Rahima Warren joins us today as guest blogger and is the author of Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer’s Prophecy, a deep, rich novel of the healing journey. With Master’s degrees in Clinical and Transpersonal Psychology, she was in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist for over 20 years. In 2006, Rahima retired to focus on her expressive painting, creative writing, and spiritual studies.
In her work with clients recovering from abuse, she was awed by the human capacity to heal, and to reach new levels of forgiveness, wholeness and happiness. She also learned to trust the psyche’s own process. This enabled her to allow a dark and mysterious story to flood forth unhindered: Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer’s Prophecy.
Rahima is a third-generation native of California and resides with her husband in Northern California, where she periodically chases squirrels off the wild bird feeders, and deer away from her roses. Her life-long love of fantasy is her parents’ fault: they left sci-fi & fantasy magazines with fascinating cover art lying around the house. Rahima has been a guest on Talk2theAnimalsRadio episode Animals in Dreamtime.
In my last post on Talk2theAnimals, I shared how to write dialogs with animal spirits who appear in your dreams or visions. This technique can be applied with any form the animal spirit takes:
- an encounter with a living animal that is significant to you is some way;
- a piece of art or sculpture you see or create that touches you;
- a scene in a movie or book that speaks to your soul.
Additional ways to connect with Animal Spirits:
- create art in their honor: collage, photograph, painting, clay figures, rattles, drums, whatever works for you.
- pull a card from a deck, such as the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson
By the way, this technique, writing dialogs, can also be used with people, whether real, dreamed, or imagined, whether living or dead. In the realm of the creative imagination, anything is possible!
One tip: When writing a dialog, remember to use open-ended questions, not those with Yes/No answers. These don’t generate much dialog. And usually, the Animal Spirits don’t speak in such absolute terms.
Here’s an example of using the dialog technique with an art piece. At an expressive arts therapy training in 1996, I made this Shield to honor Fox. Then I wrote a dialog with Fox. It is one of my favorite messages from the Animal Spirits, and touches my soul each time I read it. I hope it will do the same for you!
DIALOG WITH FOX
Rahima: Dear Fox, I feel I need to learn from you – the subtleties, indirectness, seeing beyond the ordinary – into the subtle realm of spirit – So I make this Shield in your honor. Will you speak with me?
Looking directly at the world yet with your spirit held within,
keeping your secrets – this is my way.
Letting Mystery reside in your eyes.
Staying in touch within,
with the depths of sorrow and darkness,
without dwelling on pain, anger, injustice,
with your deep knowing.
with the Mystery of the World of Opposites, the world that you inhabit,
Acknowledge this that you know:
that there is no “Answer”
but the one each creates for self,
no protection but non-attachment,
no love that is secure,
no guidance for the choice-maker -
while yet there may be assistance once the choice is made.
You who live on the Sea of Changes
have no choice
but to dance from wave top to trough
and learn the ways of the Winds.
Be aware. Listen. Be still.
In this way, you may perceive
the subtleties, or hear
the voice of Spirit.
R: Rahima: What in me needs to change or die, for me to move closer to your way of seeing?
Anxiety about right and; wrong, good and bad;
Fear of difference;
Expectation and assumption
How can I allow these to release?
FOX: Dance for yourself and no one else.
Hunt alone, only for your family.
Let the silt settle to the bottom
of the pond so your mind is
clear and quiet.
Sit softly with yourself
in the wild thicket of life.
Take a few moments to breathe, let the silt settle, and sit softly with yourself in the wild thicket of life. Invite an Animal Spirit to visit you. Wait quietly and notice who shows up, internally or externally. It’s fine if you “daydream” – that is your imagination at work. Then go ahead and write a dialog, and ask for the Animal Spirit’s message. When complete, remember to thank the Animal Spirit for visiting you.
ABOUT Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer’s Prophecy by Rahima Warren
The “twin-souled dark innocent,” Kyr, is a youth born and raised to blindly carry out the Soul-Drinker’s brutal commands. At first, Kyr’s one desire is death, the only escape from the Soul-Drinker’s hellish rule. Just when he is about to get his wish, the secret Circle rescues him. Now he has to choose between the familiar easy path of despair and death, or the hard path of healing, living, and a greater destiny, about which he knows nothing. How can a slave who has known only evil, pain and obedience choose to become a man of courage and compassion, and fulfill the Star Seer’s Prophecy?
Rahima is giving away prizes, including an e-copy of her book at each blog stop on her tour AND a Grand Prize Giveaway of a Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with your choice of fan art, chosen from here: http://www.starseersprophecy.com/fan-art/, plus other goodies, including a signed copy of Dark Innocence for one lucky winner, shipped to anywhere in the world!
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