Excerpt from “Women Who Run with the Wolves,” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes…………….

The archetype of Wild Woman resides in the guts, not in the head. She can track and run and summon and repel. She can sense, camouflage, and love deeply. She is intuitive, typical, and normative. She is utterly essential to women's mental and soul health.
She is the female soul. Yet she is more; she is the source of the feminine. She is all that is of instinct, of the worlds both seen and hidden -she is the basis.
She is intuition, she is far-seer, she is deep listener, she is loyal heart. She encourages humans to remain multilingual; fluent in the languages of dreams, passion, and poetry.
She is the voice that says, "This way, this way."
She is the one who thunders after injustice. She is the one we leave home to look for. She is the one we come home to. She is the things that keep us going when we think that we're done for.

To adjoin the instinctual nature does not mean to come undone, change everything from left to right, from black to white, to move the east to west, to act crazy or out of control. It does not mean to lose one's primary socializations, or to become less human. It means quite the opposite. The wild nature has a vast integrity to it.
It means to establish territory, to find one's pack, to be in one's body with certainty and pride regardless of the body's gifts and limitations, to speak and act in one's behalf, to be aware, alert, to draw on the innate feminine powers of intuition and sensing, to come into one's cycles, to find what one belongs to, to rise with dignity, to retain as much consciousness as we can.

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Bug Me Not said...

It's Mysterious Stranger here.
Intrigued by the title, I speculated on the possible contents before actually opening the blog. What does the amazon queen see as necc. reading? Complete works of shakespeare? Nah, plenty of people do fine without it. Good basic cookbook? There are restaurants.

Ah there it is, the wolf woman. Read all the excerpts. Ok I guess. Two comments. First, what she writes applies to men as well. Second she seems to rely totally on intuition as her source of knowledge. You know, the thing that tells you the earth is flat. So she may ask the right questions, but not give the right answers.

I like howling at the moon myself.

cathouse teri said...

Right you are... it's not exhaustive information, but important (in my not-so-humble opinion). As with all things, you must separate the wheat from the chaff. There must be balance. And, of course, a man can learn much from what the good storyteller has to say.

Bug Me Not said...

And I thought you were just another dumbo feminist. The public airwaves here are not hte place to continue though. M.S.

cathouse teri said...

*The Queen submits to the will of the stranger*