The Power of the Wild


“Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.”
― Clarissa Pinkola EstésWomen Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman

Like a lightning strike shattering the tree bowed to the ground in furious rain and battering wind, these moments of gut wrenching tears in the fabric of my life open my eyes to raw vistas of agony and joy… Maria

I am finding that it is in the world of myth, and poetry and dense, visceral feeling that life begins.

Colin Campbell touches upon this, as does Clarissa Esters.









5 responses »

  1. I have listened to the first video so far. Couple of points got my attention:

    “Wilderness is fundamental to our human nature.”
    “The way we live today has to do with a need to control our environment”

    It seems that the control of environment also takes away the natural challenges from our life. This makes our life very different. It moves us farther away from an understanding of what life really is.

    Recently, something triggered the following thought in my mind.

    “Justice is an expectation. When that expectation is thwarted then there is a cry of injustice. Animals do not expect justice nor do they cry against injustice of the jungle. They make the best out of the situation they are in. They are usually very sane. Humans have created God out of their expectations. They are primarily influenced by their expectations.”

    Thus, we are complicating our lives more and more by trying to control our environment. Life is much simpler and easier to understand when it is lived in wilderness.

    I think that is very true.


    • I agree — I have been considering the implications of justice as an expectation, and expectation as a primary influence. This is fascinating to me — it seems to me that there is a thin line between ideation/imagination and expectation and that thin line may be the same line or the genus of the line between being vibrant and alive and being egotistical and entitled. It teases at me but I haven’t fully grasped what it is that is teasing at me about it.

      • When one is living in wilderness, there is alertness of ‘now’ in terms of what might happen. There is no expectation of right or wrong either from others or from oneself. The latter kind of expectation puts controls there.

        Plato recommended popularizing the idea of personal God and the idea of right and wrong to develop “internal controls” among population, so they could be governed more conveniently. That is what followed through Christianity. I wonder what it was really like prior to Christianity.

        Buddha’s recommendation of mindfulness is just the opposite of Plato’s recommendation. It is much closer to wilderness living without the expectation of right and wrong. But it also uses the enhanced human capability to understand.

        Here is the link to Plato from THE STORY OF PHILOSOPHY by Will Durant.


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