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Enantiodromia means To Flow Backwards. As Clarissa Pinkola Estes explains in her book “Women Who Run With the Wolves, the term was used by Heraclitus in Greece and eventually Carl Jung reminded us of the word by implying a regression into our personal unconscious.

In reality the term can be interpreted on many different levels, it is the path of return to our original self as women, what Pinkola Estes calls examining different archetypes from several traditions and societies across time to find “the Wild Woman”.

This is a return to deep intuition as guidance. By taking a step backward we can transition constantly into the present and project ourselves towards the future.

I am certainly interpreting the term as guidance for my intuition but it also made me reflect on the infatuation I have with certain artists whose work is, and I try to say this with tremendous humility, influence and inspiration. These artists lived centuries ago, yet their work continues to touch my life and move me. Their images become an excuse to reflect on self-referential issues.