The Lesson of the Italian Lizard

By Trina Otero

I kept seeing a lizard walk by the open door downstairs. He couldn’t walk inside because the screen was pulled down [they slide down here in Italy, instead of sliding left or right in the US]. I noticed the lizard walked by the doorway each time I was thinking about certain things, or praying about certain things. I was also working on this blog. I felt it was trying to tell me something…..so I searched and I found this story. I really love it.

Dreaming Lizard sat lolling in the shadow of a big rock, shading himself from the desert sun. Snake crawled by, looking for some shadow to coil up in and rest. Snake watched Lizard for awhile as Lizard’s eyeballs went side to side behind his enormous closed lids. Snake hissed to get Lizard’s attention. Slowly Lizard’s dreaming eyes opened and he saw Snake.

“Snake! You scared me! What do you want?” Lizard cried. Snake spit his answer from his forked tongue.

“Lizard, you are always getting the best shadow spots in the heat of the day. This is the only big rock for miles. Why don’t you share your shade with me?”

Lizard thought for a moment, then agreed. “Snake, you can share my shade spot, but you have to go to the other side of the rock and you must promise not to interrupt me.”

Snake was getting annoyed. He hissed, “How could I bother you Lizard? All you are doing is sleeping.”

Lizard smiled knowingly. “Oh Snake, you are such a silly serpent. I’m not sleeping. I’m dreaming.”

Snake wanted to know what the difference was, so Lizard explained.

Dreaming is going into the future, Snake. I go to where the future lives. You see, that is why I know you won’t eat me today. I dreamed you and I know you are full of Mouse.”

Snake was taken aback. “Why Lizard, you’re exactly right. I wondered why you said you would share your rock.”

Lizard laughed to himself. “Snake,” he said, “you are looking for shade and I am looking for shadow. Shadow is where the dreams live.”

Lizard Medicine is the shadow side of reality where your dreams are reviewed before you decide to manifest them physically. Lizard could have created getting eaten by Snake if he had so desired. Lizard is the Medicine of Dreamers. Whether dreamers smoke you or dream you, dreamers can always help you see the shadow. This shadow can be your fears, your hopes, or the very thing you are resisting, but it is always following you around like an obedient dog. If Lizard dreamed a space in your cards today, it may be time to look and see what is following along behind you. Is it your fears, your future trying to catch up to you, or is it the part of you that wants to ignore your weaknesses and humanness? Lizard may be telling you to pay attention to your dreams and their symbols. Make a dream log and record all that you remember. Be sure to pay attention to each individual symbol or recurring pattern. If you do not remember your dreams you could try setting a music alarm for 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. Or you could try drinking a lot of water before bedtime and allow your bladder to wake you up. Dreams are very important. Pay attention to them.

Story from: http://spiritlodge.yuku.com/topic/898#.UhCYlaOxXFo

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did 🙂

Namaste,

T.O.

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