The Alchemy of Lightness: What Happens Between Horse and Rider on a Molecular Level and How It Helps Achieve the Ultimate Connection

The Alchemy of Lightness: What Happens Between Horse and Rider on a Molecular Level and How It Helps Achieve the Ultimate Connection

by Dominique Barbier, Maria Katsamanis

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Within these pages lies an ambitious study of the interplay of mechanisms put in motion when man and horse meet, communicate, and ultimately become one. Dominique Barbier and Dr. Maria Katsamanis examine how “lightness” is generated, using the simple and elegant basics of the universe—atoms and molecules—which exist all around us. Scientific findings and theoretical underpinnings allow us to better understand how lightness with a horse occurs—and how to harness it. Discover practical guideposts for the mechanics of “riding in lightness,” including: • Five common misconceptions about riding and horses • Seven keys to meeting the challenges we so often face when working with horses • Four elements necessary to ensuring the horse’s comfort and willingness to join us in “the dance”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570768941
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 946,331
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

Dominique Barbier is a certified British Horse Society assistant instructor and has trained at a number of highly regarded training facilities throughout Europe, including an internship with Mestre Nuno Oliveira. He is the author of "Dressage for the New Age" and "Meditation for Two." He has been teaching his art of dressage training philosophy across the world for the last 40 years. He lives in Healdsburg, California. Maria Katsamanis is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the co-founder for an equine-based psychotherapy and learning program. She lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.

Dominique Barbier cultivated his riding skills at a number of highly regarded facilities throughout Europe, following various disciplines, including show jumping, eventing, dressage, and steeplechasing. Dominique then based himself in Portugal for two years studying with the legendary Mestre Nuno Oliveira. This experience was a defining moment that inspired Dominique's belief in keeping a horse "light and happy." Since immigrating to the United States, Dominique's teaching and passion for the "Art of Dressage" has reached many thousands of people throughout the country, as well as North Africa, Europe, Asia, and Brazil. His avantgarde philosophy, focusing on the importance of mental communication and the understanding of the horse's nature, has been practiced now for over 40 years. Dominique is also the author of Dressage for the New Age, and Meditation for Two with Keron Psillas, which is also available from Trafalgar Square Books.

Dr. Maria Katsamanis has received worldwide recognition as a horse trainer, clinician, exhibition rider, and author. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Maria’s early equestrian career included working as an exercise rider for a French racing barn and had the privilege of participating as a display rider in Queen Elizabeth’s II Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle. She founded a nonprofit foundation called Friends for Pegasus. She and her Marwari stallion, Bahadurshah, champion equine wellness and ethical training methods around the world. She resides in the United States where she maintains a training barn in Ringoes, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

introduction 1

A Time of Change 1

To Preserve Classical Principles 2

Beyond Xenophon, Baucher, La Guérinièe, and Oliveira 5

chapter 1 the science in the art of equitation 7

Why Science Is Important to Riding at This Time 7

The Scientific Story 8

What Happens between Horse and Human on a Molecular Level 8

Who We Are, Not What We Do 9

Molecules as vehicles of Information Transfer between Two Beings 11

The Web of Connection 12

The DNA Code of Communication 12

The Molecules of Emotion 14

A Molecular Summary 15

A New Paradigm 16

Small, Simple Tasks 18

Misconceptions Become Barriers 19

Early Lessons from Mestre Nuno Oliveira 20

Why Lightness Is Considered the Ultimate Connection 21

Lightness Is a Perception of the Rider 21

Teachers as Facilitators of Molecular Change 24

Learning Is Remembering 24

Old Perceptions Create Room for New Ones 25

chapter 2 when two become one 27

Can "Mental Riding" Become Spiritual? 27

"Togetherness" Seen through a Scientific Lens 28

The Perfect Relationship with the Horse 33

How Emotions Affect Our Relationship with the Horse 35

Love and the Principles of Lightness 38

Can We Transcend Fear Molecularly? 39

Finding "Grounding" and Creating Trust 41

The Horse as a Conduit of Enlightenment 41

Visualization to Facilitate Communication 42

Riding What We Think Is Possible 43

Visualization Seen through a Scientific Lens 45

How to Assess Oneness 46

Creating Oneness Seen through a Scientific Lens 47

The Role of the Teacher 48

Teaching and Learning across Distance Seen through a Scientific Lens 50

French Classical Principles Facilitate Molecular Connection 51

chapter 3 the horse: healer, teacher, partner 53

The "Mental Contract" That Needs to Exist between Horse and Rider 53

Healing from the Horse and Healing of the Horse Seen through a Scientific Lens 54

What Do We Wish for the Horse? 55

Why Direction Is So Important 58

Why I Say "On the Bit and Light" 58

How Do We Get the Horse on the Bit? 59

Assessing the Horse's Comfort When on the Bit 60

Rethinking "Natural" 60

Physically Balanced, Mentally Balanced 61

Balance Is Strength 63

Intuitively Evaluating the Horse's Energy 64

Learning through Expression and Molecular Connection 64

Learning Seen through a Scientific Lens 66

Awareness of Intent and Being of Two Minds 67

Intent Seen through a Scientific Lens 69

chapter 4 creating lightness 71

When the Artist Becomes the Art 71

Simple Goals for the Rider 74

Preparing to Facilitate the Molecular Relationship 75

Centering and Consciousness Seen through a Scientific Lens 75

What Can Happen Molecularly in Three Days 77

Feeling is Key 78

Feeling Seen through a Scientific Lens 79

How Feelings Affect Our DNA 80

Theory 1: Our Feelings Can Affect Other Living Things at a Distance 80

Theory 2: The Heart Radiates a Powerful Energy Field 81

The Role of Energy in Creating Lightness 82

Using Energy to Overcome Resistances 83

Energy's Effect Seen through a Scientific Lens 83

Physical Elements Necessary to Facilitate Molecular Change 87

By the "Tips of the Fingers" 88

Mental Elements Necessary to Facilitate Molecular Change 90

How to Use Our Breath When with the Horse 91

Power in Mindfulness of Breath Seen through a Scientific Lens 91

The Story of the Bubble and the Golden Ball 92

"Take Care of Your Onions" 95

chapter 5 change our consciousness to change our riding 97

Where Do We Begin? 97

Clarity of Vision Seen through a Scientific Lens 98

The "Lightness" State of Mind 99

How Observation Is an Important Element in Facilitating Molecular Change 101

The Power of Observation Seen through a Scientific Lens 102

Clarity of Intention 103

Clarity of Intention Seen through a Scientific Lens 104

The Happiness Factor 105

The Happiness Factor Seen through a Scientific Lens 106

Positive Emotions Affect Global Consciousness 108

Keys to Meeting the Challenges of the Horse 108

The Mind and Biomechanics 112

Common Pitfalls that Disrupt Oneness with the Horse 112

Enhancing the Relationship with the Horse 113

chapter 6 living in lightness 115

Improving Our Relationship with Our Equine Partner 115

"Staying Present" Seen through a Scientific Lens 116

Understanding that "Being" Is Enough 118

Finding Childlike Innocence and How It Affects Our Relationship with the Horse 119

How Our Relationship with Our Horse Affects Our Soul 119

Change Is Never Bad 123

Dealing with Expectations 124

Learning to Embrace Change 124

Limiting Our Limitations 125

The Brown Bag 128

Rejoicing in Abundance 129

an end and a beginning 131

Endnotes/References 133

Acknowledgments 139

About the Authors and Photographer 140

Index 144

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