Carl Jung, was a pioneer in psychotherapy. He worked with myths and symbols, and the relevance of dreams as being a window into the unconscious mind.
Well, a funny thing happened yesterday. I was in the garden, watching a squirrel with a hazelnut in his mouth, perched on the fence. He seemed to be contemplating a good place to hide his find. He froze, motionless as he noticed me. I stood very still, and became aware that my heart was really racing. ‘Funny,’ I thought- ‘I have just walked up the steps, but I can’t be that unfit!’
As I looked at the squirrel, I noticed that his little chest was quivering. I had a strange sensation that I was sensing his heartbeat fluttering in my own heart. I calmed myself by slowly and consciously breathing. As I felt my heart beat return to normal, the squirrel twitched his nose, and lofted a front paw. He stayed put, but no longer seemed to be afraid. This was a very precious moment of connection with such a pretty creature until he was frightened away by a passing dog walker. I see him each morning, busy in the garden, so hopefully we can meet up again.
A friend of mine had a new horse. His stable was in an old farm building, and since he had arrived, he always stood at the back of the box, and avoided the middle of the bed.
The evening I visited, he showed early signs of colic, and was very quiet and subdued, with no movement in his guts. The vet was called, and he relaxed after a while, and back to eating his hay.