Better late than never! I’m reading Women Who Run With The Wolves, written by Jungian analyst, Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I dipped into it when it was first published in 1992, when my Wild Woman was in hiding, overtaken by full-time work. Now’s my time to enjoy this retelling of myths and fairytales, through which the author explores female creativity. It’s a passionate and erudite work.
I was never exposed to Jung’s work in my student years, so am now searching libraries and friends’ bookshelves, to complete my education. I need to know more about the terms that are so familiar: the archetypes, the collective unconscious, the shadow self. Written in the 1950s, Jung’s words about the ‘undiscovered self’ ring fresh and pertinent today, with the need to reclaim individual responsibility from those who abuse power.
At the beginning of the year I set up a new habit of writing for an hour before breakfast. Writer friends keep telling me how much their writing practice was influenced by Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way (1993). I have dug out a copy from the bookshelves, to see how I can refine my new pre-breakfast writing routine with her ‘morning pages’.
By the way, on the subject of women and power, I recently reviewed an MTC production of the 1946 comedy Born Yesterday. Very appropriate for our times. Check it out.