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Flying Changes: Horses As Spiritual Teachers [Paperback]

By Carter Heyward (Author) & Beverly Hall (Photographer)
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Other creatures of the Earth are asking to be our spiritual teachers, says Heyward, and learning from them is a source of hope for the world. Reflecting on the seven spiritual lessons taught to her by horses, Heyward explores: 1) passion as real presence; 2) otherness as remembering what we aren't; 3) fear as shrinking spirituality; 4) balance as sitting keep and well; 5) beauty as reflecting who we are; 6) patience as taking time; and 7) whimsy as being light as a feather. Dedicated to the staff, students, volunteers, and horses at Heyward's farm - Free Rein Center For Therapeutic Riding And Education in Brevard, North Carolina - Flying Changes includes 15 black and white photographs of horses and a selected bibliography.

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Studio: Pilgrim Press
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.04" Width: 8.96" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2005
Publisher   Pilgrim Press
ISBN  0829816054  
ISBN13  9780829816051  

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Equine Theology  Feb 25, 2006
Equine Theology:
A Review of Flying Changes: Horses as Spiritual Teachers by Carter Heyward (with photography by Beverly Hall). Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 2005.

Based on her experiences at Free Rein Center for Therapeutic Riding and Education in Brevard, North Carolina, Episcopal priest Carter Heyward asserts that people who are receptive and patient can gain spiritual insights from working with horses. In seven chapters, each named for a lesson, this well-known liberation theologian illustrates how equestrians learn to follow their life's passion, to respect and embrace otherness, to overcome fear, to achieve balance, to reflect the beauty within, to practice living in patience, and to enjoy whimsy. The title Flying Changes refers to a horseback-riding maneuver that Heyward sees as symbolic of spiritual transformation; furthermore, she believes that people who work with horses may undergo this kind of change if they allow horses to teach them.
More traditional theologians need not be put off by Heyward's thesis that
". . .God did not, and does not, come to us primarily, much less only, in human form - not simply in Jesus once upon a time and not merely in any of us or our peoples, cultures, and struggles today." For, Heyward goes on to explain, "Indeed my faith is in a God that came in Jesus just as God comes all the time in and through our lives, our prayers, and our efforts to build right relation, which is just and compassionate. Right relation, justice, and compassion are the ways of God." (p. 13) In other words, God is still revealing Godself in and through creation.
During the course of this slim, 128-page volume, the reader gets to know such creatures as Whisper, who was rescued from a man who had been starving her; Big Red, who posed a challenge to any would-be riders; Feather, the filly who was born of Big Red and a Connemara pony; and Patience, who rebelled after being ridden by rowdy children at a summer camp. In addition to the equine characters, several interesting horsewomen are also included, most notably Linda Levy, who eschews the overused title "horse whisperer" despite her many accomplishments.
Just as readers have been able to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance without ever owning or riding a motorcycle, readers will be able to relate to Heyward's premise of learning spiritual lessons through nature without ever having owned a horse. However, once having concluded this book, the reader may be tempted to find a pasture with a horse and take a lesson or two.


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