How A Mother’s Grief Becomes Belief

Helen Brennand’s heart was utterly shattered. The break was from the loss of her beloved child. The rip so deep there was doubt about it ever being mended again…until the smallest of her horses felt her enormous pain.

Helen’s story is a story of love and development which is also possible on a grand scale when mass-consciousness is directed together for one purpose.

It was through the collaborative equine-herd-collective-consciousness, universal-oneness, and the connection to unconditional love that her grief was turned into belief. From Helen’s grief came a belief in healing based on the experienced collaboration of hearts, many hearts, some human, some not. Helen’s story is a story of love and development which is also possible on a grand scale when mass-consciousness is directed together for one purpose. Her story which she shares with us in the YouTube Video posted at the bottom of the article is a powerful message to society and was borne from the author’s awakening through her connection to a herd of horses.

She experienced a series of realizations and truths about life and the world around us.

Creative, knowing, and fearless as a child, Helen Brennand had been stripped of these qualities by her early forties. She felt the lack of love and respect for all forms of life made the world seem like a dark, empty place. This began her downward spiral. According to Helen, society’s social conditioning was the culprit.

Next, came the heartbreak of losing a child. Is it possible for a mother to recover from such grief?

When life appeared to painful to endure, miraculously her suffering was swept away through an intimate connection to a small herd of horses. She is embraced by them and in unspoken communication sees the truth of her life, her mistakes, and her fears. Helen decides to ride with them as a part of the herd, and they take her on a journey of discovery, resulting in a spiritual awakening. Helen’s world and life are turned around as she witnesses wisdom and truth embodied in the majestic horse and natural world in which they live.

Her horse accessed parts of her that she did not even know existed.

Although Helen is a Holistic Healer, it is through the herd healing by the horses that Helen emerges strong, bright, articulate, and ready to share what she has unearthed with the rest of the world in her book ‘Belief.’

Yes, Helen as a mother was able to recover from the shattering grief of losing a child to death.

Today, Helen Brennand is an author and equine professional based in England. She is an accomplished, rider, trainer, holistic therapist and has a passion for horse welfare and respect for them as sentient beings. The nurturing she received from her beloved horses who nurtured her through her period of immense sorrow helped her create a sanctuary for horses. She talked about the trials and joys of this fulfilling work for horses and informed the audience during the how that the sanctuary had just accepted their first donkey.

Complementing her writing, Helen’s time is now dedicated to the Centre she has founded to ensure a lasting and safe place where horse’s inner wisdom is free to be released and allowed to shine. Please enjoy the Video Podcast Kat Kanavos Show Interview of Helen Brennand on YouTube:

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Belief By Helen Brennand By Helen Brennand – Read Online,


Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is the award-winning author of Surviving Cancerland, and co-author of Dreams That Can Save Your Life. She’s a three-time cancer survivor, and co-publisher/editor of WEBE Books Publishing. Her dreams diagnosed her illness as seen on Dr. Oz, Doctors, NBC News, American Express Open, in Newspapers and magazines. She’s a Contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, TV/Radio Host/Producer- Dreaming Healing on DV7Radio/TV Network, Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod™, Kat Kanavos Show, Internationally Syndicated Columnist in BIZCATALYST 360°, Dream Columnist in Positive Tribe Magazine, and Desert Health Magazine, Keynote Speaker, Performance Coach who taught Special Ed & Psychology @USF, and Lecturer who promotes patient advocacy and Spiritual guidance. She is co-author to the inspiring books; Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change and Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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    • Hi Aldo, yes it is all so true and although science has found evidence of how the healing occurs between horse and human via the limbic system. I believe much much more is happening. I watch how horses trigger the para sympathetic nervous system in a person by slowing and deepening their breathing and a natural mirroring occurs in the person. Once relaxed the healing begins and a multitude of experiences can be exchanged. I witness them protect vulnerability or draw out anger, laughter or tears and some people when in this wonderful safe space, experience the full power unconditional love offers. Animals truly make our life experience so rich ⭐️