“Alleluia, the age-old expression of gratitude in communion, opens us to agape love, the recognition of our connection with all beings. To join together with other creatures in a song of joy moves us to experience the sacred in even the most mundane phenomena, transporting us from a self-centered way of being to a state in which we embrace, and are embraced by, all and everything. …”
-From Horses and the Mystical Path*
His name is Glory. He is a thoroughbred off the race track, the color of mouth watering chocolate accented with the roundest, darkest, and syrupy eyes I’ve ever seen,… When I first met him, he came boldly up to meet me, put his head over his stall gate and in my face. I was intrigued. No shyness with this guy. A leader type I surmised, of humans if not also of his own kind.
After exchanging cordial greetings and conversation with his owner, I turned my attention back to Glory. In a moment of spontaneous inspiration and surprise, I thanked him for sacrificing his spacious pasture for my 6 horses who couldn’t find a home elsewhere. It had been “no room in the inn” for them until the very last minute when Glory gave up his pasture.
At the time, I had not known that notes had been put up at local feed stores offering to give my 6 horses away for free with a telephone number I recognized. It would have been reckless and illegal for that person to have followed through on the act, and in violating the law could have been prosecuted, but that would not have brought the horses back had they been given away without my knowing. Glory’s act helped save their lives.
As I thanked him, he simultaneously moved his head away and to the side and held it there in a shy but powerful gesture. He seemed to be expressing not only humility but appreciation for being acknowledged. It was an electrifying moment. Both his owner and I felt it and looked at each other bright-eyed and speechless. Unknowingly we had touched in with his spirit.
Glory was being acknowledged for the mystical being that he is, and for his work in the unseen world to make sure these horses who have an important destiny to fulfill were protected and safe. It was then that a veil lifted for me illuminating a revelation. I saw with new eyes the behind-the-scenes mystical networking Glory and Apolinaire, the lead horse, and his herd were engaging for a mutual and eternal cause. These are hidden secrets that resonate with the heart not the mind and are whispered to us often times in fairy tales, classic allegories such as the C.S. Lewis Narnia books, movies that feed our souls, etc.. These are stories that pluck the chords within that lie dormant and dusty, awakening a familiar song of transcendence.
From the conventional perspective, it was the humans that figured out the logistics to make room for Apolinaire’s herd, but from the mystical perspective, much more was going on than we had understood at the time. We humans often think a good idea is ours while not perceiving that it has been given to us. In this case, I was given a heartwarming glimpse that the horses were orchestrating changes so the herd had a safe place where they, including Glory, could do their work. We merely carried out their directives! And for a higher cause that perhaps has not been recognized by the human understanding.
Often, when I inform Apolinaire, or ask for his permission to make some changes with his herd, I hear in response, “Where do you think the idea came from anyway?” I can only shake my head and chuckle…and happily immerse myself more fully in the mystical way of living for the sheer delight of it. This was the first time, however, that I encountered the networking with horses who had not physically met each other. It brought together the many snippets of “knowing” I had received through the years, like a group of puzzle pieces that suddenly fit into place. The barricades around my human understanding crumbled as I got a view of the eternal purpose that was operating with these sentient beings.
We humans though talented and gifted as we are, often forget or are most likely oblivious to all the conversations and maneuvers going on in the unseen world around us and we often naively lay claim to ideas that we think were our own. What we can lay claim to when we grab an idea is that we were attuned to the mystical realm and were able to pick up the nuances and the creative solutions that are constantly flowing our way. I am not one to totally invalidate the importance of humans in this process nor to ignore our own inspired contributions. We are each a uniquely designed spiritual being. However, I think we often err on the side of negating all that nature and in this case, what the equine world is bringing to us. It is time for us to become more attune to our spiritual instincts. We are all intricately connected. Not recognizing that does not make it less true.
Seeing the interactions of Glory and my herd are gentle reminders of the space between the worlds that science has barely explored. Glory responded when he was acknowledged and thanked for his heroic deed that could so easily have gone unnoticed in our conventional way of thinking. That exhilarating but sobering moment when we naively tapped into Glory’s spirit, opened the door once again to viewing things more expansively, more mystically. The exchange between human and horse and all of nature awakens us to life beyond the physical realm and its impact on us whether we realize it or not. Thank you, Glory, for being a courageous horse for sharing your gift of safe pastures for Apolinaire’s herd and for sharing a secret of other worlds with your human friends as we are learning to cross over conventional boundaries that we have created.
“…We shift from mere words to a prayerful expression of exultation, a chant of gratitude, if you will, resonating throughout eternity, crossing language, time culture, and even species barriers.”
*Two-part quote above is from Horses and the Mystical Path by Adele von Rust McCormick, PH.D., Arlena Deborah McCormick, PH.D., Thomas E. McCormick, M.D.