Conscious Aging with John Robinson, Ph.D.

An Experiment in Divine Wisdom

August 5, 2018

Tags: Wisdom, Sufi, Divine Consciousness

Sufis say that the source of all wisdom is God and that when mystical unveiling dissolves our mistaken identity, we will find that our own consciousness and being are in fact God’s Consciousness and Being. Wisdom flows from that unity.

Rumi tells us,
…when you look for God
God is in the look of your eyes,
in the thought of looking, nearer to you than your self…
Be melting snow.
Wash yourself of yourself.
A white flower grows in the quietness.
Let your tongue become that flower. (repeat)

In other words, when we wash away that over-layer of self, we may discover Divinity blossoming like flower in the inner stillness. Can we give voice to Its wisdom?

This blog is an experiment in deep wisdom revelation. I am going to ask you a question. The same question over and over. Your job is just to write down whatever thought or answer comes to you each time. Trust yourself. No censoring, no judging, no interpreting. No right or wrong. “Let your tongue become that flower.”

Here’s the question. It’s part of a riddle posed by the Sufi mystic Lalla. He asked, “What do we most deeply want?” And so I ask you, “What do you most deeply want?” Let a response come to you spontaneously. Write it down or note it inside. Ibn al-‘Arabi says, “Unveiling takes place when God illuminates the heart…” Let it come from your heart. Be brief and succinct. You won’t be sharing this so be completely honest. “What do you most deeply want?” (repeat every 15” at least 4 times) Let a new response come each time. Again…

Good. Now take a moment and review your heart longings, notice which were the deepest, and how you feel in this moment. What was revealed to you? Cherish these revelations. This is the wisdom of your heart. This is God speaking through your life and nature. May this deep knowing light your way into the future.

And by the way, Lalla’s answer to his own riddle was quintessentially Sufi. He said, “What do we most deeply want?...What we most deeply want is to be God in human form.”

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
"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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