“Using her experiences from Australia to Texas and all over the world, Ryan explores her own personal journey as a gift to all of us. At times poignant, at times triumphant, her story is always inspiring. “

Betty Sue Flowers, former director Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Emeritus Professor of English at University of Texas at Austin, poet, author, editor, and television host

“Pam Ryan is an exceptional and remarkable person with a combination of intelligence and empathy. She is a force for good in the advancement of humankind in a challenging world. As founder of Psychology Beyond Borders, aimed at reducing psychological suffering in many affected populations around the world, Pam demonstrates her deep understanding of the steps needed to ease trauma in people’s lives.”

Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia

“The words ‘I don’t know who I am until I see what I do’ will stay with me forever. Learning to embrace the light and the dark, to touch the smooth and the rough, to fully appreciate one you must know the other – Pamela Ryan’s important knowledge and wisdoms are told with such simple beauty. Life can be a carpet – we can be the magic!”

Gill Hicks, MBE, author, founder of M.A.D. for Peace, and survivor of terrorist bombings, London, July 2005

“This book shows us not only how to negotiate the inevitable bumps and troughs in life but also how to reach for the peaks. It reflects Pamela Ryan’s experience of repeatedly turning improbable aspirations and unpromising circumstances into impressive achievements.”

Sir Roger Jowell, social scientist and professor, London School of Economics, London

“After reading Magic Carpet Flying I am physically, emotionally and mentally awake. What Pamela Ryan is sharing with readers is so profound. While reading these pages, I thought of the darkest moments in my life, the losses I have experienced, and the struggle I am going through in my efforts to build democracy in Cambodia.
Flying a ‘magic carpet’ is a lonely flight if not shared with others, as the deep ends that the magic carpet takes us to are the unknown holes of our lives we are not willing or are afraid to explore. Dr. Pamela Ryan takes us with her to those deep ends, and her willingness to invite us to fly the magic carpet with her is a journey of light even in the darkest moments of despair and loss. “

Mu Sochua, social worker, Member of Parliament, Cambodia