Conscious Aging and Worldview Transformation

January 1, 2011
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, Marilyn Schlitz, PhD

Schlitz, Marylin , Vieten, Cassandra, Erickson-Freeman, Kathleen. (2011) Conscious aging and worldview transformation. The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 43(2).


For nearly two decades, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers has conducted qualitative and quantitative studies on positive worldview transformation. This included a comparative study of 60 teachers from different transformative traditions as well as longitudinal studies of the psychological and social impact of transformative practices. From this work, a model of worldview transformation was formulated that identifies consciousness-based practices that can promote personal and social well-being. In this paper we apply the model of worldview transformation to conscious aging. We explore the ways that conscious inquiry can inform people’s experiences of aging, their models of what happens when they die, and an understanding of the way these beliefs impact how they live. A curriculum is outlined that was designed out of the worldview transformation model to help expand awareness of conscious aging, promote individual and social well-being, and facilitate a supportive atmosphere for exploration and mutual discovery.

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