Post 1: The Discovery
Readers. My life just changed. Actually it’s been changing but I found something that makes so much sense and I’m so excited.
I’m in a storytelling group. A few months ago they mentioned a book to me and I wrote it down. They couldn’t believe I hadn’t read Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I’d never even heard of it. I wrote it down in my notes or took a photo and promptly forgot about it. We had our storytelling night this week for an audience and one of the storytellers told a tale of a young girl finding her voice as a wolf. It was kick-ass. That was Tuesday night. Yesterday, Wednesday, I am picking up a package in my apartment building which is near the Leave a book, Take a book area. I’ll admit that I have left no books yet, only taken but hey it’s okay. So of course since I’m addicted to books I have to take a gander at this little shelf.
I see the Wild Woman book and remember, “Oh yeah I was gonna read that. Oh yeah that sounded cool.” and pick it up. (Along with Mindy Kaling’s book and a free counseling textbook.)
I started grad classes almost a month ago and have NO time for reading except those goddamn textbooks. Yes, I’m whiny about it. Summer is supposed to be reading.
Last night I think, “Oh. I have enough brain power to do a little reading.” And I actually do it instead of looking at my goddamn phone.
This is the motha lode. This is my life’s purpose. This book.
Let me explain.
A few years ago I had an idea for a business. It’s a sort of center where women could find affordable resources for all areas of health.
Physical: a gym and trainer and fun classes, masseuses, yoga.
Social: a bookstore/coffee/wine shop where we hold book clubs, writing groups, & readings. Connections for traveling, hikes, bikes, kayaking trip, etc.
Spiritual: books & writing, yoga, meditation, a garden.
Mental: books & writing.
Emotional: Everything above plus therapists.
And whatever else we decide to do to develop our community.
So that’s a dream.
Also I wanted to write and speak and build something.
This Wild Woman book connects all of it. I already know that. I’m on page 51.
Here are some truths from it. But I will be writing more.
“Women’s flagging vitality can be restored by extensive ‘psychic-archeoligical’ digs into the ruins of the female underworld. (3)”
“A woman’s issues of soul cannot be treated by carving her into a more acceptable form as defined by an unconscious culture, nor can she be bent into a more intellectually acceptable shape by those who claim to be the sole bearers of consciousness. No, that is what has already caused millions of women who began as strong and natural powers to become outsiders in their own cultures. Instead the goal must be the retrieval and sucor of women’s beauteous and natural psychic form. (6)”
Oh. My. God.
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