A couple weeks ago, I took a bad fall. Not bad enough to be seriously injured, but bad enough to be laid up for a few days. I had a mildly sprained my ankle, and bruised the already injured knee from a previous more serious accident. While neither those injuries were that serious, all the the trauma of the more serious injury got stirred up, and I felt emotionally raw in remembering the terror I felt in that accident of getting hit by a car over two years ago. I had made an arrangement to go to a Reiki training with animals, with Mia Runanin the day after that fall and was determined to go even though I felt horrible. The thought of missing out on a chance to be at the Ranch with the horses and llamas was unacceptable . So I brought a tube of arnica, my essential oils, took some Advil, and brought plenty of water.
I was so glad that I followed my intuition to go. After a very pleasant hour long drive to Petaluma we arrived at the ranch. I felt such a longing to see the horses. At the entrance was a beautiful metal sculpture of a horse in full gallop. Even though my body was sore, and stiff, I felt my heart resonated with that galloping horse, and I was excited to be with my animal friends. With animals there has always been an assumed intimacy for me. My connection to them is primal, and also seems ancestral. The woman who works at the ranch introduced each horse, and told a little about their history. As she did this, I put my head against almost every horse I met, feeling their lovely breath against my face. Their capacity to welcome us washed over me like cool spring water. Their vibrant playful natures revived me to the very core. We had come to do Reiki for them, but they were doing Reiki for us.
I was inspired to do this horse doll. Here are two sides of one doll The Yin and Yang theme emerged because in viewing a horse one can't help but notice how they tower above us but simultaneously are enormously kind creatures when they are approached without fear. They have tremendous heart, and resilience. They demand respect but are inherently available to cooperation. Since that day, I have completed 3 horse dolls. It is my way of keeping their healing with me, and honoring their beautiful spirits. I am so grateful for their amazing presence.