day 12: awaking the serpent
Today’s prompt, ‘awakening the serpent,’ sent me on a little bit of a research excursion. Like a lot of the things in my life right now, as I’m feeling ‘in the flow’ lately, it lead me to some very common themes. Those of awakening, nature, the devine feminine, and even yoga! It seems the universe is still willing to converse with me in very obvious ways these days.
It makes sense that the serpent as an archetype, as a spiritual reference, would be connected to the earth. Serpents are literally on or in the earth. They move fluidly over and through, sensing in ways that we cannot. They are powered by the sun, they are hunters and hunted, they are peaceful but powerful. They become a part of the earth, camouflaging or burrowing, in order to protect themselves or restore.
I was surprised at first to hear that the serpent is commonly associated with ‘Mother Earth’ or the ‘Great Goddess’. Snakes to me have always seemed scary, dangerous, masculine. But snakes know about rebirth. They know about regeneration, the shedding of the past and growing of the new. And in some cultures, they are seen as symbolic umbilical cords, joining to Mother Earth those that can connect with them.
I was even more surprised to learn that Kundalini, the type of yoga I’ve recently been feeling called towards, means ‘coiled one’. And that the purpose of Kundalini practice is meant to be the process of awakening the slumbering serpent that resides in each of us and enabling her to awaken the channels within us that connect us to the divine. ‘Awakening the serpent’ is exactly what the fuck I’m trying to do!
Aaaahhh!!!! I’m so excited right now. And so scared!
I don’t know where things are taking me, and more and more I’m accepting that this doesn’t matter anyways!! What matters is to keep going, keep exploring all the things and asking all the questions, and most of all staying awoken and paying attention. It’s so wonderful! And also terrifying!