The Shifting Ground of the Ageing Process: Later Life Transformation — Workshop
A presentation by Joy Ryan-Bloore
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9.30am - 4pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15
Please bring a plate for shared lunch.
"At the stroke of noon, the descent begins. And the descent means the reversal of all the ideals and values that were cherished in the morning. … We cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life’s morning – for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie."
— CG Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul, The Stages of Life, p.124-125 Routledge & Keagan Paul 1933 Reprinted 1981
Entering the ageing process is often countered by such comments as: ‘but 70 is the new 50 and 60 is the new 40!’ Such a dismissal of this vital stage in our life is to participate in a collective lie and deny its deeper purpose – later life transformation. As we enter the ‘afternoon’ of our lives our inner ground inevitably shifts because this transformation requires a death – the breakdown of the old and the ‘reversal of all ideals and values cherished’2 in the earlier stages of our lives – in order to make room for something new.
This transition demands conscious participation in the cycle of death and rebirth. In this liminal late-life space we are taken down once more into the darkness of the unconscious and then returned with a renewed sense of self and deeper meaning. ‘The sun, too, sacrifices its greatest strength in order to hasten onward to the fruits of autumn, which are the seeds of rebirth.’
Our time together will involve input, time for personal quiet and reflection; and opportunities for sharing where and if appropriate. Time for each of us to reflect on what entering the ageing process might involve; how we co-operate with it; how it might affect the way we view ourselves, our relationships. The input will draw on personal experience, some case work, analysis of dreams, and reflections on the spiritual and psychological needs and challenges of this vital developmental stage whereby we enter the wisdom years and become elders.
Joy Ryan-Bloore High.Dip.Tchg, Dip.Theol, BA, Dip.Analytical Psych (Zurich) is a Jungian Analyst. She trained with The NZ Asstn of Psychotherapists (1984-89) and at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich (1993-1997). She complemented her analytic training with body therapy and is a member of NZAP (1989), AGAP, IAAP, ANZSJA (1997), GAP London (2012) and served on the ANZSJA Executive and Ethics committee (2006 -13).