Change

by James Cassese LCSW

We are dynamic beings, we exist--only for a moment--

on a spectrum of where we have been and where we will end up. A Buddhist proverb tells us that "you cannot step in the same river twice." Everyone and everything around us is subject to constant change and movement, growth and decay, expansion and contraction. By the time you have stepped onto the shore, it is not the same river.

While most of us can appreciate this truth, we can also tend to resist change, cling to our routine or hold tightly to our own perspectives. When we are able to recognize the flow, and move with its rhythm, we can live in greater harmony.

Have you ever had one of those days where everything seems to flow smoothly? Perhaps you had a bunch of errands, and the traffic lights seemed to line up in your favor, everything moved smoothly at the stores and you even had time to put your feet up and relax at the end of the day? This is another aspect of the idea that everything around us is moving and changing. Sometimes, we are just able to surf those waves.

Many of us who are lucky enough to keep horses have magical stories about how we happened to find our equine companions. I'm struck by how often I have heard people say that finding their particular horse was "meant to be." Maybe the horses understand the flow a little better than we do, and can help us find it.

With the support of the horses, at Equine Energetix we try to assist people finding their rhythm, to move in their flow. Unlike a conversation between humans, we come to new thoughts and realizations

experientially with horses. That is, we learn things, come to new realizations by having the experience in action.

The horse can only nudge the gate open, though. People must walk through it of their own volition.

In the past few months, we have found a new flow at Equine Energetix, one that promises to make 2014 our most exciting year yet. We are ready to walk through those metaphoric (and literal) gates and delighted to announce that this year brings some new partnerships to Equine Energetix.

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding which provides equine-assisted activities for people with special needs, veterans and at-risk-individuals, will join with us to offer equine-interactive psychotherapy and learning at its Brewster, N.Y., equestrian center, Pegasus Farm.

Founded in 1975, Pegasus serves more than 300 participants a year via therapeutic horseback riding and unmounted sessions at Pegasus Farm and three regional chapters. Pegasus Farm is a 22-acre facility housing 18 horses, a covered outdoor arena and an extensive sensory trail.

Through this new partnership, Equine Energetix will bring a much-in-demand mental health component to the nonprofit's current array of therapeutic services. Many of our signature workshops will be hosted by Pegasus, including our very popular "Mindfulness in Everyday Life" workshop and "Improving Rider Confidence" seminar. I will conduct private individual Equine Energetix sessions as well as shared sessions in coordination with Pegasus staff members who have either a PATH International. certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning or an EAGALA certification in utilizing horses for mental health treatment and human development.

We are also happy to announce that Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue

will also host some of our workshops, such as "Seeing With The Heart" along with individual private sessions. Since its inception in 2006, Akindale has been devoted to rescuing horses--including many from slaughter houses. Akindale provides a safe haven for horses that can no longer race, are still in their prime, and are ready for new careers or to be companion animals. With over 1,000 acres of beautiful landscape in Pawling, NY, Akindale is a nationally recognized name as a quality rescue program, one that also trains their horses so that they might be responsibly adopted to private owners, making room to rescue even more.

Having the support of both these organizations fits perfectly with our motto: "Equine Energetix: The natural evolution of the horse-human bond." Partnering with these non-profit organizations allows us to not only help humans with horses, but also advance the welfare of horses as well. Having our programs hosted by these well-established groups has also provided us with the opportunity to streamline some of our workshops, making some a bit shorter, offering them on different days, so that our clients might find them even more convenient.

We are so very appreciative of our time at Mistover, in awe of their incredible dedication of their staff and grateful for the sheer magic of their horses. I am proud to say that many people's lives changed for the better as a result of their work with Equine Energetix at Mistover. We also are saying goodbye to JoAnne Greenwood. As many of you know, JoAnne has been the warm and smiling face of Equine Energetix since late 2009. We will miss her and wish her all the best in her new endeavors.

But wait, there's more!

Many of us have had experience with centuries-old intuitive healing arts, despite their being relatively new to mainstream American culture. Energy Therapies like Reiki, Energy Balancing and even Shamanism are written about in the New York Times or discussed on Oprah and Dr. Oz.

Over the years, I have been asked by many beginning and established energy healers to mentor them through the development of their skills.In keeping with my interests as equal parts science-geek academic and energetic healer, I have developed a thorough course of study that is designed to deepen and refine the application of energetic healing practices, while providing new and exciting academic study along with practical experience.

From the "science" behind Energy Therapies, to a systematic approach to energetic healing-- from assessment through treatment, each session includes a brief lecture as well as ample practice time. A carefully designed course outline and reading list is provided, along with personalized mentoring.

This six-week course will be held one Friday each month for 2 hours. I'm limiting the number of participants and asking those interested to set up an interview with me prior to registration. You can contact Kim atkim@equineenergetix.com for more information about this or other programs or to discuss our offering a workshop or seminar at your own barn.

In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at james@equineenergetix.com with your thoughts, comments or questions. In the meantime, we'll be looking forward to an exciting 2014!

James


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