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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 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.

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.

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." 
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, Nov. 29

According to today's press release, Oprah Winfrey interviews Thomas Moore on SuperSoul Sunday on Sunday 29 November 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 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, 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."

Monday, June 29, 2015

Savour the symposium and its natural setting

Study with Thomas Moore through the New England Education Institute's symposium Psychotherapy, Spirituality and the Soul from Monday 13 July to Friday 17 July 2015 in Eastham on Cape Cod.
"This symposium offers a way to practice soul-based psychotherapy, an approach that has ancient roots and has unfolded in the work of C. G. Jung, James Hillman and Thomas Moore. The symposium aims at helping psychotherapists of all kinds include soul and spirit in their work. Since psychotherapy means, etymologically, tending the soul, this symposium would also be appropriate for anyone in search of meaning and release from suffering." 
"The symposium assumes that a good therapist prepares for their work by becoming a person of insight, deep education and technical ability. A key ingredient is spiritual maturity and the capacity to deal with a patient’s spiritual needs. Today, especially, it’s crucial to have some ability to help with a patient’s spiritual concerns."  
Register now. CE credits are available.

Barque coverage
6 Dec 2014 "Learn with Thomas Moore on Cape Cod, July 2015"

Friday, June 19, 2015

Let's create society through a soulful orientation

At the Assisi Institute's gathering, After the Storms: Psyche’s Response to Trauma, Resilience and Healing, convened in Mystic CT, Thomas Moore presents "The Transformation of  Trauma into Power of Soul" today. This residency weekend is associated with a nine month certification program offered by the Institute.

Barque coverage
19 Feb 2015 "Register for new program with Assisi Institute"

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Too literal, moralistic, insular, anxious about sex?

Thomas Moore shares his own imaginative DSM-1 for "Spiritual Disorders" in the May-June 2015 issue of Spirituality & Health magazine. He writes, "In case you have a problem that I include in this spiritual manual, a tendency to be too serious about certain things, know that I do this in a playful way."

One of our favourite disorders?
No. 110.7 as it relates to no. 116.9a.
"110.7 An ingrained habit of gullibility. We spiritual people find it easy to believe in almost anything. Just look at any catalogue from a spiritual growth center and you will see what I mean. This long-standing tendency toward being gullible may come from a related disorder (11.7), a habit of not thinking things through, related to yet another disorder (116.9), not reading excellent sources, or (116.9a), just not reading." 
Moore is a perceptive diagnostician.

Let "our passionate, deep, invisible selves appear"

Unity Magazine features "Listening in with Thomas Moore" in its July-August 2015 issue. With editor Katy Koontz, Moore talks about:
— avoiding the words true or truth
— thinking we don't have a single self
— naming God rarely
— discerning the teachings of religious leaders such as the Dalai Lama
— spreading our sexuality to the whole of life
— describing the soul of place
— preferring the word religion
KK: You suggest incorporating many different spiritual traditions in this religion of one’s own, but you also encourage skepticism. If all these different traditions are indeed a treasure trove, where everything has meaning and is sacred, why is skepticism necessary?
TM: Because the traditions are also full of garbage — every one of them. You’re lucky to get 25 percent of really good stuff out of any of the traditions. Even some of the great people we quote all the time are good about some things and bad about others. Nobody has the whole picture, so you shouldn’t sell your soul to any one tradition. That’s why I think we’re entering a really interesting new era. We’re leaving the time when we become a member or follower of a religion, and now we’re going to use religions as resources — sorting the good from the bad."
This interview is also available as a pdf file.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Anniversary edition of Care of the Soul next year

HarperCollins promotes the 25th anniversary edition of Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life as a trade paperback to be available 26 January 2016. The cover of this new edition is not displayed yet. The book may be pre-ordered on

Product Details 
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 USD

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Stories, Images and Dreams on June 13 in NH

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Thomas Moore speaks in Keene NH, May 27

Visit Keene, New Hampshire on Wednesday 27 May 2015 to hear Thomas Moore's free public talk at the Cheshire Medical Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (EDT).

Registration is required to reserve your seat.

Cheshire Medical Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene
580 Court St.
Keene, NH 03431

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Golf wth Thomas Moore this October in Ireland

Specialty Golf Trips promotes this year's Golf and Soul Retreat with Thomas Moore in Ireland, 11-16 October 2015. According to the description:

"Golf is a game to play, not just to work at or worry about. This retreat aims at making the game more pleasurable and meaningful, as well. Though obviously it helps to develop skill at the game, this retreat focuses on a more fulfilling experience of golf. Among other things, we address:
~ Being in nature is more important to the game than you may think. You can be competitive in a friendly way.
~ Dealing with your emotional habits can improve your game, and a relaxed game can improve your emotional life in general.
~ Learn from the spiritual traditions how to relax, empty your mind and let the game play itself.
 ~ Learn how to live with magic, luck and trust. Let life take its course (a golf course, too)
~ Discover the deeper meaning of the game by hearing the metaphors in its language: hazards, traps, fairways, clubs, drive.
~ Learn through golf to deal with your anger at others and at yourself, and be more tolerant in your expectations of yourself.
~ Bring the many joys and pleasures of golf into the rest of life. "

Read the itinerary, then book your spot. Enjoy this personal, relaxed time with Thomas Moore.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Be passionately neutral and passionately playful

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Register now for the combined package of Thomas Moore's two new half-day workshops on Sunday 28 June 2015 at New York Open Center in New York City. Individual registration is also available.

Barque coverage
20 Apr 2015 "Sign up for two new workshops at NY Open Center"

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A matter of life and death: faith, hope and love

This weekend Thomas Moore speaks at New York Open Center's conference The Art of Dying that "brings together renowned thought leaders, innovators, researchers and practitioners in the area of death and dying, including the professional fields of palliative and hospice care." Moore offers two sessions:

Faith, Hope and Love: Alternative Ways to Know About Life and Death 
"People say that human beings don’t have the privilege of knowing what happens at and after the point of death. But the truth is, we don’t really know anything fully. We gather facts and draw our conclusions, but we know very little. In this situation, we need other responses besides knowledge. We need faith in life, hope that the whole thing makes sense and love of the world rather than merely an understanding of it. Compared to our usual trust in research and knowledge, these are alternative ways to be, and they operate under the power of love. The whole secret to dying is to love life and trust it."

A Taste for the Eternal, Preparing for Death through Experience of the Timeless
 "From the minute we are born we are drifting toward death — the entrance and the exit. In between are times of entering further into life and leaving it. If we only value and pursue the direction of life, we will only half live and not be ready for death. We get close to the timeless through profound works of art, deep meditations, strong loves, absorption in nature, and above all, losing ourselves in sublime music. We have to become acquainted with the timeless not to be entirely surprised by death. Some sort of spiritual experience and vision are necessary. Another way is loss of ego: feelings of inferiority, not understanding, not being in control. This session will work out a strategy for joyfully befriending death."

For Huffington Post Jaweed Kaleem writes "Art Of Dying Conference Explores Spiritual, Scientific Approaches To Dying" in which he states the conference "... kicked off Friday morning with two daylong seminars — one taught by psychotherapist Thomas Moore about “alternative ways to know about life and death” and another led by Henry Fersko-Weiss, president of the International End-of-Life Doula Association ..."

Register now for Thomas Moore's two new half-day workshops at the Center on Sunday 28 June 2015:
Passionate Neutrality
All is Play

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sign up for two new workshops at NY Open Center

Thomas Moore offers two new half-day workshops at New York Open Center on Sunday 28 June 2015.
Combined registration for both sessions:
Members: $110 / Nonmembers: $135
Individual registration for each session is available. Click the link above for full descriptions of each workshop. Here are excerpts for the two sessions:

Passionate Neutrality 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
"If there is a single, distinguishing quality of a Zen master, Sufi teacher or monk spiritual guide it is his or her capacity to be neutral when passions are high and personal complexes on the loose. We could all benefit from this ability to stay neutral when everything urges us to lose control, let emotions run amok, and get caught in another person’s madness. This skill is useful at work, when counseling others, in friendships and, above all, in marriages. In fact, the case could be made that if people generally could learn this lesson of neutrality, there would be far less conflict and violence.  ... "
Members: $60 / Nonmembers: $75

All is Play 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
"...  A sense of play and fun are essential to the good life. But this idea goes against all the heavy, serious psychology so prominent in modern life. There is liberation in the discovery of the importance of play, wit, humor, and games. "
Members: $60 / Nonmembers: $75

Both sessions are at New York Open Center 22 E 30th St., New York City, New York

Friday, April 17, 2015

Moore's influence grows among spiritual leaders

Thomas Moore moves up the list of Watkins Books' Mind Body Spirit top 100 Living Spiritual Leaders in 2015 to number 28, between Marianne Williamson and Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma). Last year he was number 85.

Watkins Mind Body Spirit - Issue #41 (Spring 2015): "Celebrating spiritual activists, teachers & authors with Watkins Spiritual 100 list of the most spiritually influential living people."

Barque coverage
8 Oct 2014 "Moore is among most spiritually influential in 2014"

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

How to skip a stone may be a lesson in life

Thomas Moore shares images of his father, James Hillman, and Carl Jung in his column "Skipping Stones" for Spirituality & Health magazine's March - April 2015 issue. He writes about the alchemy of stones and water:

"The joy my dad and I found in watching the stones bounce in the air, glancing off the water, reflected the kind of life each of us wanted: not too serious, not excessively grounded, not sinking into the waters of emotion and melodrama. We enjoyed touching down but preferred to stay in the air. I imagine that it was in this same spirit that Jesus, in many ways a puer, walked on water. He was like a skipping stone himself, enjoying life one minute and praying to his Sky Father the next."

Moore's father whom he affectionately calls the philosophical plumber, died a month after his one-hundredth birthday party. Moore writes: "The trick is to grow up without losing your innocence and playfulness. The more seriously you take life, the more room there is to remain a child. When you teach your child how to skip a stone, maybe you’ll notice that it’s a game but also a lesson in life. "

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Two U.K. events next month are postponed

Two of Thomas Moore's speaking engagements scheduled for April 2015 are postponed:
Sunday 19 April 2015 How to Live a Soulful Life with Alternatives in London, and
Tuesday 21 April 2015 Living a Soulful Life at Mangreen Country House in Norwich.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Syracuse University Magazine talks with Moore

In its most recent issue Syracuse University Magazine publishes a Q&A with Thomas Moore titled "Soulful Journey" (Fall/Winter 2014 vol. 31 no. 3).

When the Magazine's associate editor Amy Speach asks Moore about his new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World, his response includes:
"I don’t see religion as an institution, but as a way of being in relation to the world, in which you appreciate the mystery and the infinite that you perceive in nature and how, when you’re participating in the arts, you’re really encountering this deep archetypal world, this world that is invisible to us. This book is about a religion of one’s own — about finding your own way and putting together all these different resources, including psychology. I’ve been a psychotherapist, too, for 30 years, so I like to put psychology and religion together. I call it “care of the soul and spirit” in my language."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Register for new program with Assisi Institute

Thomas Moore participates in the nine month certification program After the Storm: Psyche's Response to Trauma, Resilience and Healing promoted by the Assisi Institute and Depth Psychology Alliance.

Faculty includes Michael Conforti, James Hollis, Susan Rowland and Ruth Lanius who deliver their presentations in interactive teleseminars that will be held bi-monthly on alternating Monday evenings from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m (EST). All teleseminars are recorded and replay links will be provided.

Thomas Moore speaks on Monday 1 May 2015 and Monday 8 June 2015 about "Experiences of the Unimaginable: Treatment and Healing of Trauma". He is also featured during the residency weekend, 18-21 June 2015 with Michael Conforti and Ruth Lanius on Enders Island.

Tuition: $1,850 includes the residency weekend (minus lodging and meals)
Discounts are available for:
* Assisi Institute Certificate Current Students
(including the APA, Dream Patterning and Creativity students)
* Assisi Institute 2 Year APA Graduates
* Depth Psyche Alliance Members
* Seniors

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thrive on the eccentricity of your imagination

Thomas Moore describes "The Place Beyond Seeking" for him in Spirituality & Health magazine's January - February 2015 issue:
"With the end of the odyssey motif in my life has come another kind of peace. I used to feel a need to teach and give talks, hoping to persuade people of the value of lessons I had learned. There was often a short gap between my learning something and the need to profess it. Now I do a lot of teaching and public speaking, but I have no need to convince anyone of anything. I don’t want converts or followers..."
. . .
"It goes without saying that I hope no one adopts my way of doing things. I don’t recommend it. If I can write about it like this, I probably haven’t learned the lessons deeply enough yet. I suggest that you do what you’ve always done, pursuing goals and making plans, but exposing your mind and heart to deep and worthy ideas that eventually might transform you in your own way, just as my resources have fashioned me."
Moore includes, "Don’t think that I’m not busy. I travel, teach, speak, and write more than ever. The peace I’m talking about is compatible with a full and active life. It’s the calm core beneath the frenetic exterior, the loss of the existential anxiety about being correct, knowing it all, living properly and not being judged badly."
Don’t think that I’m not busy. I travel, teach, speak, and write more than ever. The peace I’m talking about is compatible with a full and active life. It’s the calm core beneath the frenetic exterior, the loss of the existential anxiety about being correct, knowing it all, living properly and not being judged badly."
I travel, teach, speak, and write more than ever. The peace I’m talking about is compatible with a full and active life. It’s the calm core beneath the frenetic exterior, the loss of the existential anxiety about being correct, knowing it all, living properly and not being judged badly. - See more at:

Friday, February 13, 2015

Do our leaders crave praise, money, sex, power?

Huffington Post offers Thomas Moore's views about "The Epicurean Leader": "The Epicurean leader knows how to distinguish valuable rewards from the cheap ones. He or she knows how to let the role of leader create an ever deeper vision, have a serious role in the unfolding of human culture, and enjoy the genuine gratitude of followers."

Moore shares, "I have looked closely at literature on the soul throughout history and have noticed how often the spokespersons for soul were Epicureans and their subject was friendship. Second on their list was pleasure, voluptas, the basis of our word voluptuous. Imagine a serious philosophy of life based on solid, deep-seated, highly ethical pleasure."

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Join Moore for weekend at Kripalu next month

Thomas Moore offers the weekend program Your Mission in Life: Care of Soul, Body, Spirit, and World from Friday 27 March to Sunday 29 March 2015 at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health near Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
 "Dreamwork, meditation, and life stories are all part of the journey. Thomas draws from his latest book, A Religion of One’s Own, for suggestions on how to shape your life as you follow the ideas of others."
"He was a close friend and colleague of Jungian and archetypal psychologist James Hillman, whose work inspires much of Thomas’ writing and teaching, along with his own lifelong work in spirituality." 
Tuition: $250
Room & meals price based on accommodation choice. 
CE Credits: 8 credits for social workers, $30 additional charge
Register now.

Barque coverage 
20 Nov 2014 "Find your pearl with Moore at Kripalu, March 2015"

Friday, January 30, 2015

Include a home for religion in your everyday life

The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript publishes Priscilla Morrill's interview with Thomas Moore, "Finding a spiritual home", before the launch of the paperback edition of  A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World at The Toadstool Bookshop  in neighbouring Peterborough on Saturday.

Morrill writes:
 "Moore, formerly of Peterborough and now a Jaffrey resident, sees many people endlessly seeking for the path or religion that will satisfy, but somehow they never arrive at their spiritual home. And that endless seeking can be painful, he said. “Seeking is ultimately frustrating.”

Moore said he used to be a seeker, too. “It can be a necessary step,” he said. “I stopped seeking years ago. I gave it up.... I’m not looking for anything, really.”

A Religion of One’s Own is about finding that spiritual home in one’s everyday life. When he thinks of people who have done that, Moore said Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson come to mind. They were all seekers who developed their own ways of connecting with spirituality, then went on to write about it." 
She includes, "Much of our deep anxiety comes from fears about death and the meaning of life, Moore said, and when that’s threatened often intolerance and violence follows. We’re better off, he said, having as a foundation the mysterious, rather than what we think are the answers."

Friday, January 23, 2015

Plan to attend at least one of Moore's 2015 events

Thomas Moore's web site updates the current list of his 2015 public events. Moore will be in the U.K. during April to present How to Live a Soulful Life with Alternatives in London and at the Mangreen Country House in Norwich. He's back in New York City for the Open Center's Art of Dying conference at the end of that month. Moore presents two sessions at the conference. During July he's on Cape Cod for Psychotherapy, Spirituality and the Soul with the New England Educational Institute. Then back to the U.K. in October.

Next week on Saturday 31 January 2015 Moore is at The Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, New Hampshire to talk about his new book, A Religion of One's Own, now available in paperback.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Moore talks about new book at Landmark College

Brattleboro Community Television shares video of Thomas Moore's presentation "Your Mission in Life: Care of Body, Soul, Spirit and World," delivered 14 April 2014 in the Academic Speaker Series at Landmark College. Moore answers questions from the audience after his lecture. The video is approximately 1:15 hours.

Barque coverage
9 Feb 2014 "Moore has two new book events in April 2014"

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Religion of One's Own is in top 50 of year's best

Spirituality & Practice declares Thomas Moore's book A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World to be one of The Best Spiritual Books of 2014. In the list of 50 finalists, this book aces the Religion category.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat's review of A Religion of One's Own includes:
"With great versatility and elan, Moore also reveals the value of dream practice, therapy at home, making room for the carnal spirit, seeing the spiritual and the secular as two sides of the same coin, and deriving spiritual fortitude from muses, angels and daimons. As we've seen in his earlier books, he is especially poetic describing how art can become a spiritual path. In these wide-ranging and thought-provoking chapters, Moore reveals the depth dimensions of a well-developed and rounded personal religion that is constantly opening new doors and exploring fresh options."
Barque coverage 
13 July 2014 "Moore's book considered one of the best of 2014"

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ecological spirituality may nourish soul and soil

In July 2006, Thomas Moore was a keynote speaker for Soul and Soil – Towards an Ecological Spirituality, the annual gathering of the Scientific and Medical Network at the University of Plymouth in Devon U.K. During the gathering, Martin Redfern spoke with Moore for approximately 19 minutes "On the Soul". Listen to this interview as Moore distinguishes between spirit and soul in daily life.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Buy copy of A Religion of One's Own in paperback

Thomas Moore's latest book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World (2014) is now available in paperback from publisher Gotham. Moore invites readers to explore with him "the myriad possibilities for creating a personal spiritual life, either inside or outside formal religion, and to develop an inner life of purpose, meaning, and reflection."

In today's emailed newsletter Moore continues, "I draw on insights I gathered during my twelve years as a monk and the much expanded, imaginative spirituality I practice in business, in my life as a writer and in my family."  

Barque coverage
14 Sept 2014 "Order your copy of A Religion of One's Own now "

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Moore talks about soulful creativity in the world

Listen to a complimentary webinar Creativity as a Way to Care for the Soul with Thomas Moore offered by the Assisi Institute on its home page. Scroll down this linked page and click on the hosted video. The program is approximately 50 minutes.

Mangreen encourages grassroots spirituality

Are you in England? Mangreen Country House's list of provisional speakers for 2015 includes Thomas Moore in April. Mangreen promotes itself as "a spiritual oasis for nourishing mind, body and soul."

"Mangreen as a Centre for Holistic spirituality
One of the positive things happening in today's world is a groundswell in grassroots spirituality. A spirituality that is neither competitive nor claiming to be the ‘right way’: a spirituality that is characterised by an inner experiencing of the sacred and a willingness to do personal transformative work: a spirituality that embraces and values a diversity of paths, whilst honoring the universal. We describe this as holistic spirituality and Mangreen enables the deepening of this through its programme."

Mangreen Trust, Mangreen Hall North, Mangreen, Swardeston,
Norwich, Norfolk U.K. NR14 8DD
Contact: William and Naomi Duffield

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Psychotherapy is a kind of maieutics, or midwifery

Thomas Moore shares the desirable traits of a therapist in "Psychotherapy and the care of souls" for readers. This piece has four sections:
- To Serve the Soul
- The Travail of Birth
- Overcoming Our Complexes
- Guide of Souls, Leader of Rituals

Moore describes his response to the common therapeutic approach:
"The modern therapist seems to think of the problems that come to him or her as deviations from the standard of normalcy and health. The point is to restore a person to a point where the presenting symptoms have been removed, as if by psychological surgery. I don’t see it that way. People come to me because deep down they can’t experience the joy of being who they are. They don’t feel in the positive flow of life. They may feel stuck in some repeating pattern that seems to go back far into their history. They may be focused on, or better, mesmerized by some symptom like an obsession or paranoia or anxiety. Generally, it’s the nature of life to flow, like a river, and not to be stuck or stopped." 
He stresses autonomous aspects of soul:
"I think of the soul as the life in us that is immeasurably deep. Sometimes it feels like a spring or font of existence, making us feel alive and giving us something of a direction and identity. To a large extent it is autonomous, having its own purposes, desires and intentions. When you delve deep into it, you encounter basic human themes and patterns, what Plato and Jung and others call “archetypes.” The need for love, the desire to create, the comfort of home, the excitement of travel — these aren’t the characteristics of any particular person. They are, at least potentially, ways in which all people may experience life."
"Soul is intimate, embedded in life, vital and energetic. It seems to constantly want more life and vitality and therefore can be a threat to the status quo. As you tend your soul, you may try to sense what it needs and wants, and you may discover that its needs may not dovetail with your own wishes."
Throughout the article Moore considers therapists' own deepening while responding to their patients' unfolding: "He has adapted to the mysterious nature of his work by being himself a mysterious person, not too easy to read and comfortable being neutral in the face of another’s passion."

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Learn with Thomas Moore on Cape Cod, July 2015

The New England Educational Institute hosts Thomas Moore's 2015 summer symposium, Psychotherapy, Spirituality and the Soul from Monday 13 July to Friday 17 July on Cape Cod.

According to the program description:
"... Dr. Moore worked closely with James Hillman and has been seriously engaged with the work of C. G. Jung throughout his career. ... 
Dr. Moore will detail the approaches of Jung and Hillman, applying their personal methods and ideas to therapy. This will include ways to deal with the images of dream, the spiritual traditions and art. Dr. Moore emphasizes Hillman’s ideas on anima mundi (the soul of the world), the polytheistic psyche, and the role of beauty. He also explores key figures in mythology that are relevant to therapy: Aphrodite, Artemis, Hermes, Daphne and Asklepios. The symposium will end with a discussion of Renaissance natural magic as it relates to therapy, shadow issues of the therapist, and finally, caring for the soul of the practitioner."  
Register online now:
Individual registrations postmarked by March 10, 2015: $549
Individual registrations postmarked after March 10, 2015: $599

The symposium is located at Four Points By Sheraton in Eastham, Massachusetts.