One of my heroes and mentors over the years has been Dr. Clara Pinkola Estes.
I read “Women Who Run With the Wolves many years ago and last night went to bed early to listen to an audio story in the series “The Dangerous OLd Woman”.
This is turning into a confession.
I don’t want to be a wimpy old woman.
Another book that was given to me by my son, Peter, is also a favourite:”The Faithful Gardener”, subtitled: A Wise Tale about that which can Never Die..
This is what Dr.E. has written on the back cover.
” What is this faithful process of spirit and seed that touches empty ground and makes it rich again?
Its greater workings I cannot claim to understand.
I only know that in its care, what has seemed dead is dead no longer, what has seemed lost, is no longer lost, that which some have claimed impossible, is made clearly possible, and what ground is fallow is only resting- resting and waiting for the blessed seed to arrive on the wind with all Godspeed.
And it will.
Refuse to fall down
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down,
lift your heart toward heaven,
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled.
You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you from lifting your heart
It is in the middle of misery
that so much becomes clear.
The one who says nothing good
came of this,
is not yet listening.
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die