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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 "unmothered" child within us all. Spiced with Dr. Estes' wonderful storytelling, Warming the Stone Child is a unique listening experience with a practical edge.
©1990 Clarissa Pinkola Estes (P)1997 Sounds True

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"Dr. Estes’s palpable emotional engagement (and obvious desire to speak to those in pain) can be heard in the flowing, calming sound she creates with each interlocking syllable, reflective pause, and change in vocal intensity. The arresting beauty in both her writing and narrative performance will make listeners believe that they can internalize the mother’s ability to soothe themselves and find emotional balance, whether or not they ever received such mothering." (AudioFile)

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  • 01-16-16

Warm, soothing, and inspiring

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.

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Warming the Stone Child

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

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a Healing Experience

Did not know what to expect but intuitively felt I needed this. I was right.

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Changed my life! A Light house guiding me HOME!!!

I absolutely love it!!!!
I am forever grateful to her, for her compassion, kindness, wisdom and energy to put this out there for us orphan children seeking healing. i know now i am on yhe right path to heal my inner child and prosper in SELF LOVE!
THANK YOU!

Huda Buddha💓

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Great mythical stories

These stories span generations or even more.
She tells her story like no other. CPE writes powerful stories about healing, anxiety, addiction. These stories can be read or listened to many times. This one and mother moon and Red Shoes are a few of my favs along with her amazing book Women Who Run with wolves is fantastic!

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Warming my stone soul

This reading is very precious and meaningful for me. It explained my archetype of an orphan and suggested a lot of seeds for thoughts.

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thank you for another powerful and healing work

thank you from another traveler of four generations of no mothers easy to follow wonderful work thank you

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Understanding is the first step

This book is eye opening and I will definitively keep listening again and again as I grow spiritually.

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Clarissa has a gift for story telling.

What did you love best about Warming the Stone Child?

You have to set aside your preconceived ideas and just listen and feel the ancient story's. It's a great opening to your childhood memories.

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Loved it!

It had me on tiers of sweet recognition of the pain and at the same time of gratitude for my journey and left me thinking what are my fairytales that guided my growth. Thank you Clarissa!

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  • 12-17-13

Mesmerising listen

If you could sum up Warming the Stone Child in three words, what would they be?

As all the books that are read buy the author are mesmerizing to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

Even though I had an idea what it'll be about, I was surprised by Estes's vision.

What about Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s performance did you like?

Her voice and performance are true,real and sincere.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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  • Beverley
  • 12-29-10

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.

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  • amanzadeh
  • 02-14-19

thank you so much for this amazing book.

I grew up as well orphan and refugee boy but now I got amazing life thank you

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  • Rachel
  • 03-23-15

Resonance

A great blend of information, myth and the key to unlocking how they sit together. Humbly told with honest integrity.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-22-16

Stunningly beautiful!

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.

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  • Faye
  • 08-19-16

Beautiful

Beautifully told stories and analysis.
Well worth a listen if you are personally dealing with abandonment or working with others with this issue.

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  • Maria Yordanova
  • 10-09-18

love it!

I love you Dr Estes! You are a true diamond and light into this world! Thank you for sharing your precious, much needed gift!

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  • Foxtale
  • 12-13-17

such a storyteller

beautiful and inciteful tales to support us in mothering ourselves when our mothers failed to do so or be able to do so. profound and healinng

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  • mila
  • 06-26-16

Exquisite

Through the old she show us new ways, uncovering potential buried underneath regrets and unfulfilled desires. Thank you sister!

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  • Adelina
  • 08-24-20

wonderful

Enlightening as usual and a very pleasant listen!
The stories are insightful, healing and told in the author's heartfelt and personal way

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  • Obelia Webb
  • 08-29-20

Fanning the embers: Finding our inner mother

This book is like a soothing balm for the soul and the psyche. The author narrates this book in such a soothing tone that it is rather like a guided mediation. She tells fairy tales for adults to help heal broken parts of our psyche. I recommend this book to anyone who feels they may have been less than perfectly mothered, who feels abandoned and lonely. Also for mother’s who feel abandoned by their children, to understand the hurts their child may be suffering. This book contains some insight into the struggles of the teenager. This book helps us to learn to develop our own healthy inner mother. I love the overall meditative story telling style of this work, in the authors own calming voice.

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  • Penelope Hogan
  • 06-19-20

Clarissa the queen does it again

This is the only book about abandonment that made me feel okay about my experiences and not like a damaged person. Clarissa’s stories are poetic, inspiring and hopeful. I wish for everyone who was ever abandoned my their mother to read this book and to heal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-21

Sad precious connecting beautiful

The more I listen to this the more I love it. Each story is sad precious connecting beautiful . I feel a inner connection with characters in every story that is told. I have listened to this book over and over and felt light.
Also what a nice voice to listen to so calming and peaceful.

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  • Lettie
  • 05-23-21

Mesmerising voice

I could listen to Clarissa over and over again. She has a special and unique way of getting into the heart and soul.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-21

Touched me deeply

As an unmothered child this short book held great value for me in understanding

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  • Libby
  • 03-22-21

Beautiful

Fabulous author and storyteller. Loved this book and the stories she presents. Will be following up with her book on dreaming now.

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  • Jordan Lindsay
  • 02-16-21

Such a healing listen!

I listened to this audible three times in a row because I resonated with it and loved it so much and I'm sure I'll listen to it many more times in the future too!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-21-20

Kinda

Pinkola's narration has been a real game changer.
I genuinely recommend this beautiful story for anyone on this sort of journey.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-20

magical & lifesaving

feels like therapy & being caressed in the arms of the kindest aunt imaginable 😭🌷

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-19

Wisdom filled & thought evoking!

It warms my heart to have words put to do much of my misguided childhood.