Saturday, May 23, 2015

"Seeing Through The Eyes Of The Horse"

I didn't expect to end up where I left off in horse training quite so quickly--in just three weeks. The modern style of training for competition creates tension in the poll (point between the ears at the top of the horse's head) by the force of the bit, rider's pulling hands, and driving seat for leverage. It creates headaches, nerve damage, muscle damage, and more for the horse. It was part of why I was giving up riding. Now I have techniques for helping to change the tension point, but sometimes the damage is too severe. To make a change, one needs to tactfully deconstruct the tension which requires trust and willingness on the horse's part. The horse is particularly vulnerable during this transition point, as in the case of people healing from a health condition or overcoming an addiction. A heavy handed, unconscious rider can send the horse right back into tension. This appears to be my cause for the moment: decontraction and mobilization of the horses.

It is providing an insight into the path of service for the sake of serving. My passion for riding and horses keeps me moving towards the flame from the exterior world, while the inner state feels like a place of quiet, energized spaciousness that is nurtured by God consciousness. It all feels surreal somehow, but the horse's are visibly relieved.

Daily life is such a profound teacher.

(Takao is doing such an amazing job on the first book, "Seeing Through The Horse's Eyes" Bonus, he has agreed to transform the second one as well "My Heart, My Horse")

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Personal Seedbed

Walking path along the canal-West
(Thank you Bhavani!)

We live not by the breath that flows in 
And flows out, but by him who causes the breath
To flow in and flow out

The beauty of water in all forms
The early morning walks allow the Voice to speak and point out concepts to share, homework assignments, and of course the touchstone to the living awareness of Oneness. While sitting quietly, walking quietly, and observing quietly the tears are ever present as a connection to the beauty of this inner state. It knows no geographic boundaries now. 

Riding ten or so horses a day is part of the spiral staircase to observe the preparation these magical animals provided for my inner awareness and longing for the Self to grow--my personal seedbed. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Convenience Factor

Cool place to live with a beautiful backyard, five minutes from work, the gym, and shopping. The flow is awesome. I always marvel at the convenience factor living in the U.S. Amazing help to get the books self published. Checked in on friends. Unpacked photos of Gurudev--the uncontrollable flow of tears. Grace.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Walking At Home

Bodega Bay, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
Jenner, CA (sea lions)

       Man is the most egoistic being in creation. He keeps himself veiled from God, the perfect Self within, by the veil of his imperfect self, which has formed his false ego. ... and when the ego is absolutely crushed, then God remains within and without, in both planes, and none exists save He.

       Part of Bowl of Saki, May 2, by Hazrat Inayat Khan