In the last months something in my psyche is breaking apart of old encrusted stuff, showing insights accompanied with resolutions that give way into a sense of clearing, freedom and unity with all that is.
Most of my life however, I have not like dreaming. They have been filled with fears, terror, and no resolution or working through of these fears. There have been no horses or animals to soothe my way in dream time and no fun or feel good stuff. These dreams have been the opposite of having a sense of unity!
Even though I am not new to introspection and delving into the deeper issues, it has taken a very long time for my dreams to shift consistently.
Last night, I dreamed of horses. I was part of a team, we were all riding together, learning. In the dream, after one of the rides, I was speaking with another rider about the sense of clarity, freedom, connectedness I was having in the last ride.
In the dream, my horse and I were jumping. I was aware of a sense flowing down from Spirit into my crown and flowing down throughout my entire body. While cantering around a course of jumps my horse and I were in ‘sympatico,’ in sinc with one another, flowing together – two separate beings connected and moving together as one. It was awesome!
The most vivid sense I recall was while we were going down this one line of fences, coming around the corner, cantering 3 strides, finding the perfect distance, taking off the ground, round, soft, even in the air, landing, and then cantering five beautiful, even strides to the next fence. Another take-off just the right distance from the fence for my horse to jump evenly, with a round and soft back, landing and soothly continuing on.
The sense of unity of just my horse and I, two beings working together with such ease, effortlessness and fluid, smooth, evenness fills me with joy. My breath reaches deep inside as I recall this even now.
I remember feeling and thinking of riding bridle-less and without a saddle, unencumbered. I had this feeling of a depth of unity. In the dream, I was aware of my spiritual connection as I rode. I reflected how this feeling of unity with my horse is like feeling “The Oneness of All.”
I recall saying to someone in the dream, it has been such a long time since I have
jumped with a horse. I felt the pleasure of the teamwork, the power of my horse beneath me, the surge of the take off to jump, the momentary airborne feeling, landing, cantering along and covering the ground at a good clip. All familiar sensations, it has just been such a very long time since I have jumped with horses! I felt wonder at experiencing it all again.
I awoke this morning with all of this percolating inside me, feeling full with these deeply satisfying experiences, it didn’t matter that it was a ‘dream,’ It felt completely real to me. The emotions it stirred continuing to well up inside me, filling me with amazement at just how much my dreams have been changing into this sense of one-ness, connection and unity I was experiencing through my dreams. And, I have such a sense of relief to receive these insights instead of hanging in with the old fears.
I marvel at my experiences through my psyche. Riding and jumping used to be my life as a teenager and into early adulthood. I lived and breathed horses as much as possible. By my late 20’s I played around jumping horses again, but nothing like when I was competing in the 70’s and early 80’s.
As any rider knows, these moments of oneness are what we live for and they don’t happen all the time, they are not automatic. We spend hours on horseback practicing, working towards those ‘perfect’ moments where all of our movements match and work in beautiful synchronicity together with our horse and task at hand.
Although I have thought about these ‘sympatico’ experiences quite a lot over the years, the theme of the dream was consciously seeing and experiencing the connection to the spiritual realms, the sense of unity is part of this connection, not just between myself and the horse, we were/are part of the whole. When I around 14, I had a similar experience with a horse I was riding. At that time, I knew this was something special, but I had no sense of the vast depth, broadness, connection with Spirit, oneness with all of such an experience. And, I didn’t understand at the time why no one around me knew what I was talking about – this sense of connection and oneness with my horse as if we breathed together while striding down the line to jump!
I see so distinctly now how my experiences with horses has also been part of the foundation for all of my work with healing, both personally and professionally. While I hold people in their experiences of ‘duality,’ the pains, trials and tribulations of our daily lives, I also hold the connection with the spiritual – the oneness that is possible, this sense of connection, grounding, unity, belonging we all strive for but often find ourselves separate from, this illusive sense of connection.
This experience is an extraordinary gift from the horses. And, I believe all the animals and nature offer this to us as well. Those moments a cat lies down on your chest, purring, and all is well in our hearts; when we have those peak moments with our dogs while out playing or just hanging out; when we feel in the ‘zone’ while in an activity; or at peace when in nature. The trick is unlocking the encrusted stuff so that we can enjoy the sense of unity that is always present when we get out of our own way!
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