… a woman whose creative life is dwindling, experiences… a sensation of poisoning, deformation, a desire to kill off everything. Subsequently, she is driven to seemingly endless searching through the wreckage for her former creative potential. In order for her psychic ecology to be arighted, the river has to be made clear once again. It is not the quality of our creative products that we are concerned with… but the determination and care of our creative life. Always behind the actions of writing, painting, thinking, healing, doing, cooking, talking, smiling, making, is the river, the Rio Abajo Rio; the river under the river nourishes everything we make.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I love this quote from Women Who Run with the Wolves.  It is from a chapter that draws parallels between women’s creative flow and rivers.  I recommend picking up a copy of the book, regardless of your gender.  It’s full of fantastic and inspiring stories that everyone can relate to, no matter the age. 

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype