Don’t let this title fool you out there– guys, I’m talking to you! I always have a story connected with me personally and am not here just recommending a book. Before I get into any “deep” stuff, I’ll share my experience.
My most recent Holistic Fair brought this woman to my table and I am very grateful to her in so many ways. She complimented me on being brave for not only writing but getting a book published and even supported me by her purchase. Once we started chatting, she gave me this title of a book and am so glad I remembered without writing it down at first. She barely even looked at my book and related mine with Women Who Run With The Wolves. I had never even heard of this book at all but became very humbled with this comparison.
She started explaining some of it briefly and I was so confused as to how my book, Spirit and Belief connected to another book. She went on to say how more women need to be storytellers and get their voices heard. O.K. guys, let’s substitute here. After all, you should know by now the subject of my stories! Take out the word women and just say storytellers since that was Warrior’s wish. She discussed intuition, the “female” psyche, leaving a legacy, and a few other topics as I became entranced yet still kinda confused.
Some of it sounded like Warrior’s principles to me and I decided to check it out at the library. I HAD to read it for myself and now NEED to own it as am sure a highlighter will be worn out with all my marks! Many times throughout this book, I had to stop and just put it all together. People do come into our lives for very specific reasons like Warrior in my life and now this beautiful woman.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. had over twenty years of research before writing Women Who Run With The Wolves in 1992. She has Hispanic and Native culture, ( many mentions of New Mexico) mythology, (which I love!) listening to your spirit, and metaphors with symbolism explaining the stories. We all need to balance our energies everyday– male and female and this book is full of both. She, of course focuses on the “Wild Mother” and many female references but those warriors are around too! I could so relate to finding a tribe and sharing our scars of war or battle, however that may be for anybody.
Many words were very repetitive throughout the book including: intuition, creativeness, spirit, energy, transformation, and ENDURANCE. In one story she states: “We don’t just go on to go on. Endurance means we are making something.” That message is for all– men and women, warriors and intuitives. Another story recounted brothers helping their sister with: …” a warrior to each side of her, if she but calls for them.” You can think of that quote however you like. There are warrior women too of course but how true in my development.
Lots of stories blend the natural elements of air, water, earth, and fire and these are our true existence. She always brings the Life/Death/Life symbols throughout the entire book. We begin life, have death, and then get reborn again. This might be the afterlife for you or it could be beginning something new as my journey is to me.
There are a few classic stories like The Ugly Duckling and this matched with me entirely. No, not the “ugly” part but just not having that sense of belonging and needing my own flock of ducks. Sometimes it becomes a struggle being ourselves, fitting in, and yet needing that urgency to move on. Warrior felt that way and I do too as am sure many of you have in your lives. Even though this is full of much content, I became so entangled with this book and finished it before it was due! It was on a wait list……
Another story I will mention is her tale of “Sealskin, Soulskin.” This relates to seals which are one of my favorite animals and they are actually “beautiful symbols for the wild soul.” It is a very compelling story filled with so much emotion but I will get to the point. We lose our “pelt” or “skin” and need to get underneath it all. We need the real us like I’ve said before. It depicts passing on to future generations and yet always remaining true in spirit. Again, many women traits but guys need to understand this too! I believe Warrior would–at least spiritually anyway. After all, he lived with three!
Obviously, another aspect I’ve been overlooking is the entire wolf concept in every story. Most might believe the negative qualities of them but this author studied wolves for years so she explains their behavior while relating metaphorically to all the stories. If you want a connection warrior fans, think “wild dog”, you know–“dingo”… Very similar to wolves but seriously they are a huge spirit animal and extremely intelligent. I learned many new things about them and some of my opinions have changed. This is true of us too. We are quick to judge without knowing. Feel free to examine that statement yourself. I try so hard in meditation everyday and it seems to be working.
You don’t need to like this book, stories, or some people for that matter and that’s o.k. We all just do our thing but want respect doing it. If this post isn’t for you, I get it. Hey, I tried relating to everyone and if you’re spiritual, believe me– you will GET this book. You don’t have to buy it like I probably will but reading it explained so much for me. Guess I’m recommending it after all, I can’t help it! I told my husband to buy it for my birthday in a few months, now he has an idea. 😉
I hope some of you got enjoyment this time around and don’t worry, I’m not starting a book club. 📕📗📘📙📚Spiritual thinkers, teachers, Warriors, storytellers, archetype studiers, and especially women– this blew me away. I finally got why that woman at the Holistic Fair kept talking to me.
Before I end, here’s another great quote worth sharing: “It is never a mistake to search for what one requires. Never.”
Women Who Run With The Wolves
~~~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. 1992.
P.S. Here’s another tidbit warrior fans– this woman who bought my book wanted a new one to read on her flight to London the next day. I thought of Wembley Stadium, Summerslam 1992. After all, I had a dream about that as “The Fair” chapter in my book! Guess what? This book I just posted about was written that same year. Coincidence, hmmmm…🤔
P.P.S. Taking some needed R and R with the family next week but we’ll see what future stories develop!! 🚣♀️🏔
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