One of the most significant parts of a modern woman that has been lost, is the ‘wild’ self. The wild self is that part of our psyche where authenticity dwells. It is also the place where instinct and intuition reside. We neither know nor trust these sides of ourselves. As a result we have poor or no personal boundaries, become people-pleasers to the extreme and ultimately burn ourselves out. That, and we never know who we truly are and what we are capable of. Another consequence of buying into the philosophy of ‘niceness’ is that we bury our emotions that society considers to be ugly or ‘not nice’. Feelings of anger, rage, deep sorrow and even hatred are all labeled as ‘ugly’ or ‘dark’. Yet the truth is that all feelings are natural feelings – yes all of them.
Our feelings are our body’s response to the pain we see in the world. But instead of respecting our feelings and using them as portals to bring about healing and transformation, we stuff them down. Stuffing down feelings leads to addiction, because you can never truly stuff down a feeling – only try to escape from them.
These workshops will help us to find our way back into our authentic inner power and from that space, to trust our feelings and use them to make a real difference in the world and in our personal lives.
These workshops are taken from the book, Women Who Run with the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. The workshops will take the form of an experiential expression and deepening of the truths of each theme. For instance with the story of Bluebeard, we will look at the issue of how we have been acculturated to be ‘too nice’ and how it happens that when that ‘niceness’ takes over our intuition, we can end up ‘marrying Bluebeard’. The workshops will involve journal work, music, movement and other forms of learning and expression. Participants will need to either have or be prepared to source the book and need to have read the chapter before attending. I have listed some links at the end of this page where you can download the book for free.
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Background to the book:
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.