We didn’t hike much during my last day off, but instead we went on a little drive in the country. Like so many other times before, we drove the Gold Lakes Highway and I swear there is something special about this area. It’s a quick escape from the city and the noise, to find yourself surrounded by pristine wilderness and alpine lakes. We drove it so many times that we know every turn, every trail that branches off and every mile is associated with special memories. As so many times before we were about to come around that last bend. One more turn and out of nowhere the spectacular view of the Sierra Buttes, visible for the first time and prior hidden in the woods would greet us and astonish us with their beauty. There was one last look at each other, filled with unspoken words yet a silent understanding of “Are you ready for this” was filling the air as the Jeep rolled toward magnificence. The view was like always, breathtaking, almost unreal looking. Most of the surrounding area was hilly besides these huge granite peaks that violently escaped the landscape and commanded the viewers utmost attention.
“Buttes rising in the distance”
Arriving at Salmon Lake, the lake was still covered with snow and ice as we quickly made our way up a huge rock pile that would offer a spectacular view of both, the lake and the Sierra Buttes. It didn’t take long to scout out a spot suitable for napping and relaxing. In pursuit, I had a little brush in with a pine branch that ended up poking me in the eye. Not the best feeling and it left a bloody red mark inside the white area of my left eye. For two days it felt as if I had got punched in the eye and luckily all disappeared without further problems. After our picnic, eating half of our sandwich and enjoying the warm sun, it was time for a nap. I was laying on my side, head on my back back and I was almost asleep until for no apparent reason I opened my eyes. Within inches from my face I saw something long, brown slithering by which initially scared the living daylights out of myself and everybody else. Instinctively I jumped back to get some distance as my brain was instilling images of what it made out of being a snake. I never saw where it disappeared to or what it was, but a minute later it revealed itself. Crawling out from underneath a rock. it was the longest lizard I have ever seen in the wild. Alone the tail was longer than any other lizard I have encountered before. There it sat, “Thin Lizzy” (yes I named it), looking at me for a moment before he came up right next to me, sitting besides me as if I wasn’t there. They usually scramble away from people, but not this one, it just stayed there for awhile before he walked on and eventually disappeared in the cracks of another rock pile. The incident stuck with me and even though I have seen many lizards before, none ever came that close and just hung out with me. There was a message in this sighting and sure enough, later on at home I discovered that lizards are spirit animals.
Lizard symbolism means that you have the ability to consciously tap into your intuition and higher knowledge. (No kidding, as I felt my intuition stronger lately, it left me with knowing and seeing things nobody else seemed to see. Once again not always a blessing but an insight or heads up if you will for sure). Allow yourself to use these traits to move forward it suggested. The other things that stood out from the message was to take time to follow your dreams. It was said that alternatively the lizard was letting you know that you have become caught up in the drudgery of life and perhaps you have forgotten to dream. It was time to dream again and imagine a new reality for yourself. To realize that the only way to break away form current situations, is to remember that all things new are born in dreams. Lizard was also reminding that we have hidden gifts and that it is up to us to use those hidden gifts for our own well being. To use the ability to remove ourselves from the danger and harm when the situation calls for.
A truly powerful message that kept my mind occupied for days. What followed can only be described as spiritual enlightenment when it comes to the message this little guy was carrying. There he was, sitting next to me while staring at me as if he was asking “What happened to your dreams, are you going to remember to dream again?” I was thinking back to all the spiritual messages and signs I had seen over the past years. Things I can’t explain, but feel very strongly about, things I’m absolutely sure about and yet I fail to completely execute what’s next. One thing is shaping more and more for sure, that is if I’m given the time to see it come to fruition. I can’t say that I remember my dreams while sleeping but I dream the way I prefer to dream. With eyes wide open, I’m dreaming big and the pictures are more vivid and clearer then ever. Right after the lizard incident one such vivid dream came to me mind, a huge one indeed as if seeing through the looking glass into the future. A future that (after a hurdle of other things) might have me call a converted school bus my new home.
Picture of another lizard I took near Mount Shasta. The one that scared me was much much bigger because he had a big message to deliver.