“Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of the wildish nature come to us at birth, society’s attempt to “civilize” us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped.” -Clarissa Pinkola Estes
There is an amazing work by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, from which this quote is taken. Admittedly, I am always a bit surprised at how many people haven’t read it, given its wisdom and intensity. Among those who have, when asked if they have read it, there is always a look of understanding exchanged with a smile, and few words. This book needs simply to be experienced, and that is Women Who Run With the Wolves.
“The wild woman would defy the rules, traditions and standards of patriarchal society, as above all, she is moved by a longing for freedom, not only of the self, but of humanity. In her quest for love she puts herself through the most unlikely situations to expose truth to the world. She is here to teach us all a lesson of light, love and freedom; the one true nature of the soul. Due to her choices she will suffer profoundly, but she will always continue in her adventure in a fascinating quest for love, truth and freedom.
The wild woman is, today and will continue being misunderstood by society for as long as society lives under the spell of a false sense of identity and the duality between the material and the spiritual. Due to her nature, she’s creative and most likely an artist. The Thinking Muse. She’s also charming, sensual and enchanting and she will be desired and rejected by many men and women. Most people would describe her as ‘mad’ and hold ambivalent feelings towards her.
There is more wisdom and lucidity in her madness than in any rational man. This feeling is a mixture of love and hate, envy, admiration and pity and as I already mentioned, desire and rejection at once. As she is most magnetic, she will attract people from all ways of life. The wild woman is an inspiration to all, but it is her lucid madness that would put people off her ways. For as long as the world live in fear and persists in seeking a security that doesn’t exist, the wild woman will continue to be a mirror in which everyone’s fears are reflected.”
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