Rachel Awes: Psychologist, author, and art playgroundist

Transforming fullness

By Rachel Awes on January 14, 2021

I found an old sketch of mine and considered how many waves of expression have come through. My drawings now look similar to how they used to but are also changed. My presence and words are also similar but changed. Into the transforming fullness of me, my deep spirit invites. Into full expanse ahead and within, riding my colorful bicycle and feeling the gift of aliveness and wind in my hair. (Shared in the spirit of mighty support and love to all that is turning and cooking and becoming within you. 🙏🏼)

Plus a dash of Fruit Stripe gum-inspiration! All with love, xox Rachel

It is never too late

By Rachel Awes on December 7, 2020

It is never too late to hold my inner child in my lap, look into her eyes, and tell her she belongs.

There is so much we have all learned about belonging since childhood. This is hard-won wisdom and the learning is ongoing. What does your current adult-self know about belonging that the child didn’t know? What new understandings would you like to pass on to her or him?

More of these belonging breakthroughs can be wrapped up w/love for free and sent to your inbox at this link: https://www.rachelawes.com/worthyeyes/

Affirmation Tomtes

By Rachel Awes on November 12, 2020

TODAY, November 12, is The American Swedish Institute’s Jul Shop Opening! (2600 Park Ave. MPLS. MN) My Affirmation Tomte art prints sit on those joyous jul-shelves, awaiting new homes! https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/jul-shop-opening-asi-member-appreciation-weekend

These tomtes are also creating mischief at one of my very favorite shops, https://joy-and-company.com/ in Grand Marais, MN. They also have great art supplies and local and delightful art, and the sweetest staff!

It has been such a delight to have the sweet honor of having them appear through my heart and pen and I love them so.

Sharing with all my heart & love, xox Rachel

My haiku for you

By Rachel Awes on November 9, 2020

Birds are landing here.

Endless blossoming branches.

My heart is a tree.

Please join me and share your own haiku in a comment below! The first sentence holds 5 syllables, second sentence holds 7 syllables, and third sentence 5 again. What I have found is rare truth and beauty emerge when using spare words. What if we planted a plethora of haiku seeds now? What would our spring look like?

All with LOVE! Rachel

True Belonging

By Rachel Awes on October 20, 2020

I will no longer pay a price to belong. True belonging is free. 

Have you ever found yourself in a group of people and fakely laughing at a joke that hurts people, or engaging in false intimacy with people through gossiping? Or perhaps saying or doing things out of simply wanting to belong? We all do some form of these things and do it because of naturally wanting to feel liked and connected with others, and then it costs us something: our peace, our integrity, our true intimacy with one another. 

Glorious freedom keys can be found in standing up for the vulnerable. Speaking kind words. Creating healthy boundaries. Saying yes to what deeply feels good and strong and no to what feels harmful. Then notice how resonant souls will find you and join with you and how really free you will be and belong.

You can read more of these “belonging breakthroughs,” as my gift with love to you, by including your name at this link and I will be honored to send them your way: https://www.rachelawes.com/worthyeyes/

All with love xox! Rachel

Happy 90th birthday, Mom!

By Rachel Awes on October 12, 2020

This glorious month of October is the same month my mom has turned 90! A few years back, I got us each matching cardigans and took some photos with them (I’ve included one of these previous photos below) and thought this was a good time for a new round (all beautiful Gudrun Sjoden cardi’s of course!) Her youthfulness astounds me, with the energy she still has for her days, her continued zest for colors and beauty and chocolate, and overall vim and vigor. I could only hope we would all feel this good at 90! Happy birthday, Mom!

Shared with all my love, XOX, Rachel

Belonging Breakthroughs

By Rachel Awes on September 28, 2020

I often practice hearing my voice say “I belong. I belooooong. I beloooooooong.” I record my voice on my phone saying “I belong” and then press the play button and listen.I speak “I” with my in-breath and “belong” with my out-breath and feel the vibration of my voice planting the words inside my body. My voice is leading the way and I am trusting her….to read more and receive the stream of belonging breakthroughs I wrote with free love for you, you can go to the following “worthy eyes” link and these will be included: https://www.rachelawes.com/worthyeyes/
XOX! Rachel

Love Rolled Up in a Violin

By Rachel Awes on September 21, 2020

I chose this dress as a nod to one of my most favorite people in the whole wide world: my BELOVED Grandpa Ole Olson. He died when I was only 8 years old, but his big love made up for the too little years. He was from the Lofoten Islands in Norway and then moved to Billings, Montana, where he and my dearest Grandma Lillie (who I called “Cookie Grandma,” because she would bake cookies and caramel rolls when they visited) raised my dad and his sister. Ole tuned pianos for a living but the violin was his primary instrument. If you look closely at this green dress (made by Gudrun Sjoden of course!) you will see violins in the pattern!

I just got his old advertising sign framed and it hangs nearby as I am writing to you, from my desk in the corner of our kitchen.

And here are these dearest ones! I thank the Heavens for sharing these stars with me and maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough and he will play his violin for me and I will dance and sing.

Shared with great thanksgiving for how you too send love into the world. Sometimes we underestimate our impact, thinking we have only spent a short time with someone or didn’t say anything special. Our hearts are knit together powerfully and sometimes even the briefest of gazes, even if wordless, can alter something quite important in another.

Thank you for being here xox, Rachel

Razzle-dazzle river

By Rachel Awes on September 14, 2020

Hey all, I’m super excited to let you know I’ve got new ideas and creations and will be offering and sharing more and I can’t wait to love you bigger. By signing up for “Worthy Eyes” at the following link, you will be sure to catch all that’s coming down this razzle-dazzle river. With love, love, love! https://www.rachelawes.com/worthyeyes/

Willy Wonka & a Rainbow

By Rachel Awes on September 11, 2020

I got my dress all wrinkly from playing, and that way of living makes this Gudrun Sjoden ensemble even more delicious than it already wonderfully is! What else would one do with a purple Willy Wonka jacket and a rainbow?

And if you haven’t yet received my free guided meditation for you called “Worthy Eyes,” designed with LOVE to affirm your deep and unconditional worth, you can find it by clicking on this link: https://www.rachelawes.com/worthyeyes/

All with love! xox, Rachel