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Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul

Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul

by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul
“Have You Forgotten? I Am Your Mother. You Are Under My Protection.”

“There is a promise Holy Mother makes to us,” proclaims Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, “that any soul needing comfort, vision, guidance, or strength can cry out to her, flee


Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul
“Have You Forgotten? I Am Your Mother. You Are Under My Protection.”

“There is a promise Holy Mother makes to us,” proclaims Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, “that any soul needing comfort, vision, guidance, or strength can cry out to her, flee to her protection, and Blessed Mother will immediately arrive with veils flying. She will place us under her mantle for refuge, and give us the warmth of her most compassionate touch, and strong guidance about how to go by the soul’s lights.” Untie the Strong Woman is Dr. Estés invitation to come together under the shelter of The Mother—whether she appears to us as the Madonna, Our Lady of Guadalupe, or any one of her countless incarnations. In this unforgettable collection of stories, prayers, and blessings, Dr. Estés shares:

  • “The Drunkard and the Lady”—a story of unexpected miracles that arise from the mud and soil
  • “Guadalupe is a Girl Gang Leader in Heaven”—a poem of resistance and hope
  • “No One Too Bad, Too Mean, or Too Hopeless”—the fierce Mother that never gives up on us
  • “The Shirt of Arrows”—a love that is invincible no matter how many times we are wounded
  •  “The Black Madonna”—she who stands at the juncture between two worlds and protects us as we enter the dark places
Why does the face of Our Lady appear in the most humble and unexpected places? Why does she burst forth into every culture no matter how hard authority tries to suppress her? It is because no bonds can restrain the power of her love, nor prevent her from returning to those who need her most. With Untie the Strong Woman, Dr. Estés invites you to encounter the force of Immaculate Love—“So that your memory of Her is renewed, or that the knowledge of her miraculous, fierce, enduring ways is drawn into your heart for the very first time.”

First Words
Our Ancestral Great Mother
Opening Blessing:  Totus Tuus, I Belong to You, Blessed Mother
Chapter Two
How the Great Woman Was Erased:  Our Part in Restoring Her
Untie the Strong Woman
Chapter Three
She Is the Inspiratus for Souls Who Suffer
The Drunkard and the Lady
Chapter Four
In Humble, Helpless Love with Her
Guadalupe Is a Girl Gang Leader in Heaven
Chapter Five
Rise Up!  Even From Bloodshed, Says La Conquista, Our Lady of the Conquered
Massacre of the Dreamers:  The Maiz Mother
Chapter Six
“Shirt of Arrows:” She Teaches Protection of the Vulnerable:  No Exceptions
The Memorare, Remember!
Chapter Seven
The Uses of Broken-Heartedness, Mater Dolorosa Ever Bends Near
The Use of the Seven Swords Through the Heart
Chapter Eight
Many Kinds of Prisons:  The Last Woman Standing
“Our Lady Behind the Wall”
Chapter Nine
Carrying the Name of the Mother
A Man Named Mary
Chapter Ten
Forged in the Fiery Furnace
The Black Madonna
Chapter Eleven
No One Too Bad, Too Mean, or Too Hopeless
How the Motherfuckers Became the Blessed Mothers
Chapter Twelve
No Racism, No Discrimination, No One Is An “Untouchable”
The Great Woman Appears to Us Daily
Chapter Thirteen
Her Names Without Classic
Litany of the Mother Road:  Chant of Her Incandescent Names
Chapter Fourteen
Compassionate Mother:  Restoring The Soul After Shock
Post-Abortion Compassion:  “The Children She Got That She Did Not Get”
Chapter Fifteen
The Lasso of Our Lady…For Saving a Life
The Drowning Man
Chapter Sixteen
Holding Fast to the Soul
God Has No Hands:  Comforting Maria, The Ritual of Pesame
Chapter Seventeen
The Great Mother Inspires the Little Mothers
The Marys of Mother Africa
Chapter Eighteen
Refusing the Holy:  No Room for You Here
The “Oh Yes, There Is Too Room for You Here” Ritual of La Posada
Chapter Nineteen
Letter to the Young Mystics Following Holy Mother
Our Lady of Guadalupe:  The Path of the Broken Heart
Chapter Twenty
Los Inmigrantes, We Are All Immigrants:  The Undousable Creative Fire
They Tried to Stop Her At the Border
Chapter Twenty-One
Mi Madre, Tu Madre, La Madre de Ella, La Madre de El, Nuestra Madre:  My Mother, Your Mother, Her Mother, His Mother, Our Mother
The Truth About How Very Hard it is to Get Into Heaven
Chapter Twenty-Two
That You Be Watched Over and Kept Safe Until We See Each Other Again
Closing Blessing:  Have You Forgotten?  I Am Your Mother
Chapter Twenty-Three
Beautiful Words About the Mother
Some of the Ways Other Creative Souls Understand Relationship With Mother
Chapter Twenty-Four
Aymen, Aymen, Aymen…And A Little Woman
The Highest Prayer

Editorial Reviews

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 “Like warm bread from the oven, these words are mother's loving touch, they are her fierce cry to find every child lost in the wild storms, they are ancient grandmothers’ fearless cloak for each vulnerable human. Read this marvelous book and let the Strong Woman ennoble, transport, protect, inspire, embrace you, and bring you home.”
—Dr. Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
“Clarissa has accomplished yet another masterpiece. She has written a book so profoundly deep and inspiring that you feel the grace of the Blessed Mother, even as you read it. How grateful I am for this treasure.”
—Caroline Myss, author of Defy Gravity and Anatomy of the Spirit
“Here is Mary set free from heaven, an earthy Mary making herself known in every culture, healing the wounded and joining in global struggles against oppression. This is a brave and necessary book, destined to become a spiritual classic.”
—Demetria Martinez, author of Mother Tongue
Publishers Weekly
In the first work by poet and psychoanalyst Estés (Women Who Run with Wolves) in a decade, this brilliant treatment is much larger than the sum of its parts. Estés’s understanding of Our Holy Lady (“she wears a thousand names”) is disturbing and enlightening; she presents a figure who reflects and elevates the essential and inherent qualities of humanity. Through sacred traditions, personal stories, prayers, and images, Estés makes visible the ancient and modern fiercely loving force of the Divine feminine—the Compassionate Mother. “The ultimate Mother Who Gave Birth to Love... bends to tend to the needful soul,” Estés writes. Like the traditional prayer Memorare, through the technology of mind and heart, this book calls readers to awaken with full consciousness “to Her within us: acting like, thinking like, loving like the Holy Mother does.” (Nov.)

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Meet the Author

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD, is an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning poet, diplomate senior Jungian psychoanalyst, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition). In addition to her international bestseller Women Who Run With the Wolves, Dr. Estés is a managing editor and columnist writing on politics, spirituality, and culture at the newsblog TheModerateVoice.com, and she is a columnist at The National Catholic Reporter online.

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