After the Lilac Fire in San Diego (that hit our street within a half mile of our ranch), I held a couple Healing Horse Circle programs for people evacuated by the fires.
I began the debrief/processing after the meditation calling attention to the horses along the fence and letting people know that this was unique behavior. I asked for them to explore why they thought the horses were not joining us and what that might mean to them. The group was quiet. I suspected that some might be feeling rejected because that is a common reaction I’ve witnessed from participants when they are not “visited” by a horse during a meditation. But I didn’t say anything. I waited.
I don’t normally share my thoughts/feelings while facilitating a group. But today I broke my own rule and did. I shared that I was getting the impression the horses wanted us to be still . . . to be quiet. I know it sounded crazy because here we had all just spent the last 20 minutes in quiet meditation, but I shared what came up for me anyway knowing that no one else probably had the courage to say something that sounded so silly. To my surprise, several people immediately jumped in, opening up and agreeing that that was the same sense they had – that the horses wanted us to be deeply still! Within seconds it seemed clear to most everyone present that – strangely – being still is what the horses were trying to tell us.
At the moment we collectively became aware of the message from the horses, it happened. Clue 2: The shift. Once the group acknowledged the message, then, and only then, did the horses leave the fence and join the group.
Not only was the experience beautiful to watch and experience, this was probably one of the nicest examples of a shift I have seen.