1. Susan Garvin on August 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I’m a bit slow getting back on this one, been too busy to settle down to re-read, re-listen, and then react. however I am trying to digest all this. i do find it so hard to see how to let go of the earth-bound stuff and free up the other, creative, stuff, it’s as if it’s a muscle I just cannot get to relax, no matter how much I breathe into it, massage it, stretch it…it still stays there not letting go. But sometimes I wonder if I AM doing it all ok but just cannot recognise it for what it is. One tends to think of these things as big WOW moments, revelations, zing-bang-whoosh, but maybe it is in the little tiny things that slip by where one is actually managing to put the ego in its place and let the twin out a bit….so what might one of those tiny unpreposessing moments look like, perhaps?

  2. Ian Rowcliffe on July 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Re: and safely bring us back home again. It is a reassuring idea if it is powerful enough… I confess I need convincing further… some illustrations and experience to exemplify this in new contexts would prove helpful.

    • Ian Rowcliffe on July 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      What leaves me unconvinced is that the twin phenomenon is considered so very rare and unnatural in horses. Hence, is is hard to see this as a balancing process. I get the feeling that creative ideas seen in this light won’t come back to earth – home to roost. It is too far out, perhaps…

      • LindaKohanov on July 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        Ian, I could use some more information on the question you are asking here before I can comment. Yes, the fact that twins are rare in horses means that Rasa and Merlin had to go to a great deal of trouble for that to happen, especially these days, because not only are twins rare, generally the vet finds them early in the pregnancy and aborts one. If you read my book Riding between the Worlds, there is much more information about all the strange things that happened for these twins to manifest this archetypal lesson.

        • Ian Rowcliffe on July 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm

          Yes, I had read about your experience in more detail in Riding Between the Worlds and so for you it was a really dramatic experience, and so I can see how alternative thinking might remain grounded in the remaining twin. But as you mentioned, normally twins in horses is regarded as extremely bad luck and to be avoided at all costs.

          It might interest you to know that the area where I live is called Gemeos, named after Siamese twins born here. I don’t know any details about the story, but do know that in the old days, children who were ‘different’ were considered to be touched by G/god… certainly what you describe IS quite miraculous, and it IS exceptional that the area here should have been named after a similar type of event.

          But maybe the reason I am not comfortable with all this is because of the stillborn foal we had this year – she is a haunting reminder of the times we are facing or maybe not facing. Only time will tell… Anyway… I am working at it but probably need to find some like-minded people to work with in these parts – yes, I need to make a break-through.

        • Ian Rowcliffe on July 19, 2012 at 9:35 am

          I woke up this morning thinking about your twin conceptualization, Linda:

          ‘Yes, she has a valid point because it is, in fact, about getting past conditioned thinking…’ and I have been seeing the occurrence of twins in horses as some sort of taboo, something unthinkable or acceptable…’

          In short, you have expanded my thinking in a direction I wasn’t prepared to go hitherto.

          Similarly, although I said my stillborn foal is haunting me, I do believe she is trying to send me a message, which I still haven’t quite understood. Clearly, it has to do with the future of the horses here if not anywhere… a new born foal is such a delight and source of inspiration; It is crushing to see her dead. My reaction has been to tend to the living, but she would tell me to tend to those yet to be born, I think.

  3. Ian Rowcliffe on July 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Re: Along the way, you might find the courage to add a wizard, mystic, shaman, centaur,
    and/or flying horse to your own “executive team.”

    This reminds me of the Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle, which uses storytelling to start the process off. By the way, that is exactly my plan of action at the moment if I can promote the project in the local school. What we need are paths that lead into what we have been discussing and advocating.

    • LindaKohanov on July 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      The Last Unicorn was one of my favorite books as a child. I really have never met anyone who has read it before!

      • Ian Rowcliffe on July 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

        I have been looking through the classics centered around horses as a way to open up a channel of interest with schools and the education system. However, your notions represent a new and fresh perspective so that the Last Unicorn would seem much more appropriate than say The Black Stallion, Black Beauty or Flicka – although I like the film version of the latter where the girl breaks with tradition. Another possibility is The Horse and My Boy by C. S. Lewis. Even better should be a mythological story written by my daughter based on our horses and the surrounding land – she is in the process of writing it up:-) In sum, the idea is to use a story to promote reading and literacy, which would then open up the way to discussion of your notions and the wisdom horses may contribute to our lives.

  4. Ian Rowcliffe on July 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Re:exercising your twin – fabulous creative stuff here – I am leaving a note here for MARK to draw Linda out on this one – pretty mind-blowing!!! It reminds me of just how much our minds are shut down for the most part. It takes a lot to re-open them! What is the key? For as fast as you open your mind to new possibilities, there is a wave of news that would swamp them. And as Linda pointed out being a lone wolf is most definitely not the answer. So yes, it is important to have the possibility of connecting with like-minded people, bringing the ripples together in a new wave.

  5. Ian Rowcliffe on July 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Re:And while they’re a little rough on the furniture, I also have a male Lion and a female
    Horse that wander in and out at will. Love the humor and imagery here!!!