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    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 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.
    — 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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: self  night  sacred  butterfly  frog 
     
    A healthy woman is much like a wolf: robust, chock-full, strong life force, life-giving, territorially aware, inventive, loyal, roving.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: women  strong  healthy 
     
    Tears are a river that takes you somewhere"¦Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace better.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: tears 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: world  human  poor  money 
     
    If you have yet to be called an incorrigable, defiant woman, don't worry, there is still time
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: time  women  worries 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: women  world  solitude  soul  running 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: advice  blessing 
     
    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
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: lost 
     
    Remember, if logic were all there really was to the world, then surely all men would ride sidesaddle
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: men  world  logic 
     
    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
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: soul  ego  hunger  possibility 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: world  powerful  spirit 
     
    stories that rise from deep suffering can provide the most potent remedies for past, present, and even future ills.
    — 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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: true  lost  holy  stories  spirit  missing 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: time  solitude  creative 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: world  action  soul  powerful 
     
    Dogs are the magicians of the universe.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: dog  universe 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: laughter  work  tears  blood  stories  hope 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: people  sorrow  sorry 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: present  meaning  self  wild  strong  wise 
     
    To love pleasure takes little. To love truly takes a hero who can manage his own fear.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: fear  pleasure  hero 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: world  self  help  ideas 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: time  living  patience  soul  ego  learn 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: time  lies 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: world  self  wild  sky  water  stories 
     
    If you have never been called a defiant, incorrigible, impossible woman" have faith. There is yet time.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: time  impossible  faith 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: live  soul 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: world  soul  help 
     
    It's not by accident that the pristine wilderness of our planet disappears as the understanding of our own inner wild nature fades.
    — 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.
    — 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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: friends  conscious  lover 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: self  strength 
     
    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.
    — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    tags: doubt 
     
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    clarissa pinkola estes
    Birth    : January 27, 1945
    Occupation  : Poet