Three Borrowed Mothers

Running Spring was a girl that the world was drawn to. She was beautiful, strong, and loving--a natural caretaker of the young ones--but she also craved the wildness of a sea outside her tribal boundaries. Running Spring was a force that turned heads and hearts and souls and led them fearlessly into deeper waters than they had ever ventured. There, they loved. They healed. They learned. They expanded. They followed. Running Spring unknowingly offered the gifts of protection and liberation to those around her. Who would give these gifts back to Running Spring now that she so desperately needed them?

Running Spring had painful secrets. She cried on the inside but covered it up with a fierce smile and good deeds. Almost nobody could see Running Spring’s lacerations caused by The One Who Steals Your Insides. The only one that could hear Running Spring’s tears and see Running Spring’s pain was her mother, Watching Tiger. Watching Tiger was a fierce protector and provider for her tribe with many souls relying on her for physical, emotional, and spiritual nourishment. As Watching Tiger heard the silent cries of her eldest daughter become more desperate, she knew she would have to take mindful and immediate measures to protect Running Spring from The One Who Steals Your Insides and tend to the oozing interior wounds that had already been inflicted upon her. Watching Tiger would not be able to do these things alone.

Watching Tiger decided that she must be the one to protect her daughter, Running Spring. As Watching Tiger planned to set out in the night to hunt down and slay The One Who Steals Your Insides, she borrowed three other mothers to tend to the interior lacerations that Running Spring was suffering from. Each of the borrowed mothers would lovingly work to heal Running Spring, one at a time.

Watching Tiger fought back tears of maternal sorrow as the borrowed mothers gently cared for Running Spring, a job Watching Tiger wished she could also do. She replaced her tears of sorrow with breaths of wisdom and protection as she set out on the seven-day hunt for The One Who Steals Your Insides. She knew that protection was pivotal to Running Spring’s healing and continued vitality amongst the tribe.

The first borrowed mother, Energy Mover, prayed over Running Spring with natural potions and ancient chants. Energy Mover commanded all that was negative to leave the room of Running Spring, making space to invite in all that was peaceful and positive. Energy mover created a safe and loving dwelling place for Running Spring to heal in.

The second borrowed mother, Soul Sunshine, summoned Running Spring to the foot of the altar. Running Spring moved forward with trust and intention. Soul Sunshine energetically led Running Spring into the conversations of healing and power with fellow goddess spirits abroad. Running Spring declared with the goddesses that she has power over her own destiny and nobody can take from her that which she doesn’t want to give, from here on out.

The third borrowed mother, Shouting Witch Star, hovered over Running Spring and excavated truths that even Running Spring did not know about herself. She gave celestial and earthly roadmaps to Running Spring that would provide stability and happiness moving forward. Running Spring felt a weight lift from her chest and shoulders and the pain of her wounds could barely be felt. Shouting Witch Star sent invisible goddess warriors with Running Spring as she journeyed home, to ensure good company and safe travels.  

While Running Spring was being lovingly tended to by the three borrowed mothers, Watching Tiger sniffed out The One Who Steals Your Insides. He sat protected behind gates of gold and an army of another dimension. But none of that was any match for Watching Tiger. Her pounce was silent. Her roar was loud. Her claws were sharp. Her teeth were purposeful. There was not a soldier or gate or force that could hold back the fierce protection Watching Tiger had for her eldest daughter, Running Spring. The One Who Steals Your Insides sat unguarded in fear as Watching Tiger approached him with confident silence. He apologized for the lacerations he had inflicted on Running Spring. She ignored and moved forward. He begged for mercy. She ignored and moved forward. He made promises of a life changed and priorities renewed. She ignored and moved forward. The One Who Steals Your Insides howled in desperation and took flight as a last attempt to save himself. Watching Tiger grabbed him by the ankle and dragged him back to her furious red eyes with a warning: “Be gone, forever. And if even your thoughts ever drift towards the area of my tribe again, you will be swallowed by the painful mouth of justice.”

As Watching Tiger journeyed back to her homeland and into the camp, she caught a glimpse of the sparkling Running Spring. As her birth mother, Watching Tiger could still see the scars that Running Spring housed inside, but they were no longer oozing. Running Spring was back out in the center of her community, leading dances and kissing the moon. The three borrowed mothers sat off to the side, lovingly admiring the courage of Running Spring by the light of the fire. Watching Tiger’s heart was full and her tribe was safe.