Buffalo Winds: Animals & Their Sacrifice…
In my journey a horse, a donkey, and a lama come to me. I am shown images of them in their daily experience with packs on their backs climbing mountains or assisting man/woman in some way. They work hard and they are down trodden and weary. I am told that the animals who serve man are not recognized for their contributions to man/woman that sustains them and contributes to their life force and vitality. Without the recognition of the animals sacrifice the connection and relationship between man and animal becomes “deadened”. The energy exchange is one sided and so the animal is not recognized or nourished energetically for its sacrifice. The animals that feed us and serve us are not being recognized and this is an act of offence or an act that goes against that which is sacred. This is the energy connected to animals in our contemporary world. Ponder the energetic response to making a sacrifice of your life and having it unrecognized. This is a wounding and it is calling out to be rectified. As individuals and here in a group we can contribute to the animals who serve us and nourish us by offering our recognition of their sacrifice and service and send them an outpouring of love, gratitude and recognition. Animals are each on their own spiritual evolutionary path. For many animals their path includes contributing to man/woman and for an animal to contribute to man as sacrifice to sustain him/her is part of their journey. We are absent from the relationship and this is important for us to consider.
When you look at the wild you will see that this is the natural way; animals become sacrifice to sustain other animals. To hunt, to kill, and to consume for one’s survival is a natural process in the animal kingdom. The animal will move through their own process of hunting and securing food. There is little waste and no killing for pleasure. We are part of this natural process even if we are removed from it in this process of gleaning sustenance from animal and plants as food for our own survival, sustenance, and pleasure.
This is the heart of the teaching:
1. Become aware of the natural process of being sustained physically through the food you eat and that even though you don’t directly bring your food from the wild to the table, know that this process is still happening on your behalf
and that you are part of it. Do not focus on the bad around these things at this time as it does not contribute in a way that offers the proper spiritual exchange between man and animla, but instead focus on placing yourself into the web of life and the natural order and know that you are in the natural order of things even if you are once removed from the requirements of obtaining food to sustain you.
2. Look and recognize who contributes to your life and life force vitality and who gives you the nurturance in your life There is much that contributes to your life, your breath, your being here and alive, and these include the animals and plants that sustain you physically.
3. Know what contributes to your living essence and experience and give thanks, give thanks and recognition of the animals and plants that sustain you and make a sacrifice to contribute to your life, take time to pray for the animals who are contributing to you and in this way you contribute energetically to them on their evolutionary path.
4. Know the animals that sacrifice and contribute to your sustenance and life force. Know the animal and contribute to them by recognizing their sacrifice through gratitude and prayer on their behalf.
Aho. (And so it is.)
Spiritual Tasks for You as Teaching Tools:
1. Know the animal that sacrifices itself for you to be sustained. What are their attributes? What are their contributions to the planet? How do they serve you. There is much that contributes to your life, your life force, and your soul’s journey. Know these contributions and know them intimately. This is nurturing awareness.
“You are the result of the love of thousands.” ~Linda Hogan
2. For at least one meal a day, give recognition of the sacrifice that has been made for you to be sustained. Thank the animal you are ingesting with love and recognition. Make this a practice in your life.
3. Send prayers of gratitude to the animals in the world who serve man in the most honorable and selfless way. Their suffering and sacrifice must be balanced with our love, recognition and sent prayers of gratitude.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to read about the animals that sustain many of us! But first Koko has a message.
Koko’s Message via Video
Remember, you become empowered through choosing to join in relationship with those animals that sustain you, through gratitude, recognition and deep awareness. This is your contribution and it is indeed a powerful one when walked as a purposeful practice.
Attributes & Offerings from the Animals that Serve and Sustain Us
Cow Spiritual Contribution:
Like its family member the bull, the cow totem is highly connected to nature, the Earth, and its continuation through reproduction. Cows are very generous with their lives and behave in the most selfless of manners.
Among fertility and femininity, these mother creatures represent the virtuous traits of sustenance, abundance, potential, calming, grounding, and provision. They also serve as an uplifting sign of female power and prestige, since they are, after all, crucial to the continuation of any species.
New beginnings are also an appropriate theme associated with cows in conjunction with their maternal auras. Through their pregnancy, birth, nourishment to their offspring, and ultimate bodily gifts, cows show the entire life cycle in its bittersweet beauty from start to finish.
Spirit of Hen (Chicken) Contribution:
Chickens and eggs are associated with the March Equinox, a time of rebirth and renewal. The Hen is a sign of abundance, and also prophecy and truth. Because she usually forages on the ground, the Hen is attuned to powerful Earth rhythms. The Spirit of Hen can increase your sensitivity to physical and spiritual vibrations.With the Rooster, the Hen represents a dynamic and harmonious balance of yin/yang sexual energies. This Spirit can be fortunate for intimate relationships.The Hen Spirit broadens your capacity to nurture and provide for yourself and others. Hen brings blessings of harmony and happiness to domestic and family activities. Work at home can be productive and satisfying. Take time to enjoy creature comforts and quality time with children, friends and loved ones.Highly social, Chickens have a distinct pecking order. The Hen helps you define and modify your comfort zone or niche in society and the grander scheme.
Spirit of Sheep / Lamb Contribution:
The Sheep (Ovis aries) can refer to domestic or wild sheep, lambs, ewes, rams or wethers. Sheep represent beauty, art, romance, simplicity and prosperity. These adaptable animals are ubiquitous throughout human history. Sheep are often raised by small or large-scale farmers to provide wool, meat, milk and other dairy products, and are also amiable as pets or companions. Usually found in flocks (aka herds or mobs), the gregarious Sheep represents family, community, friends, society and business networks. As sacred or sacrificial animals, Sheep are connected to the divine. The Sheep spirit favors gentle virtues such as kindness, compassion and trust. However, there’s more to the Sheep than meets the eye.
Salmon, despite strong river currents, will always return to the place of its creation. Its determination is driven by the wisdom of instinct and inner-knowing, which yields a sense of purpose that cannot be stopped by outside forces. Salmon tells us to trust our gut feelings and inner-knowing.
Salmon teaches us to see every bend in the river as a new adventure, with a
lesson we need to learn to grow, even when the flow of life seems to push us back, we can tap the hidden resources of our human spirit. To fully appreciate the symbolic meanings of fish, we must first consider their watery realm. Water holds ancient symbolic meanings dealing with the subconscious and depth of knowledge. Water contains all the mysteriousness of the unknown.
Fish, in general, hold some main symbolic meanings: there is transformation, knowledge, happiness, good luck, creativity and eternity.
Pigs can be found all over the world, wherever people want them to be. While pigs are mostly seen as a food source in today’s world, they were once symbolized as being much more than that.
Pigs once played an important part in many western and eastern religion, and how they were portrayed in these religions sometimes largely impacted how they were viewed in the culture as a whole. In many religions– ancient Celtic, Egyptian, Native Americans, and Chinese culture in general– the pig was seen as a symbol of fertility. In religions and cultures pigs, at least the female ones, were seen as “Great Mothers.” This could be because of how many pigs sows usually give birth to, and how often they can give birth.
Turkey teaches us about the need to cultivate skills of cunning and agility. It is important to know how to read your environment and react in a way that preserves your way of life; this involves noticing that a certain situation has the potential to get dangerous for you, and knowing how to extricate yourself from it safely – and unnoticed where possible. Wild turkey is excellent at teaching people how to avoid arguments and unnecessary confrontation, through using skills of observation, cunning and agility. Wild turkey teaches us the value of fierceness and courage as a personality trait. Courage is about feeling frightened of something, or fearful, and still doing everything in your power to protect yourself and move through that fearful stimulus. Fierceness allows us to actively confront the things that challenge us, in the same way that a male wild turkey will actively confront other males during breeding season. The wild turkey has a distinctive gobbling call that can be heard across great distances; this call advertises the presence of the turkey, for purposes of mating or challenge. Wild turkey teaches you how to project your voice and your truths. It is important to know when to say your message, truths or opinion; and how to say it clearly and loudly enough that other people take notice. Wild turkey can help you to learn appropriate timing for sharing your voice with others.