with Diana Lees
Why on earth are horses involved - and how does that work, anyway?
Three things about horses changed the course and the nature of my life, and those changes gave me the ability to do this work. .
First, horses are far more intelligent than humans generally give them credit for. It's a different kind of intelligence than is measured by IQ tests, but is real nonetheless.
Though they can learn their names and verbal commands (by that standard they are said to have the intelligence of a human 3-year-old), authentic communication is only possible when a human learns their language.
Imagine, if you can, mastering communication that is based entirely in body energy, intention, focus and assertiveness. This means mastering subtleties of awareness and influence, and finding completely new ways to tap into one's power.
The beauty of this is that once you learn it, you can use it wherever you go, no matter what the situation, as long as you have sufficient self-mastery.
Second, horses are as unique in their personalities, preferences, abilities, and habits as humans. Mastering their language, a human develops the ability to read equine expressions and assess mood at a glance.
Eventually, one learns to read a single hair on the horse and the whole horse at the same time, as the great horseman Tom Dorrance was fond of saying.
To be able to listen and really hear, or watch and really see, another, you first have to know who you are and where you stand. The horses have helped me learn this for myself, and this, in turn, allows me to assist others to do the same.
And of course, what works between a human and a horse can also work between humans!
Third, horses are creatures of the moment, and are open books when we know what to look for. To have a “conversation” with a horse, a human must also be in the moment, tuned into body energy, intensity, and breath.
This is where the real learning begins for most of us. Getting this, developing the ability to “converse” with horses, is like no other experience. This ability plays a large role in my coaching and teaching practice.
Clients who meet with me in person may have sessions with the horses present, but even those who have sessions over the phone can learn to tune in, to tap this awareness and wisdom.
It has become the essence of how I relate, the basis of the questions I ask, and the flow of how I communicate with the truth of others.
“If you think that little colt is going to buck you off, he sure would hate to disappoint you!” ~ Master horseman Ray Hunt
Diana Lees with Quadra Silver "discussing" boundaries.
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