ngela dunning, poetry, writing, personal growth, self improvement, soul, growth, truth, highly sensitive, empath

I was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and grew up in the neighbouring town of Telford. I have also lived in West and South Yorkshire, and more recently Hampshire too. I now live in the beautiful, peaceful county of Herefordshire, England, very close to the Welsh border and it is an area I love very much.

As a highly sensitive person, empath and intuitive visionary; with a deep innate connection to the natural world and animals, especially horses, I have always really struggled to fit into a conventional family, community, job and lifestyle. As a result, in my mid-thirties I hit a crisis point. My Soul had had enough of a mundane, depression and anxiety-filled, safe and limited life, with untapped potential lying dormant deep asleep inside. Having lived a pretty soul-less existence up to this point, part of me was dying inside and her body and mind were struggling to endure this pain; both giving out symptoms that forced me to stop and take stock of my life. I had hit an early mid-life crisis where everything had to change, and instead, I turned my attention within to my neglected and unhappy parts of myself, languishing inside.

It was at this point that I began to find out who I really was, why I had always struggled so and what really mattered to me the most in order to redirect my life.

Within this searching I have been reclaiming my highly attuned abilities of intuition, deep sensitivity, emotional wisdom, empathy, compassion and ancient wisdom. Following my lifelong love of horses took me on the path of partnering with horses to bring about deep and lasting change in myself and others, through the power of equine facilitated learning and healing. At the same time, I also reconnected to her spiritual-self and discovered my Shamanic roots; a deep wisdom and knowing from many lifetimes before began to reveal itself.

A recent return to writing which I loved to do as a child, also began to happen and my writing now forms a daily and vital part of my self re-discovery and soul-reclamation work. I write honestly from the heart as I moves inch by inch through my growth process in the attempt to make external that which is moving from within and to also inspire others going through similar challenges.

I am now learning to embrace my creativity and to connect to this part of myself in a more permanent and committed way, to become the writer I would love to be.

My work is inspired most of all by the natural world around and within me. Animals, wildlife, birds, beautiful landscapes, the sea, hills and mountains, streams, rivers and rugged terrain all feed my body and soul. As well as soul-searching through continual self-exploration; through relationship with both people and animals, particularly horses, and through in-depth exploration of psycho-spiritual work including dream-work through Jungian and Shamanic approaches.

My interest in returning The Feminine to my awareness and experience also forms part of my Soul’s calling. I seek to redress the imbalance in both myself and the world caused by centuries of Patriarchy which makes men and women suffer unduly, and which is presently at risk of destroying Mother Earth herself.

I am currently studying Jungian Psychology with a view to becoming a Jungian Analyst in the future. Jung himself and Marion Woodman have been my main inspirations and guides in the past decade.

My other main sources of inspiration and wisdom are John O’Donohue; Mary Oliver; Keats; The Bronte Sisters; T.S. Elliot; Sylvia Plath; Arthur Miller; John Steinbeck to name a few.

In addition to my poetry and writings on this Blog, I write a regular, monthly article for The Eden Magazine, under the theme of: Reclaiming Your True-Self. As well as writing regular posts on Facebook on themes of personal and spiritual growth; the return of The Feminine; healing and being a writer.

My Facebook Pages are: Returning Home; The Horses Truth with Angela Dunning; Returning the Feminine, and Angela Dunning Author.

My main website is: www.thehorsestruth.co.uk