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His Name Was Prince

As Many of you may already know, we had one of our horses pass away on November 16th 2012.  This was a vast loss to us personally, to all our staff, and clients.  Prince was very active in helping to establish the Painted Horses, LLC program. His way of working with people was inspiring to me and encouraged me to have faith in the horse human connection to the point of building a business around this connection.  In his honor I have made this slide show,  I posted it on our FB page in November and I’m adding it to the blog today.  His loss is still felt today, and in retrospect even in his passing, he continues to exemplify the healing aspects of the horse and human connection. 

Prince will be greatly missed. Words cannot describe how he brought meaning to life, how he cared for others in his horse and human herds. How he offered a safe space in a relationship for those who chose to learn about Love, trust, and fun. Every time his hooves hit the ground he was spreading his good spirit everywhere.

I remember when I met Prince. I was looking for a horse that suits my family. I first saw him in a field of cows; he came trotting to the fence with such intent to interact with us, such curiosity and engagement. He didn’t mind the 3 and 4 year old children running around him and underneath him at times. I knew this was the horse for us, and later I discovered this was the horse for many others as well. We brought Prince to the barn, and the story begins.

I would go to the barn in the mornings he would always whinnie, and I would say Loudly , “Hello my equine friends”, then give Prince a kiss, a hug and remind him, “this all is happening because of you”. Prince and I started to work together with people, providing a place and opportunity for humans to learn and grow. Prince fostered such faith in horse and human relationships that I was honored to work next to him with people of all ages. He seemed to look after people, keep them safe. He also looked after his herd, and seemed to pass his wisdom, love and kindness to the other horses. He set a peaceful tone to the herd, which was felt by all who entered the barn. Prince never missed a day of work in his life no matter how challenging or laborious the task.

Prince was many things to many people someone’s, mother, brother, sister, Nana, someone’s issue, anxiety, depression, eating disorder, control, love or happiness. He was called many names by others and I believe he responded to them all. Interestingly, his names seem to be a representation of his character….. like, Spirit, Old Faithful, Old one, Wise One, Leader, Nana, Ben, Rex, Slurpee.

I often wonder how come a good horse like this left this world. We were all working so well together helping others, and he really made this barn seem so comforting, safe, full of love and life. I was reminded that maybe he left because he knew we could manage on our own having learned from him. I’m honored to have known him, to have shared life with him, and I grieve his loss deeply. Until we meet again my friend.

Sunday Morning At The Hay Pile

Sometimes we just have to acknowledge the special moments we are given in life.  
I just can’t resist sharing these moments, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 

 

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William James

”The real voyage in self-discovery is not seeking new lands but in seeing old lands with new eyes”,   Willam James 

I wanted to post this quote  and biography as it seemed meaningful to me. As a counselor, I am often in witness to people’s journey to self-discovery. This, in part, is why Painted Horses LLC is named Painted Horses. Self-discovery comes from the therapeutic interaction between horse and human, and the painting of the horse is an external representation, or a metaphor, of this process. We all have journeys to self-discovery, and I find the writer of this quote, and his journey to self-discovery an interesting one as well.  His journey has led to self-discovery that he contemplated, cultivated, shared, and expanded upon as psychological theories that contributed to ways in which we view psychology today. I share in admiration of his journey and his willingness to share his journey of self-discovery with the world. The following is a biography written by Kendra Cherry posted on About.com psychology page which gives insight into William James, his life and journeys to self discovery which later seems to aid him in formulating psychological theories.  

William James was born into an affluent family. His father was deeply interested in philosophy and theology and strove to provide his children with a rich education.  The James children traveled to Europe frequently, attended the best possible schools, and were immersed in culture and art, which apparently paid off – William James went on to become one of the most important figures in psychology, while brother Henry James became one of the most acclaimed American novelists. 

Early in school, James expressed an interest in becoming a painter. While Henry James Sr. was known as an unusually permissive and liberal father, he wanted William to study science or philosophy. Only after William persisted in his interest did Henry permit his son to formally study painting.  After studying painting with the artist William Morris Hunt for more than a year, James abandoned his dream of being a painter and enrolled at Harvard to study chemistry. While two of James’ brothers enlisted to serve in the American Civil War, William and Henry did not due to health problems.

As the family money began to dwindle, William realized he would need to support himself and switched to Harvard Medical School. Unhappy with medicine as well, he left on an expedition with naturalist Louis Agassiz, although the experience was not a happy one. “I was, body and soul, in a more indescribably hopeless, homeless and friendless state than I ever want to be in again,” he later wrote.  Suffering from health problems and severe depression, James spent the  two years in France and Germany. It was during this time that he studied with Hermann von Helmholtz and became increasingly interested in psychology.

After graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1869, James continued to sink into depression. After a period of inactivity, the president of Harvard offered James a position as an instructor. While he famously commented that “the first lecture on psychology I ever heard being the first I ever gave,” James accepted the job and went on to teach at Harvard for the next 35 years. James also founded one of the first experimental psychology laboratories in the United States.

His classic textbook The Principles of Psychology (1890) was widely acclaimed, but some were critical of James’ personal, literary tone. “It is literature,” psychologist Wilhelm Wundt famously commented, “it is beautiful, but it is not psychology.” Two years later, James published a condensed version of the work titled Psychology: The Briefer Course. The two books were widely used by students of psychology and were known to most as “the James” and “the Jimmy” respectively.

William James – Theory:
Pragmatism  James wrote considerably on the concept of pragmatism. According to pragmatism, the truth of an idea can never be proven. James proposed we instead focus on what he called the “cash value,” or usefulness, of an idea.

Functionalism
James opposed the structuralism focus on introspection and breaking down mental events to the smallest elements. Instead, James focused on the wholeness of an event, taking into the impact of the environment on behavior.

James-Lange Theory of Emotion
The James-Lange theory of emotion proposes that an event triggers a physiological reaction, which we then interpret. According to this theory, emotions are caused by our interpretations of these physiological reactions. Both James and the Danish physiologist Carl Lange independently proposed the theory.
Influence on Psychology
In addition to his own enormous influence, many of James’ students went on to have prosperous and influential career in psychology. Some of James’ students included Mary Whiton Calkins, Edward Thorndike, G. Stanley Hall and John Dewey.

Selected Works by William James
•James, William (1890) The Principles of Psychology. Classics in the History of Psychology, an internet resource developed by Christopher D. Green of York University, Toronto, Ontario.
•James, William (1897) The Will to Believe
•James, William (1907) Pragmatism: A new name for some old ways of thinking.  New York: Longman Green and Co.

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