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In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes, a Jungian analyst and cantadora (storyteller), conducts what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconscious. Using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from more than twenty years of research, she examines the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype. 560 pp.
"Dr. Estés traverses vast territories in her work, from the core of and the psyche to the full spectrum of human experience. She is a poet who penetrates the depth of these worlds with acute intellectual, intuitive, and spiritual sight. She is a humanist who gathers up what she has perceived in a strong embrace. Ultimately, she is cantadora-keeper of stories-who will gladly journey to the psychic regions where her stories reside and bring one back to apply as a potent medicine. What a gift she is."—Psychological Perspectives Journal
"Women Who Run with the Wolves isn't just another book. It is a gift of profound insight, wisdom, and love. An oracle from one who knows."
"Stands out from the pack.... This book will become a bible for women interested in doing deep work.... It is a road map of all the pitfalls, those familiar and those horrifically unexpected that a woman encounters on the way back to her instinctual self. Wolves...is a gift."
--Los Angeles Times
"Estes gives old fairy tales a new adult spin, unearthing nuggets of wisdom on how to deal with crises, disappointments, and self-defeating behavior...Women Who Run with the Wolves tunnels deep into the psyche...opening new paths to spiritual freedom." --New Woman
"With lyrical power and grace...Estes brings forth the ancient wisdom of our ancestors and applies contemporary insight that makes these stories jump with meaning for our spiritually hungry souls. She invites women and men alike into the realm of the Spirit of truth, a Spirit that heals, awakens, challenges, connects, and laughs. This book will be honored in generations to come as one of the truly profound spiritual testimonies of our time."
--Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Foreword; Introduction: Singing Over the Bones; 1. The Howl: Resurrection of the Wild Woman; 2. Stalking the Intruder: The Beginning Initiation; 3. Nosing Out the Facts: The Retrieval of Intuition as Initiation; 4. The Mate: Union with the Other; 5. Hunting: When the Heart is a Lonely Hunter; 6. Finding One's Pack: Belonging as Blessing; 7. Joyous Body: The Wild Flesh; 8. Self-Preservation: Identifying Leg Traps, Cages, and Poisoned Bait; 9. Homing: Returning to Oneself; 10. Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life; 11. Heat: Retrieving a Sacred Sexuality; 12. Marking Territory: The Boundaries of Rage and Forgiveness; 13. Battle Scars: Membership in the Scar Clan; 14. La Selva Subterranea: Initiation in the Underground; 15. Shadowing: Canto Hondo, the Deep Song; 16. The Wolf's Eyelash; Afterword: Story as Medicine; Addendum; Notes; Education of a Young Wolf: A Bibliography; Acknowledgements; Index