I have loved animals as far back as I can remember. I played with my "imaginary" animal friend as a child, not knowing at the time what a power animal was. I had vivid dreams and visions throughout my life. I also felt drawn to different animals at different times in my life and when I found out about power or spirit animals, I finally understood why. Reading up on those animals and then going on shamanic journeys and meditations afforded me the entry point into the world of animals on a spiritual level. The reason I prefer the term power animal to spirit animal is simply because it feels more grounded and manifested to me. You are, of course, welcome to use whatever term you like; power animal, spirit animal, animal guide...You choose. The important thing is to have a strong, loving connection and to trust and ask your animal to teach you and share its wisdom with you.
Abundance & Gratitude
Buffalo symbolises positive abundance and deep gratitude. An abundant and easy flow in life cannot occur without deep gratitude. In Native American cultures, the buffalo was the bringer of meat, hides, bones and warmth throughout cold winters. Taking its skin and thick wool as blankets and walls for tipis was especially warming on a full belly. The bones were made into tools and instruments with which work, entertainment and spiritual ceremonies were conducted.
Buffalo signifies gratitude for all you have and which of your desires you are yet to manifest. A heart filled with gratitude is sure to receive and manifest everything into the material life experience. When a lack mentality is absent, there is no blockage to the abundant flow of source energy with which you can form your life and create your experience.
Special attention should also be given to the white buffalo. The myth of the White Buffalo is a beautiful one. Once upon a time, the Lakota people suffered from a great famine and two young men were sent out as scouts to hunt. On their way, they saw a beautiful young woman dressed in white buckskin. The first scout wanted to claim her as his wife, but the other young man advised him against, saying she could be a holy woman. The first didn’t heed his companion’s words, however, and went over to the woman, putting his arms around her. A cloud of white dust enveloped the pair and when it dissipated, there was only the woman left standing with a pile of ashes and bones at her feet.
She beckoned the second scout to come nearer and when he hesitated from fear, she reassured him that she could see in his heart and knew he didn’t have the same designs on her, so he was safe. She then instructed him to return to his people and prepare a feast for her arrival because she was a holy woman and would bring great prosperity to the clan, if they followed instructions. She taught the Lakota seven sacred ceremonies and gave them the sacred ceremonial pipe before she left them again, promising to return one day.
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When Buffalo appears, it means blessings of manifestations of your life’s desires are now occurring. There is an abundant flow of good things, people and situations in your life. You may find yourself at the right place at the right time, meet the right people, and so forth.
Buffalo teaches us to trust that we are always taken care of, that lack is only a mental blockage that hinders the free flow of creative energy to manifest in whichever way we would like. A deep sense of gratitude for having all that you are and have is the foundation of trust in future creations of your desires in the material plane. Without it, you will be stuck in lack mentality and this will brings about undesirable experiences in your life.
Believe in your own power to be able to manifest all you wish and be grateful for all you have and will have. Then the energy can flow freely and nothing can stop you from having your every heart’s desire. Be unafraid, be confident, bold. Life is exciting and there are so many wonderful experiences to be had and friends to be made.
Buffalo teaches us strength, not to be easily knocked down by adverse events occurring in our lives, and also about being sociable, kind, considerate and loyal. When you know how blessed you are, more blessings will follow. Also, when you are good at many things, you might lose focus on what to set your sights on, rather than doing everything at once. Buffalo is a great teacher to learn to concentrate on that which is in line with your true soul expression and do what makes you happy, satisfied and fulfilled.