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Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of wildish nature come to us at birth, society's attempt to "civilize" us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller, shows how woman's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the bins of the female unconscious. In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes uses multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from over twenty years of research that help women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype. Dr. Estes collects the bones of many stories, looking for the archetypal motifs that set a woman's inner life into motion. "La Loba" teaches about the transformative function of the psyche. In "Bluebeard," we learn what to do with wounds that will not heal; in "Skeleton Woman," we glimpse the mystical power of relationship and how dead feelings can be revived; "Vasalisa the Wise" brings our lost womanly instincts to the surface again; "The Handless Maiden" recovers the Wild Woman initiation rites; and "The Little Match Girl" warns against the insidious dangers of a life spent in fantasy. In these and other stories, we focus on the many qualities of Wild Woman. We retrieve, examine, love, and understand her, and hold her against our deep psyches as one whois both magic and medicine. In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and lifegiving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.show more
I just stumbled on to this book whilst searching for something to fill the time up in my annual holiday time... well this book certainly ticked ALL boxes & made some more to tick... I urge EVERY woman should read this book at least once in their lives.. this feeds the soul.. even have it as a reference to come back to. To say the least, this book is inspiriting; vivd in expression and REAL FOOD for our soul.. have never been able to say this about a book ever before. It has really been like a light through the darkness, and makes to feel ALIVE.. empowered.. strong.
I read, read? no studied, Women who run. in the mid ninties and found it profound in it's toolbox of life skills. The old growth stories will capture you in a way that was life changing for me I recommend it for everyone male female alien. Robert Bly's Iron John is also an essential study for those that ponder why they are who they are and how to be you in the world.