Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“Wild Woman” Book Study Explores Connections to the Feminine Spirit

What does the word “wild” bring to mind? Merriam-Webster’s dictionary offers the following definition: “Living in a state of nature and not ordinarily tame or domesticated.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., author of Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, writes: “Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of wildish nature come to us at birth, society’s attempt to ‘civilize’ us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped.”

Beginning August 23, Joanna Lambert, a licensed professional counselor and certified radical living coach based at Energetic Wellness, will facilitate a 14-week exploration into Women Who Run with the Wolves. She considers the book an essential read for anyone desiring to connect more deeply with the feminine spirit. Together the group will explore multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales and stories—chosen from more than 20 years of Estés’ research—to reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.

“Our culture has myriad expectations of women. We have even more of ourselves. We women are deeply intuitive and instinctual beings, ferocious in our protection and nurturance of others. But how often do we use this ferocity to defend our own needs?” asks Lambert.

In conversation with Marie Bonaparte, Sigmund Freud was once purported to have said, “The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my 30 years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’”

Lambert has insight into Freud’s query: “I believe strongly that deep within every woman lies the answer to the question that eluded the Father of Psychoanalysis for three decades. I have a hunch as to why Freud never got his answer. First, a woman’s desires are as individual as she is. Secondly, centuries of patriarchal dominance have driven the desires of women deep underground. But we are now in the midst of an awakening, a beckoning from the unconscious depths of every feminine soul,” she says.

Women were once keepers of the sacred practice of forming a circle with the intent of uncovering and nourishing the God-given soul purpose of each member of the tribe. In our modern times, we have virtually lost this ancient practice, leaving many, as psychotherapist and author Francis Weller suggests, “spiritually unemployed.” Lambert strives to recreate the practice of ritual gathering, holding space around the shared intention of harvesting the inner gifts of all in the unique way that only community can.

Cost: $10 per once-weekly session; prepay for the series for $100 (a savings of $40). Location: 2851 W. Edmond Rd., Edmond. For more information or to register, call 405-359-1245.