One of my favorite books of all time is Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. It is filled with myths, stories and fairy tales collected from all over the world that are then dissected and mined for lessons of life. Anciently, it is said that women were taught about life’s rites of passage – love, marriage, sex, child-bearing, death – through stories, which is exactly what she does in this book. My copy, purchased for $5 from a used book store, is dogeared, underlined and well loved.
This weekend, I had a terrible dream about a man who was following me and couldn’t be defeated. Recalling Estes’ discourse on Dark Man Dreams, I looked it up and here’s what she had to say about dreams like these:
“There is one specific instance in which women are highly likely to experience dark man dreams and that is when one’s internal creative fire is smoking and banking all by itself, when there is little fuel left in the corner…
“In these cases, the dark man dream, even though accompanied by heart-jumping fear, is not an ominous dream. It is a very positive one about a proper and timely need to awaken to a distruction movement within one’s own psyche, to that which is stealing one’s fire, intruding on one’s vim, robbing one of the place, the space, the time, the territory to create. … The dark man dream is often enough to scare women into creating again.”
If I were stranded on a desert island, Women Who Run is the one I just might bring along.
What are some of your favorite books that you’d never be without?