I have always loved Horses
My name is Jan, and I have been healing horses for as long as I can remember. I became hooked on horses from my first meeting with a donkey, face to face on a beach in Rhyl, Wales when I was two years old. From that point on, I was obsessed. Being with horses filled me with light, the responses they gave me lifted my heart and filled me with a feeling of love. As a teenager, I began to build relationships with the ponies that I rode for other people. Some of these relationships were extraordinary, but I didn’t know back then that it wasn’t like that for everyone.
As I grew older, people began to notice that horses reacted differently to me. I was able to calm a restless horse and when riding a problematic horse, the problems seemed to disappear. I felt at one with the horse in a way that I did not feel with people my age, my parents or indeed anyone. Horses consumed my thoughts and I craved to be with them.
It’s one heck of a long story, but I will cut to the chase. In 1995 I had a breakdown. I had been a sales representative for 14 years, travelling the country and, for most of it, I had been successful and had enjoyed it. But, after one company would not allow me to miss a meeting after my elderly dog had a stroke, I began to look inwards. Was this really what I wanted? No, it wasn’t, I wanted to be able to care for my animals in their time of need. Shortly afterwards, my dog died and I imploded. It was the worst thing, but ultimately the best thing, that had ever happened to me.
I was off sick for a while and retrained as a dog groomer. After 3 months, I left work to start a full time grooming business. I quickly gained a reputation for being good with difficult dogs. I love dogs, but I realise now that I was always touching them so always sharing healing energy, even though, back then, I had no idea what healing was!
Around five years later, I was guided to animal healing by a psychic who gave me a reading. She told me I was a natural healer. It was a special time in my life where everything became more interesting. I was then steered to a workshop for animal healing where I was also informed that I was psychic! Never having been in this realm before, it was all a bit overwhelming, but I went along with it because it felt right. I was then guided to Reiki which helped me to understand and better channel my healing. Within a year, I trained as a master teacher but lost my way a little after my 5 year old pony died from sudden death syndrome in 2003.
As spirit do, they steered me to Shamanic Healing which I totally loved. It felt more real to me to connect to the earth, the sky and the seasons because I loved nature and all of her gifts. Shamanic Healing soothed my soul at a time when I wanted to scream at the heavens in frustration, for my loss of my wonderful pony. I also trained in Quantum Touch healing. The three combined healing modalities – Reiki, Shamanic Healing and Quantum Touch – gave me a wide range of tools to work with the horses and with quite spectacular results.
I developed as an animal communicator but grew tired of the expectation of others and their reluctance to comply with their horses needs and/or requests. For many years, I traveled across the country to visit horses for healing and communication. For a couple of years, I offered Healing Horses workshops, working from a wonderful yard that rescued and rehabilitated troubled horses. This was a truly special time in my life and where I learned what spectacular healers horses are as they so often gave solace to the students that worked with them. Sadly, the venue closed and I have not yet found a place that feels emotionally or spiritually safe to offer workshops again. I miss working with horses like this, it was so special and we helped so many to let go of their past.
I got a little lost over the last seven years or so. I trained as a Life Coach, Stress Management Consultant and Meditation Teacher, then offered relaxation sessions to stressed out companies. I enjoyed this for a while, but found it frustrating that my sessions seemed to be a token offering by most companies, a mere plaster over the major problems in the workplace. I saw a lot of bullying and pressure on employees which I didn’t enjoy being around.
All of my life, I have been a writer and, along the way, I have written and developed a range of holistic courses provided by distant learning. Courses are available in the following subjects:-
- Reiki for Horses
- Meditation Teacher
- Shamanic Practitioner
- Animal Communication
These courses can be found at www.janbarley.co.uk
I put my heart and soul into these courses, because I want students to experience the pleasure of discovering hidden gifts within themselves and making the incredible connection with the horses that I have truly treasured. I have many wonderful testimonials for these courses and yeah I forget to document them, but hopefully with my new site now, I will be a bit better at doing that! In fairness, I trust that spirit sends the right people to me rather than marketing the heck out of these courses, because that is far more important to me.
After a major epiphany in March 2017, I find that I have been bought back to my original place as a writer. I have reams of writing that I have never released on the world, and this is my job now. Spirit is slowly bringing me back from a moderately dissatisfying left brain existence for the last seven years and is now steering me back to my holistic path, opening up my psychic skills again and bringing horses back into my view. I am so very happy about that!
I truly believe that we all have a purpose in life. I have spent the best part of my adult life chasing my purpose when, actually, for a time, I WAS in the right place! I just didn’t know it. That said, I also believe that we do need to drop off the path every now and then, so as to gain important life skills and develop a deeper connection to what is important. There is no doubt about it, the problems, difficulties and the stresses of the last seven years have helped me to develop depth and empathy as a person. You come to realise what really matters to you and you ultimately learn how to let go of the things that do not matter in the grand scheme of your life.
I truly hope that you and I make a connection at some point, maybe through the horses, books, courses or CD’s. My job now is to help others to discover the things that I have found, that make for a fulfilling and peaceful life. Your path will probably not be the same as mine, and that’s okay because it is all about what is right for you.
Healing Horses ……