This examiner has stumbled upon a gem of a book that so accurately speaks to, celebrates, and normalizes women who have gone the distance and completed the work to find happiness and healing of their souls. The book is based on the “Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype.” The authors name is Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., a Jungian Analytical psychotherapist. This is one of the most read and critically acclaimed books for women of this century. The book has become a teacher, a healer, a beacon of light, and a miracle of accomplishment. No woman should be without this included into their personal library. All Hale to the Queen of the “Wild Nature,” Clarissa, for her obedience to the call to complete such a magnificently gifted piece work!
This book has brought deep soul wrenching tears to the eyes of this Examiner as well as millions of other women. The honesty and creativity in this work had to come from beyond this world. Clarissa’s intuitive creation has freed women of the former stigmas associated with becoming a fully human woman. It captures all of the dark states of a woman’s psychic soul work on, through the initiation process and finally her self-actualization. It depicts all of the cycles of a women’s life that she must go through in order for her to become a fully awakened, enlightened, intuitive, and instinctual self.
There is no shame in her game! And she wanted to make sure that all psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, other professionals and the rest of us understand women on another level, making the treatment of women who are going through horrible situations and circumstances finally accessible. Through her deep analytical style through story, she has taken off the veil in order to normalize women through their soul work, rather than pathologies them; which is what history and some lesser evolved psychotherapists tend to do when treating women’s issues. It is almost magical how she explains that within everywoman is a “Wild Woman” working hard to break free as nature intended.
Groups of women have been joining together around the country and have formed book clubs, therapy groups, and created deep psychic bonds through the wonderful works of this great author, teacher, healer, and psychic friend. Through her work she has managed to touch the soul and has helped psychotherapists to look at their clients in a new and blindingly compassionate light. No woman can read this and not feel connected to the authors’ soul in some way. It is sad to know that the “Wild Woman” is scarce becoming extinct. This article is being written with the intention of making sure that never happens fully for if it does our world as we know it will not survive without the boldness and fortitude of women like this in our existence. Those of us who have done the deep soul work will hopefully be able to make sure this never happens by continuing the line through passing the baton that is this book, to our younger women and children for the safekeeping of the future. It is this Examiners express opinion that Dr. Estes should receive a Nobel Prize for her great work in helping women come of age.
One critic wrote: “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. Estés 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. Estés 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.”
Yes, she has touched our hearts and pierced ours souls so that we never need be ashamed again of the trials and tribulations that we women must endure in order to find our way back to our true Wild nature. In Living the Legacy: The Women’s Rights Movement 1848-1998 Timeline , proved that collective consciousness of women had finally come of age. It has taken centuries to get woman where they are today in the United States and in many countries around the world. Through much labor Dr. Estes has birthed a book that has inspired more women to take the next step, take up the cause and to do it without fear and to finally, dare to be Wild!
This examiner exhorts all women to purchase the book. It can be found in your local book store, library or found at www.amazon.com. You will never regret it.