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The Book of Ruth

“whither thou goest, i will go.
whither thou lodgest, i will lodge.
thy people shall be my people, and thy god my god.”
– the book of ruth

I want to talk about Sisterhood.
And Callings.
As in – the thing we are called to do in this life.
The archaic definition of the word ‘call’ is when the divine inspires, or urges you to do something.
We are not well-trained in listening to that kind of call. Especially because it is voiceless – coming from a place of eternity and infinity.
We are more trained to respond to texts, to e-mails, or reprimands.
We can get so busy with all the other kind of calls, that we can’t always hear the truth of our soul.

But sometimes, as you know, something — is it inside? outside? — makes you take pause. And pay attention to something that makes absolutely no logical sense. But it fills your soul to overflowing with the essential essence and elemental fragrance of intoxicating, overwhelming you.
Which frightens and captivates, simultaneously.

There is this woman.
A tall drink of water, you might say.
Head full of curls.
Heart filled with song.
Who has been a fixture in the Mastery classroom since it’s inception in 2006, and a student of the school a few years before that.

ruthShe was part of the team I had assembled to support the creation of the very first School of Womanly Arts Mastery Program. The other members of the original team fell away, but Ruth just lept forward to volunteer, as if it were her calling.
As we began the first weekend, which took place in a huge yoga studio, she happened to pop her ipod into the sound system and got everyone up dancing, at the very first dance break.

It felt so good, that we decided we could not be without the music.
And thus, the role of the Mastery dj, or ‘The Song Siren’ as Ruth Barron is known inside the community.

Ruth and I did not know each other very well at the beginning of this adventure. She found me as a result of her boyfriend watching an episode of 20/20 that I was appearing on, and he called and signed Ruth up for class, without question. This was back when I taught classes in my brownstone on 88th St.

Ruth basically never left my side. It was her then boyfriend, now husband, Jeff, who came in, all those years ago, and helped me build a room for the nanny and my daughter, when I got divorced. At that time, Ruth and I both had incredibly promising businesses that were broke and in debt, and both of us used the Mastery classroom, and a fierce practice of all the Tools and Arts to turn our companies around and become wildly successful.

But neither of us knew that would happen at the time.
All I knew was I was called to put together an even more expanded curriculum for women than had ever been created, that taught a woman how to connect with her sensual power, and to live the raw wild soul’s journey that was her calling, with a magnificent and perfect roadmap that provides Tools and Arts for navigational certainty, inside a magnificent community of sisterhood.
And Ruth was called, too.

She was called to stand by my side.
Your side.
Women’s side.
And play the perfect song, at the perfect time, that would crack a woman’s soul wide open and allow her to access that part of herself that she was longing for but could not locate.
Which isn’t the half of it, really.

Ruth held space for the creation of the School of Womanly Arts Mastery Program.
She sat with me for hours, in the hammock of my lover’s beach house in Southampton, while I tried to explain to her how I was struggling and striving to explain to women the perfection of all things.

And held me as I sobbed in her arms a few years later, when he died.
She held space as trusted beloved staff members came and went.
Held space as the larger storylines of women’s lives burst into the classroom like roving marauders, looking for home.
She architected and conducted bottomless heartbreak into redemption with her song.
She brought me back to myself as a leader when I got flung too far inside a devastation that needed to be witnessed, held, and loved back to itself.
ruth-barronAnd no one, no – not anyone anytime ever in the history of the world and beyond- could hold celestial sacred celebration and explode the roof of joy on a rockin crazy dance party playlist, like Ruth Barron.

Ruth and I have made ecstatic love to thousands of women in the work we have been called to do.
I brag my friend, my sister, Ruth.
It has been my honor to share a calling with you.

I wanted to share this story with you today, because we are not taught in this world to honor and respond to callings. Nor are we taught to value Sisterhood, inside of those callings.

Good things come – really magnificent, inconceivable magic is created when you follow a calling, entrenched and surrounded by Sisterhood.

I’d love to hear from you in the comments — what’s a calling you have followed, how did Sisterhood play a part in it, and what’s come from it?

 

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    Sometimes I don’t get to read the blogs right away. Like this one, I saved it until I had a clear time and space to digest it. To feel the love, the sisterhood.
    Ruth’s power strength and love is present every moment I have spent in a SWA classroom. Her dedication to you and you to her is palpable and it creates a foundation that is unshakable.

    You are both so very fortunate to have found each other AND your calling. What great destiny and what has been created from that..What great Karma.

  • Sparrow April 9, 2015, 11:21 pm

    Dear, dear Ruth…yes, truly a sister and a genius and a channel and a sacred spaceholder and a magic maker. Thank you, Regena, for writing this tribute to her- it is a gift to witness. Thank you, Ruth, for sharing your incredible light and talents with all of us. The SWA would not be what it is and has been without you.

  • SG Jane March 29, 2015, 11:01 pm

    Oh Regena, what a touching blog. I have long admired each of you as beautiful, powerful women, your relationship, and how seamlessly you work together. Your words and connection to us, and Ruth’s musical knowledge and intuitive ability to choose exactly the perfect song, make each experience heart opening, pussy opening, life giving gifts.

    Thank you for writing this blog in honor of Ruth. You are both treasures to all of us!!

  • Deborah Smith aka SG Divine Love March 27, 2015, 2:51 pm

    Ahh . . . the tears are streaming down my face. Ruth is probably one of my top favorite stories in the Bible. Every time I have read it I am watched over with joy and yearning. Thank you Regena fro sharing the beauty and depth of your relationship with Ruth here. She so rocks. I feel so blessed to have her touch my life over and over again in the deepest of ways with her music. It is the music that opens my floodgates.
    And Jeff, so glad to have looked him in the eye and shaken his hand. He rocks.
    You all do.
    <3

  • SG Evie March 27, 2015, 11:02 am

    The Sister Goddess community is like a tall glass of cool water on an unbearable hot day. The sweet water soothes my throat and rehydrates me as I finish the daily journey of a woman’s day. As each one of us enter mastery we are picked up by our Sister Goddesses and receive love we never knew existed. We are nurtured stroked and given the loving space to free fall into the exquisite sensual Goddess ways.
    Thank you Regena and Ruth for your strength and beautiful woman’s tenasity to make space for me. I love this community you have made for all of us with your fierce strength and patience.

  • SG Pu-rekini Alison March 27, 2015, 3:58 am

    My calling is as a violin teacher. I didn’t truly embrace this until my late 40s. My first student was SG Jacqui Grace’s beautiful four-year-old daughter, Daya. Jacqui’s faith and belief in me was a key ingredient in pursuing my passion and calling. To this day Daya continues to play her violin in far-off London town.

    Thank you to you two Goddesses, Ruth and Regena, for being who you are.
    XOXO

  • SG Karin March 26, 2015, 9:51 pm

    Beautiful! Sistergoddess, Sistergoodness-acknowledging a (business and friend) sister – if I had had the tools 20 years ago I might still be working with my partner now!

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  • Abbey March 25, 2015, 2:54 pm

    Behold the star, the fossil, the thunderstorm in a drought that is Ruth! Amazing tribute, Regena. She is the calm to your fire, the root to your wind, the groove to your grace. We all desire a sisterhood like you two have! So much love! xoxo

  • SG Susie March 25, 2015, 12:36 pm

    The most deserved tribute written. Ruth’s songs have healed me, moved me and helped me crack open both inside the classroom and to this day on my iPod when I need them. THANK YOU RUTH!!! WE ALL LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH!!
    xx

  • SG Heidi March 25, 2015, 11:42 am

    Smart guy that Jeff! There is nothing better in this world than a sister and friend. Beautiful tribute to such a special relationship. I’m am always amazed at how she pulls out just the right song with perfect timing. Every time!! It’s like the icing on the cake. The calling I’ve followed is join the sisterhood of Goddesses. Where true friendship is nurtured. Where you can always find a cheerleader when you need one. And where you can be an open and excited cheerleader for others. I’ve also learned great lessons about dealing with heartbreak and supporting others through their heartache. All of these lessons and support have helped me be true to myself. To be courageous as I move into a new adventure in my life as a single woman and empty nester. To be an example to others, to pass these lessons on in my careers as a nurse and massage therapist. To not only love & appreciate women but to also love & appreciate men! What a wonderful gift you & Ruth have given by following your hearts. Know that the pleasure and radiance in me that shines out to the world daily is a reflection of you both. With gratitude, big hugs & sparkles SG Heidi

  • Stacey March 25, 2015, 9:04 am

    Such a beautiful tribute! We don’t hear often enough the love and appreciation we have for those in our lives.

    This is a very timely post because as I step out to follow my own calling, I feel a bit unsure of my footing lately. But as I start to feel that uncertainty, I’ve noticed it is my friends, my sisters who are offering the encouragement just when I most need it. This soothes me again. And I know it will be great. Because I have a mountain of women under me raising me up.

  • Sg rockstar March 25, 2015, 8:50 am

    Absolutely amazing – this tribute to Ruth, the beautiful words that express unconditional love and all the postings by all of the SG’s. I love Ruth and I still – when I hear a particular song – get up and dance. How many dance breaks did I take before the School of Womanly Arts – NONE. How many do I take now – SO MANY EACH DAY I CAN’T KEEP COUNT.

    Hey Ruth – I think your husband is pretty amazing too!! Thanks Rue, Mama Gena and all of my Sister Goddesses for bringing so many things into my life!!

  • SG Katee March 25, 2015, 1:01 am

    That was really beautiful, Regena. Aka MG.
    You can feel your heart pouring out.
    Truly a sacred glimpse into the bonds of sisterhood. Xo

  • Charlene March 24, 2015, 10:30 pm

    Rock on, Ruth! And thank you for all that you’ve done and meant to me!

  • Yael March 24, 2015, 6:38 pm

    What a perfect tribute!

    Ruth, you taught me that every goddess needs a soundtrack and I’ve been creating ad-hoc soundtracks for every big event, or super swampy day of my life ever since! Thank you for showing me how to honor and celebrate my existence in the most empowering and exciting way.

    Regena, thank you for leading the movement of honoring and celebrating the women who are making our lives bigger and better.

    xoxoxo to you both.

  • Original Sin March 24, 2015, 4:44 pm

    Great tribute and acknowledgement of Roo’s fierce stand for you and the Sisterhood, Regena. I look forward to being with you both in Mastery. Abundant, sweet blessings your way. O’Sin

  • SGBarbarelle March 24, 2015, 3:51 pm

    I am so very proud of my beautiful daughter Ruth. She is filled with light and love and
    all around her benefit from her magic.

    Regena, thank you so much for writing about Ruth. Both you and Ruth embody the true
    meaning of Sisterhood. I am so very grateful and appreciative of your words.

    SGBarbarelle

  • Susan March 24, 2015, 2:54 pm

    Just reading this makes me want to dance. The world needs more Ruths! And Mama Gena style appreciation.

  • SG Diva Ruth March 24, 2015, 2:52 pm

    This is so lovely. I may have been one of the lucky ones in that Yoga studio with SG Ruth’s dance music. Magical!

  • SG KC March 24, 2015, 2:40 pm

    Wow. What a gorgeous tribute.

  • SG Ange March 24, 2015, 2:34 pm

    so beautifully written! This is what I experienced last weekend while visiting two dear girlfriends in San Antonio. My best friend and I, who have know each other since we were 18, are now at that crossroads where we are being called to do other things in our lives (met writing and forming a social enterprise, her private therapy practice and cake decorating biz). We have pledged to walk with each other through these processes across the miles and whenever we can in person. So inspired to send her a virtual hug after reading this! Thank you!

  • BSG Glitzy Cougar Karen March 24, 2015, 2:11 pm

    I wrote this note to Ruth and Regena when I heard about this:
    The sweetness of this exchange touches my heart, as you have touched so many of us in these rooms for so long, Ruth.

    When I first came into Mastery in 2008, Regena would hit a moment and suddenly, like magic, this music would appear, seemingly out of nowhere…this moment made magical by the alchemical combination of Regena downloading some goddess wisdom, with a musical score in the background! To my theatrical persona, this was astonishing.

    At first I thought it was mere luck, this melding of message and music. But it was too consistent to be an accident.
    Then I started looking for the messiah of the music…who could it be? I kept looking around and eventually landed on this mysterious, sensual presence in the corner…Song Siren.

    But listening over the years, it became clear to me that just as Regena’s brilliance was downloading from her words, you’ve carried that same psychic power, via music. And it has been so necessary, such an essential part of this entire soul-shaking experience.

    You too have made magic together, so no wonder there is grief, wonderment, sadness, supreme joy for both of you…and for us. I stand in deep gratitude, Ruth, for the gifts you have shared with me, with this sisterhood, and most especially as a pillar for this work with Regena.

    There is perfection in this emergence for both of you…and as you leap into the next phase of your journey, I know it will be continued greatness for both of you. In the words of that great sage, Ayodele Moore…IT IS DONE!

  • Esther March 24, 2015, 1:46 pm

    Ruth has the “Goddess Glow” and her song choices are divine. What a gorgeous post about sisterhood. Thank you Ruth and Regina for showing us what true sisterhood looks like. You are both shining stars lighting up the world for us.

  • SG Wild Orchid Carla March 24, 2015, 1:42 pm

    As always, your timing is strikingly impeccable! I was just speaking with a soul sister yesterday about my current calling – creating a group program for women around hormonal and emotional health in perimenopause. And how my aim is to create a nurturing space for sisterhood within this program. Thank you for this gorgeous inspiration…..

  • Evelyne Michaut March 24, 2015, 1:22 pm

    Please please come to California! We are parched here! Have you heard of the mega-drought?
    I try to be a Sister – I buy your book and hand it out to girlfriends. I call them Goddesses and use whatever little energy I have after kids, home, and my own sh** to support my sisters and encourage them…
    Please bring Mastery out West!
    With Love,
    Eve

  • SG Kvon March 24, 2015, 12:57 pm

    How I loved hearing the story of Ruth & your friendship! I feel so lucky to have seen you both grow and become even more amazing since 2006! What a deserved and gorgeous tribute. I miss you both & want to bask in your SG rays soon. Much love and with pleasure!
    SG kvon von voom!

  • Nurah March 24, 2015, 12:53 pm

    We are a group of Sister’s called sisters of Hagar. .
    Brought together by the spirit to go forth as Healing practitioner s
    Alllove

  • SG Cynthia a.k.a. Sultry Samantha March 24, 2015, 12:49 pm

    This was so powerful to hear today! Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute to Ruth and sisterhood. I had happy tears in my eyes reading it. By the way, I’ve never experienced tears of joy until after Miami 2014! Now I have and do quite often…what a gift. Thank you a million times over for this much needed boost we all desire Mama Gena!

  • Aurora March 24, 2015, 12:43 pm

    So deeply moving! Since she takes this calling on as if it is her job, I thought Ruth actually was a part of the school’s staff faculty until I introduced her as such to someone unfamiliar with the SWA & she corrected me, saying she’s Regena’s bestie! To which I may have thought out loud “Well, it wouldn’t be the same without you! You are definitely an integral part of it!”…Thank you both for modeling how to stand for one another’s visions taking flight! Thank you, Regena, for this beautiful tribute to Ruth! We love you, Ruth! …love both of you so much!

  • Lauren March 24, 2015, 12:18 pm

    This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for this tribute to a woman who is one of the fiercest stands for this work. Ruth, your work has touched all of us and we’re so grateful for you!

  • Hedonia March 24, 2015, 12:01 pm

    Brilliant as usual Mama! I think of the wonder that is Ruth, “The Song Siren” all the time. And I mean that, literally. One day in Mastery Spring 2009, just before Men’s Night, The Song Siren played It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls. The entire place went crazy with fun and joy and laughter. Me included. It remains for me one of Mastery’s most powerful icons – the idea that somewhere, someway, somehow the Divine hears our every wish and prayer… and answers. It’s about men, yes, but it’s about so much more. I went in search of the song so I could have it for myself and play it. It’s on my go-to playlist when I need some Goddess Power. And every time I hear it, I think of The Song Siren in the back of the room, working her musical magic. Thank you Mama for sharing and thank you dearest Siren for loving as beautifully and gloriously as you do.

  • María Kowalski March 24, 2015, 11:36 am

    You are truly amazing Mama Gena: I have the same calling and also a calling I want and I am manifesting in my very own life. Thanks for your generosity and for going after the calling.. Women have so much power and we are so many times kept in the closet.. what I love most about your work is that we can reclaim our place from our authenticity, from our brilliance , and even from our pain… and not from brutal force, or competition… you are trully connected to the feminine essence, to the root where we must all nurture.. Thanks for reminding me and being an expample of the path that also found me.. Sister goddess Ruth.. you rock.. keep up the music and the sisterhood. Very very grateful for all of you ladies reading this post.. Smiles from Miami

  • SG Marisa Bettina March 24, 2015, 11:33 am

    Absolutely beautiful & so uplifting. This was so moving to read & made me aware of the beautiful sisterhood I have with my mother. We are both in the music business, me as an artists & she as a manager & so much more. In an industry full of fear based thinking we strive to focus on our intuitive callings instead of acting out of fear & worry!

  • SG Sacred Sensual Songstress March 24, 2015, 11:17 am

    Beautiful, heartfelt tribute to each other! Thank you my lovelies!!! XXOO!

  • SG Officer Stacey March 24, 2015, 11:14 am

    I was there at the ‘beginning’ and have had the honor & pleasure of knowing SG Ruth, she is wonderful & I am so happy that she has found a space with you “Mama Gena”!
    I brag that I have been living my calling and -HUGE announcement- I will be retiring in July of 2016 and moving to Arizona! My dream! I am thrilled and I am looking forward to peeking in on the SG community again soon!
    With Love & admiration always,
    SG Officer (Detective) Stacey

  • SG Sensual Shakaya March 24, 2015, 11:09 am

    Such a beautiful tribute of Sisterhood for a gorgeous Goddess!

    Ruth, you are so special, so HOT, when I saw you of course I desired to wrap your body in a stunning Shakaya creation, a dress as sensual as your wild feminine essence!

    Thank you for moving me and helping me crack open to the light with your perfect playlist that I still love to marinate in!

  • Queen Anne March 24, 2015, 10:58 am

    Ruth stands not only for the women of Mastery and their Mama Gena, but in my imagination, she also stands for the Goddess herself. Silently watching, seeing all that we are and all that we strive to be… And every so often, noting an opportunity, She lovingly nudges us from the other side of the veil with a strain of heavenly music that calls us to our higher self. Then She smiles as we respond with a leap of faith.

  • SG Anne la Tigresse March 24, 2015, 10:36 am

    So gorgeous, Mama Gena, to hear this moving back story of your collaboration with Ruth. Her song timing is perfect and has broken me open many times during Mastery and Creation. Love to you both! xox

  • Claudia March 24, 2015, 10:33 am

    This tribute to brought tears to my eyes. Love you both Regena and SG Ruth!
    xoxoxo SG Claudia (Rome).

  • Tara March 24, 2015, 10:32 am

    What a beautiful tribute to Ruth.

    I am blessed to have a myriad of stories of sisterhood grace a my studies with you at The School of Womanly Arts but one stands out in my mind…

    It was during a Miami many years ago that I went for a beach walk with my Big Sister, Alice Petzold, aka “72 inches”. We walked left down the beach away from the goddesses gathered in front of The Raleigh. She towered over me as the surf met our footsteps and she said something that would change everything. She had tuned in to my love for my son and told me, “I desire for you to fight for YOU the way you would fight for him if you found out his life was on the line.” She stood for me to stand for my pleasure as if my life depended on it. And as you know it did and does.

    Thank you for teaching me so many things over these years, Regena. I am grateful to truly know the meaning of sisterhood.

    with love and in gratitude-
    Tara

    • Debra March 24, 2015, 11:02 am

      And this brought tears to my eyes. Would I fight for me as I would for my daughter if her life was on the line? I am so ready for Mastery, so ready.

    • Rebecca March 24, 2015, 7:28 pm

      Wow. This made me tear up too! What a powerful message and one I really needed to hear as I’m only just beginning on this journey. Thank you for sharing.

  • Lysa P March 24, 2015, 10:26 am

    Absolutely beautiful and amazing! We should all be so lucky to have that deep sisterhood connection that you share!

  • SG Scheherazade March 24, 2015, 10:26 am

    It would not be a SG get together without the “Song Siren”! She intuitively knows just what chord can break sisters open, get them on their feet, or have them start laughing. I love to watch you both, so incredibly different on the outside, but that twin, fierce standing for your sisters tie oh so bonds you two together. The unlikeliest of friends? No. Two wholes that are creating a perfect place of sisterhood.
    Love and hugs to you both for finding each other and for sharing each of your gifts,
    xoxoxxoo