When Mama Cups was but a little girl, she listened to herself and knew the power of her innate wisdom. When feelings in her core spoke to her to tell her right from wrong, she trusted them and listened to their guidance; they rarely led her astray. But as she grew up, she was taught to silence those feelings; she was taught not to trust herself or her instincts. And so, she learned to tune herself out and learned to turn to others for guidance instead. Mama Cups went on like this for many years, denying her intuitive voice and devaluing her true self. And while others may not have intentionally led her astray, every once in a while she felt a nudge that told her something wasn’t quite right. After years of denying and silencing herself, Mama Cups began to peel back the layers and began to allow the feeling in the pit of her stomach to return. She allowed it to speak louder and louder until she could deny it no more. And once she was no longer able to deny, once she could hear herself loud and clear, that voice, those feelings, that intuitive message led Mama Cups back into herself.
Deep down, we truly know what is best for ourselves; deep down, we truly understand our own needs.
But somewhere along the way, we forgot; somewhere along the way we were taught not to believe in our instincts.
The Mother of Cups finds us this month, reminding us of the need to trust the feelings we get at the core of our soul; she reminds us of the need to trust our guttural reactions. Generally speaking, we are very skilled at turning a blind eye to those gut feelings. So many of us have often been taught to value reason over emotion, logic over intuition; but now, we are being guided back into ourselves, being guided to trust and value and honor our true nature and our innate beliefs. This month, try not to silence the niggle in your stomach when it calls out to you; rather, sit with yourself and uncover what that feeling is trying to tell you. Often this voice will point us in the direction of the boundaries that need reinforcing, the self care that needs prioritizing, or the communication that needs to take place so that we may tend to ourselves and our own needs. Too often we neglect ourselves in favor of tending to everyone else first, but Mama Cups knows and understands the importance of caring for herself first and foremost. How can she possibly expect herself to care for anyone else, if she cannot care of herself? How can she truly be there for others, if she is not there for herself first?
And Buffalo, Buffalo Spirit reinforces our monthly medicine and message. Buffalo helps us to connect our soul with our body, and our body with our soul. He helps us to remain grounded, while guiding us toward the lesson of learning how to trust our own voice. When we move from a place in which we connect our physical and spiritual presences, we learn to trust the messages Spirit delivers through the feelings and reactions of our body. Buffalo Spirit is the great connector between the two. Listen to your body, listen to your soul. Trust your gut, trust your intuition. Know that ultimately, you are the one who knows the way and knows what is best for you.