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Issue 7 - June, 2007

It has been a long cold spring on Gateway 2 Ranch (and everywhere else as well). Chaos broke when Epona, 1 month from her due date, was diagnosed with an abscessed lung and pneumonia. We rushed her to Vancouver and were told that the chances of her survival were slim and the baby would best be aborted to enable her to breathe more easily.

In a state of shock I rallied a group of friends and healers who would, for the next few weeks, help keep my resolve firm in the face of doctors telling me that 8 - 12 weeks was the usual time needed to treat this grave illness and I couldn't even consider taking her home to have the baby as it would not survive.

Well, we of the power of positive thinking won and 2 weeks after her trip to town, Epona was home and delivering her baby 3 days later (he was over 2 weeks premature). As you can see from the pictures they are both well and happy! The "secret" being to concentrate on what you want and not on what you don't want.
My friend Loesje who helped considerably with the healing (and is soon to be the star of a television series entitled "Into the Mystic") explained that the birthing by Epona of Paschar was mirroring the difficult and complicated birth of the book and as expected, they both cleared and were birthed the same week.

When I heard that the book had finally arrived I knew Epona and her baby would be fine. Paschar is named after the angel of vision who guards the veil between our world and the heavens, between consciousness and unconsciousness and between awareness and illusion. "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the naked eye." - Antoine de Saint Exupery

Having dealt illusion a strong blow we went on past clear vision to deal with "Divine plan" and named Magic's baby, who was born a week later, Micah (pronounced Meek-a) the angel of Divine Plan who watches over spiritual evolution, seeking every opportunity to reveal God's Divine Plan and the next steps of our Life purpose. My life purpose as of late seems to be birthing books as I now have book 2 "The Truth According to Horses" press ready and am now onto bringing book 3 "Unbridled: What Animals Teach us about Spiritual Freedom" to the same stage. I will however need to sell a few more copies of "One with the Herd" before they go past that point.

I am very excited about the reviews and interest in Herd. We've had some great press and there is a growing list of radio and television shows scheduled. Lisa Ross-Williams, host of the "If your Horse could talk show" and senior editor of "Equine Wellness Magazine" wants to schedule an interview. Her comments were that "One with the Herd" was "…one of the best horse books I have ever read"!

July 27th, 28th & 29th P.A.A.L.H. (Pacific Association of the Andalusian and Lusitano Horse) will be having their annual show at Heritage Park in Chilliwack B.C. and we will be there as a gold sponsor showing and selling the book. The book can also be ordered through our website

From The Herd:
"Instinct is a quality associated with animals which people refer to when they wonder at our ability to somehow know what to do or where to go in any situation. They marvel as flocks of birds unerringly travel thousands of miles back to the same place each year, as mothers' birth and guide their babies to the udder, teaching them to follow a nudge or a nicker. Instinct is no different from the human quality of intuition. The difference is that animals are fluent in the skill and people only occasionally use this inherent ability. It is simply the gift of connecting to and following the nudge or the nicker of the all-knowing force that births us all. When we clearly see and follow that vision, then the Divine plan can unfold in myriad diversity, unerringly perfect in every way."

"Our birth is but a sleep and forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life's star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar; Not in entire forgetfulness, and not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home." - William Wordsworth, Ode: Imitations of Immortality.

Special thanks to my team who helped me in trailing clouds of glory and rekindling the memory of our truth as unlimited immortals. Mardi, Alex, Bette Lynn, Loesje, Kathy, Darlene, Leslie, and did I say Mardi?

Blessings to All,

- Liz and The Herd

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Liz Mitten Ryan