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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Moore says he now writes as a monk in the world

On Thursday 10 July The Point with Mindy Todd in Cape Cod hosts Thomas Moore on NPR to discuss his "Book On Creating Personal Spiritual Styles", A Religion of One's Own. The program description includes:  "Thomas Moore believes that individuals can fashion a religion of their own, whether one is inside or outside a religious practice, and that we can find a sense of purpose that satisfies us not only spiritually but also intellectually and emotionally." This radio interview is approximately 17 minutes.

Optimism pervades talk about religion's future

Listen to Thomas Moore talk about "Creating a Personal Spiritual Style" on Enrichment Hour with Mike Schwager recorded 20 July 2014. Schwager, broadcasting from Fort Lauderdale, interviews Moore in New Hampshire by telephone.

The hour-long radio program about Moore's new book A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World. is divided into four segments. (You can skip the advertisements at the end of each segment.) During the third segment Moore differentiates between "raw passion" and "strong feeling" in discussions about current Middle East tensions. The final segment focuses on Moore's 2010 book, Care of the Soul in Medicine: Healing Guidance for Patients, Families and the People who Care for Them.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

"Spiritual but not religious" Americans in NY Times

Mark Oppenheimer mentions Thomas Moore's new book A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World (Gotham, 2014) in his New York Time's piece "Examining the Growth of the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’" published online Friday.

Oppenheimer describes Lillian Daniel’s book When ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Is Not Enough (Jericho, 2013), Linda A. Mercadante's Beliefs Without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but Not Religious (Oxford, 2014) and Courtney Bender's book The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination (Chicago, 2010) before considering Moore's book. He quotes:
 “Every day I add another piece to the religion that is my own,” Dr. Moore writes. “It’s built on years of meditation, chanting, theological study and the practice of therapy — to me a sacred activity.”

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Moore's book considered one of the best of 2014

Spirituality & Practice chooses Thomas Moore's A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World as the Best Spiritual Books of 2014 (So Far) in the category Devotion. It's at the top of the list, described as "a sumptuous work of creativity and insight for our times when many people want to craft a personal religion."

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, S&P's co-directors write about the selected books, "These are titles that have most impressed and inspired us. Since we only review books that we want to recommend to you for your spiritual journey, this selection actually represents the best of the best."

S&P's review of A Religion of One's Own includes, "As a student of the many quests for meaning, both sacred and secular, Moore is an advocate of mysticism and in a fine and flowing section of the book pays tribute to Christian mystic Simone Weil, Zen master Shunryu Suzuki, pianist Glenn Gould, religion historian Karen Armstrong, astronaut Edgar Mitchell, religion scholar Karoly Kerenyi, artist Georgia O'Keeffe, Trappist monk Thomas Merton, theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and psychologist James Hillman. This idiosyncratic group illustrates the mix of perspectives that can be gathered together as each of us does the exciting work of curating readings, spiritual teachers, and resources for our day-to-day living."

Friday, July 11, 2014

Moore shares how to cultivate a personal religion

Watch CJ Liu's interview with Thomas Moore recorded Wednesday 2 July 2014 for her show "Fire it Up with CJ". Liu explores answers to the question, "How could you honor and embrace the merits of following a religion, but have the freedom to pursue your own spirituality by yourself?" while discussing Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own. During the 47 minute video interview, Moore recommends ways for listeners to develop their own religious approaches.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A fully lived life includes the arts and spirituality

Penguin Books shares "A Conversation with Thomas Moore" with the twelve questions offered to book clubs for A Religion of One's Own. When asked, "You talk about your spirituality as an ever-evolving entity. How did it change over the course of writing this book?" Moore's answer includes:
"Like all my books, I began with a question I couldn’t answer: Is it possible or even desirable to live your own religion today rather than bind your soul to an institution? In the course of writing, I was able to sort out many important and subtle issues. I feel that the writing of the book has intensified my own spirituality, and I’m more convinced of the ideas in the book than when I began. I found it especially helpful to study the lives of certain remarkable men and women I thought would well embody the idea of a religion of one’s own. I had planned on using Glenn Gould as a main example. I’ve admired him since my teen years. But I took a few important lessons from him and went on. Thoreau became more important than ever. He was someone who lived this philosophy and wrote about it in detail. I think that Walden and his journals are the main inspiration for my book. Emerson and Dickinson, as usual, were also key resources for me, and reading them yet again, I was inspired to create my own religious movement, even if it turns out to be a movement of one.
I’m more convinced than ever that the arts must come back as essential ingredients in a serious and fully lived life, along with spirituality. They go together. Hillman used to say that I was first a musician and then whatever else I was. He never knew how to categorize my work. I see more now how important the arts are to me, especially music, and I now incorporate them more into my daily life. I prefer meditation with art than what people often call mindfulness meditation." 
The twelve discussion questions may also enrich a personal reading of A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.

Friday, July 04, 2014

What is the soul's hunger? Where are you headed?

Read the transcript of  Deborah Kory's interview "Thomas Moore on the Soul of Psychotherapy" in which  Moore says:
"I'm not interested in helping a person get along in life, and I'm not interested in helping them improve or get better as a person. That's more of an ego kind of project. I'm interested in the soul, which is deeper.

When someone comes to me for therapy, I'm always listening at a very deep level, because I want to know what their soul is hungry for. I listen to their stories and look for where they are getting in the way of their soul’s unfolding. What is trying to emerge? Where are they headed in spite of themselves? 
When they discuss his new book, A Religion of One's Own, Moore responds:
"I don't think anyone should be confined to one particular system of belief. I wrote A Religion of One's Own to make that clear. It could also be 'a psychology of one’s own.' It’s important to honor the traditions and you can study any branch of psychology you want, but I think if you really want to be someone who is alive in what you're doing and not just following a system, then you want to make it your own in some way. I happened to take it pretty far in making it my own." 
During their talk about dreams, Kory shares one of her recurring plane dreams. She continues, "So often we therapists get habituated to using language that really lacks imagination. Even in this one minute improvisational therapy that we just did, the myth and the story and the way that you responded just now was almost with a kind of excitement. As opposed to, 'Tell me about your sleep hygiene' or 'what are your automatic thoughts?' That kind of rote diagnostic way of relating to clients."

Kory asks about ending psychotherapy with an analysand:
"Kory: Do you tend to see people for a long time? How does therapy end? You don't want to make them better, so how do you know that they're done?
Moore: There's no done.
Kory: There's no done?
Moore: No. There's no done. There can't be.
Kory: I like that."

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Include ordinary daily actions in your own religion

For Contemplative Journal, Tom Rapsas shares his reactions to Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World under the headline "Are you 'spiritual but not religious'? It may be time to create your own religion".

Rapsas writes, "In this new spiritual world, we look to formal religions for insight but create and follow our own path. Our religion becomes a personal one, rooted in the practices and rituals of our daily lives. For Moore, this means 'the sacred and the divine' are found in the everyday activities and settings we may take for granted."

Rapsas includes passages from the book, then comments on their meaning in his own life.

Moore: "You are born with spirituality; you don’t have to go looking for it. It is a huge presence that wants to live through you and be embodied in your life. The key is to see how the holy and the ordinary work together. . . . to appreciate ordinary activities for their sacredness." (page 82)

Rapsas: "As one who has always defined myself as 'spiritual but not religious,' Moore has me rethinking that hazy classification. I now see that, in fact, I started my own personal religious practice years ago and that it continues to evolve and grow. And I ask you, dear reader: if you also define yourself as 'spiritual,' and haven't started yet, is it time for you too to develop a religion of your own?"

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Share a weekend with Thomas Moore in Santa Fe

Thomas Moore presents his weekend symposium Psychotherapy Spirituality and the Soul in Santa Fe, New Mexico from Friday 24 October to Sunday 26 October 2014 under the auspices of the New England Educational Institute.

Individual Registrations Postmarked by July 23, 2014: $539
Individual Registrations Postmarked after July 23, 2014: $589

Register online now.

Friday:
  • Jung’s confrontation with his soul, his RedBook, filmed interviews with Jung, Jung the magus and alchemist
  • James Hillman’s polytheistic psychology
  • The role of images and myth
  • Archetypal psychotherapy
  • The soul of the world
  • The Thought of the Heart 
Saturday:
  • Myths for the psychotherapist: Aphrodite, Artemis, Daphne, Asklepios
  • Hermes (Winnicott, Pedraza), 
  • Joseph Campbell 
Sunday:
  • The Healing Buddha, Quan Yin, Jesus, Lao Tzu and Sufi poets
  • Deep intuition and divination
  • The therapist’s persona and way of life
  • Home, family and marriage
  • How to become a soul and spirit oriented therapist
  • The therapist’s shadow and care of the therapist’s soul

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Learn to see everything in a sacred manner

Thomas Moore’s column, ”This Fractured, Heavenly World”, in the May-June issue of Spirituality & Health describes his attempts to “… live this profound, paradoxical insight that the sacred and the mundane share the same space. My goal is to have no distinction between the spiritual and the secular in my life and person. I don’t want anyone to look at me and say, he’s a very spiritual person. And yet, I long for the most mystical and sacred manner of life I can imagine. I stand in the lake of this world and drink in all the divinity that keeps it moist and nourishing.”

Moore recommends, "A sacred vision is something you win through deep initiations, painful endurance of illness and setbacks, and a willingness to take life on rather than avoid it. You learn it from the great masters like Black Elk and Meister Eckhart and the Sufi poets and the interpreters of kabbalah. You model your life on someone like Saint Francis of Assisi or Julian of Norwich. You devote your life to spiritual learning, but you give your heart to ordinary life and the world of the senses."

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Moore in Wilmington, Delaware this November

Scroll either linked page for Community for Integrated Learning (CIL) or Awakened Heart Spiritual Center  to register for Thomas Moore’s weekend workshop, A Religion of One’s Own, on Friday 21 November and Saturday 22 November, 2014 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Location: 
Community Hall
Westminster Presbyterian Church  
1502 W. 13th St.
(Pennsylvania Ave at Rodney St.),
Wilmington, Delaware 19806

Schedule:
Friday: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch on your own)

Cost: 
Friday night only $25 (CIL members $20)
Saturday only $50 (CIL members $45)
Friday & Saturday $60 (CIL members $50)

Map & Registration Form
 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Garrison Institute shares interview with Moore

Watch the interview Thomas Moore at the Garrison Institute in which Moore talks about differences between religion and spirituality, and soul and spirit based on his new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World. Moore spoke at the Garrison Institute at the beginning of April, 2014.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Learn how to live a sacred life in a secular world

Ten thousand flowers in Spring,
the moon in Autumn,
a cool breeze in Summer,
snow in Winter.
If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
— Wu Men Huikai (1183–1260)
The Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, Connecticut hosts Thomas Moore from Friday 14 November to Sunday 16 November, 2014: A Sacred Way of Life in a Secular World: Living a Soulful Life.
"The spirit illumines and inspires the soul, so that when we truly live from a deep place, anything and everything can become sacred. Nature, objects of art, family, community and one’s own life journey can all be sacred. This retreat will show in detail how to find the sacred and to live from the soul in everyday life, adding richness, depth and connection." 
Tuition is $250 + Accommodation choice. Register online now.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Listen to Moore's podcast for Psychology Today

Read an abridged transcript or better yet, listen to the podcast of  "An interview with Thomas Moore" by Mark Matousek for Psychology Today. During the audio recording, approximately 22 minutes, Moore talks about healing, shadow, religion, grief and cycles of the soul. He says:
"I’m interested in these aspects of the soul, things that happen in our hearts that just go on and on. I’ve seen it in myself over years. I see little changes in some issue, but it remains there and it doesn’t go away. I think that’s a little intimation of eternity. There’s a timelessness. The alchemists used to talk about a rotazione, a rotation of themes. That’s how I see it sometimes. A slow wheel turning around and around and we think that we have solved it but then it comes back again. I think it’s very interesting to look at it that way. That’s why I like Jung’s use of alchemy in talking about dealing with sadness and illness."
THOMAS MOORE'S NEW 2014 EVENTS

24-26 October 2014
New England Educational Institute
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Psychotherapy, Spirituality and the Soul
http://neei.org/workshops/conference_details.aspx?WID=4&CID=72

8 November 2014
Alternatives
London, U.K.
A Religion of One's Own
Check for listing at:
http://www.alternatives.org.uk/Site/Workshops.aspx

14-16 November 2014
Copper Beech Institute
West Hartford, Connecticut
A Sacred Way of Life in a Secular World: Living a Soulful Life
https://www.copperbeechinstitute.org/sacred-way

21-22 November 2014
Community for Integrative Learning
Wilmington, Delaware
Leader's Insight: "A Religion of One's Own" 
http://www.cil-de.org/events.html

Friday, May 02, 2014

Moore lauds style and humility of Pope Francis

Photo credit: Greg Garrison
While Thomas Moore is in Birmingham, Alabama tonight and tomorrow for programs based on his new book, A Religion of One's Own, Greg Garrison speaks with him about his approaches under the headline, "Former monk speaking tonight in Birmingham advocates creating your own religion, but praises new pope".

Garrison writes:
"The whole attitude to Catholicism has changed because the pope makes his own breakfast," said Moore, one of America's bestselling spiritual authors. "He has done wonderful things already just in his style. I do think style is important. I don't know that it will translate to any changes in the law of the church."
 [. . .]
He has been impressed with Pope Francis setting a tone of humility and creating an emphasis on caring for the poor. "I would hope that he would translate that excellent style and bring some changes," Moore said. "He's got so much goodwill in the world. That's worth a lot."
Other popes have hurt the church by a lack of simplicity, Moore said. "All this pomp and circumstance has hurt the papacy," Moore said. "At the personal level, I still consider myself Catholic. You can't get rid of it." 
Moore's workshop tomorrow Saturday 3 May, starts at 9:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, 518 19th St. North. The Southern Progressive Alliance for Exploring Religion (SPAFER) and the Friends of Jung-South co-sponsor these events. Tickets are available at the door.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The heart is the center on Saturday 14 June in NY

Thomas Moore offers two half-day workshops in New York City, Saturday 14 June 2014 through the N.Y. Open Center.  

Combined price when registering for both workshops at the same time:
14SP33S
Members: $110 / Nonmembers: $135

The first session, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is Heavy Hearts: Some Remedies:
"One wonders if diseases of the physical heart have to do with problems of the soul’s heart, the 'organ' that allows us to feel connected to life. This heart suffers from self-judgment, self-criticism, the criticism of others, a heavy sense of obligation, the duty to be of help and put others first, the demands of a job or family or marriage, baggage from the past, and religious guilt. We need self-forgiveness and the freedom to live as our deep soul-heart wants. We need to fulfill our longings as best we can. Ultimately, we can live a life of pleasure and joy according to our own positive philosophy."
14SP70M
Members: $60 / Nonmembers: $75

The second session, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. is The Sexuality of the Heart:
"... Our sexuality, in fact, is involved in everything we do and therefore requires pleasure, connection, sensuality, body, desire, and release from self- consciousness — all things so much part of modern life. This workshop is about being more sexual, not less, in everything, and in that way making our sex lives more fulfilling."
14SP55M
Members: $60 / Nonmembers: $75

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

From April Fool's Day to Earth Day into the future

In last week's e-newsletter, Spirituality & Practice states that its Tuesday 8 April Facebook post featuring Thomas Moore's tweet from the week earlier has been shared almost 19,000 times and reached 1.1 million people. By today, Earth Day, the post has been shared 20,175 times and "liked" by 1,227 people.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Explore embodiment, sensuality, and the sacred

Thomas Moore joins Sera Beak at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox Massachusetts to present The Mystery of Soul: Embodiment, Sensuality, and the Sacred from Friday 29 August to Monday 1 September, 2014.
 "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." 
Tuition: $295 U.S.
Accommodation and meals pricing is based on your choice.
Register online now.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Want spiritual health? Don't ingest spiritual junk

Spirituality & Health magazine shares Thomas Moore's column, "Reclaim Your Spiritual Growth", from its March-April 2014 issue. Moore describes signs of spiritual illness and spiritual health. He observes,
"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

Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont reschedules Thomas Moore's book signing, A Religion of One's Own to Saturday 7 June 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main St.
Manchester Center, Vermont

Barque coverage:
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
Listen to an interview with "Thomas Moore on A Religion of One's Own" by Colin McEnroe on his show with WNPR in Connecticut. The audio file is 50 minutes. This episode's description states:
"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.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A human lfe has spiritual and soul dimensions

Read a three-page interview with Thomas Moore by Tim Miejan, editor and co-publisher of The Edge an online magazine about holistic living. Moore answers questions about his new book, A Religion of One's Own and shares plans for his next book.

When asked, "What is your sense of the relationship between our current world and religion?" Moore's response includes, "I think the way people get information in the news and other sources gives them the impression that they can go it alone, that they don’t need religion, that science can handle or explain everything and give us our meaning for the future and that it’s going to be a technological future. I think that would be a real shame, because a human life is much more subtle than that. There is a spiritual dimension; there is a soul dimension. I think that’s where we are at the moment, and that’s the importance of the conversation that is developing around a book like mine."

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Create a home environment that supports religion

Rich Fisher with Studio Tulsa interviews Thomas Moore about his new book in  the segment, ”A Religion of One’s Own”. Moore talks about atheism, the mysteries of life, and home-based approaches.
"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

The monthly Chronogram, promoting the creative and cultural life of the Hudson Valley, publishes "Thomas Moore: Accounting for the Mysterious" by Susan Piperato in its March issue. This interview talks about Moore's retreat at the Garrison Institute, 31 March to 2 April 2014, and his approaches in his new book, A Religion of One's Own.

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?"

Moore responds:
"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.

Barque coverage
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

Listen to Thomas Moore talk about his new book at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut during a free lecture, discussion and book signing, A Religion of One's Own, on Tuesday 8 April 2014:
 "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."

"Explore the many ways to create a deep and satisfying spiritual life with or without a formal religion."
Location:
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.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Moore shares ideas in book during radio interview

On his Blog Talk Radio program Richard Brendan interviews Thomas Moore about Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own, 25 February 2014 . Moore talks about honouring different traditions, nature, dreams and how to discover that we're more interesting people than we imagine. The interview is approximately 54 minutes.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Moore suggests five ways to hear our inner voices

Thomas Moore shares "In Search of an Inner Voice" with Guideposts readers to "help people find their purpose and calling." He describes five ways to stay open to internal direction that he discusses in his new book, A Religion of One's Own.


1. Clear the decks,
2. Look to nature,
3. Read,
4. Be an artist,
5. Embrace the unusual.

Thomas Moore recommends, "Let life happen."

Listen to Patricia Raskin interview Thomas Moore about his new book, A Religion of One's Own, on her Positive Living radio program with VoiceAmerica, recorded Monday 3 February 2014. The show's description includes, "Moore urges readers to begin by 'never again sensing any conflict between one tradition and another' and follow their bliss, working intuitively to create a religion that is truly their own." Run time for this audio file is approximately 25 minutes.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Moore in Manchester Center, Vermont next month

EDITOR'S NOTE: This event will be re-scheduled. Check with Northshire Bookstore to confirm the date and time of Thomas Moore's visit.

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.

Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main St.
Manchester Center,
Vermont 05255

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Moore offers A Religion of One's Own in Litchfield

Registration is open for Thomas Moore's A Religion of One's Own weekend retreat at Wisdom House, Litchfield, Connecticut, Friday 20 June, 5:30 p.m. to Sunday 22 June, 1:00 p.m. Register online now. Cost varies with accommodation choice. Registration closes midnight Thursday 19 June.

Wisdom House
229 East Litchfield Road
Litchfield, Connecticut
06759 - 3002
Phone: 860-567-3163
Fax: 860-567-3166
E-mail: info@wisdomhouse.org

Barque coverage
9 Nov 2013 "Moore returns to Wisdom House in Litchfield CT"

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Natural world is religious for Yosemite radio hosts

Thomas Moore kicks off Day One of the Quality of Life Radio Expo with mother—daughter duo, Nancy Reid and Lisa Smith as he talks about A Religion of One's Own on 26 January 2014. Moore is at the top of the playlist on the linked page. Big Blend Radio airs live from California’s Yosemite gold country. This audio interview is approximately 30 minutes.

Watch Moore's television interview in Arizona

Watch Thomas Moore's studio interview with host Ted Simons on Arizona Horizon, 22 January 2014. In this 16-minute clip, Moore answers questions about his new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World. Simons raises common criticisms of a personal approach to religion as Moore emphasizes why this is so needed in America at this time. A transcript of the interview is available on the linked page.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Listen to Moore talk about crafting your religion

Thomas Moore's interview, released 5 February 2014 on ConsciousSHIFT with host Julie Ann Turner is at the top of the list. Select it to hear this free iTunes podcast that is approximately 55 minutes. Moore talks about his new book, A Religion of One's Own, emphasizing that deep religion is creative and concrete.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Moore has two new book events in April 2014

Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, Massachusetts announces Thomas Moore's visit on Friday 4 April 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss his new book A Religion of One's Own.

Jabberwocky Bookshop
at The Tannery Marketplace
50 Water Street
Tannery Mill Bldg 1
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950

Landmark College in Putney, Vermont includes Thomas Moore in this year's speaker series. "The Landmark College Academic Speaker Series enhances and promotes the College’s intellectual environment and facilitates discussion of important issues for the community."

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 gburgess@landmark.edu 
Administration Building, Rm 215C

Let's learn from all religions in a new, fresh way

Thomas Moore talks on Uncommon Awareness about his new book, A Religion of One's Own, 3 February 2014. In this two-hour interview, host Dr. Lorraine Hurley includes quotes from the book and refers to Moore's own blog post, "Announcing the Birth of a New Book", ". . . a few points that at last are gelling."
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

For Publishers Weekly Marcia Z. Nelson poses questions to Thomas Moore about "Religion That's Personal " , 29 January 2014: "A personal religion is important, argues the former Catholic monk, given the disenchantment with institutional religion and the lure of secularism." Read Moore's responses referring to his new book, A Religion of One's Own.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

One's own religion includes diverse communities

Brian Lehrer talks with Thomas Moore and call-in listeners during DYI Religion on WNYC, 21 January 2014 for approximately 18 minutes about Moore's new book A Religion of One's Own: A Guide To Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.

Listen to Moore talk about his new book on WPR

Rob Ferrett with Wisconsin Public Radio talks to Thomas Moore about A Religion Of Our Own For Spiritual Enrichment on 22 January 2014 for approximately 22 minutes. Listeners call in with responses and reactions.

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Ireland program: Care of body, soul. spirit, world

Thomas Moore offers a program at the Emmaus Centre in County Dublin, Ireland from Friday 31 October to 6 November 2014: Your Mission in Life: Care of Body, Soul, Spirit and World. According to the description:
[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.

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." 
Cost: TBA Finalized details will be shared when they're available.

The Emmaus Centre
Ennis Lane
Lissenhall
Swords
Co. Dublin



Location Map
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

After paying homage to James Hillman, hosts Erik Davis and Maja D'Aoust with Expanding Mind on Progressive Radio Network discuss differences between spirit and soul before talking with Thomas Moore about his new book A Religion of One's Own. This audio file, recorded 19 January 2014, is approximately 56 minutes.

"We are all mysterious – to each other and ourselves."
Thomas Moore

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Let beauty and wisdom guide our spirituality now

The Penguin USA blog shares Thomas Moore's own reflections on his new book A Religion of One’s Own. In this post for the publisher, Moore's musings include:
"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.

 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."
Moore invites readers to join him "in welcoming a significant evolution in the human spirit."

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Moore talks about Pope Francis in interview

Reading Group interviews Thomas Moore about his new book, A Religion of One's Own for Author Talk: Januay 2014. During this Q&A exchange, Moore is asked: "The Catholic Church is perhaps the most prominent example of a religious institution that no longer meets the needs of ordinary people. Do you think the new Pope can turn the tide?" His response:
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

Beliefnet features "Nine Ways Faith Can Make You Happier", a slideshow describing the values of faith and belief based on Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own. Accompanied by a photo gallery, captions and excerpts touch on depression, purposelessness, spirituality, creativity, anxiety, and other issues:
"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

This Saturday the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, New Hampshire hosts Thomas Moore for discussion and book signing of A Religion of One's Own starting at 11:00 a.m. Books will be available for purchase at this free event.

 Toadstool Bookshop
12 Depot Square
Peterborough, NH
603-924-3543
Email: books@ptoad.com



Barque coverage
7 Jan 2014 "Local newspaper interviews Moore about launch"