Snake Medicine: Shedding Old Skins

Have you ever held a snake?

The photo* with this post is from five years ago when I had the opportunity to hold a boa constrictor. Well, it slithered around my body, so I did not feel like I held it, but rather, it felt like the snake was holding me!

I had never even touched a snake before, so I had no idea what to expect, and I was very surprised by my experience. When the snake was first placed on me, my whole body immediately relaxed and I fell into a deep state of consciousness that I can only describe as pure bliss. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that relaxed. All thoughts stopped and I just kept repeating the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya.”

“Om Namah Shivaya” literally means “I bow to Shiva, who is Pure Consciousness. I bow to my own deepest self, which is Pure Consciousness.” Shiva is the destroyer aspect of God in the Hindu trinity, and he wears venomous serpents as ornaments to symbolize that he is the conqueror of death. Essentially that means that his consciousness is so pure that he has no fears, like of death by cobra, for example. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I wear a gold snake ring (on my wedding ring finger) to symbolize that I am married to Shiva. Well, I held my ring up to show the snake, and that snake actually licked my ring!

My experience with that snake felt like such a blessing. Feeling that physical surrender in my body taught me how to access a deeper peace on all levels.

Snake medicine also brings peace because it shows us humans how to shed our old skins. Do you have some layers that you need to shed? Do you have any mental, emotional, or spiritual energies that are no longer serving your highest good?

Here is a simple practice for transmuting any old energies and shedding any old skins: Sit quietly and watch your natural breathing. Visualize a snake slithering around your body, and imagine that the snake is absorbing anything you would like to shed now, such as fears, disappointments, and so on. Next see the snake going away from you into a green field, and watch the snake shedding that old skin which contains all that you wish to shed… See the snake shedding your old skins! Conclude with three breaths to transmute the old energies. Breathing in peace, breathing out the old… Breathing in peace, breathing out the old… Breathing in peace, breathing out the old…

How do you feel now?

 

* For those reading this post by email, simply click on the title of this article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog, where you can see the photo of me with the snake!

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Meditation to Get Beyond Irritation

Do you ever find yourself in a state of complete and utter irritation with everything?

The next time you notice yourself feeling irritated, try this simple meditation practice… Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes. Bring your attention to your breathing. You don’t need to try to make your breathing be a certain way. Simply witness the in-breath and witness the out-breath.

Next add a mantra or affirmation. For example, I think “Om Namah Shivaya” with the in-breath and again with the out-breath. You might want to think “I am Peace” with the in-breath, and “I am Love” with the out-breath… Or you could think “I am Love” with the in-breath and “I am Light” with the out-breath…

Sit and think your mantra or affirmation with the breath until you feel the irritations dissolving. It may take twenty minutes (or longer) to achieve a feeling of peace.

Let me know how it goes!

 

May All Beings Know Deep Peace.

 

 

Time of Death is Set at the Time of Birth

Swami Muktananda (spiritual teacher in India, 1908-1982) wrote in his book Does Death Really Exist?:

“It does not come early and it does not come late. The moment of departure is set at the time of birth, and it does not change by even a minute. Death is the one thing in this world that is always on time.”

That resonates with me as truth, and yet it brings up continuous questions. What about situations in which it seems like a person was saved from death by something that happened? For example, what if someone was all ready to commit suicide but then they just “happened” to read my blog article “It Is Your Duty To Live” and they changed their mind and did not commit suicide.

In that instance, was it a miracle that saved them from dying, or was it already pre-determined that they would read that article since it was not yet their set time to die? What do you think?

Are you comfortable thinking about death? Do you feel at peace, knowing that you will die at the right time? Did you know that meditating on death can help you to happy up your life? Contemplating death is a spiritual practice that can help you to live more fully in the present moment.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below, down where it says “Leave a Reply.”

May All Beings Know Deep Peace.

Happy MahaShivaratri
to all who are celebrating
the Hindu festival to honor Lord Shiva.
Om Namah Shivaya!

Only Light Can Drive Out Darkness

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” He also said, “If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love.”

I express those same ideas in my new book:
The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.
The Ramayana is a very old story from India in which the Light ultimately wins over the darkness. My version is a fusion of ancient sacred scripture with elevated futuristic vision, in which the highest good is found through love. The Super Hero Avatars elevate wounded beings rather than killing wicked beings.

Jesus also taught his followers to love their enemies. Worldwide, the saints ever work for Goodness and they see the light shining even in the worst of sinners. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, only light can drive out darkness. So this means that we each have to cultivate the light within ourselves.

One of my daily mantras that helps me to raise my vibration into light and love is “Om Namah Shivaya” which means I bow to Shiva, who is Pure Consciousness and Bliss. I bow to my innermost Self, which is Pure Consciousness and Bliss. When spoken as a greeting it means essentially “Namaste,” I bow to the Divine Consciousness in you, that is also in me. In this video I am singing this mantra on the Holy Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona:

 

 

Sending Shiva’s Love and Light to All Beings!
Om Namah Shivaya.

 

 

image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech