“Distance tests a horse’s strength.
Time reveals a person’s heart.”
When the Unconditional Love becomes Support & Bond
I’ve asked Liallyn, dear and respected friend, also an experienced practitioner and volunteer teacher of Sahaja Yoga Meditation, to find words for her special connection with horses. On Easter weekend 2010, Liallyn had visited us from Edmonton and my entire family had listened fascinated to her stories about the time she spends as volunteer at the Horse Rescue centre -near Edmonton. The she showed us some photos from that magic place where the sahaj spirit is already at home. Something I ‘ve felt that is worthy to be shared with you all. Please, let’s pay attention to the photos: allowing our compassion to feel the silent pain of these animals; allowing our hearts to join the special and tangible bond that exists between horses and people at the Horse Rescue centre.
‘I don’t know how many of you are horse lovers, who subscribe to natural horsemanship methods and deeper relationship with horses and their healing presence.’ says Liallyn… and she continues below ..
‘Horses are subject only to their DNA coding and the forces of nature. They aren’t humans, but they are very intelligent and have many characteristics that we could call human. They just ‘are’…alive in the moment, dignified, living their life and doing, or not doing, according whatever circumstances exist in that moment, whatever..
The Horse Rescue volunteers are devoting their time and energy to give some quality of life to innocent creatures who were dependent on people for their survival, but the people didn’t see those responsibilities toward these fine animals as a priority.
These are the same people who volunteer at soup kitchens for the homeless, who have foster children in their home, who are picking garbage up off the side of highways, and maintaining hiking trails high in the mountains. Summed up, they care about quality of life and the Mother Earth and don’t feel fulfilled unless they are doing their part for the benefit of our society.
Where I’m concerned, it’s very personal. Not only have I always loved horses, but being with horses is the only place that I can be free and in the moment, my true self, completely absorbed in the natural world, the elements, with the innocence of being in harmony with the natural forces/energies of the cosmos and in total connection with those other beings who are also in harmony with the natural forces/energies of nature. I understand horses and their ways as much as I understand people, and they can feel that, and they respond accordingly like we’re speaking the same language. For me, that’s a totally enjoyable family feeling being with horses. I don’t have to watch each and every word and action in case someone else’s fears or insecurities colour what I say or do into something that it’s not. I can relax and be the total me. I am completely at Sahasrara chakra level when with horses, completely in the moment, completely thoughtlessly aware, seeing and understanding in an instant without thought or analysis. The important part for me is that horses understand me instantly in a way that humans never have. I feel more comfortable in the stable or horse paddock knowing that I am being truly seen and wholly understood by those creatures than anywhere else – and the only other place I feel that is when I’m completely absorbed into Sahasrara.
When an abused rescued horse begins to understand that it is now with friends,
its tension and constant wariness of the new surroundings begins to relax into a bond and trust of the humans. Some respond faster than others, depending on how much human socialization it’s has had before and its own personality. Like humans, horses can be dominant or submissive, pushy or timid. But despite the personality differences, they all understand positive and negative energy, and they are able to achieve a magnetic connection with each other (and with humans) which is very much a kind of collective consciousness. The moment you can see these skinny, starved, abused animals begin to respond to kindness, care and affection, it’s like the sun comes out on a rainy day. Your heart opens so wide that there is no more differences to species – there is just connection. It’s actually the same way with people – if the fears, insecurities and negative, unproductive conditionings of societies were replaced by the principles I’ve described here, the religious, cultural and other clashes in our homes and communities and around the world would undoubtedly be transformed into a higher, golden age of mankind. Martin Luther King was referring to the same thing when he said, “I have a dream….” Shri Mataji has said, “The essence of Love is concern” and “Truth does not divide people.” Same thing.
Seeing the magnetic connection of a newborn foal with its mother touches your heart because you feel that connection with them, too (if you open yourself to it) – spontaneously – it’s magical and can melt even the hardest or most damaged of hearts.
And the feeling is quite like that when talking to new people at Sahaja Yoga programs, or when a newer practitioner of Sahaja Yoga (or even a more experienced one) is developing their own connection to the Divine and something you may have said, spontaneously, just being your true self, acts as a catalyst for that person to suddenly see the elusive point or lesson so he or she can move on up the spiral of our spiritual ascent.
We are mirrors for each other in that way.
Also, we have all felt those meaningful moments while listening to Shri Mataji’s lectures – there is usually one or two very definite parts in every talk (and they change each time you listen to that talk!) where a big lightbulb goes on in our consciousness and we say, ‘Oh, I see.’ It’s really great. There’s nothing that compares to the feeling of the conscious connection to the all-pervading power of Creation that we are able to experience after having the actualization of Kundalini awakening through self-realization process in Sahaja Yoga. Being with horses just magnifies that connection in a way that dissolves the stress and strain of the work day and pressing responsibilities – in tandem with meditation, it’s very therapeutic.
** Check on our other Sahaj article: Meditation for Pets (Cookie’s Story)