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An expanded edition of the classic on creativity by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes guides you through the dark labryinths of the psyche in search of la chispa - the ember that is the elemental source of all creative work.

Dr. Estes teaches about the hidden aspects of creativity, including the negative complexes that prey upon creative energy. The Creative Fire includes many special insights for people who create for a living: artists, writers, teachers, and others who must depend on thier creative instincts every day.

©2005 Sounds True (P)2005 Sounds True

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One of my go-to books when I feel blocked!

Clarissa makes it easier for me to understand where those blocks are coming from and how to break through them!

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  • 03-18-12

Creative Fire

I really enjoy the freedom of listening to the book as opposed to reading. This format suits me in that I can work on my digital artwork and listen/explore my inner psyche - which is what art is about. Clarissa Pinkola Estes has been a favorite author of mine since reading "Women Who Run With The Wolves" years ago. That singular book shaped my ideas of my self and women's lives considerably. This book, "The Creative Fire," further serves to inform my deep longing to make friends with my shadow self, with stories and myth. I highly recommend this book to any type of artist who wants to remove creative blocks, and understand how they got there in the first place.

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I find myself at a Threshold

I always find myself drawn to Dr. Estes work when I enter a period of deep change or transition. She never disappoints me.

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Loved it!

I found this audible quite enjoyable. As an artist who experience frequent blocks, Dr. Estes explanations truly resonated with me and I plan to start exercising "active imagination". I recommend this book to every artists struggling to keep their creative fire burning.

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The creative cycle and creative block demystified!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Doc Estes educates in a manner that draws us in and we don't want to look away.
Estes tells us the story of Persephone (as only a Jungian analyst could):
Persephone, the joy of the creative drive, is gone. Hades has come and stolen her away. Demeter, Persephone's mother, the Creatrix herself, in her despair and desperation to find her daughter, Demeter has become infertile and barren. There is no "Spring" anymore and the people are starving.
Anyone who has ever experienced a creative block knows this story all too well yet sadly, we have no answer for how and why it happens.
Estes explains the mystery quite well AND her book is an absolute joy to read.
Doc Estes does not write your typical self-help books. Instead, she brings to the conversation a mirror. One that reveals to us our own journey while teaching us the value of dreams, introspection, poetry and art. She speaks of ancient myths, psychic predators, natural cycles and the value of laughter.
"Creative block" can be debilitating and, as Doc Estes points out "creativity" is shared by many fields. Everyone from artists and writers to cooks and scientists rely on creativity to move ahead in their work.
If you are a person who is (or has) suffered from creative block or if you are a person who is simply interested in the creative cycle and how the creative mind works, this book should head your list of "books to read."
Doc Estes reads the work herself and she's amazing! I love her voice, her enthusiasm and the joy she brings to the subject.
I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase. Thanks!

What did you like best about this story?

The way she used metaphor and ancient myth to make her point.

Which character – as performed by Clarissa Pinkola Estes – was your favorite?

I liked them all. There was no one character that I favored.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story of the "Corpse Bride." It was as poignant as it was instructive.

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This is an amazing read! I bought the book a few years ago and I've re-read it FIVE times! This is not your average "self-help" book at all. It's deep and profound and brings an understanding to the creative process that most books on the subject don't even touch on. Great read.

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Making the mystical feel accessible, real and safe

Love how this book was so deeply spiritual yet very grounded everyday/ness. The creative life is essential to spiritual growth and wholeness, this piece helping connect those dots and has me feeling inspired and reverent about the power of my creative life!

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Loved it! Great storyteller and creative spirit.

Her voice is soothing and reassuring. She's an amazing and beautiful soul with a lot to teach this world

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great listen

This book is for anyone interested in the creative process and understanding it in more depth. The author weaves myth and storytelling to create a magical and inspiring study of the life of creativity.

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Love Dr. Estes

This is the second book by Dr. Estes that I have bought as an audiobook. The other is The Late Bloomer, which was also profound and interesting. I love her intelligent interpretation of the stories and their meanings about our creativity. They just make sense deep inside. She speaks both like an old friend and a wise teacher.

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Short but Amazing

I absolutely loved this. The narration in her own words was beautifully done. Very inspiring.

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  • David
  • 11-21-12

Poetry

I really loved this book and the narrators vioce, I will listen to this again.



I would however also say that it might not be everyones cup of tea, so I would recomend listening to the sample before purchasing.

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  • Wendy
  • 08-22-16

Clarissa Pinkola Estes at her best

I've read Women who run with the Wolves many times and think it is totally wonderful. This is a great collection of short tales and wisdom in a similar vein from Clarissa. She has such a beautiful voice and is so eloquent and easy to listen to. If you liked Women who run with the wolves you'll love this!

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  • Miss Theresa R. Hinkley
  • 01-29-17

Reminds me

Reminds me to be me. To be myself no matter what I think my restrictions are.

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  • SK
  • 07-24-15

Inspiring and extraordinary

A wonderful resource for artists, creative people and storytellers or anyone who wants to live their live fully and creatively

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  • Abbey
  • 09-16-18

essential, comforting

If the world had a heart and this heart had a mouth, it would speak as Clarrissa Pinkola Estes speaks.

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  • Olejniczak
  • 01-12-18

wonderful

Great stories, wonderful narration. Works wonders, like a good therapy 😊 I'll definitely listen again

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  • as97hkg@brunel.ac.uk
  • 11-16-20

Loved it.

Clarissa is a keeper of many secrets. She imparts knowledge about the purest source of creativity in the simplest language.

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  • Lisa Smith
  • 09-17-20

Love it

I really enjoyed The Creative Fire and has given me some inspiration to help me along the way 💜💜💜🌹

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  • Flora CB
  • 08-30-20

inspiring

i love dr clarissa's voice, which is so soothing as if it comes from beneath waterfalls. i found the content quite dense so for me this was not a quick or easy listen, i woukd pause several times and only listen to small sections at a time, but found it very inspiring and enriching overall, and helpful for me to understand my own creative process.

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  • Donna C.
  • 08-15-20

Sublime

I have this on loop! It makes you feel as though you are being given access to the hidden and mysterious; an initiation into an interior world. An absolute “must listen to”. Can someone ask Dr C to do “The Creative Fire” series please!!!

Absolutely brilliant!!!! Thank you! x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-18

slow

had to speed the audio up as it was a bit hard to follow at the original speed. glad for that option. LOVED IT will listen again for sure

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-21

Feed Your Good Wolf

Pinkola Estes first pulled me in with ‘Woman Who Run with the Wolves’ - A lone wolf is a sick wolf, woman who run with the wolves feed their good wolf, that is their wild, intuitive, creative wolf. They connect with nature, they are truth seekers and truth sayers. So in this vein, Pinkola Estes guides us through archetype narratives that support us to be courageous, to seek out the truth about ourselves and our creative expression. Reminding us to immerse ourselves in our unique creative process, instead of focusing on the outcome, praise, fame and fortune.

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  • Michael Bedward
  • 09-15-20

Captivating and inspiring

Captivating because Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a gifted story teller who draws you in to the wonder and truths of each mythic tale. Inspiring because she points to how creativity is for everyone, not just the recognized artist, and can flow into any area of life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-20

Amazing!

100% amazing! Deep, generous and practical, highly recommend for any artistic human! Viva la creativity!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-19

Illuminating, insightful and inspiring

This is a truly wonderful book. Extremely engaging, intelligent and creatively liberating. I loved it.