Metamorphosis and Horses
By Donna Armanasco, Australia
The use of Metamorphosis with animals is no different than with that
of humans or plants. The only difference between animals and humans is that
the animal is not as complex in its thought structure as the human, and
plants, are even more simpler still.
The principle of the happening of Metamorphosis is the same whether the subject be plant, animal or human. A horses inability to be its most functional is due to a primary division in its ability of attention. Unconsciously, the animal is preoccupied with paying attention to the deep seated stresses, or blocks, that come from inheritance and other sources, and which are registered at conception. The nature and origin of these stresses determine and influence the animals mental, behavioral and physical characteristics, illnesses and idiosyncrasies. The stresses in the unconscious influence - determine the animals attitude of mind towards life - to any given situation. In fact, the animal is compelled to be what ever it is at any given moment. They do not mean to be an ill-tempered beast, or constantly injuring itself, or nervous all the time; they are only being what they are in accordance with the influences that were laid down at conception.
On top of this is the daily goings on in the life of the horse. In that daily practice we demand they perform certain acts in a particular way. They are required to pay attention to what we want of them; physically, behaviorally and mentally.
There are countless ways a horse may express itself after Metamorphosis
has been introduced: the desire not to be caught; the resistance to routine,and
so on. As change, or rather Creation takes place, there can be a degree
of chaos. This is not always so, and in fact, is not actually desirable
because if we are really successful with Metamorphosis, there is no phenomena
produced at all. However, if there is it can vary, from considerable to
barely noticeable. They can display behaviors which may or may not be typical
of that horse. The animal may display symptoms of common and/or unidentifiable
illnesses. They are not actually illnesses per say, but rather,
the animal is producing the symptoms of the illness, or behavior, but it
is not the illness itself, it is the attitude of mind which underlies and
of which is characterized by such symptoms. This is called a Healing Crisis,
or a Morph. It is when the deep seated underlying attitude of mind, which
is the source of the problem, is brought into the light of consciousness,
and by virtue of this, and the inner motive to move toward optimum function,
the underlying attitude of mind is then transmuted. In most cases, the horse
just simply improves in its function without producing much phenomena.
To a degree, a certain amount of improvement in a horse can be attributed to the horses handler, that is when the handler is kind and sensitive to the individual personality of the horse and innovative in the way they approach training. But, rarely will any amount of training fundamentally and permanently change a horses primary disposition. If the training is based on fear or regimented discipline, the horse will often become subdued and compliant as it has been literally nagged into submission. Fortunately, Metamorphosis can deal with this.
As Metamorphosis re-educates the unconscious mind it also untrains the conscious mind, meaning that any previous training which was imposed insensitively is undone, leaving the horse free from the chaos and the conditioning of the past: both its immediate past and inherited past. The horse literally has no memory of its former situation - it is as if it did not exist at all, in fact, it does not in one sense, as the horse is no longer influenced by the past.
The benefits of the trainer also having Metamorphosis are unquestionably substantial. Not only does the person themselves benefit, but so do the horses. The person becomes more and more able to see from the horses point of view. And, horses definitely have a point of view. The more the horse changes its attitude of mind, the more it can comprehend what is being asked of it. The more one is able to see from anothers point of view the more understanding and communication there is. The better one can communicate ones ideas through an understanding of how the other perceives, the easier the task in question can be performed. With Metamorphosis, the trainer will come to reassess her/his approach to training. No longer will it be a matter of just doing what has always seemed to work; they come to view their training methods from a different point of view, from their own inner intelligence on the situation, to find an even better way of doing whatever it is they wish to accomplish. And, like wise, the horse too being free from the influences of the past is more able and willing to participate.
Unfortunately, very few trainers are able to see that there is anything lacking in the way they train. Often they put their lack of success down to the horse; that the horse is the one with the problem, and this may be so, but rarely does it dawns on them that their lack of success is also bound up in the way they approach the horses problem.
The combination of an animal free from the conditioning of the past (genetic and other influences), and a trainer with an aesthetic and intelligent approach to training will produce extraordinary results. And what such trainers with be passing on to the owners are animals which are functioning from their own inner intelligence instead of being governed by the stresses in their unconscious, and these produce extraordinary results. And what animal trainers will be passing on to the owners, are animals which are functioning from their own inner intelligence, instead of being governed by the stresses in their unconscious. These horses will be substantially more mentally and physically capable of dealing with the stresses and strains they are likely to encounter in their life.
Of course, it would be ideal if the owners too used Metamorphosis.