The Late Bloomer

Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype

The Late Bloomer

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Volume Four of the Dangerous Old Woman Series with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

"What makes talent bloom? Ask what makes a tree blossom. They are the same. It is not unfathomable. It only takes concentration. Concentration of energies is what makes a tree flower. Not bigger, not faster, not taking up more space. Rather, less space. Density. Pressure in hard places. Often, in the dark. Relentlessly. Freely. For as long as it takes. Hold faith, a gestation can go long and for good reason, and nothing much shows above ground. But then, one day…" —Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD

Are you waiting for New Life, for your talents to bloom? With The Late Bloomer, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés presents volume four of her masterwork on the Wise Woman archetype, bringing you six sessions of original tales, stories from her ethnic families, poems, blessings, and psychological commentary exploring the cycles of "burgeoning, blooming New Life."

The Ultimate Blooming Takes Time
Although we are each created with countless gifts to share in this lifetime, no one is born in full development, begins Dr. Estés. The Late Bloomer—the one at the verge of tipping forward into her creative powers—speaks to all of us who sense within "great talent untapped … touchingly wondrous yet wounded or held back by fate in some way." Meet the wise old woman in the form of The Late Bloomer in her many guises, as she beckons us to ignite the creative fire of the interior life, to burst into bloom time and again.

Step Forward into Your True Shape
Dr. Estés asks, "What is your reason for being here on earth? What are the promises you made to Creator before you came? That is your original shape—the holy shape of how you are meant to go in life, regardless of all crosswinds." The old woman as the wise Late Bloomer calls us to "step forward into our true shapes, and to step onto the open road and blue sky… where we can be born into New Life again."

Stories, Poems, and Blessings Include

  • The High Tea
  • The Emperor's New Clothes
  • The Maker of Pencils
  • How To Animate The Life-Force
  • La Danzanta-An Old Woman's Rules for Ever-Renewing Creative Jing
  • The Fisherman's Wife
  • The Woman Who Was Eaten by Her Relatives
  • As a Woman Learns to Be Queen of Herself
  • Words for Walking Back to the Strong House
  • The Child in the Ice
  • The Dream of Chac Ma
  • The Dress
  • The Hair-Curler Lady
  • The Ritual of Marzana
  • The Rose Tree Warrior
  • The Smoke Tree Story

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It’s Never Too Late To Live Wisely Review by Jack Hovenier

‘The Late Bloomer’ is the fourth and penultimate volume of Dr. Estés’ five-volume audio masterpiece known as ‘The Dangerous Old Woman.’ To the uninitiated it is difficult to describe the wisdom, insight, inspiration and stories 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.

Volume Four offers inspiration, comfort and encouragement for everyone, particularly those who sometimes believe time has slipped by and their creative or life opportunities are lost. Dr. Estés describes how often the most important creative and soul work takes time and that to everything there is a season. She patiently reminds and illustrates that it is never too late to heed our Soul’s calling. The story of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ illustrates how we can give our identities away and fall prey to the lies society, others and even our own ego tell us. ‘The Fisherman’s Wife’ is one of the greatest tales ever told of how to be grateful for what we have, and pursue that which truly matters. ‘Grandmother Katerin And The Story Of The Red Boots,’ is a metaphor for most great spiritual and religious revelations. If the listener feels “stuck” or questions his or her value, this recording affirms it is never too late to pursue destiny and dreams and that the time do that is NOW!

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)

Outstanding Review by squirrel

I got this work on audio download and I listen to it each night before sleeping. It has made profound changes in the way I see myself and the world.

(Posted on 2/5/2015)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by NEO P

Superb as usual.. I adore Dr Estes and this series really gives you hope, especially if you are late blooming..she helps you feel that all your sitting around and moping in the dark for years hasn't just been a waste of a life but it has some purpose and how you can put it to good use..

Of course you will have to listen to a few times to really soak in it..

(Posted on 7/29/2014)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Cristina G

I'm really disappointed with this CD. I was going to ask for my money back and would love if a refund were still possible as it really did not meet my expectations. Having read and loved Pinkola Estes book, Women who Run with the Wolves, I'd been very much looking forward to hearing her speak on CD. The first CD alone spanning two hours could have been summed up in the phrase--it's never too late. Instead, the author rambled and waffled on and on and it appeared she was simply intent on filling time rather than providing substance to her topic. I would not recommend this CD to anybody having found it an outrageous waste of time and money. It appears there is no option here to give a no-star rating, so therefore I'm being forced to give it 1.

(Posted on 7/9/2014)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Jude T

I always enjoy her and the fact that I could actually afford them because of your sale made it even better! Thank you Sounds True.

(Posted on 7/8/2014)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by sandra s

Clarissa is just so magical to listen to. This archetype is so misunderstood and she explains it wonderfully well and told through her unique way of sharing, a true inspirational storyteller. A very informative listen.

(Posted on 7/6/2014)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Gloria K

Estes, as always, is charming and relateable as are her stories and archetypal discussions. Such a wondrous scholar of storytelling in general, a great storyteller herself, and yet like sitting down with your sister to have a chat. Beautiful no matter when or how you are blooming!

(Posted on 7/6/2014)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Jill R

I always enjoy listening to Clarissa Pinkola Estes, she is a wonderful storyteller. This particular program is filled with moving out of a stuck position even if it is late in life.

(Posted on 6/30/2014)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Marylyn R

Clarissa has a wonderful voice that lovingly pulls you in to the story she might be telling, or the insights about the story theme that might apply to you. I feel stronger and more empowered after listening to this series. Hope she does more.

(Posted on 6/26/2014)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by nancy w

haven't listened yet,but from past experience I expect it to be excellent

(Posted on 6/26/2014)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Judith S

I love Clarissa brilliant

(Posted on 2/1/2014)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Shirley O

The content of this program is wonderful, as always. I am enjoying the entire series and find myself sharing insights with other folks along the way, recommending the entire "Dangerous Old Woman" series to them as well.
One challenge is the format. I purchased a download of this program and when it loads into iTunes, it comes as one entity. You cannot choose chapters or sections easily. I tried to access it as a regular music file, and that is better because it has chapters, but still, the chapters are not titled.
Sounds True does provide a handy PDF of the chapter headings, which helps, but I think next time I will order the CD version, which is far more versatile. When I load the CD's into my iTunes library, they show up with headings and are a lot easier to navigate.

(Posted on 12/7/2013)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Dianne P

Have been enjoying the wisdom in all of Clarissa Pinkola Estes CD's. I continue to share then with our daughter who also enjoys them.

(Posted on 11/22/2013)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Ann OFlanagan

I love Sounds True programs. I have been a follower of Clarissa Pinkola Estes for many years and her latest series is her best ever. Her words give me insight into my life as well as the universe. It takes letting go of my judgmental mind to really hear her. She is one of my favorite and I have been listening to sounds true for more than a decade.

(Posted on 12/3/2012)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Joyce R

Dr. Estes always hits the mark. I find inspiration and true guidance every time I use her materials. Thanks.

(Posted on 9/16/2012)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Corrine M

Excellant as always! Really enjoy Dr. Estes works!

(Posted on 8/27/2012)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by cynthia c

I listened to one cd a day for six days during my vacation as my daily meditation. I always enjoy spending time with her, be it book or CD and would recommend it for insight and inspiration.

(Posted on 8/27/2012)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Geraldine P

I have been enjoying this audio. The sound of her voice just adds to my enjoyment.

(Posted on 8/21/2012)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Carol H

Bravo, Dr. CPE!!!!

When the rest of the world is trying to sell us face lifts, plastic and God knows what else because 'we're old, over the hill and have little left in life' . . . you come along and guide us in harvesting the pearls of our lives . . . our wisdom, our intuition, our experiences and our passions. You affirm the wisdom and wonder of 'age.'

Bravo, Wonderful Lady. Bravo and Thank You!!!!

(Posted on 8/17/2012)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Barbara P

Great program! Dr. Estes is my hero.

(Posted on 8/17/2012)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Petronella S

As usual Clarissa Pinkola Estes delivers a wonderful sharing. You cannot go wrong ordering any of her CDs

(Posted on 8/16/2012)

Review for The Late Bloomer Review by Irika Meadows

Inspiring! x

(Posted on 7/21/2012)



Contents 6 CDs (7 hours, 50 minutes)
Date Published July 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-662-3
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-662-2
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AF02365D

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Contents Audio download (7 hours, 50 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published July 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-822-7
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-822-0
Product Code AF02365W