In my continual search for myself, I have hit a road block. I have felt myself transforming; but into what? While reading the introduction of Clarissa Estes’ book, I felt a stirring within. As Estes explains about Wild Woman a call, a primal, beautiful call, wells up inside, telling me to listen, carefully, to the senses and intuition I feel as I read the words. I find my psyche painting pictures of my Wild Woman and singing Her songs.
What is Wild Woman and how do I release her?
Estes explains that Wild Woman is “a metaphor to describe the force which funds all females. [It personifies] a force that women cannot live without (p. 6).” She explains that “the comprehension of this Wild Woman nature is not a religion but a practice. It is a psychology in its truest sense: … a knowing of the soul (p. 7).”
How do women find her, especially if they have suppressed her for years?
No matter how many times she [the Wild Woman] is forbidden, quelled, cut back, diluted, tortured, touted as unsafe, dangerous, mad, and other derogations, she emanates upward in women, so that even the most quiet, even the most restrained woman keeps a secret place for her. Even the most repressed woman has a secret life, with secret thoughts and secret feelings which are lush and wild, that is, natural. Even the most captured woman guards the place of the wildish self, for she knows intuitively that someday there will be a loophole, an aperture, a chance, and she will hightail it to escape (p.8).
The rest of the book, Estes explained, is devoted to stories that help us – all of us – find and release our Wild Woman.
With the introduction, I found myself close to tears as Wild Woman calls to me. I know she exists, and I know she wants released, but part of me is scared that I have suppressed her for too long. I fear that I won’t know how to release her. I fear that I have ignored my primal nature for too long that my natural instincts have dissipated. I have hope, though, that Estes will guide me in my search as I read the stories and release that stirring within.
Describe what frightens you the most about Wild Woman and what you most love about her.
Which of the forms of Wild Woman is your favorite? Explain your answer.
Chapter One, The Howl: Resurrection of the Wild Woman
In chapter one, Estes tells us two stories: La Loba and The Four Rabbinim.
La Loba creates life as she sings over the bones.
The Four Rabbinim behold the sacred Wheel of Ezekiel. Each has different reactions to the experience.
What are your reactions to these stories?
Did one story speak to you more?
How will these stories impact your search for Wild Woman?
(My answers will be in the comment section later.)
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