Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Grand Irrationality continues.  It is with a heavy heart that I write this but I feel that I must.  As much as my heart just doesn’t want to go there, I have to bring a current event to the forefront and let the ramifications settle upon us now and over time.  Lightning Medicine Cloud, a rare white buffalo and his mother, Buffalo Woman, were killed on April 30, 2012.  The baby was murdered just shy of his first birthday.  He was slaughtered and skinned.  His mother died a day later, taken down by the poison from an arrow.  It was a slow death.  The white buffalo calf, a “Messenger of God” in the animal realm, is sacred to the Lakota people. He was not an albino white buffalo which made him even more rare.  The chance of a white buffalo birth is said to be one in ten million.  He was not only a symbol of hope for all nations but held the promise of a new day in a new world.  He was a living prayer and now the unthinkable has happened.  He was taken down by someone so far out of alignment with themselves that I feel a collective “pause” is warranted.  This news just shook me to the depths and went though every level of understanding that my mind could throw at me.  There IS no sense that can be made of this from the mind.  If the killings were symbolic and with the intention of trying to stop the light, it hasn’t nor will it.  The darkness has had it’s day and nothing will stop the awakening now.  If it wasn’t done by someone who truly understood the white calf’s meaning and was killed for it’s rare white pelt, then greed is the issue.  In trying to understand the person or persons accountable for these unconscionable acts, one could spend days analyzing the motives, the dis-connect and dis-ease at the core of this conflicted human.  It can only be understood more deeply from the heart space.  It is hard to come to terms with what the eyes see.  It’s only from the mind’s eye that I can truly understand and feel compassion.  I trust that on some level of awareness this story has become more prominent because of the calf’s death.  Why is it that shock still seems to be a way of getting our attention?  Not a lot of people even knew of his birth or what it meant.  Lightning Medicine Cloud and his mother have not died in vain.  You cannot know of these murders and simply walk away without feeling something.  It could be easy and understandable to feel that with this calf’s passing, so too passes the hope and the spirit of unity that was ushered in by his birth.  The killings certainly do not bode well for the idea of peace among nations and the peoples of this earth.  So what are we left with?  Another example of one step forward, two steps back?  Maybe ... and in this particular case it’s hard not to feel a sense of futility ... there was just such a sense of promise ... the happy ending that we all wanted.  That happy ending is going to have to wait a bit longer I guess and our transformation might have to take a few more hits to the heart before all is said and done.


  1. The killing of this calf and his mother, disgusts me beyond description!! Has the human race ceased to be compassionate, kind and loving? These seriously unbalanced person(s) could certainly learn a lesson from the animal world! Each time this comes to mind, I am so tremendously outraged! Those responsible will have to answer to a higher authority and will get their just punishment come judgement day. It makes me so incredibly angry, that there is no respect or regard given toward animal life! It bothers me so completely that there was no thought given to the pain and suffering that this caused. Not only for the poor calf and his mother, but for those of the human race, who are in touch with their senses and sensibility. It's a sad, sad day for all. It affects us all. Some more than others. My hope is this, that there will be a day of reckoning when, those responsible are so consummed with their guilt, that it eats them alive. When a pact is made with the devil and evil, no one wins. No one can come away from this without being deeply and sadly affected!!

  2. I have not been able to stop thinking about this since I heard. This is evil at its most despicable. So many things go through my mind. Did this baby suffer? Did he struggle? Did the monsters poison him too, to take him down? Did Mama Buffalo Woman witness the slaughter of her baby? I waver between this being an act of greed to an act of revenge to a hate crime to a stupid senseless "trophy" of a rare animal. I think about where the pelt is now - who has it? Do they even understand what they have? What are they thinking? Are they thinking at all? Are they flush with victory and money and laughing at our sorrow? When I can't stop the tears I think of this sacred family reunited again on the other side - the father, the mama, and the precious baby, happy and whole and safe from monsters forever. It is we who have to live with the grief and loss and the shock that anybody calling himself a human being could even think of a crime like this, much less carry it out. This was no human, this was a demon straight from hell. I hope and pray whoever did this spends the rest of eternity there, once the earthly system is through with them.

  3. I can certainly feel the anguish from you both, Paula and Julia. As I said, it was very hard for me to write this and try and understand such a senseless act. This is what I feel; to reciprocate in kind to this distorted individual only perpetuates the imbalance in this world. ALL of life is precious and maybe this act of the unthinkable has cut to the hearts of people and opened some eyes that were once closed. If Lightning Medicine Cloud and Buffalo Women could communicate through the ethers they would say; "Think of the others still left here. Think of yourselves. Honor all of life and let us be a symbol of the preciousness before you." As hard as it is to understand from our perspective, we never know why some things occur and though the actions can appear so vile as to be incomprehensible to us, all of life serves as learning. We live in a world of light and dark. Give thanks to these two that have opened the eyes and hearts of some. Their deaths are not in vain. Honor them for the essence that they have shared and if possible, try and look beyond the way they were taken from this earth. I feel that the greater lesson is in what they represent and the gifts of life and compassion they've left behind. xo Deb

    1. Deb: Thank you for your article and your perspective. I've been devastated by this story. Thank you for your healing efforts.

      Cathy Hilling, NC