This is a story about darkness, and FEAR.

So imagine for a moment that I have invited a guest along to join us.

This guest you may not like so much…

It is a SNAKE.

And this snake… This snake slithers in on the floor to coil up next to you while you read this article.

This snake represents your own darkness, your own fears.

I ask you to feel the energy of this snake. It is your fears. It is the outer manifestation of your fears. It is also a swirling, rising potential of energy that sits at your feet at all times, metaphorically. The snake is depicted in the DNA. It is your “kundalini”, a rising energy potential, but one that holds much fear.

Now, imagine four people – 2 women and 2 men.

They are all walking down Enlightenment Street, together.

Suddenly, a snake crawled up from the brush, onto the road, and stopped directly in front of the fourth person, a woman, who was at the back of the group. The snake slithered up to her and cut her off her path.

The snake coiled its body, reared its head and directed energies of fear straight through its eyes directly into hers.

This broke down everything she had ever learned.

It broke her down for a moment. She shrieked, and she went running back at amazing speed, back to the village where they came from that morning. She left so quickly that the others in the group could not even catch her and settle her down. She was filled with so much fear! She was so deeply terrified by this snake that she forgot everything she had ever learned.

The snake was very pleased, for he did not even need to exert himself. He scared away this woman. Be gone with her! He instantly slid back into the underbrush, out of sight, out of the way of the other three people who remained. They were confused. They did not know what to do. They were sad that one of their own had run back to the village, and would probably not resume her path on this road to enlightenment for quite some time. They discussed it briefly, and decided to continue on their path. They gave thanks and blessings that at least no one was harmed.

The three remaining people continued on their path toward enlightenment, enjoying the day, when once again a snake appeared from the underbrush. It came darting onto the road, in direct contact with one of the males. It coiled up his head and opened his mouth to expose his pointed teeth.

One of the men said, "I will kill you. You make me angry! You chased away one of the others. I'm going to kill you once and for all!" He pulled the knife out of the sheath, held his arm back, and was about to strike a blow, when the snake coiled, released, and bit him in the leg.

He died instantly.

The anger had arisen within him. He was going to save and protect the others. He was going to kill the snake, but the snake was much more cunning. The snake was much faster. The snake caught him off guard and killed him. The snake quickly escaped back into the underbrush, out of sight of the other two remaining people.

They continued walking down “Enlightenment Street”, but now it weighed heavily upon them – the events of one woman who had been scared silly and ran back to the village, and the other who had come to what seemed to be an untimely death.

They continued walking, and as you already know, the snake once again came from the underbrush, slithered onto the road, and put itself directly in the way of the one woman who remained.

The one woman who remained decided to use a different tact this time.

Instead of trying to kill the snake, she would talk the snake through its fears and angers. She knelt down, just out of reach of the snake. She said, "Oh, dear snake, you must have had a difficult childhood! Dear snake, I raise my hands now, not to attack you, but I will send you energy, and I will send you love, and I will heal you and all of the wounds from your very disturbing childhood. Oh, dear snake, I imagine that your father beat you, and that is why you are so angry. And dear snake, I will sing you a lullaby to make you feel better, to nurture your inner snake."

Now, the snake coiled back and had an interesting look on his face, a look that was quite puzzled. Here was a human that was not displaying anger. Here was a human that was trying to change him .

The snake looked at her, and a big smile came across his face. And the woman thought, "I am connecting with him, heart-to-heart. Look. He is smiling."

Suddenly, the snake leapt forward and bit her.

She died instantly.

And the snake retreated back into the underbrush, laughing and laughing and laughing to himself: "Here was a human, trying to change the world and to change me. She was the easiest of all my targets! HAHAHAHAHAHA!"

Now, the one remaining human was quite concerned now. He wondered about this road of Enlightenment. This was not such a good thing, for now one of his friends had been chased away in fear, and two had been killed. He sat and thought for quite awhile about whether to continue on the path. Finally, he said, "It is so deep within my being and deep within my soul that I must continue."

He continued walking, somewhat more carefully and more cautious than he had before, but he continued walking. And as you already know, after a short period of time, the snake crawled up from the underbrush once again, now feeling more invigorated and more powerful for having chased off three in one way or the other.

The snake came directly in his path. The snake said, "I will allow you to go no further on the path. Like the others, I will kill you now."

The remaining man looked the snake eye-to-eye, who was coiled and ready to bite. The snake was empowered with the blood of a human dripping from his mouth. He was so delighted with himself.

At that moment Samuel said to himself, " I must take response-ability for creating my own reality. It is not about me anymore. I must take ownership and be in a place of balance. I must breathe. I must breathe in my divinity, for this is what I have learned to be true. I must somehow let go of my fear."

Unbeknownst to both this man and the snake, an eagle had been circling overhead, watching the series of events. At the moment Samuel took in the breath, the eagle swooped down, grabbed the snake with its strong and sturdy claws, flew up hundreds and hundreds of feet into the air, did circles and spins with the snake screaming and slithering its claws. Then the eagle dropped the snake to his death on the ground.

The man breathed again, but this time, it was with relief. He continued walking on his path, and thought about the events of this very strange day. He contemplated all that had happened. He thought about the eagle, who had truly been there all of the time, waiting for the appropriate moment to come forth.

He asked himself, “What does this mean? What is the lesson?”

He continued walking on the path of enlightenment, when suddenly another snake appeared. It was a relative of the snake who was killed. This new snake was very, very pissed!

This new snake darted from the underbrush and stopped directly in front of him.

It was almost twice as long as the first snake. It coiled in front of him, and said, "I will surely kill you now, for you have killed my own relative. I will have revenge. I must, for that is the way of our snake god. We revenge all who do us harm."

Now, Samuel had been thinking quite a bit along his walk, ever since the first snake was killed. He knew it was a blessed and sacred moment when the eagle came down. He also knew that it was a divine act, and he knew there was more to be learned from all of this.

He asked himself, "What is it that I should know about the snake? What is it that I should do if this ever would happen again to me?" He listened within for the answers to his questions. He knew that the answers always come from within.

Samuel knew that he couldn't just close his eyes and wish that the eagle would swoop down once again. He knew it was time to truly take ownership of his reality. He looked the snake in the eye and said, "Dear snake, what is it that you seek? Why are you in my path?"

The snake was shocked! No human had EVER asked this question!

Humans had always acted in fear or anger or sometimes stupidity, but they had never displayed this kind of wisdom, this kind of CURIOSITY. They had never asked, "Why are you here in my path? What is that you have for me?"

To his questions, the snake responded, "Dear Sir, I am you. I am no different from you. I am not some external reptile. I am your darkness, your fear. And I come here today to stand in your path because you, Sir, do not like change. You, Sir, have issues that need addressing. I am here as a messenger to help you bring your issues to the surface. I can be your greatest enemy, or your greatest teacher. It is up to you."

The man thought for a moment and then asked the snake, "But if it is so simple, if it is so simple, then why did the first snake kill and scare the other humans? Why couldn't you just come to us and explain why you are here?"

And the snake shook what little head it had and said, "That is not the way it works. It is only when we are asked, only when you have enough curiosity, only when you open the door by asking the questions, can we then answer. We do not want to be changed. We do not want to be attacked. But when a human comes to us – the snake that is within – and asks, then we must tell. We must share."

So the man now understood his own power, his own balance, and he understood why the snake had been sent there in the first place. They talked for many, many, many hours.

The man learned much through this experience about himself. He saw the darkness and the fears that were within him, expressed through the snake. When they were done, he said to the snake, "I still do not like you. I still do not like when you show up on my path. I still do not like what you represent. But, now I know that you come bearing a gift. Now I know there is a reason for your being, and now I know how to address you and what to do."

He continued on his path.

There was an occasional but rare snake that attempted to stop him. He understood it was just a test of his own being to see if he was still staying in his balance. But now, each time a snake appeared before him, he would smile, and he would say, "Why are you here? What is it that I should know? Why are you here? What is it that you want? What's the wisdom? What is the lesson that you bring?"

Dear friends, as we move into our hearts, there are still issues.

There are still the imbalances.

They will appear, but understand, as the man in this story came to understand, that the darkness, the fear, at its core level, are issues and energies within you that seek release. That is all.

If you hold an imbalance of fear within you, the darkness can cause you to go scampering back to the village where you came from. If you hold fears and you allow them to let you forget everything you've learned, to shake you to the core, you will run backwards to the village, back to your security. This snake of fear and darkness that scared you away did not get what he came for. He wasn't trying to scare you.

He was really looking to be addressed.

The fear seeks release. It has insidious ways of doing this. It has damaging and crippling ways of doing it. But go straight to the core and understand that the fears within you seek to be released.

When you try to kill the snake as the second man did, when you go after it in anger and judgment, it is throws you into imbalance. You have discovered that in yourself. When you are angry, when there is something that happens from within and you get angry within yourself, you lose!

Anger is an imbalance. It isn't, as so many of you have tried to argue with me, a useful emotion. Anger is FEAR-BASED.

When you are angry with yourself and others, it is like trying to build a house during an earthquake.

Understand this when the snake is standing in front of you, and you are angry, and you draw your knife, and say, "I will cut your head off. I'm gonna kick your ass!"

Even if you do manage to kill the snake, it will come back through all of its relatives. It will be there, because the fear seeks to be released!

Education makes us lazy. Lazy to learn. I've seen so many friends study only for the sake of studying. Because it's the path laid out for them. Study, go uni, get job. The easiest path. Yeah, education now has become more flexible. Students are encouraged to think for themselves. Yet I still see so many people scan their notes like a machine. Some even hate studying. Actually, who loves studying. Lol. We have to learn how to learn. Correction. We have to unlearn the negative way of "learning" that early schools teach us. The natural way of learning is to get feedback. There is no right or wrong. But we are only reinforced for "success". "Failure", and we are down. School is just like military. Governed by artificial time, rules and regulations.

I'm an "alone person". I don't like to depend on others and prefer that others do the same unto me. I would rather explore things on my own. It doesn't mean that I'm anti-social. In fact, I enjoy people. It's just that I need a lot of alone time to recharge, to think about stuff. And speaking about thinking, I just love to think in the toliet. Sounds gross eh. It's actually one of the cleanest places. Quiet too. Unless.. never mind. I can think my day away in the toliet. I even fell asleep in it. Aww.

I'm still afraid.
I don't dare to commit.
It's not that I don't trust you.
Give me time.
I still have scars in my heart.

I will never buy a petrol car. That's because I already have BMW. Bus, MRT, Walk. Plus cycling, of course. I am able to appreciate more beauty around me when I walk. I don't have to concentrate on driving, which is especially stressful when they are a lot of cars on the road. And some drivers are just too high-strung.

I hate it when some cars come along and disturb the serenity of the street I am walking/cycling on. And oh, the smell. I don't understand why pedestrians have to be at risk crossing roads, even at pedestrian crossings. We are walking man. Caring for the Earth. And we have to give way to some dangerous wild object. Even animals are safer. I witnessed a terrible accident where a maid was attacked by a vehicle doing a turn into the pedestrian crossing.

It is so hard to walk peacefully on most pedestrian walkways. I hate people who cycle on pedestrian walkways. And they have the nerve to ring the bell so many times. And expect us to immediately react. Walkways are for walking people! It is usually safer to cycle on the road. People don't know. I have to tell them. And they don't believe. Cars can see you better on the road. You can see them better too. It is better than zooming across zebra crossings, which 99% of cyclists love to do. It is also not necessary to wear a helmet. If you wear a helmet, you might think it is safe and be less alert. Cars might also be less wary because you're wearing a helmet. So the best thing is to prevent accidents in the first place, not expect them.