Way of the Horse


Messages from Gideon

Introduction   |   Gideon on the Subject of Mud   |   Gideon on the Subject of Power   |   Gideon onThe Blossoming of Hope
Gideon on The Teaching of Tenderness   |   Gideon: Stillness as a Bridge to Authenticity   |   Gideon and The Voice of Truth!  
Smoke's Message on Breathing and Awareness   |   Return to Articles

Gideon - The Star
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Gideon and Kim
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Gideon smilingGideon smiling
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Gideon smilingAnother smile
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Gideon with LegosGideon and a student's brother playing with Legos
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Gideon on the Blossoming of Hope

Along my travels lately, I've noticed that Hope (most definitely spoken with a capital H!) is a word heard and seen often these days. I've also noticed that no matter what the context, hearing that word releases an energy that causes a flush of joy to spread through my whole being. As I was recently ruminating on this, Gideon's wise golden-tinged face appeared in my mind and he quietly began speaking.

“Humans have been experiencing the accumulated results of a long history of separation from the Divine and from the wholeness of the planet”, he said. “Actually, it goes even deeper, for humans have been systematically distancing themselves from the realities in which they live, and increasingly even from their own bodies. This has enabled the energies of fear, depression, despair, cynicism, and victimhood to take root and flourish. Earth is a living organic body. All who live on and within her make up that body—just like our own cells comprise the parts of our bodies. When all the cells are functionally communicating, working together for the common good, living in respect, and honoring all other ‘cells' and their importance in the overall working of the body, then the organism flourishes, grows, and resonates with the overall vibrancy of Joy that is the natural result of living life as it is meant to be lived.

However, if certain cells begin to separate from the whole and ‘do their own thing', then that is what you call a tumor. Creativity, the natural output of a being resonating with the Creator, becomes twisted into something that results in destruction rather than growth. Humans have been separating from the planet for many generations, and now in response to deifying the brain, they are separating even from themselves. People have been losing the precious skills of community, sharing, and love. Isolation is a false glory. Lies take the place of Truth, and the more the lies are taught and believed, the greater the separation becomes until whole systems are poisoned and begin to die.”

As I took this in, Gideon reminded me of the fragment of a poem by David Whyte that I have on my refrigerator:

”… look out at everything growing so wild and
faithfully beneath the sky and wonder
why we are the one terrible part of
creation privileged to refuse our flowering.”

Gideon quietly waited while I reflected on this profound insight. Wow, I thought, how have we allowed ourselves as a species to get so very far from the Truth? Everywhere I go I meet people who are denying their talents, their dreams—hiding the glory of their shining inner light behind a wall of false beliefs of how they “should be” in their lives. Gideon chimed in on that: “We horses, and actually all the animals, are now stepping up our efforts to show humanity the path back to the Truth, wholeness, and the wondrousness of living within the common good. The current paradigm, we've noticed, is that humans think that in order to live in community, they have to give up their dreams. This is not true at all. It is another lie—like a parasite that kills its host. Living in the common good takes the pressure off the individual to have to do everything. They become free to do more of what they do best.

In animal communities, each individual comes into being with talents that are unique to them. When manifested, these talents contribute to the growth and blossoming of the whole. You would call these manifestations your dreams. By denying your Truth in order to try to please someone else, you give up far more than what you gain, for what you are giving up is fulfillment and the Joy that comes from living ones' true purpose. When a being is living from their Truth—when one is even in the process of recovering their Integrity with Truth—there is an inherent peace, calm, and delight in living that comes which is supportive no matter what events occur. This Joy and delight are essential ingredients in the elixir of Love that is the very essence of Life. Dogs and plants embody this principle the most obviously for humans. Through their shining example they hope to inspire people to live the same way.

We non-humans have always lived with hope. We understand that humans have their learning process to go through, and we have been constantly adapting to the restraints, pollution, and the destruction that have marked this learning curve. We live in the moment and flow with it. With the compassion that comes of being part of a greater whole, we patiently endure the many indignities, misunderstandings, and even deaths that are dealt us by humans who do not know any better.

Earth has reached, however, a crucial balance point. Across the group consciousness of all beings in this time of rebirth, the spark of hope is being fanned ever higher. More and more teachers are being born in all species, including human. As the wisdom of these souls is offered, each person has the choice whether to remain in the lies of falsehood, or to follow the thread of Truth being presented which leads to the embracing and living of their own glorious purpose. And it is important to realize that it is a choice. Living as a victim is following the path of the lie, which results in blame, guilt, despair, and constriction. Making choices for the positive leads to truth, joy, and expansion. Hope is the name of this path.”

As I agreed with him, and mentioned that signs of joy, happiness, and harmony are appearing all over, even in advertising, Gideon suggested that I look up the meaning of the word, “hope”. I found that it is both a verb and a noun. Gideon waited while the impact of this registered in me, and then said, “All us non-humans are currently joined in not only being hope, but also in holding the space of expectancy, desire, and confidence that people everywhere will make the choice to join with them and become part of the greater family of Earth.”

As Gideon began fading out of my mind (but never my heart), he left me with the image of a tight green bud beginning to unfurl and reveal its brilliant colors and fragrance. “Choose to blossom,” he said in parting, “and join us in the jubilant dance of Life!”

GIDEON ON THE SUBJECT OF MUD An image of Gideon came into my head, stepping high as he mindfully and carefully walked through the unbelievably deep mud we are experiencing at the moment...

GIDEON ON THE SUBJECT OF POWER This subject came about as a result of our early showing experiences—when his hormonal surges were frightening to me.

GIDEON ON THE BLOSSOMING OF HOPE Hope is a word heard and seen often these days. No matter what the context, hearing that word releases an energy that causes a flush of joy...

GIDEON ON THE TEACHING OF TENDERNESS Recently, I have been recovering from being thrown from a young horse. No broken bones, thank God—just addled brains, whiplash, and strained muscles everywhere. After resting for two days...

GIDEON: STILLNESS AS A BRIDGE TO AUTHENTICITY Gideon and I were walking side by side up the incline to the outdoor arena. As we approached the top, he stopped suddenly and became very still. His behavior was not the normal...

GIDEON AND THE VOICE OF TRUTH! Listen! Do you hear the Voice? That inner soft whisper which only speaks the Truth? Do you hear the moment by moment Calling to BE who you truly are?

SMOKE'S MESSAGE ON BREATHING AND AWARENESS Just as in human relationships, horses and humans often unconsciously mirror one another. These reflections tend to be of behaviors whose origins lie in past traumas and in fear...


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