Snake!!

Well it was bound to happen. After almost 6 years of walking my favorite trail I saw my first brown snake. Actually, I almost trampled on her with my (practically) bare feet. Hey, who needs coffee when you can get a nice adrenalin hit?
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The funny thing is, the reason I was out there walking for the first time in months was because I’d been working all morning and my nerves were feeling fried. In fact, I’ve been exhausted for weeks, which is why I’ve been neglecting certain creative outlets (*ahem* blog, maybe?).

As I walked, I heard two women approaching me from behind so I moved over to the side of the trail to let them by when I looked down and saw Miss Brown high tailing it into the bush, her tail just by my feet. Apparently I was as scary to her as she was to me.
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After I got over the initial shock, I started thinking: what did this creature have to communicate to me? I’ve been having animals appear to me during meditation and whenever I look up their meaning I find they are always providing me the perfect message. The message that came to me was:
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“Take the middle path.”
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I mean, literally. I will never just blindly move to the side of the path again! But, also….a friend of mine and I were *just* talking about this last night. I was telling her how weeks ago I was so in the flow with work and listening to my body. When I was tired, I stopped. When I got a burst of energy, I worked. When I was demotivated, I meditated.
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Yes, Shawna, take the middle path. Don’t go to extremes. Life was so much easier and truly more enjoyable when I was listening and following my intuition. Ya know what else? I got more done.
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I got home and guess what? Snake symbolises  our primal energy, our life force. She was reminding me to be mindful of how I’m using my energy. It turns out she also represents times of transformation and healing. Oh Miss Brown, how did you know I’ve been on a personal development marathon all year?
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Animals always know. You know how ancient traditions have been saying for a while now that we are all one? As I tap into my spirituality more and more I find I understand this on a deeper level.
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Maybe this all sounds a bit wacky to you. I know, I know. Many people would dismiss this as some ordinary life event, or as a stroke of luck for not having gotten bitten. What’s the fun in that though? Life is pretty crap sometimes and seeing the mystical side of it makes it all seem a little more magical to me. This faith that I was born with, this Knowing in my heart, this child-like wonder is what assures me I’m not just like the hamster on the wheel of life, going round and round and never getting anywhere. Even if my only purpose in life was to open my eyes to the magic around me, that would be enough to give me some sense of purpose.
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The serendipity of talking to my friend about how I’m running myself into the ground attempting to transform my life and the very next day almost stepping on the symbol of our primal force leaves me filled with awe and inspiration. I came away from this encounter feeling grateful for the reminder that I am on the path, headed in the right direction, that my instincts are on point–and yes, grateful that Miss Brown didn’t bite!
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There are times in life when we realise our good fortune isn’t actually extraordinary. Our good fortune is happening every moment, all around us. And in this moment of time during which I feel exhausted, I’ve been tossed around emotionally, and constantly challenged to stretch beyond my self-imposed limitations, I needed Miss Brown to remind me that it is all fucking extraordinary.
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So, my friend. What has been extraordinary for you today?
 

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