The Alchemy of Becoming Elder
Learn how to use alchemy to help you become wiser as you age.
Dear Power Source subscribers:
Here is the next article in my alchemy series for Spirituality and Health Magazine, and it’s my favorite so far. We have two choices as we grow older: we can either become more hardened, closed off, and alone, or we can transform into a true elder for a society that could definitely use some wise guidance.
More than 54 million people in the United States are over the age of 65, comprising about 16% of the population. This group is projected to reach as many as 94.7 million by the year 2060. If an aging population was a sure recipe for more elders, this would be good news for a society that could use an abundance of wise mentorship and guidance.
But elder is not a title bestowed upon someone simply based on their age. Adding years to our life is just growing older. But growing elder… that’s another matter altogether.
An elder is someone who has not only accumulated years under their belt, but who has reconnected with the deep, abiding wisdom of their higher selves. Rather than a journey to attain knowledge and a resulting hardening of our mindset, elderhood is a return to childlike curiosity and wonder. It is from this space that our elders offer their gifts to others.
Enjoy, and then send it on to someone who could benefit!