Horse Wisdom_Magic_#1

The image was drawn in October of 2007.  It may sound strange but this extraordinary horse Magic came through as a drawing before I actually met him.  This “Magic”-al experience all began when I first read, “Riding Between the Worlds” by Linda Kohanov, which guided me into the world of Equine wisdom. After reading this book, I saw in my mind’s eye an image of a chestnut-colored horse standing amidst the darkness.  This youthful horse stood tall with a distinct white mark on his face and a beautifully full wavy mane.  When I closed my eyes to focus on his image, I began to notice more details – a strikingly bright glowing white light radiating from his forehead mixed with radiant green and pink shining from his chest.   I felt as though he was telling me to draw him.  My first reaction was, “ I don’t know how to draw a horse… I’ve never drawn one… “ Even with all the doubt I had, his energetic presence was so strong that my initial hesitation soon turned to curiosity.  Still not knowing exactly what to do, I began by pulling out a piece of black drawing paper.  I sat in front of this blank canvas for a while until I mustered up the courage to picked up a white colored pencil.  Then as my hands began drawing over the black paper canvas, I kept thinking of a horse yet still not knowing what to do.  Then something magical happened. To my surprise, a horse appeared on the paper just as it had appeared in my mind’s eye.  With amazement, I continued by adding shades of light and the vivid colors I had imaged.   And this was the beginning of my journey into the world of Equine wisdom.

「2枚シリーズ」の最初のこの絵の馬の名前はマジック。マジックは実際に会う前に、絵として私の前に現れた不思議な馬。出会いのキッカケを作ってくれたのは、「二つの世界を駆け巡る」という馬の賢さと癒しの力について熱く語りかけるリンダ·コハノブさんの本だった。彼女の本から今までまったく知らなかったすばらしい馬の賢さ·能力について知った。それと同時に、私の脳裏に額に白い縦縞と緩やかに波打つような綺麗なタテガミのある、焦げ茶色の馬の姿が浮かび上がって来た。胸の高鳴りを鎮めるように目を閉じると、体全体が光に包まれていて、額や胸のあたりから黄金色や緑やピンク色の混じった光が溢れ出ている馬の姿が見えた。そして、不思議な事に、その馬が私にむかって、「私を描きなさい。」と伝えようとしているような氣がした。咄嗟に思った事は、「まさか!馬なんで今までに描いた事ないし、どうして描いたらいいかまったくわからない。無理だ。」でも、しばらくすると最初の「戸惑い」は、「好奇心」に変わっていった。そして、氣がついたら黒い画用紙と白い色鉛筆を取り出して、「馬、、、馬か、、、馬、、ね~、、」とブツブツ言いながら、分からないなりに白鉛筆を黒い画用紙の上で動かしている自分がいた。そして驚いた事に、思い描いていた馬がそこに現れた。そしてそのまま無心に、黄色い色鉛筆や、ジェルペンで頭にあったイメージのように描き上げたのがこの絵。2007年に始まり、それからの私の人生に大きな影響を与えた、馬達の世界とつながる旅の始まりだった。

While reading “ Riding Between the Worlds”, I was equally excited to discover that the most influential leader in Holistic Nursing, Charlie McGuire (founder of the American Holistic Nurses Association), had a horse ranch in Colorado.  She was an enthusiastic student of Linda’s innovative horse therapy (Equine Facilitated Integrative Healing Therapy).  I wanted to know more about this horse therapy and couldn’t think of anyone better than Charlie to study with.  I was excited about my newfound awareness and was eager to begin my studying. I felt that horses were the teachers I needed in my life at the time.  They held the missing pieces that I had been searching for to ground my work as a healer and to accelerate my growth as a person.

そしてもう一つの嬉しい発見は、リンダさんの本のなかで、私が尊敬していたアメリカホリスティック看護協会を立ち上げたチャーリー·マックガイアーさんが、リンダさんのもとで、馬と人間が協力してするセラピーを熱心に学んでいて、コロラドで馬の牧場も経営されているという事だった。馬とのセラピーについて学びたい、馬がその時私が探し求めていた「ヒーラーとして、そして人間として成長を続けていくために必要なもの」を知っていると直感した。そして学ぶのであればチャーリーさん以外にはいないと思った。

Now for the hard part.  I needed to find a way to contact Charlie to let her know I was interested in studying with her at her horse ranch in Colorado.  Although I had known Charlie as a leader in Holistic Nursing for many years, she didn’t know me. So late one night, wide awake with anxious excitement about what to do next, I had drawn the image of Magic. The excitement of this new experience was the momentum and courage I needed to contact Charlie.   I sent her an email and asked if I could come to her ranch as a work study student.  I took a photo of the drawing and attached it to the email.  The next morning I received a phone call from Charlie and I vividly remember her saying, “Sounds like you have a journey to walk.  I’m happy to support you.  When do you want to come?”  It was late October when I first spoke with her and by the mid-December I had arrived at the horse ranch.  Located in the middle of the snow-covered high desert of southwest Colorado is where I met the horse I had drawn a few months earlier. Out of the 9 horses on the ranch, I knew instantly when I saw Magic standing in his stall, that it was him who told me to draw this image. Magic was a young horse among a herd of wise horses.  He was somewhat reserved and even seemed shy around me.  I, on the other hand, was so excited to meet him that I said to him, “It was YOU!!”  His reaction was equally unexpected as our first energetic encounter.  He said, or at least I thought he said, “Yes, it was me” in such a matter of fact way, without hesitation or excitement, but nothing less than clarity and certainty. May you experience the generosity, wisdom and pure energy of Magic through these art pieces. The energy never fades as it continues to support all those who seek to receive his healing energy. May you be GenKi!

とはいっても一面識もないチャーリーさんに、どうやって自分の思いを伝えたらよいのか?という段階で、最初のおおきな壁にぶつかった。不安と期待がごっちゃまぜになって眠れない夜を過ごしながらも、この絵が描けた驚きと興奮に後押しされて、チャーリーさんにメールを書き、この絵の写真を添えて送った。そして、その翌朝早く、チャーリーさんから直接電話があり、「メールを見たわ。できるだけ力になりたいけど、いつ牧場に来るつもり?」と言ってもらえた。それが10月の末頃だったと思う。その年の12月中旬、私は雪一面のコロラドの大草原の真ん中に立つチャーリーさんの牧場を訪れ、初めてマジックと対面した。マジックは9頭いた馬達の中でも、比較的若くシャイな馬だった。マジックに会えた嬉しさで、思わず「あなただったのね、あの絵を私に描かせたのは!」と叫ぶと、「そう、ぼく。」と何事もなかったように、さらっと言ってのけた(ような氣がした)。まったく戸惑う事も、興奮する事もなく、それはただそれだけの事さ、とでも言うように。

この絵を見る人に、マジックの寛容で賢く、ピュアなエネルギーを感じてほしい。そして、いつまでも色褪せる事のない癒しのエネルギーを、必要なだけ体いっぱいに受け取ってほしい。そう思います。

マジックは、あなたの元氣を応援しています!

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