By Sandra Musser
The serpent or snake is revered by many cultures for much the same reasons. The snake is associated with both negative and positive, or duality. In Christianity, the serpent represents duality as shown in the Bible through the story of Adam and Eve.
The snake has the ability to shed it's old skin when outgrown, which represents rebirth or renewal to our ancient ancestors. The casting off of this skin metaphorically, signifies the release of the negative qualities of the ego, and old ways of thinking that don't work anymore in our lives. The fresh new skin found underneath is rebirth and new beginnings...purification.
To many cultures the power of the serpent shows vital energy. This energy remains coiled within us all in the sacrum, a triangular bone at the base of the spine. There it sits dormant till awakened, through spiritual work and forgiveness. At this point this energy moves up through the seven chakras in the body as they are ready. The Mayan god Quetzalcoatl or feathered serpent is a representation of this kundalini energy in the Earth and within us.
So what does the serpent represent to other cultures?
THE MOUND BOULDERS: The "Great Serpent Mound" in Ohio, U.S.A. is one of the largest serpent effigies. The mound is a quarter mile long and five feet high. It was probably much higher in it's day. It shows the serpent with a coiled tail and an egg in its mouth. This egg in mouth motif is representative of the potential of actualization through Second Birth or rebirth.
THE HOPI INDIANS: The Hopis worshiped a horned or plumed serpent called Awanyu, which is pictured all over Pueblo art. Awanyu is the guardian of water a precious resource of the Hopi. It is usually rendered as a zigzag suggesting flowing water or lightning...a giver of life and renewal. This serpent strongly resembles the plumed serpent of the Aztec culture.
Some scholars have noted a resemblance between the Quetzalcoatl legend and the myth of the Pahana held by the Hopis of Northern Arizona. Quetzalcoatl is covered in depth on my website, www.2012-spiritual-growth-prophecies.com. In fact, scholars have described many similarities between the myths of the Aztecs and those of the American Southwest.
The Hopi describe the Pahana as the "Lost White Brother," and they expect his eventual return from the east. Upon his return, the true Pahana is prophesied to bring the missing section of a sacred Hopi stone that was possessed by the Fire Clan. It is also said he will destroy the wicked and begin a new era of peace and prosperity.
THE HINDUS: In the Hindu regions of Asia the serpent or naga is considered a nature spirit. It is the protector of springs, wells and rivers. Serpents bring rain and thus fertility. But, they can also bring floods and drought. The Hindus believe that how the naga treats humanity is representative how we treat the snake and its environment. Serpents also carry the elixir of life and immortality...vital energy.
What is vital energy?
Vital energy is our true essence...our God selves. It's our pure and perfect spirits, which are all powerful and all encompassing with the ability to achieve anything with no limitations. God created us this way, and we have since forgotten our True selves.
It's amazing how cultures who never crossed paths can be so similar in their beliefs. Mystics around the world are familiar with vital energy or kundalini. This energy is known as prana in Sanskirt, chi in China, ki in Japan, and gal in Galic. To the Maya coyopa, translated to "lightning in the blood," represents this vital energy.
"The other roots of "KUNDALINI" are KUNDALIN, serpent, and KALA, time or death. The symbol of the snake has many meanings: ignorance, energy, unhappiness or happiness(duality), death, time and change. In Indian mythology Lord Vishu rests on a thousand-headed snake and sends out the first vibration (Sphurna), from which the entire Universe evolves." Paramhans swami Maheshwarananda, The Hidden Power in Humans, Ibera Verlag
In Sanskrit from India, the serpent power is feminine. She is coiled up three and a half times at the base of the spine. Her mouth engulfs the bottom of the Sushuman nadi or vital force energy channels through which the Shakti energy flows. It's important to realize that this belief is mirrored by many more cultures and religions.
The awareness of this vital energy within, is Universal. The serpent is the perfect creature to represent this energy. As stated earlier, this belief is across the planet amongst people who would never have crossed paths. Virtually, every culture is aware of a force greater than the physical world.
Even people of the West sense there's something missing in their busy lives, and yearn for it. A greater power and helping hands from different realms beyond the earth is another common belief even in North American.
So why did I give you this little history lesson on serpents?
It is the rising upward of this vital energy that is predicted by the Maya for 2012. When this energy rises it raises our level of consciousness as it goes through the seven different chakras. Quetzalcoatl is the Mesoamerican symbol of this vital or kundalini energy.
December 21, 2012, is when this coyopa or "lightning in the blood," is expected to awaken revealing our true birthright once again. The only way to know and prepare for this vital energy is to reduce and eliminate negativity in our lives. One of the most powerful ways, is through the healing power of forgiveness.
It's this negativity that hides our true essence. There are only two types of feelings. All others fall under one or the other. Love is of God. Everything else is fear and is of the ego. The only one that is real is...love. I'll let you chew on this till my articles on A Course in Miracles.
Under the negativity stored in our chakras, our true essence lies waiting for us to "wake up," to our own power. The prophesied return of Quetzalcoatl in 2012 represents much more than the Maya messiah or Jesus returning to save our souls. It represents our own unfolding to a higher level of consciousness.
"To be Quetzalcoatl or Kukulcan is to know the seven forces (seven chakras) that govern our body - not only know them but also use them and understand their intimate relationship with natural and cosmic laws. We must comprehend the long and short cycles and the solar laws that sustain our lives. We must know how to die and how to be born."The Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion, Hunbatz Men.
The Codex Nuttall a Post-Classic Mayan manuscript says, Quetzalcoatl is to return to Earth by way of a break in the heavens. He's to emerge from the cavity of the Earth and be met by four shamans from the East. The East represents new beginnings. The Four shamans could be the four cardinal directions. The earth's core or cavity could represent the world's base chakra at Mount Shasta, California.
The Maya believed the earth itself would rise in spiritual consciousness in 2012. Since humanity is part of the earth it would also rise. The chakras of the earth are mirrored by the seven chakras in our own bodies.
"Quetzalcoatl is the nawal or alter ego, counterpart and natural complement of Ometeotl. His mission is to establish communication between Earth and heaven and to unite humanity with God...The essence of his teachings is that human existence must strive to transcend the world of forms that conceals ultimate reality. The means of advancing along the path to spirituality is purification, the only weapon powerful enough to penetrate matter." The Hidden Maya, Martin Brennan
Purification is what the Maya predict for the Earth on December 21, 2012.
The way to purify is through the reduction and elimination of negativity in the bodies energy centers or chakras, which is fear. This is all that separates us from living through our spirits. Fear is always caused by separation from our vital energy...our God essence.
We are all being asked to look at our lives during this "time of no time," as the Maya call it. This time is right now! It's the 20 years before the beginning of the next Great Cycle when the values from the present age are replaced by the the values of next age.
A lot of pain is usually experienced during this transition, because we fight the change. It's about shedding that "skin" to experience rebirth or renewal at a different level of consciousness. We are all aware of our present economic chaos. This debacle should intensify as early as mid 2010, till the cleansing or shedding is complete.
It's time to shed the old and outdated, which is symbolized as the snakes discarded skin. We have outgrown the values of the present age of "money, power and control." They won't work in the next World Age. We will feel reborn again when we internally embrace and live the values of the next age of "love, brotherhood, unity and integrity."
Many of these ancient myths resemble not only the Quetzalcoatl myth, but also the story of Christ's return to earth for his second coming. Quetzalcoatl in human form is also predicted by the Maya to return in 2012.
I see these ancient stories or myths metaphorically. The return of these enlightened beings like Quetzalcoatl and Jesus may not be a "physical" returns at all. Instead we may at last become aware of the vital power within us...our own Christ essence...our true birthright. It would be our rebirth to a higher level of consciousness as predicted by the Maya for December 21, 2012. It's at this level of consciousness we just may realize...
WE are the saviors we've been waiting for. The power is within us and always has been.
The Hidden Maya, Martin Brennan
The Fourth Word of the Hopis,Harold Coulander
The Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion, Hunbatz Men
Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, John Major Jenkins
A Practical Sanskrit Dictionary
Esoteric Astrology Seminar, Dehyana Lim Lee, Anchoring the Light
A Course in Miracles, The Foundation for Inner Peace
Copyright 2009 - www.2012-spiritual-growth-prophecies.com - Sandra Musser
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