Updated: Oct 8, 2022
I didn’t expect a tap on the shoulder from a horse while laying face down on the massage table.
There is no fuss or nicety, like 'oh, hi, how are you? What are you up to? What are you doing here?" going on. Nope. Without a chance to wonder why this horse was showing up in the middle of a massage session, the information was already zooming into my consciousness.
'When you come next week, you must help her work from the body.' Where the first words the horse conveyed.
And, if you do bodywork and facilitate massages, cranial sacral, acupuncture, or acupressure, the podcast and video are for you.
And it is for all who like to support their animals with hands-on energy or bodywork. I promise you will benefit from the wise tale of a tall, dark-brown, and handsome horse.
(...) But back to the message here because I am sure you need to hear it as much as Adrien and Kristen and I needed to hear it.
Let your body inform you!
Isn't that a delicious sentence?
Let your body inform you!
Doesn't that take a lot of weight off your mind?
If the body can inform us, that HAS to lighten some load somehow, right?
Well … let me share an insight with you. One of my fave's.
Your mind is here to gather information.
Your body is here to make decisions.
Boom. There it is.
You use your mind to gather information.
And you let your body sift through information so it can help you make decisions.
In Adrien’s case, that meant she needed to ground herself with three conscious breaths.
And then place herself next to her horse to greet his body, mind & spirit with her body mind and spirit.
Otherways known as being present.
Meeting your horse in the now.
Standing there, breathing consciously, Adrien’s body will know exactly where to start. Her feet will step next to Topaz, and her hand will reach up to the croup or the withers, his shoulder or chest, and she will follow her hand. And when Adrien’s hand wants to move further along the body until she finds a spot that seeks attention, then Adrien will follow that. And when she gets to that warm spot, she will know exactly what to do. Because she has a wealth of knowledge stored in her Rolodex and the appropriate modality will pop into her consciousness - needle or adjustment - and she will administer it guided by Topaz’s and her body.
And that is exactly what happened to me when Topaz and I demonstrated this. When I found a spot that needed attention, I knew what to do based on what I had stored in my Rolodex. And if the word needle popped into my consciousness, I would know that I couldn’t administer it, but I would know that the horse needed an acupuncturist.
You see, that’s what Topaz referred to when he spoke about Juan. Whatever Juan has learned about horses is stored in his mind and body. And according to Topaz, when Juan approaches a horse, Juan’s body informs him which tool, skill, or piece of knowledge he needs to bring forth to connect with the particular horse.
The mind wants to be the fixer …. using all that painstakingly acquired knowledge.
But, when you simply apply what you know, you are doing something TO your horse. It's an application.
When you allow your horse's body to inform your fully equipped body and mind so they can speak with each other, then you have a connection.
So Topaz and I invite you.
Tap into the feeling.
Let your body inform you …
Allow your body to move on its own. From the core, through your hands …
… can you get into that zone, that space where you and your horse or dog, or cat or bunny are genuinely working in unison? Does your furry companion give you a tiny twist of a quarter ear to tell you your hand is still a bit too far to the right?
I know that it can be challenging to let go and allow. Let go of the mind and allow your body to take over.
Let your breath lead you into your body.
Inhale through the nose, deep into your belly, and exhale through the mouth. Repeat.
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