Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul

Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul

by Clarissa Pinkola Estés Ph.D.


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“Have You Forgotten? I Am Your Mother. You Are Under My Protection.”

“There is a promise Holy Mother makes to us,” proclaims Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, “that any soul needing comfort, vision, guidance, or strength can cry out to her, flee to her protection, and Blessed Mother will immediately arrive with veils flying. She will place us under her mantle for refuge, and give us the warmth of her most compassionate touch, and strong guidance about how to go by the soul’s lights.” Untie the Strong Woman is Dr. Estés invitation to come together under the shelter of The Mother—whether she appears to us as the Madonna, Our Lady of Guadalupe, or any one of her countless incarnations. In this unforgettable collection of stories, prayers, and blessings, Dr. Estés shares:

“The Drunkard and the Lady”—a story of unexpected miracles that arise from the mud and soil
• “Guadalupe is a Girl Gang Leader in Heaven”—a poem of resistance and hope
• “No One Too Bad, Too Mean, or Too Hopeless”—the fierce Mother that never gives up on us
• “The Shirt of Arrows”—a love that is invincible no matter how many times we are wounded
• “The Black Madonna”—she who stands at the juncture between two worlds and protects us as we enter the dark places
Why does the face of Our Lady appear in the most humble and unexpected places? Why does she burst forth into every culture no matter how hard authority tries to suppress her? It is because no bonds can restrain the power of her love, nor prevent her from returning to those who need her most. With Untie the Strong Woman, Dr. Estés invites you to encounter the force of Immaculate Love—“So that your memory of Her is renewed, or that the knowledge of her miraculous, fierce, enduring ways is drawn into your heart for the very first time.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622030729
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 264,861
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD, is an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning poet, diplomate senior Jungian psychoanalyst, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition). In addition to her international bestseller Women Who Run With the Wolves, Dr. Estés is a managing editor and columnist writing on politics, spirituality, and culture at the newsblog TheModerateVoice.com, and she is a columnist at The National Catholic Reporter online.

Table of Contents

First Words: Our Ancestral Great Mother Opening Blessing: Totus Tuus, I Belong to You, Blessed Mother 1

Chapter 1 Meeting the Lady in Red: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 9

Chapter 2 How the Great Woman Was Erased: Our Part in Restoring Her Untie the Strong Woman 15

Chapter 3 She Is the Inspiratus for Souls Who Suffer The Drunkard and The Lady 25

Chapter 4 In Humble, Helpless Love with Her Guadalupe Is a Girl Gang Leader in Heaven 39

Chapter 5 Rise Up! Even From Bloodshed, Says La Conquista, Our Lady of The Conquered Massacre of the Dreamers: The Maíz Mother 47

Chapter 6 "Shirt of Arrows" She Teaches Protection of the Vulnerable: No Exceptions The Memorare, Remember! 67

Chapter 7 The Uses of Broken-Heartedness, Mater Dolorosa Ever Bends Near: The Use of the Seven Swords Through The Heart 79

Chapter 8 Many Kinds of Prisons: The Last Woman Standing "Our Lady Behind the Wall" 81

Chapter 9 Carrying the Name of the Mother: A Man Named Mary 131

Chapter 10 Forged In The Fiery Furnace: The Black Madonna 137

Chapter 11 No One Too Bad, Too Mean, or Hopeless: How the Motherfuckers Became the Blessed Mothers 155

Chapter 12 No Racism, No Discrimination, No One Is An "Untouchable": The Great Woman Appears to Us Daily 181

Chapter 13 Her Names Without Cease: Litany of the Mother Road: Chant of Her Incandescent Names 193

Chapter 14 Compassionate Mother: Restoring The Soul After Shock: Post-Abortion Compassion: "The Children She Got That She Did Not Get…" 201

Chapter 15 The Lasso of Our Lady … For Saving a Life: The Drowning Man … 221

Chapter 16 Holding Fast To The Soul: God Has No Hands: Comforting María, The Ritual of Pésame 227

Chapter 17 The Great Mother Inspires the Little Mothers: The Marys of Mother Africa 241

Chapter 18 Refusing the Holy: No Room for You Here: The "Oh Yes, There Is Too Room for You Here" Ritual of La Posada 253

Chapter 19 Letter To Young Mystics Following Holy Mother Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Path of the Broken Heart 269

Chapter 20 Los Inmigrantes, We Are All Immigrants: The Undousable Creative Fire They Tried To Stop Her At The Border 283

Chapter 21 Mi Madre, Tu Madre, La Madre de Ella, La Madre de Él, Nuestra Madre: My Mother, Your Mother, Her Mother, His Mother, Our Mother: The Truth about How Very Hard It Is to Get into Heaven 293

Chapter 22 That You Be Watched Over and Kept Safe Until We See Each Other Again: Closing Blessing: Have You Forgotten? I Am Your Mother 297

Chapter 23 Beautiful Words About The Mother: Some of the Ways Other Creative Souls Understand Relationship with Mother 303

Chapter 24 Aymen, Aymen, Aymen … And A Little Woman: The Highest Prayer 327

Notes 331

Notes to the Reader 343

List of Illustrations/Credits 347

Gratitude and Intercessory Prayer 355

An Unconventional Biography 359

Additional Works Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés 365

Index 369

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