Boomer Aging with John Robinson, Ph.D.

It is the Heart that will Save the World

October 11, 2014

Tags: Aging, Spiritual Transformation, the New Human

I remember James Hillman, the Jungian writer/analyst, speaking at a Mendocino Men's Gathering about the coming of age. He said that a young man, like a conqueror of old, travels out into the world of man, sending his troops far and wide to conquer vast swaths of life. But an aging man recalls (more…)

When The Game Is Over

October 4, 2014

Tags: Enlightenment, Consciousness and the New Human

One day you will wake up and realize that it's all been a game and that game was stored in your personality with its architecture of ego, identity, beliefs and problems. One day you get that you can leave the game, walk off the game board, and be free, that it was the game (more…)

Aging and the Silent Mind

September 24, 2014

Tags: Silence, Presence, Aging

I remember my grandmother sitting alone in the sunny back yard - not lonely but quiet, in touch with something larger than her mind - stillness, silence, consciousness.

I remember my mother sliding into dementia and watching her mind become silent, silent and empty (until childhood abandonment pain would surface from the unlocking compartments (more…)

A Space Beyond Self

September 23, 2014

Tags: Awakening the New Human

There is a time when the edifice of self disappears in the silence and stillness of now. We find it sometimes in meditation, deep quiet, self-forgetting creativity or the profound peace of nature. We enter a space beyond identity, goals, purpose, time, ambition and expectations, beyond our emotional fear-contraction, beyond the illusion of a (more…)

The New Human and the Conventional Personality

September 6, 2014

Tags: The New Human

Because extraordinary differences exists between the New Human and our conventional personality, I thought it might be use to contrast them.

My ordinary personality is…
• Organized around the ego "me" and the persona I cultivate to handle insecurity, fear, and uncertainty.
• Largely self-centered in its concerns
• Reactive in my emotionality and contracted in its (more…)

"The New Human"

August 19, 2014

Tags: Aging, Spiritual Transformation, the New Human

We are entering a new stage of human spiritual evolution, a time when God - the one consciousness that is and fills the cosmos and everything in it - is finally understood to be what you and I are. Because unity means one not two, you and God must be the same substance. This (more…)

Breakthrough - A Spiritual Novel for the Second Half of Life

August 13, 2014

Tags: Free Serialized Novel

For the past twenty years, I've been writing a novel about the spiritual life. I'd work on it, put it away when inspiration ran dry, and then inevitably return to it when the urging of new material came to me. You see, when I began, I was simply too young and spiritually immature to (more…)

The Purpose of Aging

August 12, 2014

Tags: Aging, Spiritual Transformation, the New Human

Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi, the author of From Age-ing to Sage-ing and founding of Sage-ing International, tells us, “Elderhood represents the crowning achievement of life.” Jean Houston adds, “The years beyond sixty, the years of our second maturity, may be evolution’s greatest gift to humanity.” And Carl Jung opined that old age would not exist (more…)

Atrial What?

August 3, 2014

Tags: The Spiritual Challenge of Health Problems

Last week, my heart slipped back into atrial fibrillation again, a condition not uncommon in aging. In atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers (atria) start quivering rather than beating properly. Normally, my version of this fibrillating process lasts a day or so and then converts spontaneously to the normal sinus rhythm. This time it hasn't. (more…)

Enter the World

July 29, 2014

Tags: Consciousness, Presence, Creation

Most of us live in the world but rarely see where we really are. I mean it's crazy. We rush around, notice this and that, race on to the next perception, and NEVER STOP until we crash late at night. Even then we can't turn off our minds and struggle with insomnia.

In recent (more…)

Selected Works

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.
Memoir, Mind-Body-Spirit
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
Nonfiction, Mind-Body-Spirit
"The radical but universal teaching that the sacred marriage of heaven and earth is possible." Matthew Fox, author of 28 books on Creation Spirituality
Non-fiction, Body-Mind-Spirit
“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
Psychology/Spirituality/Men's Issues
"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
Psychology/Spirituality
"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

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