What does it mean to be wild?
Definition: Living in a natural state, untamed, unbroken, uncivilised, unconstrained, uncontrolled, unaffected by human control and cultivation. Fierce. Powerful. Free.
Wild animals are distinctly different from their domesticated counterparts, both physically and psychologically. Where pets are selectively bred to encourage traits like docile demeanour, suppression of instincts and desires and a retention of juvenile features, wild animals have the innate ability to thrive in seemingly inhospitable habitats precisely because of their instincts and desires.
Likewise, cultivated plants require careful planning and planting in order to thrive, whereas their wild counterparts, for example blueberries, grow naturally in harsher environments like rocky hills and barrens, yet are more nutrient dense and grow without constant upkeep.
Across the board, wild species have proven to be more robust, more vital, able to thrive with less resources and more attuned and able to spontaneously adapt to environmental changes.
What happened to us along the way?
Just like our pets, we got domesticated. For the convenience of others, we have been separated from our true selves and with that, we have forgotten our instincts, desires and wild power. Women who dared to display their wildness and inner knowing were called witches and whores and worse. In her book Untamed, Glennon Doyle demonstrates how our wildness has been bred out of us over millennia of religion and patriarchal culture.
“We weren’t born distrusting and fearing ourselves. That was part of our taming. We were taught to believe that who we are in our natural state is bad and dangerous. They convinced us to be afraid of ourselves. So we do not honour our own bodies, curiosity, hunger, judgement, experience, or ambition. Instead, we lock away our true selves. Women who are best at this disappearing act earn the highest praise: She is so selfless. Can you imagine? The epitome of womanhood is to lose one’s self completely. That is the end goal of every patriarchal culture. Because a very effective way to control women is to convince women to control themselves.”
But the tide is turning. We are on the cusp of a new wave of feminine leadership, which the world so desperately needs, and I am here for it!
Returning to your roots
There is nothing wrong with pets, I love my kitty cat.
But she is not out there hunting with her sisterhood, feeding the entire pride, defending and expanding their territory and creating the culture of the pride, all whilst communally caring for the young.
My cute little ragdoll kitten sits by the fridge in hope of me dropping some ham and spends her days sleeping and going along with whatever her human family are doing. She is not where the action is. She is not shaping the future.
Both are special. But only one is a leader.
It’s time to remember who you are.
If you want to tap into your innate power, your instinctive direction and your unique calling, reconnecting with your wildness is a must. You will not survive the plains or sierras without it. Your wildness is the inroad to embodying the courage, creativity, resilience, intuitive power and instinct necessary to create impact, influence and build a lasting legacy.
I invite you to join me at my upcoming free webinar Awaken the Wild Woman and discover the 3 shifts you need to shed your domesticated habits and reclaim your mighty core.