clarissa pinkola estes Quotes

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.
tags: women culture body longing strong healthy
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Asking the proper question is the central action of transformation- in fairy tales, in analysis, and in individuation. The key question causes germination of consciousness. The properly shaped question always emanates from an essential curiosity about what stands behind. Questions are the keys that cause the secret doors of the psyche to swing open.
tags: secret action key curiosity questions
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I learned about the sacred art of self decoration with the monarch butterflies perched atop my head, lightning bugs as my night jewelry, and emerald-green frogs as bracelets.
tags: self night sacred butterfly frog
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
A healthy woman is much like a wolf: robust, chock-full, strong life force, life-giving, territorially aware, inventive, loyal, roving.
tags: women strong healthy
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Tears are a river that takes you somewhere"¦Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace better.
tags: tears
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
To be poor and be without trees, is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have trees, is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy.
tags: world human poor money
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
If you have yet to be called an incorrigable, defiant woman, don't worry, there is still time
tags: time women worries
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul-place.
tags: women world solitude soul running
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
When seeking guidance, don't ever listen to the tiny-hearted. Be kind to them, heap them with blessing, cajole them, but do not follow their advice.
tags: advice blessing
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
It is worse to stay where one does not belong at all than to wander about lost for a while and looking for the psychic and soulful kinship one requires
tags: lost
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Remember, if logic were all there really was to the world, then surely all men would ride sidesaddle
tags: men world logic
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Like all other lonely or hungry things, ego loves the light. It sees light, and the possibility of being close to the soul, and it creeps up to it and steals one of its essential camouflages. In a hunger for soul, our own ego-self steals the pelt
tags: soul ego hunger possibility
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
To take the world into one's arms and act towards it in a soul- filled and soul- strengthening manner is a powerful act of wildish spirit.
tags: world powerful spirit
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
stories that rise from deep suffering can provide the most potent remedies for past, present, and even future ills.
tags: future past present suffering stories
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
In this tradition a story is 'holy,' and it is used as medicine," she told Radiance magazine. "The story is not told to lift you up, to make you feel better, or to entertain you, although all those things can be true. The story is meant to take the spirit into a descent to find something that is lost or missing and to bring it back to consciousness again.
tags: true lost holy stories spirit missing
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Nurture is like psychic Wheaties.
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The most important thing is to hold on, hold out, for your creative life, for your solitude, for your time to be and do, for your very life.
tags: time solitude creative
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.
tags: world action soul powerful
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Dogs are the magicians of the universe.
tags: dog universe
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you,and that you will work with these stories from your life--not someone else's life--water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. That is the work. The only work.
tags: laughter work tears blood stories hope
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.
tags: people sorrow sorry
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
When a creature is exposed to violence, it will tend to adapt to that disturbance, so that when the violence ceases or the creature is allowed its freedom, the healthy instinct to flee is hugely diminished, and the creature stays put instead.
tags: freedom violence healthy instinct
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The quintessential feminine Self stands at the center of the psyche and it is wild, meaning natural and free, and utterly wise. It is not 'something' we must strive to create. This Self is already fully present, burning strong and waiting for us to come into its presence.
tags: present meaning self wild strong wise
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
To love pleasure takes little. To love truly takes a hero who can manage his own fear.
tags: fear pleasure hero
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Anything you do from the soulful self will help lighten the burdens of the world. Anything. You have no idea what the smallest word, the tiniest generosity, can cause to be set in motion… Mend the part of the world that is within your reach.
tags: world self help ideas
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
With the wild nature as ally and teacher we see not through two eyes but through the many eyes of intuition. With intuition we are like the starry night, we gaze at the world through a thousand eyes. The wild woman is fluent in the language of dreams, images, passion, and poetry.
tags: nature women world language night eyes intuition wild poetry passion dreams
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Three things differentiate living from the soul verses living from the ego only: the ability to sense and learn new ways, the tenacity to ride a rough road, and the patience to learn deep love over time.
tags: time living patience soul ego learn
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
To be ourselves causes us to be exiled by many others, and yet to comply with what others want causes us to be exiled from ourselves.
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing.
tags: women powerful knowing wild creativity instinct
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
All that you are seeking is also seeking you. If you lie still, sit still, it will find you. It has been waiting for you a long time.
tags: time lies
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.
tags: world self wild sky water stories
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
If you have never been called a defiant, incorrigible, impossible woman" have faith. There is yet time.
tags: time impossible faith
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The point of art is not simply to express ourselves, but to create an external, concrete form in which the soul of our lives can be evoked and contained.
tags: live soul
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this_world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.
tags: world soul help
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
It's not by accident that the pristine wilderness of our planet disappears as the understanding of our own inner wild nature fades.
tags: nature understanding wild
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Asking the proper questions is the central action of transformation. Questions are the key that causes the secret doors of the psyche to swing open.
tags: secret action key transformation questions
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Mindful choosing of friends and lovers, not to mention teachers, is critical to remaining conscious, remaining intuitive, remaining in charge of the fiery light that sees and knows.
tags: friends conscious lover
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
When a woman is exhorted to be compliant, cooperative, and quiet, to not make upset or go against the old guard, she is pressed into living a most unnatural life- a life that is self-blinding... without innovation. The world-wide issue for women is that under such conditions they are not only silenced, they are put to sleep. Their concerns, their viewpoints, their own truths are vaporized.
tags: truth women living sleep innovation
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Be proud of your scars. They have everything to do with your strength, and what you've endured. They're a treasure map to the deep self.
tags: self strength
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.
tags: doubt
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes
clarissa pinkola estes
Birth    : January 27, 1945
Occupation  : Poet