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Recognising Aging
« on: September 12, 2019, 07:08:13 pm »
In honor of my very first grey hair ...

Does your path have any traditions around aging? Is it seen as a positive or negative thing? Are there any particular celebrations or milestones for later in life?

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Re: Recognising Aging
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2019, 08:24:24 pm »
In honor of my very first grey hair ...

Does your path have any traditions around aging? Is it seen as a positive or negative thing? Are there any particular celebrations or milestones for later in life?

Jungian Psychology is a part of my practice and has some things to say about aging. In that system of thought, self realization is attained by the process of individuation, or the process of becoming more and more yourself. Jung's Psychology is largely a psychology of adulthood. Much of the rest of psychology focuses on childhood and development. Jung covers those subjects, but is primarily about adulthood. He views the middle and later stages of life as an opportunity to go beyond establishing one's career, life, and family, and developing spiritually and psychologically.

It is later in life when people tend to have the freedom for spiritual development and a focus on the development of the self and associated involvement in community. While not all life paths follow this direction, many do. So, middle and later stages of life often afford opportunities for self development and spiritual growth that earlier life stages do not tend to.

Earlier life stages are often consumed by establishing oneself materially, physically, and financially. As such, later life tends to afford the opportunity for self development and spiritual development that is a core part of Individuation and Jung's Psychology. By middle age, many people have already established themselves financially, career-wise, and with families. With these established, one then has time and energy for other things, particularly individuation, self development psychologically and spiritually. So, that is all part of the psychological background to my spiritual practices and issues of growing older.

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Re: Recognising Aging
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 06:48:50 pm »
It is later in life when people tend to have the freedom for spiritual development and a focus on the development of the self and associated involvement in community. While not all life paths follow this direction, many do. So, middle and later stages of life often afford opportunities for self development and spiritual growth that earlier life stages do not tend to.

Hmm. I know that some esoteric traditions, such as kabbalah, are not supposed to be open to practitioners until age 40. 

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