Persephone in the Marketplace:
A Goddess of the Underworld Ventures into the Social Media Whirl
by Rahima Warren
Here’s my dilemma: How does a “goddess of the underworld” move into the bright lights of the marketplace to offer a gift of healing and awakening? How does shy Persephone, Queen of Hades, navigate the clamorous, bright, lively Agora?
Like Persephone, I’ve spent many years exploring the “underworld” of the human psyche: on my own healing journey, and as a psychotherapist helping others on their journeys. I learned to listen to the “ghosts” of the “underworld”—the hidden or rejected parts of myself and my clients—through dreamwork, sandplay and expressive arts therapy. This led me to a deep trust in the innate drive to wholeness and creativity in each of us. This drive will, if allowed, unfold in its own way—not according to any ideas we may have of how we “should” be, but according to our essential natures: who we truly ARE.
Wanting to share what I have learned, I thought I might write a self-help book or memoir. However, what unfolded instead is a dark yet profoundly healing fantasy trilogy, The Star-Seer’s Prophecy. This story emerged from the “underworld” in a torrent of passionate creativity. It is a ardent exploration of the difficult and intertwined blessings of suffering and healing, evil and redemption, betrayal and forgiveness. It follows Kyr on his healing journey from being an obediently vicious slave of a sadistic sorcerer-king, knowing only evil, pain and remorse, to painfully learning of kindness, forgiveness and love, and ultimately becoming a man who is kind, loving, and capable of forgiving his cruel tormentors, kind betrayers—and even himself. I have retrieved this treasure from the depths of the darkness, and polished it into a lucid, compelling story.
Now I face my next challenge. Book One: Dark Innocence, is emerging into the marketplace, published by Rose Press. For me, an introvert and a “goddess of the underworld,” it is both an exciting and a daunting prospect. Yet it is necessary. This treasure does not belong on a shelf, gathering dust, but in the hands of those who may enjoy and benefit from it. Blinking at the bright lights of the marketplace, I am herewith venturing forth into the hubbub of social media and internet marketing.
What has your experience been as an emerging author? I’d love to hear of your adventures in the marketplace. And any hints of threads to follow in this labyrinth would be much appreciated!
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