How Can a Fantasy Story Help Heal the Culture of Toxic Masculinity?
“In creative work [we] are not trying to help the world go around, but forward.”
Our vacation on the Oregon coast was lovely, with perfect weather—but then we headed back to California. In Arcata, we discovered that the 2017 firestorm in Napa-Sonoma-Mendocino was between us and our home. Driving down Hwy 101 South through the thick smoke and burned areas is the closest I have yet... Read More
Writing from Darkness:
How The Star-Seer’s Prophecy Trilogy was Born
When I first began receiving and writing this story of wounding and healing, evil and redemption, suffering and forgiveness, I had no plan or purpose to write any such thing. But the story came through me in a dark, wild, creative rush, and I did not resist. It was a process of writing from darkness… from the unknown… from the fertile void.
Through my own inner work, I... Read More
Staying Safe or Surrendering: Facing a Dilemma in Creativity and Spirituality
Many years ago, I had an awe-inspiring glimpse of the Flow of Divine Creativity. It appeared to me as a cosmic Fountain of Creativity, endlessly flowing upward with an outrageous infinitude of vivid, colorful images: trees, cartoons, volcanoes, tulips, cars, babies, tigers, paintings, skyscrapers, movies, soldiers, roses, stars, drums—everything tumbling upward forever!
I saw that what we human creators do is tap into this infinite Fountain, and channel one... Read More
Redefining Success: Reflections on my First Blog Tour
My first and possibly last blog tour is almost over. I’ve written 27 different posts for as many blogs, each one written to suit the particular blogger’s interests or focus, while also sharing something about my experience writing my book, and/or about my book. In addition, I’ve been doing a lot of social media outreach on Twitter, FaceBook, etc. It’s been an intense experience! It was fun to find that my energy... Read More
Perhaps you have noticed that I haven’t posted anything here for a while. I’ve been busy writing posts for a blog tour, which started May 13 and runs through June 21. It’s been fun – and a lot of work!
What’s a blog tour? Well, I’m writing guests posts for other blogs (seventeen, so far) on various topics, ranging from Flowers As Healers, to how I ended up writing a fantasy trilogy. See Calendar below.
For the duration of the... 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
I Thought I was Writing a Fantasy: Shocking Parallels between Dark Innocence and North Korean Reality
It breaks my heart to discover that the story I wrote (Dark Innocence) about a protagonist being born in such a terrible place that he knows only evil, obedience, and suffering, is actually happening to prisoners in North Korea now. Shin Dong-hyuk, now a human rights activist in South Korea, was born and raised in a North Korean prison camp (“total control zone”), where... Read More
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