Let’s say you’re in the first equine assisted coaching session with a new client, and notice something doesn’t feel right in your body, which then manifests into a sense of feeling tense or nervous around your client. You start to feel uncomfortable or confused with this person’s presence without any explanation as to why, even after dong the initial exploratory session with everything going well.
You also notice your horse is not their usual self, exhibiting signs such as excessive yawning, tight lips, swishy tail, or wanting to walk away, indicating something is happening making it difficult to identify with what is taking place.
When we are in sessions with our clients, there is so much going on that we cannot always see, hear, or identify with what is happening, trying to make sense of it all, but we sure can feel it! What I feel in this type of session is an energy exchange between the client and me, and my horse is picking up the same stuff.
Its two polar opposites, negative life force energy and positive life force energy being exchanged, that are mixing with each other’s energy fields.
What many clients don’t know is they are unconsciously drawing and absorbing energy from any positive source they can get it from, such as from you and your horse. They are trying to change their negative energy into positive energy, what they innately know feels good and right, but they don’t always know how to do that on their own, they are stuck.
And, if it’s an intense session with the client finally releasing an accumulation of of depressing dominant thoughts, outdated beliefs, and their negative perception of the world, this stored old energy can feel very draining, nerve-racking to you and your horse, resulting in feeling worn-out, depleted, or in some cases even wanting to run away with your horse.
Yikes, right? Has this ever happened to you, are you really sensitive? I am.
Just like flowers, trees, and plants need light, water, and nutrients to grow and be healthy, clients do to. They need positive energy to feed and transform their negative emotional state of mind into something that is much healthier. When a client is in your and your horse’s energy field, their body is like a sponge, soaking up an alternative source of positive energy, essentially to energize their depleted cells, their nervous system, all the makings and composition of their mind, body, and soul.
So, when you are in a session with your client, as a preventative measure, also remember to prepare and protect yourself through preventing energy drains, and clearing any negative energy space.
6 THINGS YOU CAN DO
TO PREVENT ENERGY DRAINS AND CLEAR NEGATIVE SPACE
1 Grounding, you and your horse. Mindfully feel the ground with each foot, as you walk your horse to a spot they like to roll. While your horse is rolling, you can chose to roll too or sit on the ground near him, and then shake it off – before your client arrives. After your client arrives – be in the moment with your mind and you will sense if something has moved into your energy field. If you feel something coming in, use your imagination and move that lower vibration down your grounding cord into the earth.
2 Take a nature bath. Nature is so cleansing for clearing away any foreign energy. Invite your horse to go for a nature walk, halter and lead rope only, or nothing at all, better yet. Listen to, smell and see the beauty around you, breathe in the purified air, touch or put your back to the tree for grounding. Walk and pause, walk and pause, walk and pause, be in the present moment and feel any negativity just float away. Sweep yourself and your horse’s body with a sacred feather, removing tension, stress, and what you can’t see.
3 Burn white sage or spritz an oil scent. Clear your space with burning sage to release any negative energy. If smoke is not your thing, use a spray bottle filled with a few cups of water, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I like to use rose, lavender, or patchouli.
4 Take an Epsom salt bath. Enjoy a relaxing hot bath containing sea salt when you’re feeling energetically drained. Reducing tension, stress, overwhelm. Gently massage your horse, most horses love that!
5 Meditate or liberty dance. Listen to a guided meditation, or dance the energy away with your horse to some beautiful music. I love Michael Cusson’s work.
6 Be conscious. The most effective way to protect yourself and your horse is through being consciously aware of your own energy state, and knowing your horse. What type of conversation are you engaged in with your client? Pay attention to how your body feels, the messages it sends you, what is your intuition say? Does something have to change? What vibes, messages are you getting from your horse? Maybe its something as simple as moving to a different space.
The key is to set an intention to not pick up any negative energy, to hold a safe loving space, but if slips through to you and/or your horse, remember to release it!
What are some of your strategies for dealing with negative energy?