Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D. is a writer and speaker who has spent the last decade studying conscious development in aging. Her most recent book is Ripening Time: Inside Stories for Aging with Grace (Changemakers Books, 2013). Concurrently, she teaches Diamond Approach to Spiritual Development® in the U.S. and the Netherlands.
Books. Sherry is the co-author of the best selling The Feminine Face of God: The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women (Bantam, 1991), with Patricia Hopkins, and the category best seller The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World (Harmony/Random House, 2000), with Paul H. Ray.
Film. Her short art film, A Woman’s Descent to the Sacred, was an official entry in the Mill Valley Film Festival, 2011 and can be downloaded from YouTube.com. Her documentary series with Paul H. Ray, for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, was the first documentary on consciousness in Canada.
Research. In Canada, she chaired the Department of Psychological Research at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and was Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto Medical School. Her research from that period appears in over a dozen publications including her book with J.R. Martin, Crazy Talk: Studies in Schizophrenic Thought Disorder. She served as a senior research consultant to the National Institutes of Mental Health and the Medical Research Council of Canada.
Spiritual Teaching. Sherry served as Head Dharma Teacher at the Ontario Zen Center, with the guidance of Zen Master Seung Sahn in the 1970s and early 80s. Since 1990, she has studied the Diamond Approach to Spiritual Development® with A.H. Almaas and now teaches in the United States and Europe.
Currently. Her great interest these days is in exploring the deeper possibilities of inner development. In addition to teaching the Diamond Approach® she guides a monthly teleconference with elders on the east coast of the U.S.
Sherry lives in Northern California with her husband Paul and takes great joy in walking in the nature preserves near their home.
Dreaming Into. Could those of us who are, or are becoming, elders now create new forms for telling the truth about what scares us and what there is to be discovered at this time of life? Where would we begin?
~What if there were Elders’ Wisdom Cafes in coffee shops and public spaces everywhere, where we could talk about the topics we avoid at all costs…and maybe not fear them so much?
~What if there were Elders’ Wisdom Salons in living rooms and private spaces of all kinds, where we could raise the questions and share the inside stories to help us grow wise as we grow old?
~And what if there were circles and councils in public and private spaces for conscious people of all ages who long to listen deeply and hear each other into speech, to speak from the truth of their own experience and to help shape a new kind of culture for our time and for the children of the future?