Wild Women are a blessing – International Women’s Day.

Sunday last was International Women,s Day. 8th March.

As I could not find a lot of articles, celebrating the day in our newspapers, I’ve written my own. I believe in celebrating successes,  for too many people live lives of desperation.

With the help of one woman author I respect.“Though her soul requires seeing, the culture around her requires sightlessness. Though her soul wishes to speak its truth, she is pressured to be silent.”

― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

As I believe all people are born talented and have come to contribute, something that they alone can give.  This does not and cannot fit the modern mould of being a certain shape, size, etc

“It makes utter sense to stay healthy and strong, to be as nourishing to the body as possible. Yet I would have to agree, there is in many women a ‘hungry’ one inside. But rather than hungry to be a certain size, shape, or height, rather than hungry to fit the stereotype; women are hungry for basic regard from the culture surrounding them. The ‘hungry’ one inside is longing to be treated respectfully, to be accepted and in the very least, to be met without stereotyping.”
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

“When we lose touch with the instinctive psyche, we live in a semi-destroyed state and images and powers that are natural to the feminine are not allowed for development. When a women is cut away from her basic source, she is sanitised, and her instincts and natural life cycles are lost, subdued by the culture, or by the intellect or the ego- one’s own or those belonging to others.”

Any time we spend time in our inner silence we are guaranteed increase of blessings. For this we do not need to do anything , only go within and listen. But we have been taught otherwise and come to rely on the busi-ness of our lives, and are often defined by this. The cost is we loose the wise woman guide within. And the cost to the wider world is immeasurable.

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“When a woman is frozen of feeling, when she can no longer feel herself, when her blood, her passion, no longer reach the extremities of her psyche, when she is desperate; then a fantasy life is far more pleasurable than anything else she can set her sights upon. Her little match lights, because they have no wood to burn, instead burn up the psyche as though it were a big dry log. The psyche begins to play tricks on itself; it lives now in the fantasy fire of all yearning fulfilled. This kind of fantasizing is like a lie: If you tell it often enough, you begin to believe it.”

“A women’s  issues of soul cannot be treated by carving her into a more acceptable form as defined by an unconscious culture, nor can she be bent into a more intellectually  acceptable shape by those who claim to be the sole bearers of consciousness. No that is what has already caused millions of women who began as strong and natural powers to become outsiders in our own cultures. Instead the goal must be the retrieval and succor of women’s beauteous and natural psychic form.”

Traditional psychology is often  spare or entirely silent about deeper issues important to women the archetypal, the intuitive, the sexual and cyclical, the ages of women, a woman’s way, A woman’s knowing, the creative fire.

Through Meditation we seek the contact and the blessing of Grace, to enter our lives and calm the storms within. Mantra and music give us a pathway in to this sacred place Clarissa Pinkola Estes describes it as

“She comes to us through sound as well; through music which vibrates the sternum, excites the heart; it comes through the drum, the whistle, the call and the cry. It comes through the written and spoken word; sometimes a word, a sentence or poem or a  story, is so resonant, so right, It causes us to remember, at least for an instant, what substance we’re really made from, and where is our true home.

“When women reassert their relationship with the widest nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, and  an oracle, and inspiratrice , an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener, who guide, suggest, and urge vibrant life in the inner and outer worlds.When women are with the wild woman, the fact of that relationship glows through them. This wild teacher, wild mother, wild mentor supports their inner and outer lives no matter what.”

So though meditation, yoga, story telling, art, poetry painting dance, movement or stillness, craft we remember how we can awaken within the very depths of our being wonder, magic and medicine.

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About lorraine

After a nasty fall from my bicycle, coming home from high school, I began suffering from migraines. After a term of Chiropractic adjustments, which helped but did not entirely stop the migraine headaches, my parents in desperation sent me to yoga classes, The only available evening class in our area was filled with pregnant women. I felt out of place as a shy teenager, but persevered. adjustment,breathing, meditation and yoga proved the only therapy that bought relief from the headaches. Feeling well I got on with life, married moved from my home town and forgot the daily yoga practices and there benefits. Coming back to Yoga and meditation helped me manage during the time of my father's Cancer. and death. Later when my Husband became ill the natural decision was to qualify as a Yoga, meditation teacher to further assist others through the difficult times of illness and recovery or death. I have now been benefiting from the science and art of Yoga, Meditation for well over twenty five years.
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