"A healthy woman is much like a wolf - strong life force, life-giving,
territorily aware, intuitive and loyal. Yet separation from her wildish
nature causes a woman to become meager, anxious, and fearful.
With the wild nature as ally and teacher, we see not through two eyes
only, but through the many eyes of intuition. With intuition we are like
the starry night, we gaze at the world through a thousand eyes. The
wild nature carries the medicine for
She carries stories, dreams, words and songs. She carries everything a
woman needs to be and know. She is the essence of the female soul...
Where can you find her? She walks in the deserts, cities, woods, oceans,
and in the mountain of solitude. She lives in women everywhere; in
castles with queens, in the boardrooms, in the penthouse, and on the
night bus to Brownsville.
Whether you are possessed of a simple heart or the ambitious, whether
you are trying to make it to the top or just make it through tomorrow,
the wild nature belongs to you.
She lives in a faraway place that breaks through to our world. She lives
in the past and is summoned by us. She is in the present. She is in the
future and walks backward in time to find us now.
Without us, Wild Woman dies. Without Wild Woman, we die. Para Vida, for true life, both must live." - Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves.
And we cannot be tamed or domesticated. It would destroy us. (excerpt from a letter to my ex-husband and daughter, 1997)