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*Gosh this was a while ago, it's dated November 29, 2000! Here
As Amberseed wanted, we could do snake. This is a story that
I wrote a good while back, Cinn
might remember it. It dealt with the nature of transformation
associated with Snake. It was told
to me by a Native American on a journey that I had a good while
back. Now this story goes as
this. I'll try to tell it as good as I can remember it.
One day an Eagle was gliding high in the sky surveying the ground
below looking for something
to eat. He spotted a Snake on the ground. The Eagle swooped
down and landed near the Snake.
The Eagle didn't strike he looked at the Snake who didn't act
normally. The Snake slowly looked
up at the Eagle and said: "go ahead, eat me, I don't care.
I don't want to live anymore. Take my
life and be done with it."
This struck Eagle as odd. Never did he see in his life a Snake
act this way, this caught his
curiosity. (Yes, Eagles can be curious.) He proceeded to ask
Snake what was the problem.
"Snake," he said, "What is the problem for you
to be such an easy meal this day?"
The Snake answered: "I cannot grow anymore, so this life
has nothing to offer me anymore, it
has no more meaning."
Eagle thought about these words and decided to help the Snake.
Eagle said: "Come, I will take
you high atop the mountain, there you can see and talk to Great
Spirit. Maybe he will know what
to do." Snake agreed. Eagle took him up in the sky to the
highest mountain top and said: "Great
Spirit, someone needs your wisdom."
Great Spirit appeared before them. Eagle explained the condition.
snake had lost his will to live.
Great Spirit was disconcerted at this. He asked Snake: "Why?
Why did you lose your will to live?"
Snake answered: "I cannot grow anymore, I am stuck as this
and without growth life has no
meaning for me."
Great Spirit pondered the situation. After a while he answered:
"As you move along your path,
use the obstacle in your way to remove the skin that you no
longer need. With it gone you will be
able to grow tall out of your shell."
Snake listened well to these words and as a matter of fact was
able to continue on growing.
This is the story as I remember it. Now what are its lessons?
The way I see them and I do believe
that it is the way that it was told to me that when we are faced
with obstacles in life, when we
pass them or go over them, we must leave the parts of our self
that those lessons (obstacles)
taught us unnecessary. It is sure Snake represents much more
than that. The only other thing that
I could say is that the venom of Snake is in its essence purifying,
to me it represents it's inner fire
and capacity to purify. That's what I have from the few experiences
I had with them.
A question to this. I believe that the Native American that
told me this story is the Guide that I
have right now. The same sensation arises in me when I think
of him. What is weird is, that in
that journey he was young, about 32 y/o, and I was a young boy,
about 8 y/o. Now in my
journeys he's about 50 to 60 y/o. Does that make sense, is it
possible to see the same Guide but at
different times in his life???? It just occurred to me and makes
me real confused!!
This is really one if not the first of the journeys I did that
shows me that journeying isn't just
imagination. Although I'm artistic and imaginative, I could
never have come up with something
exactly like this. Snake Medicine isn't one of my strong points,
or maybe it is and I dont realize
and dont act upon it but this story, at least to me strikes
at one of the core of snake Medicine.
And furthermore I was gifted by this since this is something
I have never written anywhere else.
I'm glad that you enjoyed it and that it brings some food for
thought, these are what stories are
Now for a question Cinn. I have never been gifted with another
story. This was the only time.
Does it mean that I am to do something special with it? Am I
just to share it as it was done here
or does this mean that this is a significant part of my path?
I'm asking as I'm not to fond of snake.
I think I know why though. Anyhow I'd appreciate some feedback
As you were pointing out, the echo of the NA spiritual poetry
is here through and through. A
definite Medicine Story...it teaches that Medicine, you see?
It had purpose and will continue to
serve you as well as those you share it with. You'll know when
it's called for but it's now part of
*your* Medicine for it was given to you as a lesson to learn
and an example to follow.
Yes, it was a great experience in defining where the imagination
stops and the images begin...not
just in journey work but in all capacities of the spiritual
and mundane paths. Remember when
Salamander showed up walking down the street with you? I sure
do. I laughed my you know
what off. You mentioned this was not your style of creativity
and you knew it wasn't sourced with
you. That is also the sensation you have when your Guides channel
through you in the physical
realm to "breakthrough" and communicate. You may say
or do things quite different from what
you consider normal and that's the guidance directing your actions.
That's being a Hollow Bone.
Sharing Medicine Stories is a form of oral tradition very common
to the NA ways. They didn't
write books, they told stories and a story keeper is known as
a Medicine Chief or a LoreKeeper
depending on the tradition you follow. This is also very common
in other paths. Snake may not
be a Totem of yours but it definitely could be one of your teachers.
Once or several times, it
doesn't matter. The point is the lesson got through to you.
That you have not been gifted with
another story does not surprise me. It may happen in the future,
but when gifted this way and
taught a lesson we are meant to share it. How are you using
this on your path? Personally?
That's fine, it's all you have to do. But if you share it with
others you begin to use that knowledge
to serve and in that service will be given more to do. Spirit
will see you applying it to the
betterment of the whole and give you more to share over time.
Wolf is with you! I told you this
was where you were headed, how many years ago now? And I remember
you telling me "no I'm
not! I can't do that." There's a reason you felt the need
to find this story again.
Yes, you are to apply it to your life and spiritual work first.
You have to practice on yourself first
to share with others later once you've mastered *your* technique.
That is your Medicine (part of
it) and you need to learn to work with it. So it's both a significant
part of your path, a corner
stone for growth, but also a teaching tool for you to help others.
Sharing here is a wonderful
start but Spirit will now be bringing others to cross your path
where this particular teaching will
apply. You've raised the proverbial flag to signify you're ready
to do just that and with full
understanding of the implications it makes, as well as the knowledge
to expand upon it through
experiences you can also share. You'll know when and where to
I know you're not fond of Snake. Snake means change and you're
one to like things as they are
unless it's your idea. It's just time to grow again. Snake is
telling you that by asking you to tell its
story again. It does hold value for me and I do gather the stories
for teaching purposes so I'm
honored you sent it my way to begin with. It's beautiful! It
holds profound truth in its simplicity
and therein lies the poetry. Irony and poetry. Eagle could have
devoured Snake. It didn't, it saw
the need and the higher purpose to help save a life, not end
it needlessly. Much was said here. I
just hope when the time comes for me to Drop my Robe that the
right person goes through my
files. Gosh there's a lot I have tucked away. So much. It would
take a lifetime to compile them
too...it took me a lifetime to gather the notes. LOL Just pondering
You know what Cinn, it's funny that this popped up again and
that it caught my eye. I think In a
big way I'm going through some change and that applies very
well to the story told here. Funny
how things go around. *Wink*
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