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How Snake Got to Grow
Now this isn't a story that in Native
American mythology or lore. It may exist but I dont know.
It's a story that was told to me while on a shamanic journey
that I did. To this day it's still one of the experiences that
I have had that tells me that journeying isn't just our imagination
because quite frankly I could not have come up with it and invented
it from scratch. The story deals with a part of Snake medicine
and I wasn't accustomed to it enough at the time to deduct the
fallowing form my own knowledge of it. It shows one of the many
facets associated with the medicine of that animal. I wasn't
able to find my original notes so I hope I will be able to do
it justice here now.
How Snake Got To Grow
A long time ago Snake was sad because he was smaller than all
the other animals, even as he grew older he still remained the
same and that caused him much sadness. One day as Eagle was
hunting he noticed snake far below him and dived down to catch
him. When Eagle finally caught Snake he noticed something was
wrong as Snake didnt flee and wasn't fighting to break
free. Eagle then asked : Snake why did you not flee when I came
down to catch you and why do you not fight not to break free
and continue living. Snake said: I am sad Eagle, unlike the
other animals I do not grow. Take me I dont care, end
my life here I have no use to continue living. Eagle was disconcerted
by this and did not understand why Snake valued his life so
little. Eagle then decided to take the matter to Great Spirit.
He told Snake to wait while he would bring this to Great Spirit.
So Eagle flew high into to sky to Great Spirit and then told
him what had happen. Great Spirit was worried about this since
it was not in it was not in the circle of life for an animal
to just give up. He asked Eagle to bring Snake to him. So Eagle
flew down and told Snake that Great Spirit wanted to see him.
Snake said it was fine, he didn't care. So Eagle grabbed Snake
in its might talons and took him off high in the sky to meet
Great Spirit. Great Spirit asked snake: Why do you wish to let
yourself die, surely that isn't part of the nature of things.
Snake answered: I am sad and I do not wish to continue to live
anymore. I cannot grow like all the other animals. I dont
see why I should continue living when life offers me no growth.
Great Spirit thought about what Snake
had said and then answered: I will tell you then how you can
grow. To be able to do that you need to lose the parts of yourself
that you no longer need. So with each obstacle you face, as
you pass and surmount it you leave behind what you dont
need any more and that is how you will grow. Eagle then brought
snake back and as sure as it was said by following Great Spirit's
words Snake was able to grow. This story tells the tale of how
snake learned sheds it's skin. In order to grow snake needs
to get rid of its old skin and does that by leaving it on the
obstacles he comes across.
It's not the best rendition of it
but the point is still there. It also addresses one of the fundamentals
of Snake medicine.
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