When you think of the word “wild” what images and ideas come up in your mind? Men on Harleys? Badly dressed Chech brothers in search of “foxes”? Femmes fatales in animal skins? Drunken girls on spring break?
“Wild” can mean “out of control.” People often come to me as a spiritual coach when they have spent a number of years in ungoverned behavor, having abandoned their dreams and harmed their bodies in the process. In this context, “wildness” has been for them a kind of self-betrayal.
What about wildness as a positive? Claudia Pinkola Estes descibes the Wild Woman archetype this way:
“It means to establish territory, to find one’s pack, to be in one’s body with certainty and pride regardless of the body’s gifts and imitations, to speak and act in one’s own behalf, to be aware, alert, to draw on the innate feminine powers of intuition and sensing, to come into one’s cycles, to find what one belongs to, to rise with dignity, to retain as much consciousness as we can.”
Wildness in this context means our natural state. Paradoxically, when we give ourselves permission to set boundaries for where our time and energy goes and how we care for our bodies, we create a new freedom to call back our power and passion and take focused, decisive actions to create the life that is natural for us.