Regina Sara Ryan

Regina Sara Ryan portrait

Regina Sara Ryan is the author of numerous books in both wellness and spirituality, including: Praying Dangerously; The Woman Awake; and the classic Wellness Workbook, coauthored with John W. Travis, M.D. Regina conducts seminars and retreats in the U.S. and Europe.

 

Regina's Upcoming Programs:

Oct. 9-11, Sebastopol, California

Writing Your Way Home: Practical Steps in Navigating the Inner Life

Evening talk, Friday, Oct. 9—7:30-9 pm:
Location: Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main St., Sebastopol, California
Open to Public

Personal journal writing can reveal secrets of strengths and inner wisdom that we are not generally aware of. We can gain clarity and power in these self-revelations.


Workshop: Saturday, October 11 @ 10AM-5PM Sunday, October 12 @ 10 AM-2 PM
Location: Tayu House, Sebastopol, California
call for registration, directions: 707-829-9579, or email: tayu@sonic.net

Simple journal writing tools can help you explore your questions, your “sure things,” your intuitions for “what’s next” in your life. Join the good company of others in an environment of safety, serenity and creativity. No experience is necessary. Cost: donation

Directors to Many Rivers


October 18, Prescott, Arizona

Growing in Wisdom, Age and Grace Evening Talk @ 7 – 8:30 PM

Courtyard Building, 115 E. Goodwin St., Prescott

What’s transforms growing older into growing wiser? What changes “it’s too late” into “it’s never too late”? These discussions will be useful to all ages!

Information: 928-771-0205 Cost: recommended donation, $5

 

For information: prayingdangerously@commspeed.net

Notes from Regina’s talks in Bucharest (June 17) and Brasov (June 26), Romania

I had to explain carefully to my hosts, before I began, that the talk was not about feminism, or about “women’s lib.” The term “the Feminine” is easily misunderstood and applied to a politico-social condition. This was not my purpose.

Making a distinction between “feminism” and “the Feminine,” and between “woman” and “Woman” was a lovely challenge that inspired lots of insight and questions—for me and apparently for others. My intention was to speak to both men and women, and to urge their consideration of the Feminine as an energetic life force that is present (at least in seed form) in all of us, regardless of gender. This talk was about the Feminine Principle—that aspect or pole of creation which “births” life from within itself and in others, nurtures and feeds that life, educates it, touches and caresses it in all its many forms, forgives and blesses and eases it, holding its hands as sickness, old age and death approaches. The responsibility, privilege and joy to reveal and act upon this Feminine Principle is for men as much as for women.

In the summer of 1988 I had met a remarkable woman in Freiburg, Germany, named Dina Rees. I told my audiences about her dazzling love and good humored service. Dina had been a medical doctor. She had 10 adopted children. She was a poet and writer. She was a pilgrim on the spiritual path who traveled India, healing and learning. Her creed was simple: everyone must be Mother…to themselves, to everyone else, and especially to all the world’s children. Everyone must care for the Earth, must be attuned to the ways they can relieve suffering, through forgiveness and gentleness. Everyone must respect the life he or she carries in the body, giving themselves and others the space and support so that their creativity (which is also their love) may “come to full term,” courageously endure its labor pains, and be born into an environment of conscious friends and family who will continue to raise it, encouraging every step.
I invited the participants to consider three qualities that distinguish the Feminine Principle, the principle of MA (as the Hindu cosmology appreciates). Those three qualities are interiority, universality and generativity. Unless we are creating space in our lives for these three, I fear that we are denying the Feminine, which for me is the same as denying Love.

More about these talks, and about these principles in my next installment here. In the meantime, I wish you courage, strength and joy on your Path.