What are you hungry for deep in your soul? The Wild Woman Archetype can help you to bring forth that which is calling to you. She connects you with your innate wisdom, she is your innate wisdom. She is powerful and wise. She is connected to all those who have gone before you. Call on her. Invite her in.
For the past several weeks I have been endlessly fascinated with the Wild Woman, ever since reading Clarissa Pinkola Estes bestseller, Women Who Run with the Wolves. In the past month or so I’ve been feeling as though I’d lost touch with a part of my wild nature. Going through the motions, trying to live a soulful, fulfilled life. But still, there has been a touch of wildness that is missing. There has been this part of me that deeply longs to just break out of all the norms and run free. But in reflecting on this, I wonder, what exactly does that look like?
Clarissa’s book provides more or less a road map to connect with this innate, wild energy that is available to all of us. We’ve been so conditioned by culture, religion, and family norms, to name a few, knowing what we must and must not do to have and maintain connection and belonging. But what part of ourselves do we lose in this process of domestication?
We lose a huge part of ourselves. We lose our connection to the wild, we lose our connection to our soul, if we are going through the motions unconsciously.
You see, the Wild Woman doesn’t just survive—she THRIVES.
We need to reclaim our instinctual life, our soul, our spirit.
Clarissa discusses how this Wild Woman is an endangered species in today’s society, and a protective preserve must be created to nurture her. This protective preserve, this sacred space, is created and nurtured by US. This wild aspect of self is needed more now than ever in today’s politically tumultuous climate—with our safety, our water, our environment, our children, our dignity being threatened at every turn. With women making 77 cents per every dollar made by a man, our society needs us to reclaim our wildness. To stand for equality. To step out of our acceptance of the status quo, and instead to call on our fierce, wild nature.
You may be wondering who or what this Wild Woman is. What she looks like. How she acts. If you had asked me 15 years ago I would have said she is the one carelessly dancing on table tops, streaking through the university campus at the sight of the first rain of the season, swimming naked in the ocean (I have done all of these!). Yes, this can be her, and yet she is so much more.
Below you will find some thoughts and questions to reflect on to cultivate the Wild Woman energy in your life. Grab a cup of coffee, grab your journal, and take a few minutes to reflect on and answer the following questions.
1. The Wild Woman leads a truthful life that is informed by both gut instincts as well as intellect. She runs, gets lost, and risks making mistakes in order to answer the call of her soul.
- What is my soul hungry for?
- Where am I in denial, or not telling my truth?
- Where am I staying small out of fear of making a mistake?
- Am I afraid of getting lost, and is that fear holding me back?
- Do I listen to my gut instincts, or do I continually rationalize with intellect?
2. The Wild Woman is a rebellious seeker. She takes the road less traveled. She doesn’t wait for a guide to show up, instead, she strikes out on her own.
- In what area of my life do I need to set out on the road less traveled?
- Where am I waiting for a guide?
- Why am I waiting for a guide?
3. The Wild Woman cannot be controlled, she is the original rebel, the original revolutionary.
- Where am I being controlled? By what or by whom?
- Where do I need to call on my rebellious nature?
- What status quo am I currently accepting?
4. The Wild Woman uses all of her senses. She uses her imagination, her passion, she tells her stories. SHE USES HER VOICE.
- Where do I need to speak up?
- What is keeping me from using my voice?
- What are my passions?
- What are my stories?
- Am I living them? Am I sharing them? If not, why?
5. The wild woman doesn’t want to settle or be forced into any box.
- Where in my life am I settling?
6. The Wild Woman is in tune with nature. She’s in tune with the rhythms, cycles, and seasons of her life.
- Do I know what season I am in?
- If I’m in winter, am I allowing myself to hibernate and replenish? If not, why?
- If I’m in spring, am I taking myself out into the world, creating, sharing, and blossoming? If not, why?
7. The Wild Woman is uninhibited, erotic, and comfortable with her life force energy.
- Am I allowing myself pleasure?
- How can I cultivate even more pleasure in my life?
- Am I comfortable in and embracing my sexuality?
- Am I embracing the dirty, juicy, moist, earthy parts of myself?
8. The Wild Woman accepts and embraces all parts of herself.
- What aspect of myself do I find unacceptable? Why?
- What do I need to do to find acceptance in this area?
- How can I foster more self-love?
9. The Wild Woman allows for spontaneity. She is inventive. She creates and she destroys.
- What do I need to create?
- What do I need to destroy?
- How can I allow for more spontaneity in my life?
The Wild Woman is often feared because she is immensely powerful. She is liberated. She is unstoppable. She knows when to soften and when to call on her fierce nature. Where in your life do you need to invite her in? Perhaps in your relationship? Your parenting? Career? In your creative life? Your activism? Your emotional life?
Clarissa Pinkola Estes says, “The Wild Woman is only intimidating to those who are not yet free. She is a mirror of all you are or all you have yet to become. She is a living invitation to claim your freedom. Your wings long to life you on the wind.”
Claim your freedom by inviting this powerful and wise archetype into your life. Her wisdom and power will set you free. She will help you create and live a life where you can THRIVE. She will connect you to the wisdom of all women who have gone before you. It is time to unleash your power.