By Marianne Williamson

The necessity for switch as we get older—an emotional strain for one part of our lives to transition into another—is a human phenomenon, neither male nor woman. There easily comes a time in our lives—not essentially diversified from the best way puberty separates youth from adulthood—when it’s time for one a part of ourselves to die and for whatever new to be born. the aim of this booklet by means of best-selling writer and lecturer Marianne Williamson is to psychologically and spiritually reframe this transition in order that it results in an excellent experience of pleasure and awakening. In our skill to reconsider our lives lies our best strength to alter them. What we've referred to as “middle age” needn't be noticeable as a turning element towards demise. it may be considered as a paranormal turning element towards existence as we’ve by no means recognized it, if we enable ourselves the facility of an autonomous imagination—thought-forms that don’t circulation in a perfunctory demeanour from historic assumptions only passed all the way down to us, yet fairly flower into new archetypal photos of a humanity simply getting began at forty five or 50. What we’ve realized by way of that point, from either our mess ups in addition to our successes, has a tendency to have humbled us into purity. once we have been younger, we had power yet we have been clueless approximately what to do with it. at the present time, we now have much less strength, probably, yet we've got way more figuring out of what each one breath of existence is for. And now finally, we've a future to fulfill—not a future of a existence that’s easily over, yet particularly a future of a existence that's eventually actually lived. Midlife isn't a hindrance; it’s a time of rebirth. It’s now not a time to simply accept your loss of life; it’s a time to simply accept your life—and to eventually, actually dwell it, as you and also you by myself be aware of deep on your center it was once intended to be lived.  

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Middle age--Psychological aspects. 2. Middle-aged persons--Conduct of life. I. Title. 6’6--dc22 2007034606 Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4019-1719-7 Tradepaper ISBN: 978-1-4019-1720-3 11 10 09 08 4 3 2 1 1st edition, January 2008 Printed in the United States of America For my daughter, whom I beyond adore Contents Introduction Chapter 1: The Long and Winding Road Chapter 2: Do You Believe in Magic? Chapter 3: The Nick of Time Chapter 4: God Only Knows Chapter 5: The Way She’d Act and the Color of Her Hair Chapter 6: I Will Survive Chapter 7: In the Midnight Hour Chapter 8: Abraham, Martin, and John Chapter 9: We Are the World Acknowledgments About the Author [T]horoughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon of life; worse still, we take this step with the false assumption that our truths and ideals will serve us as hitherto.

I’ve seen cynics become mystics on their deathbeds. We are here as though in a material dream, from which the spiritual nature of our larger reality is calling us to awaken. The magician, the alchemist, the miracle worker, is simply someone who has woken up to the material delusions of the world and decided to live another way. In a world gone mad, we can choose to be sane. In order to move ourselves—and our civilization—into the next phase of our evolutionary journey, it’s time to reenchant ourselves.

Recently I sat next to an aging movie star at a wedding reception. ” He seemed okay with whatever happens next because he is okay with whatever happens, period. He seemed connected to some flow of life that’s too real to ever stop, that wouldn’t dare shut down at the point of his death. I saw him half an hour later, dancing like Valentino with a woman 50 years younger than himself. Back at the table, I heard him rail against the government like a resplendent Titan who didn’t give a damn if what he said was popular or not.

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