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Foundation of Teaching
Jungian Psychology, Post-Trauma Healing

Example of Teaching
“It is worse to stay where one does not belong at all than to wander about lost for a while and looking for the psychic and soulful kinship one requires”


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Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

(born 27 January 1945) is an American poet, psychoanalyst and post-trauma specialist who was raised in a now nearly vanished oral and ethnic traditions. She is a first-generation American who grew up in a rural village, population 600, near the Great Lakes.

Of Mexican mestiza, and majority Magyar and minority Swabian tribal heritages, she comes from immigrant and refugee families who could not read or write, or who did so haltingly. Much of her writing is influenced by her family people who were farmers, shepherds, hopsmeisters, wheelwrights, weavers, orchardists, tailors, cabinet makers, lacemakers, knitters, and horsemen and horsewomhe Old Countries.

Dr. Estés is a poet who uses her poems throughout her psychoanalytic books, spokenword audios, and stage performances as expressive therapy for others. She is also a post-trauma recovery specialist and psychoanalsyst who has practiced clinically for 41 years. Her doctorate, from the Union Institute & University, is in ethno-clinical psychology, the study of social and psychological patterns of cultural and tribal groups. 

Dr. Estés ministers in the fields of childbearing loss, surviving families of murder victims, as well as critical incident work. She served at natural disaster sites, developing post-trauma recovery protocol for earthquake survivors in Armenia. Since then, her Post-Trauma Protocol is used to deputize citizen helpers to do post-trauma work on site at many disasters, and for the months and years yet to come. 


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    An Interview with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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    About Original & Wild Voice In Speaking and Writing - Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

    Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés: July 13, 2010 “Over these many decades, I find unequivocally that each person has a unique one-of-a-kind way to speak/write in their own voice,  from their own experiences and fantasies. “In this sense, each person decides to go whichever [...]

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    Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés: Dear Brave Souls, If you are so inclined, I ask you to read and to act in your own effective ways as your soul guides you. Later tonight, I’ll put up my testimony here, that I [...]

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    Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes - Make Music

    by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes: Dear Brave Souls> Making music, finding one’s own music, the voice, the body, the writing of, playing of, enjoining in one way or another… is like covering a formerly blank canvas in colors. There is a music [...]

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  1. "To love means to embrace and at the same time to withstand many endings, and many many beginnings- all in the same relationship.”
  2. “It is worse to stay where one does not belong at all than to wander about lost for a while and looking for the psychic and soulful kinship one requires.”
  3. “I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and you laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.”
  4. “When seeking guidance, don't ever listen to the tiny-hearted. Be kind to them, heap them with blessing, cajole them, but do not follow their advice.”
  5. “Writing, real writing, should leave a small sweet bruise somewhere on the writer . . . and on the reader.”
  6. “Tears are a river that takes you somewhere…Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace better.”

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