Cantadora and Jungian psychoanalyst, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, honours and shares the ancient practice of passing on foundational skills and wisdoms, through the telling of stories. Author of Women Who Run with the Wolves, Faithful Gardener, The Gift of Story, and Untie the Strong Woman, Dr Estes helps us remember what is woven deep within our memories.
This is my story.
As I look into the selected yarns, handspun lambswool of purple and pink, the sturdy buff of alpaca, and follow the swirling green, amber and rust of Araucaria heterophylla, my memories clarify. The Navajo plied alpaca is spun for reliability and resilience and aligns with the strength, wisdom and ingenuity of the First Nation people in the Americas. The collection of pine leaves are memories of companionship and celebrating family and life.
I feel a sense of self, the embracing community and connection with the elements of plant and animal. Ancient and emerging cultures are wrapped in the vibrational energy of colours, as I view the basket before me. This a reflection of my life. A story within the reptilian-like Norfolk Island Pine leaves.
At the core, I see my struggle and determination to live, in the first few hours of my life. The green foliage embracing the centre reminds me of the giving, growing and rejuvenating qualities of the heart. Long, narrow foliage begins and ends; possibilities, decisions and forward movement. Fibres of flora and fauna contribute to its texture. This vessel is far from perfect; it has the uniqueness of one, the influence of many. This basket is a celebration of life!
What is your story? Can your hands and mind weave a tale from twig and twine?
Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes http://www.clarissapinkolaestes.com