpt from The Sacred Tree.

The Story of the Sacred Tree

“For all the people of the earth, the Creator has planted a Sacred Tree under which they may gather, and there find healing, power, wisdom, and security. The roots of this tree spread deep into the body of Mother Earth. Its branches reach upward like hands praying to Father Sky. The fruits of this tree are the good things the Creator has given to the people: Teachings that show the path to love, compassion, generosity, patience, wisdom, justice, courage, respect, humility and many other wonderful gifts.

The Ancient Ones taught us that the life of the Tree is the life of the people. If the people wander far away from the protective shadow of the Tree, if they forget to seek the nourishment of its fruit or they should turn against the Tree and attempt to destroy it, great sorrow will fall upon the people. Many will become sick at heart. The people will lose their power. They will cease to dream dreams and see visions. They will begin to quarrel among themselves over worthless trifles. They will become unable to tell the truth and to deal with each other honestly. They will forget how to survive in their own land. Their lives will become filled with anger and gloom. Little by little, they will poison themselves and all they touch.

It was foretold that these things would come to pass, but that the Tree would never die. And as long as the Tree lives, the people live. It was also foretold that the day would come when the people would awaken, as if from a long, drugged sleep; that they would begin, timidly at first but then with great urgency, to search again for the Sacred Tree.

The knowledge of its whereabouts and of the fruits that adorn its branches have always been carefully guarded and preserved within the minds and hearts of our wise elders and leaders. These humble, loving and dedicated souls will guide anyone who is honestly and sincerely seeking along the path leading to the protecting shadow of the Sacred Tree."


The Sacred Tree includes a forward by Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace, and author of My Life with the Chimpanzees

The Sacred Tree is available in English and Spanish, US residents may order at 4 Worlds Native American Bookstore

Canadian shoppers may receive free shipping by ordering from The Sacred Tree Bookstore

International customers may purchase the book at

Also available for Amazon Kindle!

The Sacred Tree has been translated in more than 10 languages. Please email for more information.

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Comment by Pat Crosby on March 3, 2011 at 4:08pm
There are legends  of the Sacred Mother Tree of Life in the ancient lore of Lemuria.  I went over the place (now underwater offshore the Hawain islands) said to be the place of the great tree - that was purple in vibration.  The energy was incredible.  I was quivering and trembling all over.  Lemuria is said to have existed more than 50,000 years ago.
Comment by Phil Lane Jr. on June 6, 2010 at 12:09pm
Yes ! We are the Sacred Tree! Each one of us a Sovereignty, Ancient, Imperishable and Everlasting, One Heart and one Mind in many bodies!
Comment by Virginia Viles on June 6, 2010 at 11:54am
Isn't the tree of life, the same one we carry within us all? The fruits of that tree that we are supposed to use for subsidence should be truth, integrity, kindness and compassion amongst others. The prophesies as I understand them refer back to a time when our personal vibrations were higher, when we were kind and compassionate to all living things and not just to the human kind. When we loose the lower vibrations of greed, jealously, anger, resentment and others won't that in turn raise our higher vibrations so we can continue to benefit from the fruits of the tree of life?
Comment by Greg Jackson on June 6, 2010 at 11:40am
I always enjoy the story and was greatly moved by the movie Avatar because of the strong parallels and symbolism related to The Sacred Tree or as numerous Indigenous and other heritages represent in their storytelling and history, The Tree of Life. Thank you again for sharing and helping us all to remember.
Comment by Starchild on June 6, 2010 at 11:23am
Dear Phil, I still have the book "The Sacred Tree" you gave me in the early '80s' when I started university! I used it in teaching traditional teachings to my students both in elementary and university classes. I treasure it. Much thanks!

Comment by Diane Fox on March 26, 2010 at 8:53pm
I had a green dance shawl that lay empty without any design on it for several years, but I knew that something should go on it. It came to me that a design of The Sacred Tree should go on the shawl. I knew that in the spiritual beliefs of all the tribes of our earth, there were teachings about The Sacred Tree and that it is a unifying symbol to us all. I asked a friend what did his people's teachings say about The Sacred Tree. He was silent for a moment and then said The Sundance. One year later after talking to the friend I brought out the shawl at a powwow. It was drawn by my artistic granddaughter who intuitively gave it seven branches and seven roots that spread over the edge of the shawl. Birds and monarch butterflies who have entered my life now inhabit the tree with a story for each one. Since the message came to me to place this on the shawl, several books came to me including your book Phil. Another is one my daughter found, Myths of the Sacred Tree by Moyra Caldecott. The study of the sacred tree is an amazing journey. Thank you for bringing this book to being.
Comment by Karen RedHawk Dallett on March 14, 2010 at 3:39pm
Thank you Phil Lane, for bringing the knowledge forward on recognizing this as a story which is one that has been told by our ancestors throughout time. This is not a Hollywood story but one of the People. Blessings.
Comment by Carol Petersen on March 14, 2010 at 1:25pm
Dear Brother Phil,
I wouldn't be surprised if J. Cameron read the book and based the movie on it. Let's extend our hearts towards him and perhaps he will return to this field with us at the Fourth Way in the Four Worlds. The grandmothers are dreaming and the rainbows are filling the void.
Alll my relations
Comment by Ruth on March 13, 2010 at 6:21pm
Thank you for posting this. I enjoyed the movie Avatar and felt it had a message that could wake up human beings about the destruction of planet Earth. It is good to know that a key theme in the movie, the sacred tree, came from an indigenous propehcy.
Comment by Larissa Belo-van Beek on March 13, 2010 at 10:15am
My intense gratitude for sharing this ancient wisdom of the Sacred Tree. I can feel the inspiration and energy already just by reading this short message. How much we need these Fruits of this Tree at this moment in time on Planet Earth. I hope many many people will find their way to this Sacred Tree and may everyone experience the complete Oneness with All. I am gonna check out where to find the book in the Netehrlands!

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