The Blessing

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Come, drink from the river of Universal Knowledge.

With eyes unclouded ~ you will see

that spirits are not merely of the air,

they are woven into the fibers of the world.

With a heart unburdened ~ you will know

that Angels come in many forms.

~Kim McElroy

This painting is a Soul Essence portrait inspired by a filly named Shana. Shana offers her healing gifts along with the facilitation of her person, Nicole Birkholzer, who is an Equine Inspired Personal Coach. 


In my meditation with Shana, I entered a beautiful glen with a river surrounded by trees of fall colors.  The river spoke to me and told me that Shana receives Universal knowledge.


I asked Shana if I could know more about her own essence, and she lifted her head high up, and a form of light emerged from her throat and neck and chest as if she had metamorphosed for a moment into an angel.


Shana conveyed to me that all of Mother Nature was full of energy – horse energy and others and that everything is connected.  That the spirits of all who have ever been and gone, are still here in the fibers of the world.  That we can learn to understand that spirits are not as intangible as we believe – our limited perception of spirit is invisible and intangible, but she conveyed rather spirits are in every rock and tree and river and leaf, they are the cells and the molecules and the fiber of nature.

Nicole later shared with me that all this was so significant because many people are drawn to touch or be near Shana’s neck and chest — and that Shana will maneuver herself to intentionally put people there. 

Shana’s breeder, Barb, shared that Shana’s name was short for Justanemoshan, and later she discovered that the name Shana means “God is gracious”

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