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Who can teach us how to die, not just physically but ‘to our natural self’ so that we can be reborn to our spiritual self? Patrick Hederman writes: “Such, as I see it, is the purpose of the mid-life crisis and also the ‘usefulness’ of spiritual vision. The second self serves the needs of the second half of life. And we have to give birth to this second self spiritually. We stand in the gap between what we are and what we could be. This used to be (and still is for some) the task of religion: to offer our consciousness goals to strive for, and myths to live by. We are being introduced to another way of being and knowing. We have to learn humility before a mystery which we cannot comprehend rationally. We must allow ourselves to be ‘led’ by the unconscious towards a new realm of experience. Jung suggests that learning to live the second half of life ‘symbolically’ is the behavioural therapy we require.”
Speaker: Patrick Hederman
Mark Patrick Hederman [in 2020] had been a Benedictine monk of Glenstal Abbey, Limerick, Ireland, for the last fifty years. A former abbot of the monastery and headmaster of the school, his doctorate was in the philosophy of education. A founding editor of The Crane Bag Journal of Irish Studies, he has lectured widely in many countries and has published several books. Kissing the Dark ; Underground Cathedrals ; and The Opal and the Pearl ; all touch on issues relating to psychology and religion. His latest work, Living the Mystery , tries to combine his interest in psychology, philosophy and mythology, to explain the kind of life he leads as a lover of God. Last updated March 2020