In order to understand the concept of medicine in the Native American way, one must redefine "medicine." The medicine I refer to today is anything that improves one's connection to the Great Mystery and to all life. This includes the healing of the mind, body, and of spirit. It is also anything that brings personal power, strength, and understanding. The constant living of life in a way that brings healing to the Earth and everything on it.
Through Native American medicine, divine messages are brought to us by Mother Earth from the habit patterns of animals (animal guides). When you call upon the power of an animal, you are asking to be drawn into complete harmony with the strength of that creature's essence. Gaining understanding from these brothers and sisters of the animal kingdom is a healing process and must be approached with humility and intuitiveness.
Today, I am bringing to you a rare and powerful animal medicine. Snake medicine people are very rare. Their initiation involves experiencing and living through multiple snake bits, which allows them to transmute all poisons, be they mental, physical, spiritual, or emotional. The power of snake medicine is the power of creation, for it embodies sexuality, psychic energy, alchemy, reproduction, and ascension (or immortality).
"Snake... come crawling.
There's fire in your eyes.
Bite me, excite me.
I'll learn to realize, the poison transmuted, brings eternal flame.
Open me to heaven, to heal me again."
Complete understanding and acceptance of the male and female within each organism creates a melding of the two into one, thereby producing divine energy. This medicine teaches you on a personal level that you are a universal being. Through accepting all aspects of your life, you can bring about the transmutation of the fire medicine. This fire energy, when functioning on the material plane, creates passion, desire, procreation, and physical vitality. On the emotional plane, it becomes ambition, creation, resolution, and dreams. On the mental plane, it becomes intellect, power, charisma, and leadership. When this Snake energy reaches the spiritual plane, is becomes wisdom, understanding, wholeness, and connection to the Great Spirit.
If you have come across this today, or if you find yourself running into snakes often (pictures, words, living animals, etc.) the universe has a message for you. There is a need within you to transmute some thought, action, or desire so that wholeness can be achieved. This is no easy task that is being asked of you. This is likely something very deep within the power centers of your body, but it is there. Your ability to do this successfully is nothing more than a change in consciousness. Have faith in yourself!