Dance Again Ministries is bringing healing to the soul by using Horse Therapy as a cornerstone in uniting Psychology and Theology.
Science says that the human psyche (the mind/soul) is the center of an individual's thought, emotions and behavior and is the entry point to the creative force within each of us. Theology adds that by after receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior, we can choose with our free will to commune with the Holy Spirit through our spirit. With Jesus as our Lord, we can submit our spirit to His Spirit and replace our thoughts with His. This exchange shifts the way that we think, feel, and behave.
The healing of our hearts requires the application of our entire being: Body; soul; and spirit. We must unlock our imagination to be used as a portal allowing the supernatural power of Jesus to flow in us and through us.
What is Imagination?
The faculty or action of forming new ideas, images, or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. The ability of the mind to be creative, passionate, inspired, curious, and resourceful. Imagination is the mind’s eye, the eye of our heart, its where vision from the Lord comes from.
Jesus is key to a vibrant life. Since we can become ill through our mind, we can also become healthy when exercising the imagination through the power of the Holy Spirit.
- By submitting our spirit to Jesus
- Tuning in to the still small voice of the Lord
- Coming into agreement with Jesus as our source of Truth
- Receiving His love/power that transforms our soul (mind, will, emotions)
How does Horse Therapy help bring healing through the power of Jesus?
Horses are prey animals and are equipped with keen intuitive and sensory capabilities that work to help keep them alive in the wild. Because their survival is dependent on their ability to sense what’s going on around them, they live in a state of heightened but relaxed awareness.
Horses respond to energy, not language; they reflect what we put out into the world. When the horse translates in the physical what we feel, we become aware of what we are doing and how we are living. What we say to a horse with words does not compute with them, they respond to how we feel therefore nonverbal communication is our training mechanism.
Communicating with a horse nonverbally as a form of therapy stretches the mind by use of the imagination to come up with creative ways of interacting. By submitting to the Holy Spirit for His thoughts in being creative, we can ascribe our healing to the saving power of Jesus and not ourselves.
Horse Therapy Activities:
- Lead Riding
Benefits of Horse Therapy:
Being near a powerful animal opens the senses to the feel of presence and teaches the individual how to calm the soul and just be.
Interacting with horses exposes fear and self-doubt. Confidence is built by overcoming obstacles and building a partnership with the horse.
Learning how to listen while communicating with the horse will teach how to listen to the still small voice of the Lord. Learning how to tune in to the Spirit will open doors for:
- growing in Identity
- Alleviating: stress, anxiety, fear, hopelessness, depression, bitterness
- Growing in leadership and relationship skills
- Gaining knowledge in how to hear, see, interact, and belong will ultimately meet the most profound human need, purpose.