La Loba

Wolf playing in the snow. Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/REUTERS

One of my favorite stories is Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ telling of La Loba, Wolf Woman. Tonight I read the story for the thousandth time and something new resonated.

About Wolf Woman Estés says, “Even in the best of worlds the soul needs refurbishing from time to time.” Without the help of the Wolf Woman, the Wild Woman instinctual nature of our deepest selves, we will peel and flake like Adobe houses in the desert. We need our creative souls to shape and reshape who we are.

But, how? When we feel dried up, parched, lost, and alone in the desert.

“A desert is a place where life is very condensed,” Estés says. “Life in the desert is small but brilliant and most of what occurs goes on underground…many of us have lived desert lives: very small on the surface, and enormous under the ground.”

So, we must go underground to that place where our inner Wolf Woman resides. We must sing her out of her cave to help shape our lives. We must share her with the world. (Even with the ones who will be afraid of her, who will want to keep her underground. Those people are probably the ones who need her most). We must access her through our dreams, our art, our music, our prayers, our fast moving pens.

We will know Her by the stirring in our souls and by the vibrant aliveness we feel when we meet Her.

And remember: it takes time, effort, patience, and love to refurbish a house. Especially one in the desert.

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