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Mar112010

Along Came a Spider

Along Came A Spider

 

“Along came a spider and sat down beside her, and frightened Miss Muffett away.” Spider medicine is all about creativity, how it weaves its story through its web. Reversed, it is all about criticism, how we use our words to hurt others or ourselves. A mentor once told me that my mother’s criticism was all about her fear of who I was. Did I learn to criticize because of my own lack of self-esteem?

 

I decided to work on my own critical nature because, when I was critical of others, it didn’t feel very good. About a week after I made the decision, I looked down at my ankle and had a spider bite and by the looks of it, it was a brown recluse. That night, I asked what the bite was all about. Using my guidance, I drew a card from a deck, which I rarely use. It was from the animal medicine deck and it was the spider with the teaching above.

 

The bite has been bad but not life threatening. I rarely slept because of the pain. The open wound on the inside of my left ankle lasted for 5 months. The reminder of what I was working on persisted. There are studies that say it takes 90 days to change a pattern inside our brains.

 

At first I looked at how I was critical of others, thinking that their ethics were less than mine. The spider showed me how each person has a different life story and a different set of values. Instead of being angry and critical of my housemates leaving the soap and brushes in the sink, I learned to take them out and be grateful that the soap and brushes were there. I realized that every time I got angry, my energy dropped and it took a lot of time to return my energy to the state of joy. When I stopped saying ‘there it is again’ I made it into a game of love and gratitude, and my energy was uplifted. I had to practice this gratitude many times before it became second nature. Now when I get tired I notice it is a little harder to be in gratitude but I remember the drain of energy and change my thought.

 

Through this I noticed that gossip is a drain on our spirit. ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it’ are words of wisdom that can become a way of life. Part of the lesson is how we put ourselves down. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it to yourself either. Spider medicine is very strong. There is a lot of poison in a spider bite, and it causes a lot of pain. Think of how our words are like that venom and how our thoughts and words cause pain in others and ourselves. We are faced with choices in our lives each and every day and we can choose to be in pain or we can choose to be in gratitude and love.

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