Conscious Aging with John Robinson, Ph.D.

Ego, Mystic, Soul and Prophet: Putting It All Together

October 7, 2018

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The split-brain research of the 1960's demonstrated that two separate and independent selves dwell in each of us. After examining their unique characteristics, I believe these selves are best described as Ego and Soul. The Ego dwells in the brain's left hemisphere and accesses the mind's thought and language functions to build its models of a False Self in a False World. It is here that we construct the problematic world of identity, time and story that supersedes the Divine World witnessed by the mystics. The right hemisphere holds our capacity for Mystical Consciousness that gradually leads to experiencing ourselves as Divine Humans in a Divine World. Meanwhile the Soul waits patiently for us to sense its presence in the right hemisphere. Spiritual practice and mystical experience eventually silence the mind enough to hear the Soul's voice. The mystical consciousness of divinity then opens our awareness of the Soul's fierce Prophetic energy and voice. If we understand and welcome this shift from Ego to Soul, then the Soul steps forth as Prophet. The raw pain of trauma to the True Self, our own and others, also stirs the Soul's Prophetic action, for True Self is in fact the Soul's psychological incarnation. The purpose and intention of Soul as Prophet is to challenge the cruelty and duplicity of the False World and unveil Heaven on Earth. Our work as Sacred Activists is to awaken Mystical Consciousness and replace the False Self with Soul as the central actor in the psyche, moving humanity to a new and higher stage of spiritual evolution.

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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