I must confess, I’ve never read Women Who Run With Wolves or anything by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, though I know this book is on many women’s group reading lists. When it came out I was in grade 7 and had no idea this was where my interests would lay. When we had the Reiki Centre, we had a large library of donated books, I remember cataloging it on our shelves and liking the title, but never being drawn to read it. This morning my art teacher posted a part of that book and it intrigued me.
Taking Back the River
“Theft of absence of ideas, thoughts, feelings is the outcome of disturbed flow. Here is how to take back the river.
1. Receive nurturance
3. Be Wild
5. Protect your time
6. Stay with it
7. Protect your creative life
8. Craft your real work
9. Lay out nourishment for the creative life
I write a lot about the flow. This journey as a women coincides with oceans and rivers of energy that are deeply nourishing. I’ve put into practice those tools that keep me connected to this ebb and flow. This is for the express purpose of sustaining myself, so that I can stay grounded and present while walking this path.
Knowing how to get in touch with my emotions is the first key. Slowing down to register the nuances of these experiences are the second. Then having the right tools, to shift me into the desired direction, rounds the whole experience out.
What works for me is movement, energy work, and creativity. It’s really simple, nothing complicated. I believe navigating this life is meant to be that easy. How do I feel, what do I need, and will I listen to the prompting that comes? It’s a never-ending loop and a deeply fulfilling way to find the flow to this life.