Women Who Run With The Wolves

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. πŸ˜‰

I hope some of you got enjoyment this time around and don’t worry, I’m not starting a book club. πŸ“•πŸ“—πŸ“˜πŸ“™πŸ“šSpiritual 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…πŸ€”

P.P.S. Taking some needed R and R with the family next week but we’ll see what future stories develop!! πŸš£β€β™€οΈπŸ”

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The Wedding Near Smoothie King

Would I fool you warrior fans if you didn’t notice that photo of this other Smoothie King place? Well, I wasn’t in New Orleans but did recently attend a family wedding out of town and noticed that shop. We don’t have those Smoothie Kings by us so boy, did I smile at that sign! It sits directly across the church where the wedding took place so my heart filled with love for all the Warrior family. ❀️❀️❀️❀️

Sometimes, I get social anxiety at these events where so many are present and catching up is great but can be awkward too. My meditation was a little longer that morning as I brought along my pink rose quartz for extra love. The card I drew that day was the Heart Chakra and I must say– it was perfect! I also read the additional meanings and once again, a moment floored me. This was a new card I hadn’t gotten before and a line in the extra part reads: ” A departed loved one who passed from a heart condition is saying hello, I love you. Have a heart-to-heart discussion.” Oh yes, everyday… a few tears here but then I just let it all go and decided to be that warrior the man himself knows me to be.

Later on, we all went to a restaurant between the wedding and reception start time. I had a wonderful conversation with my husband’s cousin’s wife and had no idea of her spiritual gifts as well. She had bought my book and asked me how things were going. Time just flew by as she related her psychic experiences and by sharing my story, it enabled her to open up with others and now to me. I never would’ve guessed this about her and she seemed open to meditation, Hay House radio, and other topics. I was so overjoyed with hearing her stories while feeling validated that mine were educating.

My husband’s sister-in-law recently visited New Mexico with her husband and was in Las Cruces. She actually remembered how Dana lives in Santa Fe and discussed her podcast! Another moment of joy and glee I wasn’t expecting to discuss at all!!! Luckily, this all happened after the wedding or I would’ve been distracted for sure!

What a great week that really turned out to be starting with meeting the woman who won a free copy of my book Spirit and Belief at my recent Holistic Fair. She gave me names of new contacts and we might attend some events together. Her name is Kathy just like mine and she even lives on my street! It has become so synchronistic lately, my heart chakra really is open. ~~ You can look up chakras if you aren’t familiar with them but I have a blog post on this subject at spiritandbelief. It’s about making sense of those seven chakras.

Even though I don’t have a Smoothie King Center story, the Smoothie King shop is my story for that day. I didn’t have that stage like the Warrior family but I have my stage where connections are made all the time. I should’ve gotten a smoothie but I’ll take the people any day..,

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The Feather Box

I wanted to share this story since it concerns my feather collection but also involves following a vision. It doesn’t really connect to Warrior but hey– ya never know! All these smaller events brought the bigger ones and this one follows that pattern. “Finding Feathers” was a previous post shortly after I started this blog and the full story is told in the chapter “Out of the Blue” ( or is it Red?) in Spirit and Belief.

Once I had discovered many feathers, they just didn’t all seem to fit in my little ziplock bag anymore or even a big bag! I thought a box would work to display them nicely. My mind actually visualized the type of box I wanted but also thought of the type I didn’t want. Wooden- yes, kid-like, no. Nothing too ornate but not overly simple that required decorating.

For all you online shoppers out there, am sure you’d just get something from Amazon or e-bay right? I do some shopping that way but personal stuff– nah, can’t do it. This is just like the sign story a few posts ago and that candle lantern with those warrior batteries. Can’t say I would’ve had those same experiences with online shopping. Yes, it’s convenient and works well but not for my stories!

I did go to some stores a few years ago and nothing really appealed to me so the thought waned. The vision was still there in the back of my mind but it wasn’t like a mission or anything. If I found something I loved, great. If I didn’t, it would wait. Maybe that is what I needed to do this time around instead of shopping like an ultimate maniac! The sign I found right away, the lantern had me all over the place, (but VERY worth it!) and the box had me in between.

I went to this home goods store without being overly concerned with finding the “perfect feather box.” By being casual and calm, I noticed some that interested me. This box was perfect and actually had feathers on it– what are the odds? πŸ˜‰ I love the hearts too. The one thing that bothered me was its size. It was way too big for the space I needed to display and wouldn’t fit. I looked on the shelf and they all seemed the same. It was so perfect and I knew it would work somehow.

Before leaving the aisle, I moved some aside and there was this exact box– only smaller. Word to the wise is always move items aside to search thru everything. I’m not saying wreck shelves or anything but we’ve all had that happen before. Clothes are the worst with a size listed on a hanger and a different one on the fabric– ugh! 😳

Well, I found my new feather box only after thinking more calmly, not becoming too attached, and searching a shelf carefully. I just realized how these three stories are similar when I really hadn’t noticed before. Here’s those signs again in a group of three. The lantern, word sign, and feather box with very different shopping experiences.

Don’t become a shopaholic and don’t become an online shopaholic either. A mix of both is fine. My intuition and the Universe or my spirit team nudged me with all three of these items just like it does for you everyday. Think hard, I bet you can remember times that “signs” happened and it worked! Patience is one of the many lessons I am learning on this journey as evidenced with my shopping experiences. We all need patience and if we practice, it will come. Let’s share our experiences together! Follow my new spiritual blog at: www.spiritandbelief.com

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Archived: “Finding Feathers” — 10/18/16.

“Out of the Blue” (or is it Red?)–

1/10/17.

β€œLive Strong, Act Bold, Be Brave…”

Here we go again with yet another story I have never told but became part of my life a few years ago. It really connects with that incredible year of 2016 and still resonates today with what I notice. I’ve mentioned decorating with the candle lantern in The Mysterious Batteries story and this experience is very similar with that timeline.

I wanted more things around my house with words or inspiration besides artwork, photos, and nature pictures. A shopping trip was upon me and I became entranced with all the great quotes in frames hanging above me in the store. There were so many and I read each one as tears began to well-up in my eyes. Not to worry– I wasn’t grieving Warrior in that way anymore but really contemplating all the spiritual happenings going on for me then. Every sign and their messages jumped out at me and it became an impossible task deciding which one to pick.

I finally chose the sign you see and loved the big words with HEART, LIFE, and IMAGINED. Being black and white meant it could go anywhere in my house so a bonus for me! It remained on top of my bookshelf until recently when I decided to move it entirely. The cat influenced this decision with her mischievous antics but what a difference moving items makes sometimes. Am loving its new spot and how I read it everyday.

After these last few years of reading Dana’s blog, she began saying more of Warrior’s quotes besides “always believe.” I started making that affirmation part of my daily meditation. It states: “Live Strong, Act Bold, Be Brave. Nothing is too hard to do.” I added because I always believe at the end so it works for me! I had been saying this for months and it became a huge part of believing in myself more and more. πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ™πŸ»β€οΈ

One day I had passed the sign and really stopped to look at it. This was a few months ago so kinda recent since the sign’s been up a few years. It hit me then once I put it all together. Three words are on this sign that are part of Warrior’s quote– bold, brave, and strong. Sure, not in the right order but still there and again– unreal to me. I had never noticed them before that day and only after I had used them for months during my meditation.

Maybe my intuition slammed me that day in the store so I’d buy this sign! Maybe also I had to wait in order to really connect those words with my life today. Maybe a few years ago, I wasn’t ready to really feel the power without all the emotion.

I have another story with words in The Falling Signs and the batteries and signs are all in my book Spirit and Belief. For all you naysayers– no, I didn’t buy the sign noticing Warrior’s words and no, I don’t go looking for connections. They find me because of my life and purpose. Synchronicity is a huge aspect of everyone’s existence if we really take the time to notice and believe.

Whether or not Warrior was guiding me that day, it makes no difference. It is always the feeling in your heart that matters most. The Universe is a team effort and if he was leading the team, how Ultimate!

I believe always he notices anything that inspires us warriors to honor ourselves and our life’s journey. My life is constantly guided by his other quotes about “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” My favorite is “Do The Work” since I hear this from many people in my path all the time. (also in my book!)

My sign will remain in my life with those words that remain in my heart everyday just like signs should for you. Be the best you can be with whatever the Universe shows since that’s what warriors do.

Live Strong, Act Bold, Be Brave. Nothing is too hard to do because I always believe.” ~~~ Kathy

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Archived posts: The Mysterious Batteries~~ 10/25/16

The Falling Signs~~ 11/1/16