Kafka:Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
This was read by our mentor last night in our creative writing class. It struck me how much it applies to being an equine massage therapist or to working with horses in general.
I listen a massage, I don’t do a massage. I have spent many hours just listening to what a horse has to offer and I have waited for the horse to come to me. I have quieted myself in order that the horse wants to seek me and to ask “what?” And I have stood in stillness waiting for the horse to offer trust back to me.
If you want to work with a horse in this way, it all starts with the internal you, the quiet and patient you that can wait in stillness so that the horse will offer its innermost self back to you. When the horse then comes to you the work you do will be honest, correct, and lasting.