We are continuously being given opportunities to recognize that we have the ability to reach for and find what wants to become known and tangible in our lives, as much as we have opportunities for taking action in our lives.
I have had a few conversations over the last week around letting go...what it means, what it offers us and why it's easier said than done. The essence of letting go is a release....like the movement one would do in the unclenching of a fist into an open palm. We release our attachment, and the self generated need for it ~ giving up our control and trusting that the unknown outcome will be in more in our favour than not.
Where it becomes difficult is when we are unfamiliar with the possibility of the potential outcomes that we have never experienced before. Like little Midnight, our kitten with the frozen paws. Over the last two weeks he has gone from being found frozen to a metal post, to laying wrapped up in blankets for most of the day, to wandering aimlessly around the house on 3 legs and sitting sullenly by a window, to following the kids out the open door to the school bus (still on 3 legs but now engaged with life).
We always have a choice ~ in the case with Midnight, I could decide that I know what's best for him and only allow that which I think he can manage, or recognize and offer him the power of self responsibility, as a conscious being, and give him choice in how to best manage himself (even though this self responsibility led to his frozen feet in the first place). Our animals, like most of the people in our lives, deliver to us experiences and organic processes that extract the ways and origins which are not intrinsically sustainable (enabling the letting go), inspiring us to find and bring forth that which is a natural progression of what wants to become known, our passion that motivates us to engage with life.
Where we tend to get hung up depends on who we are and the experiences we have had. Giving up control...choosing to identify with the power of self responsibility...trusting in what is beyond our knowing.... and two additional key parts that we don't often see as part of letting go: acknowledgement and gratitude. Our experiences guide us towards something infinitely greater than what we might ever think of as possible... in letting go of what we know, we give ourselves space to reach for and lean into trust... and that's where the extraction of the possibilities can come into play, the possibilities that we weren't even aware existed because of the pathways of our known probabilities.
My mare Sadie was born and raised here and found through the course of her 8 years, over three different homes, returning to me in-between each home. Coming back here each time, she brought with her a physical or emotional aspect that demanded my digging deeper, reaching further and stretching into my own abilities to facilitate healing - for her and myself. And then there would be someone who would show up to whom Sadie would find a home with. Only to return again with another aspect of me reaching for and bringing forth a new layer of how to show up, and be present with, what wanted to become known as a new pathway for how to heal. Without allowing Sadie to leave me, I would have never found the avenues and channels that supported me to open up into being able to mentally, emotionally and physically tune into what was, has become, and is, possible for me.
To have Sadie return to me with gifts of being trained as a mechanical zombie horse, tearing open 3 out of 4 legs to the bone, being so frustrated all she could do was bite, and lastly foundering to the point of laying on her side for what seemed like endless months... all horrors to most horse owners!
Yet the gift Sadie offered me in each of these experiences were the endless opportunities to discover ways of healing that I would have never known, or considered, possible.
Following and recognizing what wants to become known in our lives has a way that if we acknowledge it, letting go of what we know is possible and probable, opens us up to find the underlying motivator in our lives, our passion. Without Sadie's unfailing return to me, those opportunities that enabled my motivation for healing might have never been presented. Without me choosing to let her go, Sadie would have never had the chance to continue to return. Without the trust that something good would come out of the experiences, I would have never let her go in the first place...
Without that passion to engage us, we become trained as a mechanical zombie horse or a cat that wanders aimlessly, trapped in a sullen state while watching the world go by.
Sadie's message from the #horsewisdomRevelations ~ to Return ~ the greatest longing one has is to be witnessed for the strength of character within one's heart. This strength must be recognized within one's own self in order to recognize and honour it in another. In doing this, we allow each individual being to partake in their own journey, and are able to simply be the witness to the inner strength of each in their adversary. It is this that allows us to witness both passion and suffering and honour it for all it brings into context.
As part of sharing my passion, gratitude and gifts that Sadie and the horses have enabled for me, I am offering $22 personal wisdom readings bringing through the message from a loved one or animal, along with messages from one or more members of the Guided by Equus herd for you, and identifying and releasing any trapped emotions within you that are related to those messages. The last part of this is a follow up 30 minute conversation to support the integration of the wisdom within your personal reading.