Brett Mitchell says:

I’m blown away by the website that I’ve just begun to mine. Wow! You’re not only a tremendous speaker but a gloriously talented writer. You, Ruth Cherry, may end up being the catalyst for my slowing down again. Back in the 70’s and meditation for me. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Boy, you ARE a powerhouse.

Rev Brian Walker, Unity Chapel of Light, Santa Maria says:

Ruth is passionate about meditating and teaching meditation. Using an original, accepting perspective, she invites both newcomers and practiced meditators to a powerful experience of meditation.
She has had a significant impact on my ministry. I wholeheartedly recommend Ruth as a meditation teacher.

Vicki Fermendzin says:

My heartfelt thanks for your presence and your leadership. Attending this meditation has changed my life.
I am much more peaceful as I have been able to let go of much baggage.

Karen Wilkins says:


Ruth said that “when we put our minds and intentions into meditation, the Universe will open up a wealth of information that we’ve been waiting to hear/here.”

Yesterday, while looking through some old emails, I ran across a meditation for emotional clearing. It said to tune into a difficult “Feeling” {once you are deep “in” your meditation place} and breathe it “into” your heart, {it may intensify} and then breathe it out as Divine Acceptance. Breathe in feeling, breathe out D.A. until it subsides.

When I was later working with Ruth’s new CD, I was in the second meditation, “Your Hero,” and she said to tune into a painful place. I immediately went “there” and the breathing it into my heart and out as Divine Acceptance just started happening. The process was intense but when it started to subside, I had such a deep sense of relief.

Then an old book jumped out at me from my bookcase and I knew I was supposed to “open” it anywhere. What I read was about “being” a glass of clear water with settled sediment {past negative experiences} at the bottom. Then an unpleasant experience, disguised as a spoon comes in and stirs up my sediment into a cloud. It appears that the spoon caused the water to “cloud” . . . well . . . If there were no sediment the water would stay clear . . . Even if we remove the spoon our sediment remains . . .

The Universe is showing me so much clarity and opening me to so much potential and healing right now and I know it is due to meditation. Thanks, Ruth for your incredible gifts . . .

Toni Lowery says:

2014 was my year for meditating. I started out in January coming to the group twice a week, sitting with eyes closed with gentle reminders from Ruth to stay in my chair as well as other reinforcers like “to go deeper to a place where I am healed and whole.”

By August, I was coming to the 45-minute meditation daily because the benefits are undeniable. Synchronicity in my life is everywhere. I trust myself and the universe. My relationship with my husband is better, my work, creativity, life plans flow effortlessly. Now, in December, my meditation practice provides a place where I come home to myself and remember my Source. It is a practice I am very grateful to have discovered.

Anna Bee says:

Peace Found While Dishwashing (!)

For years now, I’ve very much disliked washing dishes. What really got to me was that while washing, my mind would race like a hamster on a wheel, thinking of all the other things I still needed to do. After five minutes or so, I’d feel like a nervous wreck, and I’d give up on the dishwashing.

However! I’ve been meditating for a couple of months now and most unexpectedly, washing dishes is easier now. Often while washing up, I find myself concentrating on one dish, then one spoon, then another dish, and so on, all with mindfulness and utterly free of any worries about other tasks. How wonderful! I’m reminded of the fictional proprietor of “The Haunted Bookshop” by Christopher Morley. One evening, this bookseller reaches a delightful sense of peace and happiness standing over a dishpan of warm soapy water after supper with his wife

Ginny Conrow says:

My Healing Journey

How life changes in a moment! October 5, 2014, what an unforgettable day! One minute I’m strong and able to hike, walk and run…and the next instant, I’m down. Off to the ER, stat for a series of X-rays, which showed a serious left trimalleolar ankle fracture, requiring surgery to pin and plate the bones back together and six weeks in a cast, not to mention significant pain.

What is this all about, God?? Me, down?? I knew I could either fret and stew, whine and complain, or be open. I chose the latter–intermittently, I might add! Have the past 5 years of meditating and doing my inner work been for naught? What a challenge, unlike anything I’ve faced. You see, as I began to age, I took pride in the fact I could physically keep up with those younger and older than me. It was a confidence thing–confidence in something other than my own shortcomings which blasted me daily. I pushed myself to go farther, to hike longer and to add trail running. Not a bad thing, of course, as it made me feel great, but I needed to view these activities for what they were and not as a booster for my self-worth.

This journey of three to four months–what have I learned; what has it underscored that I had previously noticed, but not actually put into practice? I have learned I can be me in my weakness. I was and am still me, the OK me, the me with the same worth as prior to the injury. I’ve learned it is OK and comforting to accept help and care from others. I believe nurturing is one of my gifts, but I had to learn to accept that nurturing from others. I have learned to meditate for specific things. This has been a huge revelation for me! It works! When I go inside and allow God to align healing with my open vibration, things happen!! During meditation, I would breathe healing energy to my ankle. I would often feel a tingling or even some involuntary movements during this time. As I breathed healing for myself, I would often breathe healing towards others in the group setting who were dealing with health issues. The energy I felt was palpable to me. I prayed God would grant me the gift of healing energy for use with myself and others. I continue to pray I may be used in that capacity.

Fast forward to my final orthopedic appointment at the end of January. I was not quite four months post-op, working full time for almost two months and beginning hike and walk again without pain. I left the appointment walking on Cloud Nine. The doctor shook his head and told me I didn’t need to see him again. He said, “Wow, you’ve healed ahead of schedule, especially for someone your age! (60+) You can go do anything you feel like doing.” I was tired from a busy work day and trying to drive down to make this appointment on time, so wasn’t thinking about what I could have said. I’ll say it here for everyone to read: Meditation, physical therapy and some acupuncture worked together for my healing. Triple combo! But, I firmly believe, without the meditating towards healing, the other two would not have been as successful. I’ve seen and read about patients who were down for a significantly longer period than me, which scared me to death at first. I did not follow that vibration—it was not for me and never will be as long as I stay open and allow for what is and what can be beyond my scope of understanding.

Joelyn Lutz, Executive Director for Pathways To Spirit says:

Ruth Cherry is one of the most gifted meditation teachers I’ve met. She did a 2-hour session that included a variety of visual meditations; all of which took us through a wonderful and relaxing place within ourselves.
She engaged us after each meditation to share what we felt or encountered while doing the meditations and never judged. Her responses were always “spot on” to the individual and we all felt completely at ease with what she had to share. Ruth is a Treasure!

Andy Mulroney says:

Today while meditating with Ruth Cherry I had a feeling that life is about “learning to walk.” I felt the excitement of when I learned to walk, how proud of myself I felt, how proud my parents felt toward me.

I felt the bumps and bruises of falling down, but I kept trying, and my parents encouraged me to keep trying. Next, I felt the loving presence of my mom and of GOD watching over me, in me, part of me, all around me.

I am still learning to walk in many ways. I am learning how to deal with my daughter, Deb, who has oppositional/defiant disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and encopresis. Learning to deal with her is like learning to walk all over again. At times I feel defeated and hopeless. At other times I feel overwhelmed by anger and frustration. These emotions are feelings that I had learned to deny and suppress when I was growing up because having them meant I was weak and expressing them was bad.

I still struggle with these feelings as a 52-year-old man. It is still hard for me to let myself experience these emotions, express them, and then let them go. These are my learning-to-walk bumps and bruises. In the past, stuffing my anger caused me to become depressed. Not expressing my anger caused me to resent people I loved. It was only about five years ago that I became consciously aware of my fear surrounding experiencing these emotions. I was still protecting myself from these emotions using the same childhood strategies I had used growing up.

Having this implicit-to-explicit emotional awareness gives me the opportunity to make different choices. I acknowledge my childhood fear of these emotions, but this time I give myself permission to let go of old strategies that are no longer useful. I walk, fall down, pick myself up, and keep trying. Life is about learning to walk over and over again.

Stephen Tosh says:

I wanted to share a couple of experiences that have been a direct result of taking your Introduction to Meditation classes.

I had a “writer’s block” recently that lasted about two years. Although I could still write what I like to call “work for hire music,” I had no desire to speak from my deepest self. This was a very unusual experience for me, for I haven’t stopped composing since childhood. My work and friends at Unity have certainly filled a void that was there. This led me to look inward, so your entry into my life was perfect. Since I have been meditating in your groups and on my own, I have sketched out where I must go next as an artist [an essential step for me], I have composed a jazz-like piece for my Unity benefit concert, I was able to face situations that no one would be good at, and that in the past would have evoked a negative reaction, leaving me exhausted. Now I’m looking ahead with peace and with the knowledge that “I can do this!”

Ginny Conrow says:

And the Oscar Goes To …Fear

What a player, a stellar leading actor! With impeccable diction and strong emotional impact, Fear insidiously repeats its believable dialog until the story becomes our own. Ever seeking a leading role, Fear shines at auditions, garnering noteworthy attention in every stance. Insidiously, Fear works its way into every niche of fresh, natal humanness, rendering us creatively, relationally, emotionally and, even physically, less than all we were meant to be.

Sparkling womb crystals, we once glowed and basked in glorious newness, accepting lavish attention from those in whose arms we were held. Laughing, crying, sleeping and moving blissfully from our core, Fear’s only role was a brief, vague walk-through. Maturing in our autonomy, though, Fear, ever the temperamental prima donna, greedily nabbed the starring roles. Sometimes playing an intelligent, insightful advisor; sometimes shredding into rubbish every vestige of human worthiness.

Buying into the script line by line, scene by scene, our self-protection began to harden. Now a human geode, of sorts, wearing our dull, lumpy, bumpy, rocky-rough shell, rolling through life, we crash and scrape up against other geodes, all of whom hold lovely colors and crystals within their core. Prompted in the wings by Fear, often we are unaware, missing the core beauty, significance and limitless potential in ourselves and others.

Supporting actors, such as the Accuser and the Controller fight to make their voices heard–Fear shines in their supportive roles. Is it any wonder, when our neediness often surfaces, it is slapped down in embarrassed self-consciousness? And what of our storehouses of marvelous creativity, all rendered dull and lifeless by a Fear of imperfection? Fearful of giving, fearful of receiving, fearful of creating, sharing, laughing, crying, listening and allowing, our world shrinks to the proportions of a sumptuous lambswool sweater laundered in scalding water.

My own “sweater” had shrunk to an unbearable tightness over the years. I held out no hope of ever again feeling comfortable as myself, just as I was. Miserable, yes, but, in retrospect, altogether necessary. If the tightness had not been so horribly restrictive, there would have been no quest for “resizing” and, from that quest, a discovery: be still and know…meditative silence. During meditation, Silence, in Oscar-worthy performances, does her work. When I detach from the noise, the swirling thoughts, the self-recriminations, the shoulds, the shouldn’t, Silence soothes my soul, drawing wisdom and understanding into my very Essence, revealing the truth about myself and my world, for better or for worse. Silence reveals my vulnerabilities, my longings, my gifts; it comforts, heals and empowers. When I allow Silence to move into my head and heart, God has a voice. I listen and I learn; I am open to what IS, painful or peaceful…and I am profoundly grateful.

If you’ve enjoyed reading the Books for Transformation series and have an impactful comment you would like to share, please get in contact with Ruth, and we’d be happy to share your story!

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