Monday, November 11, 2013

Why Young Women Should Spend Time With a Spiritual Elder

"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 Est├ęs, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

When I was in my early 20s, I was on a spiritual quest for a deeper understanding of life. One of the things I did was create a Women's Group, something I facilitate today as a Life Coach. I wanted to be in the presence of women that were also on a spiritual journey, but more importantly, I wanted them to be older and wiser than me because I knew that I would benefit greatly from being in their presence, and hearing what they had to say. So, once a month we would gather in my apartment and sit together in a circle. I was the youngest of five women, each one of them a wise "elder," meaning they had lived their lives committed to realizing a sacred purpose, and personal power, and could pass along their wisdom to me, which I was very grateful for.

The group consisted of a shaman/healer, a yogi, a writer, a clothing designer who lived alone in a cave in New Mexico a few months out of the year, and myself, an actress-writer hungry for spiritual knowledge. I learned so much from being in the company of these amazing ladies who, to me, embodied the type of woman that was written about in Clarissa Pinkola Estes book Women Who Run With The Wolves - Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. Each of the women in my group had the "passionate creativity" and "ageless knowing" that the book described, and were living an "authentic life," which was something, I sensed, became easier to do as you get older because you earned the right to be completely who you are with no regrets or apologies.

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