Session 1: Communicating with and Embodying Head, Heart, and Hara
To date, science has proven that you have a head, heart, and gut brain (hara). Communicating with all 3 gives you much more information than relying on head-based knowing alone. Becoming more ‘horse-like’ and enhancing your ways of being and doing requires tapping into the wisdom of the body. In order to do this, you need to connect with, align, and integrate all of your body brains, so that you can live from the highest expression of each: Compassion – Courage – Creativity.
Integration produces amazing results in relating with self, animals, humans and the environment. Once you are operating from a coherent and congruent state that draws on the highest expression of each center, it enhances connection in relationships, communication and leads to generative wisdom. Join this this largely interactive and experiential session that will weave the latest in head-based knowing backed by science with some body-based learning and somatic (body-centered) processes. You will learn a simple breath practice for greater heart coherence and engage in authentic movement and practices for grounding and centering your energy – all with feedback from the horses!
Session 2: The Metaphor of the Centaur
Horses pay attention to your body as if you were another horse. Every time you interact with Horse, your feelings and emotional energetic state profoundly affect how Horse will respond to you. What you think, are communicating from the head, may actually be quite different to what you are unconsciously conveying through your heart and gut. This is because of your heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, breathing, posture, and the various emotions that cause those physiological responses to rise and fall. Unless we are connected to ourselves first, it is impossible to truly connect with another being. The first step to real relationship is self-awareness – to notice who and how you are be-ing in any given moment. This largely experiential session will explore: the felt senses – how your intelligence and awareness isn't just confined to the head; the morphic field herd affect; the role of breath and an experiential exploration of body mapping; a practice for balancing and grounding prior to or/and during intetractions with Horse; and emotional and energetic connections and impact, human to human and horse to human. Join Cheryl for an exploration of the main energy patterns that humans embody and how this impacts other people and horses through the felt senses and gain an insight into your automatic and habitual energy and body pattern, what effect this has and practices for how you might begin to change this. The Metaphor of the Centaur blog.
Participants are also invited to register for Cheryl's pre-festival, full-day workshop on this topic on February 8.
More from Cheryl on the Spirit Horse Festival blog.