At age 50, Marion Woodman changed her life. She quit her job as a high school English teacher, went to Zurich and trained to be an analyst. Now in her late seventies, Woodman is a Jungian analyst, teacher, and a prolific author of analytical and feminine psychology. Her books include The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter; Addiction to Perfection; and The Pregnant Virgin. She's also written an account of her recovery from cancer, Bone: Dying Into Life.
Most recently, Woodman has released a CD entitled Crown of Age. This "crown", Woodman says, symbolizes the culmination of one's internal and external development as human beings. And only a lifetime of experience confers the crown.
So why this "sudden" interest in aging? "I feel my bones starting to rattle a bit," Woodman says. She says that our culture only sees the elderly in terms of their infirmities and frailties. "We do not see or value the aged in their own right," Woodman says.
Enthusiastic and passionate, Woodman recalls her own coming of a certain age: "When I graduated from university I made up my mind that day that I was going to live my life my way and I wasn't going to live it pleasing other people... and I've lived that."
Woodman offers her thoughts on aging, compassion and death, and fields questions from the Life (Part 2) roundtable. She leaves us with this: "Life is magnificent. It's the now that matters."