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Messages from Gideon

Introduction   |   Gideon on the Subject of Mud   |   Gideon On the Subject of Power   |   Gideon: The 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 Subject of Mud

While sitting in my meditation chair, 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. As I was wondering why that popped in, he began to expound on his theories about mud.

All this water, he says, is the world reflecting human emotions and the need to restore balance. Humans have become so isolated from one another, and the “button” on our “players” seems to be stuck on fast forward. Whether individuals understand what is going on or not, this results in feelings of anxiety and separation which leads to either more isolation or trying harder/faster to fit in to what people think may lead to acceptance by those around them. This has resulted in what we humans call the “rat race”: the desire to achieve material possessions, people propelling themselves forward in their careers and society based on material achievements rather than looking inward and acquiring fulfillment through a sense of self worth and achievement based on one's essence. The world is literally reflecting the flood of tears both inner and outer of millions of humans across the planet.

Water has long been considered the element of emotion. Gid says that as the “water” (intensity) rises from the “rain” of circumstances in our lives (everything accelerating, our issues becoming more obvious and in our faces, opportunities for change being thrust upon us), it serves to loosen our outdated foundations. These foundations have been based on non-functioning and no longer needed protection/coping mechanisms, and when they start to go, so do the walls with which we have been protecting and isolating ourselves. We then begin to slide around and feel uneasy and out of control. This presents us with a choice: we can continue to slide, or we can learn new ways of moving through life. This choice is being forced on us, but lots of people focus on building emotional tolerance and/or insensitivity/numbness. However, things have built up to a crucial level—this wave is more of a tsunami than a flood. People cannot stay “stuck in the mud” (deny what is going on) as they did in the past. They are being forced to move—it is their choice as to how they will do it. They can seek help, or draw from their new experiences. The “mud” forces the new behavior/paradigm shift/mental framing to be so big that it becomes obvious and builds new internal skills and the emotional “muscles” to sustain them.

Gideon once again gave me an image: he has had to deal with mud over his fetlocks as a general condition of his pasture, and in some places, it is even deeper. He has had to move, but his old ways of navigating didn't work, and he had had to draw on what I have been teaching him in the ring. In order to stay injury-free and get where he wants to go, he must have great awareness of each foot and its placement. The result is that in every step, he lifts each hind leg high and places it ‘way under his body, rocks his weight back onto it, and keeps his forehand light in order to test the ground for the next step. As a result of this, he is now moving very differently in the ring, where the footing is much firmer. He is now coming through his whole body, and as a result, he is building topline and has more freedom of motion as well as flexibility in his hocks. His continued experiences in the long-term deep muddy conditions has given him a new base for what is now his “normal” motion. This, Gid says, translates to humans being aware of when they are being triggered in their emotions, how they are being triggered, why the trigger is being activated, and doing the research and experimentation to know what to do about it in order to shift the emotional energy to a more positive place. In other words, he says, learn how to be in control of one's own actions instead of being a victim to the “mud.”

Elevation, he says (for humans: of soul and heart and emotions), leads to Suspension (of beliefs and old habit patterns that keep feet dragging and result in blocked energy, forward motion, and genuine freedom to express one's inner truth), which results in Schwung, Power, the Dance (expression of one's True Self, and getting more comfortable with Authenticity and the Joy that living it brings). After all, Gideon said, I am certainly not in regular work with all the bad weather, yet just from my learning to move properly through the mud I'm now strong enough to do a vertical rearing pirouette out of sheer Joy!

He further remarked that there will always be a transition stage. We will go from sliding around and being stuck, to cautious exploration and discovery, to trying the new knowledge out, to dancing, joy, and pride in accomplishment as we achieve new levels of understanding. Gid says that is REALLY important to be patient with the process and to honor it and yourself. Otherwise the cranky stage of change will be extended and we will struggle with our situations rather than learning from them. We can no longer just be upset because the world is changing—we have to figure out how we are going to Be within this change. This part he said with great emphasis: SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE FROM BEING A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCES TO BEING A PURVEYOR OF OPPORTUNITIES.

And then he smiled at himself and reminded me that despite all that he has learned and accomplished, there are still times when he plants his feet out in the middle of the field where the mud is relatively less deep and requests that I deliver his hay to him out there, please. He enjoys watching me navigate the mud!

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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