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A “Shadow Expert” Reimagines Age, Shifting from Role to Soul
Connie Zweig has many roles in her current life: retired therapist, writer, Citizens Climate Lobbyist, wife, stepmother, and grandmother. But she’s most widely known as the “Shadow Expert,” a pioneer in the field of “Shadow Work,” an exploration of our unconscious mind, outside of the light of awareness, a cavern Deep within your mind that holds our dark, forbidden feelings, secret wishes, and creative urges. She is co-author of several books, including “Meeting the Shadow” and “Romancing the Shadow,” as well as the author of “Meeting the Shadow on the Spiritual Path.” In today’s episode, Dr. Zweig will talk about her evolving shadow work over several decades, a continuing effort to make a conscious, creative relationship with the tricky, elusive unconscious—the blind spot that eludes us no matter where we look. And she’ll expand on her shadow work in her bestselling book, “The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul,” which extends her work on the Shadow into midlife and beyond for those who want to move past denial, fear, and resistance to discover their dreams and opportunities for this stage of life. Her mission is to redefine “age” and to help others reimagine it for themselves, just as we reinvented politics, work, relationships, and spirituality — from the inside out.
Connie Zweig, Ph.D., is a retired therapist, writer, Climate Reality Leader, and Citizens Climate Lobbyist. Known as the Shadow Expert, she is coauthor of “Meeting the Shadow” and “Romancing the Shadow” and author of “Meeting the Shadow of Spirituality” and a novel, “A Moth to the Flame: The Life of Sufi Poet Rumi.” Her new bestselling book, “The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul,” extends her work on the Shadow into midlife and beyond and explores aging as a spiritual practice. It won both the 2021 American Book Fest Award and the 2021 Best Indie Book Award for best inspirational non-fiction. Connie has been doing contemplative practices for more than 50 years. She is a wife, stepmother, and grandmother. After all these roles, she’s practicing the shift from role to soul.