A conversation with Buddy about his life in Atlantis, and the origins of horse racing.
Buddy On Atlantis

"My relationship with humans as a horse was based on total freedom. Humans worshiped the spiritedness of horses and never wanted to de-spiritualize (denature) them as they do today."

Buddy

Animal Insights
A Pacific Northwest Animal Communication Newsletter
Fall 2004
(Excerpted from the book Spirit of the Horse)
Stories from the Field -

Buddy on Atlantis

A couple of summers ago, while working on the book I have been writing with Buddy and Ellie for almost ten years now, Buddy announced that "he was from Atlantis." At that time, I felt I needed more of a background on this subject since I knew very little about Atlantis.

Now, after reading numerous books on the subject and after pouring over hundreds of websites on the Internet, I have decided to take up this conversation about Atlantis with Buddy once again. He also mentioned then that the earliest horse races had started in Atlantis. So, that is where we began.

July 15, 2004

Carole: Buddy, Can you tell me more about your life in Atlantis and how Horseracing got started there?

Buddy: Yes, my soul group was stationed there for many years.

Carole: Can you tell me something about what it was like? Were you a horse then too?

Buddy: I was with several species then. We could shape ourselves at will. I was human, I was wind, I was horse, I was mountain and I was bird. I could shape-shift into any and all of these all the time. I was one with these beings in knowledge to create joy for All.

Carole: That sounds really interesting, Tell me how does that feel? What was it like to live in Atlantis and be horse, human, wind, mountain and bird? How can one be so many things simultaneously?

Buddy: Being part human as a horse was easy. To walk on two legs and be upright. It is a thrill for those of us whose spines are normally vertical to the ground. The energy surges up the spine and it takes effort to sustain this posture. When stallions go to battle they are often seen posturing for supremacy in this way.

Carole: Does this upright posture lend supremacy to humans then?

Buddy: No, only to four-leggeds. Because four-leggeds could not survive on two legs. They realized there was power using their front legs for warring and for balancing while on two. It stretches the capabilities of the four-legged creatures.

Carole: Also, stallions in the wild are in this upright posture for breeding. Is that why?

Buddy: It has much to do with it.

Carole: So how does it feel being part human as a horse on two legs in the wind?

Buddy: On the wind was freeing. I felt free on two legs with flight like a bird over a mountain.

Carole: So, all those things came together for you in the moment?

Buddy: Yes, and we shared those moments with each other, the wind, the bird, the horse, the human and the mountain. Many felt this combination was a good one. You may have seen us in your picture books. We appear to be humans on horseback under the sky on a wide open mountain range. That is what we call shape-shifting.

Carole: Oh, I see. When you put it that way I see that the whole is greater than its parts, so to speak.

Buddy: Now, you're catching on.

Carole: Wow, that's interesting. Buddy. Thanks for sharing this with me. Now, tell me more about your relationship with actual humans as a horse?

Buddy: My relationship with humans as a horse was based on total freedom. Humans worshiped the spiritedness of horses and never wanted to de-spiritualize (denature) them as they do today. The more freedom horses had the better off we were. They revered us for our flight, our speed and our unsurpassed joy in running.

Horse racing began in Atlantis, where horses and humans were first brought into the awareness of the bond you call domestication. It began as a riderless race. Horses were asked to race against each other by human counterparts. We had complete respect between species then. The horses were never "tamed," and humans never tried to capture horses. So we agreed to perform at a distance.

Carole: Tell me about the races? What did they entail?

Buddy: We were given a time period. A day, a week, a month, in which we were told to travel, often through water and over mountains. We were running out of sheer pleasure and joy. The horse who made it to the final destination first became a herd leader, and if a stallion, he would get to take several mares and the younger males with him to start his own herd.

Carole: It was a Rite of Passage for Horses?

Buddy: Yes, and more. The humans already knew this behavior was inherent in the horse so we naturally performed these races. Like human families who grow and start their own families, we too migrated over many miles always on the alert for what the environment had to teach us. We "raced" for many centuries and people watched us and named us and counted us and speculated on us, thinking which of us would come in ahead of the herd, like you do today. Only we were free and we entered into this race/relationship with humans by choice, from our mutual honor, respect and because there seemed to be a higher purpose involved, something that we did not know much about completely. But, we sensed that it was an important bond, important to the higher ideals of both horses and humans. And that is how we became acquainted with humans. We have a highly developed horse/human culture in the world . It is very strong and I am very proud of our accomplishments together. 

Some horses do not fully enjoy this development though, and have become enslaved to humans. This is not the honored position we would take if we could. This is the dark side of this development. Those who wanted only to race for their own sense of freedom were self-serving and never understood the higher plan in place, the larger plan. Just as you are writing this today and have become encouraged about making film. You must be given a carrot to keep you motivated. The film will come when the book is revealed and leaving your aura. Right now, you need to finish the book first. You cannot jump over such a wide gap without falling down. You need to fill in many spaces, and tie together many thoughts. When this is finished, you will naturally evolve into your next project.

Carole: Thank you Buddy, I know many readers can appreciate your timeless wisdom.

Buddy: Let's try a shape shifting exercise for you so that you can experience the joy of other elements and species. Go ahead and listen to your heart. What different shapes would you be if you could.

Carole: Okay, a dolphin, an elf and a sunbeam.

Buddy: Try one more.

Carole: I like being a human, so part human with a human body, and part fairy with fairy-like wings, like a dragonfly. So, human, fairy and dragonfly.

Buddy: Many beings still enjoy this technique. It is freeing and fun. All beings have shape-shifted at will since before time.

Carole: Can you then say that this debunks our human superstition that only werewolves and vampires can shape shift?

Buddy: Yes, that is the purpose of this lesson. To remove fear and open your mind to divine love.

Carole: You never cease to amaze me Buddy. Thank you. I know in ancient times that warriors called upon the powers of their totem animals and hunting played a significant role in training warriors from early times onward into chivalric mediaeval times. Hunters had to blend into the background, use skillful camouflage, know the habits of animals, and be in harmony with the environment. These skills seem similar to those of the shapeshifter, unwavering concentration with attention to detail, single-mindedness purpose and a quest for the truth, and the courage to pursue the quarry, while realizing who or what the quarry was.

Buddy: Ask the dogs what they have to say about shape shifting, and the cats, and the rabbits, and the birds. . .

Carole: Okay. I will have to get back to you on this one.

TO BE CONTINUED. . .