Anyone who’s admired a horse galloping across a field has stepped into their mythic life, if only for a moment. Horses by their very nature are mythic creatures – they represent in our collective imagination aspects of the human journey at its greatest. In Riding into Your Mythic Life, therapeutic riding instructor Patricia Broersma invites readers on an experiential journey of transformation with these powerful creatures.
Riding into Your Mythic Life offers horse enthusiasts and professionals, therapists, educators, and lay readers the opportunity to explore and expand human potential through powerful experiences with horses and mythology. These experiences teach skills for developing intuition, compassion, leadership, and ultimately for stepping into one’s greater life. They offer ways to explore the events of one’s life as a hero’s journey and to develop abilities to communicate with others more skillfully. They grow our awareness of subtle cues in oneself and others – both horses and people – and provide ways to orchestrate this awareness for a more joyful and effective life.
Broersma developed her own theories over the past twenty years of working with horses and children with special needs, as well as through a twelve-year series of horse camps for teenagers and weekend workshops for adults. The book brings together the author’s forty years of work with horses as a trainer and instructor, her studies in mythology and body-based healing modalities, and healing touch for horses and other animals. Riding into Your Mythic Life is based on the author’s experience with the remarkable people who have stepped into a larger life while partnering with equally remarkable horses.
The author emphasizes the practical exploration of myth and partnership with horses, recognizing the larger patterns of one’s life, and developing one’s human skills with an outcome of celebration, empowerment, and greater joy. Readers are invited to reframe their lives into a larger vision through exercises with myth and horses, allowing for even painful events to contribute to moving ahead in one’s life with renewed commitment and enthusiasm.