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This month I reach my 78th birthday, and for me this marks a new and (I hope and intend) a productive phase in my life.
Some wise person said:
"Live as if you would die tomorrow,
and study as if you would live a hundred years."
If spared, I plan to work for the next seven years, in a measured way, and then at 85, turm more towards reflection, contemplation and reminiscence. For some years now it has been my wish and intention to reach the age of 93 "practising Tai Ji and wondering about the future." (At 63 I calculated that this was about 10,000 days away- a big but finite number. Now I am almost halfway there.)
However: "Man proposes, God disposes."
I hope during this time to pass on some what I have learned, and am still learning, about an embodied way of living; about the unavoidable clash of opposites and their power to generate new, unimagined, creative possibilities; about authenticity, authority and integrity; mutuality, respect, dependence, independence and interdependence; about Self-directed learning and about collaboration; and about the Socratic dictum that "wisdom consists in knowing that one does not know..."
What do I mean by "work" for this seven year period?
It is a while since I retired as a Supervisor, and even longer since I was in practice as a Somatic Trauma Therapist, or Body Psychotherapist. I shall not be returning to that kind of regular and relatively intense personal commitment. I have been enjoying having more space and freedom in my life.
Instead I plan to build a practice offering support and guidance - mostly in the form of Mentoring and/or Coaching - to people already set on some personal path of helping, creating, exploring. Using Jungian terminology I want to work with people already engaged in a process of Individuation. The phrase that came to me was: Healers, Creators, and Seekers. I am thinking of people who have made and want to make a contribution, and at the same time pursue their own personal Growth.
In practice this means:
Congratulations on making it all the way to this point. I hope there may be some ways in we which we can work together or share our thoughts and insights.
With every good wish for the rest of 2018, and for 2019 and beyond
Look out for individual emails about each of these topics in the coming days and weeks.