The Sixth Sense: We all have it -- humans, horses, all animals. Every species is born with it and there’s no difference between an animal’s sixth sense and human “intuition.” The difference is animals are much more trusting of their sixth sense than most humans are.
Equine intuition is particularly potent. Horses are dialed into their sixth sense because, as herd animals, their very survival depends upon it. Known for their uncanny ability to ignite psychic awareness in humans, horses have a powerful way of reminding us to follow our hearts and trust our intuition.
I believe that horses are one of our most powerful teachers. It is my experience as an Artist and Animal Communicator who has talked with many, many horses that they are here to help us remember our inner qualities of power, kindness and peace. Horses have graced us with their strength, loyalty and wisdom for eons. Some say that the horse domesticated the human, not the other way around. Could it be that horses have brought us into their inner circle of intuitive grace and power to teach us how to be better stewards of the planet?
Perhaps it is because of the incredible sacrifices that horses have given to the human race that we are so curious to get to know them. Or perhaps it is because they have so humbly allowed us to use them for our own advancement that they continue to invoke in us a sense of awe and wonder. We continue to be drawn to them as they continue to allow us into their mystical, natural world. They give us their unconditional love, their loyalty and their ever-present wildness. We are forever drawn to their essence and on some level, we yearn for their inherent connection to all things divine.
I believe horses are here to help us listen with our hearts; to be reminded of the power of love; to live our lives with the same grace, simplicity and beauty that have helped The Equine Spirit survive for centuries.
As the proud and happy partner to my beloved Quarter Horse Romeo, I have a special place in my heart for painting horses. Using photos I have captured myself or those provided to me by the owner, I begin by asking each horse what I can do to help paint their message. With reverence and respect, I ask them to talk to me about their essence, their heart, their feelings and what it is they want to say with their portrait. Then, as a self-taught artist, I use my instincts to help guide me through the entire process.
I have countless conversations with the horses while I paint their portraits. I am always inspired by the joyful, wise and sometimes humorous things they have to say.
As we now understand from the relatively enlightened way of looking at science known as quantum physics, everything is ENERGY. We are all just energy organizing itself into various forms. There is no real difference for example, between the basic energy of thought and the energy of a paintbrush. Therefore, when I am creating a painting, the energy of the conversations I am having with the animal whose portrait I am creating travels from my mind, down my arm, into the paint brush and onto the canvas. It sounds too simple to be true, but it is! When creating paintings of horses, I have found that this energy transfer can be especially profound. There are times when I can actually feel the pulse of energy as it travels through my body. Like liquid warmth, I have come to know this equine energy as almost saint-like, so very comforting, familiar and soulful.
As an Artist and Animal Intuitive who paints exclusively animals, it is my mission to be an ambassador for animals; to portray their inspiring and uplifting messages through my “Talking Art”. Having talked to animals my whole life, I’ve spent the last 20+ years painting their portraits. My hope is that these paintings inspire awareness, compassion and harmony among humans as well as happiness and dignity for all animals.
Debra Saum is an Animal Intuitive and nationally recognized, self-taught artist who lives in Southern California. Her “Talking Art” has been featured on many television and radio shows as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers. As well as creating one-of-a-kind Animal Portraits, Debra regularly donates her art to Animal Organizations and projects that help promote compassion and kindness to all species. Look for her book "Horse As Teacher" (to be released in October, 2009), in which she co-authored a collection of true stories about horses and their unique abilities to transform relationships.