The Good Prophet, Rachel Asen
Rachel is a St. Louis artist and poet. She is the second half of The Good Prophet, LLC, an organization which promotes justice through faith, words, art and action. Rachel is its sole creative contributor - see images below. "Our mission," she tells us, "is to promote awareness through the arts... Our tag line is, Share the Good." And that's exactly what they're doing! Make sure you check them out!
Rachel is hoping to publish her poetry book this spring, and is doing as much activism as her schedule allows as a mother of six.
When I learned she had six children, I had to ask, "What motivates you? How do you find time to kick ass making art and kick ass being a mom?" Her response was so inspirational that I just have to let you read it yourselves:
"My primary motivator is my faith, without which I would still be lost. My mission is to minister to the world through my gifts, something each of us has the capacity to do. I believe we have an obligation to share our stories with others, in the hopes that they too will uncover and unwrap their own.
"As far as balancing, family always comes first. There are so many events and protests that pull on my heartstrings, but I simply can't attend them all. It's difficult to be at home when you hunger to be on the front lines, but that's where my creativity comes in. If I can't be out there, (streets, events etc.) I reach within.
"You asked about time...there is never enough!!! It comes down to prioritizing. It's easy to get overwhelmed, and I do often, but that's where faith and family come in. Honesty with oneself and one's family during difficult days is imperative. How can we expect to achieve wholeness, when we refuse to admit our own brokenness? There is a Japanese art form called Kintsugi, where the artist takes a broken piece of pottery and restores it using gold as the adhesive. The result is a vessel more beautiful than the original; the gold both enhances and illumines the cracks. That, is how I envision humanity... It's okay to be broken; our gifts are the gold that heals the wounds of others and helps to illuminate that which they deem inadequate. We are each made perfect in our weakness."
"When the power of love conquers the love of power, the world will know peace." Thank you, Rachel, for your inspiring words. Keep an eye out in St. Louis and on facebook for free art drops and upcoming events, articles, and adventures with The Good Prophet.
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