"Let us remember ourselves back to the wild soul.  Let us sing her flesh back onto our bones.  Shed any false coats we have been given.  Don the true coat of powerful instinct and knowing.  Infiltrate psychic lands that once belonged to us.  Unfurl the bandages, ready the medicine.  Let us return now, wild women howling, laughing, singing up The One who loves us so." 

- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

 

 

"Let us risk the wildest places,

Lest we go down in comfort, and despair."

- Mary Oliver

 

 

“I could very calmly go wild...

We can live any way we want...  

The thing is to stalk your calling in a certain skilled and supple way,

to locate the most tender and live spot and plug into that pulse.  

This is yielding, not fighting.

I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure,

to grasp your one necessity and not let it go,

to dangle from it limp wherever it takes you.  

Then even death, where you're going no matter how you live, cannot you part." 

- Annie Dillard

 

“Enchantment is the oldest form of medicine” 

- Carl Jung

 

 

"Within us is the potential to be fleshed out again as the creature we once were. 

Within us are the bones to change ourselves and our world.  Within us is the breath and our truths and our longings – together they are the song, the creation hymn we have been yearning to sing." 

- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

 

 

 

"… When it’s over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world."

- Mary Oliver

 

 

“Let us imagine the anima mundi neither above the world encircling it as a divine and remote emanation of spirit, a world of powers, archetypes, and principles transcendent to things, nor within the material world as its unifying panpsychic life-principle.  Rather let us imagine the anima mundi as that particular soul-spark, that seminal image, which offers itself through each thing in its visible form.  Then anima mundi indicates the animated possibilities presented by each event as it is, its sensuous presentation as a face bespeaking its interior image—in short, its availability to imagination, its presence as a psychic reality." 

- James Hillman

 

 

 

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

- Mary Oliver

 

“We dull our lives by the way we conceive them.” 

- James Hillman

 

 

 

“Once we receive a calling that resonates with the pattern woven within us we wander rightly, we find a path and enter a pilgrimage that suits our soul.  Such a life-path requires that we risk ourselves in order to find ourselves.  The path may lead us far from all that we know, yet it does so to lead us to the dream at the center of our souls.” 

- Michael Meade

 

“Stepping into largeness will require that we discern our personal authority – rather than the authority of others or the authority of our internalized admonitions – and live this inner authority with risk and boldness.” 

- James Hollis

 

“Choosing to risk one’s own authority, to step into this fearful place, to realize through experience that one will be supported by something deep within each of us, is what brings us home to ourselves.” 

- James Hollis

 

 

 

 

Wild Geese

by

Mary Oliver

 

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,calls to you like the wild geese,

harsh and exciting —over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.