Volume Four of the Dangerous Old Woman Series with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
"What makes talent bloom? Ask what makes a tree blossom. They are the same. It is not unfathomable. It only takes concentration. Concentration of energies is what makes a tree flower. Not bigger, not faster, not taking up more space. Rather, less space. Density. Pressure in hard places. Often, in the dark. Relentlessly. Freely. For as long as it takes. Hold faith, a gestation can go long and for good reason, and nothing much shows above ground. But then, one day?" - Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD
Are you waiting for New Life, for your talents to bloom? With The Late Bloomer, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes presents volume four of her masterwork on the Wise Woman archetype, bringing you six sessions of original tales, stories from her ethnic families, poems, blessings, and psychological commentary exploring the cycles of "burgeoning, blooming New Life."
The Ultimate Blooming Takes Time
Although we are each created with countless gifts to share in this lifetime, no one is born in full development, begins Dr. Est's. The Late Bloomer-the one at the verge of tipping forward into her creative powers-speaks to all of us who sense within "great talent untapped, touchingly wondrous yet wounded or held back by fate in some way." Meet the wise old woman in the form of The Late Bloomer in her many guises, as she beckons us to ignite the creative fire of the interior life, to burst into bloom time and again.
Step Forward into Your True Shape
Dr. Est's asks, "What is your reason for being here on earth? What are the promises you made to Creator before you came? That is your original shape-the holy shape of how you are meant to go in life, regardless of all crosswinds." The old woman as the wise Late Bloomer calls us to "step forward into our true shapes, and to step onto the open road and blue sky, where we can be born into New Life again."
Stories, Poems, and Blessings Include
The High Tea
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Maker of Pencils
How To Animate The Life-Force
La Danzanta-An Old Woman's Rules for Ever-Renewing Creative Jing
The Fisherman's Wife
The Woman Who Was Eaten by Her Relatives
As a Woman Learns to Be Queen of Herself
Words for Walking Back to the Strong House
The Child in the Ice
The Dream of Chac Ma
The Hair-Curler Lady
The Ritual of Marzana
The Rose Tree Warrior
The Smoke Tree Story
About the Author
Clarissa Pinkola Estes was born in Indiana in 1943 to parents of Spanish and Mexican ancestry, but was later adopted by Hungarian immigrants. She received her Ph.D. from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was certified as a Jungian analyst in 1984. She worked as a psychoanalyst in private practice and developed and taught the Writing as Liberation of the Spirit program in state and federal prisons. Estes served as executive director of the C.G. Jung Center for Education and Research and cofounded and codirected Colorado Authors for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights. One of Estes's better-known writings, Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (1992), is drawn from tales and myths she heard firsthand from members of such cultures as Asian, Mexican, African, and Greek. She also wrote The Gift of Story (1993). Her books can be found indexed under Psychology, Women's Studies, Mythology, Spiritual Development, and Poetry.
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