A unique gift. An amazing experience. I said “yes” to an invitation to explore a therapy session with Devin Combs at Beyond The Arena and came out a different person.
I hope that my sharing will give you that push you may need if you’re stuck in your life, or if you are questioning yourself or your journey.
I met Devon at a writing workshop a couple years ago and felt connected after she told our group her story. When I left the workshop I knew that I would reach out to stay in touch, she was passionate about her work and wanted to make a difference in the world. I admired the path that she was on and saw her clarity, she had no doubt about what she wanted to do.
Quite a bit of time went by after our initial connection on Facebook, and then a few months ago I had a fun reason to contact her. I was excited to call Devon to see if she would fill in for me on KCOL Fox News Radio while I was out of town, she didn’t hesitate to say yes to the radio interview with Al Malmberg and Sue Sutton.
Following her guest spot, she surprised me with an invitation to the ranch. After 3 rescheduled appointments, the weather finally permitted our coming together in Larkspur Colorado. As I was driving, I noticed I was getting a bit nervous. What was going to take place? I know she’s quite a bit younger than me and I coach people too, I should have it all figured out, right? Is this going to be weird? I promised myself to just be open to whatever was coming my way and reminded myself that every person in my life can teach me things when I’m not too proud. My choosing to be vulnerable allowed for some great break through work that I will never, ever forget.
After an initial hug, Devon introduced me to Blue, the beautiful mare that was looking a little riled at the time. Knowing that she would be assisting Devon in whatever we would be doing, I was hoping she would look a bit happier to see me. I thought, Hmmm…. what is she picking up from my vibe? (translation: what is wrong with me?) Of course, that right there, was a simple reminder that I still had work to do with love and self care…
The breeze was coming through the barn, birds were chirping everywhere, and Blue was still restless inside the arena. We sat in come chairs just a few feet away from Blue while we started talking. Although I’m not going to go into great detail, I can tell you that Devon instantly put me at ease and started her work. She knew right away that I come too much from my head and started asking about my heart. When I let the tears roll is when she gave me permission to not have the answers. Deep breathing, lots of room to just be and total trust is how the session began…
What happened next was so unforgettable. When Devon asked if I was comfortable going into the arena with Blue, I was very ready and eager to dig in. I was very relaxed and open, and also a little melancholy. I walked into the center of the arena and Devon stayed on the outside. Blue followed me there and stood in my face calm as could be with a loving presence I’ll never forget. After about 10 minutes, Devon pointed out that Blue had not moved or shifted her weight and that she could have chosen to be anywhere in that arena and she chose to be right next to me. Quite a change from when I first came into the barn and was so in my head!
The next hour was guided questions from Devin, (all pertaining to thoughts I’d shared in our initial conversation), answers from my heart, and constant confirmation from Blue. Most of it was very emotional for me, and so oddly comfortable- standing with this huge, beautiful animal who has yet to leave my side and a Gestalt therapist who I’ve only met briefly one time before. Devin would explain each time Blue expressed something with her body, it was crazy amazing, and it all made so much sense. Many tears, but in a good way.
I don’t want to give too much detail because it is a very personal experience and I hope you will go try it for yourself. All I know is that Devin’s gift of intuition, calmness, and encouragement along with the love of that horse, had me not wanting to leave that ranch. My biggest take-away: When I don’t worry about being good enough or having all the answers, I am free with others to be me, to come from my heart- I can be present. When I’m present, anything is possible
I will always be grateful for that day and am excited about what I can now use Beyond The Arena. Thank you Devon Combs, and thank you Blue…
Wishing you Presence,