Tree Carr: The Tarot Guide Comes To Mortimer House

The Notebook | 21st October 2019

This Halloween, the celebrated Dream Guide Tree Carr reads Tarot in The Living Room & Den and takes our members on a flight into inner space

This Halloween, The Living Room & Den at Mortimer House is graced by the presence of Tree Carr of Lucid Dream Tree–a renowned practitioner in the arts of astral projection, lucid dreaming and the ancient art of Tarot reading. In her work as a contemporary Dream Guide, Tree helps people seeking to activate, explore and further understand inner space and the psychological landscape of their dreaming minds by helping them to cultivate a daily dreaming practice. Her clients are worldwide and the workshops, courses and retreats she creates exploring the realms of spirituality and consciousness take place throughout Europe, Canada and The United States. Tree has been exploring mysticism since she was a child, and is a certified Death Doula–her empath work as an End of Life Guide involves helping people spiritually, existentially and practically at the end of their lives. Her recently published book DREAMS: How To Connect With Your Dreams To Enrich Your Life, was released in December 2018 with Octopus Publishing, and she is already working on the much-anticipated follow-up, which is to be released in early 2021 with Leaping Hare Press. In advance of her Mortimer House debut on All Hallow’s Eve, she discusses manifestation, neuroplasticity and the profound connection between Tarot and the theories of radical psychoanalyst Carl C Jung,

Please talk to us about the art of Tarot reading…
I first became interested in Tarot when I was a teenager. I was experiencing a lot of precognitive dreams, astral and lucid dreams, and this prompted me to explore consciousness, esoterica, the occult and magick. I used to go to the local library and obsessively read all the books in the magical arts section and ended up self-taught in astrology, tarot and palmistry. Tarot is a wonderful guidance system with roots that date back to mid-15th century. It gives a great overview of your journey in life and what you are currently navigating. It also helps to unpack all the deeper layers of self. I see the cards as ‘talking points’ that often either confirm what the querent was already intuitively contemplating, or they can serve as prompts that help guide the querent through areas of their life.

How do you think Tarot ties into psychology and Jungian notions of the collective unconscious?
Tarot gets tied into Jungian psychology because of the Major Arcana cards in the deck. These are the 22 archetype cards. (there are a total of 78 cards in a Tarot deck) Jung was big on archetypes. His concept was that archetypes were models of people, behaviours or personalities (The Caregiver, The Hero, The Rebel etcetera) His theory outlines that archetypes are inborn tendencies that play a role influencing human behaviour. This all ties into his ideas of the collective unconscious: which is the concept of a shared unconscious mind among beings of the same species. In Jungian psychology, the archetypes represent universal patterns and images that are part of the collective unconscious. Jung believed that we inherit these archetypes much the way we inherit instinctive patterns of behavior. Jung saw how this could be applied to the Tarot: the Major Arcana cards represent the life lessons, karmic influences and the big archetypal themes that are influencing your life and your soul's journey to enlightenment. They represent the structure of human consciousness and hold the keys to life lessons passed down through the ages. Therefore, Jung saw the Tarot as psychological images and symbols with which one plays, as the unconscious seems to play with it’s contents.

What is your opinion on the power of manifestation?
It works! Intent is the catalyst for all manifestation to occur. Thoughts and energy help to create our reality. But it’s not just positive intention, it also requires you to take action too. That’s where the energy comes in. We work in partnership with our inner world and our outer world. I’m sure that some form of neuroplasticity is taking place: which is the constant rewiring of our brain in response to thoughts, behaviors and environments. How does that in turn affect our external world? Perhaps our thoughts create our reality instead of our reality creating our thoughts. There is a theory of a biocentric universe proposed by scientist Robert Lanza which outlines that life creates the universe instead of the other way around. Perhaps we human beings are more magical than we think. I believe in the law of infinite universes: all things are possible! Within the multiverse there is room for fate, room for shaping your own destiny, synchronicities, chaos, karma, contagion and like attracting like. Choose your own adventure.

How do you think digital culture is rewiring human consciousness, and what are the pluses and minuses of our current paradigm?
In an age of rampant industrialised consumerism and technological alienation, it would seem as though we are becoming disconnected from aspects of our inner worlds. Our quiet, reflective consciousness has been superseded by the busy, noisy and distracted components of modern, consumer culture. We are also experiencing a disconnect from nature and the natural world. We are spending tremendous amounts of time engaging with our smartphones and other electronic devices and less time going for walks through fields or sitting in parks. We’ve lost our ability to be present, inward and reflective and have replaced it with a new habit of consciously projecting our immediate experiences outwards to the world for validation. We’ve quickly lost the habit of taking time to stop and smell the roses, because now we are too busy taking pictures of the roses! These new habits of disconnection impact our abilities to connect to the reflective and deep nature of our minds and our dreams. The pluses of this current paradigm shift of accessible technology would be one of interconnectivity. More than ever we are tapped into the ‘hive mind’ and we can literally watch the collective unconscious shift and evolve right before our eyes on the threads of our social media platforms.

How do you think it is affecting our dreamtime and our capacity for inner flight?
Our Western construct prioritises the external and material worlds. Our society lives on a steady diet of sugar, caffeine and alcohol in order to have us function at our highly stressed, long-hour jobs and keep the system running. In return, this makes our reality one that’s full of poor sleep hygiene, sleep debt, anxiety, stress and dependency on stimulants. This in return affects our sleep cycles and ability to connect with our dreams. On top of all of this, we also have all of our electronic devices: flatscreen TVs, smartphones and laptops in bed with us. For most of us, the last thing we do before we go to sleep is engage with an electronic screen. The blue light emitted from our devices are known to over excite the brain and disrupt our sleep cycles. These are all combinations of bad habits concerning our bodies and minds. And this all affects our capacity for inner flight.

Interview by John-Paul Pryor
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