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Rescued Draft Horse with Possible Wobbler’s Syndrome has Remarkable Recovery

Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Equine Healing, Healing, Health, Inspiration, The Heart, The Horse | 2 comments

Rescued Draft Horse with Possible Wobbler’s Syndrome has Remarkable Recovery

Mack is a Belgian gelding purchased at the Camelot Auction in New Jersey by Helping Hearts Equine Rescue in November of 2010. Upon adoption it was discovered that Mack was unstable, uncoordinated and weak behind, that he was not safe to ride. The vet had run several tests but there had been no diagnosis. The vet thought he possibly had Wobbler Syndrome (vertebral malformation or compression to the spinal cord that can lead to damage of the spinal cord). When I met Lisa Post, the president of Helping Hearts, in March of 2011, she was concerned about Mack. After four months at the rescue he was loosing ground, his hind end condition was worsening. Mack had become depressed, sullen and did not interact with the other horses in his field. Lisa asked me if I could help him with his depression. Initial Assessment of Mack I observed Mack walking and noticed that it was difficult for him to bring either of his hind legs through underneath himself. Mack was unstable to the degree that he was, justifiably, terrified of falling. He was isolating himself in the field from other horses out of his need for self-preservation. Session Results A few weeks after Mack’s first healing, I contacted Lisa to inquire how he was doing. She said that Mack had a dramatic shift, that he was happier, brighter and less depressed. He was walking straighter and was now holding his own in his hind end. After Mack’s second session, Lisa reported that Mack had gained weight and he was happy and enjoying himself. She was delighted that he had at last made friends with another draft horse in his pasture. Following his third session Mack continued to gain weight and he became more stable and stronger behind. My fourth session with Mack was in October of 2011. The results were: a shinier coat, he began navigating up and down hills and through deep footing without hesitation and was now exploring his field and interacting with his pasture mates. What is wonderful about Mack’s case is it offers is a clear example of how energy healing effects powerful change; how this holistic modality can offer hope for horses with medically challenging health conditions. Mack was able to be rehomed to the Central Virginia Horse Rescue in November of 2011, where he lives...

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The Sea Reveals Hidden Treasure Within the Heart

Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Awareness, Healing, Health, Inspiration, The Earth | 6 comments

The Sea Reveals Hidden Treasure Within the Heart

The wind was steady at 25 mph with the temperature below freezing. Even though earlier in the day my rational mind had said “no” to the possibility of taking a walk, I now felt the clear call to take a break from the office and to do just that. Saying  “yes,” I dressed in wool from head to toe and stepped out the door. Initially I chose streets that offered a wind break from the strong wind billowing off the bay. A mile from home, I had the call to turn left and head to the beach. “Just for a quick look,” I justified in the ripping wind. I stood at the top of the sand dune and took in the splendor of the sun that had broken through dark, active clouds; and how the light had created a band of brilliance upon the water, where the ocean met the sky. The call in my heart then encouraged me to venture, “down to and along the shoreline.” My feet traveled along the edge of the ocean upon the sand and an intermittent blanket of snow. Bits of shells lay along the active shoreline as the result of the tossing, tumultuous sea.  A multitude of shells were also buried beneath the snow from days of wash up and winter weather. A few minutes into my adventure, a small bit of shell emerging from the snow caught hold of my eye and heart. Even though only a portion of the shell was visible, I sensed it might be buried treasure. This was confirmed when I pulled it from beneath the sand and snow and uncovered a long-awaited find: a Channeled Whelk. As I savored the beauty of the shell and the gift of how I received it, I was reminded of this truth: following the heart leads us to the precious jewels of life: the simple, pure joy of discovery — the beauty of living within the moment.  ...

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Healing Horses: the Inspiration, Love and Joy it Brings

Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Equine Healing, Healing, Healing with Horses Workshop, Health, Inspiration, The Earth, The Heart, The Horse | 2 comments

Healing Horses: the Inspiration, Love and Joy it Brings

What led me to the horses is my love for the earth and all creatures upon it. What drives me to work with the horses is my longing for the truth of the inherent Oneness of all life to be realized by all humankind. What inspires me is the unconditional love and gratitude the horses express for the healing work and the effective results that eliminate their sickness, and relieves their physical and mental distress. What fulfills my heart is to witness their traumas heal, to feel their nervous systems integrate and see their bodies respond with balanced movement; to observe horses become stronger and their symptoms of discomfort and aging reverse. What brings me gratification is sharing in the happiness healing brings to the owners of horses and observing the relationship between their horse and their caretaker deepen. What motivates me are the students who have acted on their longing to connect more deeply to horses; who have opened their hearts to a two-way honest conversation with horses. These individuals who are committed to developing within themselves the healing skills of: self-awareness, presence, and intimate feeling and clear intent to support the horses’ transformation and well-being. What bring me joy are the individuals that value healing; that trust in the power of the invisible. Those people who care deeply for horses, who hear the call to question our traditional and accepted realities; the dedicated individuals who seek a new path and a doorway of healing for they and the horses to walk through.  ...

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Awareness of the Changes the Fall Season Brings

Posted by on October 13, 2012 in Healing, Health, The Earth, The Horse | 0 comments

Awareness of the Changes the Fall Season Brings

Here at the Jersey Shore, the Purple Martins left on their journey south about two weeks early. We have become aware that seasonal shifts are occurring all over the globe and how it influences the flow of life. If we increase our awareness of how the seasonal changes are directly reflected in our bodies it can help us to move with ease through the challenges of change. With awareness, we can make choices that avoid illness and support the healing and strengthening of our horses and ourselves. The fall is when the expansive energy of the summer season with its long hours of sunlight, high overhead has begun to fade. During the summer, the trees expand to reach for and take in the light. We too expand our activities and are outdoors for longer periods with other people and our horses. Now, noticeably the plants have begun to brown and die back and the leaves of many trees have begun to curl and drop. As mammals we also reflect the seasonal changes of the earth. The lowering of the angle of the sun and shortening length of the day influences our hormones. Our bodies respond: the horses have begun to shed their summer coats and my hair has also begun its predictable late summer/early fall cycle of thinning. In myself, I have also noticed my usual bodily response to the initiation of fall – my body has begun to crave richer foods, my metabolism has shifted in preparation for the cool weather ahead and I have gained some weight. The cooler weather has influenced my horse, too, he is asking for more oats. It is helpful to be aware of the origin of these cravings and to balance them with understanding of why they occur. In the fall, like the spring, the body calls for building up. but also for detoxification. For the horses this is supported by the cooler weather and rain that potents shoots of rich, green grass. This new growth fills in among the brown, burnt fibers of the summer grass. Giving your horse access to this mixed grazing is the natural way to support their increased need for calories, detoxifying sprouts and the necessary fiber to balance this and support efficient digestion. For humans, all of our late summer vegetables and early fall fruits such as apple, figs, pears and grapes support this detoxification process. We can add richer food, such as nuts, seeds and animal protein to support our need to build strength and reserved energy. We also need to consume fiber accordingly to support digestion. Be aware of this need your body has; move beyond the temptation of consuming too many carbohydrates as processed foods. I remind myself each day to eat my fiber as fruits, vegetables and whole grain products and support my health by keeping them around an in view! How do we support the detox process further? For the horse that does not have access to green grass, we can offer a variety of herbs that help detox the body. As humans we can make juice or smoothies at the start our day, the natural time of cleansing. This will help to rest and repair our digestive track before eating the first solid meal. May you enjoy the arrival of fall; feast on the nutrients its beauty and bounty offers you!...

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Opening the Door to Awareness and Healing

Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Awareness, Healing, Health, The Earth | 2 comments

Opening the Door to Awareness and Healing

This morning a Mockingbird landed on the wire outside my door and began its call. Mockingbirds are considered mimics; they repeat the calls of other birds as a means of defining their territory. This bird cried out a loud, series of calls and I began to listen. The calls were unclear to me and I wondered who he was mimicking; so I opened my door wide, stepped into the doorway and gave myself fully over to listening. The calls I heard from this single bird included the: House Sparrow, Robin, Purple Martin, Blue Jay, Carolina Wren, Common Tern, Cardinal, Cowbird, Grackle, Starling, Herring Gull and Red-Winged Blackbird. There has been a Mockingbird outside my door every year for the seven years I have lived at the shore. This morning I wondered if this was a new, more prolific male or had I finally truly listened? I am grateful when I choose to open the door to awareness and take the time to listening deeply and with  my heart. To make this simple choice is an act of love and healing....

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The Horse and Shamanism

Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Equine Healing, Healing, Healing with Horses Workshop, Health, Shamanism, The Earth, The Horse | 0 comments

The Horse and Shamanism

The earth is a major source of our healing. Shamans throughout the ages have intuitively known this; healers serve by becoming a hollow vessel for the healing energies of the Earth. The horse has been, for many cultures, the symbol for the journey a healer takes to retrieve the lost soul of the patient. The horse is the vehicle that transports the healer’s consciousness into other dimensions of reality; a four-footed, well-grounded animal with a spirit that is free. Life within our societal structures inevitably has constraints. It has domesticated us all and this has resulted in the loss of portions of our soul. Many people are drawn to horses for the truth they reflect to us as humans. Being with horses offers us the opportunity to engage in a metaphoric conversation with this living symbol of transformation and power. In doing so, we see ourselves differently, we heal our disconnection to ourselves and to the earth; we become more whole....

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The Healing Magic of Horses

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Healing, Health, The Earth, The Horse | 0 comments

The Healing Magic of Horses

I love horses; everything about them so that I appreciate when I come to clarity about some particular aspect as to why. Today I had one of those insightful moments while walking down a paved road near where I live. I was taking break from the computer and eager to breathe in some fresh air billowing in from the southwest and to listen to the birds that are beginning to sing some spring phrasing. As I walked my heart began to hurt and pain began to flood my throat and mind. What is this I wondered? It was the opening of my winter heart to my love of the earth; to the increased light stimulating my hormones and to the gift of hope the emerging season offers. As my heart let go I was filled with the thought of one of the herds I have been working with closely this winter. In my mind’s eye I saw the faces and the muzzles of individuals in the herd and their rich coats glistening in the intensifying sun. My heart became full as I felt “the welcoming of the herd.” These words were spoken softly to my mind from the source of truth and they warmed me more than the strong  sun. My being returned to a sense of cohesion and I reconfirmed my gratitude for the horses and the lessons they so often teach me. At this moment I was reminded why horses are so compelling: the nature of the herd is to be inclusive and to extend a welcoming invitation. This openheartedness travels deeply in my body and offers healing to my heart. I am grateful for the horses; their gifts of kindness and acceptance; and the oasis they offer to me on this Earth. I feel blessed to meet them and to be able give back to them in my own, humble...

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