The following page briefly describes a natural approach for engaging with a wide variety of animals, including horses and camels.
The principles and skills learned through the Pterippi, Dragons, and Sages program hold steady across many species.
The information presented provides participants with the skills for learning what animals need and want, and it also gives the animals the means to learn more about who you are and who they themselves are. Very few animals in captivity get the opportunity to specifically learn who they are free of the attitudes and constraints we put upon them. So, we seldom get to see what the horse or camel truly is. And the animals seldom, if ever, get to see what a human being is, or can be.
There exists in non-human cultures a vast body of information, knowledge, and experience that most humans and domestic animals never receive due to the limited resources available to them.
And because of this, people with only a little sense of themselves participate, even at the so-called highest levels, with animals who also only have a little sense of themselves.
But things could be much fuller and richer if we decide to more completely integrate our varied cultures – to the point where humans and non-humans can be acknowledged as equals; equally intelligent members of one diverse Earth-culture – and also if we allow ample opportunity to learn from each other.
Within the Pterippi, Dragons, and Sages program, our Field of Prior Unity approach assists humans and non-humans equally.
In the Field of Prior Unity, we are of service to all others – serving each heart within the heart of life.
The Field of Prior Unity supports the development of honest relationships between living beings.
How we begin describes our intent and charts our course.
The Field of Prior Unity is not a thing to do, but a place to go and be. Once you arrive, you will not wish to leave. As you sit in the field, other animals will also begin observing you. Squirrels, birds, and reptiles may start approaching. How you respond to them and to all other animals and humans will reveal much about you to the camel or horse. Everything you do demonstrates something – and gradually you become transparent, and known, and the horse will also become revealed to you.
Within the Field of Prior Unity, moving forward into other activities is best done with direct guidance and support. In the beginning, you will have many concerns and questions. You will also have many ideas and views to be released. Innumerable nuances arise which can be readily resolved with the help of an experienced mentor.
The sacred cultures of the open field are profound. If we choose to enter their world, we must become serious students of their contemplative lives. How should we relate to horses who are free to decide whether to come or go? And how should horses and camels relate to humans who let them choose? By the time you discover what the horse wants from you, you will be ready. And until you’re prepared, you will not see.
In the Field of Prior Unity, you will learn everything you need to know to enhance everything you do together. The field informs every activity you and your horse agree to do with each other. Trust alone will see halters, bridles, saddles, and harnesses happily received. Leading, trailering, riding, carrying loads, pulling plows and so on can and must always be facilitated with consent. One area where consent is not always an option is dangerous situations. Sometimes we must act immediately, where waiting would be disastrous! This is something they readily understand and can accept, especially if trust is already coming into place.
In the Field of Prior Unity, we are not looking to attain results. We are nurturing honest responses, ours and theirs. When the heart-response is alive, all necessary results will flow in.
Every human and animal is unique – and also the same.
Horses, camels, and others stand in the field, watching and waiting for us to notice…
Pterippi, Dragons, and Sages is offered in group settings and/or one-on-one.
The first three components are for those directly involved with animals.
1. Table Manners – Food Culture
Food is primary for all of us. A great deal of authentic culture, sanity, and wisdom is based around obtaining and consuming food and water – the high and sacred art of survival. Each species’ culture has rituals dedicated to eating and drinking. A great deal of who we are and how we see ourselves and the world is influenced by our relationship with food.
Through developing Table Manners we come to revisit, observe, and release old attitudes and fears around food and life. This restores the individual to a correct relationship to sustenance, trust, and self-management, leading to all kinds of remarkable and simple outcomes for health, personality, expression, and meditation.
2. Waterhole Rituals (also see Carolyn Resnick’s work and her book, Naked Liberty)
Everything we do together begins and resolves in the first ritual: Being-together-doing-nothing-feeling-everything. And only everything supports perfect freedom for everyone…
Within each of the waterhole rituals are endless expressions and perturbations of form, feeling, subtlety, and grace. Table Manners, for example, folds neatly within the second, third, and fourth rituals, and is a featured instructional component of our program because so much can be addressed and healed in the processes of food-taking.
Progressively, all the rituals and sub-rituals flow together like water.
The intent is to restore the horse or camel (or another animal) to its integrity through the application of real or substituted patterns pertaining to their ancient, intelligent, cultures.
Rare is the horse, camel, dog, or human, who is already whole and complete, outside the intelligence of its own culture’s patterns of influence. When the patterns are intelligently restored and developed, the individual becomes capable of profoundly understanding the cultures and individuals of other species also.
One reason for a horse not clearly understanding you is that it likely has very little understanding of itself. And the reason why most humans struggle to truly understand other species is that most of us have little awareness of what a human is – what we are.
All, or most, animals in captivity lack a true understanding of themselves and the world around them because they were not raised within cultures that could teach them a correct relationship to life. And, to varying degrees, this causes aberrations of many kinds. Most humans also have similar issues around sustenance. Working together, we can heal a great deal of these matters, reconnecting with universal patterns in nature, culture, and life.
3. Right Care
Right Care includes everything for providing the most complete life possible for your horse, camel, or other animal.
Sufficient space, a developed culture to live within, safety, correct food, and clean water are essentials. To a degree, all of these are variable and malleable. There are only a few absolute rules around these matters.
In “wild” settings, daily life is affected by endless variables. What we try to achieve is the optimum possible life for an animal such that it experiences minimum impingement upon its growth and potential.
Every individual, group, and situation is unique. Some situations are simply wrong, and cannot be condoned. Wrong things can sometimes be corrected, but not always. Animals in captivity depend on us for almost everything. Our responsibilities are enormous if we take them seriously.
There are many reasons why people should not have animals in their care at all. The old and true question, “Just because you can, should you?” must always be applied.
What humans often do, and what we make animals do, can be horrific. Much needs to change, through education and training, and a deepening of wisdom and culture.
- Food and water
- Health and veterinary care
- Intelligent, loving, forms of engagement
- A good, balanced, life – and our human commitment for providing lifelong care
- Contemplative awareness, support, and participation
Once developed and brought to life, our mutual engagement with the horse, camel, or another animal will reveal almost limitless bounds. There will be few things we cannot happily explore together.
For the Sages component of the program please read the Fear-No-More Immersion course.
For more information write to Stuart @ firstname.lastname@example.org