The Transformative Power Of Encountering The Unknown

A radically new theory of evolution that has been conjured up over the past decade or so by Lynne Isbell, suggests that snakes were the root component that enabled us to increase our vision and enlarge our brains over the course of the past 100 million years. Snakes were a constant threat to the survival of our primate ancestors on the jungle floors, and this constant threat steadily heightened our level of awareness which essentially went on to produce radical transformations within the structure of these prehistoric tree dwellers.

One fascinating fact is that much of the ancient mythology stories spread throughout the world involve snakes or dragons, which are often symbolic representations of that of the unknown, or chaos. In the ancient myths of Sumeria and Egypt, both Marduk and Horus descended into chaos in order to retrieve something of immense value, and essentially re-emerge transformed.

We see this same typology found within the stories of the Bible, including that of Abraham, Moses, and Christ Himself, all of which departed from the familiar territory of home to go into the wilderness where they encountered the divine presence of God as well as various trials, only to re-emerge transformed.

In psychology there are various studies to indicate the truth embedded within these stories, how when people encounter unfamiliar territory, whether it be the death of a loved one, a failed marriage, venturing from home, surprised illnesses, etc., we begin to use most of our brain which activate dormant regions within it. Overtime we begin to develop a new perception of reality that replaces the old, transforming our very being into something new. It is primarily do to this encounter with the unknown that we discover something of value, either within the world or within ourselves, and re-emerge with a new perception that helps us be a better contender with reality, someone of greater value to the world than before.

This process works even more proficiently when we take it upon ourselves to encounter the unknown voluntarily rather than involuntarily. When we move into the unknown (a new job, moving from home, going for the degree, starting your own business, etc.) voluntarily and forthrightly, and then overcome the fear of the unknown (that is the serpents), we will then obtain more value from our journey as our eyes become adapted to the potential that lies within the unknown territory. What is the unknown territory of your life, and are you willing and ready to embark on the journey?

-Michael Thacker

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