Our most recent book club read has been a little slow in coming due to the launch of the magazine and our new look website, but we are undeterred! If you didn’t read it when we announced the title, we urge you to invest in this intriguing and thought-provoking book from Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
Women Who Run With The Wolves is a collection of fables and fairy tales, told since time immemorial, but given new layers of understanding by the author.
She at once entertains us with stories that we may recognise from childhood, but opens our eyes to the hidden meanings and layers of warnings and insights that lie beneath. The book is one of clever sty-telling, centred on the ‘Wild Woman’ that lives within all of us women. It urges us to strip back the learnt behaviours of recent times and hark back to our inner selves, that connected and deeply rooted in nature. It speaks of regaining our inner voice – listening to our intuition and using it to guide us in our choices. That through reaching into this power we can regain our confidence and awaken our souls.
Several of the chapters focus on individual stories, which Clarissa retells in her own words with skill and imaginative fervour – the products of researching many cultures and oral histories. The lessons she explains in exacting detail – taking time to explain the rich tapestry of allegory and myth, symbolism and metaphors.
Of particular interest to me was the chapter on Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life. Some of her insights have stayed with me for months now, causing me to think back and ponder frequently. The chapter has fascinating commentary on the reason for creative lack – citing comparison, envy, mimicry, fear and other negative emotions so often experienced by creatives. There are wise words indeed for those of us struggling to find our true creative path. Her myths, legends and tales are ones we can all hark back to as a balm for our souls, where we can find meaning and answers in our day to day lives.
There is a reason these stories stand the re-telling – there is always something new to savour or interpret for yourself. The power of a good story never leaves us.
Discuss in the Nurture & Bloom Book Club Group
Did you enjoy it?
What did you learn from it?
Why do you think the book has become so popular over the years?
Why are stories so integral to all cultures, be it through the written word or as told through oral histories?