Aging & Chronic Illness: Age & Agelessness

A Deeper Dive into Aging & Agelessness

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Course Summary


Growing Older!

For each one of us there is a tug of war between the human dimension of our body with all its pain and pleasures, its comforts and threats AND the pull of non-physical dimensions that inspire us into our BE-ingness with its capacity for creating hope and love and beauty even in the face of adversity. 

Wisdom of the ages is somehow able to mysteriously join these seemingly polar opposites so they combine in a unified way. As people age, they often become more acutely aware of this “in-between” unifying state of mind and state of BE-ing. There is often a natural journey of detaching from the material world and the physical body and attaching to what is timeless, what is ageless. The gap between body and soul narrows as the aging vantage point emerges. The paradox? You have to touch finitude to discover Infinitude and the wisdom contained therein.

Course Curriculum


....... I have another birthday coming up soon. And I am now looking forward to it; that hasn’t always been the case.

When did I not only stop looking forward to birthdays, but started FEARING them?
How did I let myself be drawn into the belief that getting old is negative and wrinkles and balding are the enemy?
How did I come to believe that I should somehow find a way to look twenty years younger than I really am?  

This course reminded me to take a good look at my life; it made me reconsider the relationship I have with my aging self. I used some of the tools provided in this course, and with some repeated practice, here is what I discovered:  

- I’ve got lot of miles on my odometer, and maybe I should be PROUD of them!

- I’m starting to become content to be WHO I am, and WHERE I am.

- I can still look forward to what comes in my life, even though my life is changing and is quite different than how it used to be.

- Aging has something important to teach me if I have the COURAGE to listen

And something I hadn’t really expected…   I’m actually becoming more at peace with myself!  

Gordon Ruddick (72 years)

Course Pricing

Deborah Grassman

Few people have been with 10,000 dying veterans; Deborah Grassman is one VA hospice Nurse Practitioner who has. Dying veterans taught her lessons about how to attain personal peace. Ironically, those lessons came from people who had been trained for war! As a result, a phenomenon known as “Soul Injury” has now emerged as a relevant healthcare issue for the public. She contends that 10,000 dying veterans have lessons that the rest of us need to learn! Deborah is the author of two books, Peace at Last and The Hero Within. She is a contributing author for four textbooks, has 25 published articles, and there are 5 documentary films featuring her work.