Breakthrough: A Novel of the Divine Human
What Aging Men Want: The Odyssey as a Parable of Male Aging
The Three Secrets of Aging: Seeking Enlightenment in the New Aging
Bedtime Stories for Elders: Fairy tales for the Enlightened Elder
Finding Heaven Here: Awakening the Universal Realization of Heaven on Earth
Ordinary Enlightenment: Experiencing God's Presence in Everyday Life
Death of a Hero, Birth of the Soul: Finding the True Self at Midlife
But Where Is God?: Building a Meaningful Integration of Psychotherapy and Spirituality
Are you frightened of aging? Do you worry over every new physical symptom, memory lapse, or mistake? Do you keep busy to avoid thinking about being "old" or brag about how happy you are in retirement when you secretly feel pretty low? Do you believe that aging is really about waiting to lose everything that matters? For most of human history, we viewed aging like this - as inevitably grim, depressing, and hopeless. It's no wonder no one wants to talk about it. But no longer. A radically new kind of aging is on the horizon, one that can change us, the culture and the world. And millions of us are getting ready for this new adventure.
The first wave of 76 million “Baby Boomers,” representing 28% of the American population, began turning 65 in 2011. Every day ten thousand more join this amazing tsunami and will live longer than any previous generation in history – at least 15 years more than their parents! – creating an entirely new stage of life. As a psychologist, interfaith minister, author and aging Boomer, I’ve been exploring the possibilities of this revolutionary "Third Age" for several years and what I have learned is breathtaking. I now believe that twenty-first century aging represents a new and largely uncharted stage of psychological and spiritual development.
And I am not alone in this optimism. Rabbi Schacter-Shalomi tells us that "Elderhood represents the crowning achievement of life" and Jean Houston adds, "The years beyond 60, the years of our second maturity, may be evolution's greatest gift to humanity." Carl Jung, the great psychoanalyst, claimed that old age would not exist unless it had an evolutionary purpose. So this is what we want to understand - how can aging be the crowning achievement of life, the greatest gift to humanity, and a purposeful stage of human evolution?
To answer this question, however, we need to move past denial. Denial is the way we've approached aging since the dawn of time. Denial says there's nothing you can do about getting old and dying so don't think about these things. Denial was useful when we died soon after retirement, when medicine did not extend lives, when no alternatives were available. But now, with all these extra years, denial is no longer adaptive for we will miss the incredible opportunities aging holds for us. So we have two choices - denial or growth.
What can we possibly "grow" in this new time? We can grow new interests, hobbies, and creativity; new relationships with family, friends, and colleagues; new fusions of love and work; new emotional strengths and capacities; new expressions of who we really are; and new spiritual insights, perhaps even enlightenment! I have a dream that aging can be the most fulfilling and joyful time of all, bursting with creativity, love and generosity, quite literally the ultimate blossoming of human life.
We’ve got aging all wrong and the culture’s grim beliefs are “scaring us to death.” Even our inevitable physical decline may represent a dissolution into an incredible new consciousness. But to experience this new consciousness, we need to learn what this New Aging really is. Please join me. Explore the books available on this site. Test out their arguments. Each book holds a piece of the puzzle for you - put them together and build your next life. Discover a life stage you never thought possible, never even conceived. And then let's change the world, not from the old model of heroic combat, but from the new consciousness that is the new aging.
"What Will I Give Back?"UCC Fox Island, WAJan. 22, 2017
Saging International Elder Forum Webinar"The Three Secrets of Aging"Feb. 8, 2017
Shift Network Transforming Aging Summit"What Will I Give Back?"March 7-9, 2017
Progressive Christianity Embrace Festival"Spirituality, Sacred Activism and the Conscious Elder"Portland, ORMay 4-6, 2017
7th International Conference on Aging and Spiritualityb"The Divine Human"Concordia University, Chicago, Ill.
June 4-7, 2017
AnnouncingThe Divine Human
Major religions prophesize the coming of a world savior and the spiritual awakening of humanity. What they did not anticipate in their prophecies is that the savior is you and me and that we are all called to become Divine Humans through the transformational nature of the New Aging.
"Hold on to you seatbelts! A gripping story of the stages of the soul in later life."
Harry R. Moody, Ph.D., Editor, Human Values in Aging Newsletter, retired Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC. and author of The Five Stages of the Soul.
Aging Men, Mythology, Spirituality
Brilliant. Struggling to retire at age 78, I eagerly read this in search for a road map through my own disorientation and depression. The ideas in this book are illuminating, provocative and challenging. I know I will read it again and again.
“The Three Secrets of Aging
invites us to uncover, discover, and recover our optimum Selves." Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., Author: The Second Half of Life.
Elder Fairy Tales
"A guide to finding hidden wisdom in classic tales … a rich feast." Jonathan Young, PhD, Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives
"The radical but universal teaching that the sacred marriage of heaven and earth is possible." Matthew Fox, author of 28 books on Creation Spirituality
“A work of tremendous spiritual vision, courage and insight, Ordinary Enlightenment makes God as real and tangible as the morning sunlight.” John Gray, Author: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
"Dr. Robinson has written a book from his heart...More than a book, it is a story, a meditation, a celebration and a map of the potential transformation of men..." Robert Johnson, Author He, She, We
"I wish you the very best of luck in bringing out your work...Its value is evident to me and you deserve a large and grateful audience for it." Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., Author Heading Toward Omega
Life Planning Network
New Ideas on the Spirituality of Aging
Bob Atchley Music
Enjoy the Music of Age by Bob Atchley
Conscious Elders Network
My Transformative Journey Into Subtle Activism
Interview with RevolutionizeRetirement.com
The Psychology, Spirituality and Mysticism of the New Aging
Fierce With Age
Review of My Work
Video Interview on The Divine Human
Radio Interview with Angela Levesque
Creation Spirituality Communities
The Three Secrets of Aging Video Lectures
Book Review of The Three Secrets of Aging
MyND Talk Interview
What Aging Men Want Interview
Olalla House Productions
Book Signing Talk for the novel Breakthrough
Transcript of Bedtime Stories Interview
New Consciousness Review
Interview: Age and Enlightenment
Review of What Aging Men Want
Interview on Bedtime Stories
Retirement Life Matters
Interview on the New Aging
Interview on The Three Secrets of Aging
Interview on The New Aging
Interview on What Aging Men Want
Retirement Life Matters
Interview on The New Aging
Fierce With Age
Writing for a Woman's Website on Aging
Articles by John
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