Hello and Welcome to my imaginary meadow!
I'm Anna Maria - a.k.a. Mia - owner of Greene Words. I help you express your vision and authentic self.
If you're writing a book, a paper, poem, play, website bio - really, anything to do with words - I can assist you.
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Horses are incredibly intelligent, emotional, intuitive souls. They have the ability to awaken our hearts' center and mirror back to us our true selves. It's no wonder these beautiful creatures have such a central place in world mythologies. Our ancestors knew these truths about horses but we have lost the connection to Nature and to the creative spiritual energy she embodies. In my Wildhorse Workshop Series I draw upon all nature for inspiration, but I like to kick things off with the horse spirit, using related metaphors, imagery and other techniques to design workshops that ignite the imagination and help free your own creativity.
There are seven horses here, each with a unique personality and character that can represent human behaviour, expression, dreams, desires and fears. I encourage you to follow the ones you feel drawn to, and think about why that might be. You may find yourself writing down creative ideas immediately, or simply feeling that your energy has shifted and a secret world has opened up to you.
Whatever happens, I guarantee it will be magical. Remember - when you connect with these horses, imagine that you are meeting them as real living breathing beings. Think about how you want to introduce yourself. Envision the meadow in your favorite season; give it flowers, trees, wind, rain, sun, moon, snow - whatever feels natural. If the mood strikes you, sketch or write what you see. Or just stay in the dreamland and play. There's no right way to do this. It's your journey, your imagination - and your dream. All I ask is that you honour the creative process and the spirit of the horses. These creatures will help you overcome what may be limiting your vision or causing writer's block - if you'll only play along and let them in. So Go Wildhorse - and let the adventure begin!
SECRET: If you chose this quiet beauty you may be drawn to mystery and intrigue. Perhaps you are a mystery writer or desire to be one.
Maybe you have a secret to pen down but something is preventing you from delving into it. Or perhaps you've struggled with shyness and would like to change that. Regardless of what you're feeling and thinking, I suggest you imagine meeting this horse and getting to know him (or her). As with the meadow, you can conjure up the color of the horse, his (or her) age, gender, health, markings. Is she clever, serious, independent? Is she sad or frightened? Did something happen to make her withdraw - or is she just naturally introverted? You don't have to write Secret's story, but you can if you wish. It's your dream. So just throw open the barn door and let your imagination run wild.
FIRELIGHT: Warm, passionate, wildly energetic, witty, enchanting - and rather feisty. These are some of the words that came to me as I envisioned my Firelight coming to life. I've imagined also how he gets on with others. When I met Firelight, I fancied he got a little scrappy with me. It started a love affair I'll never forget. You'll probably get along with him swimmingly though, because he's a charmer. I'll tell you this much. My Firelight thrives on stirring things up. So if you imagine him this way too, be prepared to be challenged and snorted at before he wins your heart. This one will light up every cell of your body. Watch him prance through the flames of your imagination.
HORIZON: I called this mare Horizon because she's looking in a different direction from all the others. She reminds me of the early explorers who dared to go beyond the dream and sail off into the unkown. Why did you choose Horizon? Were you wondering why she is looking the other way - and at what? Did she spark your curiosity enough to want to imagine what she might be seeing? How do you envision meeting Horizon? Is she far away? Will you need help from another horse to reach her? Maybe you'll walk through the meadow. If so, what do you see along the way? What happens? As you approach Horizon, what are you feeling? Excited? Fearful? Anxious? What does Horizon represent to you? Will you go off with her and leave your old life behind? Will she help you write your new book or finish the one sitting on your shelf? Connect with this rare creature and you'll be inspired to see life and your own world through the eyes of a visionary.
LIGHTNING: Well, the name - and the mane - says it all. This is a horse you don't mess with. He's decisive. He faces life head-on. He's the straightshooter type. If things don't feel right to him, he's gone in a flash. But that's my take on him. What do you like about Lightning? What's his - or her - story? Does he remind you of anyone (he definitely reminds me of someone!). I'm not quite ready to meet Lightning yet. What about you? Are you going to have a conversation with him? I'd love to hear how that would play out.
WHITEWINGS: I think of White Wings as an angel - a gentle guide who is able to see right through into my soul. She knows the best way to show me what I need to do to be a better person (which for me also means being a better writer). How about you? What drew you to White Wings? Do you want to go up to her and stroke her beautiful white mane or would you just like to sit next to her in the meadow? Listen to your inner voice. What is it telling you?
VALLEY GIRL: No - she isn't the Valley girl of L.A. who says "like" every three seconds. This wee filly lives in an imaginary valley - at least in my imagination she does! Notice she's in a nook of earth, possibly getting ready to curl up and dream. I sense she's a little shy and hesitant and likes to hide in cozy hidden spots, such as a valley might provide. Valleys call up all sorts of imagery, from that of literature (The Valley of Ashes in the Great Gatsby, for one), to real-life valleys, which have several names depending on how and where they are formed: dales, vales, dells, glens and hallows are likely words you're familiar with that mean some type of valley. Apparently there is such a thing as a hanging valley! I'm including a pic of one, with a most comely view of Bridal Veil Falls in Yosmite National Park. What fears, doubts or desires does Valley Girl bring up for you? What goddess does she unlock?
STORMCLOUD: If I had to pick a phrase to describe Storm Cloud, it would be "practical dreamer". My Storm Cloud is deeply intuitive, more than most of her friends. She loves the moon and stars especially but she also knows the life-giving power of rain. What do you think she is feeling, as she stands there? Try to enter her world, empathize with her. She's such a sweetheart. We all have sweetness within us. Sometimes we just need a little cloudbursting to bring it out. What do you feel about Storm Cloud? Who does she remind you of? What does she represent to you? If you have a little faith in her, she will help you write the brilliant story of your soul.