Conscious Aging with John Robinson, Ph.D.

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Ordinary Enlightenment

From the dawn of time, people have sought the first hand experience of God. This yearning for a personal and transforming relationship to the divine is intense in the world today, yet virtually no book in the spirituality marketplace speaks so directly and extensively about the actual, literal, and entirely knowable experience of God's Presence and Being. Indeed, most writing on religion, spirituality, and mysticism describes the divine only indirectly - through the lens of the author's ideas and religious beliefs (e.g., Christianity, Buddhism, New Age) - reflecting far more of the lens than God. Written from first hand mystical consciousness, Ordinary Enlightenment, transcends experts, theology, and prescribed beliefs with the reader's own direct experience, for as Blake observed, "If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."

Topics in Ordinary Enlightenment that should excite the average spiritual reader include the surprising ways God's Presence leaks into our everyday lives, the profound breakthrough of Presence known as the "mystical experience" that can happen to anyone at any time, extraordinary insights about God and reality revealed in the Presence, what the experience of Presence is like and how to locate it, how the world returns to Eden in the Presence (and 21 observations from Edenic consciousness), the nature and experience of mystical union, 24 additional exercises for experiencing the Presence, the way Presence transforms suffering and evil, how ideas about religion actually separate us from God, and the physical and emotional healing that occurs in the Presence. It is indeed a mystic's handbook.

Ordinary Enlightenment is a way of seeing the world that transfigures everyday life, literally teaching the reader how to experience heaven on earth. The kind of enlightenment available to ordinary people, it doesn't require a guru, years of spiritual practice, membership in a religious organization, or even a belief system. Rather, it is the direct perception of the surrounding spiritual world through easily learned mystical consciousness, revealing how extraordinary the ordinary really is.

Praise for Ordinary Enlightenment

John Gray, Author: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus:

“A work of tremendous spiritual vision, courage and insight, Ordinary Enlightenment makes God as real and tangible as the morning sunlight. I urge everyone seriously interested in spirituality to read it!”

Michael Moseley, reviewer for the Daily Republic:

"Ordinary Enlightenment is a workbook for the soul...Robinson's manuscript is not just good reading - it's good practice."

Bob Colonna, Author: The Addiction Process:

“Your book reads like a prayer!”

ForeWord Magazine: Finalist for Best Book in Religion from Independent and University Presses in 2000.

Selected Works

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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