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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés Presents Volume Five of the Dangerous Old Woman Series
”What makes an elder, a heartfelt spirit, a clear mind, a talented heart, one who is young while old and old while young, an activist for the Soul? Is it formulae, schemas, lexicons? It could be. But also, and often more so, I think it is very like the flowering of the trees in the forest, as we gather more years: we straggle and stride onward in our better learned ways to give out even more seeds for new life, and to blossom wildly in so doing for self and others … The old ones are yet traveling underground and overland toward us as we meet one more time: La Vidente, the Seer; La Que Sabe, the Knowing Woman; La Levantadora, the Lifter of Curses—the Dangerous Old Woman in her many likenesses calls to you to 'get down to business.'” (Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD)
How to Be an Elder presents the culmination of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés' masterwork, inviting us to “come into our own as wiser and wild souls” through six sessions of teachings, stories, poetry, and blessings. In this fifth and final volume of Dr. Estés' landmark series, we will explore how it is that through the gathering of our years we become a beautiful refuge for ourselves, our Souls, and for those who come after us.
“Did I mention, dear brave souls,” reminds Dr. Estés, “that you came with all the seedlings needed to do your work, to take your venerable places in life? Now is the just-right time, like Sleeping Beauty, to break the enchantment, to truly awaken and awaken others, as either a rookie Dangerous Old Woman, or a mid-career Dangerous Old Woman, or as Crone with Crown complete!”
Stories, poems, and blessings Include:


A Simple Prayer for Remembering
El Arbol de la Vida: The Tree of Life
Blessing Prayer: “Tattoo Your Scars with Flowering Vines”
“Sleeping Beauty”
Blessing Prayer: “Do Not Fold Your Wings So Small”
“The Shoebox of Tangled Necklaces”
“Rumpelstiltskin”
Blessing Prayer: “May You See with Three Sets of Creator-Blessed Eyes”
“Rapunzel”
“The Loathly Bride”
Blessing Prayer: “You Shall Be Like a Volcano Heard From Afar”
“This Little Time Traveler”
“The Stolen Mother Moon”
Blessing Prayer: “The Hardening off of the Heartwood”
“Distilling Aunt Edna from the Bottle”
“The Rabbi's Advice to the Harried”
“A Handful of Mud”
“Baucis and Philemon”
Blessing Prayer: “The Mountain for Old Lovers”
©2012 Clarissa Pinkola Estés (P)2012 Clarissa Pinkola Estés
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah Weisenburger on 06-08-17

Touched my heart

I Loved it and I hung on every word. The stories in the recording are pure gold.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-15-18

The Re - Awakening

Since reading Women who run with the Wolves so many years ago, which opened the first door for me, I never thought of checking if you wrote another book. In those days I was a bush pilot, and life ran away with me again, despite myself. Until I happened to find your audio books now. Today I am a therapist and I HEAR your message at such a deep level until I can FEEL them- they are going right to the core and I realise how the Art of story telling was THE tool in the old days to educate and to help people, and how, sadly, we have lost this tool where we are mostly living in our head and are told to ignore our heart.
The Indigenous People of Canada, the Cree, have guided me last year to reconnect with the heart and to seek connection with my inner wisdom, my intuition, and allow myself to be transported across to other dimensions hitherto unknown.
Your stories do the same, as they come from the same ancient wisdom which the modern world has lost, but is desperately seeking, not knowing how to find it.
My ardent wish is for anyone seeking to awaken heart, that they be guided to your books.
Thank you Dr Clarissa for sharing your stories, wisdom and insights. Yvonne Munshi

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elaine Desk Top on 09-05-14

Best book I ve listened to yet

What did you like most about How to Be an Elder?

Clarrisa is a top class story teller very entertaining to listen to and highly thought provoking

What did you like best about this story?

It helped me use my imagination in a powerful way

What does Clarissa Pinkola Estés bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her voice and animation also the blessing would not have been effective for me reading it as it was to hear it

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Sit by the fire side with the wise woman and feel the love

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 01-08-15

A very wise storyteller

Clarissa Pinkola Estes ,the author and narrator ,is an enlightened storyteller and these stories contain so much gentle and humane wisdom .

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah Roach on 07-03-18

Thank you Clarissa

Clarissa fills my heart with her truth and her love. She awakens a voice inside that screams out "YES YES YES!!!!'. You are a gift to our world Clarissa, thank you, thank you, thank you xxxx

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5 out of 5 stars
By Girlfriend on 09-07-16

just when I needed the encouragement, perfect

every word was timely and timeless. read especially if you need some support and encouragement. wise words

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