As we explore these different realms we will learn how to open our hearts to these guardians of life and we will ask them to come and teach us:
“Great Boa, Great Jaguar, Great Macaw we ask you to come and to teach us the true ways of living; I ask you to teach me and also to teach all my brothers and sisters whose hearts are open to your wisdom. I bow myself before you and a put my head to you tail, to your paws and to your talons asking for your patience with me as I remember who to live in the natural way as you teach. I put everything that I am before you and ask you to teach me how shed all that I am that doesn’t serve me, I ask to be taught how to walk with courage and strength and how to open my wings and take the flight my soul has been waiting for. I give all of my gratitude to you. Thank you Great Spirits’s.”
Throughout this journey with them we will allow our heart’s to blossom and to speak from the depth of our being to them. Giving thanks and also asking with love what it is that we are needing in this time to center ourselves deeper as the being of light that we are. These spirits are here for us to guide us home.
Starting this meditation finding a comfortable seated position. You may find yourself on the floor seated on a cushion or in a chair. If you are not comfortable seated, then you may lay down but it’s important to stay alert doing this meditation. First, find yourself centering into your breath and simply become aware of your normal breathing. Be aware of how the breath comes in and out of the nostrils and allow the breath to become very easy. Become aware of the breath in the chest and allow the chest and the shoulders to soften. Feel the breath coming slowly through the throat and feel the neck softening of any tension. And then feel the breath flowing between the nose and neck and allow the jaw and the tongue to relax. You can gently move the jaw from side to side and relax everything completely.
Now as you find yourself in a much more relaxed and gentle state of being begin to envision yourself in an underworld cavern. You find yourself seated on a sand dune as you look at in all directions there are many pools of water and as you look above there is brilliant array of luminescence of every color imaginable. As you look around there are beings of light that appear and disappear as the float through the air. As you your eyes become more accustomed to the lighting you find yourself in disbelief at the array of plants and animals around you and throughout the caverns. There are made up of all sorts of colors and there is a melodious sound in the air as these animals sing together. Just as you find yourself standing up to look around there is a loud hissing sound and then a profound silence stirs into the air.
Everything turns dark and a feeling of discomfort settles over you. In that moment two giant green glowing eyes appear in front of you and then the luminescence start to come to light and before you is a giant Green Emerald Boa. At this point fear has completely set in and you are preparing for the worst. In that moment you hear a tender voice call out to you as if an elderly Grandmother was calling; “My child it is so good to see you, thank you for visiting me it has been a long time is there something I can help you with today?”
“Hello Grandmother thank you for welcoming me here I feel so fortunate to be in your presence again, I must say at first upon seeing you I had a lot of fear swell up in me but know I feel much better. Grandmother I see that this fear seems to be following me around in my life and I know it is limiting my capacity to truly express love and to live my life’s purpose can you help me?”
“Ah my darling child when you ask I will come. I am the Guardian of the Underworld and I teach how to be constantly shedding your skin, it is true birthing and dying in every moment. Learn my child how through your meditations, your prayers, your plant medicines and you service to life how to live from a place of openness and constant surrendering and letting go. My child I pray to you that you observe my way of being to understand this natural process of life. You will see that I always remain with my physical being connected to Mother Nature. Why is this? This is a practice of staying connected to the Truth. It is clear that Mother Nature lives from this Truth and so as we stay connected to her we will be connected to that Truth always. Open your heart to her, speak to her, sing to her, dance to her, lay upon her and reestablish your heart beat to hers and you will see what is natural will be oh so clear. Take care for now my child. I love you.”
“Thank you Grandmother Emerald I bow myself down at your tail in gratitude and I thank you for your teachings and your wisdom. I love you with all my heart.”
Take some time to return back to shallow and gentle breathing. Become aware of any shifts in your state of being. Allows yourself to be still and at ease. Stay for as long as you want in meditation and when you are finished allow yourself to very gently come back.
In this meditation we explore what a meeting could be like in the underworld with Grandmother Emerald. It can often be helpful to open these meditations of connection with the Spirit World where you find a similar place and a similar spirit animal such as Grandmother Emerald that you are meeting in the underworld.
In the meeting with Grandmother Emerald it is often nice to bring a sort of offering or a present to her and as well in your you daily life it is a good to do a spiritual payment for her (if you are not familiar with spiritual payments we will talk about this in other parts of the course). As you work with Grandmother Emerald she will come become more and more a guide and ally for you life that you can feel free to call at any time.
As you work more with the Snake Spirit ally you will learn more about going with flow, maintaining connection with the spirits and animals and the strength behind true transformation.
One other powerful addition that can be made to this practice is after meeting with the snake at sometime you can feel the snake coming into your body and feel that you are embodying this Grandmother Emerald. See what it feels like to sit as her and to embody her qualities of truth. In this practice we are embracing the truth of this life that we are all one and we all live in one another.