BOOK NERD : Kickass Quotes from Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD (Part 2 of 4)...

The honoring of the Life/Death/Life cycle...

That might be the biggest takeaway for me with this book, which is saying A LOT- as Women Who Run With The Wolves creates so much value.

I suppose that was the one for me, because it deepened my practice as a Witch.

It brought me to terms with the fact that all things die. However- death is not an ending but rather a passage for new life...

The Wheel Of The Year is what first got me in touch with & working with this most empowering fact of life, as it is Mother Nature herself who tells this Truth every single day & night.

But still- there's something about the way we humans examine such Truths through story, myth, folklore & poetry that can take what is obvious & make it more digestible some how... make it that much more real...

And that is what this book has done for me. It has made the real realer than real, and for that I am most grateful.

"The word innocent is often used to mean a person of no knowing, or a simpleton. But the roots of the word mean to be free of injury or hurt." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"The state of wise innocence is entered by shedding cynicism and protectionism, and by reentering the state of wonder one sees in most humans who are very young and many who are very old." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"The psychological and physiological center is the heart. In Hindu Tantras, which are instructions from the Gods to humans, the heart is the Anahata chakra, the nerve center that encompasses feeling for another human, feeling for oneself, feeling for the earth, and feeling for God. It is the heart that enables us to love as a child loves: fully, without reservation, and with no hull of sarcasm, depreciation, or protectionism." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"...the giving of body is one of the last in the phases of love. This is as it should be. It is good to master the first stages of meeting with the Life/Death/Life nature and let the literal body-to-body come after... do not engage a lover who wants to go from accidental catching to giving body. Insist on all the phases." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"...protectionsim creates nothing, selfishness creates nothing, holding on and screaming effects nothing. Only letting go, giving heart, the great drum, the great instrument of the wild nature, only this creates." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"Energy, feeling, closeness, solitude, desire, ennui, all rise and fall in relatively closely packed cycles. One's desire for nearness, and for separations, waxes and wanes. The Life/Death/Life nature not only teaches us to dance these, but teaches that the solution for malaise is always the opposite; so new action is the cure for boredom, closeness is the cure for loneliness, solitude is the cure for feeling cramped. Without the knowledge of this dance, a person is inclined, during various still-water times, to extrovert the need for new and personal action into spending money, doing danger, roping reckless choices, taking a new lover. It is the dummling or fool's way. It is the way of those who do not know how." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

" is an act of deepest love to allow oneself to be stirred by the wildish soul of another." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"All over the world in stories, magic results from singing. Singing brings increase." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"The creation hymn produces psychic change." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"In almost all cultures, at the creation the Gods give the people songs, telling them that to use them will call the Gods back at any time, that song will bring to them the things they need as well as transform or banish those things they do not want. In this manner the giving of song in a compassionate act that enables humans to call the Gods and the great forces into human circles. Song is a special kind of language that accomplishes this in a way the spoken voice cannot." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"All humans and many animals are susceptible to having their consciousness altered by sound." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"Giving one's heart for new creation, for new life, for the forces of Life/Death/Life, is a descent into the feeling realm. It may be difficult for us, especially if we have been wounded by disappointment or by sorrow. But it is meant to be drummed through..." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"Tears carry creative power. In mythos, the giving of tears causes immense creation and heartfelt reunion." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"In herbal folklore, tears are used as a binder, to secure elements, unite ideas, join souls. In fairy tales, when tears are thrown, they frighten away spirits. When poured into the body, they heal lacerations and restore sight. When touched, they cause conception." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

"The history of the symbol of water as creator, as pathway, is long and varied. Spring comes in a rain of tears. Entry to the lower world is upon a waterfall of tears. A tear, heard by anyone of heart, is understood as a cry to come closer." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

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