January 2017 - Death and rebirth

“We all begin the process before we are ready, before we are strong enough, before we know enough; we begin a dialogue with thoughts and feelings that both tickle and thunder within us. We respond before we know how to speak the language, before we know all the answers, and before we know exactly to whom we are speaking. ”

— Clarissa Pinkola Estés Women Who Run with Wolves


Birth and death cycles are central to the stories in Clarissa Pinkola Estés’s “Women Who Run with Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype.” The stories in the book are nourishing to the female soul and express the deep importance of birth and death cycles throughout life. The shedding of the old to make space for the new and better, more fit. 

And January seems to be all about death of the old. Many of my clients and friends are going through major life changes right now, the death of something BIG! I find myself in the same energetic. The female collective energy is clear and decisive - death of something (a relationship, a substance, a job, etc) that is no longer serving us. 

Each of us knows what we need to release, we know it no longer fits in our expanding more spacious soul space. Yet, we fear the action that will forever change our lives. Why do we continue on this path of limitation when it is so clear what we need to do, there are no alternatives. Fear holds us back. Fear of change, fear of being alone, fear of not knowing how, fear of the unknown. 

And we cannot go on like this. It is time for a change and so we will jump in, now. Shaking like a leaf and ready to jump off the high dive! Deep down there is a sense of calm at your core. You know you are making room for something or someone that better suits you. You know at your very core that this is the right step. You are ready to face the unknown and possible challenges that may lie ahead. Trust your intuition. Everything will work out in time and in the end you will be on your higher journey - a step closer to your highest self. 

Ready to take the jump? Connect with me for support at kim@bravecounseling.com or 240.480.0152. 

Kimberly Ottinger