Retirement: From Role to Soul with Connie Zweig
Most of us learn that being independent, quick, productive, and strong are highly valued and result in rewards of approval and status. On the other hand, we learn that their opposite traits — dependent, slow, unproductive, and weak — are devalued and result in disapproval and shame. So, we dread the loss of these socially acceptable traits as we age, slow down, do less, and need others more. We deny the call to retire.
If our images of and associations with retirement remain outside of our awareness, dormant in the shadow, then we are blind to them. By learning to orient toward the unconscious and meet the shadows of age more consciously, we deepen our self-knowledge to include that which has been excluded for so long—a deferred dream, a secret desire, a hidden talent. Now, when the ego no longer reigns supreme, we can open ourselves and allow these banished feelings and fantasies to be heard. Retirement, when our roles so clearly fall away, is an opportunity for a profound shift in awareness. We can move our identity from doing, achievement, success, and image to our essential spiritual nature.
In this program, you will:
- Identify your unconscious images and fears of retirement.
- Identify your romantic fantasies of retirement.
- Determine if you are denying the call to retire.
- Identify an unconscious inner obstacle or shadow character that stops you from stopping.
- Learn some spiritual practices on the threshold of retirement.
- Discover the shift in identity from role to soul.
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)
Topic: Retirement: From Role to Soul
Speaker: Connie Zweig, speaker, author, Certified Sage-ing Leader, and Climate Reality Leader
About Connie Zweig
Connie Zweig, Ph.D., is a retired therapist, co-author of Meeting the Shadow and Romancing the Shadow, author of Meeting the Shadow of Spirituality, and a novel, A Moth to the Flame: The Life of Sufi Poet Rumi. Her newest book, The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul, extends shadow-work into late life and teaches aging as a spiritual practice. Connie has been doing contemplative practices for 50 years. She is a wife and grandmother and was initiated as an Elder by Sage-ing International in 2017. After investing in all these roles, she is practicing the shift from role to soul.