♔ Kjrsos Field of Study ~ Awareness


Two Types of Awakening

You can never know how, where and when someone is going to have the awakening experience or whether someone will ever be awakened or not.

Many spiritual teachings say that awakening is a process that happens through various different lifetimes. But we can say one thing with surety – There are two ways in which a person can get the glimpses of the highest Truth.

Michael Beckwith explained these two states in that interview as something similar to this: –

Satori – It is a sudden awakening experience where the person becomes aware of the truth and sees everything “as it is” without any filtering of the information. This is a profound liberating experience that immediately shifts the perception of a person and gives him the access to the ultimate truth.

Kensho – Even though we can say that these two experiences are just two different paths leading to the same destination, Kensho is a process through which we all are evolving spiritually. It is a gradual process where a person keeps learning from his experiences and receives various insights that slowly pushes him towards the state of enlightenment. It is like a marathon where you learn from mistakes, sufferings and pain, and thus become better than before.

So from the above talk, we can infer that enlightenment can happen in two ways, one is through pain and the other is through insight.

It is not necessary that a person will be able to stay in that state forever; these are just experiences that can lead to enlightenment or give a glimpse of what it means to be awakened.

I have been blessed.

I have been blessed with a broken body.

Once I was so healthy, so strong. As a child, I would walk for miles in the woods almost every day, finding a peace that I can't explain. As a teenager, I would bike to the tennis courts just to play at 6 o'clock in the morning before going to school. As a young adult, I would clean stalls for hours every day in the winter, dig fence posts into the ground in the blazing sun in the summer and in between the chores and teaching, find time to ride myself.

Then one morning, I woke up, and my neck was stiff, and my one arm was numb. I just assumed I slept wrong.

When I began my training career I knew that I could not count on having just one way that would work with every single horse that I came across.  After all it only made sense that the same way not everyone learns exactly the same way and that it was important to be flexible to be willing to try different things to enhance the communication between me and the horse or dog that I was working with.  I tried to make sure that I had 5 different ways, especially when working with a difficult horse on how to teach something new.  

A few years passed and I began to run into that one horse that would defy a technique or concept.  That one horse that just got more and more tense with something that had worked with every other horse.  The concept of free lunging, for example, was mine long before I ever heard of any other trainer using it or claiming it for his own to trademark and write books on.  I am sure that is true for many other horsemen and women.  It was powerful the ability to use your body to take control of a horse, to train him without touching him.  Of course, it worked as written about for the horse that wanted to spook that didn't want to come close that had a distrust or even a fear of humans.  It came in incredibly handy for two Arabians whose first terrifying experience of humans had been to be roped, dragged into a stock trailer and then driven for hours and delivered at the other end in the black night to a place that they didn't know.  They were terrified for a long, long time after that.  Even after being handled, trying to catch them in their corral was problematic as all that distrust rippled to the surface.  

More years passed and an ultra-sensitive Kentucky bred thoroughbred hyperventilated though when first introduced to this concept.  Well handled for years, no bad experiences that I know of, even used in lessons for the students, his reaction was mind-boggling. No amount of patience turned the tide, he only became more and more excitable and thus more dangerous, as he reacted without thinking, without any forethought, his reactions fueled by some inner demon.  I didn't understand, but I understood that this was never going to work for him. 

More years passed and I came to understand that it those individuals who are the most reactive, the most sensitive that were the most obvious of teachers.  There was no mistaking the lesson with them.  

Then one day I realized that the one horse that reacted when others didn't made me raise my sensitivity and look at the horses that had seemed okay with that particular training method of the day, only to discover with a more in-depth evaluation that they really were not okay with it either.  Things that we accept could have an effect on even the most placid of horses, but we just weren't looking for it and we miss it.  I had missed it.

With this realization, I looked at these two belief systems side by side.  The idea that not all things worked for all horses and the idea that the one horse that reacted differently could raise my awareness that other horses more than likely felt the same but just didn't show it in the same way - to the same degree.  Have many ways to teach, so that you always had an alternative way to present a concept when it seemed you were not getting through and how things could not work for that one horse, but that most sensitive of horses were showing you not just that it didn't work for them but it didn't really work for most horses if we were only sensitive enough to see it.  Two concepts that when you merged it into one, that if you accepted the premise that one ultra-reactive horse could raise your awareness of how this one thing affected not just that one horse but all horses that maybe, just maybe, when you have to have different ways to teach one thing because it didn't work with all horses, that maybe at some level they were all flawed.  That it should work for all horses.  That something was missing.  That the horses it didn't work for were just showing you, that their lack of understanding or lack of cooperation meant you still had work to do, whether it was a necessary small adjustment, or to look for yet another alternative that if something isn't working for one horse, it probably at some level was flawed and didn't give you the complete right answer with other horses.  That sometimes the success with the other horses gave you an approximation of what you were going for, but if you found the exact right way to teach this one thing that it could raise everything to a whole new level.

This new idea, this merging of these two concepts leave me with a lot of work ahead.  To once again question, evaluate everything I thought I knew and see if I could do better. 


The horses were not comfortable...if this shows you that it bothers them it also shows them that the method isn't working that they don't understand it.

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This is about learning to live in the now.  The Kjrsos principle that this is where the horse's live, and if we don't live, exist in the same place and in the same time, our communication will always be garbled.