“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door. If you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.” —Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Aborigines ask: What is your dreaming? What is your story? If we do not know this, we are asleep and without spiritual roots. Your soul story is your medicine. What is the work your deeper life is calling you to? What makes your heart sing? Find your myth. Reconnect to source. Bring this new story to life.
In both indigenous wisdom and new science, spoken in the mother tongue of kinship and connection, a new creation myth is emerging. We are part of it, participate in it, are creators and created. The knower and the known are indissolubly linked and changed at the core.
With our wild hearts and soul wisdom we can be Wayfinders, explorers, pilgrims and midwives to sacred mysteries, the new story of what it to come. We use the wisest map which begins in the heart.
The wild feminine is not only sustainable in all worlds, it sustains all worlds.Let’s admit it. We women are building a motherland; each with her own plot of soil eked from a night of dreams, a day of work. We are spreading this soil in larger and larger circles, slowly, slowly. One day it will be a continuous land, a resurrected land come back from the dead…
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.
As chthonic beings, Wild Women of the earth, we are related to the deities and spirits of the underworld. We must become self-earthed, humble, embodying ancient wisdom. Most of us have been cut off at the roots, separated from our own deepest sourceground of power hidden in the dark, in the earth, in the underground. When we return to being indigenous, which means native, indwelling, deep rooted, we are “born from within” and thus have access to our fullest capacities for creativity, intuition, seeing in the dark, the capacity for transformation.
How do we step across the fear threshold, through the fires of initiation, to align with and live our authentic calling? To reclaim our wild genius, our native, indigenous intelligence, our feminine power, we need skillful practices, allies and mentors, our Dreaming, and community.
In this twelve week online course beginning January 18, 2017, you will learn a process, practices and portals to discovering your new soul story. We will follow a Medicine Wheel in Seven Directions, created from Jungian, alchemical, Native American and other indigenous, earth based spiritual traditions. We orient to the images and energies of the archetypal Wild and Sacred Feminine within and without.A course for awakening feminine consciousness. For healers, consultants, creatives, writers, visionaries, transformational leaders.For women who long to come alive again with the heat of their souls, the new story of their hearts.
~Awaken and activate the energies of the Wild Feminine which are evolutionary and revolutionary. Creative. Transformative. Powerful. Brilliant. Multidimensional.
~Enliven dreams, increase attunement to synchronicities and symbolic life
~Awaken Wild Mind: Intuitive. Imaginative. Feeling. Holistic. Non-ordinary. Multidimensional.
~Be inspired through education, interactive writing, Dreamwork, visual images and poetry to your wild genius
~Explore the images and energies of the solar Feminine to ignite the fire of your soul
~ Strengthen your connection to Nature’s intelligence ~Understand the weaving path that takes you in circles of descent and ascent, the spiral soul path of the Wild Feminine.
~Become a powerful messenger for the beautiful new story that wants to be born in you, through you, for the good of all. Awaken a new sense of power and guidance. Be renewed. Come alive again. Help to create a world “in which it will be easier to love.”
In this course of both 90 minute interactive live calls (12 noon-1:30 pm Pacific time) and weeks of reading, writing, Dreamwork and active imagination we will explore the universal language of the soul, the mundus imaginalis. We begin to bridge the inner world of spirit with the outer world of action. Magic is a breath away. We recover our vitality, our sense of sacred purpose, as we practice ways to nurture an ongoing, active dialogue with your soul. We will track Synchronicity, symbol, story as the path of your heroine’s soul journey appears.
“The wild soul is calling out, calling for us to sing our song as the new myth breaks through, calling for new vision, for new creations, for the embodiment of subtle knowledge centered in the compassionate heart.”
Veronica Goodchild (Songlines of the Soul)
As you experience coming alive again to your dreams, to the vast intelligence of the Universe within and without, you will begin to see how your new story can contribute to the emerging feminine New Story called into being at this time.
As primary carriers of an awakened feminine and evolutionary consciousness, we are critical leaders of transformation for this culture and the world.
In this course, the live calls will be in the Meeting format on Zoom so you will be able to participate “in person” as you wish.There will be ample opportunities for you to engage with the material in the moment as well as suggested assignments for further reflection, exploration and expression: Writing, drawing, soul treasure map collage. The Jungian practice of active imagination.
WEEK ONE January 18, 2017: LIVE CALL VIA ZOOM
Overview of Wild Feminine archetype (the dynamic, transformative feminine) and the Seven Directions Medicine wheel.
THE WAY OF THE WEST: Going to the Well (Let Go and Dream) Solutio/Dreaming Element: Water
“We must come to the end before a new beginning can come to us.” Helen Cixous
The West is a place for introspection, the place of Water, the color of black, the direction of the mystery, the Unknown. In many indigenous traditions, creation begins in darkness, in chaos, as in the Hawaiian creation story which begins in the land of po. It is a woman’s place, as all of life emerges out of darkness, the womb. This is the beginning place, a place of letting go. The first thing we need to let go of is a belief in our own inadequacy and inferiority, a myth pervasive throughout the world for thousands of years. In alchemy we call this solutio. We let the old structures, roles, identity dissolve. One of the key practices and gifts of this beginning is your Dreaming. Some spirit animals: Bear. Turtle. Whale. Raven. Jaguar.
WEEK TWO JANUARY 25, 2016:
Suggested Reading on The Way of the West and Dreamwork. Image and Poetry as writing prompts on Facebook closed community page.
WEEK THREE FEBRUARY 1: LIVE CALL VIA ZOOM:
THE WAY OF THE EAST: Finding Fire (Discover Desire) Calcinatio Element: Fire
“We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.” Ursula le Guin
In The East is a place for new beginnings, the dawning of a new day, a place of fire, the color yellow, the direction of vision. It is a place of illumination, where you find your gifts, see what is hidden and give voice to what matters. You gain courage by seeing your connection to all things, the truth in complex situations and how to bring your light. From the East we gather the power of fire, the courage of the lion, the energies of transformation, the vision of Eagle. We conjure the magic of Brighid, the powers of Kali, of the Celtic Goddess Sulis, bringer of a new dawn of leadership. We call on Shakti, the feminine energy of the chakras. On Sekhmet, lion goddess, the lady of the Place at the Beginning of Time, One Who Was Before the Gods were. On Pele, Goddess of Fire, whose magic and power bring new lands into being. Call on your own power for self creation and self government, the power within that produces visions and creates magic.
WEEK FOUR FEBRUARY 8: Suggested Reading on The Way of the East. Image and Poetry as Writing prompts on Facebook community page. Dream discussions.
WEEK FIVE FEBRUARY 15: LIVE CALL VIA ZOOM
THE WAY OF THE SOUTH: Root to Rise (Soul Align with Divine Design) Coagulatio/Body/Feelings Element: Earth
The South is a place of innocence, of play, whose element is Earth, the color green or red, the direction of intimacy, feelings. It is a place to prepare for the future by trusting the next small step, by using our eyes for discrimination, for detail. We design the groundwork to manifest our next offering. We enjoy the sensuousness of our sacred bodies. We grow strong in compassion. We enlist the help of animal allies: Mouse, Coyote, Lynx and Cougar. The wisdom of the small, like Grandmother Spider Woman. Through her gentle and humble smallness, her singing and humming, her constant wishes to help her community and “try just this next little thing”, new worlds come into being. We explore stories of the Black Madonna, of Snake, the dreams where Mother Earth spoke to you, your embodied wisdom.
WEEK SIX FEBRUARY 22: Suggested Reading on Way of the South. Writing prompts. Dream discussion. Active Imagination exercise.
WEEK SEVEN MARCH 1: LIVE CALL VIA ZOOM
THE WAY OF THE NORTH Wild Wings: (Destiny, the GiveAway)Separatio/Elders/the Give Away/Mountain Element: Air
The North is a place of wisdom, a place of work, and the Give Away. The color is white, the element air, the direction – imagining, thinking, solving problems, keeping in mind the seven generations. It is a place of abundance, of crystal clear wisdom, of mountains of knowledge. We learn to complete and fulfill our vision in a balanced way. As we share what we have learned, we detach from outcome, making space for Spirit to embellish and surprise us. In the north we finish what we began. We free ourselves from fear. We see how all things fit together. Our intuition is made conscious and we trust it. We learn moderation. We learn to stand at the center of things. We become the elders of our own journey.
When we have found our wild freedom to use our voice, our vision, our values, we use our storms of wisdom and our mountains of knowledge to share what we have learned. We understand how it all fits together. Thinking like a Mountain, Finding our “Standing Rock”. This is the path of service, keeping in mind the wellbeing of the seven generations. Mitakuye oyasin – All my relations. Spirit Animals: Hummingbird.Buffalo.
WEEK EIGHT MARCH 8: Suggested reading, writing and active imagination exercises, Dream dialogue on Facebook community page
WEEK NINE MARCH 15: LIVE CALL VIA ZOOM
LEGACY AND LEADERSHIP – SINGING IN TREE
ABOVE: Fruit and Freedom BELOW: Embody and Ground the Vision
WITHIN: The Law of Love
The central teaching story and image of this final week is “Singing in Tree”. We end with what it might mean to us to follow the Law of Love, the direction of Within, where we link the power of love as the most coherent organizing principle of the unfolding self.
How do we learn to sing in Tree?
Traveling the final 3 directions you will begin to ground, to channel, to manifest your truest most aligned self in the world and create an inspired life
You begin to remember why you came here, your soul knowing, your sacred mission. In this way you begin to inhabit your bigger story and live your greatness, your Wild Genius.
This is green, vital, growing gospel. The greening power of God. A living process. The process of individuation, becoming one’s whole self. But it is also the collective new story that is trying to be born. A uniting of the opposites. The seat of transformation and renewal, which is feminine. We need the wisdom of nature to bring about balance—in ourselves, in the evolution of consciousness in the world. This is feminine energy emerging as an antidote to our extreme disregard for the environment, our estrangement from our own nature.
In this interconnected, conscious and holographic universe we are both creations and co-creators. We remember who we truly are as the Feminine emerges from a long burial, as She returns from exile.
“This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings, so love, love, love.” Hafiz
We act to anchor what we have begun to learn in the core of our being. We live as fully ourselves, interconnected with the universal World Tree. We reach to the sky, firmly rooted in the underworld, centered in our wild, wise hearts.
“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.” Rainer Maria Rilke
We will tell our own stories of descent to the Goddess, the story of Inanna. Snake dreams and Initiations.
They wished to flower/And flowering is being beautiful. But we wish to ripen/And that means being dark and taking pains.
There is nothing outside that is not also within. Nothing above that is not also below. Even God, the Mystery, Higher Power, Great Spirit, is within and between us. We are woven into the fabric of the universe. We carry light, the spark of the divine, each of us part of the web of light that encircles this Earth. Aware or unaware, we participate in the creation of the ongoing and evolving story of what it means to be alive and holy beings.
“The knowledge of the heart is in no book and is not found in the mouth of any teacher, but grows up out of you like the green seed from the dark earth”. C.G. Jung, The Red Book
We now shift from asking Who am I? to What are we doing together? What am I part of? What larger purposes are trying to work themselves through me? How do I embrace my soul purpose and bring my gifts to the world? How do I house my bigger Self to participate in creating a world in balance?
WEEK TEN MARCH 22: Suggested Reading, writing and active imagination exercises, Dream dialogue on facebook community page. Soul Collage Treasure Map
WEEK ELEVEN MARCH 29: LIVE CALL VIA ZOOM
As we worked with the four elements, turning in Seven directions, we have strengthened our Dreaming, become more attuned to synchronicities, symbols and the sacred in everyday life. Here we pay special attention to any dreams that have emerged to shine light on our paths toward discovering our legacy and becoming the leaders, the medicine women, we are meant to be.
I know we have to remember. … I remember when we had dreamers and they knew the water and its first songs, and I remember that the dreamers found water and medicine for the people. Nan okcha. All alive. Remember.
WEEK TWELVE APRIL 5: LIVE CALL VIA ZOOM
SHARING OUR STORIES, CALLING IN THE FUTURE
We are redefining success and power. Revisioning leadership. We take the long view, seven generations out. We are Wayfinders. Pilgrims. Pioneers. We have travelled over new territory and need to report on our discoveries. We use the wisest map which begins in the heart. Perhaps you have discovered your new name. We are looking for new lands. What is the wild and wise new story yearning to come alive in you?
“There’s a secret name inside you/that belongs to the stars/wind, trees, waves, soul/Take what is yours and live it.”
Veronica Goodchild -Songlines for the Soul
CLASS COMMENTS FALL 2016
I am somehow driven to step up now more than ever, to become active, to align wholeheartedly with that which wants to break through the earth’s crust and into the world – in order to be part of a greater unfolding of LOVE…The old ways are obsolete and we are now called to inhabit and LIVE our purpose.
I felt I was coming home to something I didn’t even know was home..nor am I clear what it is..but am excited and trepidatious (not sure there’s actually such a word) in equal measure..I am hoping for a journey/process to help restore and revitalise and to find some fellow travellers for mutual support, challenge and inspiration..
Esteemed Wild Women! It was wonderful to be with you all today in the holy container that Marilyn created. I could feel the magic we’re creating together moving in the ether in and around me. (DM/U.S.)
The connection between us all was palpable, and I could also feel the magic. (Sofie/New Zealand)
While Marilyn was talking last night about the 4 directions, she also mentioned animals that represent these different directions – the turtle (not quite the same but similar to a tortoise), the mouse and the eagle, and I thought it was quite special that I had seen them all just a few days before. There is a part of me that says this is nonsense, trying to find ‘sign’s where they don’t exist, but another part of me says perhaps this is the language of the wild feminine? (Theresa/ South Africa)
I’ve chosen this webinar because of a feeling that something in me is being held back. Lion dreams were mentioned in the intro class, and I have been having these for about ten years. Often I am running in fear from being hunted down. I interpret these dreams as my fear of being powerful. (Danielle/UK)
I love this time of life and what it is showing me. I love the wild feminine within who has called me by name since childhood. She who must be obeyed led me to this group. So here I am with an open mind and open heart and the willingness to appear foolish. (Nancy/U.S.)
Even though I wasn’t able to participate actively in all the sessions this has been a very rich experience for me, I’ve loved the symbols, imagery, poetry and your interpretation of it all. I especially appreciated your responses to my posts, and insights on my dreams. (JS/ Mexico)
Thank you for all of your wisdom you have shared so far. I feel as though it has been such a gift, especially during this last week where I too have felt a heavy sadness in my body. It has brought great comfort being part of such an inspiring group of women, especially those who are much closer to the epicentre of the election result who seem to be doing their upmost to move through this. (SH/ New Zealand)
I shared my dreams on trees earlier, and it was wonderful to hear about the symbolism and relevance of trees as an expression of the wild feminine.Thank you so much for offering this course, I’ve been floundering in the dark for a few years but over the past few weeks something has shifted, small, but profound.