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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: http://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/care-soul-place-beyond-seeking#sthash.FufLmQqF.dpuf

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 careofthesoul.net 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
trust@mangreen.co.uk

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 Psychotherapy.net 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.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Divinity is everywhere if we have the eyes to see

Read Thomas Moore's column "Wherever I Turn, You Are There" in the November-December 2014 issue of Spirituality & Health. Moore shares his personal experiences of sacred places and writes about the divinity of the world.
"For me, religion is the capacity of the imagination and the heart together to perceive the awesome, dizzying, utterly serious divinity within things. If the divine is not found in the world, part of it and deeply within it, then it is artificially separated out and becomes weird. We worship what we hold captive, what we make comfortable and sentimental, rather than the holiness that emanates like a power from the very heart of things. You never know when the sacred is going to show itself among all the secular camouflage with which we adorn our world."
...
"Renaissance spiritual teachers said that the churches and altars and sculptures are lures. We hope to attract the divine to them so that we can have access to it. We have to build well and make solid art pieces and use music equal to the paradox of vastness and intimacy that theologians around the world present as qualities of the divine. This is a challenge that only the truly inspired and profoundly educated are up to."
Moore introduces readers to Robert Fludd's “Eye of Imagination": the "kind of eye, larger and more penetrating than a normal eye, to see the depth of things. I think there is a special eye of the sacred imagination that allows you to see the holy core in everything. It lets you know that every place is sacred, if you look for it."

Hillman's work guides The Guild's 2015 program

The Guild of Pastoral Psychology in London, England posts its 2015 lecture program, stating:
"Our theme this year is taken from the writings of James Hillman, 'reflection in the mirror of the soul lets one see the madness of one's spiritual drive, and the importance of this madness'." 
Scroll down The Guild's program page to Saturday 17 October 2015 to see that Thomas Moore is the featured speaker at the London Day Conference hosted in conjunction with the C. G. Jung Club. Details about this event will follow.

According to The Guild's site, "The Guild was founded in 1937, with Jung as its Patron. Two years later, Jung gave his talk "The Symbolic Life" to the Guild suggesting that "Only the symbolic life can express the needs of the soul" (Pamphlet 80). Since those days many eminent psychologists and spiritual thinkers have spoken at the Guild, and the Guild's Pamphlets, based on those Lectures have achieved international recognition. . . The Guild today also organises conferences and workshops and co-ordinates a number of Guild Groups around the UK and Australia."

Monday, December 01, 2014

S&P offers e-courses for half-price until Dec. 31

Spirituality & Practice has a sale: Get one or more of the 46 programs in the Practicing Spirituality series for half-price. Each e-course consists of 40 emails with short readings for reflection and suggestions to practice during everyday activities. Subscribe now for $19.98 per e-course or give an e-course as a gift.

To get the 50% discount, order the e-course(s) by December 31. You can schedule when to take them (even in 2015). Since these e-courses are in an on-demand system, you choose your own start date and how often you want to receive the emails (daily, three times a week, twice a week, weekly) via your account page.

One of the courses offered at half-price is "Practicing Spirituality with Thomas Moore" led by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat who write:
"We have long appreciated Moore's recipes for soulful living. He helps us see that we can learn from our flaws, follies, and tragedies. He correctly proclaims that soul cannot be separated from body, family, work, love, politics, or power. By challenging us to care for our souls, Moore draws a bead on the bounties of spirituality. In the end, he calls us to our true vocation — to care for the world's soul and to celebrate the sacred arts of life." 
Additional Master e-courses on sale include Joan Chittister, Pema Chodron, Eknath Easwaran, Thomas Keating, Lawrence Kushner, Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Henri J. M. Nouwen, John O'Donohue, Parker J. Palmer, Richard Rohr, Joyce Rupp, Rumi, and Sharon Salzberg. Other e-courses focus on Practicing Spirituality with the Religious Traditions and Practicing Spirituality in Places, Activities, and Relationships.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Moore talks about the value of religious traditions

This month Network Ireland publishes "Thomas Moore on Care of the Soul" in which Moore talks about his psychological approaches:
"‘The desire to possess and conform to a system of rules to govern behaviour seems to be an innate thing, and I believe it is a good thing. But having a rigid or constricting framework can be problematic. I follow the work of James Hillman in my work quite a lot and one of his very first things he did in branching out on his own was to write about ‘psychological polytheism’ — what he means by that is that there are a lot of things that go on in life and in the soul, and that they can contradict one another. And that is OK — that is the way that it should be. In a polytheistic or a polycentric realm you have rules but you also have absolute freedom, and the trick is to be able to affirm both and have them both coexist. That takes some work, and you have to stay at it every day.’"
In this interview, Moore also talks about dreams, symbols, staying with symptoms and a new age of religion. He says:
"‘The gist of my most recent book, A Religion of One’s Own was that we are going through a deep change in the way we think about religion in the world today. I think it is a very positive thing, and that even though we are losing established religion with clear belief systems — we are picking up something much more important. That is an awareness of the sacredness of life and the things that are of the world.’

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Find your pearl with Moore at Kripalu, March 2015

Thomas Moore's weekend workshop, Your Mission in Life: Care of Soul, Body, Spirit, and World is for everyone. At Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health from Friday 27 March to Sunday 29 March 2015, Moore explores:
"We were sent here for a purpose. We have a destiny, a job to do. If we’re doing that job, we find peace and joy even in the midst of difficulties. How do you know what your mission is?
Thomas Moore guides you toward finding and fulfilling it, using the Gnostic story “Hymn of the Pearl,” in which a young man is sent into the world to obtain a precious pearl, as a metaphor for finding our mission." 
Tuition: $250
Room & meals pricing based on choice of accommodations. Register online now.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Awe and wonder may be daily experiences

Huffington Post shares Thomas Moore’s latest piece "The Secular Theologian" in its Healthy Living section. Moore writes of no need to think of the sacred only with reference to a particular religion. He suggests:
 "Life is full of sacred moments that have no direct connection to formal religion, or else are the experience of people who are not connected to one of the established religions. Birth is one of those moments, and yet it is increasingly done in the atmosphere of a secular hospital. Yet, the holy knows no bounds. As Emerson said, the miracle of rain is more important than the miracles of religion. 
As the evolution of thought and culture moves many away from the established religions today, we need a secular theology more than ever. Otherwise, we end up with a purely secular world, one that no longer senses the miracle of rain or the transforming wonder of Old Faithful. A secular world without a sense of the sacred can be ethical but lacks the vision that roots a life in the mysteries that take us out farther and more deeply inward. There's a paradox at work here: The more we appreciate the holy outside of us, the more human we become." 
Please read Moore’s essay, then share it on FB and Twitter.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Moore is among most spiritually influential in 2014

Watkins Books includes Thomas Moore on its 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People List in 2014 at no. 85 and introduces him with:
"Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and many other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life." 
Moore is also listed for 2013.

Several criteria are used annually to compile this list. The main three are:
1) The person is alive on January 1st of the year considered;
2) The person has made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale;
3) The person is frequently googled, appears in Nielsen Data, and is actively talked about on the Internet.

"Watkins Mind Body Spirit is a quarterly esoteric magazine published by Watkins Books in London.The magazine dates back to 1893, when John Watkins published his first volume of the Book-Notes, which included book reviews, occult news and excerpts from recommended books."

Monday, October 06, 2014

Join Thomas Moore for a weekend next month

In Wilmington, Delaware, The Community for Integrated Learning (CIL) and Awakened Heart Spiritual Center host Thomas Moore's weekend workshop, Leader's Insight: A Religion of One’s Own, on Friday 21 November and Saturday 22 November, 2014.
"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.
— Thomas Moore, "This Fractured, Heavenly World", Spirituality & Health (May-June 2014)
Advance registration is required.  

Location for event:
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1503 W.Thirteenth Street
Pennsylvania Ave. at Rodney St.
Wilmington, DE 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)  

Contact:
Steve Steinwedel
Community for Integrative Learning
Telephone: 302-540-0661
Email: steve@cil-de.org

Barque coverage
4 June 2014 "Moore in Wilmington, Delaware this November"

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Community happens with a religion of one's own

Talk with others about Thomas Moore's new book,  
A Religion of One's Own, this month:

1. Calgary, Alberta
Hillhurst United Church
1227 Kensington Close NW
Calgary, Alberta  T2N 3J6
Telephone: (403) 283-1539

Monday Night Spiritual Nurture
Scroll down for description: http://www.hillhurstunited.com/upcoming-events/
A Religion of One’s Own based on Thomas Moore’s book.
Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 14, 24, 2014,  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

"We will explore connection and meaning of spirituality and religion. What matters most in creating your own practice? How do we live it and embrace life to the fullest?"

2. Buffalo, Minnesota
Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Meetup at Buffalo Community Center
206 Central Ave
Buffalo, Minnesota
Telephone: (763) 682-4616

Wednesday 22 October 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Book discussion
Meetup Description: http://www.meetup.com/Buffalo-Unitarian-Universalist-Fellowship/events/206485972/
Scroll down to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Buffalo-Unitarian-Universalist-Fellowship/

3. Memphis, Tennessee
Delta Groove Studio
2091 Madison,
Memphis, Tennessee
Telephone: (901) 207-7835

Thursday 30 October 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Advanced yoga session: Book study with Terry Johnson
Description of event
"This is a perfect study for everyone, regardless of whether you identify as believer, agnostic or atheist. Moore helps us see how we truly can become spiritual beings on a human journey. Using art, music, nature, inner wisdom, he shows us how we can deepen our human experiences and become more fully alive in the present moment."

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Reserve your place at Moore's weekend retreat

Thomas Moore invites you to a weekend retreat at the Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, Connecticut from Friday 14 November to Sunday 16 November, 2014 to explore A Sacred Way of Life in a Secular World: Living a Soulful Life.
"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 + Accommodations. A commuter option is available.
"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree …" — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) 
Copper Beech Institute
303 Tunxis Road
West Hartford, CT 06107-3119
 Phone: 860.760.9750
Fax: 860.521.1929
Email: info@copperbeechinstitute.org

Barque coverage 
14 May 2014 "Learn how to live a sacred life in a secular world"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Share an evening with Thomas Moore in Duxbury

First Parish Church of Duxbury, Massachusetts — Unitarian Universalist hosts Thomas Moore, Wednesday 1 October, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. to talk about his new book, A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World. This event is open to the public.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Moore offers event at St. James Church, Piccadilly

U.K.-based Alternatives promotes Thomas Moore's presentation A Religion of One's Own on Monday 10 November 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
"Thomas Moore recommends re-imagining and re-defining religion entirely, using the ancient traditions from around the world as resources, to be creative rather than passive. He would also intensify our seeing the ordinary things of life — work, parenting, travel, art and play—as sacred and part of our new personal religion." 
Venue:
St James's Church
Piccadilly 197
Piccadilly, London,
W1J 9LL United Kingdom

Buy tickets online. The standard fee is £12. Discounts are available with supporting ID.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Read Moore's responses about focus of new book

Thomas Moore answers three questions about his new book, A Religion of One's Own for Spirituality & Health readers:

1. How does “a religion of one’s own” fit into the new paradigm of “spiritual but not religious"?

2. What are some of the consequences you see of the diminishment of religion in our daily lives?

3. How can we create “a religion of one’s own” without losing that sense of fellowship and community that organized religion once provided?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Moore and Beak offer program at Kripalu Center

In his recent newsletter Thomas Moore includes a description of his Labor Day weekend program with Sera Beak at Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA: The Mystery of Soul: Embodiment, Sensuality, and the Sacred:
Sera Beak
"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." 
Dates: Friday 29 August – Monday 1 September 2014
Fee: $295
Room & meals: Based on choice of accommodations.
Call 866.200.5203 to register.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Register now for Moore's new e-course with S&P

In its e-newsletter today, Spirituality & Practice promotes a new course with Thomas Moore:
"Thomas Moore, Holy Fool. One thing we've noticed about our friend and frequent S&P teacher Thomas Moore is that he's got a great sense of humor and honors the foolish in life as well as the serious. So we asked him to share what he knows about the Holy Fool archetype through an e-course The Holy Fool: Finding Spiritual Liberation through Foolishness and Humor. It will run from September 8 - October 3, 2014. Read more about it and sign up here."

Friday, August 15, 2014

Create religion anew rather than being a follower

Tom Rapsas continues his appreciation of Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World, in his post "Moving away from formal religion — toward a one-to-one relationship with God". Rapsas writes, "One person who knows where the spiritual-but-not-religious (SBNR) are coming from is Care of the Soul author Thomas Moore. He has written a groundbreaking new book that gives valuable instruction on how we can create and enrich our own spiritual practice."

Sprinkled with quotes from Moore's book, Rapsas shares, "The fact is, with the right intention, virtually every daily activity can be seen as a way to connect with the Divine. Moore even mentions one of my favorite soul-enriching activities: sipping a cup of coffee in the early morning hours, in quiet contemplation. The potential activities that can help you experience this connection are as endless as your imagination."

Also read Rapsas' earlier piece "The Soul Whisperer: Thomas Moore and the care and understanding of our souls".

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Join Moore online to explore the Holy Fool

Spirituality & Practice hosts a new four-week online course starting 8 September 2014: The Holy Fool: Finding Spiritual Liberation in Foolishness and Humor with Thomas Moore.
"Starting September 8 and continuing through October 3, through emails mailed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Moore will introduce you to some of his favorite exemplars of the spirit of the Holy Fool (Socrates, Erasmus, Nasruddin, Emily Dickinson) while covering such themes as:
— why seeking transcendence is a kind of foolishness
— how to deal creatively with the times when you feel foolish,
— how can you develop a comic view of life to offset the usual tragic one,
— what the spiritual teacher has in common with the stand-up comedian,
— how to laugh at yourself in a way that helps."

 Cost: $49.95

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Respond openly and creatively to the unexpected

Thomas Moore writes "Happy Accidents" for the July-August 2014 issue of Spirituality & Health. In this column he considers Carl Jung’s tower at Bollingen and some lessons learned by Jung’s experiences including delivery of a stone, inappropriate for the tower, that Jung decided to keep:
"This is the lesson that interests me most in the Bollingen story: Jung doesn’t miss a beat knowing that "accidents" can be both revealing and useful. Some people say that there are no accidents, that everything has a purpose. But Jung’s story suggests that he believed something different: that some things are indeed accidents, and we have to always be ready to respond to them openly and creatively."
Moore describes Jung carving words and images on the stone while suggesting, "Be ready to accept the many things that happen regularly that are not in your plans, the mistakes that may have meaning for you. This is a particular way of living, in which you are not stuck on your plans and expectations and are ready to deal positively and quickly with things that go wrong."

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)

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