April 2015 Newsletter


Greetings, friends--

I'm excited about the release of my latest book, Living in the Flow: Practicing Vibrational Alignment. In it I explore aspects of psychological and spiritual growth which live close to my heart. This book is me--my journey, my challenges, my vulnerabilities, and my insights. I include seven months of my journal writing as I cope with a surprising diagnosis, psychology and spirituality articles, and meditation instructions.  I've learned that practicing vibrational alignment starts with presence, awareness of our feelings, and the commitment to allow. And, inevitably, a healing follows which our minds can't anticipate.

Balboa Press has published Living in the Flow as a print-on-demand book. You won't see it on a bookstore shelf but you can purchase it from them by clicking on:

http://bookstore.balboapress.com/Author/Default.aspx?BookworksSId=SKU-000996626

Alternatively, you can call your local bookstore and they can order it.

In the Foreword, Dr. Kathy Murphy says:

"I’ve often felt incomplete in my understanding of what Source is and how it feels in our everyday lives. Ruth talks about Source in a way that covers all of the benefits and all the difficulties with living in alignment with Source Consciousness. She helps us to see how being connected to Source is the ultimate healer. This is our true power. This is what allows us to be the peacemakers we all need to be in this world. It’s not just about our healing. We do this for everyone and everything. When you finish reading this book, you will feel this in the core of your being. You will feel lifted up and connected and ready to say YES to life."

I love this book. I hope you will, also.

Ruth

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March  2015 Newsletter


From Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron:

The on-the-spot practice of being fully present, feeling your heart, and greeting the next moment with an open mind can be done at any time: when you wake up in the morning, before a difficult conversation, whenever fear or discomfort arises. This practice is a beautiful way to claim your warriorship, your spiritual warriorship. In other words, it is a way to claim your courage, your kindness, your strength. Whenever it occurs to you, you can pause briefly, touch in with how you're feeling both physically and mentally, and then connect with your heart, if you want to. This is a way of extending warmth and acceptance to whatever is going on for you right now. You might have an aching back, an upset stomach, panic, rage, impatience, calmness, joy--whatever it is, you can let it be there just as it is, without labeling it good or bad, without telling yourself you should or shouldn't be feeling that way. Having connected with what is, with love and acceptance, you can go forward with curiosity and courage. I call this . . "taking a leap."


Ruth

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February 2015 Newsletter


From:  Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron:

You build inner strength through embracing the totality of your experience, both the delightful parts and the difficult parts. Embracing the totality of your experience is one definition of having loving-kindness for yourself. Loving-kindness for yourself does not mean making sure you're feeling good all the time--trying to set up your life so that you're comfortable every moment. Rather, it means setting up your life so that you have time for meditation and self-reflection, for kindhearted, compassionate self-honesty. In this way you become more attuned to seeing when you're biting the hook, when you're getting caught up in the undertow of emotions, when you're grasping and when you're letting go. This is the way you become a true friend t yourself just as you are, with both your laziness and your bravery. There is no step more important than this.

It's a tricky business--not rejecting any part of yourself at the same time that you're becoming acutely aware of how embarrassing or painful some of those parts are. What most of us have been doing is gearing our lives toward avoiding unpleasant feelings while clinging to whatever we think will make us feel good and feel secure. From a conventional point of view, this makes perfect sense. But from the vantage point of remaining with our direct experience, the vantage point of opening to the tentativeness of life, this strategy is self-defeating, the very thing that keeps us stuck. (p. 53)

Ruth

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January 2015  Newsletter


Greetings, Friends--

Will you please consider that nothing really ever goes wrong? We don't need to go back and figure out where our "trouble" began. We don't need to understand our mistakes. We don't need to focus on anything at all except being present and available this second. We don't hold onto a limiting past if we release our memories and beliefs and feelings. If we live this moment as powerful Adults, open to our oneness, then we see as Source sees. And when we vibrate at the frequency of Source, there are no limitations.

Source loves unconditionally. Source doesn't focus on conditions. Source doesn't judge or blame. Source always says Yes--Yes to whatever we choose, Yes to whatever vibration we practice. Whether or not we know consciously what we choose, Source always does. What is right now, this second, reflects what you have chosen in the past. Want it to change? Consciously practice another vibration. That's all you need do.

Right now you are in the perfect place in relation to everything you want. You might not understand how that can be true but where you are now is the starting point. You can make peace with where you are, practice self-acceptance, surrender, and trust and move toward what you want. Just keep your vibrations pure and uncluttered with thoughts. Know your highest and your best and embrace your opportunities. Don't react to anything. Stay in rapport with Source energy, as Wayne Dyer says.

Maybe that involves forgiveness. For me it necessitates distraction from needless thoughts. We focus on our good, we see it, we know it, and we allow it to manifest. And it will. It has to. If your vibrations are sincere and consistent, manifestation always follows.

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Daily noon guided meditations continue at my house, including Thursday,

January 1.

On Sunday, January 4, we'll share a potluck lunch after meditation. Please come.


Ruth

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December 2014 Newsletter


Greetings, friends--
From: Rewire and Evolve your Brain by Joe Dispenza     (paraphrased)
Did you create your day this morning? Did you wake up, excited about creating your day, applying your wisdom and your insights to your life?     
If life is routine and predicable, we haven't mastered observation. We need to pay attention really well.    What happens in brain focusing? Focused concentration= paying attention.
Paying attention and concentration are skills that improve with practice. When we meditate we don't respond to the environment, to our bodies, or to time. We move into the quantum field. When form is separate from consciousness, we can experience spontaneous healing. 
Folks who become healthy "all of a sudden" have in common:
1. They accepted and believed that there is an Intelligence living within them that is giving them life. "I'm connected to a Force greater than me and loves me more than I love myself. If I can make contact with this Intelligence, it will be healing for me." They believe that it's like riding on the back of a giant and whispering in its ear, that that intelligence holds order for everything in the Universe. They believe that they are connected to it, that something loves them enough to give them life. They choose to surrender to that force and get out of the way.
2. They believe that their thoughts created their condition. If they believed they were victims or angry persons, that thought affected their health. Dispenza notes that every thought creates a chemical. The chemicals your body create make you feel the way you're thinking. That state then creates more chemicals which elicit more of the same feelings. Your thinking derives from your feeling. So, how you perceive reality depends upon your feelings. Dispenza says that the mind is the servant of the body.
3. The healthy folks said, "I have to reinvent myself. I can't be a miserable victim the rest of my life. I have to be somebody else. What would it be like to be a happy person? What would I have to change about myself to live in joy?"  When running automatic programs the brain puts brakes on. To reassemble the brain to produce a new way of being, they chose to contemplate a new future. Their brains started to organize themselves in a new way, changing their thinking. Learning is making new neurological connections. They  grew new circuits just by thinking/rehearsing (visualizing). Memory is repetition to reinforce a new idea of myself. Sustainable circuits act as platforms for who they will become, rehearsing who they will be.  
4. They became so involved in what they were doing they lost track of time, so involved that they lost feedback from the body, the environment, and time. That's when they walk through the door to the quantum field. The frontal lobe is most active. the frontal lobe is the orchestra leader. It quiets the association centers, the motor centers, and the emotional centers. When we make new circuits we perceive what already existed but we never really saw. We perceive the world differently and process our experience differently.
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Daily meditation continues at noon. We will meditate for an hour on Christmas Day.
The first Sunday potluck falls on Dec. 7. Bring something you enjoy to share with us. Every other Sunday of the month we stretch and do a few core exercises or Tai Chi.
Enjoy!


Ruth

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November 2014 Newsletter

Greetings, friends--

In September I spoke at Unity about loving unconditionally. When we love unconditionally, we don't pay attention to conditions. Instead, we focus on appreciating the Source essence of the one we view. Now, I'd like to consider our part in receiving unconditional love.

Each of us maintains a vibrational atmosphere. We are vibrational beings in a vibrational world. Our thoughts and beliefs affect the vibration we practice. You choose the beliefs you keep active. Some folks think that anything that has happened is truth. They hold onto that vibration and they keep it active. Many folks keep thoughts and beliefs active that don't serve them. You may say, "Well, this victimization happened. It's the truth so I believe it."

Don't let the "truth" of something be the determinant. Many, many things are true. Keep active the vibration of the things you want to replicate. You are a vibrational being and life responds to your vibration. Everything that you experience is because you have chosen a particular vibration, either deliberately or by default. Life doesn't happen randomly. Nothing happens apart from the Law of Attraction. The vibration you maintain is reflected in your finances, your clothes, your health, your relationships. Everything you notice is about you. 

While we acknowledge that at our core we are Source, we seem to believe that in some ways we are separate from Source. Source never withholds from us, is always focused on us, constantly surrounds  us with attention, appreciation, and unspeakable love. We're either allowing through choosing the path of least resistance or resisting through practicing guardedness. Focusing on things around you holds you in a vibration that keeps you from experiencing the love that is being flowed to you at all times.

What are you doing with your thoughts that is letting in or resisting this unconditional love?  Are you creating conditions by your vibrational frequency that are not allowing unconditional love? In our daily life whatever happens--traffic, job opportunities, interpersonal experiences, encounters with strangers--responds to our vibrational atmosphere. You create purposefully or by default. If you let yourself respond to conditions around you, you are not allowing yourself to receive love unconditionally.

Decide to respond to the vibrational atmosphere you consciously choose to create rather than responding in a knee-jerk fashion to this condition and that condition and the other condition. Rather than looking outside of yourself for praise or appreciation to make you feel good about yourself, look for it where it really is--inside.  Unconditional love and appreciation is always available from Source.  If you are looking for it anywhere else, you're looking for love in all the wrong places. Every place is the wrong place to look for love if it's not inside, from Source.

By choosing to be happy, we practice the path of least resistance. We allow ourselves to be seen, to be known, to be adored with no condition, for no reason, without merit. We practice self-acceptance and allow Source who knows us best to love us. Source loves us more than we can imagine and always loves us unconditionally. Are you open to receiving unlimited unconditional love? 

Ruth

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October 2014 Newsletter

From The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Riso and Hudson:

Identification and the Inner Observer

As we gain experience with being present and observing ourselves, we begin to notice the development of a seemingly new aspect of our awareness--a profound ability to "witness" our experience more objectively. As we have noted, this quality of awareness has been called the inner observer. The inner observer allows us to observe what is going on in and around us simultaneously, without commentary or judgment.

The inner observer is necessary for transformation because of a psychological mechanism Gurdjieff called "identification," which is one of the primary ways our personalities create and sustain their reality. . . Awareness expands and contracts like a balloon, but identification always causes it to become smaller. . . Over time our identification with a certain set of qualities . . . becomes fixed and the type's  characteristic sense of self is established. The feelings and state that comprise our sense of self are those we think are necessary for achieving our Basic Desire. The more we identify with our sense of self, the more we become locked into it, and the more we forget that other choices and other modes of being are available to us. We start to believe that we are this pattern. We focus on certain qualities from the total range of our human potentials . . . Thus we develop a self-image, a self-definition--a predictable personality type.

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The Enneagram is a powerful tool to clarify the distorting aspects of personality and the path to spiritual growth and transformation in terms of personality types.

 


 


 


November Nurture Your Soul Day

 


September 2014 Newsletter          

      

Greetings, friends--

On Aug. 13 for the Chronic Conditions tab of the web site, meditationintro.com, I wrote:

"Your ancestors want to be remembered as they are now, not as they were in human form." Abraham responded to questions about the wisdom of our ancestors by elucidating the truth that they live now, that we maintain a relationship with them now (and they with us), and that they have continued to grow and expand after physical death.                  

What a relief! If you felt anger toward someone that lasted after his death, you can realize that your relationship with him has changed. With death, according to Abraham, we release resistance. We lose the conflicts and defenses and obstacles to our being Essence. That parent/relative/acquaintance you couldn't handle in his lifetime now has lost his obnoxious qualities. You may still resent him for being a jerk to you years ago, but actually now he isn't a jerk in his Essence. And he doesn't even care that you still resent him. He loves you. Regardless of what you say to him or what you think about him, he loves you because that is what he does. Now he is Essence and he exudes Essence.

You may ask, did he turned into God? At our core we are each Spirit. We overlay that pure Essence with our human experiences and resistances and attempts to elude our being but with death all that evaporates and we are left with being who we truly are--Spirit.

So, your relationship with your nemesis needs to reflect that resolution. Now he probably is exactly as you would have wanted. He probably didn't like being a jerk as much as you resented it. His limitations hurt you and hurt him. 

Now he isn't a jerk and you need to acknowledge that and be open to a relationship with a supportive, loving, compassionate figure. Will you do that? Some folks call that forgiveness. I prefer to call it recognizing growth and allowing.

According to Abraham, our ancestors are focused on us as we live today. They think our thoughts and sing our songs. They are not relegated to a distant time and space. The live through us.

There really is no struggle. At this point we all pull in the same direction. Can you accept their love and attention? Do you want to acknowledge that they are with you? Do you want to release your resistance to being Essence before you die? How much of Spirit do you want to include in your daily life? Can you handle having everything you want and losing your victimhood/your anger/ your stubbornness? How much good do you deserve? Spirit and your ancestors want all the best for you. Are you open to that?      

September 1

Daily we hold a guided meditation group at noon at my house. The group will meet on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1.

September 5

Karen Wilkens welcomes us to her one-woman show of paintings and drawings with a reception on Friday, Sept. 5.  Karen is a marvelously talented artist who has received acclaim for her jewelry-making, her singing, and her song-writing. Now she ventures into a new realm of creativity. Join us at Treat Payne, 1264 Higuera St., C102, from 6:00-- 9:00pm. Congratulations, Karen! (If you can't make the reception, drop in during business hours in Sept.) Poster attached.

September 7

On Sunday, Sept. 7, I will speak about Unconditional Love at Unity at 10:00. Brett Mitchell will accompany us during the meditation. Please come to the service and then shift to my house at noon for a 45 minute meditation. Then at 1:00 we will share a potluck lunch. Bring something healthy! 

October

Twice in October I will offer Introduction to the Enneagram classes. I've found the Enneagram to be a powerful tool for psychological and spiritual healing and transformation. It  points out specifically and clearly the blocks, challenges, dynamics, and strengths for each of us. This is the done in the context of "types." We each fall into one of nine types with its own motivations and insights and blind spots. 


On either Oct. 4 we'll meet at Unity (or my house) for the same class. Let me know if you are interested in attending: RuthCherryPhD@aol.com  Donations accepted.


On Saturday, Oct. 11 we will meet at Cuesta for the class entitled, Health, Psychological and Spiritual. To register: 805 546-3132

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August 2014  Newsletter


August 1st, 2014

 "Imagination establishes the blueprint for what can happen within time and space. . . Imagination gives the Universe direction. . .  Thoughts become things no matter what you're thinking. . .You are here to learn of your power, your divinity, and your sovereignty."

Mike Dooley states these truths in Choose Them Wisely. I love that they invite us to live large. We're not here to fit in or to replay our predecessors' lives. We're here to do something that's never been done. 

The Universe cooperates with us and assists us because it's a natural law. As Mike says, "The supernatural pull of your thoughts continues long after you think them." We are creators. Our thoughts precede our outer world experience, for better or worse. Always we are creating.

Let's create with a conscious awareness of what we choose.

I've learned in my meditations that at our deepest core we are already healed, already whole, already vibrating at the frequency of Source. We can always choose to experience that vibration or the worry/fret/resist vibration. We are both Source energy and completely human.

No matter what the concern, the answer usually is, Go to Source. And in that vibration we are unlimited. Of course, we need to practice that unlimited Source vibration and to own it. The more we do so, the more we trust it and the more we live in its rhythm. We learn to expect guidance as we experience it more and more. 

 The more we vibrate at the frequency of Source, the better life works for us.  

The first step is releasing resistance. To vibrate at the frequency of Source we can't be resisting our feelings, judging them or denying them. We feel them and let them pass without reaction. We can't be resisting our own power. We acknowledge that Source lives in and through us and that 'playing small' is just pretending. We can open to power beyond measure. 

Let's imagine that. What do you want to see in your life that your mind says, 'Probably not'? Do you want to open to that unrealistic possibility, practice the vibration at the level of Source, and invite a miracle? A miracle is only a natural law that our minds won't accept as inevitable. We are so much more than our minds are capable of knowing and we deserve so much more than they tell us to expect.

Let's identify with our essential core and allow. Let's practice that often. And let's see what happens! 

Enjoy creating.

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Join us for daily meditations at my house at noon. (Daily means seven days a week.) You will be amazed at your increasing clarity the more you meditate.

Nancy continues to do wonderful work on the web site, www.meditationintro.com. You can now hear two talks at the newest tab, TRuth talks. At the Chronic Conditions tab, you'll find more than 10,000 words describing the healing experience in LoA terms. Thanks Nancy. 


July 2014 Newsletter


July 1st, 2014

Does it really matter ?

That's what I've been asking myself lately when I notice myself getting tense, thinking too much, or generally feeling off-center. I love the sense of flowing with life, of doors opening, of opportunities presenting themselves. That's how I always want to live. But I don't. Too many times I catch myself thinking about an instance in the past that I couldn't/didn't make turn out right. I can still feel tense. And that's when I say, Does it really matter?

Apparently, it does to my Controller. She's only concerned with right and wrong, specifically with me being right and the other being wrong. But I get so tired of hearing from her. Being right doesn't get me comfort or joy or peace. And those are what I really want.

I find comfort when I live in the moment and accept what is just as it is right now. I appreciate what is and I celebrate that I have the opportunity to experience myself this second in this situation. Now I am alive. More and more I realize I won't always be alive in this human form. That will be fine when the time comes to transition but I need to delight in this second and not lose it to my mind.

Joy I can only allow. Joy erupts spontaneously when I'm with another and our hearts are open and we enjoy the opportunity to be human together. We all want the same things and don't want the same things. We want to be appreciated and we don't want to be disdained. It's pretty simple. When I look at you, I'm looking in a mirror. I want acceptance. I want to accept you. I need to accept you. Especially if I'm feeling critical. What I don't accept in you reflects what I don't accept in me. So I realize that I see me in you; I choose to love us both.

Peace already exists at my deepest center. I want to visit that place often. Life distracts me but I remember myself when I take time to practice stillness. I don't have to create the peace or earn the peace. I just want to enjoy the peace that already exists.

Comfort, joy, peace--the foundation for a rewarding life.

Ruth

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June 2014 Newsletter

June 1st, 2014


Greetings, friends--

Writing the Chronic Conditions blog for the website has opened some mental corridors for me. The first is the fact of doing it. Brett Mitchell, our wonderful pianist at Unity, suggested it. I encountered him at SL Diagnostic. He was driving a friend, I was getting x-rays. On my way out, my feelings and thoughts spilled over him and he open-heartedly received me.

Being received is perhaps the most wonderful experience life offers us. Creativity is thrilling, achievement rewarding, but having another practice presence and be available and "get" us in our vulnerability is sacred. A few days later he suggested that I write about my experience.

We all have a chronic condition, life being the most common one. In our chronic conditions we are challenged; we learn and adapt and sometimes struggle. How we respond tells our tale. Chronic conditions always imply vulnerability. Our early lives taught us to avoid and maybe despise our vulnerability.

Often our vulnerability was a part of us we hid in the shadows. We thought it kept us from being who we wanted to be and going where we wanted to go. We developed a facade which promised greater (immediate) rewards. Instead of being afraid, we became helpful. Instead of being incompetent, we were funny. We worked hard and forgot our feelings. But what else did we forget?

When I see folks aligned with their thought systems--professional or religious or spiritual or political--I wonder who they are. "We don't believe that," they say and I wonder what the vulnerability at their deepest core leads them to know. Knowing interests me more than belief. A belief is like a costume we hide in whereas knowing is a light that shines through us in our specifically individual tone. Our unique contribution to the world roots in vulnerability, not in beliefs. We defer to our heads when we fear being present and anchored in our vulnerability.

For me now (and for you also), healing comes through complete acceptance of vulnerability, respect for its sacred truth, and willingness to be guided by it. At this point it doesn't matter what we were taught but it does matter how consciously we practice being ourselves. If we're quoting another, we're not focused inside. If we're thinking, we're not present. Our challenge is to wander into our shadowy corners without really seeing where we go and to commit to trust. Trust and availability allow alignment.

And alignment is the core truth, regardless of the issue. No matter what our heads want, our first step is always practicing alignment with ourselves, me and Me. And vulnerability is the key. Embracing our vulnerability joyfully, enthusiastically, or even fearfully enables us to escape our intellect's stranglehold and open to possibilities unseen.

So we practice vibrating at the frequency of Source by identifying more with Me than me, seeing as Source sees, thinking as Source thinks and, thereby, we lose our limitations. Integrating, valuing, and owning our vulnerability carries us to this healing, not our intellects.

I know I am in the process of walking well. When you see me, know that also. Don't pity me or question me about limitations. Join with me in living unlimited and allowing miracles. Know unlimited for yourself, also.

What about your thinking do you need to release to move into unlimited? How do you keep yourself small instead of living the fullness of who you are? What's the fear you need to release. How are your old beliefs and habits curtailing you? Are you still doing "nice" instead of owning the power that moves through you? Notice when you come from your head. What would you say or do if you came from your heart? You always have the choice to be present to your heart.

Please ponder these questions for a few days, then write to me. Tell me what you've learned about yourself and what you've noticed when you choose differently. That's how our chronic conditions lead us to heal.

Ruth

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