Rachel Awes: Psychologist, author, and art playgroundist

A face appeared! 3 days of new art: Begin

By Rachel Awes on December 30, 2019

New art available in 2 possible formats over at my lil’ shop here with love: http://rachelawes.etsy.com

Hope is given PLUS weekend sale!

By Rachel Awes on December 14, 2019

HOPE IS GIVEN. A page from my book The Great Green Okayness: A Field Guide to Seeing Your Uncommon Magnificence (25% off for just 2 days! See shop link at end of paragraph) “It can feel maddening to see a place you want to get to yet be stuck in the land of somewhere else. Hope can appear out of reach. While such hardship is true, so is the possibility that you just might be living inside an egg of purpose. This is the place where you are a tortoise, a frog, or a bird. It is your nature to walk, leap, and fly. Your movement is mandatory. You fight to be born. You persist to break free. You cry to the shell ‘let me out’ and are met with firm silence. There will be no liberation until you are strong enough to break through. Not even a crack until you are really ready. Hope is serious, freedom fighter. The egg wants to give it to you and thus won’t let you go until you can survive and soar on the other side.” http://rachelawes.etsy.com


By Rachel Awes on December 1, 2019

Dear friends, I am truly excited to share this creative magic with you! Might you consider kicking off your December with joining me + 10 other incredible teachers (SARK, Andrea Scher, Kelly Rae Roberts, Liv Lane, Andrea Schroeder, Melanie Dewberry, Flora Bowley, Susannah Conway, Leonie Dawson, and Lacy Young ) for a 72 hour bundle sale as a gift to yourself?! Receive all 11 e-courses for just $99 and say yes to your creative heart! Things like painting sessions and succulent wild love and anxiety balm! You can read more about it at this link!: https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1618754&cl=74538&c=ib&aff=191333

With all my love! Rachel

The Great Feast: This double ring is now available!

By Rachel Awes on November 29, 2019

After much time and grateful inspiration, my husband/architect Ben Awes and I have collaborated to create and now offer this fine silver double statement ring titled “The Great Feast!”

The ring celebrates the bounty and richness of life. All creation encircling the great feast.

Illustrating the loaves and fishes, the sun, stars and moon, the whale, woman, lion, elephant, dove, man, wolf, boy, deer, butterfly, giraffe, tortoise, bear, girl, and rabbit, were such a DELIGHT! Imagine wearing this to some event, namely the event of your precious life! Perhaps imagine the look on a loved ones face as you gift The Great Feast! This double ring is available at my online shop: Http://rachelawes.etsy.com If there is any time sensitivity for gifting, please consider ordering soon, as each order is custom and it will take time for us to put the loving care into each one for you! If you have any questions, please contact me at rachelawes@gmail.com *Happy Thanksgiving weekend friends! With profound loving thanks for each of you!

Book signing at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery

By Rachel Awes on November 27, 2019

We just got 8 inches of snow overnight and it’s still snowing in Minnesota! I will hope to be at Seasons on St. Croix gallery in Hudson, Wisconsin for a book signing this Saturday, November 30 from 1:00 to 4:00, and the question is, which outfit will I be wearing? Gudrun Sjoden’s Holiday Lotus Dress to the gallery or her Holiday robe, snowed in at home?! Hope to see you there!

Clinical hypnosis

By Rachel Awes on October 22, 2019

Clinical hypnosis had me at hello.

I have attended all kinds of ongoing education conferences over the years as a psychologist and over the past year, I have devoted my ongoing education to the field of hypnosis.

Here’s what it’s not. It won’t make you cluck like a chicken. That’s stage or entertainment hypnosis. You won’t lose control or have amnesia.

Here’s what it is. Clinical hypnosis helps you to focus on your goals: feel calmer, sleep better, etc. Did you know only 10 percent of your thinking is conscious? Hypnosis includes involving your unconscious, so more of you can go to work. We see our unconscious/fuller processing operate in our dreams, imagination and creative processes. It’s a powerful thing to engage with our fuller selves.

Clinical hypnosis invites a more absorbed state, much like it feels when you get absorbed in a good book. This time, the good book is your precious life, deserving all of your kind attention. And I cherish joining you in paying attention. Along with my words, I watch you closely. I follow my words with your breath. I watch your subtle body movements and follow them with affirming words like “that’s right” and “yes.” We all crave such a “yes set” from one another. And research is showing glowing results when therapy weaves in hypnosis. I found this all compelling. I’m looking forward to my next read waiting for me on my desk “Clinical Hypnosis for Pain Control.”

I am in awe of what my clients are sharing with me following Clinical hypnosis. There are inspiring whole worlds they see.

Here’s the thing. We are each plump full of inner knowing, wisdom, resource, and beauty. Sometimes we just need a little prompting to learn how to listen.

Gratefully yours with love, Rachel

Cheerful heartening

By Rachel Awes on October 16, 2019

My dear friend and sister Gudrun Sjoden ambassador, Kelly Rae Roberts and I, found ourselves in a gushing stream of affirmation as we tried on a mother lode of clothing in Gudrun’s New York City store. This gush wash included saying if something didn’t look as good as another thing, but serving only to point out each other’s best gorgeousness. I was out of breath at moments, with seeing and saying how amazzzzing something looked on Kelly Rae, and more to the point, how amazzzzing the clothing highlighted HER. As if this wasn’t enough praise, we upped the affirmation anty. She told me we were reminding her of the hilarious teen movie “Booksmart” and how these two girlfriends were saying awesome things about each other in funny ways. Taking their lead, our affirmations in trying on rooms became “Someone call the police!” and “Who gave you perrrrrmission?!” We were appropriately STUNNED by our dazzling appearance in Gudrun clothing and unapologetically let each other know! Lifting, lifting, lifting!

Here is the point I am meaning to make, dear friends:  Let us ALL see each other into a sisterhood of cheerful heartening.

“Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister?” – Alice Walker

new art: i see your essence

By Rachel Awes on October 14, 2019

Available now in my lil’ shop at http://rachelawes.etsy.com with love xox

Returning to Red Wing & other news!

By Rachel Awes on October 6, 2019

I’ll be returning to Red Wing, Minnesota for another book signing at the charming “Fair Trade Books” store, alongside the town’s art fair that day! I’ll be there this Saturday, October 12, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. In addition, my beloved friend and sister artist, Vanessa Kiki Johanning will be joining me! This is a chance to meet her too! She is staying the weekend with me, traveling from Wisconsin, because she will be having an art show this Sunday, October 13, from 11:15 to 12:30 at our church and all are welcome here too!: Olivet Congregational Church 1850 Iglehart Ave. St. Paul, MN.

Photo of Kiki and I two years ago at “Brave Girls University” and having a ball! I hope you can all meet her and she meet you! Much love! XOX, Rachel

New York City! You were grand!

By Rachel Awes on September 30, 2019

New York City! I already miss her! And miss the Gudrun Sjoden store! And miss my most delightful playmate, Kelly Rae Roberts! Here we were in front of the store, in the midst of a couple hour long photo shoot, geniunely giddy in Gudrun’s new winter clothing line. The day before we had an in-store event with Kelly Rae selling her art and me selling books, and treasuring our encounters with the dearest hearts who came through. It all felt like a fragrant flower bouquet gift, filling me extra full with vibrancy to return to my treasured day to day life in Minnesota. I’m SO grateful! You can see the new winter line here: http://gudrunsjoden.com and I can hardly wait for her holiday collection! SWOON!

With love to our collective lit lives, XOX, Rachel