New Skin

snake

Certainly my death in another dimension was from a snake.  Fear of snakes is a common phobia, and I suffer with many.  I pray them out of my life and pray them away from my home…or at least away from my sight.  As a little girl, I remember playing at my grandmother’s farm.  She warned me “if you ever see a snake, you have one chance,” as she picked up a gardening hoe with a stern look, focusing her blue eyes she proceeded, “and you better hit it HARD!”  My grandmother said this in a jokingly-serious manner as she taught us how to protect ourselves.

As an adult, my husband and I purchased a home right on the cusp of city and country giving us land, trees and easy access to the highways.  You know what this means?  Snakes.  A small creek provides relief from the heat and acreage provides the serpent’s playground and cafeteria.  God has answered my prayers.  My husband spots them all the time in the yard, there’s been a few attic sightings, but never have we seen any in the house.  The best of all is that after 10 years, I’ve never physically seen ANY.  They prefer to visit me in my dreams.  Ugh…forgot to set that boundary…but let me tell you how this has been a good thing.

I often advise clients to honor the wisdom and companionship in animals.  Try to receive what they may be teaching you about yourself.  They are often carriers of God’s messages and a reflection of His wisdom. 

Snake has slithered throughout my dreams for years.  She has never harmed me but fear permeates the dream experience.  She’s simply observing me, I subconsciously freak out, and then the dream is over.  Last night was different because yesterday I stepped out of my comfort zone.  My undercover mediumship came to an end as I sat with my brother-in-law at a community health fair with a sign reading “Intuitive Mediums.” The messages delivered were mind-blowing and beyond anything we can give ourselves credit for. Now to the dream:

I was hovering above a water park, because you can do these kinds of things in dreams, observing as a rattlesnake was going down a water slide.  Initially, I was trying to warn all of the children—“there’s a snake!”  I suddenly stopped as I perceived fear in the snake.  The snake wanted nothing more than to experience the slide and return to her owner who was patiently waiting to catch her at the bottom.  Very similar to a child trying a water slide for the first time.  The child is scared, excited, nervous, and ready to be caught my mom or dad at the bottom. The snake got to the bottom of the slide, never rattled once, and swam immediately over to her owner and wrapped herself lovingly around him.  My heart softened.

I am now in the water with said rattlesnake.  I’m awaiting a warning rattle that she is about to strike.  Instead I feel her head slide under my hand, just as a dog requesting an ear rub.

She’s so excited I’m here.  I allow her to wrap herself around me.  Her leathery skin gives me a hug and warms me.  I didn’t realize I was chilled until her warmth reminds me.  She’s been sunning all day collecting heat and is happy to share it with me.  I feel as if I’ve reunited with a best friend I didn’t realize I missed.  I see every detail of her skin and rattle.  She’s plump and orange.  Her rattle is large and ivory—I can’t believe she’s so big.  She doesn’t need to use her rattle right now because she feels no threat or fear, just happiness, love, and excitement to be with me.

As my alarm jolted me awake, I immediately wondered “What did THAT mean?!”  Luckily I’ve studied animal symbology and am immediately reminded that the snake represents transformation, transmutation, and healing.  Snake often resides in the totems of healers and utilizes the power of the sun to heal.  Snake is an observer and quite sentient.  Snake is aware of the warmth of our soul.  I ended up feeling quite honored she befriended me and was kind enough to visit.  I awoke feeling as if a teacher had just congratulated me on a job well done.  My subconscious fear has been removed, and I know snake will assist in the transformation of the conscious fear.

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