For those of you who love animals and nature (I imagine that would be everyone reading), I am now publishing a new ReikiShamanic puzzle on my website every Friday.
It’s a fun way to reflect on restoring connections with All Our Relations, and when you solve the puzzle you reveal an inspirational quote. The puzzle and quote will change every Friday by noon. You can find the newest ReikiShamanic puzzle on my website under the Resources tab.
This week the image is Bull Buffalo Enjoys an Earth Wallow, and it was taken on my recent journey in ceremony for A Walk on the Wild Side with wildlife in Yellowstone National Park.
Interesting things can happen when we set intention to listen and collect the prayers and wishes of the animals.
My fellow shaman/friend Charolette and I were driving through the Lamar Valley, admiring the beautifully scenic landscape which had a light covering of snow.
We’d recently left the mob of eager photographers who were excitedly watching a pack of 16-17 wolves about a mile away, and having the road (and the scenery) to ourselves was a relief.
About 100 yards ahead, I noticed a lone bull buffalo ambling along in the sagebrush. We pulled over to offer him the Buffalo Blanket. He paused, and then began to stroll our way. He forded a small stream, stopped to investigate some grasses, and kept coming.
I grew more and more excited as he got closer and closer—it felt like something special was going to happen—and there was no one else there but the three of us and the Buffalo Blanket!
We were parked atop a little hill on the curve of the road. The bull was definitely aware of us, but we were sitting quietly and respectfully in our car above him, so he continued on to his goal which turned out to be a lovely patch of open earth at the bottom of the hill.
The end of breeding season was close, but not yet over, so this handsome gentleman felt he needed a trip to the spa for a bit of a makeover to please the ladies and demonstrate his prowess to rivals. Bull buffalo weigh roughly 2000 pounds, and it looks like all muscle, so it was quite something to watch as he lowered himself to the ground and began a slow motion wiggle-and-roll in the loose earth.
As he rolled on his back and raised his hooves skyward, I felt his joy in physically being a buffalo. He reveled in a good back scratch while dousing himself liberally in the buffalo equivalent of male aftershave (the bulls urinate on the loose earth before wallowing—the cologne the lady buffalo love best since it offers information about how strong and virile their potential suitors are).
To be present for that moment—to share in his power of being all buffalo and his surrender to the earth in a moment of deepest connection—brought me joy, and I smiled to see how much fun he was having while doing it.
All of that is rolled up into the one image I chose for this week, and I love the quote that I found to pair with it. I think Mr. GQ Bull Buffalo would approve of the advice. It also pairs well with the theme of the upcoming Heal Yourself – Heal the Earth online conference where I tell a lot more stories from All My Relations (-:
If, after solving the puzzle, you would like to see full image of Bull Buffalo Enjoys an Earth Wallow, click here.
And if you are starting your holiday shopping a little early (why stress?), all of my photos are available on Fine Art America, not only as wall art, but also on very useful and strong tote bags (I use mine for grocery shopping and cat food gathering), coffee/tea mugs, and other nifty gifts!
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A WILD WAY TO HEAL
Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic energy healer, and author. Her classes, sessions and ceremonial work are inspired by wild and domestic animals who have issued a call to action for personal and global healing.
Her book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.