She arrived on a bright, sunny autumn day. Immediately, she went into “model mode” or that’s how it seemed. She stood with ears pricked and eyes bright, with the air of a princess, for my youngest daughter, then aged 10, to take photos of her. She was a beautiful palomino with a golden mane and tail who was expecting her second foal. Little did I know the journey we would embark on together. The learning and shifts in awareness and the depths of communication we would have were incredible, whenever I spent time with this amazing healer.
It wasn’t long before I realised what an “old soul” she was. Like many horses, one of Bella’s favourite things was food! I remember one particular day when one of my neighbours brought her horse over to get some bodywork done. Bella was grazing quietly in the paddock nearby as Tea Cup began having her treatment.
As soon as the session started, Bella, surprisingly, stopped eating, walked over to stand beside Tea Cup and then proceeded to go into what looked like a trance-like state. “Meditate? A horse?” It was a very strange thing to witness. This went on throughout the session and Tea Cup who usually would not stand still for anything, not even brushing, stood quietly yawning and sighing and fully accepting all that was going on. At the end of the hour, Bella lifted her head, went back into the paddock and started to graze again.
This was not to be the only time I would witness behaviour of this sort from her.
Bella taught me many lessons on her short but very powerful time with us. One of these was that, sometimes, we need a bridge between two worlds, whether that is between a horse and a person, or between two people. For Bella and I, this ‘bridge’ was the nodding or shaking of her head to communicate to me whether or not she needed any painkillers during the year we spent treating her before she passed away. This behaviour was something she was never taught. Over this last year of her life with us, she also taught me how subtle communicating could be; what deep listening is; and that there is a possibility for a relationship with another ‘being’ which went beyond what I could ever have imagined. Bella also showed me that there is never just one way to deal with something and that every day & every situation in that day is new and needs a fresh approach. Bella was a healer and an amazing teacher. When I think of her, there is at the same time, a tear in my eye and a smile on my lips.