Author: Tara Erin

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Return to the Red Tent

About three fifths of the way through Dr. Estes’ Women Who Walk With the Wolves, there is a story called “The Three Gold Hairs”, wherein an old man lost in the forest finds his way to the wise woman’s hearth, who takes him in and rocks him in her arms. And as she sings to him…

Clarity In Chaos: How to Be Confident In Uncertain Times

With my partner still out of work and unemployment benefits about to run out, I am wondering we will heat our home for the winter.   I am one of the lucky ones, and I know it. At least I’m not wondering where home will be.  Here in the United States, not only are we dealing with a…

The Art of Allowing: Crazy Quilts, Sticky Notes, and Morning Stretches

The unblocking was unexpected. It began with The Red Shoes as retold and analyzed by Dr. Clara Pinkola Estes in her seminal study on feminine archetypes, Women Who Run With the Wolves. In particular, it began with this paragraph: Too too many women made a terrible vow years ago before they knew any better. As young women…

Pillars of a Creative Life

Several years ago, when I first embarked on the Intentional Creativity journey as a member of the Red Madonna “Queen of the Cosmos” yearlong creative practice group, our teacher Shiloh Sophia asked us to contemplate what she called the “pillars” of our belief. Of the many inquiries we initiated that year, this one has had…

Creativity and Crisis

It used to be much scarier, but I’ve come to terms with scary over the last few years. Much more faith in my resilience. Much better able to shift from anxiety to problem solving, staying grounded in crisis. Tara Erin If there’s one thing an ongoing state of crisis can teach you, it’s how to…

Musing on Compassion

Last night I sat with darker passions – resentment, anger, and pride. I neither denied them, nor gave them free rein, but acknowledged them and allowed them space within myself to be expressed. This morning, for my birthday perhaps, they returned to me a gift of understanding. Take no action in haste, and speak not…