Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul
Call her Our Lady, La Nuestra Señora, Holy Mother--or one of her thousands of other names," says Dr. Estés. "She wears hundreds of costumes, dozens of skin tones, is patroness of deserts, mountains, stars and oceans. Thus she comes to us in billions of images, but at her center, she is the Great Immaculate Heart." With Untie the Strong Woman, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés invites us to reconnect with "the fierce and loving Blessed Mother who is friendly, but never tame--she who flies to our aid when the road is long and our hearts are broken, ever ready to rekindle the inner fire of our creative souls." In her first book in more than a decade, Dr. Estés illuminates Our Lady through blessings, images, and narrative, including:
- Stories of connecting with the Blessed Mother, including "Meeting the Lady in Red," and "Untie the Strong Woman"
- Blessed Mother's many images from around the world, including "Litany of The Mother Road: A Chant of Her Incandescent Names;" "A Man Named Mary;" and "The Marys of Mother Africa"
- The wild side of her love, including "Massacre of the Dreamers: The Maiz Mother;" "Holy Card of Swords Through the Heart;" and "Guadalupe is a Girl Gang Leader in Heaven"
This brilliant book by Dr. Estés (Women Who Run With Wolves) is more than an engaging read, it is a visceral experience of Our Blessed Mother that is disturbing and enlightening—and ultimately, a profound event that keeps alive the essential and inherent qualities of our humanity.
Through diverse ethnic and personal stories, prayers and invocations, and images of the Divine feminine, Dr. Estés brings an immediate knowing of the fierce loving tenderness of Our Lady (she wears thousands of names and forms): “friendly, but never tame, demure, as in refusing to be contained and made small, the fire of compassion, a force of nature.”
Although throughout history the Grande Madre has been “disappeared though planned and purposeful destruction, she remains alive in our thoughts, our dreams, our inner knowings, and sudden awarenesses. If she were lost over time, we would dream her up again, for she is the ultimate Mother Who Gave Birth to Love: full consciousness for the suffering, awakened hearts and souls, awake to the living soul in need of comfort, strength and sturdy sheltering.”
“She is called La Nuestra Senora, Our Lady, because she is a mother instinctively and soulfully—and no one, no nation, no politic, no religious skepticism of her time or any era could turn her away from her profundity as a protectress.”
“La Madre Grande [is] a force of Nature intrinsically inlaid with profound creativity—of bringing, teaching, showing, sheltering and all the attributes of mothering in this world and beyond.”
For far too long now the sacred has been entrenched in the holy Father; Dr. Estés’ poetic sensibilities and a lifetime devoted to listening when our Divine Mother speaks, roots the reader in ancient healing feminine consciousness, in the unnamed yearnings for the Holy, and invokes new reconciliations.
“Each soul has to pry their unconsciousness out of the primal ooze and develop consciousness—to allow the Mother of the Heart of the World to take their hands, heart, and head in order to lead them to enact these new attitudes and practices for themselves out of mercy for others.”
Ready for another book that might transform your beliefs about traditional relgiouis icons? Try this one, in which Clarissa Pinkola Estes (of Women who Run With the Wolves) tells an even more intensely personal story of the Blessed Mother. This book is an amalgamation of multiple women's stories (spanning cultural and financial lines)of their awakenings and experiences with the Divine Feminine. It's an energizing read, though it might leave you feeling a bit dizzy from the lushness and intensity.