I fell in love with Clarissa Pinkola Estes many years ago. I sat down and read Women Who Run With the Wolves in exactly one month for the second time in January of 2013. It was after I had just read her book, Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul: Untie The Strong Woman, in October 2012 in less than a month.
There was a period of searching for my truth when I discovered her teachings on audio after reading Women Who Run With the Wolves the first time. I began to seek answers to why I felt the way I did in life. I started with Warming the Stone Child: Myths & Stories about Abandonment and the Unmothered Child and continued on with her teachings through Sounds True. I believe today that she had a profound influence on my inner self that helped me to heal. In the dark winter months of living in New York, many afternoons, I found comfort listening to her recordings while I nurtured my soul.
In reading, Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul: Untie the Strong Woman, I felt deeply connected to her insight. I have always felt extremely close to the Blessed Mother because I was raised a Catholic. While my children were growing up, I handed them over to the eyes of the Blessed Mother in prayer. My oldest daughter was sixteen when I prayed: Dear Blessed Mother, as you are the Mother of All Mothers, I ask you to watch over my children as they travel far from home and protect them with your love and light. That was over 23 years ago, and I continue to do so now with my grandchildren and thank her for keeping them safe, especially my youngest daughter who travels all over the world.
I hope you enjoy the teachings of Clarissa Pinkola Estes as I have and find the time to look within and see what kind of nourishment your soul is desiring. Books are the greatest of foods to consume.
WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES: MYTHS AND STORIES OF THE WILD WOMAN ARCHETYPE “Within every woman, there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. 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 deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped.”
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.
BLESSED MOTHER’S IMMACULATE LOVE FOR THE WILD SOUL: UNTIE THE STRONG WOMAN “Have you forgotten” I AM Your Mother. You are Under My Protection.” “There is a promise Holy Mother makes to us,” proclaims Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, “that any soul needing comfort, vision, guidance, or strength can cry out to her, flee to her protection, and Blessed Mother will immediately arrive with veils flying. She will place us under her mantle for refuge and give us the warmth of her most compassionate touch, and strong guidance about how to go by the soul’s lights.” Untie the Strong Woman is Dr. Estes invitation to come together under the shelter of The Mother – whether she appears to us as the Madonna, Our Lady of Guadalupe, or any one of her countless incarnations. In this unforgettable collection of stories, prayers, and blessing, Dr. Estes shares:
– “The Drunkard and the Lady” – a story of unexpected miracles that arise from the mud and soil
– “Guadalupe is a Girl Gand Leader in Heaven” – a poem of resistance and hope
– “No one Too Bad, Too Mean or Too Hopeless” – the fierce Mother that never gives up on us
– “The Shirt of Arrows” – a love that is invincible no matter how many times we are wounded
‘ “The Black Madonna” – she stands at the juncture between two worlds and protects us as we enter the dark places.
With Untie the Strong Woman, Dr. Estes invites you to encounter the force of Immaculate Love – “So that your memory of Her is renewed, or that the knowledge of her miraculous, fierce, enduring ways is drawn into your heart for the very first time.”
THE GIFT OF STORY: A WISE TALE ABOUT WHAT IS ENOUGH In this enchanting book, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes shares several small stories that, like Matriochka dolls, fit inside one another. Taken together, they are a moving testament to the enduring legacy of stories and to the triumph of love over loss. Dr. Estes masterfully blends the bitter and the sweet, the dark and the light, despair, and hope, into a wonderful gift that illuminates and strengthens, a gift that will be cherished by all who receive it.
THE FAITHFUL GARDENER: A WISE TALE ABOUT THAT WHICH CAN NEVER DIE
These elegantly interlocked tales of loss, survival, and fierce rebirth center around Dr. Estes’s uncle, a war-ravaged Hungarian peasant farmer and refugee, a faithful gardener, and a storehouse of stories who was one of the “dancing fools, wise old crows, grumpy sages, and ‘almost saints’ who made up the old people in Este’s childhood.
Told with graceful simplicity, deep feeling, generous humor, and profound optimism, The Faithful Gardener is, at its captivating core, the story of an open-hearted child who listened well to her old-country elders and who grew up to remember, to bear witness, and as one of the premier storytellers of our times, to remind readers and listeners of all ages of “that magisterial life force within all things that strengthens us in times of turmoil or transition, that faithful force which can never die.”
THE CREATIVE FIRE: MYTHS AND STORIES ON THE CYCLES OF CREATIVITY
An expanded edition of the classic on creativity by Clarissa Pinkola Estes guides you through the dark labyrinths of the psyche in search of la chispa – the ember that is the elemental source of all creative work. Dr. Estes teaches about the hidden aspects of creativity, including the negative complexes that prey upon creative energy. The Creative Fire includes many special insights for people who create for a living: artists, writers, teachers, and others who must depend on their creative instincts every day.
BEDTIME STORIES: A UNIQUE GUIDED RELAXATION PROGRAM FOR FALLING ASLEEP AND ENTERING THE WORLD OF DREAMS As a child growing up in a family of cantadoras (keepers of the old stories) Clarissa Pinkola Estes learned first hand how a story be told at bedtime can soothe away the troubles of the day and prepare the way for another night’s dreams to follow. Now a beloved cantadora herself, Estes shares this treasured family tradition with you on Bedtime Stories, her own special collection of tales to relax and ease you to sleep.
MOTHER NIGHT: MYTHS, STORIES, AND TEACHINGS FOR LEARNING TO SEE IN THE DARK Where is the memory of who we really are, who sent us here, and what our work is here? And why so often are we feeling unusual, so different, so eccentric, so belonging to a tribe of one? Dr. CLarissa Pinkola Estes, published in 34 languages and one of the most far-reaching artist-psychoanalysts of our time, teaches that in archetypal imagination, “Mother Night is the quintessential medial woman, the woman who can walk in two worlds … ‘the one who knows’ and who can reveal solid ways of living and unleashing creative life in both worlds.
SEEING IN THE DARK; MYTHS AND STORIES TO RECLAIM THE BURIED, KNOWING WOMAN Buried within all of us is what Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes refers to as the “one who knows” – our instinctive, intuitive nature. This, she teaches, is the source of creativity and understanding that lies out of sight in the darkness, often called the unconscious.
In Seeing in the Dark, listeners join the esteemed Jungian psychoanalyst and best-selling author to learn how to perceive “through the eyes of the soul as well as through the eyes of the ego.” This dual way of seeing, being and acting, Dr. Estes explains, is the most direct way to reclaim the gifts and the “healing apothecary” set into each soul at birth.
JOYOUS BODY: MYTHS AND STORIES OF THE WISE WOMAN ARCHETYPE “Each one of us is a triumvirate being – at once the union of the body, soul and all that lies within.” For any that experience disharmony amongst these three vital aspects, Dr. Clarissa Estes reveals a path back to wholeness. Join her with the Joyous Body for the third volume of her masterwork on the Wise Woman archetype. This empowering six-session program shares original and old stories, poems, and psychological commentary on the challenges, remedies and ancient knowledge of the female body, “that which is not a dumb servant but a divine-human traveler and consort.”
HOW TO BE AN ELDER: MYTHS AND STORIES OF THE WISE WOMAN ARCHETYPE
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes presents Volume Five of the Dangerous Old Woman Series
What makes an elder, a heartfelt spirit, a clear mind, a talented heart, one who is young while old and old while young, an activist for the Soul? Is it formulae, schemas, lexicons? It could be. But also, and often more so, I think it is very like the flowering of the trees in the forest, as we gather more years; we struggle, and stride onward in our better learned ways to give out even more seeds for new life, and to blossom wildly in so doing for self and others … The old ones are yet traveling underground and overland toward us as we meet one more time.
How To Be An Elder presents the culmination of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes masterwork, inviting us to “come into our own as wiser and wild souls” through six sessions of teachings, stories, poetry, and blessings. In this fifth and final volume of Dr. Estes’ landmark series, we will explore how it is that through the gathering of our years we become a beautiful refuge for ourselves, our Souls and for those who come after us.
“Did I mention, dear brave souls,” reminds Dr. Estes, “that you came with all the seedlings needed to do your work, to take your venerable places in life? Now is the just-right time, like Sleeping Beauty, to break the enchantment, to truly awaken and awaken others, as either a rookie Dangerous Old Woman, or a mid-career Dangerous Old Woman, or as Crone with Crown complete!”
THE LATE BLOOMER; MYTHS AND STORIES OF THE WISE WOMAN ARCHETYPE
The Late Bloomer is the fourth volume of the Dangerous Old Woman Series with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. “What makes talent bloom?” Ask what makes a tree blossom. They are the same. It is not unfathomable. It only takes concentration. A concentration of energies is what makes a tree flower. Not bigger, not faster, not taking up more space. Rather, less space. Density. The pressure in hard places. Often, in the dark. Relentlessly. Freely. For as long as it takes. Hold faith; a gestation can go long and for a good reason, and nothing much shows above ground. But then, one day…” -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.
Are you waiting for New Life, for your talents to bloom? With The Late Bloomer, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes presents volume four of her masterwork on the Wise Woman archetype, bringing six lessons of original tales, stories from her ethnic families, poems, blessing and psychological commentary exploring the cycles of “burgeoning, blooming New Life.”
Audible Audiobook HOW TO LOVE A WOMAN: ON INTIMACY AND THE EROTIC LIVES OF WOMEN For all men and women who thirst to love and be loved by a woman, these words and stories of guidance from Clarissa Pinkola Estes are aqua vitae, the water of life for the soul. Dr. Este’s teaches that in love relationships, each partner challenges nourishes, and transforms the other. To achieve this lifelong love requires an understanding of the mysterious internal cycles that fuel relationships. Through irresistible storytelling, How To Love A Women shows how every relationship fades and expires, only to be reborn in a fresh and strengthened form.
Audible Audiobook WARMING THE STONE CHILD: MYTHS AND STORIES ABOUT ABANDONMENT AND THE UNMOTHERED CHILD. The pain of abandonment, both real and metaphorical, can cast a shadow over our entire adult experience. Warming the Stone Child investigates the abandoned child archetype in world myths and cultures to find clues about the process of healing the “unmothered” child within us all. Spiced with Dr. Estes’ wonderful storytelling, Warming The Stone Child is a unique listening experience with a practical edge.
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