Affirmations of Awareness for Horsepeople: What's In the Mirror?

I’ve written before about mirror neurons and how they may help horses reveal to humans what’s going on inside us, good or bad.

According to Wyatt Webb, the horse “will serve as a mirror to your energy system-what you think, what you feel, and every move your body does or doesn’t make.”

After even starting to think, “It’s the horse’s fault,” the mindful rider knows intuitively he’s made a mistake. It’s almost never the horse’s fault. But it’s not a simple matter of blame-shifting. Often we fail to take responsibility for for things in our lives that have nothing to do with what happens in the ring.

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Horses can reflect areas in our lives where we have patterns of conflict with ourselves or others.

The next time I think it’s the horse’s fault, I’m going to think instead about opportunities for change in the way I relate to everyone, two legged or four.

© 2009 enlightened horsemanship through touch and Kim Cox Carneal

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12 Responses to “Affirmations of Awareness for Horsepeople: What's In the Mirror?”

  1. You are right on. Horses (and dogs etc.) are reflections of us…and yes, usually if something goes wrong, it is the rider’s fault. These dear, sweet creatures think they are doing what we have asked or demanded. Why they let us ride them, I will never know. There is certainly a lot of energy going back and forth. Often the rider forgets to breath and the horse takes that as a signal…sounds like I am preaching to the choir.

    Did your daughter move to Virginia?

    Hope all is well…are you back home?

  2. Hey Lori
    We are both in Va, still working things out.
    “Why they let us ride them, I will never know.” I wonder sometimes, too.
    You remind me of the conversation my daughter and I have when she yells at her computer for doing something wrong. I always tell her it can only do what she asks of it. Now I know horses are not computers, but I always tell her that she should look more to herself when things go wrong.

  3. From an energetic, point of view, everything is always shifting with everything else. According to several different theorists, this is happening also is a pre-manifest virtual world, where virtual possibilities (atucalities, unmanifest forms) are shifting and adapting toward actualization….

    The horse has a great deal of interest in being in relationship. That sets up the dance in the first place. What occurs then comes up for interpretation. That is where projection and shadow come into play. It doesn’t have anything to do with the horse as a mirror. It has everything to do with the person projecting onto the horse – just as the computer. The “mirror” neurons in this case is the self-projective-amnesia-shadow of the person.

    or, as I like to say.. A horse is always a horse in context.


  4. Oh my goodness, this comes right out of my deepest self. Horses truly are our greatest teachers and every time I spend time with my horses I learn more about myself – or at least I hope I do.

  5. Lisa
    Glad you are seeing the lessons. I took me SO much time to understand that horses could be my teachers. Some of us are s-l-o-w.

  6. Interesting, I’m intrigued to hear Bonnie’s response. There are a lot of big words floating around there! I certainly agree with the above sentiments though.

  7. Michelle
    Bonnie is the resident “challenger” here at EHTT. She is the one who makes me thing HARD and sometimes makes me do homework. I love that she checks in here, because otherwise I might think I was reasonably intelligent. Not only does she keep me in my place, but she helps me learn. Won’t you sit down beside me in the classroom? I have an extra apple if you’d like to offer her one.

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  10. Bonnie
    Can you explain more about what you mean by, “the self-projective-amnesia-shadow of the person…or, as I like to say.. A horse is always a horse in context.” ?

    I’m intrigued by your view of this.

  11. of course, I understand that on many levels it’s a giant load of hubris to assume that horses mirror US for our purposes.

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