Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Explore embodiment, sensuality, and the sacred
"Lose yourself in the service of love as you explore the mystery of soul in all its uniqueness and embodied sensuality. Join best-selling authors Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul) and Sera Beak (Red, Hot, and Holy), movement and dance guides Dan Leven and Kristi Williamson, and program weaver Maria Sirois to bring forth the sacred spark of divinity within."
Accommodation and meals pricing is based on your choice.
Register online now.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Want spiritual health? Don't ingest spiritual junk
"You have a spiritual illness when you feel compelled to convert everyone to your way of thinking. And you are sick when you think that you alone possess the truth and feel disturbed when people don’t agree with you. You are very sick spiritually when your convictions move you to do something hurtful to your children or spouse or some other member of the family. Of course, someone who consciously or unconsciously uses their spiritual values to justify violence and warfare is sick in spirit to the extreme."Moore concludes, "Just as you may have to lose some weight to feel better, so you may have to abandon many truths you’ve held sacred for years. Above all, to be spiritually healthy you need to live on a diet of good ideas and excellent ideals. You shouldn’t eat junk food, and you shouldn’t think junk thoughts. "
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thomas Moore in Manchster Center, Vermont
4869 Main St.
Manchester Center, Vermont
20 Feb 2014 "Moore in Manchester Center Vermont next month"
Thursday, April 10, 2014
A possible mantra for our times, "Even now, faith"
|Photo credit: Chion Wolf WNPR|
"Moore's central premise is that part of ourselves cannot be fully nourished through purely rational modern thought. We have needs that cannot be met by science and social theory. His new book is kind of a toolkit for people who have that sense — that they need something they're not getting. "McEnroe mentions his attraction to one of Moore's favourite artists, Odilon Redon, and weaves James Hillman's ideas into their discussion.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
A human lfe has spiritual and soul dimensions
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Create a home environment that supports religion
"Our guest is the religious expert, award-winning scholar, prolific author, and psychotherapist Thomas Moore. About twenty years ago, just after he'd stopped living as a monk for a dozen years, Moore published a book called Care of the Soul. This work became a bestseller and, indeed, a widely cherished work of accessible and sincerely reflective self-help-mixed-with-spiritual-discovery. Now comes a sequel of sorts to that classic work, which Moore discusses with us."This radio interview, recorded 11 February 2014, is 29 minutes.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Moore discusses favourite themes in interview
Piperato asks Moore: "I’ve heard a lot of lapsed Catholics saying that they feel welcome and hopeful again, which is something they never thought they’d experience. You were brought up Catholic and served in the Servite Order for 12 years. What do you think of Pope Francis?"
"Well he’s definitely having an impact. I’ve been saying lately that I’ve been waiting most of my life for a pope to come along who could talk more simply and without all that heavy authority and leave room for people to find their own way, not just moralistically thinking—that’s what it means to be religious. But he has been doing that publically and it’s amazing, so here we have a pope who makes his own breakfast in the Vatican and word of that gets all around the globe, and suddenly people want to be Catholic again. It’s quite a remarkable thing. So he doesn’t have to talk about dogma and what you should believe—for him it’s more about style. I think it’s wonderful. That’s what a religious leader ought to be. I always thought that the pope should be very much like the Dalai Lama—someone who is respected around the world as a religious leader and is not caught up in all the pomp and circumstance and finances and rules and judging people. And Pope Francis has shown himself to be wonderful along those lines, especially about not judging people. If he continues that way and has an impact on his own official church that way—I’m not sure that he can, but if he can, I’m sure that a lot more people will come back to the Catholic Church.
And this fits into another thing. I know from my travels that people all over the globe are hungry for spiritual guidance. They want to have spirituality in their lives. And the churches are emptying, as we were talking about before. So if you put those two things together, it just makes sense. The church should be able to reach those people and offer them guidance. But there are several things they have to do—the first thing the Church needs to do is get over its gender problem. And not be so male-dominated—it’s so obvious that that’s a huge problem today. You really, truly have to be living in some other century not to see that. And people today don’t want to be told so much what to do and don’t want to be judged—and rightfully so. They want some guidance and encouragement and inspiration. If the Catholic Church can do all that, I can see it coming back and really thriving. But they’re going to have to change radically, and the church is going to have to go further than we are right now with Pope Francis."Share April Fool's Day with Thomas Moore at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.
12 Jan 2014 "Thomas Moore gives public talk in Garrison, N.Y."
3 Nov 2013 "Be with Moore and others, April Fool's Day 2014"
Sunday, March 02, 2014
St. Francis Hospital hosts Moore in Hartford CT
"In A Religion of One's Own, Thomas Moore expands upon topics he first shared in his best selling classic Care of the Soul, exploring the myriad possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, inside or outside formal religion. Join us to learn how to create your own spiritual life with an inspired vision, purpose, and meaning."Location:
"Explore the many ways to create a deep and satisfying spiritual life with or without a formal religion."
Saint Francis Comprehensive Women's Health Center
114 Woodland Street
Hartford CT 06114
This program starts at 6:30 p.m. Call St. Francis Hospital: 1 877 783-7262 to reserve a place or register online through the linked page above. Seating is limited.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Moore shares ideas in book during radio interview
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Moore suggests five ways to hear our inner voices
1. Clear the decks,
2. Look to nature,
4. Be an artist,
5. Embrace the unusual.
Thomas Moore recommends, "Let life happen."
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Moore in Manchester Center, Vermont next month
Northshire Bookstore hosts Thomas Moore on Saturday 22 March 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Manchester Center, Vermont. Moore discusses and signs his new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.
4869 Main St.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Moore offers A Religion of One's Own in Litchfield
229 East Litchfield Road
06759 - 3002
9 Nov 2013 "Moore returns to Wisdom House in Litchfield CT"
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Natural world is religious for Yosemite radio hosts
Watch Moore's television interview in Arizona
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Listen to Moore talk about crafting your religion
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Moore has two new book events in April 2014
at The Tannery Marketplace
50 Water Street
Tannery Mill Bldg 1
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950
Moore's presentation,Your Mission in Life: Care of Body, Soul, Spirit and World, is Monday 14 April 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Greenhoe Theater.
"[Moore] considers himself a new brand of theologian, drawing from many traditions as well as “secular” literature and arts. He is widely known for his efforts to promote and deepen spirituality and make a more soulful society."Landmark College
1 River Road South
Putney, Vermont 05346
Please direct questions about this college event to:
Geoff Burgess Communications Department, Faculty
Tel: 802 387-6768 firstname.lastname@example.org
Administration Building, Rm 215C
Let's learn from all religions in a new, fresh way
Hour 1 53:51 minutes
Hour 2 53:51 minutes
During the second segment, Moore describes how beauty awakens the soul and serves religion.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Disenchantment and secularism guide explorations
Saturday, February 01, 2014
One's own religion includes diverse communities
Listen to Moore talk about his new book on WPR
Ireland program: Care of body, soul. spirit, world
[Moore] makes a distinction between being spiritual and being soulful, and he encourages us to cultivate both. He wants us to live our lives from the depths of the heart, pursuing our own destinies with our gifts and limitations. Soul is awakened through love, and so Thomas would have us pursue those things our soul wants and give our attention to others and to the world in love. He also advocates ancient teachings about soul that emphasize serious dreamwork, deep intuition, and a magical, enchanted view of the world.Cost: TBA Finalized details will be shared when they're available.
In this series of seminar talks Thomas will also introduce ideas from his newest book A Religionn of One's Own. Here he claims that we are in a new era when a new kind of religious spirit will rise. No more secularism or religious competitiveness and exclusivism. No more heavy-handed authority and negativity. No more abuse of gender or sexuality. This new religious spirit turns to the world’s traditions for inspiration and resources but finds the whole of life sacred."
North of the town of Swords, ten minutes by car or taxi north of Dublin Airport on the N1, close to the M50 and M1 motorways.
Our own religions help to maintain the mysteries
Friday, January 31, 2014
Let beauty and wisdom guide our spirituality now
"From the beginning of this fated journey, I never liked religious behavior that was too pious or moralistic. I seem to have been born with an appreciation of secular life interweaving with a spiritual vision so that neither dominate. In this regard, I think of the interlinking chains and spirals I see all over Ireland, my adopted second home, or the familiar Taoist symbol of yin and yang melting into each other.Moore invites readers to join him "in welcoming a significant evolution in the human spirit."
Just as Care of the Soul sprang out of me at the particular point where my ideas and my experience as a therapist matured, now I feel that my worldly way of being religious is emerging at just the right time in our cultural evolution to go public with it. Thus, my new book A Religion of One’s Own. We are now at a point where it’s time to let go of a narrow view of religion. I suggest that we don’t abandon it, even if many sophisticated modern people think it’s superfluous or prefer “spirituality”. Worldly life without a deep form of religion would be secularism, and that is a dangerous, soulless option. Just listen to the way many scientists are talking these days, reducing the richness of human experience to brain studies, for example, and you get a taste of what secularism would be like. As human beings we’d shrivel up.
The new book puts together an array of ideas I’ve been working on for years that together form a personal spiritual practice that I call a religion of one’s own. At the top of my list are the beauty and wisdom of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions. I don’t want to get rid of the established religions but use them now as resources for a personal religious vision. They are priceless for what they have to offer, but the emphasis on belief, authority, empty ritual and moralism has weakened them to the point that they must re-imagine themselves radically. You can be a member of a religion and still have a religion of your own, or you can go off on your own, becoming a seeker or even an atheist, and use the traditions as resources."
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Moore talks about Pope Francis in interview
Thomas Moore: "The new pope can turn the tide toward a different and more vital kind of Catholic spirituality. He started doing this from the first moments of his papacy. I find his approach full of hope for the whole world, not just for Catholics. I’ve been saying for years that people throughout the world are looking for a spirituality suited to our times. They don’t know what that means, but they’ll know it when they see it. Meanwhile, many established churches seem to be afraid to adapt to a changing culture. They have been declining, while the average person is frustrated in his search. It would take very little to turn this situation around. I do my best, but I don’t have an official position. I’m a lone voice. I’m hopeful that the new pope will inaugurate a new spiritual movement among all the people of the world. In fact, I’d like to see his language become so radically fresh that he would speak to all the people and not just to Catholics. We’re all Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and atheist, to a degree and in a certain sense."Moore is also asked, "You write beautifully about the lessons you’ve learned from Freud and Jung. Would you say that psychotherapy is a religion of sorts in that it helps us to comprehend the incomprehensible?" His response includes:
Thomas Moore: "I passed up opportunities to become a Jungian analyst because I find that people who get stuck on Jung enter an orthodoxy just as rigid as the Catholicism I knew as a young person. But I study Jung almost every day today and can’t imagine my life without his wisdom and example. Everyone should read Memories, Dreams, Reflections, his memoir about his inner life. I have to add a third name in this context: James Hillman. He was my friend and colleague for thirty-eight years. I think he is one of the greatest thinkers ever to have lived. I owe everything to him, to his writings and to his loving friendship. I couldn’t begin to describe his work here in a few words, but I can say that it shows how to read all the great writers, including Freud and Jung, and how to live with imagination."The site offers twelve discussion questions that also may be downloaded as a PDF reading guide.
Faith, belief may contribute to daily happiness
"Coming to terms with your fears and longings
Faith can also be a therapeutic way for you to confront and explore your fears, desires, past, and relationships with others. “Getting to know your deep soul may prevent you from venting raw emotions, acting-out and being depressed and vindictive,” writes Moore in A Religion of One’s Own. “It can clear the way for a spiritual life not sullied by psychological matters left unattended.” Faith can help you acknowledge your emotional issues and realize that you don’t have to go it alone."
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Talk with Moore at Toadstool Bookshop, Feb. 1
12 Depot Square
7 Jan 2014 "Local newspaper interviews Moore about launch"
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Reading Group offers free two-page book guide
This download includes the Library Journal view, "[Moore's] counsel is consistently sensible and affirming. This book should appeal to many of the unchurched, as well as the faithful across traditions."
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Contribute by living your life with honesty, beauty
“Everywhere I go people give me books and say, ‘You need to read this.’ I don’t need to read anything. And I don’t want to do that to anybody, ‘You need to read this.’ You don’t. If you have a choice between reading any book published in the 20th century and reading Shakespeare, there’s no choice. Go back to Shakespeare. Or Emerson. Emerson’s one of my favorite people of all time. Such beautiful sentences and thoughts, it’s unbelievable. Read Emerson.”
Friday, January 24, 2014
The Rothko Chapel may be a model for every town
"In a quiet neighborhood in Houston, Texas, the Rothko Chapel sits on a small open space with a quiet pond and a piece of sculpture. On most days, the chapel is a place of reflection in an active city. The architecture, furnishings, and, of course, the large dark paintings of Mark Rothko create a special atmosphere for reflection. If you look at the schedule of events and the books that are available in the library, you’ll see that every spiritual tradition imaginable is represented."During his current book tour Moore is asked, "What about community?" He answers in this column:
"I’ve called this new approach “a religion of one’s own,” but as you pursue your own religion, immediately you begin to see connections with the whole of life and with community, defined both in the most local of ways and with all beings in the cosmos, including those we have yet to meet up with. This religion need not be narcissistic and limited."
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Jung Platform hosts Moore's audio lecture Feb. 4
Cost: $24.75 for the live teleconference and its audio recording.
Register before 31 January 2014 for 10% discount.
Includes 1 CE.
"Steeped in Jung, [Moore] sees religion as the result of an individual movement toward depth and an awareness of the mysterious and the beyond-ego elements in ordinary living.
Still, the book is not about a self-centered quest or personal psychology. It suggests a re-visioning and deliteralizing of community, so that the newly imagined religious person finds fellowship with all beings on the planet, and beyond. The book spells out various ways, inspired and guided by the spiritual traditions, but far-ranging, we can make our lives thoroughly religious, avoiding the creeping secularism of the age. It is for everyone — church-goers, seekers, agnostics and even atheists. Instead of a vague spirituality, it recommends a freshly re-invented notion of religion suited to the 21st century."
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Regular walks in nature may be your prayer
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Religion embraces the secular and ordinary
Peay: One of the ideas that resonated with me from your book is the idea that we all have spiritually gifted people in our lives. For example, you write about your Uncle Tom, a farmer. I’ve known people with similar depths of wisdom, such as the farmers I grew up around, or caregivers, and wonder if you could say more about how we can learn from these “ordinary mystics” outside of organized religion.
Moore: If you really appreciate what my book is saying, its message is pretty radical. What I’m trying to suggest is that we give up this narrow conception of what religion is, and what’s sacred and holy ...
The Catholic Church may have a wafer of bread — but the farmer’s got the wheat."
Monday, January 20, 2014
Moore stresses value of pleasure with religion
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Meet Thomas Moore in Albuquerque this Tuesday
Ernest Holmes, founder of Centers for Spiritual Living, was born 21 January 1887.
21 January 2014 7:00 p.m.
Center for Spiritual Living
2801 Louisiana Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
20 Dec 2013 "Moore offers free book launch in Albuquerque"
15 Dec 2013 "Thomas Moore in Albuquerque, January 21"
Friday, January 17, 2014
Enjoy today's spiritual evening with Thomas Moore
"Two decades ago, Care of the Soul touched a chord with millions of readers yearning to integrate spirituality into their everyday lives. In his latest book, Moore expands on the topics he first explored shortly after leaving the monastery, such as the myriad possibilities in creating a personal spirituality, either inside or outside formal religion."Ticket prices:
$20 general admission;
$40 includes a copy of A Religion of One's Own; or
$50 includes a signed book, pre-show wine reception and preferred seating. VIP author reception at 6 p.m.
For tickets call 707 944-9900, go to lincolntheater.com or visit the Lincoln Theater Box Office, 100 California Drive, Yountville.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Let's practice simple acts of spiritual depth
Thomas Moore: "Historically, one of the most important things monasteries did was collect great libraries. In studying and translating books, the monks helped to keep civilization intact by preserving and passing along knowledge. That tradition is something we can take from in cultivating our own practice. Following the monks’ example, we can begin building our own library, whether physical books or e-books. As a writer, I surround myself with timeless books that feed my work. Just having them near me is inspiring and creates a monastic environment — it isn't just a matter of information as much as the ambience of thought and reflection."Moore shares some book titles in his library:
Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays;
Carl G. Jung Collected Works and Memories, Dreams, Reflections;
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin The Divine Milieu;
Emily Dickinson Letters;
Edgar Wind Pagan Mysteries in the Renaissance;
Translations of the Tao Te Ching;
Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot;
Shunryu Suzuki Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind;
James Hillman Re-Visioning Psychology;
The Gospels in Greek;
Oscar Wilde De Profundis.
Part One: "The Religion with No Name"
Pythia Peay, Psychology Today
10 January 2014
10 Jan 2014 "Peay asks Moore about religion with no name"
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Moore answers questions about his new book
Monday, January 13, 2014
Spirituality does not replace religion's role today
Moore also writes that there is value in traditional religions:
"Still a Catholic in my own mind, I have three outstanding rabbis I can contact for counsel at any time. I am friendly with several sisters and priests who have been on the frontier of this new religiousness for years. My buddy in teaching spirituality and making it accessible is a Baptist minister, who is a master of the old theology and yet far ahead in re-forming religion for the future. These admirable people are variously close to or remote from the official old-style churches. Once you leave spiritual regimentation behind, you discover multiple ways of being genuinely and solidly religious."He concludes, "The habit of preferring 'spirituality' over 'religion' is also passing. It's time to be more open, firm and courageous in countering the soulless, ego-centered philosophies of the modern era and embrace a new sacred. It's time not to abandon religion but to re-imagine it."
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Thomas Moore gives public talk in Garrison, N.Y.
Cost: $15 Register online now.
Early Bird rate for the full retreat has been extended.
The Early Bird program fee is $217.00 if you register by midnight on 14 February 2014. The program fee increases to $297.00 on 15 February 2014. Register for the full three-day April Fool's retreat.
3 Nov 2013 "Be with Moore and others, April Fool's Day 2014"
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Moore's Spirituality & Practice course, Feb. 3
S&P hosts an online course with Moore starting 3 February 2014: "Crafting Your Own Religion with Thomas Moore." This course runs from Monday 3 February to Friday 28 February for $49.95.
Through emails sent Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week, Moore explores:
• Religion's way of engaging the mysteries.
• Experiences of ordinary mysticism.
• Sanctifying daily life by borrowing from the monastic traditions.
• Dream practice.
• Art as an essential in our own religion.
• Revelation, epiphany, and intuition.
• Integrating the sensual and the spiritual.
• Connecting with the world community and your neighbors.
"Your own religion may mean staying with your long-held tradition and rediscovering its value, arranging its components into a personal "rule" of life. Seekers may draw from many traditions and from nature to formulate a way of life and a practice that is not secular but is not religious in the usual sense. Atheists and agnostics may engage the eternal questions of meaning and create a religion suited to them."These emails give practical suggestions and tasks. In the online Practice Circle we will talk about this process, swap ideas, and share inspiring resources. Moore participates in the Practice Circle to answer questions and make other suggestions. In late February, we'll be able to connect with him during a one-hour teleconference. Register now. 4 CEHs for chaplains are available.