Thursday, August 16, 2007





This beautiful artwork is by artist, Chalita Brossett Robinson.
The subject matter of this exhibition is revealed in the title, "Walls and Windows and Wings." Ms. Robinson comments that "this work focuses on the theme of 'passage,' the struggle to learn, change, and grow through life."
She was initially motivated by Gall Sheehy's book, Passages; Clarissa Pinkola Estes' book, Women Who Run With the Wolves; the writings of Maya Angelou; and more recently, by her own personal experiences.

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WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES
Clarissa Pinkola Estes on relationships:

“In rhythm and relationship there is a critical idea. You cannot have a mate, who attempts consciously or unconsciously to destroy your own personal rhythm. It’s not POSSIBLE with any group of creatures of animals. For one animal or another to cause the other animal to breed, to birth, out of their season, it’s just not possible. There is an order that is intrinsic, that is instinctual, and women have that order, perhaps more blatantly than men do in their menstrual cycles, in their creative cycles, in their emotional cycles. Women flow from warm, to hot, to cold, to cool. Most men do not understand these as cycles, it’s very confusing to them, they don’t understand that it’s repetitive and it happens over and over again. When a woman is allowed to be how she is, she will have a minimum of irritation, crabbiness, and he will be much happier, too. So, in the arena of relationship, if one is really going to live the archetype of the natural woman, one has to have, if one chooses a mate, one has to have a mate who has some skeletal understanding of that.”

“Relationships are a craft, not a science.”

“A relationship has to be rhythmic, it has to have lots and lots of space for being apart and being together and being sort of together and being in the same room but doing different things, it has to have lots and lots of room and lots of space, and the connection to one another comes through the soul, there’s a sameness of soul, no matter what goes on in the outer life.”

“In Jungian psychology we think that for a woman, her real mate, her true mate, is within, not without.”

“Fairy tales really need to be understood in terms of the inner masculine aspect of the female, otherwise they make no sense whatsoever. Somehow the emphasis on your relationship with other, with someone outside yourself, another human being, has to not take predominance over your relationship with yourself. Otherwise you’ll lose yourself, this will mean that the natural woman in you will be subjugated and go right back to being a captured woman, a wild woman who is now domesticated… she is a dead woman.”

“A relationship is a wonderful, wonderful thing, but NOT if it destroys, it is meant to create. The ancient idea of relationship is that two make more than one. There are two people, they become more than one and more than two, they become more than the sum of their parts and that’s what is supposed to happen.”

“Energy is generated by the relationship, rather than death.”

“One of the most destructive kinds of relationships a woman can have in one in which she is living with or married to a mate that trashes all of her ideas.”

“When a woman feels heartbroken after a conversation with her mate, it’s because she put forth a thrust of energy and it was met with nothing.”

“To be married, to have real relationship with somebody, means that they meet you in return. You put forth energy, they put forth compatible or commensurate energy.”

“Something bigger, better or different is created by the relationship that couldn’t be created separately.”

“If you choose a mate who is energetically similar to you, you’d be amazed at the things you can create.”

“Don’t be with ANYBODY who kills off your ideas either by apathy or they don’t understand them, or they refuse to understand them, or they think they’re dull, boring ideas, or they tell you they are impractical. Don’t BE with a person like that. LOVE them, if you must, but don’t BE with them. Don’t make them the centerpiece of your life.”

“Being in an abusive situation leaves you either full of rage and wanting to do harm to the person, or a cowering, domesticated, caged animal.”

6 comments:

Suzy said...

I read this book many years ago during my "fog years" and I knew it was important but didn't quite get it at that point. Today however is a different story.
“Don’t be with ANYBODY who kills off your ideas either by apathy or they don’t understand them, or they refuse to understand them, or they think they’re dull, boring ideas, or they tell you they are impractical. Don’t BE with a person like that. LOVE them, if you must, but don’t BE with them. Don’t make them the centerpiece of your life.”
Now the words mean something.
Thank you for reminding me about this book.
Love.
Suzy

Michelle O'Neil said...

Every daughter should hear these words.

Every son too.

cheryl said...

Oh, Carrie..... you have no idea, well actually I think you do, where this post takes me. I can't wait for my CD to arrive, but the truth can be a scarey thing. Thank you.
Love.

kario said...

Okay, okay. You've convinced me, dammit! I'll start yet another book right now. I can't believe the goosebumps I got just reading these bits.

Thanks, my dear.

Bossy Boots said...

I know this is kinda out there...but would you be my guru??? The river is great but you are SMOKIN!!!

Philip. said...

Great artwork!!