Several years ago a lovely girl called Naomi bought me Clasrissa Pinkola Estes’ incredible book, Women Who Run With Wolves. I would recommend any woman who is committed to calling her Gorgeousness back from the wilderness to read this amazing work. Here’s a little extract from the first chapter, Singing Over the Bones . . .
“Wildlife and the Wild Woman are both endangered species.
Over time we have seen the feminine instinctive nature looted, driven back, and overbuilt. For long periods it has been mismanaged like the wildlife and the wild lands. For several thousand years, as soon and as often as we turn our backs, it is relegated to the poorest land in the psyche. The spiritual lands of the Wild Woman have, throughout history, been plundered or burnt, dens bulldozed, and natural cycles forced into unnatural rhythms to please others.
It is not by accident that the pristine wilderness of our planet disappears as the understanding of our own inner wild natures fades. It is not so difficult to comprehend why old forests and old women are viewed as not very important resources. It is not such a mystery. It is not so coincidental that wolves and coyotes, bears and wildish women have similar reputations. They all share related instinctual archetypes, and as such, both are erroneously reputed to be in gracious, wholly and innately dangerous, and ravenous.
My life and work as a Jungian psychoanalyst, poet, and cantadora, keeper of the old stories, have taught me that woman’s flagging vitality can be restored by extensive “psychic-archaeological” digs into the ruins of the female underworld. By these methods we are able to recover the ways of the natural instinctive psyche, and through it’s personification in the Wild Woman archetype we are able to discern ways and means of woman’s deepest nature. The modern woman is a blur of activity. She is pressured to be all things to all people.
The old knowing is long overdue.” – Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes