How to Be an Elder

Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype

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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”

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Review for How to Be an Elder Review by Theresa S

Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a master storyteller. She is amazingly insightful and has a vast knowledge of different versions of fairy tales from all over the world. She understands that these stories play a part in each of our psyches. Her wonderful gifts include the ability to explain these tales so that the listener can easily understand. Her love of life and people is so evident as she desires to move us toward healing and wholeness. I have purchased several of her CD sets and have never been disappointed.

(Posted on 8/7/2014)

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(Posted on 2/1/2014)

Review for How to Be an Elder Review by Leah B

thank you sounds true and cpe - this may be my favorite of the series; unfortunately the only one I didn't get to experience live. in conjunction with years of immersion in wwrwtw, these sessions by the fireside in dr. e's danger undid and re-arranged the unfortunate lessons of my past and offered practical, down and dirty insight for immediate use. best therapy ever!! much love to you all, with gratitude.

(Posted on 8/24/2013)

Review for How to Be an Elder Review by Janet M

Superb. This series is non-stop inspiring, helpful, and beautiful.

(Posted on 3/27/2013)

Review for How to Be an Elder Review by Barbara P

Dr. Estes is wonderful and consistently delivers.

(Posted on 3/13/2013)

Review for How to Be an Elder Review by Jeanne Martin

This is wonderful!!
It is the last of her series...Myths & Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype. I loved it!! I like that I can play it over and over until it gets into my head.

(Posted on 3/10/2013)

Review for How to Be an Elder Review by Stephanie M

This is a wonderful anthology of CP Estes stories and insights - so meaningful to me at this stage in MY life, and very entertaining as well. I admire her gift of storytelling, and teaching by storytelling, so much. She's wonderful, a true loving and compassionate, and SO articulate and poetic, teacher

(Posted on 12/23/2012)

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Contents 6 CDs
Date Published December 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-877-4
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-877-0
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AF02792D

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Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published December 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-911-8
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-911-1
Product Code AF02792W