Everything I Know - Part 1

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I learned from Horses, Confidence

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<ul><li><p> Most Everything I know about people I learned from Horses. </p><p> The more I work with horses and people the more I learn about </p><p>ea each. This is the first in a series of articles I would like to write </p><p>a about some of the things we teach to help in our relationship with our horses, as </p><p>well as with each other, along with some insights from our creator. </p><p>We use 4 keywords in our teaching: Confidence, Consistency, Compassion and Connection. </p><p>Confidence seems to be one of the most difficult for most of us to overcome. The key to me is </p><p>looking past all the things that the horse is showing us, for example, head high, snorting, maybe </p><p>pawing, ears laid back, turning its rump to us, unsettled etc. Its taking the time to listen to what </p><p>the horse is trying to tell us, to see thru all the bluff to the heart of the horse. What is he </p><p>thinking, why is he doing what he is doing, taking time to notice all the other signs beyond the </p><p>surface. We need to see with the heart. Please dont think I am saying we should not be safe, we </p><p>need to be careful and think of safety. We are talking about a different mindset. </p><p>We need to take the time to understand the horse. Have you ever felt misunderstood? Chances </p><p>are you have and often are. Think about this. If I look only at the externals, then I will be </p><p>making decisions about others and about myself on that basis. That means my heart will be </p><p>affected by the color of the skin, the kind of clothes that are worn, the style and length of the </p><p>hair, whether theyre rich or poor, whether theyre ugly or attractive, whether they smell good or </p><p>bad, whether their habits are appealing or obnoxious, whether their religion is the same as mine, </p><p>or their politics, or social behavior, even the person who looks like he has it all together, and on </p><p>and on. There are lots of possible places to hang up and become trapped in a way that puts </p><p>distance between us. </p><p>This is what it means to love our neighbors as ourselves. This is a life-denying view of people. </p><p>When we dont view people with this view it leaves us vulnerable to judgementalism, to showing </p><p>partiality, to cold-shouldering. Instead of loving the other as ourselves, we hate the other for </p><p>the things we most fear in ourselves. </p><p>How you see another person determines the quality and direction of your relationships. If you </p><p>can only see the externals, you will miss the person every time. If you learn to see with your </p><p>heart, to penetrate the obstacles of stereotypes, prejudices, possessions, appearance, language, </p><p>performance, and all the rest if you look deeply into the heart of another you will find the </p><p>real person. Your relationships will become an adventure. </p><p>We not only have a need to apply this to people but to the horses that we work with. </p><p>Lets add to this thinking another thought. You see people are not the enemy. Your children or </p><p>your parents are not your enemy. The leaders of the church are not your enemy. Your fellow </p></li><li><p>workers are not your enemy. The people around you in your daily routines they are not your </p><p>enemy. </p><p>You see our horses think we are the enemy and we think they are the enemy. They are not and </p><p>we must convince them that we arent the enemy, but someone they can trust. Someone they can </p><p>feel confident in because we are confident. </p><p>Lets take this a step farther. Only the heart is capable of seeing past the external, and the point </p><p>of view of Christ is necessary for this. He could see in each person the image of God. </p><p>And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the </p><p>criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they </p><p>know not what they do. Luke 23:33-34 </p><p>Jesus free from the trap of external seeing could see the Samaritan woman, the adulterous </p><p>woman, Zacchaeus, Nathanael, Matthew, Dennis Quilliams and you. Differences that created </p><p>gaps between these people and other religious leaders were overcome immediately by seeing the </p><p>person the way Jesus did. </p><p>Condemned unjustly by Jewish religious leaders, crucified by Roman soldiers, ridiculed by an </p><p>angry mob of citizens, Jesus in the midst of pain, humiliation, and apparent defeat prayed, </p><p>Father forgive them; for they know not what they do. They were not the enemy. Jesus was </p><p>fighting not for His life, But for theirs and yours and mine! </p><p>He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one </p><p>from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up </p><p>our infirmities and he carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by </p><p>him, and afflicted. - Isaiah 53:3-4(NIV) </p><p>Dennis Quilliams </p><p>Wwwwww www.horsesensedk.com </p><p> www.horsesense4u.com </p><p> www.thebasketmart.com </p><p>e-mail : dwqhorse@gmail.com </p><p>http://www.immunotec.com/quilliams </p></li></ul>

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