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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The Joy In Becoming An Elder Review by Jack Hovenier

Dr. Estés’ five-volume audio masterpiece, ‘The Dangerous Old Woman,’ ends with this volume ‘How to Be an Elder.’ It seems right that the series ends here. Although each volume can be listened to in any order, it is helpful to have listened to the previous recordings as a foundation to this one. To those unfamiliar with her work, it is difficult to describe the wisdom, insight, inspiration and stories packed in each volume of this series.

With the myriad skills of a therapist with decades of experience, and a depth psychologist and Jungian analyst at the top of her game, Dr. Estés deftly blends well-known stories, personal family legends and insight into a series of audio recordings that engage and inspire the listener.

As is usually the case with great work, teaching happens at many levels. Although Dr. Estés is a certified Jungian analyst, that label is too limiting. While Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell raised awareness of Archetypes, many cultural stories, legends, myths and wisdom have passed on from our ancestors for millennia. Often practitioners of depth psychology become Jungian analysts as a result of their education and studies. Dr. Estés seems to have been born to become one of our generations greatest oral and written story tellers, commune with Archetypes, Saints and Angels, as well as maintain a relentless desire to help, inspire and advocate for others.

One of the greatest gift of this series is its ability to guide the listener to discover Who They Really Are, nurture and empower their “Original Voice,” and cast off social, cultural and personal bindings that separate the listener from his or her destiny and birthright.

How to Be an Elder could be a descriptor for most of Dr. Estés work. All of us are engaged in a spiritual, physical, emotional and mental journey from childhood to adolescence to young adulthood to adulthood to middle age to becoming Elders. And what is an Elder? There are many good answers in this recording, but in part being an Elder is to live the destiny inherent in all of us. Using classic stories such as ‘Rapunzel,’ ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ and ‘Rumpelstiltskin,’ Dr. Estés weaves her experience, learning, stories and wisdom in how to be a great Elder. Throughout this series, one character, Aunt Edna (an eccentric, flamboyant, tough relative), exemplifies how to be an Elder and how to do in a way that matters—with our individual, one-of-a-kind “Original Voice.” This recording lays a foundation of how to live that eccentric, creative opportunity in each of us and become a true Elder.

While it is easy to think these audio recordings are intended for adults, they are While it is easy to think these audio recordings are intended for adults, they are easily accessible to adolescents and young adults. Like the best timeless wisdom teaching, they contain messages for listeners of any age or stage of growth and development. For the observant listener, the art on each recording cover is a symbol for the series.

Don’t hesitate to buy this outstanding volume and series. Whatever you pay for the recording, and invest in time listening, is an extraordinary value sure to pay rich emotional, mental, physical and spiritual dividends.

(Posted on 12/25/2016)

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)



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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Date Published December 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-911-8
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-911-1
Product Code AF02792W