The inimitable Clarissa Pinkola Estés, an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning poet, Jungian psychoanalyst, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition) utilizes all of these well-honed talents on this 60-minute presentation. She contends that we go to sleep as children and awake as children born anew into a new day. All we need to smooth out our furrowed brows and slow down our feverish brains is a few calming stories. Estes has just the right night time medicine for us and her soothing delivery is sure to shoo all your troubles away. She has chosen some wonderful stories to serve as your passport into the country of sleep.

Estes begins with a piece from C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, which serves as a transition into the world of dreams. This is followed by the familiar tale "The Sleeping Beauty," which Estés renders with such tenderness that it sounds totally fresh! Aesop's fable "The Lion and the Mouse" is an enchantment that proves how the little can provide access for the large. "The Jumping Mouse Tale" sparkles in the telling as Estés marvels at our yearning for transformation and renewal. That is why sleep is so important for mind, body, and soul. This CD is like having a spiritual teacher right at your bedside. The experience is soothing, delightful, and enchanting.