Application of Realization
I copied this from my personal page memories. I found it interesting that what I wrote of 2 years ago, is also what I just shared in yesterday’s video chat; Truth does not change with time.
I hope you enjoy it.
“Operating the life in the body through the mind, down the legs to the feet” -Ray Hunt
I keep pondering these words. There is so much to unpack in this statement. Today I happened to be working with people rather than horses and still the words fit.
To me, the depth of Ray’s message addresses a very important part of my work. It addresses application of realization.
I never have met a person or a horse who was unaware of life. But I have seen how the idea of life (Source) can be lost for people in the transition from being to doing.
Tom Dorrance said “People get along fine with horses until they get to training them.“ This also expresses to me the importance of the transition between understanding and application.
I have learned that we must have a strong foundation from which to work from. Keeping it simple and breaking it down for the horse or the person is imperative. I also have a strong philosophy to work from a success to a success. And that means not rushing through step 1 to get to step 10.
What is more simplistic than the realization that we are LIFE. The horse, the human, the grass, the ground, the sky, all part of this poetic system.
As humans, a common fatal flaw is that we overlook the part of life that is simple existence. We don’t have to think to breathe, to see, to hear or to taste. These things come naturally. There is no effort exerted.
Once we learn to tie our shoe or write our name it requires little to no thought. There’s a natural progression that flourishes when we stop trying so desperately to achieve.
The part that steals the show from this perfectly divine aspect of humans is the mind and its “wanting to be”. This is what I refer to as the original sin. The mind insists that we are incomplete. We try or strive and never arrive because we left what is already enough to “be enough. “
I can speak accurately to this, as much of my life was spent trying to be a “good enough” horsewoman, friend, sister, daughter, and so on. But the one teacher who finally got through to me that there is no lack, wasn’t a sage or a prophet, it was my horse.
The horse absolutely, consistently, and devoutly showed me the error of my human thoughts. With devotion and tenacity that mirror continued to shine my false image back to me until I was willing to see myself and the horse differently.
Because I loved the horse with all that I am I eventually developed a complete, unconditioned relationship. This was the beginning. I realized there was nothing lacking in either one of us. Once that realization was sound, the application followed, the expression of completeness.
I don’t know who will understand what I speak of. The human mind might say “if we are complete than what is there to live for?” I say if it is true that we are incomplete how are we ever fulfilled?
Our true nature is not something we become, it is something we realize.
I feel this is worth stating.
Nothing leaves its source. We can come from a mindset of scarcity or incompleteness and continue to strive and control only to remain hollow. Or, we can see Life as the perfect expression of the One consciousness that abides in all.
As for me and my horse we’ll choose the latter.