Buffalo Essence supports one in slowing down and getting in touch with the resonance and rhythms of the Earth. Nurtures a sense of sacredness and knowing that we are all part of a sacred web. As a teacher of stillness, buffalo encourages experiences of deep inner quiet, calm and contemplation. Enhances feelings of gratitude for the gift of all life.
"I have a remarkable story to share with you. I have had high blood pressure for several years and have been on medication for it. I have taken Buffalo essence for several weeks, and to the amazement of me and my doctors, my blood pressure has dropped forty points! My doctor asked me "What have you been doing?" and I just smiled and said, "Oh, nothing!" Thanks so much!
-- L.N., Florida
From an Essence Practitioner about her client:
M.P., woman, 28, single
"Never had time to appreciate nature and its cycles. After using the essence, started to pay attention to natural things and felt connected with the magic of life."
From Rev. Douglas Buchanan, Healing Ministry of Sophia, Park Forest, Illinois
"Some of our body workers have found that Buffalo has enabled them remain grounded when dealing with clients having multi-dimensional problems. Many members use it when they begin to feel dispersed, and it grounds and connects them immediately to present time.
A few of our female Elders are associated with crone work, and one of them, who is a Reiki Master, a hypnotherapist, a Blackfoot shamanka pipe carrier, and a crone of Women Within, has recommended that people who do this sort of work use Eagle and Buffalo together. Those who have done so report a remakable enhanced ability to connect with Earth and the Higher Self during work that demands complete awareness of present time and both dimensions."
The American Bison, commonly known as Buffalo, are a large hoofed herbivore feeding on prairie grasses of United States and Canada. They played an essential role in shaping the ecology of the Great Plains as they grazed heavily on native grasses, disturbing the soil with their hooves, allowing many plants and animal species to flourish.
Characterized by their long, shaggy brown coats, millions of Bison once thundered across North America, but were driven to near extinction by settlers as they moved across the land. Although conservation efforts have resulted in there a modest increase in population, the American Bison is currently classified as near threatened by IUCN's Red List.
For Native Americans, Bison represented the sustainer of life. Through the ages, various tribes have used every part of the bison – as food, for utensils and clothing, and in religious rituals.
The Lakota nation, for example, used buffalo hair in headdresses and to stuff pillows and weave ropes. Other tribes have used bison fat in soap, cooking oil and candles; the skull as a religious altar; the bones for eating utensils and jewelry; and the bladder for food pouches and medicine bags. Even the stomach lining was used as a cooking vessel.