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The archetypal feminine psyche, guideposts from human history,
This review is from: Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (Mass Market Paperback)
I'm somewhat astounded at some of the short-sighted reviews of this profoundly insightful book. It certainly has no assumptions that anyone is wrong or needs fixing! It does however look at the evolution of feminine psyche through the eyes of the stories of many cultures, and how these stories can reflect passages of our own journey, and how these stories can provide indications on what can happen and how we can trust ourselves in this process of growth and self knowledge even more. Storytelling is an ancient art where truths were(are!) passed down from generation to generation in entertaining but deeply informative ways to the unconscious. (television is the most prevalent, and perhaps, most destructive storytelling device in our modern culture!) Most of our learning is, sadly, quite unconscious. Pinkola Estes illustrates her rich experience and understanding of these stories, their place in human social and personal psychology and anthropology, and how we can begin to gain more understanding of the stories that have guided us, perhaps unwittingly, and what stories we may choose to live by instead. We write the script. Its a surprisingly very easy, joy-filled read that is great to dip in and out of and return to again and again. Its miles better than any media and television stories most of the populace are being unconsciously programmed with now days. There is no right answer of 'how to' but there are ancient marks on the tree to say, you're safe, you are going in the right direction, and how to trust ourselves to strike out and make trails of our own. This is the Wild Woman journey, me thinks. Certainly every woman would benefit from reading it--with an open heart and mind.