If you are like me, you have been told half a million times that you absolutely must read Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Women Who Run with the Wolves. Maybe you have considered it; maybe it is even sitting on your bookshelf at home, patiently awaiting your undivided attention.
I will gladly be your broken record: You. Absolutely. Must. Read. This. Book.
I have been “meaning to” read this book for a couple years now, but I never cracked open the cover until Heidi — our curator — handed me a copy and said, “this is for you.” I am not one to shy away from blatant signs from the Universe, so I read the introduction that night.
Even if you have never heard of this book before this very moment, take this as your sign and trust my advice: This book is for you, by you — this book is you.
“The old one, The One Who Knows, is within us. She thrives in the deepest soul-psyche of women, the ancient and vital wild Self. Her home is that place in time where the spirit of women and the spirit of wolf meet — the place where mind and instincts mingle, where a woman’s deep life funds her mundane life. It is the point where the I and the Thou kiss, the place where in all spirit, women run with the wolves.”
Every single word feels like it was transcribed from my heart, spoken by my Soul. If you are reading this, I bet you will feel the same — this book is speaking directly to the truest part of womanhood. This book is not about divine femininity at its wildest. This book IS the wild, divine feminine, speaking for herself.
As you may imagine, this makes for a book that is astute, detailed, sometimes triggering, and yet deeply intriguing — hard to digest, but harder to put down.
My best advice is:
- Do not read this book in public — unless you are totally comfortable with crying, laughing and smiling uncontrollably, within minutes of one other in front of onlookers.
- Take it slow — this work is not meant to be rushed through, but rather savored, word by word, sentence by sentence.
- Keep a notepad close by — pay attention to what triggers emotional response in you. These moments usually serve as keys that when used in combination with one another can unlock a deeper truth you never knew you had.
- Buckle up and be ready to unleash the wild woman in you — unapologetic, free and true.
I am going to break this book into four semi-equal parts, and reflect on them on the full moon each month, starting October 24. If you would like to join me, its not too late.
We will be reading up to page 120 and reflecting on the full hunter's moon on October 24th. While we will be reading and discussing a quarter of the book each month (on our Facebook group mentioned above), we encourage you to read and partake in discussions at your own pace.
“To find her, it is necessary for women to return to their instinctive lives, their deepest knowing. So, let us push on now, and remember ourselves back to the wild soul. Let us sing her flesh back onto our bones.” - Clarissa Pinkola Estés
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