Conscious Aging with John Robinson, Ph.D.

Breakthrough - A Novel

When a middle-aged clinical psychologist begins working with a client describing bizarre mystical experiences, his own world changes radically.


John Robinson has given us a rich offering of spiritual wisdom in this book. He aptly delves into psychology, spirituality, metaphysics, theology/​philosophy, science vs. religion, current evolutionary thinking, and conscious aging. He artfully leads the reader to the possibility of divine union and highlights the importance of spiritual mentors to aid us in our journeys to that end. John's background as a therapist, minister, and wise elder who has done his own searching adds great depth and believability to his ideas.
Dr. Carol Scott-Kassner: Spiritual director, Commissioned minister of the UCC, and Past President of Sage-ing International.

"Breakthrough" is a thought-provoking work of spiritual fiction. This satisfying story is of particular interest and importance to aging Boomers who will resonate with the author's central message: that life, with all it's twists and turns, can be lived as mystical experience and that the longevity revolution we are experiencing holds the potential to change the course of human evolution. Rivets your attention and delivers the goods. A must read!
Carol Orsborn, editor-in-chief of Fierce with Age, the Digest of Boomer Wisdom, Inspiration & Spirituality. She is a veteran journalist and author of 21 books written for and about Baby Boomers and blogs regularly for Huffington Post, NPR’s Next Avenue and others.

I just finished reading Breakthrough. It’s about what happens when a psychologist has a mystical epiphany and then faces the difficulties of trying to integrate this experience with a conventional life. This is a tough topic to write about and Robinson does it well. The plot is terrific and the descriptions of mystical experience ring true. The descriptions of the conflict between religion and mysticism are realistic and pose many questions for reflection. This book will spur much book-club discussion.
Robert C. Atchley, author of Spirituality and Aging.

Not since reading Illusions half a century ago have I been so moved by the enlightenment experience. Well written with engaging characters, I related to their inner and outer struggles as they encountered mysticism. Placed within the constraints of fundamentalist Christianity and traditional psychotherapy, interwoven with family and personal dynamics, the main character, Paul tries to understand the bigger questions of life. Without pat answers, the journey of unfoldment moves with ebbs and flows as Paul cycles through the different stages of his life.
Cathy Severson, MS, Career Counselor, Retirement Life Coach, Creator of the Retirement Life/​Map.

"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.

"John Robinson deftly encapsulates the whole spectrum of conscious awakening, from the fears, doubts, ridicule and pressures of “normal” society to the restlessness, longings and ultimately knowings of the soul. In a narrative that feels deeply personal and familiar, the book encourages readers to acknowledge mystical experiences they may have had but didn’t know how to process.” --
Miriam Knight, publisher of New Consciousness Review

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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