“Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. is a study guide that I refer to as “my bible”. Each time I pick it up, its fresh and relevant. The wisdom, history and passion can be felt on every page.
Chapter 8 – Preserving Leg Traps, Cages and Poisoned Bait – Page 268: ” She needed only one wise inner construct that she could hold on to, one shred of instinct that would last until she could begin the time-consuming work of rebuilding inner sense and instinct. There is a wild voice that lives in side all of us, one that whispers “Stay here long enough…stay here long enough to revive your hope, to drop your terminal cool, to give up defensive half-truths, to creep, carve, bash your way through, stay here long enough to see what is right for you, stay here long enough to become strong to try the try that will make it, stay here long enough to make it to the finish line, it matters not how long it takes or in what style…”
Chapter 8 – Preserving Leg Traps, Cages and Poisoned Bait – Page 272: “The feral woman is a woman making her way back. She is learning to wake up, pay attention, stop being naive, uninformed. She takes her life in her own hands to re-learn the deep feminine instincts, it is vital to see how they were decommissioned to begin with.”
Chapter 9 – Homing: Returning to Oneself – Page 305: ” Women’s “heal everything, fix everything” compulsion is a major entrapment constructed by the requirements placed up on us by our own cultures, mainly pressures to prove that we are not just standing around taking up space and enjoying ourselves, but that we have redeemable value.”