Meet the shadows of age, and attune to the soul’s longings and explore meaning beyond doing.
In this live webinar course, Connie Zweig, known for her book Meeting the Shadow, will extend her views to later life. Life after 50 can feel like we’re in mid-air between trapezes, unable to let go of the past or see future possibilities. A depth psychological approach to the late-life identity crisis requires us to turn within. If we complete the rite of passage, shifting our identities from our role to the soul, we can release the heroic ego’s strivings, find renewal in an identity beyond role, and become who we truly are, perhaps for the first time.
What you will receive
3 Video & 3 Audio recordings
Access to your own Jung Platform account where all the content you've purchased will be stored.
Connie Zweig explores how to find the treasures of late life. The potential treasures of late life are:
- genuine self-acceptance of who we are now, which liberates us from our inner critic and empowers us to feel and act with full authenticity;
- freedom from the past, so that it no longer controls how we feel or act now;
- a broader and deeper view of our life stories, which reveals our soul’s mission;
- our lost creativity reclaimed;
- a quieter mind, which gives us space from negative emotions about aging;
- a deeper identity, which offers freedom from our past roles and responsibilities;
- revitalized energy that opens us to play, beauty, and gratitude, and
- a reconnection with activism and service, which ends isolation and connects us to a kinship community.
This is the precious promise of the inner work of age, which is also the title of her book.
This course is ideal if
You want to:
- Extend your psychological and spiritual development along with your extended longevity;
- Learn how to meet the shadows of age and overcome the inner obstacles to aging consciously;
- Complete your emotional or spiritual unfinished business;
- Deepen your self-acceptance as you age;
- Release your ego’s heroic striving and reorient toward your soul;
- Find renewed meaning and purpose after 50;
- Complete a rite of passage to become an Elder;
- Deepen your spiritual experience with practices that fit who you are now.
- Practice life completion to die in peace.
Class 1. The Promise of the Inner Work of Age
As Jung told us, “The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only, its meaning and purpose are different.”
We have practices from depth psychology and contemplative traditions—but how do we apply them to age (or the process of aging) for renewed meaning and purpose, and awareness and vitality? How do we make the archetypal shift from the Hero to the Elder?
In Class 1, we set the context for the purpose of the new longevity and reframe aging from decline to a rite of passage. As we let go of past roles and identities, we enter a liminal period, uncertain of who we are becoming now. It’s a late-life identity crisis but with great potentiality. With the tools of the inner work of age, we learn to turn our attention from mid-life heroic-doing toward the soul. We face the unconscious inner obstacles or shadows that deny and resist this transition. Eventually, we consciously emerge into a new stage of life, experiencing greater authenticity and the desire to serve something beyond ourselves.
Class 2. Meeting Your Shadow: The Inner Ageist
The first inner obstacle to aging consciously is our ageism against ourselves, internalized as a shadow figure from the collective shadow, and felt as self-hatred, invisibility, powerlessness, and shame. Research reveals that the consequences of “the inner ageist” are devastating for our physical, emotional, and brain health—even for our longevity. With shadow-work, we can become aware of this unconscious figure. With continuing self-observation, we can learn to stop buying into its debilitating message and, instead, cultivate self-acceptance and empathic acceptance of other older adults.
Class 3. The Inner Work of Retirement
Many people face retirement from paid work as they face any liminal time: full of uncertainty, loss of identity, and loss of meaning. This presentation is not about what we do: more work or less work, more volunteering or less volunteering. Rather, it will explore retirement as a Rorschach test, onto which we project our unconscious fears and fantasies of this stage of life. And we will discover the psychological and spiritual potential of this passage, as we learn to identify the unconscious inner obstacle or shadow figure that resists slowing down for self-reflection and allowing change to change us. Eventually, we learn to shift our identities from doing to being, from role to soul, a spiritual shift in awareness.
By the end of this course you will
- Understand the psychological and spiritual purposes of late life development.
- Identify the unconscious figure within us that denies age and its value.
- Define the difference between becoming a senior and an Elder.
- Identify the developmental tasks required to become an Elder.
We here at Jung Platform want to make these programs available to anyone. If you would love to participate yet can’t pay for the full course, then please send us an email at [email protected] and describe why you feel you qualify for a scholarship, how much you can pay, and what you will do to help the Jung Platform promote this and other programs.
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