Mother Earth and all of Her creatures are facing intense challenges in this moment in time. Each will find their own path to survival. It is my hope that you find the tools and skills in the teachings of Medicine Horse Way to also thrive in whatever the future holds for you. Every Medicine Horse Way Instructor has traveled a long and powerful journey of their own personal development and learning to prepare to bring these tools to you, the new student.
“Teaching is not done by words alone; it is a chance to teach others what you are and what they are. Teaching reinforces what you believe about yourself. A teacher of authenticity does not see her interests as apart from her students, when she has come to this understanding her road is established and her direction is true. A light has entered the darkness.” A Course in Miracles
I read these words when I made my first attempt to study the Course in Miracles in the mid 1980’s. The text goes on to say that certain pupils have been assigned to each teacher because it is the one who will teach the form of the universal curriculum that is best for them in view of their level of understanding.
I spent the next 25 years or so searching out my teachers and mentors. I had so much to learn and eventually my quest for teachers led me to Linda Kohanov and her first book The Tao of Equus ‘A Woman’s Journey of Healing & Transformation through the Way of the Horse’.
What I teach follows the trajectory of my own journey. During a Discover Your Life Path workshop I ask the participants “What inspired you as a child?” because I have come to know that the seeds to our life purpose were contained in what we loved as children. For me it was horses. I was fascinated by them from a very young age and even though I never had a horse of my own I was drawn to them wherever they appeared in my world. I loved horses on television, horses at neighboring farms, horses across the alley from my grandparents house, horses in parades and at rodeos;if there was a horse involved that’s where my attention was focused. Horses seemed to convey some mysterious message to me, they awakened a deeper awareness that somehow there was much more to life than what I could see or touch. I sensed that they knew truths that humans had long forgotten, I knew this even at the tender age of 5 or 6 when my only interaction with horses took place on television and in my imagination.
The Course in Miracles says that when we find our teachers we will then find what we’ve come to teach. This was true for me with Linda Kohanov. Before I had finished reading her book, before I had even thought about attending a workshop, I knew that my path was to include horses helping humans heal.
It was 18 years ago when I first met Linda and became one of her apprentices. Those years took me into the 10,000 joys and the10,000 sorrows of my soul, guided by the horses who also claimed me as their student. I found myself called back to an in-depth study of the Four Agreements, Eckhart Tolle and The New Earth, and the teachings of Abraham as presented by Jerry and Ester Hicks. Working with horses and humans in personal development demands that I carry on my own personal development work. The horses have let me know, repeatedly, that we are never done. I’ve learned to embrace the adventurous journey, go where I am called, and receive the Grace that I am blessed with.
The work I have developed is continually evolving as I evolve and as my students/teachers evolve. At the end of The Tao of Equus Linda describes a scene with Rasa, though I imagine she is speaking to me.
“You’ve come into your power now haven’t you?” We stood there in silence for awhile. Then I unlatched the gate and headed for the open desert.
I have lived many places and find myself traveling to teach more than I am home; but for me home is the desert.Wide open space, intensely blue sky, and all the hardy creatures that make their home here, inspiresin me an expansive view of physical, emotional, and spiritual, life on the earth. It reminds me that to thrive we must constantly evolve in order to adapt to the calling of our creative higher selves. The evolution of life is constantly in motion stated beautifully by Eckhart Tolle “Life is the dancer and you are the dance”
If you feel called to the way of the horse, I am eager to meet you, teach you what I have come to know, and learn of the wisdom you have gleaned from the path you have walked.
Much Love and Many Blessings,
Carol Roush, 2018