©1990 Clarissa Pinkola Estes; (P)1997 Sounds True
"Estes's silky smooth soprano voice is almost hypnotic." (AudioFile)
Poingant, compassionate and wise. A beauthiful delivery that gives the listner a way forward, a way to start the healing process. Eminantly sincere and breathtakingly hopeful. The light within us all lives on inspite of our woundedness
Anne moller Auckland New Zealand
Erotica, fantasy, spirituality, leftist politics, self help, and a lot of goth horror...yup, that's me!
I listened to this on a day when I felt lost, overwhelmed, and frustrated with myself. I immediately felt soothed when Clarissa Pinkola Estes started to speak. Her voice is warm and authentic. She speaks of magic and wisdom and of the power of words to heal.
The stories in this collection center around the mythology of the stone child, who is not tended to or honored, and whose divine spark becomes obscured beneath hardness and darkness - symbols for the defenses that inevitably arise when the safety of a vulnerable child is threatened by abuse, abandonment, or neglect.
The stories are linked with psychoanalytic commentary on the causes and symptoms of this type of wounding from the Jungian perspective. More than once I recognized my own shadows being addressed - my own unmet cries for mothering, nurturing, and safety - in a way that was validating, reassuring, and heartening.
Clocking in at an hour and a half, this is a short, easy listen packed with powerful, insightful, soothing words. Highly recommended for those whose souls need a breath of warmth and whose hearts need a compassionate hug. Put it on, light a candle, and pour yourself a mug of tea. Listen and remember that you are cared for and needed in this world.
I've read and/or listened to this book more than once and each time I've felt stronger. The symbolism is warm and inside I feel whole, complete. I'm sure I'll review it more as I grow into the mother that I am inside. A mother who keeps her home warm and protected and content. I love this book. Clarissa tells stories like no one I've ever heard before. We have lost many of the great story tellers of our time so we must become them. Great motivator. Love love this work
I would recommend this book to others. It is a easy quick read and a gentle intro into understanding a few aspects in troubled children. The stories she uses to explain the concepts are fairly easy to understand.
This reading is very precious and meaningful for me. It explained my archetype of an orphan and suggested a lot of seeds for thoughts.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
It is possible those with feelings of woundedness will find a first step in this book. I didn???t get much out of it. It seemed kind of simplistic to me. It also seems to me this book only represents one part of healing, the warming, but without strengthening and self responsibility such a warming leads to comfort but not true healing.
This book offered itself to me when I most needed it and wrapped around me like a gentle and warm embrace. I so appreciate Dr. Clarissa's steady intimate narration, which was more like a talking to by a trusted guide and gifted storyteller. Will remain with me.
"A bit disappointed"
Excellent content and voice, but the dragging out of the reading, words and what I can only describe as excessive breathing sadly spoils the enjoyment of the content. If the book was just read in a normal tone, I would personally have listened to it more often.
"warming the Stone Child"
Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes speaks from a profound place of empathy and knowing. The knowledge and insights she shares about the pain and experiences of the abandoned child make a deep connection which I believe goes beyond our intellect and cognitive processes. She somehow managed to bring together the pieces of my fragmented soul. I wept as her soothing voice caressed the pain that had never been touched and was astonished to feel as if I had received a healing balm. To know at last that I was not born this way, but through lack of guidance and nurturance I had become this way. The myths and tales that she weaves through the book add rather than detract from the main theme, challenging false constructs of how we perceive ourselves and how we can change that view. I have since bought all of her other audio books and have not been left disappointed.
As all the books that are read buy the author are mesmerizing to listen to.
Even though I had an idea what it'll be about, I was surprised by Estes's vision.
Her voice and performance are true,real and sincere.
This book resonated so deeply with me. It released my own suppressed and dormant feelings. Thank for such a beautiful gift leading me onto a path of inner healing.
"brilliant at the right time"
If the audio were more long I would for sure give a 5 stars review.
"Empathetic and Tender"
A tender and gently affirming listen, encouraging us to persevere. A blessing to listen to.
Beautifully told stories and analysis.
Well worth a listen if you are personally dealing with abandonment or working with others with this issue.
Through the old she show us new ways, uncovering potential buried underneath regrets and unfulfilled desires. Thank you sister!
"a rich goldmine❤"
Anything by Dr Estes is a rich goldmine with insights and guiding light to solutions.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes has weaved her magic once again. I feel truly nourished on a deep soul level by this book and shall listen again and again. Thank you Clarissa! 🌻
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