|The bison holds a sacred place in many Native American cultures. They see it as a gift from God to their people and deserving a complex host of attributes: Provision, Gratitude, Abundance, Consistency, Strength, Stability, Blessing and Prosperity. It’s behemoth humped shoulders were symbolic of store-holds of energy readily available in the spiritual realms. These cultures revered bison imagery and used it in many ceremonies asking for and anticipating relief from their hardships.
If there were bison on the distant hill, there was always hope. Every part of the bison was used to provide Native Americans with food, clothing, shelter and weapons. It was considered extreme disrespect of this sacred gift to waste any part of the Native American bison or to kill it for sport, as many of the white men did. Because of the excessive hunting of white men, the bison in North America nearly died out. When President Grover Cleveland made hunting buffalo illegal in 1893, there were only 300 left.
We adorn the Hope Tree with a bison to remind us to recall our own boundless stores of spiritual energy – “store-holds” that we have been gathering for a lifetime that will serve us well now. We are well-provisioned. We are grateful to all those who rally for our care and support. We accept the abundance of love, encouragement and knowledge that surround us now. We pray for consistent focus in staying committed to our healing process. We will martial the strength this journey demands. We acknowledge what a blessing it is to fight for this life that we cherish so deeply. We anticipate the emotional and physical prosperity that will soon return.