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.