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Tools and Tasks gave me a framework to examine my strengths and weaknesses, and this work has helped me make an important career transition.
— Caroline Wayner, Mother, Volunteer, JHU Certified on Aging

Why Pivot Point?

Scientific theories about how we age nearly all accept, without question, the doctrine of youth’s perfection. They focus on decline and pay little heed to the steady emergence of new gifts and capacities in later years.
— Dr. Bill Thomas, author

Around age fifty we begin to experience a radical shift in our inner state. It demands attention because it is an immense change in perspective. This is the beginning of the “second half of life.” Pivot Point Projects was born out of the people's need to put things together, slow down and reflect and take action fueled by insights. One could say it is a second coming of age.

Pivot Point Projects is named after an acupuncture point called “Heavenly Pivot.” This point is a pivotal place between the earth and the heavens at the mid-point of a human being, beside the naval. Needling this point helps improve physical balance and mental and emotional stability. It helps a person to find balance between having our feet on the ground and a connection to the heavens, to inspiration.

Jung and Individuation

Dr. Carl Jung used the term individuation to describe finding one’s essence or coming into one’s own. Through courageous exploration during his life in the “second half” he shed light on the phenomenon of a human being in the years of ripening. 

Pivot Point Projects draws on Jung's work, practices for daily life, and the cycles of nature to empower you to wake up to your wisdom.

Self Actualization

Well known researcher Abraham Maslow outlined a hierarchy of needs in which self actualization was at the top. This need is most often felt in the 50’s and 60’s when other primary needs are met.

“Self actualization” is defined by Maslow as “the ongoing actualization of potentials, capacities and talents, as fulfillment of mission…as a fuller knowledge of, and acceptance of, the person’s own intrinsic nature, as an unceasing trend toward unity, integration or synergy within the person.”

The “unceasing trend toward unity” evolves out of the tapestry of our lives.