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The turning of the year always puts me in a contemplative mood. I love to spend a lot of time during the holidays reading something soulful and writing. This year my special holiday reading has been Women Who Run With The Wolves. I first read it shortly after it was published, when my daughter was a toddler. I was a different kind of mother than I would have been had I not read the book. I am very grateful for that. Now that I'm an Empty Nester, I thought it might be a good time to re-read it. Was I ever right! (Perhaps this is one of those books one should read at various times in life.)

This morning, the passage below brought me up short:

When there is too much predator and not enough wild soul, economic, social, emotional and religious structures of culture gradually began to distort the most soulful resources, both in spirit and in the outer world. Natural cycles are starved into unnatural shapes, lacerated with unwise uses, or else put to death. The value of what is wild and visionary in this scenario is denigrated, and dark speculations are made about how dangerous the instinctual nature really is. Thus stripped of authentic sanctity and meaning, destructive and painful means and methods are rationalized as superior. (Women Who Run With the Wolves, p. 472)

I think Creation Spirituality is all about making sacred spaces for the wild, the natural and the visionary in our world.  That work has never been more necessary. 

In this new year, may we all be blessed with many opportunities for that work.  

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Comment by Jason Hernandez on January 11, 2014 at 3:50pm

Having read most of Women Who Run With the Wolves, I see it as the feminine counterpart to, say, Iron John.  As I am not a woman, it was not meant to resonate with me as it did with you; likewise Iron John was not meant to resonate with you as it was with me.  We both, however, do have a need to maintain contact with our "opposite" i.e. the feminine in men, the masculine in women.  In recovering the sacred feminine, too long rejected by Christianity, we must guard against swinging the pendulum too far the other way; the feminine without the masculine is as unbalanced as the reverse -- fish with bicycles notwithstanding.

Comment by Cindy Long on January 13, 2014 at 12:36am

I agree we need to balance yin and yang.  My attraction to Estes' book has more to do with the element of "wildness."  I don't have enough of that in my life! Estes posits that wildish women bring out the wild nature in men.  Perhaps the opposite is true as well.  In any case, we need more of that wildness in our world. It might give us a better appreciation for Earth, and cause us to treat her with more respect. 

Comment by Jason Hernandez on January 13, 2014 at 2:45pm

Iron John was about wildness, too.  It seems to have been written in response to the taming down of men in the 70s.  More recently, and from a specifically Christian perspective, Wild At Heart really resonated with me in a way that most Christian books do not.  I understood that you were writing about Women Who Run With the Wolves as being about wildness; I was simply pointing out that it is the needed feminine counterpart to the masculine-oriented books on that same subject.

Wild at Heart says something similar, about the wildness of one sex bringing out the wildness of the other, i.e. the wildish man resonates with the wildish woman, drawing her into his sense of life as an adventure.

Comment by Cindy Long on January 13, 2014 at 8:56pm

I had not heard of Wild at Heart.  It looks very good. Any book that quotes Teddy Roosevelt, Cole Porter and Zane Grey in the first few pages is worth a closer look! 

That whole "taming down" thing (for both women and men) has backfired. We've all lost our connection with nature (perhaps with Creation itself). Our culture has robbed us of much of our Soul.

I want to go feral.  

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