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Your Metaphors

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QuantumJoys Animal Assisted Inspiration work is best enhanced with your carefully considered metaphors. Before you arrive you will want to spend some time coming up with one or two personal themes to work with throughout the day.

The most satisfied participants are those that come with a topic close to their heart that they would like to create forward movement towards achieving or accomplishing positively.


So for example, a recent participant arrived newly diagnosed with an incurable auto-immune disorder. Some of the challenges she faces with this are the severely restricted diet, need for daily medication, the expense and the lack of vitality she feels. Some of the resources she says she has access to are support groups, friends, books and a high level of personal motivation to live the highest quality of life she can.

For one of the activities she chose the goal of “living the highest quality of life she can” and the horse represented the various means by which she will have to direct accomplishing her goal. Her resources were then put in play as she needed them to accomplish this goal.

To help get you started below are some typical challenges and resources past participants have brought with. Yours may well be entirely different. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like a little more help with this preparatory work.

Typical Challenges:

  • Coping with Change
  • Significant loss
  • Newly diagnosed health issue
  • Other transitions
  • Empty nester
  • Change in income
  • Family issue
  • New information that needs to be assimilated
  • New home
  • Dream project
  • New opportunities
  • Newly retired
  • Significant change in perceived status (up or otherwise)

Typical Resources

  • Friends
  • Confidant
  • Counselor
  • Coach
  • Partner or spouse
  • Family member
  • Guide
  • Trainer
  • Class(es)
  • Online forum(s)
  • Books and articles
  • Support group(s)
  • Motivation
  • Desire
  • Coping skills
  • Spiritual guide(s)
  • Prayer
  • Optimism