Our beliefs about who we are come from stories we keep telling ourselves. We repeat those stories to ourselves long enough and they become a belief. There are the stories thar we develop about ourselves. For example, I don’t ‘fit in’ because I am too fat/ thin/ tall/ short etc. Then there are the stories that others tell us about who we are.
Someone once told Doll, my mare, that she was not attractive. I was very upset and outraged on her behalf. Unlike myself, Doll neither held onto that story nor made it significant. It was a great lesson for me about letting go instead of continuing to repeat a story that was not adding value to my life. I really wanted to keep my story of outrage and upset going as it brought up comfortable and familiar feelings. I resisted letting go due to fear that I would end up in an unfamiliar place – a place of freedom. I am grateful that I had Doll’s example to help me transform from discomfort and stuck to the freedom of letting go.
On a personal level, a childhood belief that I had carried until recently was transformed due to reflection inspired by Doll. When I was at school, I developed the point of view that I was not sporty. This evolved due to my lack of interest in school sports. It was not until I wrote “Dancing with Doll” last year that I started to question whether this was still a relevant story to repeat to myself. I enjoy dancing, horse riding and ice skating. When I was in the writing process, I did a lot of reflection about the stories in the book. It was at this time that I realised that I was using an outdated point of view, that was not mine to begin with, to tell myself that I was not a very sporty person.
Animals are such wonderful teachers about life and living. We sometimes live our lives on auto pilot. When that happens, we forget to stop and ask questions about whether the stories that we are carrying around and make significant are true and valid. I am grateful for the animal mentors that are in my life. They are mirrors for me and help me to reflect and let go of what no longer serves me.
I have a new course that has been created from what the animals have been teaching me recently. It’s called “Transformation – Embrace Your Inner Butterfly and Roar like a Lioness”. It will be offered online for 6 weeks from November till mid December. In this course I will explore with you tools and tips of what you can do to help keep yourself motivated when times are tough. For bookings or more information, go to my website: https://bit.ly/3Pa1eZk
I look forward to helping you use animal wisdom to navigate your transformational journey in life.