Thank You…

I took this photograph a couple of years ago when I visited a botanical garden in Sarasota, Florida. I thought I might paint it one day. I haven’t done that yet, but these beauties are certainly worthy of capturing in oils on canvas, aren’t they?

I am writing today to thank the Minister, Doug Long, and Congregation of the Umstead Park United Church of Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina. I was blown away by your thoughtful and loving reception of me, and of my recent book: What Is Consciousness. The quality of your listening, questions, and comments during the Forum was inspiring. Thank you also for bringing a box of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies to pass around. I loved it!

I say “yes” to more of that!

I also enjoyed the service. I was able to go twice–once at Christmas, and again just last week when I spoke. Both times I came away uplifted, renewed, and centered in compassion.

Thank you.

Regina

Freedom…”not just another word for nothin’ left to lose.” Janis Joplin

My older sister asked me to come to Florida to take care of her duplex for the month of January this year. She was accepted into a program at the Hague in the Netherlands for a month-long course of study in international law. She is a retired attorney and 72 years old. She also started taking piano lessons after she retired and practices for 2 hours each day, to challenge herself and to play for her own pleasure. I travelled to Florida to be there a few days before she left, and stayed for another few days after she returned, so I got to hear her practice. She’s working on some of my favorites: Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” and “Moonlight Sonata.” I have seven siblings and she inspires all of us to continue learning, continue living fully, brightly, expressively, enjoyably.

I went to help her, to be there just in case the air conditioner went on the fritz again, or her tenants needed any assistance. I had no real idea that I would benefit. I’m a person who enjoys getting out to walk in any and all weather—I just need the right equipment for the job. (My absolute favorite time of year when I lived in south Florida was the summer. I passionately loved the afternoon downpours, when the sky opened up and rain came down in buckets. That was my favorite time to swim. I realize that’s not the usual reason people travel to Florida.)

I did benefit.

She lives just a block from the beach. I walked meditatively for a couple of hours every day. Gradually, the thoughts that had filled my heart and mind prior to this brief respite from my everyday life fell away. When you’ve been a powerfully dedicated worker, as I have been, work sort of sneaks back up and begins to fill the cavities of life once again. As I walked, an intention began to form in me, and it sounded like this: “I wonder what it would be like to have the freedom in my mind to think about what I’d enjoy doing.” Just having that thought made me realize that I crave more time spent in epic nature. I have since signed up for a week-long class with Jean Houston at Esalen, on the Big Sur coast of California. I will also be looking into teaching classes on Consciousness there. 

Stay tuned. I’m excited.

Regina

A Global Conversation About Consciousness…

I would like to spark a global conversation about consciousness and I’m devoting 2020 to doing whatever I can to help that to happen. It is critical that we human beings understand our own consciousness–where we are, where we’ve come from, and where we are developing into. If we can do this, we just might be able to save ourselves. If you would like to join me in this endeavor (and I hope you do), there are several ways in which you can participate.

Invite me to speak/spark a conversation about consciousness at your church, book club, or gathering.

In January, I will be in the Fort Myers area of Florida. If you live in that area, and would like to participate in the conversation spark, please connect with me through email (reginaleffers@gmail.com).


In the first part of February, I will be in Raleigh, North Carolina, and am scheduled to speak on the 9th at Umstead Park UCC.

During the last half of February and all of March, I will be in Fort Wayne, Indiana, devoting my time to sparking this conversation with these interesting women: Condra Ridley, Emily Guerrero, Kimberly Kozan Flory, and Kathi Weiss. The event will take place on March 29, 2020, from 1:30 to 3:30 in the downtown Allen County Public Library Theatre. The title is “Consciousness & Women in History.” This event is sponsored by Sophia’s Portico and will be opened with a song sung by Beth Murphy Beams.

I will be adding a class or two to March, 2020, that will happen in Fort Wayne, IN. I’ll post them on my website calendar when they’re firm—stay tuned.

From April, 2020 on, I am open. I am willing to travel far and wide to meet with groups of any size. I will bring the book What Is Consciousness? with me, which is a good, easy-to-read, basic primer about consciousness, to give as a gift to those who would like to read it. If you don’t already have a copy and would like to read it, you can get it on Amazon.com, (paperback, kindle, or audible—the audible version is free!), or simply connect with me through email or my website, and I will be happy to send you a copy.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey! Let’s help ourselves and others gain a better understanding of who we are.

Regina

The Audiobook Is Live!

Audiobook Cover

The audiobook is free with an Audible trial membership. Please share this widely on social media–I’d love it if everyone could get and listen to a free copy!

xo

Regina

What Is Consciousness?

The Audiobook is completed and in review!

I hired a woman I’ve never met by the name of Katrina Leffler to read “What Is Consciousness?”. I thought it was serendipitous that her last name is so close to mine. She has a full-bodied, resonant voice that is pleasant to listen to, and I am very excited about the end result! It is now completed and undergoing the review process at ACX. It should be available on Audible and Amazon.com within the next week, or so.

The paperback and Kindle versions of the book are both available on Amazon.com. The paperback price is the lowest possible, $7.48, and the Kindle version, which can be downloaded to a phone or computer, is just $3.48. If you cannot afford it but would like to read it, please email me from my website, www.reginaleffers.com, or private message me on Facebook with your address, and I will send a copy to you. It has helped me, and the feedback I’m getting from others tells me that it is helpful for them too.

That’s all I have to say today…

xo

Regina

The “What Is Consciousness?” Audiobook is in Production!

This is what we look like holding a multi-faceted crystal up to the camera lens.

I’m excited about a couple of things this morning, and want to share them with you.

First, I’ve hired a producer for the audiobook of “What Is Consciousness?” and it is now being produced! It should be available on Audible by two weeks from now. I just listened to the first fifteen minutes and love it. The woman who is reading it has a richly resonant voice–one that I found compelling enough for the also richly resonant material being read.

One reader of this blog wrote to tell me that she was losing her eyesight. She said this blog is something she always looked forward to reading and asked if I would consider putting an audio version up on the website so she could continue to enjoy it. I am working on that, and am making progress, but am having trouble, so it isn’t live yet.

Which brings me to the second exciting thing I have to share with you. Because of the skill and generosity of my son-in-law, I do have a ten minute meditation that is now live! The daily practice of meditation I’ve had for just over 40 years now is something that I can share with you.

Meditation has been an evolving and alive practice. I’ve learned many methods over the years, and my practice has developed and changed accordingly. At first, I thought about the newly learned method and deliberately incorporated it in to my practice. What has changed is that I now simply relax, close my eyes, and bring my focus into an internal quiet, and the meditation begins inside of me. It seems to give itself to me in it’s own creative way.

As I said, there is a ten-minute meditation live now, and I am working on a twenty minute version which should be live within a week. So check back if that interests you.

The third thing I’m excited about is the TED talk I’m developing…

Stay tuned!

Regina

Let’s Reclaim the Space in Our Own Minds

Photo credit: BertParlee.com

Let’s take a step back and away from fear, shall we?

Let’s make room for wonder and curiosity. Let’s make room for love. Let’s make some space in our minds for applying some deep thought to life. Let’s ask ourselves some harder questions like: How can I resist this fear? What can I do to help? What can I do to take my mind back from the fear and hatred that is tearing our country apart?

Let’s not add to the fear-mongering that is going on in the world by ratcheting up fear in posts on social media.

Instead…in our posts, let’s talk about what we’re doing to make the situation better. Let’s tell each other about the actions of resistance we’re taking. Let’s share with each other about kindnesses we receive and about how we’re loving better, more expansively, more exquisitely.

I don’t mean to diminish the horrific things that are going on right now in the United States and elsewhere. But let’s do wake up to the fact that allowing hatred to set up camp in our own minds is not an act of resistance; it is surrender.

Let’s step back from the “ain’t it awful” club.

It is. All of us already know that.

The other day, I got to thinking about the triangle shaped pattern in psychology called the Codependent Triangle. At the apex is the person who sees themselves as a Victim. The person in relationship with the Victim has two choices–they can either be the Rescuer or the Persecutor. They don’t choose their own role, the Victim chooses it for them. This feels relevant to the situation in our country today. If the Victim is incapable of seeing themselves in a new way, the only choice we have is to walk away from that relationship.

The other triangle we can create for ourselves is called the Empowerment Triangle. It carries with it a growth mindset, is passion based and outcome focused. The three points represent the Creator, the Challenger, and the Coach. The Challenger asks pointed questions and the Creator is open to them. The Coach gives good ideas and healthy boundaries. The roles here are interchangeable–sometimes I am the Creator and I call upon friends to serve in the roles of Challenger and Coach. And I always step up to be the Challenger or Coach when I’m asked.

Let’s take our minds back from whomever has taken up residence there!

Let’s own our world and the space in our minds by thinking about what we can do, and then let’s do it. Let’s find friends who will enter into this Empowerment Triangle with us so we can deliberately reclaim the space in our own minds and hearts.

What Is Consciousness? Book Arrival Party

Public · Hosted by Alexandra Kaye and Regina Leffers

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the birth of my newest book!

I’ve spent the last 40 years thinking about the material for this book, and the last three years writing in earnest. Commemorate the long-awaited arrival of “What Is Consciousness?” with me on Tuesday, August 20 from 6-8pm at the Cinema Center. It’s going to be a book birthday party!

The first 200 party-goers who would like to read it will get a copy of the book as a present from me.

My intention is to create an exploration in consciousness. In my experience, books written about consciousness are written in academic language making them inaccessible to anyone who isn’t primarily a student of psychology or neuroscience. The topic is important enough that every person should have access to this body of knowledge. It’s something we all experience—every single one of us. For that reason, we should all get a good idea about where we’ve come from, where we’re headed, and where we are right now. This book is an invitation to enter into the conversation about consciousness with your own interior, with others who are close to you, and with me.

Consciousness is a cloud of potential awareness, part of the unseen world that permeates all of the space and material of existence. We grow in consciousness in response to different conditions life presents to us and must consider how we’ll respond. Will we respond from an internal position of love, or will we choose to react in fear? Come explore and learn with me!

With tremendous gratitude,

Regina

Delving Into Consciousness

I invite you to join me in this exploration of, and conversation about consciousness. Together we will reach understanding, and a helpful assist in building our ability to respond from love rather than from fear. In doing so, the world will become a better place for all of us.

This Consciousness Focus Group has two options:

Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 3, 6:30-8:30PM

Or

Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 4, 1:30-3:30PM

The book, What Is Consciousness? comes with this course and you will receive your copy at the first meeting.

We’ll meet for 10 weeks at the St. Mary Magdala Center, 2800 Rolston St, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Makeup classes can be scheduled directly with me at reginaleffers@gmail.com.

All proceeds go to fund Sophia’s Portico. The cost is $10 per class.

To register, call Sophia’s Portico 260-482-7402.