A Woman’s Bible = Women Who run With Wolves

July 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

There are two books I believe every woman should have in their arsenal: Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’, Women Who Run With Wolves and Christiane Northrup’s, Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom. I first read these books in my early twenties, but I just dusted off my two bibles and have realized that there is so much I never absorbed or understood when I first read them. A few weeks ago I asked my eldest daughter to read a chapter in Wolves on intuition. She begrudgingly did, and I’m hoping she absorbed a fraction of the wise words. If I can pass anything of value to her, it is to hone in on that intuitive piece that may sometimes be nothing more than a small voice seeming to speak to us through our dreams, whisper in our bellies, or imagination. Estes has bestowed upon us all a great gift. A map to hep us navigate our own unconscious by analyzing and retelling the myths, stories and fairy tales that we have heard since childhood. I know for myself I had to dismantle a whole life to get back to my feral yet authentic roots. Sometimes it’s a question of survival to get back to our wild selves . . .

Here are a few quotes from the book:

“The desert is a place where life is very condensed. The roots of living things hold on to that last tear of water and the flower hoards its moisture by only appearing in late afternoon. Life in the desert is small but brilliant and most of what occurs goes on underground. This is like the lives of many women… Many of us have lived desert lives: very small on the surface, and enormous under the ground.”
“Like the wolf, intuition has claws that pry things open and pin things down, it has eyes that can see through the shields of mundane human hearing. With these formidable psychic tools a woman takes on a precognitive animal consciousness, one that deepens femininity and sharpens her ability to move confidently in the outer world.”
“A woman must be willing to burn hot, burn with passion, burn with words, with ideas, with desire for whatever it is that she truly loves. One will arrange that one’s creative life has consistent fire under it.”

 

2 comments

  1. Lisa says:

    first of all, what an incredible photograph.

    Secondly, this is yet another example of your sharing something that feels both personal and timely for me.

    Thank you!

  2. Maria says:

    Found your site through a friend. Love the desert quote, so very true for me. Will look out the book. 🙂 Thank you 🙂

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