Shedding Our Way to New Experiences
This post from two years ago came on my radar again, as its theme cycles round into experience personally and collectively right now. It also has a connection, no surprise, to the current sacred tattoo design I’m working on. Everything is always synchronously threaded. Perhaps it will “shed” some supportive or inspiring thoughts on your current experience. I know the message in it is definitely unfolding in my own.
Shedding skin is a symbol of rejuvenation and new life. Snakes and other reptiles like lizards, periodically eliminate the old by the shedding of their skin and emerge stronger, larger, and healthier. The ancients received insights about life through nature and observing the animals and cycles. They believed that there was a wisdom that each life form held, and that snakes, in particular, knew the secrets of “death” that leads to rebirth.
This does not have to mean an actual physical death, but can merely be a symbolic death of everything that once was being released in order to emerge through a new, expansive doorway of experience, unencumbered by anything.
“The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come,” says Joseph Campbell, famous teacher of mythology, as he refers to the snake symbolism of shedding skin as a metaphor for inner growth. “If you want resurrection, you…
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