The snake is one of the most infamous, hated as well as revered animals in the animal kingdom, but regardless of our personal prejudices and convictions, the snake still paints the perfect picture of what change, so genuinely, flawlessly and naturally personifies. You see, the snake, like nature in her entirety (whether as plants, the bees, the streams e.t.c) honours and hones the cycles of death and re-birth though externalised in its case. Death and re-birth you might say? How is that supposed to motivate me? Well, according to Hindu texts, death and rebirth doesn’t necessarily mean to die and be reborn, just like how being born again according to Christianity takes on the  figurative meaning of leaving behind and old stale self of being and cloaking a new, revitalised and revamped awareness and higher sense of being or what they term being reborn through the power of the ‘holy spirit’. So, back to the animal kingdom (because nature is hands down the best teacher), many animals in the sentient society are known to shed their skins, infact every animal sheds its skin be it amphibian, reptilian or mammal; humans included; and this process of shedding the top layer of dead worn out skin is how the body renews itself. However, unlike how most animals shed their skin seemingly unnoticed, the snake is the only animal in the animal kingdom that slips out of its old skin, peeling away the old fabric while revealing new fresh layer of skin underneath. The snake will shed its skin as long as it is growing which basically spans throughout the length of its life, this is because the snake has a limited capacity for growth and enlargement and so once it has stretched out to its max capacity, a new layer of skin forms under the old layer, precipitating a full shed of the old layer and beginning afresh; and also the old skin is shed to remove any parasites that may have attached to its old skin, and this is usually done by rubbing against a hard rough object such as a rock or log.


Ironically, we the higher evolved mammals in this animal kingdom are more reluctant to welcome and allow for the flow and passing of cycles for whatever reasons that are justifiable to our sense of reasoning. We hold on to our stale lifestyles, stagnant ideologies, outgrown jobs, parasitic relationships, homes, countries and other things that we have outlived their life cycle tenure and all for what? Fear of change? The unknown? Loneliness or coming face to face with our insecurities and obscure beliefs lurked away amongst cast shadows? In the wild, when a snake has trouble completing the process of shedding its skin, the sheds of old layers can accumulate. This accumulation can lead to many problems, especially around the eyes.’ If a snake retains multiple “eye caps” from previous sheds, it can lead to blindness. And in nature, a blind snake is usually a dead snake’.


Everything has been carefully mapped out for us in this journey of life, paths that lead to the ultimate fulfilment of our destinies from conception till the very second in which we exhale our final breath and nothing is ever a mistake, mishap or coincidence. That abusive or negating relationship that doesn’t seem to help you grow as a person but instead buries you under layers of pain and hurt all in the ill-conceived illusion of love, that job that drains you, taking more from you with nothing to show for at the end of a financial year, that decision that is hinging on the nob of your nose a soft decisive breath away from a different life or a different outcome, that old layer that you are clutching onto so dearly unaware that the moment you let go, erratic downpours of blessings and beautiful magic awaits you. Everything has its cycle, and when you outlive that cycle you must let the dead things go, no matter how accustomed or intimate you have become with it and any resistance will only spell chaos. The trees shed their leaves in autumn, the snakes shed their skin two to four times a year, the monthly menstruation must flow and stop after a number of days if not dis-ease is casted upon the sufferer, the moon wanes and waxes, seasons come and go, and you my dear friend must learn to trust in the passing of the cycles, understanding that everything comes into our lives for a reason, and when the message has been caught and the lesson has been learnt that thing, no matter how beautiful or safe it has become for you, you must let the daed things go. The old layers of your life must be shed revealing the new fresh skin underneath which is ready to surmount and withstand whatever rocks and logs are faced in this new cycle. Trust the process, shed the old skin, nobody wants the dead things anyway. As they say, the only thing that is constant in life is change, and once you resist the change you resist growth and that, my dear, is a recipe for budding blindness and decay in the wild of life, and in nature, a blind man mentally, is a dead man. Your new and improved life is just waiting for you to let go of the old and embrace the new. This is the recipe for true wholesome self regeneration so Free yourself.


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Jemima Eli-shama is a writer, baby activist, renegade, upcoming philanthropist and a lover of everything life. An innate ambivert though more inclined to the introverted side, jemima believes in the power of the voice, whether heard through the minds ears via the channel of writing or through oral verbalisation of truthful standpoints. Jemima is striving to change the world by changing herself.

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