PAGE    ON    SNAKE   HANDLING.    
             
                                          
    THE GOAL IS ANYWAY TO BECOME LUCID    
    INSIDE THE DREAM (IF THE DREAM IS A   
    CONTAINER) OR WHILE THE DREAM TAKES   
    PLACE (IF IT IS AN EVENT). THIS IS    
       SOMEHOW TO DO WITH SERPENTS.       
                                          
             
   I KNEW THERE WOULD  BE SNAKES, THEY  
  HAVE THIS PARTICULAR SHAPE TO  THEM,  
    MAKES   THEM  FIT  INTO  CRACKS,    
          INTO          SEAMS.          
                             
  (SINCE REALM-TRAVELNESS IS INVERSELY  
  PROPORTIONAL TO SIZE; LARGER ANIMALS  
      HAVE     TO    STAY     PUT.      
   SNAKES  CAN  CHEAT  THIS BY  BEING   
      ALMOST     ONE-DIMENSIONAL.)      
             
                                          
  EITHERWAY. I DID NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND   
  WHICH ROLE THEY WOULD PLAY, OR EXACTLY  
    WHICH SNAKES THEY WOULD BE - THE    
         NAGAS! THE SNAKE PEOPLE.         
                                          
  YOU WILL WANT THEM TO GUIDE YOU IF YOU  
   CAN. THEY ARE EXCELLENT NIDRA GUIDES,  
    AND MANY WILL TAKE YOU ON PRO BONO    
   (I SUSPECT THEY FIND AMUSEMENT IN OUR  
   ATTEMPTS TO TRAVEL WHERE WE ARE NOT    
 EASY TO BE.) THE PROBLEM IS FINDING ONE. 
                                          
             
  DON'T FRET IF YOUR  MEETING DOES NOT  
   GO WELL  - TALKING TO A  SNAKE  IS   
  OFTEN  A  RECURSIVE MATTER. YOU WILL  
  MEET MANY TIMES AS YOU  FALL DEEPER,  
  ONCE PER  STAGE,  THE  SNAKE  TAKING  
  VARIOUS FORMS IN SUCCESSION (STREAM,  
  SNAKE,  HALF-SNAKE,  QUEEN, STREAM,   
   THUNDER).  YOU  MUST  REPEAT  ALL    
  PLEASANTRIES  EACH TIME AS IF YOU'VE  
  NEVER BEFORE MET (ALTHOUGH THE SNAKE  
  MAY CHOOSE TO ADDRESS YOU AS AN  OLD  
  FRIEND, FOLLOW  THEIR LEAD  IF SO).   
             
                                          
   THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH WATER,  
  SOME CLOSE RELATION TO IT. I'VE YET TO  
   UNCOVER WHAT THIS IS. BUT YOU MIGHT    
    HAVE A HIGHER CHANCE OF FINDING ONE   
       CLOSE TO A RIVER OR LAKE...?       
                                          
  I'VE ALSO HEARD THEM MENTIONED TOGETHER 
   WITH CAVES OR "THE WORLD BENEATH THE   
   WORLD". COINCIDENCE? YOU FIND REGULAR  
   SNAKES IN REGULAR CAVES. OR - COULD    
  THIS BE A REFERENCE TO THE DARK LAKE?   
   THE HOLY WATER IN THE CENTER OF YOUR   
            CHEST. GUARDIANS?