Transformation in Ageing

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I have just been through a vital transformation in life.

transformation into a fairyThrough the last six months, I encountered ‘The Dark Night of the Soul’. A time when I was brought low and was forced to look at my life; where I was going, what I was doing. What was working and what was not.

There are times in our lives when we need to go through these dark nights. It is as if the Universe is saying “You are not listening to me, and you need to.”

I do not believe that the Universe, or God or this higher power, whatever you may like to call it, makes us ill, or depressed because I believe that we bring it on to ourselves. We think that we know best. So we will go on working, doing and striving, and wearing ourselves into the ground, or bed or onto pills, simply because we are not listening to that still small voice.

And that applies to anyone of any age.

Even those who say that they are living their purpose and carrying out what they know they are here on this Earth for, can be so busy doing, that they forget to be still, forget to listen, forget to notice things synchronising or not, and go ahead thinking that we know best.

I came to a place where I was forced to listen to that still small voice, and during that time I became quite ill, physically and mentally, but thank God that I still held on to my Spiritual life.

I realised that I had not been listening, I had been striving and worrying and pushing ahead, doing things that I thought I was meant to do.

I had a family problem to deal with, and although it was settled in a way that we thought was not possible at first, at the end of it, I had a meltdown. Not because I doubted, not because I was weak in any way, but because I had failed to notice that I needed to go through a transformation in my life. A passage of life that has taken me into my fourth age.

I run a group on Facebook for Ageing with Vitality. I blog about ageing. I talk about how we are still vital, but I had not taken into consideration that the physical body does age, whether we like it or not.

I was proud that I had reached the age of 72 and am still active, vital and healthy, but was finding the lower energy and the ability to multitask, difficult to come to terms with. Along with a visual impairment that I now have.

We hear so much about staying active; keep exercising, keep walking, keep doing things, keep your brain active and on and on. But we can sometimes be so hell bent on doing those things that we ignore this important passage of life. Which is transforming into an older person, but one who can still have a good quality of life.

It may happen at different ages while growing into that fourth age transformation. Some are ready to relax at sixty, while others will still be working at age 70, 80 or even more. But the important thing is that we do need to recognise that there will come a time for transition. It may not be an obvious one, but we need to be mindful of subtle changes.

I don’t mean that we wake up one morning and find that we are suddenly old, although for some who are taken ill this may happen of course. But I am talking about looking at why we are feeling more tired than we used to.

Is what you are doing working for you and the other key people in your life?

And I certainly do not mean that we have to ‘give in’. What I mean is that like a teenager who has to make the decision whether to go to Uni, or the twenty-year-old who decides that life is going to change, they have left their teenage life behind and now have to settle down to life. Or the person going through a midlife crisis and decides that they want to change careers. We need to look at what our purpose is for the rest of the time that we are here.

For me, my tranformation has shown me that my purpose does not look like what I have been striving after for the last six or seven years. Even though in that time I have been more aware and conscious than ever before.

But I am at peace, and simply want to serve.

Nowadays, when I have a decision to make I ask myself what purpose will it serve?

I am so grateful that I do not have to work for a living now. I am grateful that I have accepted a simpler lifestyle and do not strive after belongings. My income is modest, and I love having no responsibilities.

I am healthy and do eat a healthy diet; I love walking and make sure that I walk at least an hour most days. I stay active; I love the Internet, Facebook and the groups that I belong to on there. I love the women’s group ‘Damsels in Success’.

I belong to a Women’s over fifty group,The Silver Tent, whose purpose is to raise the consciousness of the world.

I love going to the Macular Society meetings with others who have sight problems. We have a laugh and obtain lots of important information.

I love eating out with friends and my beloved husband. I love writing and reading. Most of all I love my times with God, in quietude and meditation. Listening to the music of Taize, Snatam Kaur and other inspirational music.

My life is full and rich again after spending the last few months in transformation and healing. The transformation into being a Wise Elderwoman.

Look out for regular blogs again now,  about Ageing with Wisdom and Vitality, Death and all that it encompasses, (I am a Funeral Celebrant) and the eye disease Macular Degeneration and what it can be like to live with it. I will also still dabble in eating healthily and supporting people with issues around food and their eating patterns.

It is good to be back again renewed and with a fresh vision.

How about you? Are you listening to that still small voice that may be telling you it’s time for that transformation?

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See also: Staying Vital As You Age


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2 Responses

  1. Annie Gray

    I loved your piece and so much resonate with most of what you’ve shared. I, too, have been very active and always seeking clarity of purpose (notice the name of my website, which is in extreme need of updating). As a coach, I’ve helped others find their way and always entemphasized exploring life purpose.
    But like you, I’ve found myself in a (fairly lengthy) transition where my relationship to purpose is in flux. I feel less driven and more open, more still, more content in some ways. I still “check in” with my soul and ways that I am guided, but the purpose question has changed its form.
    I’d like to dialogue more about this, but in the meantime, what is a Funeral Celebrant? Is it what a pastor used to do, or still does?
    I’ve been reading and being more with death and what it has to teach me. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading (or better yet, listening to…the author has a truly beautiful, soothing voice) “The Five Invitations”.
    Patricia, are you still facilitating deliveries of Conscious Aging?

    • admin

      Hi Annie. What a wonderully interesting comment. Yes, the transformation into ageing, and especailly accepting it, is the most difficult that I have encountered in my life. Yes it would be good to dialogue more about it. My email is on the Website and you are very welcome to write to me there.

      Put simply a Funeral Celebrant is an independetn person who will help the bereaved to design a funeral that reflects the deceased’s beliefs in a sensitive and sincere way. Have a look here at my Hummingbird Website.

      I dont actually facilitate the Conscious Ageing courses, because there has never been any interst in my part of the world. But I use the material a lot.

      Keep in touch. Where are you in the world?

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