I had a spirit animal blessing this morning, this little messenger posted up behind my car letting me know that I had to receive it's message before traveling on. I have just recently ended a powerful relationship and what's true for me is that I am once again (and always) in this period of transformation and growth. We can not know beauty without experiencing pain. Pain is our pathway back to wholeness and I was overjoyed with excitement to see this little guy blocking my path.
Snake medicine speaks of transcending personal pain, gaining a sense of security in the midsts of instability, and learning how to renew without having to replace. The teachings of this animal urge us to not give up on or throw out that which may still be quite useful. When snake medicine glides into your life, it is time to schluff off the old pattern so that the new design can pulse with the most current energy. It is time to listen to your body’s discomfort and locate the real source of the pain. Snake, unlike dragonfly or butterfly, does not transform herself into a completely new shape. She molts; a process of gliding through old dead cells to emerge improved and renewed with its original design intact. This molting process, when applied to healing, can range from mildly irritating to debilitating contractions of violent pain depending on the lessons being presented. What do we do with pain? How can we end it? Snake says, don’t run from it. Turn around and move into it. Snake unlocks her jaws and swallows life whole. Confronting pain is the only way to completely dissolve it. Snake teaches us that the basic function of pain is to teach us of the true reality of life outside delusional social conventions. That reality is a silent experience beyond words. It is in this silence that healing occurs.