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what seemed like a parallel dimension
before the most beautiful woman I'd ever
seen in my life.
I'd had visions in the past, but this was
I confided in a friend and Sedona local.
"Who do you think she is?"
"From your description, she sounds like
The White Buffalo Calf Woman."
"I've heard of the White Buffalo Calf
Woman. Can you tell me more about her?"
"She saved the lives of thousands of
Lakota Indians by bringing herds of buffalo
to them. She promised to return one day,
before turning into a white buffalo calf
and disappearing as suddenly as she
arrived. Your vision could indicate change
coming up for you, Jo...or maybe it
She was exquisite. Cloaked in a
shawl of shimmering light, she
stood before me, two liquid brown
eyes locked into mine.
Gasping aloud at the impact of
her energy, I shot back into my body.
Bewildered, I tried to "project myself " out
Then suddenly she was before me
a second time, flooding me with wave
upon wave of pure love. Thoughts
ricocheted through my consciousness at
Who is she? She looked like the Virgin
Mary. What happened?
One minute I'd been writing postcards
home to Sydney inside my Sedona log
cabin, the next I'd been propelled into
heralds general change for everyone on
planet Earth...she is often associated with
change. And with peace".
"She felt so real...physical...not at all
like a vision. She seemed quite solid...her
energy was mind blowing..."
Shaking my head, I wandered off
alone. Whomever it was I had encountered
appeared to be more physical than
physical, more tangible than human.
How could this be? Was it because of the
impact of energy she emanated? She had
literally taken my breath away... I simply
could not remain in her presence.
Later, I spent hours "willing" the
experience to happen again, but it never
did, and I thought that was the end of it.
Until I opened a newspaper aboard a
plane 10 days later.
My mystifying experience occurred
on September 10, 1994. On September
14, aboard a United Airlines aeroplane, I
opened an edition of USA Today. From
page two, a headline screamed at me.
Behold, A White Buffalo Miracle Birth
The article related an event in
Janesville Wisconsin where thousands of
visitors were flocking to a small buffalo
farm to glimpse what it called a miracle,
the birth of a rare white female calf. In
Native American tradition, the birth
of a white buffalo heralded a time of
revitalisation for the tribes and 260 Lakota
Sioux made a pilgrimage to the farm to
bless the calf and the land.
The article told of the importance of
the buffalo herds to the Plains Indians as
a powerful symbol of their prosperity. At
a time when the tribes were starving, a
woman in a shining white dress appeared
and delivered a sacred pipe, teaching
them to pray for the buffalo. She promised
to return and, as she vanished, she
turned into a white buffalo calf. Herds
of buffalo followed, saving the starving
tribes by providing their food, shelter and
The buffalo herds were the life source
for the Indian tribes until the expansion
of white settlement westward in the 1890s
forced them onto reservations and saw
their treasured totem animal slaughtered
in vast numbers.
Since then, the fate of the buffalo has
reflected the status of Native Americans,
with people praying for the spirit of the
buffalo to return. And the miracle happen-
ed in Janesville!
Once again, I was plunged into
excited confusion. Was it really the White
Buffalo Calf Woman I saw on the night of
September 10th? And if so, what did it
On my return to Australia, I bought a
book called White Buffalo Comes Singing
by Brooke Medicine Eagle. Opening to
page four, I read Brooke's opening words:
"Within the last two years I have had
many women of every race and walk of
life come to me saying, 'There has been a
woman in my dreams, a beautiful native
woman who seems to be calling me. This
is puzzling because I don't know what it
means. Yet I sense it is a very important
message. Can you help me understand?'
Brooke Medicine Eagle quotes the
words of Black Elk:
"White Buffalo Woman reminded
people then, and reminds us today, of
the intricate web of life of which we are
a part and that our honouring of the
holiness...the wholeness... of that web is
the only way we will be able to move
through this crucial time into a new era
of peace and harmony. The Creator's
Law of Oneness is that we must be in a
good relationship with all beings and
all things ... will all our relations.
The term 'all our relations' includes
humans of every colour and creed, all
the four legged people, those with wings
and fins, the green standing people
(trees), the mineral and stone people,
those that live within and crawl upon the
earth, those in starry realms and those
ancestors who have gone beyond as well
as those children of generations to come.
Everything both known and unknown
is included. White Buffalo Calf Woman's
teachings were that whatever we do to
any other thing in the great web of life,
we do to ourselves, for we are all one."
By the time I completed the book, I
felt replenished. The message was familiar,
echoing the teachings of Jesus Christ,
the Buddha, Sai Baba and many other
spiritual leaders. The message is simple:
Do unto others as you would have them
do unto you.
In these current, troubled times, I
believe one way we, as individuals, can
strive for peace is to heed the teachings
of White Buffalo Calf Woman...to break
down the cultural barriers that divide
nations. For we are all one. We are all
threads of the same extensive web.
What we do to that web and to each
other, we ultimately do to ourselves and all
"White Buffalo Calf Woman's
teachings were that
whatever we do to any
other thing in the great web
of life, we do to ourselves, for
we are all one." - Black Elk
a White Buffalo
Jo Buchanan shares a
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