My love of our Mother Earth has deep roots. I knew my grandmother only as an old, stern woman. But, long after she passed on, among old family papers, I found a poem she wrote about her love of “The Mountains” (see below.)
Her son, my father, took us camping every summer, as his family did when he was young. He studied the very essence of earth – her blanket of soil that nurtures all life. (He was a soils... Read More
Facing the Darkness/Retrieving the Light:
My Mission in Life
Recently, someone asked me to articulate my Mission in Life, and I found myself quickly writing that my mission is: “facing inner darkness, retrieving my true Essence, and inspiring others to do the same.” Wow, I thought, that’s it! I never saw that before so clearly.
Then I remembered that, years ago, an astrologer read my natal chart. After looking it over, she said that my mission in life is to... Read More
A Story that Heals: An Interview with a Survivor
“I could safely start to heal old wounds …And it all happened through the story…”
In this interview, Tetja Ann Barbee shares how reading my fantasy novel, Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer’s Prophecy, inspired her to forgive, and to deepen her own recovery process.
1. What was it like for you while reading Dark Innocence?
“In the beginning the author Rahima Warren, a licensed, experienced psychotherapist (now retired), makes... Read More
Spring Equinox 2013
Hope this turn of the seasons brings you many blessings of balance, harmony and beauty!
On a personal note, I’ve been feeling stressed lately, not sure why. Nothing new. Maybe just an accumulation over these past years of two challenging ‘jobs’ – eldercare for my elderly mother; and book publicity (not a natural thing for an introvert). So I sat and chanted and sang to my heart this morning on the Equinox, hoping to get back in... Read More
Inner Views Blog: Writing and Art Reflections on Creativity, Life and Spirit
Most of us would agree that fear is one of worst innerenemies, keeping us from taking chances, moving forward—but hope? Doesn’t hope keep us moving, working to make things better? Yes, that’s the problem. Hope keeps us focused on the future, on striving to get the hoped-for reward. Fear keeps us always looking behind or around for the threat or danger. Unless there is a bear or a... Read More
Are We Butterfly Soup?
The Butterfly has recently been appearing to me in visions and life. A black butterfly woman appeared in one of my paintings; a stained glass butterfly in another. At a retreat, I pulled a symbol from a bag and received Butterfly. So I have been pondering the meaning and message of Butterfly.
Primarily, Butterfly is associated with Transformation, because the caterpillar literally transforms into a butterfly. But, as Maya Angelou says,
“We delight in the beauty... Read More
I’m a bit shyly proud to let you know that I am sharing my tips for writing over on Clarion blog, a well-respected blog for writers of speculative fiction. I call my approach Free-Fall Writing and it is like the expressive art I do.
Hope you will take a look! Click this link: ow.ly/hP0fO
Let me know if it is helpful or inspiring. THANKS!... Read More
Today, I’m a guest on Tracie Nichols’ wonderful blog, sharing my latest painting, “Stained Glass Animals,” and messages of wisdom and compassion from Animals Spirits. Please visit:
http://www.tracienichols.com/blog/... Read More
Last time, I wrote about Finding Quietness (and thanks for the thoughtful comments!) Yet I’m finding myself avoiding emptiness these days. If it isn’t the To Do list or appointments or group meetings, it’s TV or Facebook or Twitter or Angry Birds or Words with Friends. I feel very modern and up-to-date with my smart phone, tablet and laptop!
But I have to ask myself, what am I avoiding? Why am I filling up almost every moment with some activity... Read More