Humans have, for centuries, honored their departed loved ones this time of year. Even Halloween originated as All Hallow's Eve, when the spirits walk among us.
I still think of my childhood horses Prince, Cricket, Nellie and Joe at the same time my thoughts go to my grandfather who taught me so much about horses. At age 9 when my beloved Prince died I asked him if Prince were in heaven. His answer comforted my broken heart, assuring me that I would see him again.
Remember the amazing eclipse 3 weeks ago on October 8? On that very early morning before dawn something astounding happened to Kathy Wallace in her Ohio pasture. Kathy is my Advanced Liberty Online student who lost her beautiful mare Lizzie not long ago.
Kathy commented at that time: "Lizzie's death changed so much and at the same time it revealed even more as I began to look at my other horses, especially Lizzie's children: JR, 7-year-old gelding and Lily, 4-year-old filly. Spending meditation time with these two after their mother's death has been a healing and learning process for all of us. Meditation and greeting creates a circle of three and we are learning to move with each other. For me this has been an introduction to a different kind of grieving process than I have experienced in the human world. When I lost my grandmother who was very close to me my family told me to get over it and move on. Lily and JR are embracing the feelings, missing their mother, supporting each other, and supporting me."
Then on the morning of the eclipse Kathy wrote again, in awe of an incident that happened before dawn. Please read and share her story of Lizzy's spirit. It seemed appropriate at this holy time of year.
"To see the eclipse I got up at 5:00 a.m. As I sat on my front porch I watched as the moon began to set into the western skies and the eclipse began. After about twenty minutes or so the moon began to drop behind the trees, so I walked to the highest part of my property where I could watch the full eclipse. To get there I walked past Lizzie's pasture and heard JR running down the hill. It was good to know he and his sister Lily were there with me – I unexpectedly lost their beautiful momma Lizzie seven weeks ago. I found my spot and continued to watch. After just a few minutes I turned and looked behind me at the pasture to see JR standing there. I did wonder how he came back up the hill so quietly and just appeared by the fence. As I stood and watched I had a conversation with JR - lots of thoughts about gratitude, love, change, and the future. It was very special....I turned and looked at him several times. Then, as the moon was fully eclipsed I turned to say something and he was gone without a sound. I stood there and realized in that moment JR wasn't the horse I had been talking to, it was Lizzie. Tears started to roll down my cheeks….she came to me, stayed with me for a while, and quietly left.
"I know I am not imagining it. JR and Lizzie are similar in size and build. His face is narrower and has a much longer forelock and tail, not easy to see in the dark. Yet, one thing JR is not is quiet. He makes a lot of noise when he talks and moves. Lizzie was gentle and quiet. I now wonder if the reason JR came thundering down the hill as I walked up to watch the eclipse was Lizzie. Lizzie was my lead mare, and caretaker of the herd. One nod from her and a herd member would respond. When Lizzie wanted to graze up on the hill she would always get behind JR and ask him to come with her, and he did. Perhaps Lizzie asked JR to leave so she could be with me.
"It is amazing she would come to me this special morning during the eclipse, listen to me, be with me, and remind me she loved me. I have tears as I write, just as I did this morning when I knew she was with me. I've had one horse come to me after he died, my daughter's horse, and I often see him in his old pasture. Lizzie was my first horse, and my first loss. What does it mean that Lizzie came to me this morning?
"I shared my experience with a horsewoman I know and love. Ruella’s comment to me:
'Lizzie longed for you, and chose this special night to connect with you on a deep level, even allowing/encouraging you to see her. This is a priceless gift.'
"I did know Ruella would understand and know why I feel as I do. It was an unexpected gift from Lizzie to be with me this morning. Even now, in my mind I still have the image of her standing by the fence this morning, quietly sharing the space with me. My time with her reminded me how much I miss touching her, holding her, burying my face in her neck to smell her, and breathing with her. She has not been far from my thoughts since she left me so quickly a little over seven weeks ago. I think of her every time I see her kids, JR and Lily. Most of all I feel her. This morning when I turned around and didn't see what I thought was JR, I knew immediately it had been his momma. I thanked her for being with me and realized while her physical body left me, her energy and her soul are still here. Knowing she is still with me fills my grieving heart with love for her, for her kids, and for all my horses. Lizzie gave me a precious gift this morning when she came to remind me how much she loves me and to remind me to always love myself."
Kathy Wallace, October 8, 2014, 5:00 a.m. – 6:45 a.m.
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