The Heart

The Key to Effective Communication with Animals is to Listen

Posted by on July 4, 2013 in Awareness, Healing, Inspiration, The Heart, The Horse | 3 comments

The Key to Effective Communication with Animals is to Listen

Horses communicate with us all the time. Their cues are subtle and kind. Their non-verbal expressions and are frequently missed as our minds are full of what to do’s and what we think is going on. The key is to listen. Yesterday, I had a clear lesson about this from a Dales pony; his clarity showed me what I nearly missed. After working with this three year old, Donny, I put a full set of black leg wraps on his legs, for fly protection, and turned him back out. An hour or so later, I went out into his field to check on one of his pasture mates who had been running, a Fjord. The Fjord was fine, but he was missing a blue leg wrap, so I made a note to walk up to the barn for a replacement. Donny had approached me as I was assessing the legs of the Fjord and when I stood up, he touched my left shoulder with his muzzle. He then looked over his right shoulder and pointed to the next field over. With his direct line of sight he was showing me a black leg wrap laying in the grass; it was about fifteen yards away, in an attached field. When touched by his clear communication, I noted that Donny was wearing black leg wraps but remembered that I had put them all back on. I walked to the fallen wrap, picked it up and returned to where the Fjord was grazing to put it on his bare leg. The Fiord was not at all interested in having the fly wrap put on; he trotted off. “OK,” I said to myself, “I’m not going to force anything here.” I paused, wondering. Donny, who had followed me into the next field when I collected the leg wrap, had followed me back into this field and watched his pasture mate trot off. As I stood, listening and wondering what to do next, Donny approached me again. He faced me and dropped his head, touching my lower pant leg from below my knee to the ankle in a gentle gesture. I wondered why. With this question my closed mind opened; I noticed that Donny’s left hind leg was bare, a wrap had come off. He stood quietly while I put his black legging back on; and I felt his gratitude for my action and my gratitude for his gentle teaching merge our hearts together as...

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Opening the Heart – Healing the Pain of Loss

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Equine Healing, Healing, Healing with Horses Workshop, The Heart, The Horse | 0 comments

Opening the Heart – Healing the Pain of Loss

Rags is a mare owned by Susan and Jim Medley who hosted the recent Healing with Horses workshop, at their farm in Virginia. Rags came to join the Medley Farm herd, last fall. She was taken in by the Medley’s from a local woman who had two children and a third child on the way so she could not care for Rags anymore. At the workshop Rags presented herself as wanting to have a healing. The Medley’s did not anticipate this, for they felt that Rags had resolved the initial conflicts she had with some of the horses and had acclimated herself into the herd. The workshop participants gathered to do an exercise with Rags, to deepen their understanding of the horse and to discover what Rags needed for her healing. They asked Rags a series of questions as they arose spontaneously, and as they did the group’s connection with her deepened. The questions became more poignant and one in particular made a clear connection with everyone’s heart: Rags was asked if she missed the little boy from her previous home. In response to this question, nearly everyone in the group felt deep pain in their heart from the truth it had awakened. Rags felt it too; she stopped eating her hay, raised her head and stared at the group with a look of stunned bewilderment. There was a silence as everyone waited for her further response. Rags suddenly stepped forward to physically connect with the group; then, as her energy flow increased, she turned and trotted to the gate at the other end of the paddock to be with her field mates. When the group circled up to discuss and integrate what had happened, we observed that Rags had walked away from her pasture buddies to stand under a tree and was allowing the energy in her body to integrate, as well. The Medley’s then shared with us that there had been a little boy at Rag’s previous home that missed Rag’s. After his first visit to see Rags, his mother had decided it was too painful for the boy to allow him to visit Rag’s again. After the healing Rags was glowing with the grace that follows a powerful opening of the heart and was tenderly touching other horses in the herd. Susan reported how, as a result of the healing, it feels like a wall between she and Rags is gone. She added that Rags has become more gentle with the other horses and that the herd overall is more cohesive as a result of the workshop....

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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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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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The Joy of Listening to Your Inner Voice

Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Awareness, Healing, Inspiration, The Earth, The Heart | 4 comments

The Joy of Listening to Your Inner Voice

This morning I was a running couple hours late, so when my heart spoke the request to go for a walk on the beach, I baulked. I had many excuses, primarily the lack of time remaining in the morning for,what I believed, I needed to do today.  Also, I was very hungry and the sun was already too high to be outdoors. I ignored and resisted. The voice was not pacified and quickly had urgency about it. It spoke to heart of the need, for me not to ignore it. It then said, “Go now!” I did, I dropped my narrow focus upon my list of “to dos,” watering the potted plants on the deck and eating. On went my flip flops; my heart and I, now in agreement, headed to the beach. There, as I was taking off my sandals, (yes!) I overheard a woman speaking to a man about seeing something in the ocean. The man, disinterested, moved on; I plunged my bare feet into the warm sand and walked down the dune slope to where the woman sat on a bench. Interested, I inquired as to what she had seen. She pointed offshore where she exclaimed she had sighted a whale. Sure enough, the water blew, unmistakably, out of a whale air hole. We watched more periodic blows and were even blessed with the sighting of her slippery, black back swelling to the surface and then disappearing below. More air blows as she headed south; and then she reached her massive head up out of the water, opened her mouth, and revealed a white chin of… not sure, possibly a Humpback? The show was not over; closer to the shoreline a large pod of dolphins swam by. Their dark crescent shaped bodies revealing fin after fin after fin; feeding as they, too, headed southward. Whenever I listen to that little voice I receive what my heart truly longs for. The key is to honor it, to trust in the greater knowing of the quiet voice and then, to act upon it. For in doing so we become blessed, as I was, by the exerience of an unforeseen event that brings inspiration and beauty into our...

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