Living in the Light: An interview with A. Raheim White

Update December 24, 2023

A. Raheim White is the Founder and Creative Designer of Atlanta-based RahCrystals. Raheim (they/them/anything in love) is the eldest of 13 children and has been a caretaker for most of their life. They grew up on Chicago’s Northside, the victim of abuse and bullying. At age 14, they received the gift of dance. It was fated to completely change the trajectory of their life. Dance allowed Raheim to experience life, living within themselves with joy and uninhibited ecstasy. With support from teachers who saw a Light in them and their desire to be unyielding, they continued toward freedom.

 They earned their Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Dance Performance and choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and New York University Tisch School of the Arts, respectively, with a semester study at Taipei National University of the Arts. Desiring to reconcile their traumas, they became deeply immersed in meditation and healing in Taiwan. Soon, Raheim would discover the healing power of Reiki and crystals. Upon further investigation, Raheim learned that many indigenous cultures of Africa and beyond understood and used crystals for healing.

Prideindex sat down for an interview with Raheim; they shared the power of positive thinking, radiating joy, and living life to the fullest.

 PrideIndex (PI): Briefly give us the backstory and how you arrived at where you are today.

A Raheim White (ARW): I am the eldest of 13 children from Chicago. I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign for undergrad and New York University Tisch School of the Art for graduate school with a semester study at the Taipei National University of the Arts. I have a degree in dance performance and choreography. I’m also a Reiki Master Teacher, Akashic Record reader, and emotional learning facilitator. I have many certifications and intend to assist leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs by transforming into who they’re destined to be. So that we can have a more joy-filled life on the planet.

PI: You mentioned that you are a Rah. What does that mean? 

ARW: Rahim is my name. Rah is also the son goddess. Alright, I am Rah, bringing light into all dark spaces. I am reflecting on those things that most people don’t want to face, the things they don’t wish to see. By facing our fears, we can create the life we desire and deserve intentionally. 

PI: Right, I love that. Positive messages and imagery popped into my head as you mentioned some things about goals, achieving them, etc. Were you always like that, or did you somehow change and evolve?

ARW: I had a very challenging upbringing; being the eldest of 13, I was raising children at a very young age. My parents are teenage high school dropouts. So, I was forced to be an additional parent for my younger siblings. On the one hand, it was really challenging in that way. But when I lived with my paternal grandmother, a Seventh-Day Adventist, I got strong in my faith because she was a powerful, faithful woman. Now, I do not consider myself Christian, but I am spiritual. My faith, beliefs, and the divine have guided and supported me out of the darkest times in my life.

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PI: Speaking as a wellness specialist, what would you say to somebody who said, ” I want to live my life to the fullest, but I have no idea where to start?”

ARW: First, I acknowledge everything that you have ever lived. I recognize all that darkness, all that heaviness. And I affirm that it happened. And I also offer you the perspective you have within you right now, everything you need to change your life. You are enough right now. Everything that you desire and deserve is possible. And just because you haven’t experienced it, it doesn’t mean it’s not available to you; you just haven’t been encouraged to develop the tools to create that life. But it’s possible. And the first thing I encourage you to do is to say yes to the possibility of living a new life. All right, and follow that trail, follow that trail, right? And really the importance of learning who you are, because if you don’t know who you are, then you can’t actually create what you desire.

PI: Talk about that book and who it speaks to?

ARW: My book is titled, “Mindfulness Matters: How To Live The Joy-Filled Life You Desire & Deserve.” I put a lot of energy and work into this work. It’s a culmination of many of my lived experiences as a speaker, wellness specialist, energy healer, meditation teacher, etc. It teaches you how to reduce stress and increase your well-being, how to create better quality, professional and personal relationships, and how to express and maintain healthy boundaries because we leave those how to connect to your personal power and increase your confidence as well as live a present dynamic, joyous life because they, we deserve that we all deserve a joy field inspired, loving, connected, supported life. And we just need the tools. And my book provides you with lots of tools.

Each chapter is dedicated to a different question. So, we have like, do you know yourself who you are matters? In that chapter, I take you through specific questions and things that help you understand what you desire for the various aspects of your life. What do you what does the person you desire to look like? How do they live? What are their relationships? Like? What are their values? Because once you know that you can create that life? What’s your why, why do you want this? What’s the mindset for this practice? Do your thoughts matter? Because your thoughts create your reality? What is the influence of your environment? These things impact us, even though we can’t necessarily see it, but it’s there. And if you know that, you can make it. You can use it to influence your life positively versus being a hindrance to your goals.

PI: Positive thinking, awareness, and all of those “positive things” you talk about are too simplistic. I live in a fucked-up world. I have nine kids by nine different baby daddies, and none of them want to pay child support. I have to work three jobs. The kids won’t mind me, and my feet hurt. What do you say to somebody who thinks like that?

ARW: Again, I say that, hey, I acknowledge your experience. I acknowledge your doubts. But I will tell you this. I, too, grew up in a fucked up situation. And I didn’t think that I would be where I am today. But because I took that doubt and put action into my dad, I said, Okay, I don’t believe this. But this person says, if I do these things, I can have this experience. So, let me suspend my disbelief and put my worry into action because much of that doubt is also mired in fear. We don’t believe that we can have that life. You don’t think that you can do those things. You also have yet to try what’s using me as a backup. It’s not that you haven’t tried. But to truly create transformation, you must be consistent, and most people stop trying. They give up right before their break. So. So, if you want to transform your life, you will have to transform your life; everything will have to be different. If you keep doing the same thing, it will stay the same. So, is this the life you want? And if the answer is no, you must change your actions. So you can live the life you want.

PI: Talk about your influences or muses that inspired you to write this book or go into this positive mindset.

ARW: I have several influences. Those most immediate to me are my mother. Okay, LaTonya, why is my grandmother tenacious on him? I have my son nation, Martha Berry, who has worked two jobs for most of the life that I’ve lived on Earth, and my great grandmother, Edomae Berry, as well as my mother, Cannan Olivia Henderson, who instilled faith in me, they taught me the importance of loving myself and believing in myself. I wanted to create a work that supports the women in my life who have been pivotal and instrumental in helping me create the life I desire and deserve. And my grandmother. 

PI: How long did it take you to write this book? 

ARW: it was an elongated process. I started last year. It was a different book entirely. Believing that you know, I knew exactly what I was writing, it was when this book was written in about a month. That’s not true. That’s not accurate. I want to find out I’m about out. So this book, so on and off a year. That’s the best way to say that. Okay, I thought it would be one thing. I took a long break because I experienced fear and discouragement and stopped believing in myself. I lost a vision of why I was creating the book and who I was becoming. I thought, “What will people say about this book?” “Are they going to call me an impostor?” “Are they going to say that? What am I talking about? And I had to realize that none of that matters. None of that matters. My work is only for some. It’s different from my job for those looking for my specific wisdom who want to create and connect to themselves from a multi-dimensional perspective, with magic intentionality and spirituality with just a rugged iron grip. If that’s what you want and are willing to commit, my book is for you. But if that differs from what you’re eager to put in there, my book is not for you. I understand that I’m not for everybody. Because when you’re for everyone, you’re for no one. And I’m for specific ones.

PI: If you were a food, what kind would it be? 

ARW: The first thing that comes to mind is a decadent double-layered strawberry Tea Cake, gluten-free and vegan. Of course, for those who need that, that will be the dessert. The meal will be some like good old grains to flush it out. Okay. A fillet, salmon, or maybe some swordfish. Oh, and some mixed sautéed peppers, something colorful, bright, something nourishing, adds a site and some delicious tea, some all long chat long tea. 

PI: What does the future hold? 

ARW: I will speak at the North Carolina Central University and the Christians of Color Conference. I’m really excited about that. I intend to travel and live an inspired artistic life. I desire to be in spaces primarily in Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, learning Spanish, listening to Spanish, dancing, healing, enjoying, and loving because I feel most free.