Thank you Clarissa Pinkola Estes for (well everything!) and especially for writing Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, an instruction manual for reviving the wild soul. It took me 10 years to read this whole book . . . and I still haven’t finished it, and yet I’ve read parts and pieces 10 or more times. . It’s a book that cannot be read in a straight line, but must be tunneled through underwater with flippers, or spiraled among through marshy meadows. It cannot be absorbed in full daylight. Only moonlight illuminates these words!
I would write more, but today, I am taking heart in the chapter “Homing: Returning to Oneself” (such a great chapter! Think selkies.), specifically the section “Staying Overlong.”
Suddenly, I am too long on this screen and must cease for the evening . . . even though I LOVE my delicious commitment to post daily. Suddenly, I must stop and de-screen. So tonight I shall do just that. 💚
She writes that when you must return (to yourself), you say simply this, “I’m off for now, but I’ll be back!”—and then, with a flick of your fluffy tail, you turn and GO.
Perhaps tomorrow a hand-drawn journal? We shall see.
Now, as one of my dearest heart friends says when she must GO, “Love you, good night!”
ART CREDIT: Illustration is from the cover of Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype