Sunday, May 18, 2014

Simply Perfect

Anyone who has come to any of our Clinics or Demonstrations has heard me say, "I don't believe in right and wrong" Some people may understand what I mean by that and others may not. I thought it would be wise to write about my take on this topic.

Simply Perfect was chosen for the title because this is how I try to see life. Without trying to preach to much Religion, I would like to think I am a pretty spiritual person. The Bible tells us the original sin was that Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and bad. This is put into many different explanations from sex to betrayal. I personally believe it means just what it says. If we put a title on what is good and what is bad, that is how we will perceive it. The problem is you will never get everyone to agree that this is good and that is bad. So in that sense, no one will ever measure up.

My personal studies have shown me that good and bad - right and wrong have to co-exist. You can't have one without the other. I have also noticed that in whatever topic you look at, It can be good for some and bad for others. These are the challenges we all face with laws and rules. Within every right there is a wrong and within everything good there is some bad. We just can't escape these facts.

We often hear people say, "No one is perfect" I decipher this as, no one is perfect in anyone else's opinion. But to me we are all perfect. God made each and every one of us "PERFECTLY" It says so in the bible. We are made to his likeness. My faith tells me God don't make mistakes. That he has a plan for us. My belief says that we are here to do Gods work and that we all have a purpose. So to me we are all perfect in Gods eyes and everything is as it is meant to be, Therefore "Perfect"

The saying, "You have to take the good with the bad" is so true. It will never be all one sided. There may be times you can't see the opposite but I assure you, it is there. This phrase helps teach us about acceptance. If we can learn to accept things for what they are and not make excuses for it, that will lead us to a better understanding. As long as we are not just accepting in a way of "WHATEVER"  Then we don't give it proper acknowledgement and we learn nothing.

Through acceptance comes appreciation.  You just can't get to appreciating something without first accepting it. In order to appreciate we need to acknowledge, recognize the value, have realization of, knowledge of, awareness of, understanding of and comprehension of the topic or issue. Without accepting it first you will not make an effort to attain the rest. Therefore never learning to know what a great feeling Appreciation truly  is.

You might be asking why I covered this topic in a Horsemanship Communication Blog? Well, Our relationship and understanding of things allows us to be better communicators. The deeper more meaningful reason is that if you truly understand acceptance and appreciation, then and only then will you be open to hearing and feeling the more important things that are communicated to you every day. Things we miss because we are not in tuned to it.  When we work with our horses they tell us things in very subtle ways sometimes and we need to hear it and feel it. God speaks to us in this way every day as well. We tend to not hear it because we don't understand how to receive this type of communication. I don't think it is just coincidence that in the final book of the bible it speaks of the Horseman. A true Horseman has learned to listen to the horse in such a way that he/she makes a great connection with them. These listening methods will also help you hear and feel Gods communications with you as well. Its the Horseman that will bring this out to the rest of the world. For me it all boils down to accepting and appreciating that God made the world Simply Perfect. A difficult concept to grasp sometimes but if you can accept it, then you will start to appreciate life in every way.

I hope you all enjoyed this and that I didn't offend anyone. I know religious topics can be touchy sometimes. I just felt the need to write about this. I truly believe everything is perfect. It has to be or it couldn't be at all. Its Gods will. The plan is larger than we can comprehend.
Thanks for reading along.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Connections and Lines of Communication

Connections are what makes things work. Your light switch would not turn on the lights if it was not connected to electricity. There are many connections from the switch back to the original power supply. If a connection is lost, you are in the dark. Without them you have nothing to turn your lights on. You also need to be connected to the ground. The ground is named as such because it is the earth itself that allows this electricity thing to work. There are also many connections from your switch to the ground  itself. This part is just a baseline to start you thinking in lines of connection, which will bring us to communication. The switches and transformers on down the line control how and how much electricity can travel to its next point. Therefore communicating on down the line.

Other forms of connection could be when you and a friend or a loved one know each other so well, that you just know what they are thinking or what they will do in certain situations. Phones used to be connected to wires that put you into a network and you could call anyone in the network. Now our cell phones, still connected to a network, just not with wires, but still, without the connection, you have nothing. Trailers connected to trucks, Train cars connected to each other as well as the tracks. Even a plane could not fly without the connection to air, volume and velocity. So many things rely on connections.

We are all connected in many ways. Take the electricity example. All our houses everywhere in the world are connected to the same ground (the earth itself) and all the neighbors in an area are connected to the same power supply. Our connections to each other and other things run so deep it would astonish you if you even start to look for the connections. I would describe it as an energy much like the electricity but closer to a cellphone connection. You are connected to people and things on the other side of the world in so many ways I wouldn't even be able to begin to describe it. But I will say in order to start to understand it, we all need to be grounded. That is where it all starts.

Connections are lines of communication as well. Its obvious in the phone examples. But some communications are so subtle and the connection sometimes is unnoticeable. Sometimes a gesture can communicate something. In this case the connection is seeing the gesture and knowing what it means. We can communicate through sound. In this case the connection would be our being able to hear the communication. We can communicate through scent. Horses and Dogs greet and communicate territory and personal traits through smell. We can communicate through touch. In this case you would feel something and learn to know what it means. We can also communicate through emotions and / or energy. In this example here it could be any combination of the above examples. The most unseen connection and line of communication is knowledge or intuition. In this case the communication is of an evaluating nature and your knowledge and understanding of what should, could or will happen next. The more knowledge you gain and understand, the more intuitive you become. This will help you to heighten your awareness. Intuition can also be described as a feel or feeling.

Most commonly people communicate using verbal or visual lines of communication. When we communicate with our horses we tend to communicate through touch. Whether it be with our leg or rein, our touch communicates our intentions to the horse. Most of us are pretty good at communicating to the horse, but most of us are also very negligent about listening to them. This is where knowledge and intuition can help you. You have to remember that to communicate, is to have a conversation. And if you have ever talked with someone you just can't get a word in edge wise, you know how aggravating this can be. This is why horses tend to act out in most cases. They are making their feelings known when they do this. Pretty much translated to, "Damn it, why aren't you listening to me" The better you understand them when they are telling you something and respond appropriately to it, the more they will trust you and relax when you take the lead.

To understand the Horse we have to stop making excuses for their behavior and really give a solid effort to figuring it out. By doing this and doing it well, we create a connection with them that becomes almost spiritual. You will both become intuitively connected in so many ways. In order for this to take place you need to become a truth seeker. Making sure not to make any excuses at all. Find all the natural connections, site, sound, scent, touch, energy and emotion, and learn all aspects of how they work. This will increase your knowledge and intuition as well as the horses. The Horse will most likely get there ahead of you, but that's OK. This should help you get there as well if you are listening to them. If you listen with your heart most of all your intuition will grow stronger. The challenge in that is when things get to be higher energy, the heartbeat is silenced or ignored. The way to overcome this is to stay grounded and connected emotionally and keep the emotions down even when the energy is up. In this way, the heart will still be very prominent. There will be times the Horses emotional and / or physical energy spikes. When this happens we need to get our physical energy up with their energy but keep our emotions neutral. It can be a tall order sometimes but we get better at it the more we try.

I hope this topic has as much importance in you whole life as it does mine. This topic can be expanded on greatly so feel free to comment or ask questions to bring more information to everyone else.