Mother Night

Myths, Stories, and Teachings for Learning to See in the Dark

Mother Night

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Rescue the Gifted Soul!

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés says that the most endangered species on earth is the human soul. “What if our world is starving for soulful gifts only you carry? What are you waiting for? Lost, pushed back, can’t find the door, can’t see in the dark? ‘Mother Night’ knows the way.”

On Mother Night, Dr. Estés teaches us to retrieve our beautiful gifts abandoned in the unconscious through neglect, ignorance, and fear. Gather with her at the fireside for nearly 10 hours of original teaching stories, poetry, commentary, and her special prayers of blessing over your creative soul.

El Mundo Doble—the Double Worldview

Mother Night is “the medial force,” seeing through the eyes of soul and through the eyes of ego. Dr. Estés describes this dual way of seeing, being, and acting, as the most direct way to reclaim the gifts and “healing apothecary” set into each soul at birth. Here, she unleashes the many archetypal images of Mother Night found in stories, myths, and imagination, showing us the way through.

How to Bring Diamonds from the Darkness

“We are weakly linked or severed from the wild and wise self,” teaches Dr. Estés. “Yet, deep creative life is informed by the realm of mystery, dreams, sudden knowings; the shadow.” Mother Night is our wild companion as we kneel to dig down to mine the raw gems of spirit, soul, and creative life, “bringing diamonds from the darkness” again, or for the very first time.

Stories and Poems Include:

  • “The Erl König”
  • “Prayer for the Outsider”
  • “The Conference of the Birds”
  • “They Tried to Stop Her at the Border”
  • “The Bell Underground”
  • “Los Zapatitos”
  • “The Heart Pierced by Seven Swords”
  • “The Beautiful Lady at the Lake”
  • “The Littlest Lazarus”
  • “The Four Rabbinum”
  • “The Three Feathers”
  • “We Are the Atomic Children, and We Are Still Dancing”
  • “The Rebbe in Prison”
  • “The Man Who Sought Treasure Afar”
  • “Coyote Learns to Dance”
  • “The Cry of the Swans”
  • “Mary Covered in Ashes; Covered in Diamonds”

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Customer Reviews

So rich! Review by Lisa

I can't get enough of Dr Estes! Her work is so needed in this starving world. Loved it!

(Posted on 12/10/2016)

Ambrosia for the soul. Review by Tracy

Absolutely delicious, essential nourishment for the soul. Nothing but love, love, love for Dr. Estes and this restorative work.

(Posted on 2/27/2015)

Straight from heaven Review by Simone

It is CP Estes! A gift straight from heaven off course!

(Posted on 11/1/2014)

Review for Mother Night Review by Jocelyn M

Listening to this makes my life feel so good inside of me.

(Posted on 7/18/2014)

Review for Mother Night Review by NEO P

The last I read Clarissa was the Women who run...and now I am falling in love with her. Bought Mother Night weeks ago but listening to it slowly, in small portions so as to make it last. Just listening to her feels like I am getting gently healed.

(Posted on 9/30/2013)

Review for Mother Night Review by Lynne L


(Posted on 5/12/2013)

Review for Mother Night Review by Elizabeth M

I thoroughly enjoy all of Estes work. Her style is engaging as well as intellectually profound. She moves easily between folktale, myth, depth psychology and genuine humanity. She speaks on all levels with a profound insight and gentle caring. She is as respectful of simplicity as the challenging. I found Mother Night to be especially refreshing. Her storytelling and elaboration of concepts is stunning. If you are familiar with her work and enjoy The Dangerous Old Woman offerings, this will also be a treat. This is a treasure for the spirit's nurturance. Enjoy!

(Posted on 4/10/2013)

Review for Mother Night Review by Michelle S


(Posted on 4/6/2013)

Review for Mother Night Review by blandine bardeau

The best thing
I have ever listened to
Is simply magical

(Posted on 6/26/2012)

Review for Mother Night Review by Jenni Tarry

As always, Dr Estes warmth and generosity of spirit sooth one's mind and soul, lulling one into a gentle space of hearing with the heart. I could listen forever.

(Posted on 3/8/2012)

Review for Mother Night Review by Kathy Zboroluk

There is a great need for the works of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I thoroughly enjoyed the Mother Night Series.

(Posted on 11/3/2011)

Review for Mother Night Review by Josh Moll

Very interesting!

(Posted on 10/21/2011)

Review for Mother Night Review by Felice Thorson-Boudreaux

I was disappointed; too rambling.

(Posted on 5/13/2011)

Review for Mother Night Review by fiona knox

excellent as always

(Posted on 4/26/2011)

Review for Mother Night Review by Valerie Harms

As always, CPE is evocative and insightful about soul issues. She is a most inspiring mentor. I love everything she says or writes.

(Posted on 3/28/2011)

Review for Mother Night Review by Mary Mc Fadden

I love this. Haven't listened to it all yet - it's A LOT of material. it's great listening at the gym, instead of music. CPE is truly like having an older female relative who speaks the truth about living in this world. Her perspective affirms many of my deepest perceptions, and I feel validated, uplifted and re-energized every time I listen.

(Posted on 3/10/2011)

Review for Mother Night Review by Kelley

Where 'The Artist's Way' exorcises the emotions of the re-emerging creatrix's soul, 'Mother Night' soothes the soul to process hidden shadow emotions. Pinkola-Estes' voice alone is wonderfully warm and nurturing. While her voice has always come through in her literary work, hearing her speak her truth is perfect synergy for the message. Quite conversationally delivered, this series is ideal for the soul-seeker who is fairly comfortable traveling between the states of metaphor and individual. I can see that someone who is not versed in archetypal representations or the rich, earthy journey of the soul would be confused in Pinkola-Estes' manner of storytelling to reveal personal truth. Hers is a very old tradition of layered storytelling, speaking directly to the symbols the soul and cells remember, which the modern mind geared toward quick, bulleted points for self-help may find cumbersome. This series is very important in the trek back to wholeness and the celebration of the unique individual.

(Posted on 7/1/2010)



Contents 8 CDs (9 hours, 58 minutes)
Date Published May 01, 2010
ISBN-10 1-59179-915-5
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-915-3
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AF01592D

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Contents 1 Audio download (9 hours, 58 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published May 01, 2010
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-966-5
Product Code AF01592W