Shaktipat of the most powerful kind.
Shaktipat refers ''to the conferring of spiritual "energy" upon one person by another. It can be transmitted with a sacred word or mantra, or by a look, thought or touch...Shaktipat is considered an act of grace (anugraha) on the part of the guru or the divine. It cannot be imposed by force, nor can a receiver make it happen.'' (wikipedia)
Recently, a few of us have been exploring how to incorporate yogic practices of meditation and mindfulness in the relationship to the horses that are here at La Casella. We have an approach of curiosity, wanting to explore the gifts of these magnificent creatures and our relationship to them. We are imagining ways to support people in new ways of relating to horses for expanding awareness and healing and for bringing mindfulness to horseback riding. We are not equine therapists, we are simply in awe of the horses and open to letting them teach us.
On the day that this foto was taken, Fabio, Tania and I were seated in meditation in the middle of the pasture for a while before Sinbad slowly approached and then made contact with me right in the back of my heart. I call it a shaktipat because there was a powerful healing that resulted from this gesture. His touch reawakened in me something that was very strong in me as a child--in fact that was part and parcel of my identity as a child-- a deep connection and affinity to animals. Two days later I saw La Casella dog, Polly, who I have seen regularly for the last months of living here. But on that day, I actually saw her for the first time and my eyes filled with tears and a shiver ran through my body as I reached out to pet her with love and affection. These kinds of non-verbal, non rational feeling states are always challenging to transmit in words, but I can sum it up by saying I feel like I had been gifted back a lost part of myself. On looking back I can see how there was a part of me that had closed down this side of myself as I 'grew up' and perhaps especially after I gave away my own dogs to friends when I began medical school. I had no awareness of this until now.
The exploration with horses and awareness will continue. For now I rest in gratitude for this act of grace gifted to me by this magnificent horse. And I invite all of you to stay open, curious, receptive to Life in all her forms and mysterious ways. The gifts are being bestowed on us in every moment. Namaste 💗 Sheila