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Room for Silence

Room for Silence

"Remembering Eternity" Painting by Autumn Skye Morrison
“Remembering Eternity”
Painting by
Autumn Skye Morrison

Spending time in silence each day has become an essential part of my life in recent years. As a young person I valued the idea and practice of quiet meditation, though I was seldom able to do so in a comfortable, consistent fashion. I was too busy searching for answers and direction in more immediate and tangible ways. I was too arrogant and full of my own sense of things, too unwilling to give up control, especially of my thoughts.

Now, there is room for silence. I’ve discovered that when we come to understand that all of our efforts to live successfully according to the world’s, will ultimately fail to fill the hole in our hearts that remains when we are disconnected from the source of all that is,  we can begin to understand the value of silence. It takes decades of trying and failing to see the absolute necessity for giving up control of one’s destiny and to finally rest in the peace of what is.

I was reminded of this beautiful poem by John O’Donohue posted on Facebook today by Woman, which is a great page that you might enjoy following too.

To Bless the Space Between Us

by John O’Donohue

To all that is chaotic in you..
let there come silence.

Let there be a calming of the clamoring..
a stilling of the voices that have
laid their claim on you..
that have made their home in you..
that go with you even to the holy places
but will not let you rest…
will not let you hear your life with wholeness
or feel the grace that fashioned you.

Let what distracts you cease.
Let what divides you cease.
Let there come an end
to what diminishes and demeans..
and let depart all that keeps you in its cage.

Let there be an opening into the quiet
that lies beneath the chaos..
where you find the peace you did not think possible..
and see what shimmers within the storm.

Recommended Audio Series for the Midlife Woman in Transition

Recommended Audio Series for the Midlife Woman in Transition

CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, PhD

The following selection of audio books are among the most powerful that I have found that speak to the heart of the midlife woman in transition and the joy of becoming a “dangerous old woman”. I own each one and have listened to them numerous times throughout the last several years. Dr. Estés is an American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst. A powerful story-teller, she weaves universal life lessons into her stories and her stories into her life lessons.

A few of her works are in print but most are only recordings. Dr. Estés’ voice and presence in the process of the reading and telling of her work is infinitely more powerful than her words on the printed page alone. I highly recommend her work. She has a powerful message for all women, but most especially for the woman over fifty.

NOTE: All of Dr. Estés’ Audios are available on Audible. A special offer should appear in the left margin of this page. I do make a few pennies from anything you purchased via my site. So, thank you. It is greatly appreciated, as keeping things going is often a challenge! Audible is where I purchase all of my audio books.  I have found it to be the most economical option available. I listen to many of them over and over again because, particularly Dr. Estés’ audios. She is such a magnificent storyteller and like a good movie you watch a second time, I pick up something new every time I listen and I enjoy the experience.. The investment has been well worth it.

The Dangerous Old Woman


Dr. Estés asks, “Did you know, you were born as the first, and the last and the best and the only one of your kind, and that eccentricity is the first sign of giftedness? These are two of the crone truths I have to offer you.”

If you have any doubt, come join us at the fireside of the Dangerous Old Woman for the soul-healing wisdom that will ignite your creativity and support your highest calling in life—to become a dangerous woman of wisdom yourself.


Warming the Stone child 

Healing for the “Unmothered Child”

The pain of abandonment, both real and metaphorical, can cast a shadow over our entire adult experience. Warming the Stone Child investigates the abandoned child archetype in world myths and cultures to find clues about the process of healing the un-mothered child within us all. Along the way, this gifted storyteller and Jungian psychoanalyst instructs us about the psychology of abandonment in childhood, how it affects us in later life, and its curiously special gifts and powers. Join her as she illuminates:

  • The Inuit fable of the Stone Child
  • Symptoms of the adult “abandoned child”
  • The story of the Little Red Cap
  • The English tale of the Stolen Woman Moon
  • The four types of abandonment
  • Re-creating the inner mother, and much more.

Mother Night


Rescue the Gifted Soul!

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés says that the most endangered species on earth is the human soul. “What if our world is starving for soulful gifts only you carry? What are you waiting for? Lost, pushed back, can’t find the door, can’t see in the dark? ‘Mother Night’ knows the way.”

On Mother Night, Dr. Estés teaches us to retrieve our beautiful gifts abandoned in the unconscious through neglect, ignorance, and fear. Gather with her at the fireside for nearly 10 hours of original teaching stories, poetry, commentary, and her special prayers of blessing over your creative soul.


Women Who Run with Wolves

First published three years before the print edition of Women Who Run With the Wolves made publishing history, this original audio edition quickly became an underground bestseller. For its insights into the inner life of women, it established Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés as one of the most important voices of our time in the fields of Jungian psychology, myth, and women’s mysteries.

Drawing from her work as a psychoanalyst and cantadora (“keeper of the old stories”), Dr. Estés uses myths and folktales to illustrate how societies systematically strip away the feminine spirit. Through an exploration into the nature of the wild woman archetype, Dr. Estés helps listeners rediscover and free their own wild nature.


The Power of the Crone

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés Presents Part Two of Her Masterwork on the Dangerous Old Woman

“Dear brave souls, I warmly invite you to come be at the fireside with me and the Dangerous Old Woman and the Power of the Crone. Who is the crone? She is the most dangerous, the most radical, the most revolutionary woman in existence. Whether in fairy tales or in consensual reality, the old one goes where she wants to and she acts as she wishes; she lives as she chooses. And this is all as it should be. And no one can stop her. Nor ought they try.”—Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD

When Does Wisdom Come? Fulfilling the Callings of Soul and more.