Horses and the Mystical Path: The Celtic Way of Expanding the Human Soul [NOOK Book]

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On a trip to Scotland, the psychotherapist family team of Adele, Deborah, and Thomas McCormick - pioneers in the psychotherapeutic use of horses - discovered that early Celtic mysticism held important insights into an equestrian-partnered spirituality. The McCormicks show how to integrate this spirituality with psychology, forming a new, powerful form of healing. Horses and the Mystical Path recounts their memorable journey and the lessons they learned from their amazing equine ...
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Horses and the Mystical Path: The Celtic Way of Expanding the Human Soul

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Overview

On a trip to Scotland, the psychotherapist family team of Adele, Deborah, and Thomas McCormick - pioneers in the psychotherapeutic use of horses - discovered that early Celtic mysticism held important insights into an equestrian-partnered spirituality. The McCormicks show how to integrate this spirituality with psychology, forming a new, powerful form of healing. Horses and the Mystical Path recounts their memorable journey and the lessons they learned from their amazing equine guides.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577317395
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 9/24/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 667,006
  • File size: 304 KB

Meet the Author

With her collaborators Marlena Deborah McCormick and Thomas E. McCormick, Adele von Rüst McCormick, PhD, has designed and run a series of unique and innovative programs using horses to help people with mental illness, criminals, and individuals with drug and alcohol addiction. She is a codirector of the Institute for Conscious Awareness and cofounder of the Three Eagles Equine Experience in San Antonio, Texas, which offers courses and retreats using ancient principles and practices of kinship with horses to develop human spirituality and intuition. She is coauthor of the book Horse Sense and the Human Heart: What Horses Can Teach Us about Trust, Bonding, Creativity, and Spirituality.

A psychotherapist for over forty years, Adele von Rüst McCormick has also been founder of several treatment residences for psychotic adults and adolescents. She has been a consultant to Stanford Hospital, Belmont Hills Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, Agnews State Hospital, and the U.S. government, along with a variety of other organizations, over the last forty years.

Visit the McCormicks on the Web at therapyhorsesandhealing.com.

With his collaborators Adele von Rüst McCormick and Marlena Deborah McCormick, Thomas E. McCormick designed and ran a series of unique and innovative programs using horses to help people with mental illness, criminals, and individuals with drug and alcohol addiction. He was a codirector of the Institute for Conscious Awareness and cofounder of the Three Eagles Equine Experience in San Antonio, Texas, which offers courses and retreats using ancient principles and practices of kinship with horses to develop human spirituality and intuition.

Dr. McCormick began his medical career in general practice and through this experience became even more intrigued by the mind/body connection, which eventually led to a residency in psychiatry and four decades in private psychiatric practice. He did cutting-edge training in psychiatric emergency medicine at San Francisco General, a hospital serving the violent and indigent. He also taught at the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Madrid; and the University of Seville.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    Explore the unique relationship between horses and humans

    Imagine a politically torn nation in which a rancher must rescue his beloved horses from the threat of approaching war. As he and his family prepare to flee in their trucks, he speaks heart-to-heart with his twenty-five year old stallion, begging the animal to follow the vehicles. The stallion goes to the herd, appears to communicate with its members, and they all seem to understand the dire situation. For three days they run, with little food or water, following the trucks. The trek is arduous, crossing high mountains to reach refuge in another country. They all arrive safely. With his task completed, the ageing stallion modestly accepts praise from the rancher, lies down and dies. This story of communication between horse and human is true, and along with many others, forms the heart of the book, Horses and the Mystical Path. These stories come from the authors' many years of developing and operating programs that combine psychotherapy with the healing power of horses to help emotionally disturbed people. The unique relationship between horses and humans goes back many thousands of years. The authors came to understand this relationship as a divine-like connection and found explanations in a number of spiritual traditions. Most significantly, they discovered ancient Celtic tradition highly revered this connection. In the book, the authors outline the history of Celtic horsemanship, then explore mysticism at length, drawing from the era of the early Celtic church's so-called 'golden age of saints' (ca. 5th - 9th cent. C.E.). While they do touch on the much longer history of the Celts' spiritual tradition, they curiously do not explore its pre-Christian animist beliefs that heavily influenced the early Celtic church and saints, or mention its divine horsewoman, Epona. Without a doubt, though, the stories of the horses are the best part of this book. They demonstrate the profound depth horses can reach in their relationships with humans, both in the conscious, daily world and in the unconscious, mysterious world of the soul. Many of the stories will bring tears to the reader's eyes. With inspiration and wisdom, Horses and the Mystical Path shows how these animals can teach the human to turn away from the cocoon-like self and find a greater perspective of the world all around.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Bought this book have receiving a very powerful dream with wild

    Bought this book have receiving a very powerful dream with wild horses. Wasn't sure what to expect from this book and it starts out a little slow. However, it is an excellent book! Well written with lots of information but more importantly filled with humility, integrity and heart! Would definitely recommend!!!

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