I read it once – half-assed. Then I read it again – while traveling. It changed my life. It continues to change my life, now that I’m re-reading it a third time. It made me rethink my relationship to myself, my family, my friends, romantic partners, nature… Everything. It triggered long-held traumas and patterns, it brought my long-lost psychic inner world back to life, it triggered my wild wolf spirit to fully rise. It’s crazy because in a way it was my first step on my own rewilding path, after I had already been doing my inner shadow work for a couple of months. But something about the way that these stories are chosen, excavated, re-told, and analyzed by Clarissa Pinkola Estés has had a more profound effect on my life than any therapy or spiritual retreat that I’ve done.
The first time reading it, I didn’t know what to make of it. It took a while for me to understand that it’s not necessarily meant to be read front-to-back, but rather as and when certain things come up for you. Each chapter can function as a kind of self-therapy guide.
This article will be a living and breathing thing – as we discuss more chapters, I will add them here.
The Howl: Resurrection of the Wild Woman
La Loba helps us with the collection of our bones:
- she sings our bones back to life
- she lays open what our soul desires
- she helps us resurrect our own wild
Have you gone into your shadows already? Have you been to your World between the Worlds, your Río Abajo Río? What have you discovered?
Río Abajo Río
The Río Aboja Río is the World between Worlds, that which cannot be seen, the dark place we must travel through in order to get to the truth of ourselves.
Have you traveled there? What have you discovered?
The Mother Nyx is the Goddess Mother of All, of Heaven and Earth, and our own Original Mother. She controls the dark, the light, the skies, and the winds.
When we can connect to the memory of her essence within ourselves, we can embody our truest soul purpose.
This part of Women Who Run With the Wolves is what first got me inspired to work with my shadow, to read more about archetypes, and to learn to work with them in my own life.
Are you curious to do the same?
Nosing Out the Facts: the Retrieval of Intuition as Initiation
Do you know this classic old tale – the 𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭 Cindarella story?
In short, Vasalisa loses her mother, meets her new ‘evil’ stepmother, is sent out into the dark woods, meets a creepy old witch, and finds her confidence.
This is a classic because it’s really about everyone’s journey from little child to intuitively confident adult. But are we as girls (or identifying as predominently feminine) really encouraged to walk this path of initiation into our wildish nature? We all know the answer to this.
Here are 𝖁𝖆𝖘𝖆𝖑𝖎𝖘𝖆’𝖘 𝕹𝖎𝖓𝖊 𝕿𝖆𝖘𝖐𝖘 𝖔𝖋 𝕴𝖓𝖎𝖙𝖎𝖆𝖙𝖎𝖔𝖓 (or my take on them – go re-read this chapter in Women Who Run With the Wolves for a refresher!)
- Let go of the need to be around others, all of the time.
- Don’t be afraid of your own darkness. Go there. Have fun.
- Trust that your intuition is always there to guide you.
- Become as weird as you can. And then a little weirder.
- Do mundane every-day tasks with intention.
- Watch your subconscious show up & trust Her judgment.
- CURIOUSITY. Question everything!
- Accept power from this new knowing.
- Recognize negative shadow & burn it down.
Where along this journey are you right now? Comment below if you feel called to!
Homing: Returning to Oneself
“These are the best words ever: ‘𝗜 𝗮𝗺 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴.’ Say them. Then go.” @clarissapinkolaestes
Self-Preservation: Identifying Leg Traps, Cages, and Poisoned Bait
What do these images make you feel?
The first time I read that chapter in Women Who Run With the Wolves by @clarissapinkolaestes I didn’t pay much attention to the fact that the shoes were red…
So when I saw a nice pair in a store, I tried them on. My first-ever pair of red shoes, at age 30.
💥 Then I got it. I suddenly understood the significance of this color. The full power of the color 🆁🅴🅳.
So much judgment came out while I looked at my feet in that store mirror. Judgment I never knew I carried.
What’s holding you back from wearing your red shoes? Which beliefs, which cultural norms, which patterns, which religious dogmas, which personal judgments…? I invite you to break free of it all! Put those red shoes on. And walk. Just walk.
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