The only way a viper can strike is if you don’t sense where it is lurking and it takes you by surprise when you are not paying attention to its evil intentions. Assuming that it plays fair is a gross mistake because it is driven by self-interest and conquest. Facing a viper head on minimizes its perceived strength and exposes it in the clear light of day. Its strength only comes from in the shadows where most don’t sense it lurking there ready to strike.
Shining the light of truth on it exposes its intent and makes all aware of itsevil agenda. Yes, you might get bitten and the poison will begin coursing through your veins but the power of Divine love will nullify its deleterious effects. Its bite will only kill you if you buy into the fear it generates. It cannot survive in the light of truth because its very existence is dependent on not appearing as being threatening at all. It will assure all others that it is there to help and not destroy; to heal and not hurt; to allay any fears.
Deception is the survival tool of a viper and the more it deceives, the deeper it digs itself into a hole. One day we will all shovel dirt into
Only in darkness can vipers effectively strike because you cannot plainly see where they are hiding, where they are coming from and what target they are attacking. Shining the light on darkness comes when you allow your inner well-being to guide your steps to avoid treading where they can strike without notice.
The darkness is accepted by the ego because it needs to be justified in its own existence and uses it to convince us that it is valid, when in truth it isn’t. Trust in the Divine more than your demons. Your inner demons will deceive you while the Divine always gives you life everlasting. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)