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Finding That Intuition
Oh, how I’ve been waiting to get to this place! Chapter 3 of Women Who Run With The Wolves, “Nosing Out the Facts: The Retrieval of Intuition as Initiation,” has been eye-opening for me. It has clarified why I so desire to walk in wisdom each day. It might seem to be second-nature to some of you; nevertheless, I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way – to be on a quest for something of such incredible value which at times seems to be elusive.
Dr. Estes puts it this way:
“Intuition is the treasure of a woman’s psyche. It is like a divining instrument and like a crystal through which one can see with uncanny interior vision. It is like a wise old woman who is with you always, who tells you exactly what the matter is, tells you exactly whether you need to go left or right.“
I mentioned above that it seems like this intuition has been elusive to me. It’s not like I’ve not “heard” my soul speaking to me. It’s that I’ve not given it my attention way more often than I’d like to admit. And we know if we don’t pay attention to a thing, that thing (whether a man, woman, child, dog, cat, etc.) eventually relegates itself to the outer banks. It’s like I’ve given my most long-time, bestest friend the cold-shoulder for way too long. I want her back.
What’s great is that she wants to come back to me! And I’m open, ready. To make way for her, Dr. Estes introduces the story of Vasalisa, “…a woman’s initiation story…about the realization that most things are not as they seem.” It’s sort of a “sweet-and-sour” story, but to me, quite endearing. If you don’t yet have Women Who Run With The Wolves, you can read the story here (the story appears on several pages on this site; lots of interesting illustrations with it).
What I’d like to do is read Vasalisa this week and ask you to offer your interpretations of the story before we examine Dr. Estes’ analysis over the next two weeks (I think).
That means I’d love for you to offer your comments!!!
So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy the story. Then come back here and provide feedback. I’d love to hear what you have to say!
Have a great week!