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We humans are a muddle headed, tragi-joyous melange, ever seemingly lost and only now and then touching the divine, that is, realizing in a flash that in spite of all we are taught and think we are part and parcel–one–with the Life that is in all probability ubiquitous throughout the universe and is of course everywhere we look when we manage to open our eyes and gaze around us on this modest but teeming little planet earth.

While I write these words the Classical Jazz Quartet play Bach through earbuds shoehorned into my ears. Indeed, might that first sentence/paragraph be Bachian? Which brings me to the real heart of this meandering, errant, questing post: how we humans are fashioners of our environment and then are fashioned in turn by that environment.

It is an interaction, a dance, that has been understood either consciously or not by shamans and their latterday brethren Artists and Poets since the dawn of Time, that is, when us humans first began to experience its passing. For, was there Time before there was a consciousness with which to experience it? Oooh, very Zen.

Comprehending that the environment and the images we create play a part in creating who we are, shouldn’t we, in our striving towards a better day, a new age, be more conscious of where we have been, how the environment we have created and their images have played upon us?

At any rate, I started out the morning flicking through photos I had taken on a recent visit to the Met in New York, more specifically in search of images of the snake. I fell to pondering the snake after reading a post on the Kundalini Fire over at crystalmoons.wordpress.com, the image of the twin kundalini serpents‘ of course reminding me immediately of the Greek Caduceus, which has passed down us as an image of health and wellness to our medical profession.

The twin snakes as embodying health and wellness? Everywhere, except in our Judeo-Christian heritage, that is.

What’s with that?

Anyway, being a hopeless internet researcher I couldn’t download a Kundalini or Caduceus, so I’ll simply draw from my Met photos for snakes.

Greco-Roman Goddess and snake spouse fragment

And with snake necked bird spouse

A patriarchal response

A Judeo-Christian rendering

How different the feel of a Hindu primal couple

Maybe one day we'll find that balance once more

I like playing with that thought.