My name is Annabel Ruffell and I am the founder of Journey for Earth, a global awareness company committed to inspiring change for humanity, the environment and animals, one choice at a time.
Felisa Holmberg’s work with horses is truly beautiful and inspiring and I love the journey she is on.
In her words…
I was about 4 years old the first time I laid eyes on a horse. I’ll never forget the feeling, it was pure love. I was in love!
All I wanted was someone to help me climb on this little black and white pony named “Glassy”. There was no fear, it was like I already knew these magnificent animals that were standing before me. I begged for someone to lift me on. Once I was on, in that moment, I knew I was where I belonged. I was a princess on the back of that pony. My fondest memories are spending time with Glassy and of riding all over that 7 acres like it was the wide open plains and running through fields was pure freedom. I spent all my waking moments with Glassy and I would have slept in the pasture with the him at night, if they would have allowed me to.
My childhood was consumed with horses. I ate, breath and slept horses. I Drove my parents crazy talking about them. Other horses have come into my life over the years and I can’t imagine life without them. They have taught me so much.
Looking back on my experience with Glassy, I realized it was about opening to the heart of my soul. This love of horses and deep connection comes from the creator, the source that all life flows through. As life goes on we become programmed and taught who we are and how to be. Our minds are filled with rules and beliefs that become fixed states and control our decisions throughout life. Remember when you were a child? Doing what you loved to do and just following your heart with pure joy without questioning whether it’s the right thing or if it’s okay with others or if we can make a living doing it. What does your child want to do? I’m talking about tapping into your creative energy and discovering your passions and purpose, your God given gifts. How is your soul? Is it happy? Are you taking time to do the things you love? Do you know what it is that wakes you up and makes you feel alive?
1) What Journey are YOU on?
I’m on a healing journey, because all we can do is heal ourselves and knowing that when we change, it changes everyone around us and ripples throughout the world. My passion and purpose in life is to help people heal their hearts, open to what their soul truly wants, discover their gifts, passion and purpose and stand in the power of who they are.
2) What has been one of your greatest challenges over the years, either with the work that you do or in another area of your life, and how did you overcome it?
To be “ME”…To live from the truth of “who I am” instead from the place of who others think I am. To break through barriers and beliefs that have limited me in life. To step out of the box and allow myself to follow my heart, live my truth, receive my gifts and share them with the world.
How did I overcome it? A lot of hard work. Working through my fixed states and programming and allowing myself to open to life and my gifts.
My healing journey has led me all over the place, starting with Boulder, Colorado to become a Certified Rolfer of Structural Integration where I assisted others to find healing of physical ailments, aches and pains. I’ve enjoyed helping people understand how to really care for their body. We only have one body to carry us through life. Rolfing SI opened the door into the healing world and also becoming certified in many other healing modalities. My awareness that healing truly begins with healing of the mind, body and spirit, led me deeper into my spiritual health and deep contemplative meditation practices. I finally saw the greatness of who I am and the greatness of others, all life forms and love not just for the earth but the universe. I was unaware at the time, that all those experiences were preparing me for my true hearts work and bringing me full circle back to my love of horses.
It is from this unique integration I was inspired and founded Horses Hope For Humanity, LLC. With the organization of HHFH, I get to integrate my deep connection and love of animals – especially horses – with people, for the purpose of healing and helping them discover and live from the desires of their true heart and soul.
I feel so blessed that I have been able to create an opportunity to incorporate my love of horses, their amazing gifts and healing natures to people wanting to heal and expand in life.
3) What is your greatest hope for our planet at this time?
That everyone awakens and lives a conscious life from their true heart and soul and embraces and shares their gifts with others. That we heal ourselves in mind, body and spirit and develop a deep connection with the source that all life comes from. I hope that everyone will have an opportunity to experience the intelligence and beauty of animals and their healing natures.
And, I hope for a global shift and protection of our natural resources and that people will become even more conscious about the food they eat, how it’s grown and that Biodynamic Farming and gardening will become the only way to grow our food.
FELISA’S AMAZING PARTNERS…
Both my horses needed homes and found their way into my life. I had no idea at the time why these two challenges presented themselves to me but over time it became very clear.
These horses chose me. They just showed up in my life, each with their own unique challenges that were instrumental in preparing me to do this work. The challenges, over time, turn into deep respect and appreciation of who they are and now they are my amazing partners in Horses Hope For Humanity.
Cool Lynx aka “Bay Boy” is a 13 year old Registered American Quarter Horse gelding, standing 14.3 hands tall. I thought he was a black bay in color, hence his nick name, but he changes colors constantly, all year around. This really fits with his mystical nature.
One look in his eyes and I knew that we were connected but I also sensed he needed a lot of time and healing. His owner offered him to me over and over AND over during next 2 years until I finally realized he was not going away and I brought him home. He has been with me for 10 years and has been, and is today, an amazing teacher for me. I’m a much better human being because of him. It’s about healing, letting go and moving forward.
Bay Boy is an introvert by nature. He presents himself with a quiet strength and loving presence as he waits for just the right moment to mirror your deepest truths.
His sweet nature and sensitive spirit makes him great for this program.
Apollo the extravert! He is ”Dennis the Menace” when we’re just hanging out but “magical zen pony” when it’s time to do his serious work. He is a 15 year old Arabian gelding standing at only 13.3 hands tall. He’s small but has a huge presence. With personality and intelligence, he helps people work out problems, big or small while drawing out their deepest truths.
When I received a call 8 years ago from the animal rescue organization asking if I would take this little horse that they hadn’t been able to place, I wondered why I answered “yes” without hesitation. After arriving to pick him up, it only took a few minutes to see why he hadn’t been adopted. For some reason it didn’t stop me from bringing him home. Within a very short time into his training, I found a really good minded wonderful little horse under all that unruly behavior. It wasn’t until later, when I started doing Equine Guided Education (EGE) work that I would find out just how special he was.
Apollo has a special gift of helping people walk through a problem or sort out their true heart and soul. He won’t accept anything less than the truth. He teams up with me, and you, and step by step, takes you through a exercise process, lasting about 2 hours, until you have discovered what is in your deepest truth. It can be anything from discovering your life’s work, under-standing what you want in a relationship, starting a business or even improving your existing business, selling or buying property, healing trauma and even cleaning out the garage. He’s your man.
“Sunny” was about 7 months old when he found his way to the door and at the feet of my husband and has been there ever since.
The community report was… this furry little puppy had been wandering up and down the highway for about a week. He ended up at the door of my husband’s work very hungry and begging for food. At the end of the day, my husband had to step over him to leave the office and come home. The next thing that this adorable little guy knew was that he was in the truck and heading to his new home.
He thinks that my husband is the greatest person in the world and we just adore him. Sun Dog waits outside of the arena patiently observing until he is needed.
Maddy is a 14 year old German Shepherd, the matriarch of the family. She found her way to us when she was only 7 months old. She had been abandoned and in need of a home. Her incredible sweet nature has been such blessing to our family. As she watches over us from a distance ~ waiting for the perfect moment to appear and offer her nurturing assistance and guidance to those in need.
Her role as matriach is evident as the other animals seem to follow her direction respectfully. She takes her role as the leader and healer of the heart very seriously.
I believe that freedom comes from truth, and that horses have a way of leading you to such truth; forever leaving their imprint on your soul.
The healing starts here, with true nature and true hearts.
What Journey are YOU on?