A Game Invented By a Horse: Stillpoint Practice

One sunny afternoon I was feeling thwarted and frustrated because my mare Zorra had injured her front leg. The injury came right when our riding was really getting fluid and we’d just begun to have adventures together. Aaaaarggh!!

I know, I know, all injury, illness etc. is not usually about the physical occurrence. It is about deeper, wiser things. And the injury or illness is simply the delivery service for the message. Having healed myself of a supposedly incurable disease, I understand this thoroughly.

Nonetheless, I was SO enjoying our riding, I was frustrated and upset when it was abruptly put on hold. By the time I had finished all my barn chores that afternoon, I was finally ready to detach just a little bit from my agenda!

After doing some sketching out in the field with the herd, with my dog Tiah lying at my feet, I was finally in a non-toxic enough state of being to allow myself to approach Zorra.grazing

After stroking her and scratching her for bit, I placed my hand on her back – my hand didn’t like that spot, so it moved to a different spot that felt better. And I just walked along with her as she grazed. I noticed that grazing is a very active endeavour! She changed direction, head position, footing, balance – sometimes her belly pushed into me, sometimes away – every few seconds.

As I was noticing this, a series of thought forms grew in my head – planted there by Zorra. She said to me:

Close your eyes
Feel into the movement of my body; my steps, my neck reaching, each hoof as I place it and how it shifts my balance and my entire body

As I minced and stumbled along with her, with my eyes closed, seeking only to feel the micro-movements, shifts, swings and balances in her body, yet stay alongside of her, she continued:

Now seek to align with me; merge your body with mine and seek unity
Don’t worry that when I take one step, you may take 2 or 3 to stay in balanced alignment with me – that is not important. We do not have the same body, shape or size, so don’t seek to match my movements.
Your body will move in its own way. Seek only the unity and alignment of energy and flow.

zorra-crop-grass2As I merged into her flow, keeping my mind out of the process and allowing my body to sync with her body, I began to move at the same time she did. And yes, sometimes I would take 2 or 3 steps to one step of hers – but my steps would carry me along in perfect balance and flow with all of the movements of her body. As the alignment of our two selves grew more and more fluid, there came a moment of perfect unity.

It was the same bliss one can experience through meditation. Or the alignment and unity with all that is, in flowing movement, that comes in snatches during martial arts practice. Where time ceases to exist and you rest, pause, suspended together in a pocket of source energy, outside the time/space continuum. I call this the stillpoint.

Holy shitskers!!

Who knew such a thing was possible – to be accessed in such a way?

Then she said:

Now change the position of your hand – feel for a new place
And do the same thing again

zorra-crop-grassFeeling for a new spot that felt good/right for my hand, I placed it near her sacrum. Closed my eyes and began again. And everything was different! The movements, the place of balance, how her body felt to my body – all was fresh and new.

And so I began the Stillpoint Practice again; eyes closed, seeking only unity and alignment with her balance and flow. Removing my mind from the experience and letting our bodies speak with each other.

This new game that Zorra had shown me (perhaps she invented it on the spot) would have been interesting and thrilling enough just looking to sync our movements and place of balance, with eyes closed. But the fact that the seeking, responding, flowing led to the portal to Source connection, that experience of unfathomable stillness, was pretty freaking awesome!!

It’s amazing what treasures are there to be discovered when you can’t ride your horse! 😉

And by the way, if you don’t feel safe/able to close your eyes, just look off to the side, or down, and allow your eyes to go soft-focus (like when you’re daydreaming). It works just as well that way too.

I’ve also tested this practice with a halter and holding a lead rope – you can get the movement/balance piece, but sinking into the place of bliss seems to be hampered by holding/thinking about/managing the lead rope. Try it both ways and see what you think!

A Game Invented By a Horse: Stillpoint Practice

8 thoughts on “A Game Invented By a Horse: Stillpoint Practice

  • February 27, 2016 at 10:04 pm
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    This sounds wonderful. I will try it.

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    • March 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm
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      Let us know what you think of it, when you do 🙂

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  • February 28, 2016 at 2:07 am
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    Thank you for sharing this story. It is so true that so much is learnt when we cannot ride our horse, how wonderfully ironic is that. Who would have believed so much could be learnt by walking alongside them following their movements and blending with them. I have been playing around with riding meditation (eyes closed riding in walk) for some years now… but reducing it down to even less and less (in the paddock no halter) actually can make it more accessible and more powerful. The old adage less is more raises its head again ! x

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    • March 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm
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      It’s funny you mention that Sue, I had a riding instructor once who was clinically blind, yet she participated in cross-country jumping competitions. She is also an energy healer and sees more with her “sight” than I do! As long as an object is of natural-origin (e.g. wood fence) it has a resonance she can see. It’s plastic etc. that she cannot detect.

      Anyway, during my lesson with her one day, she asked me to let go of the reins and just ride with my seat. No problem. But when she asked me to close my eyes and ride, I kept peeking. Of course, she was ‘watching’ my energy, so knew when I was peeking through nearly closed lashes that no seeing person would have been able to detect! She laughed at me and said, “I can’t believe you feel perfectly comfortable and safe riding with no reins, but you won’t keep your eyes closed – usually with people it’s the other way around!”

      I replied, “Oh I feel perfectly safe with the horse either way, but when I close my eyes I feel like I’m going to slide off – I have no sense of balance.” And so we come back to my scoliosis and unbalanced pelvis – which I’ve written about in other posts. So the starting point for me in that regard was when Zorra said to me, “Hold the reins in your left hand.” And thus showed me how unbalanced I was on her back. So I will go in the reverse direction and work my way up to riding with my eyes closed, as I continue to balance my physical body (which of course, my horses are helping me with).

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  • February 28, 2016 at 1:38 pm
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    Loved this jini. Another way of Sharing Time and Space with the extra dimension of touch and feel. For people first trying it maybe a halter on and a light lead that can lie over the horse’s back while he grazes would be a starting point.
    You made me think of the remora fish that swim with sharks, in perfect synch all the time. Some horses may find a person’s presence like this just fine, others might find it a bit concerning, so we have to check out a specific horse’s opinion carefully.
    Cheers, Hertha

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    • March 4, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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      Yes, very good point Hertha (my great aunt who lived in Auckland was named Hertha!) – I think that’s why I prefer to do it unhaltered, then the horse can just walk away if they want. As I wrote in my post, when I first arrived, my energy was quite manky! I’ll bet if I’d attempted this in that state, Zorra would have walked away, or just energetically blocked me. And love the analogy with the remora!

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  • July 10, 2016 at 10:59 am
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    Wonderful! I love your blog and sharing the insights into the subtle ways of building relationship with the horse, even if not riding. I have a 22 year old Arab Appy who is such a vibrant being! I am currently not riding as he recovers from lameness and I revel in spending time with him. I am learning so much and our relationship gets so much better.

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    • July 10, 2016 at 5:45 pm
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      Thanks Diane and so glad you are taking this wonderful opportunity to enjoy your horse even more, or in different ways. Let us know if you discover any new games…

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