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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Contemplative study is a main feature of soul work

Spirituality & Health offers Rabbi Rami's Essential Conversations podcast uploaded 3 February, 2016: "The Shift in Spirituality with Thomas Moore". Moore shares ideas in his recent book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World. Listen to this 20 minute audio file now.

Thomas Moore's website: careofthesoul.net
Thomas Moore's Twitter feed: @thomasmooreSoul

Friday, February 05, 2016

Listen to James Hillman talk of the city's beauty

BetterListen! offers the late James Hillman's 85 minute audio program Beauty without Nature: Re-imaging the City as its free MP3 for the month of February, 2016.
"Is the city really a soul-less place? This month's free MP3 is a thought-provoking recording by the late James Hillman. Listen for free and let us know what you think by writing a review when you're done! "
Listen to this program now.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Imbibe perennial wisdom for our distracted times

Amazon.com features Thomas Moore's two new releases.

Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life 
Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062415670/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_HP7Swb0WJPYVY

"With a new introduction by the author and additional material, this 25th anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller by Thomas Moore provides a powerful spiritual message for our troubled times."
— Publisher's description

"If your soul is suffering neglect, you will have symptoms. You may feel depressed and your relationships may be hurting. Know the difference between caring for your soul and managing your life."
— New introduction, 25th anniversary edition of Care of the Soul 

Format: Paperback
Print: 352 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial
25 Anniversary edition (January 26, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0062415670
ISBN-13: 978-0062415677
Available: 26 January 2016
Buy now: $11.38 US



Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062466860/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_dU7Swb0D4B97N

Format: Paperback
Print: 304 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial
New edition (February 16, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0062466860
ISBN-13: 978-0062466860
Available: 16 February 2016
Pre-order: $15.99 US

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

How does Jesus wed the spiritual and the earthly?

Spirituality & Practice shares a taste of  Thomas Moore's approach to the Gospels in "An Intelligent yet Visionary Plan" that offers his translation of the parable, "The Dolt Who Built His House on Sand" followed by his commentary. Moore's Spirituality of the Gospels for Lent 2016 e-course begins Wednesday 10 February, 2016 and continues for forty days. Register now for this Lenten adventure. Cost: $65.00

According to the e-course description, "'spirituality of the Gospels ... is a spiritual vision in and about the world,' he notes. 'It's a spirituality that does not have to be tied to a particular tradition and is accessible to anyone — people lovingly involved in the Christian tradition, lovingly involved in another tradition, not interested in religion, or somewhere in the gray areas of this spectrum.'"

In addition to the email component, this e-course includes:
"• 4 short audios and 3 short video "classes" from Thomas Moore on key themes in the Gospels.
• A live hour-long teleconference with Thomas Moore in which he will answer questions from e-course participants.
• A Practice Circle available 24/7 for recording your reflections, sharing with others, and receiving guidance from Thomas Moore."

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Celebrate new editions of these soulful classics

Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, New Hampshire hosts Thomas Moore at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday 20 February to celebrate the 25th anniversary publications of Care of the Soul and Soul Mates. The public is invited to this free event where copies may be purchased and signed by the author.

Today in a comment on the linked Facebook page, Moore writes, "... I feel excited to see these books have a new life. Think of the many thoughtful people today who were not alive when these books came out..."

The Toadstool Bookshop
12 Depot Square
Peterborough, New Hampshire 03458
Telephone: 603 924-3543
Email: books@ptoad.com

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Register for Moore's new online Lent 2016 course

Thomas Moore offers a new online course through Spirituality & Practice: The Spirituality of the Gospels for Lent 2016 from February 10 (Ash Wednesday) to March 27 (Easter Sunday), 2016. This course is "designed to deepen your devotional life, draw you closer to all your neighbors, and enable you to reframe the special ways in which the Gospel Jesus weds the spiritual and the earthly."

It includes:
"• 40 emails with a Gospel passage, a commentary on it by Thomas Moore, a practice to bring the teaching into your daily life, and a suggested creative project; 6 additional emails about other elements of the retreat.
• 4 short audio and 3 short video "classes" from Thomas Moore on key themes in the Gospels.
• A live hour-long teleconference with Thomas Moore in which he will answer questions from e-course participants.
 • A Practice Circle available 24/7 for recording your reflections, sharing with others, and receiving guidance from Thomas Moore."

Cost: $65.00 U.S. Register online now.

Barque coverage
15 Jan 2016 "Experience Lent 2016 with Thomas Moore online"

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Rob Bell interviews Thomas Moore in Los Angeles

Former pastor Rob Bell's November 2015 audio interview of Thomas Moore in Los Angeles, Episode 62 of his RobCast is available. Moore talks about his early life, guiding principles and latest book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World, as well as his 2016 projects. This segment is approximately 45 minutes.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Experience Lent 2016 with Thomas Moore online

In today's e-newsletter Spirituality & Practice announce a new e-course with Thomas Moore for Lent:  "Coming Soon: A sign-up page for The Spirituality of the Gospels: Lent 2016 with Thomas Moore."

We'll share registration information when it's available.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Reimagine religion when sin = tragic mistake

Publishers Weekly features "Bestselling Author Gives the Gospels A Fresh Translation" in its Religion section regarding Thomas Moore's translation of the Gospels. According to Jean E. Barker:
“The Gospels have been locked in Christianity too long,” he said. “I wanted to direct this translation to people of any faith or people who don’t have a faith, maybe even atheistic.” Moore also hopes existing Christians will read the series, saying, “My translation could help them re-imagine what their religion and what their faith is all about.” 
Barker writes, "Moore’s commentary in the series provides further interpretation of the Gospel message, drawing on the author’s usual eclectic range of sources, including Carl Jung, Greek mythology, the Tao Te Ching, Leonard Cohen, and Paul Tillich."

In April, 2016 Skylight Paths Publishing releases Gospel: The Book of Matthew with commentary. The remaining three books will be offered over the next two years.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Play golf with Thomas Moore in Ireland, May 2016

Register now for Golf with a Soul Retreat with Thomas Moore in Ireland from May 22 to May 27, 2016. Click for itinerary and more information.

"This golf retreat offers many benefits:
– Tending your spiritual and psychological life in a pleasurable, relaxed setting
– Enjoying the fellowship of others who understand that play is important
– Getting rare lessons in the psycho-spiritual aspects of the game
– Using golf as a means for greater self-understanding
– Playing on especially beautiful and admired courses
– Having some personal, relaxed time with Thomas Moore"

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Fulfill your resolutions for 2016 through learning

Support your New Year resolutions this month – attend Thomas Moore's weekend program Soul Power: Finding Strength, Originality, and Inner Guidance at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Heath in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

From Friday 22 January to Sunday 24 January, "Learn how to address dreams, desires, conflicts, and relationships with the guidance of the soul." The program description includes "When you access [your] innate spirituality, your strength and creativity arise directly from your soul and your sense of self. Explore concrete ways to navigate from the soul ..."

Tuition: $250
Cost for room and meals is based on your accommodation selection.

Barque coverage 
8 Aug 2015 "Feel your innate spirituality with Thomas Moore"

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Let's support Thomas Moore's soul work in 2016

FACEBOOK
Public Page: https://www.facebook.com/Thomas-Moore-147758214563"
Personal Page: https://www.facebook.com/thomas.moore.948011
A Religion of One's Own: https://www.facebook.com/moorereligionofonesown

TWITTER
ThomasMooreSoul

EVENT
Friday 22 January - Sunday 24 January
Soul Power: Finding Strength, Originality, and Inner Guidance
Kripalu Center
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

BOOK
Tuesday 26 January
Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition

BOOK
Tuesday 16 February
Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship
Anniversary Edition

AUDIO CD PROGRAM
Tuesday 1 March
A Personal Spirituality: 
Finding Your Own Way to a Meaningful Life
Sounds True 6 CD Set

EVENT
Thursday 21 April - Sunday 24 April
Animus Mundi: The Spirituality of the World
Psychotherapy as Religious Ritual
Climates of Change and the Therapy of Ideas
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Santa Barbara, California

BOOK
Wednesday 27 April
The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary
First Edition
Skylight Paths Publishing

EVENT
Sunday 10 July - Friday 15 July
A Religion of One's Own
Omega Institute
Rhinebeck, New York

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hear Animus Mundi: The Spirituality of the World

Pacifica Graduate Institute posts details for its Climates of Change and the Therapy of Ideas conference, 21-24 April 2016 at its Ladera Lane Campus in Santa Barbara.

According to the conference description:
As an interconnected and vital community, we come together to engage new ideas that 'see through' existing paradigms. We will gather to listen, to learn, and to work together to spark innovative action. In this calling, we are deeply inspired by James Hillman, the founder of Archetypal Psychology, toward creating a future that undertakes a critical 're-visioning' and 're-imagining' of our world. He urged us to create a therapy of ideas, to bring in new ideas so that we can see the same old patterns differently.'  This landmark conference brings together leading archetypal psychologists, scholars, cultural critics, and artists to turn our ‘therapeutic' attention toward re-imagining the economies and ecologies that will shape our world and future generations." 
Thomas Moore, one of the presenters, will speak about:
Animus Mundi: 
The Spirituality of the World 

"As the culture quickly becomes more secularized, the state of religion and spirituality is in crisis. Suddenly we have to re-imagine what religion is all about or give up on it. We are moving toward a more soulless world because the soul thrives on the holy — a recognition of a non-human dimension in all we do. Today many people prefer to speak of spirituality rather than religion. Understandably, they want a more personal and more sophisticated way of being spiritual. Many may seek this through their psychotherapy. We are moving toward a new definition of religion and new ways of finding sacred forms, rituals, teachings and methods. One important development is including concerns of the soul as well as the spirit. Soul and spirit are increasingly the focus in many psychotherapies. We can find models for re-visioning religion in C.G. Jung, D.H. Lawrence, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Emily Dickinson, Anne Sexton, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

Thomas Moore, Ph.D., received his degree in religion from Syracuse University. Before that he was a monk for thirteen years. He is the author of Care of the Soul and nineteen other books, with four new publications coming out in 2016. He has been a psychotherapist for forty years and lectures widely on depth psychology, religion/spirituality and the arts. He was a close friend of James Hillman for 38 years. He is also a musician, translator and writer of fiction. For more information, visit careofthesoul.net."

Thomas Moore also offers this  pre-conference workshop:
Thursday 21 April 2016
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $75

Psychotherapy as Religious Ritual
"Jung’s Red Book is a model for doing psychotherapy, both with oneself and with others. The key is a connection and dialogue with transcendent figures, such as Jung’s Philemon. Hillman insisted that we not treat imaginal figures as symbols standing for concepts but rather as having their own independent imaginal reality. He says, “Psychology as religion implies imagining all psychological events as effects of Gods in the soul and all activities do with soul, such as therapy, to be operations of ritual in relation to these Gods.” This workshop explores how to make therapy less conceptual and more a direct relationship with figures of the past, dream events, and current mythologies and dramas of the psyche. It assumes “religion” to mean maintaining a potent relationship with the imaginal realm and finding portals to the mysterious others that play a formative role in the psyche."

Continuing Education Credits are available for Moore's presentation.

Conference Schedule
Thursday, April 21     5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, April 22          9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, April 23      9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, April 24        9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Conference Fee
General Admission $525
Special Admission (Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors) $475
Active Pacifica Students $450

Barque coverage 
14 Dec 2015 "Share ideas with each other for the anima mundi"

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Order translation of Matthew with commentary

The long awaited translation of the Gospels with commentary by Thomas Moore, available next year, may be ordered now through Amazon.com. Published by Skylight Paths, the first edition of the Book of Matthew is scheduled for 27 April 2016.

The description includes:
"The Gospels have been used to justify self-focused, self-absorbed and self-referential attitudes, and are often read as moralistic codes that do little more than produce guilt and fear in those who use them as compilations of behavior. Yet break free from the rigidity of many translations and you find testament to a new way of living focused on friendship, emotional intimacy and respect of all beings. In his fresh and life-giving translation of the Gospels, beginning with the Book of Matthew, bestselling author and spiritual innovator Thomas Moore strips the Gospels of their theological agendas and reclaims them as a fundamentally new way of imagining human life... Rich in both soul and spirit, this extraordinary translation and commentary is for people of all spiritual and philosophical backgrounds who want to nourish their spiritual lives with expansive inspiration rather than narrow and negative religious interpretations."
Gospel: The Book of Matthew
A New Translation with Commentary
by Thomas Moore (Translator)
Format: Hardcover
Print Length: 144 pages
Publisher: Skylight Paths
Release: April 27, 2016
Price: $19.99 US
ISBN-10: 1594736200
ISBN-13: 978-1594736209

"The way I read the Gospels, they are not about founding a religion but about raising humanity one giant step in its evolution."
Thomas Moore, 15 December 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Share ideas with each other for the anima mundi

Today Pacifica Graduate Institute emails the schedule for its 2016 Public Programs that includes its featured conference Climates of Change and the Therapy of Ideas, April 21-24, 2016.
"My goal is to create a therapy of ideas, to try to bring in new ideas so that we can see the same old problems differently.” — James Hillman 
According to the email:
 "We will gather to listen, to learn, and to work together to spark innovative action. In this calling, we are deeply inspired by James Hillman, the founder of Archetypal Psychology, toward creating a future that undertakes a critical 're-visioning' and 're-imagining' of our world."

"This landmark conference brings together leading archetypal psychologists, scholars, cultural critics, and artists to turn our ‘therapeutic' attention toward re-imagining the economies and ecologies that will shape our world and future generations. This special commemorative gathering marks the 40th anniversary year of Pacifica Graduate Institute and our community's service to the anima mundi."

Presenters include:
Stephen Aizenstat
Patricia Berry
Mermer Blakeslee
Margot McLean
Michael Meade
David Miller
Thomas Moore
Susan Rowland
Dennis Patrick Slattery
Richard Tarnas

Visit Pacifica Graduate Institute for conference details.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Visit Moore's FB page for A Religion of One's Own

Thomas Moore hosts a separate Facebook page, A Religion of One's Own to explore themes in his latest book with the same title. Please like his page, share it with friends, and respond to his posts as they support your religious practices.

The page helps with "How to style your spiritual life to express your own nature — your vision, values and background either within a tradition or on your own."

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Let us all help to create such a place as this now

Thomas Moore writes about a kingdom in his column for Spirituality & Health magazine's November - December 2015 issue under the headline "The Path to Utopia". He includes:
". . . Jesus makes it clear that his kingdom is not our usual world at all.

In particular, he says that in his kingdom you are not interested in personal wealth, you don’t judge and condemn yourself or others, and you live by the principle of agape — a mixture of love and respect — where the people we consider outcast will be incast, and vice versa. In this kingdom, those who feel they have a right to belong can’t get in. You should go out of your way to show compassion to people who are not in your circle — your nationality, your political persuasion, or your religion. If you’re searching for something to do with your life, be a healer of some sort.

It should be clear that the Jesus kingdom has little in common with the ways of the world as we know it. I like to borrow a term from my namesake Thomas More of England — utopia. It means either no place or a good place — or both. Jesus seems to be recommending a world that is nowhere, certainly in comparison to the tough world we usually live in, and one that is a good place. He wants to show us how to get to this not-yet-existing place and leave behind a world that works by harsh economics and moralistic judgments, where neighbors are everywhere in conflict." 
Read Moore's column and comment at the end: How do we create the kingdom in this place?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Moore sits down for an interview in New York City

Watch Thomas Moore's interview with Rose Caiola, founder of Rewire Me as he talks about his book, A Religion of One's Own. In this 39 minute video Moore touches on the role of nature and art in spirituality, keeping the sacred and secular together, and how to use your intuition.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Omega Institute hosts Thomas Moore in July, 2016

Save the Dates: July 10-15, 2016

Thomas Moore teaches A Religion of One's Own from Sunday 10 July to Friday 15 July, 2016 for Omega Institute at its Rhinebeck, New York campus.

Registration information to follow.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Meet Thomas Moore in California next weekend

Saturday 7 November 2015 
Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality hosts Thomas Moore in Pasadena, California for his one-day retreat Soul Care: Finding a Deeper Spirituality for the Secular World.

This program considers:
* What do we do with the traditional religious expressions?
* Is it good to borrow from the many traditions, or is that superficial?
* If I focus on my own spiritual practice, what about community?
* Can I be deeply spiritual in a way that is thoughtful, socially engaged and life-giving in an increasingly secular world?
Fee: $65
Lunch is available for $10 when you register, or you can bring your own.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Venue:
All Saints Church
132 North Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101
Register online or print the registration form to mail.

Sunday 8 November 2015
The following day Moore offers A Magical Life from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California.

Course Objectives:
* Describe how a rationalist attitude can affect the ego's capacity to metabolize and integrate strong affects.
* Describe how Jung's approach of amplification can support the ego in developing a relationship to the unconscious.
Fee: $65 at the door
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Venue:
Mount St. Mary's College
12001 Chalon Rd,
Los Angeles, CA 90049

At 4:00 p.m. he is back in Pasadena at Vroman's Bookstore for a Discussion & Book Signing: for A Religion of One's Own
Fee: Free
Venue:
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91101

Featured on Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday episode 18 October 2015.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Care of the Soul anniversary cover, January 2016

Harpers Collins Publishers reveals the cover for the 25th anniversary edition of Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, available 26 January 2016.
"With a new introduction by the author and additional material, this 25th anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller by Thomas Moore provides a powerful spiritual message for our troubled times.
"In this special 25th anniversary edition of Thomas Moore’s bestselling book Care of the Soul readers are presented with a revolutionary approach to thinking about daily life — everyday activities, events, problems and creative opportunities — and a therapeutic lifestyle is proposed that focuses on looking more deeply into emotional problems and learning how to sense sacredness in even ordinary things. 
This deluxe paperback edition may be pre-ordered on Amazon.com now.
Care of the Soul:  A Guide for Cultivating Depth 
and Sacredness in Everyday Life
by Thomas Moore
Paperback Anniversary edition
Pages: 352
Publisher: Harper Perennial
On sale: January 26, 2016
ISBN-10: 0062415670
ISBN-13: 978-0062415677

Barque coverage
8 Aug 2015 "Anniversary edition will have a new introduction"
8 June 2015 "Anniversary edition of Care of the Soul next year "

Thursday, October 15, 2015

We are of Earth: Nature's wildness is our wildness

In Peterborough, New Hampshire, The Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center hosts A Cooler World and Warmer People — Healing a Planet in Distress by Healing our Relationships with Thomas Moore and Hari Kirin on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
"What are some strategies for better human relationships that would translate to a better common life with the planet?

We have a tendency to take out our anger and frustration on beings dependent on us — children, animals and the natural world. We don’t respect them or love them fully. So, how do you deal with chronic anger? How can we ease our frustration?

Nature is both lovable and scary. We have a beautiful autumn and California has drought and fires. It doesn’t do to romanticize nature. Nature’s wildness is our wildness. We are afraid of it and want to keep it controlled. Maybe, if we had a better connection with our strong passions and fears, we’d deal with the natural world more effectively." 
Admission: $10, free for members. 

MARIPOSA MUSEUM & WORLD CULTURE CENTER
26 Main Street
Peterborough, New Hampshire 03458

Editor's Note: Thomas Moore joins Oprah Winfrey on SuperSoul Sunday  Sunday 18 October 2015.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Thomas Moore on Super Soul Sunday 18 Oct. 2015

NEW DATE: Thomas Moore is on Super Soul Sunday with
Oprah Winfrey this Sunday 18 October 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Religion is soul and spirit flowing into each other

The Fetzer Institute blogs "The Impressionistic Life: Insights from Thomas Moore" based on Moore's recent visit to the Institute. Under the heading "On Devotion and Spirituality" the post presents Moore's views as:
 — D.H. Lawrence found the incarnation of the divine in poppies and flying fish.
— When you do it right, there’s a soul quality to your spirituality.
— We want to live where soul and spirit flow into each other.
— My spiritual life has to be ordinary — a proper blend of spiritual and secular with no boundary between.
"He reminded us there is wonder to be found and mystery to be experienced in so much of what surrounds us — and what we are a part of — every day."

Monday, October 05, 2015

Order Moore's new audio program by Sounds True

Today on his Twitter feed and Facebook timeline, Thomas Moore shares this picture with "Just leaving Boulder after recording an audio program for Sounds True: A Personal Spirituality."

This 6-CD program A Personal Spirituality: Finding Your Own Way to a Meaningful Life is available now for pre-ordering on Amazon.com. Its release date is 1 March 2016.
“'We have a soul that needs meaning and purpose, as much as the body needs food and water,' says Thomas Moore. With A Personal Spirituality, this highly respected luminary presents a guide for cultivating your own practice and faith ― not based on laws etched in stone, but on your inner yearning for wisdom and beauty."
Barque coverage
8 Aug 2015 "Moore offers personal spirituality course on CDs"

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Viriditas is the ground of the soul's vegetative life

Read Thomas Moore's column, "The Veggie Soul" in the September-October 2015 issue of Spirituality & Health magazine. After describing the imprisonment of Rapunzel, Moore writes:
"It’s a short step to an ethical position associated with the vegetative soul: a desire to protect and help flourish this green world of plants and the colorful realm of blossoming flowers. Ethics is always a part of any substantial spiritual feeling. We love the green aspect of the planet because it has a soul that corresponds to a portion of our own soul. We love it, and want to care for it." 
He then touches on the importance of plants in different religious traditions.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Discover meaning through a dark night of the soul

Kosmos: Journal for Global Transformation shares the full text of Thomas Moore's contribution, "A Dark Night of the Soul and the Discovery of Meaning" in the Spring-Summer 2015 issue, posted online 1 May 2015.

Moore refers to Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou through his sections:
- Engaging the Night
- Finding the Gift in Darkness
- Waking Up

He advises, "The first step is to embrace the darkness, take it to heart, winnow out any subtle innuendos of resistance. Then find any images that are trapped in the thick dark mood or situation. Those images may hold the clue to your release and future service. Angelou lost her voice, a fascinating symptom and a strong image, and then became known worldwide for her voice. The cure lies in the illness, the hint at future activity within the symptom. If you tone down the dark elements because they are painful and discouraging, you may also hide the gifts that are there for you."

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Go to Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, Nov. 8

Get together with Thomas Moore in Pasadena, California at a discussion and book signing for A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World on Sunday 8 November 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE?
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91101



"At a time when so many feel disillusioned with or detached from organized religion yet long for a way to move beyond an exclusively materialistic, rational lifestyle, A Religion of One’s Own points the way to creating an amplified inner life and a world of greater purpose, meaning, and reflection." — Avery Publishing

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Moore visits C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles

The C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles hosts Thomas Moore's presentation A Magical Life on Sunday 8 November 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
"Rather than simply bringing Jung into alignment with current psychological practice, we will focus instead on his practice of magic, his crafting of images, and his appreciation for the beautiful. "
Please check the linked page for fees and online registration.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Yes! Moore's Gospel translations with commentary

Publication alert for next year.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Attend this retreat day in Pasadena, California

Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality, offering programs for personal spiritual formation and training in spiritual direction, hosts Thomas Moore on Saturday 7 November 2015 in Pasadena, California for his one-day retreat Soul Care: Finding a Deeper Spirituality for the Secular World.
"This is a time of significant cultural change, and an even more radical religious and spiritual evolution. It requires a deep, fresh imagination to craft new ways and expressions."
Saturday 7 November 2015. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This program considers:
* What do we do with the traditional religious expressions?
* Is it good to borrow from the many traditions, or is that superficial?
* If I focus on my own spiritual practice, what about community?
* Can I be deeply spiritual in a way that is thoughtful, socially engaged and life-giving in an increasingly secular world?

Early Bird Fee to Oct. 25: $55
Fee after Oct. 25: $65
Lunch is available for $10 when you register, or you can bring your own.
Register online or print the registration form to mail with your cheque.

Venue:
All Saints Church
132 North Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Care for your soul and spirit with Moore in London

The C. G. Jung Club of London co-sponsors Thomas Moore's full day seminar, Caring for the Soul and Spirit in a Secular World, on Saturday 17 October 2015 with The Guild of Pastoral Psychology.
"Care of the soul includes a feeling of being at home, with satisfying intimate relationships, doing what you love to do. Care of the spirit means having a vision for your life and your own path of transcendence. It is better to nourish both daily than to deal with problems as they occur. In this seminar you can explore ways to craft your own sacred and soulful lifestyle amid the secularism around you." 
When: Saturday 17 October 2015, 11.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Where: The Essex Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, London U.K. W8 4RT
Fee: General: £60, Guild members & Club members/Friends: £50,
Students: £45
Register now.

Barque coverage
2 Dec 2014 "Hillman's work guides The Guild's 2015 program"

James Hillman 2015 Symposium starts Oct. 16

Thomas Moore's friend and mentor, James Hillman will be remembered as The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture sponsors the James Hillman 2015 Symposium on Friday 16 October and Saturday 17 October, 2015. This year's Symposium addresses the third volume of Hillman's Collected Works, Senex and Puer.
"Senex and Puer are Latin terms for 'old man' and 'youth' and personify oppositional states such as old versus new, authority versus creativity, and control versus impulse. Speakers will discuss these primary patterns for how we perceive ourselves and others. Join us for a lively conversation of Hillman’s work in a series of talks and roundtable discussions." 
Schedule:
Friday 16 October: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 17 October: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch are included.
Members $75, Non-members $95, Member Teachers $30, Students $10
Register online now.

This annual program aims to explore the rich depths of Hillman's "lifelong study — in his own words, a 'psychology deliberately affiliated with the arts, culture, and the history of ideas, arising as they do from the imagination.'"

Moore is a  Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Thomas Moore joins Oprah on Sunday, Oct. 18

 Oprah Winfrey interviews Thomas Moore on SuperSoul Sunday on Sunday 18 October at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT:
 "Oprah talks to religious scholar, psychotherapist and former monk Thomas Moore, who believes we all have the power to create our own religion. Thomas's 1992 classic Care of the Soul redefined spirituality in the modern age, and now he believes we are facing an exhilarating new phase of our spiritual evolution. His broad message resonates with those who see themselves as spiritual, not necessarily religious, and he shares with Oprah ways to bring the soul and spirituality back into your life."
Barque coverage
8 Aug 2015 "Moore with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday" 

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Be wary of "the lures of the sweet and the lofty"

Read Thomas Moore's preface to The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning by Ralph White on Amazon.com by looking inside the book. Moore suggests:
"Here is where Ralph White's narrative offers direction to current voyagers and travelers on the way out of materialistic insanity into meaning. Don't glorify any truth or tradition. Participate. Participate. Feel the insights and discoveries of others. Don't restrict yourself to any truth. Open your heart to the most lowly practitioners of wisdom. Don't succumb to the lures of the sweet and the lofty. Remain loyal to the lowly and the grimy. Stay grounded, even as you explore the highest." 
In this preface Moore also writes that White "is more interested in the cauda pavonis, the peacock's tail that is the endpoint of alchemy, than in any fame of having conquered an actual mountain or wasteland." Ralph White is co-founder of the New York Open Center.

 "The preface by Thomas Moore is a wonderful summary of the book and worth reading itself." 
 M. Oishi, Amazon.com review
 
The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning 
by Ralph White
Foreword: Thomas Moore
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Divine Arts
1 Sept. 2015
ISBN-10: 161125034X
ISBN-13: 978-1611250343

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

S&P establishes a centre in Claremont, California

In today's email message, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat co-directors of Spirituality & Practice announce that they are moving:
". . . in September from New York City to Claremont, California. We are establishing a Center for Spirituality & Practice affiliated with the Claremont School of Theology (CST).
CST has Methodist roots, an ecumenical history, and an interreligious vision. Our discussions with the CST leadership and spirituality faculty have convinced us that collaborating with them will enable us to expand the ways we apply spiritual practices where they are needed in our times."
Thomas Moore, whom they describe as "a pioneer explorer of the sacred art of soulful living," supporting this decision to move, responds to the Spirituality & Practice announcement in this short video. (Moore also shares one of his current writing projects.)



Monday, August 17, 2015

On site or insight, bring hard hats and hammers

Is your soul under construction? Thomas Moore writes about this possibility in his July-August column for Spirituality & Health magazine. After sharing a dream from a particularly intense period of his life, he includes:
"I have heard similar dreams from clients over the years, and I have come to realize that it helps to know when something in you is being built. You can then better understand the unusual feelings of being incomplete and going through unintended changes. You may feel your world shifting and not yet ready for projects and developments in your life. You may need to prepare for the arrival of a relatively new self." 
Moore concludes that such dream times may be "full of promise and the occasion for hope."

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Moore with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announces fall premieres with a lineup that includes new episodes of Super Soul Sunday starting Sunday 4 October at its new time 7:00 p.m. ET.

"The series features all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today’s world.
Episodes this season include:
- President Jimmy Carter,
- professor and TED speaker Dr. Brené Brown,
- women’s rights activist and humanitarian Zainab Salbi,
- Chicken Soup for the Soul co-creator Jack Canfield,
- psychologist Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence),
 - religious scholar Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul)"
This announcement does not include the date for Moore's appearance. We'll publish it when we know it.

Feel your innate spirituality with Thomas Moore

"Spirituality is a gift you were born with. When you access this innate spirituality, your strength and creativity arise directly from your soul and your sense of self." 

Thomas Moore offers Soul Power: Finding Strength, Originality, and Inner Guidance from Friday 22 January to Sunday 24 January 2016 at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Tuition is $250. Pricing for room and meals is based on your choice of accommodations.

This program is for everyone.

Anniversary edition will have a new introduction

Although the cover for the 25th anniversary edition of Care of the Soul is still to be revealed, HarperCollins shares in the description that the book will have a new introduction by Thomas Moore and "additional material." It continues:
"In this special 25th anniversary edition of Thomas Moore’s bestselling book Care of the Soul readers are presented with a revolutionary approach to thinking about daily life — everyday activities, events, problems and creative opportunities — and a therapeutic lifestyle is proposed that focuses on looking more deeply into emotional problems and learning how to sense sacredness in even ordinary things."
ISBN: 9780062415677
ISBN 10: 0062415670
Imprint: Harper Perennial
On Sale: 01/26/2016
Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x 0.793 in (d)
Pages: 352
List Price: $15.99 US

Barque coverage 
8 June 2015 "Anniversary edition of Care of the Soul next year"

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Sex and religion need to be intimate bed partners

Psychological Perspectives publishes Rob Henderson's interview, “We Are Sexual Every Minute of Our Lives: An Interview with Thomas Moore" in Volume 58, Issue 2, 2015 titled The Environment: Inner and Outer. Unfortunately the full text is not available for free viewing. This interview may be purchased for $US 40. Read a preview of the first page and the Abstract that states:
"Thomas Moore is a proponent of bringing more soul into our sexual connections and our lives in general. In this interview, he speaks of the relationship between moralism as a defense against morality, the repression of sexuality, and the futility of trying to control it. An important topic discussed is shame and its association with sexuality, as well as different ways to look at masturbation. He explores Jesus's apparent view of sexuality as amplified from Biblical stories, and how the church and religion deal with sexuality. It is Moore's belief that one of our modern day tasks is to reconcile sexuality and spirituality and he gives some ideas about how this reconciliation can be achieved on a personal level." 
Psychological Perspectives: A Quarterly Journal of Jungian Thought is published by the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles.

“We Are Sexual Every Minute of Our Lives”:
An Interview with Thomas Moore
by Rob Henderson
Psychological Perspectives
Vol. 58, Iss. 2, 2015
Pages 172-188
Published online: 5 June 2015

Monday, July 06, 2015

Celebrate Athena's weaving of our cities' souls

Pythia Peay provides an excerpt from "Reflections on the Soul of Washington, DC: An Interview With Thomas Moore" on Huffington Post for the U.S. celebration of Independence Day. This excerpt is from her new book, America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture published by Lantern Books. She writes that Moore "reveals the deeper symbolism contained within our American myths and symbols of freedom and independence, especially as they are reflected in the monuments and memorials of the nation's capital — a place Moore describes as 'sacred.'"

When Peay admits "sometimes the city feels more like a tourist destination than one of our nation's sacred treasures," Moore responds:
"I wouldn't call those visitors 'tourists.' They're clearly pilgrims. People are not going to D.C. as tourists the way they would visit another city. [But] what these tourists are doing as they tour the monuments and the city is an aspect of civil religion: it's honest to goodness deep, deep, soul religion. That's different even from the spiritual dimension of religion." 
 Peay then asks, "So how would this apply to Washington, D.C., and what would a "soul" and a "spirit" approach to the nation's capital feel like?" Moore answers:
"The spirit part is to make everything function well, and to be efficient. . . With spirit, there's a tendency to be educational and to explain everything, rather than letting people have the simple experience of the images and the memories they evoke.

A soul approach would be to visit an old building, for example, and go into a room where an old document was signed, without having to listen to someone give a lecture about it... So when someone is standing in front of a monument, or is in some historic room or building, they need to allow their imagination time and quiet." 
Peay continues, "D.C. is so rich with statues and images carved into its buildings. Is there a particular figure that to you embodies something of the soul of the city?" Moore replies:
 "The art of weaving things together is a very traditional image of soul. The Goddess Athena, who was the patroness of Athens, and who is the patroness of all cities, was a weaver: I see Athena in all of the buildings, and particularly in the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol. Being able to weave together cultures and personalities and all sorts of peoples and religions – that is the work of Athena, and that is the work of the city and of the government. So she is the patroness of the soul of the city: not the running of it, but the weaving."