Clarissa Pinkola Estés: A Prayer

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Dr. Estés began her work as a post-trauma specialist in the 1960s at hospitals, caring for severely injured children, and 'shell-shocked' war veterans and their families.

She ministers in the fields of childbearing loss, surviving families of murder victims, as well as critical incident work, and PTSD. She served at disaster sites, first developing post-trauma recovery protocol for earthquake survivors in Armenia. That protocol is now used as one of the top three protocols to teach survivors to do post-trauma work onsite within a few hours.

She served Columbine High School and community after the massacre, 1999-2003. She works with 9-11 survivor families on both east and west coasts.

Her published works include The Gift of Story, The Faithful Gardener, and international bestseller Women Who Run With the Wolves, (145 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, published in 35 languages worldwide), and a fifteen volume collection of original, best-selling audio works including a twelve-part live performance series, Theatre of the Imagination, broadcast on Pacifica and National Public Radio networks across America and Canada. In 2009 Sounds True presented Dr. Estés’ Mother Night series online, and in April 2010 launched her master work, The Dangerous Old Woman, a six-part online series three decades in the making.


A Prayer

Refuse to fall down.
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down,
lift your heart toward heaven,
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled,
and it will be filled.
You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you
from lifting your heart
toward heaven--
only you.
It is in the middle of misery
that so much becomes clear.
The one who says nothing good
came of this,
is not yet listening.