In last week’s “Women Who Run With The Wolves” post, I indicated we were going to be studying Chapter 2 – Stalking the Intruder: The Beginning Initiation. In this chapter, Dr. Estes tells the story of “Bluebeard,” the antagonist born within us that:
“severs the woman from her intuitive nature…leav[ing] the woman deadened in feeling, feeling frail to advance her life; her ideas and dreams lay at her feet drained of animation.”
This “Bluebeard” is a predator, and naive women, whether young or old, are the prey. It is the woman’s responsibility to learn to identify this predator in order to ensure that it does not bury what makes us who we are as women.
Well, ladies (and gentlemen who want to learn more as well), this is about as much progress I’ve made this week. It is a dense chapter (what else is new about this wonderful book), and I try to go over the chapters a few times, attempt to live out what I’ve read, and communicate it back to my readers for comments, questions, feedback. However, this week has been a bit hectic at school, as I have had to grade over 80 papers and write comments (same concept as a blog; give feedback, constructive criticism, support, etc.) for those same students. Needless to say, it does take a good bit of time.
Therefore, I have no “analysis” of this chapter this week. However, we will resume our study next Monday, March 5th, continuing in Chapter 2. So you have more time to read and reflect!
In the meantime, if you haven’t had an opportunity to read the previous four posts, take a look at them by clicking on one of the “Article Series” posts below. (Yes, this study is now in the form of Article Series, so you can have access to any of the posts in the study readily.)
Look out for that Wild Woman!