“La Loba, the old one, The One Who Knows, is within us. She thrives in the deepest soul-psyche of women, the ancient and vital Wild Woman. The La Loba story describes her home as that place in time where the spirit of women and the spirit of wolf meet–the place where her mind and her instincts mingle, where a woman’s deep life funds her mundane life. It is the point where the I and the Thou kiss, the place where women run with the wolves.
This old woman stands between the worlds of rationality and mythos. She is the knuckle bone on which these two worlds turn. This land between the worlds is that inexplicable place we all recognize once we experience it, but its nuances slip away and shape-change if one tries to pin them down, except when we use poetry, music, dance… or story.”
Excerpt from Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD
Just in case you are not aware there is a most wonderful reading group called Wild Women Story Gathering. Beginning in January of this year the group began reading Women Who Run With the Wolves. Cosmic Cowgirls Jenafer Joy and Steph Cowling are our wild women leaders. If have not read this amazing book yet, or even if you have, consider joining us over at the reading site: (It is free for Cosmic Cowgirls) http://workingstories.ning.com/
We all have the wild woman within us. Sometimes the challenge lies in recognizing her or allowing her freedom of expression.
How do you keep in touch with your wild woman?
How does she like to express herself?
If she could do anything she wanted what would it be?
As you consider your responses check out this gorgeous print and an amazing piece of writing by Shiloh McCloud all about Wild Women.
We Are Wild Wonderful Women
We are women of complex deep juicy mystery
We are women learning to love and forgive ourselves
We are builders of dreams and seekers of justice
We are creators of new life and bringers of light
We are lovers and warriors, healers and truth tellers
We are marvelously tender and fiercely compassionate
We are whole even when the past has been too much
We are abundant beings, full of celebration and vitality
We are wild… We are wonderful… We are women!!!