Terra's Reads: Women Who Run With the Wolves
It took me six months to finish Women Who Run With the Wolves. Not because it’s a bad book or because it was hard for me to get into. It took me six months because it was such a powerful reading experience that I needed to read it slow and digest each chapter before I moved ahead. I didn’t read it every day. Actually there were weeks where I would read a section, think over it for a day or two, and then reread it with my new perspective. It was a slow reading process, but it was also powerful and meaningful.
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Here’s the synopsis:
“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. In WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES, Dr. Estes unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, and stories, many from her own family, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine. Dr. Estes has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.”
Women Who Run With the Wolves moved me, heart and soul. It opened my eyes, my mind, and my heart to listening to my gut and my instincts. It reminded me that the person I am is more than capable and powerful. It reminded me that I know exactly what I need. The wild woman, who knows my soul and the souls of all women, always guides me where I’m meant to go. And even though that path may not be traditional or normal per societal standards, I’ve learned not to care because I’m aiming for something more than normal. I’m aiming for a life so perfectly aligned with my soul that each day is divine.
I don’t know that I can fully do this book justice by providing a synopsis and review, but I hope you’re persuaded to pick it up and dive in. Here are some segments of WWRWTW that were particularly poignant for me.
“Discontent is the secret door to significant and life-giving change.” page 309
“When we are connected to the instinctual self, to the soul of the feminine which is natural and wild, and instead of looking over whatever happens to be on display, we say to ourselves, “what am I hungry for?” Without looking outwardly, we venture inward, and ask, “What do I long for? What do I wish for now?” Alternate phrases are “what do I crave? What do I desire? For what do I yearn?” And the answer usually arrives rapidly: “Oh, I think I want… you know what would be really good, is some this or that… ah yes, that’s what I really want.”” page 117
“But in the end, a woman must rest now, rock now, regain her focus. She must become younger, recover her energy. She thinks she cannot, but she can, for the circle of women, be they mothers, students, artists, or activists, always closes to fill in for those who go on rest leave. A creative woman has to rest now and return to her intense work later.” page 359
“Friends who love you and have warmth for your creative life are the very best suns in the world.” page 350.
And those are just a few of the powerful statements sprinkled through out this book. The chapter on creativity is easily my favorite, and I find myself picking it back up often when I need a boost of faith and inspiration in my creative work.
This is a book that is not read, so much as it is felt.