Women Who Run With the Wolves.
By Clarissa Pinkola Estés.
In a sense. That’s enough.
You should simply get a hold of this book and read it. Regardless if you’ve read it before or not. Read it.
”Creativity is a shapechanger.”
550 pages of gold. Pure gold.
I would estimate that less than 20% of those pages have escaped my pen, my marginalia is on most every page. And there’s probably at least 100 dog-ears as well, pointing to the absolute gems of the book. The pieces I simply cannot imagine not being able to easily find again.
”As we create, this wild and mysterious being is creating us in return, filling us with love. We are evoked in the way creatures are evoked by sun and water. we are made so alive that we in turn give life out; we burst, we bloom, we divide and multiply, we impregnate, incubate, impart, give forth.”
The quotes I’ve chosen are from the chapter named Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life, and this book will forever be intimately linked within me, with The Creative’s Workshop, which I started about the same time I picked up the book. Even more so the weekly Reading Retreats I’ve shared with a few of my fellow workshoppers, which is where I’ve gotten a lot of hours into this book.
”If you are scared, scared to fail, I say begin already, fail if you must, pick yourself up, start again. If you fail again, you fail. So what? Begin again. It is not the failure that holds us back but the reluctance to begin over again that causes us to stagnate. If you’re scared, so what? If you’re afraid something’s going to leap out and bite you, then for heaven’s sake, get it over with already. Let your fear leap out and bite you so you can get it over with and go on. You will get over it. The fear will pass. In this case, it is better if you meet it head-on, feel it, and get it over with, than to keep using it to avoid cleaning up the river.”
As this is one of the twelve English books I’ve chosen to do book reflections on upon finishing them, the simple fact that I’ve written not just one, but two blog posts referring to Women Who Run With the Wolves before the official blog post on it, says a lot.
The fact that I’ve brought it up in threads in The Creative’s Workshop more than ten times, adds even more weight.
And then there’s the realization that this is The Book I would bring with me to a deserted island if ever asked that somewhat cheesy question What book would you bring with you to a deserted island? I imagine I will be rereading it over and over again. Or simply use this book as my daily companion (replacing The Book of Awakening, perchance?), picking it up, flicking to a random page, and reading a stanza or two.
”A powerful way to renew or strengthen one’s intention or action that has become fatigued is to throw some ideas away, and focus.
Take three hairs out of your endeavor and throw them to the ground. There they become like a wake-up call. Throwing them down makes a psychic noise, a chime, a resonance in the woman’s spirit that causes activity to occur again. The sound of some of one’s many ideas falling away becomes like an announcement of a new era or a new opportunity.”
Now you’ve gotten even more, and yet, only from one chapter. And there’s. So. Much. More.
So. If you weren’t convinced when I wrote this to start with, I write it again:
Get a hold of this book and read it. Regardless if you’ve read it before or not. Read it.
The book I am blogging about is part of the book-reading challenge I’ve set for myself during 2020, to read and blog monthly about 12 Swedish and 12 English books, books that I already own.
6 thoughts on “Women Who Run With the Wolves (book 5 of 12)”
Läste boken för över 20 år sedan. Den gjorde avtryck, som jag bär med mig fortfarande. Hade kanske inte vågat allt jag gjort om det inte vore för den boken?
Jag har den boken men jag har ännu bara läst några tiotal sidor. Detta ska bli min sommarbok. Tack för detta underbara tips! <3
När jag läste den för många många är sedan var den med och ändrade mitt liv. Jag läste den åren innan min första skilsmässa och jag är övertygad om att den hjälpte mig att välja min väg. Med på min lista över bästa böcker jag läst.
Waow! I can tell by the way you write about it, that it changed your focus and expanded not only your conscious but your psyche. And I can sense how me leaning towards her book 📖 that it has immense teachings to give me. If I want, that is. And boy, do I want. I have never been more ready, eager to embark and embrace a soul like hers. Really. This is it. It is my time. I am ready and I rely on the world to fulfill my purpose to share my journey in this world and in this lifetime.
I so look forward to being a witness to what will happen, when you start to dance with the Wild one within.
Even more. Because you already do. That I know.
But there’s more there. That I also know.