Conscious Aging with John Robinson, Ph.D.

The Natural Decline of Ego in Aging

January 31, 2013

Tags: Aging, Ego, Spirituality, Transformation

The ego - the "I" of the personality - is the part that wants to control and direct the show, make things turn out it own way, and be prized as special and love-worthy. It also takes responsibility for our survival and has a terrific fear of failure and death that actually supported our (more…)

Male Elders and the Work of Gender Reconciliation

January 29, 2013

Tags: Aging, Morality, Spirituality, Transformation

Gender reconciliation is a movement with growing visibility and moral authority in the world today. Addressing all aspects of gender inequality here and around the world, it examines disparities of power, income, and social expectations between men and women in general, and the specific abuses of women in particular, including sexual exploitation and trafficking, (more…)

Ash Wednesday's Symbolism in Christianity and Aging

January 22, 2013

Tags: Aging, Spirituality, Transformation, Christiantiy

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, the symbolic beginning of Jesus' 40 days of fasting in the desert before beginning his public ministry. During Lent, believers similarly practice various forms of reflection, simplicity, penance, and prayer. Lent then leads up to Easter, recalling Jesus' death and resurrection.

These symbols are powerful in Christianity; (more…)

Finding the Courage to Age

January 14, 2013

Tags: Aging, Spirituality, Transformation

You hear it all the time: "Aging is not for sissies." I've even found myself repeating that trite phrase, especially when things get really hard for a while. It's not fun or easy to care for your mother in dementia, to witness her death, to sit through your wife's frightening carotid surgery, to perform (more…)

Aging from Within

January 11, 2013

Tags: Aging, spirituality, Transformation

As I surf the web on aging, I am amazed by the imbalance between inner- and outer-focused websites. Inner-focused sites address the feelings, meaning and personal struggles of aging. Outer sites address practical issues like financial planning, the diseases of aging, physical and cognitive changes, mental health problems, retirement destinations, nursing homes, anti-aging strategies, (more…)

Following the Hero's Journey in Aging

January 10, 2013

Tags: Aging, spirituality, Transformation

The journey from the busy, multitasking middle years to the ripened wisdom of age represents a profound example of the archetypal Hero’s Journey described by famed mythologist Joseph Campbell. In this universal experience of transformation, the hero – you and me – is unexpectedly called to leave the familiar world of conventional identity and everyday (more…)

Selected Works

Mystical Aging
With our unprecedented longevity, aging has become a new developmental stage in the human life cycle. Conscious sacred aging now offers humanity the profound opportunity of realizing we are already divine beings in a divine world.
Spiritual Fiction
"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.
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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