I believe that we’re created in a certain way for a particular purpose. Along the way, we get derailed by hurt, fear, rejection etc. which causes us to hide our authenticity–our real self– in some/many/all situations. We all want to look good and have others think well of us. We like to feel smart, attractive, kind.
When we’re authentic and owning up to both the light and dark sides of our selves, we’re congruent. Our outsides– what we’re putting out there for others to see– matches what’s truly inside us. Congruency feels good and there’s a part of us that strives to be in that place of congruence because it’s real.
In working with horses (since they are nothing BUT authentic 100% of the time), clients are able to explore and uncover their authentic self. Horses are excellent at ‘modeling the way’ of authenticity. Because we are often so far from our real selves, having an example is very useful.
Not only do horses model authenticity, they respond to it.
The mere act of asking a horse to move and noticing its response will greatly inform you of your authentic intent. One of our frequent arena sayings is “the horse will change when you change.”
Interacting with a horse is a truly powerful way to learn more about who you really are, your intentions, emotions and what your actions say about you.
There’s a saying that goes: There is no teaching, only learning.
Can you TEACH authenticity? I don’t believe so, however, your authentic self is waiting to be uncovered, discovered, revealed and cherished.