The Serpent: Symbol of Duality
The serpent has been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind and often represents the dualism of ‘good’ and ‘bad’.
In Greek Mythology, the Rod of Asclepius is a serpent-entwined rod associated with healing and medicine. Snakes were introduced at the founding of each new temple of Asclepius throughout the classical world.
Satan came in the form of a snake to Adam and Eve.
After Buddha became enlightened, it rained for 4 weeks. Mucalinda, the Serpent King, PROTECTED HIM THE ENTIRE TIME.
I learned that our Kundalini snake energy rests at the base of the spine. When this energy rises up through pranayama, meditation, etc - this energy leads to transformation/awakening...
I've had a lot of INCREDIBLE meditation teachers in my life! I started meditating when I was 15 after I had tried antidepressants and decided they weren’t for me. I did my first 10 day Vipassana in 2008 and have sat on many different styles of retreats throughout the years. In 2008, I also became a RYT (yoga teacher) - I have since retired from teaching yoga. Basically, I’ve had the blessing of learning from pretty woke teachers from many different backgrounds.
Every. Single. Teacher. has emphasized the importance of keeping a straight spine during meditation!!
Our central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord and INFLUENCES OUR ENTIRE BODY.
Different cultures also emphasize the importance of the spinal region. In Ayurveda, the spine is the Sushumna channel. In East Asian Medicine, it's called the Du channel. The Du channel (aka the Governor Vessel) is all about the Yang. When you think of Yin vs Yang, think of Yang as action and movement.
(I wrote about Yin and Yang a while back. I'll put them in my stories on Instagram if you’re interested in learning more: https://instagram.com/meerarituals)
The ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. Ouroboros literally means ‘tail-devourer’ in Greek. This symbol originated in Egypt and was brought to the West via the Greeks.
Ouroboros represents introspection, reincarnation, life and death, infinity, eternity, endless return— you get the idea.
Carl Jung saw Ouroboros as the basic mandala of alchemy.
Do you ever make mandalas? I find it super therapeutic.
REAL TALK - these past few months had me feelin’ like I’ve been going through puberty at the ripe age of 34. My body has been changing. I’ve been processing some old things (from my life and my ancestors— epigenetics is INTENSE).
Growth is uncomfortable. I’ve been doing my best to lean into the awkwardness and be gentle with myself.
Anyone else been feeling awkward as they grow? Trying to be gentle with themselves? Let me know in the comments! I love catching up with y’all online.