The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-01
  • Publisher: Sounds True

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When you find the courage to change at midlife," Angeles Arrien teaches, "a miracle happens." Your character is opened, deepened, strengthened, softened. You return to your soul's highest values. You are now prepared to create your legacy: an imprint of your dream for our world-a dream that can fully come true in The Second Half of Life. Working with images, poetry, metaphors, and other forms of symbolic language from diverse world cultures, Dr. Arrien introduces us to the Eight Gates of Initiation. By mastering their lessons and gifts, you harvest the meaning and purpose of your life, and come into spiritual maturity. With The Second Half of Life, she takes you step-by-step through each gate to deepen your most valuable relationships, reclaim your untended creative talents, and shift your focus from ambition to meaning to grow into the exceptional elder you've always imagined you would one day become. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Threshold Work at the Eight Gatesp. 7
The Eight Gates of Initiation in the Second Half of Lifep. 21
The Silver Gate: Facing New Experiences and the Unknownp. 27
The White Picket Gate: Changing Identities, Discovering One's True Facep. 43
The Clay Gate: Intimacy, Sensuality, and Sexualityp. 57
The Black and White Gate: Relationships: The Crucible of Love, Generosity, Betrayal, and Forgivenenssp. 71
The Rustic Gate: Creativity, Service, and Generativityp. 89
The Bone Gate: Authenticity, Character, and Wisdomp. 105
The Natural Gate: The Presence of Grace: Happiness, Satisfaction, and Peacep. 121
The Gold Gate: Nonattachment, Surrender, and Letting Gop. 135
After the Eight Gatesp. 151
Photo Acknowledgments and Permissionsp. 155
Bibliographyp. 164
About the Authorp. 175
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