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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)

Map & Registration Form
 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Garrison Institute shares interview with Moore

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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Learn how to live a sacred life in a secular world

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

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Listen to Moore's podcast for Psychology Today

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 02, 2014

Moore lauds style and humility of Pope Francis

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

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

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The heart is the center on Saturday 14 June in NY

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Explore embodiment, sensuality, and the sacred

Thomas Moore joins Sera Beak at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox Massachusetts to present The Mystery of Soul: Embodiment, Sensuality, and the Sacred from Friday 29 August to Monday 1 September, 2014.
 "Lose yourself in the service of love as you explore the mystery of soul in all its uniqueness and embodied sensuality. Join best-selling authors Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul) and Sera Beak (Red, Hot, and Holy), movement and dance guides Dan Leven and Kristi Williamson, and program weaver Maria Sirois to bring forth the sacred spark of divinity within." 
Tuition: $295 U.S.
Accommodation and meals pricing is based on your choice.
Register online now.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Want spiritual health? Don't ingest spiritual junk

Spirituality & Health magazine shares Thomas Moore's column, "Reclaim Your Spiritual Growth", from its March-April 2014 issue. Moore describes signs of spiritual illness and spiritual health. He observes,
"You have a spiritual illness when you feel compelled to convert everyone to your way of thinking. And you are sick when you think that you alone possess the truth and feel disturbed when people don’t agree with you. You are very sick spiritually when your convictions move you to do something hurtful to your children or spouse or some other member of the family. Of course, someone who consciously or unconsciously uses their spiritual values to justify violence and warfare is sick in spirit to the extreme." 
Moore concludes, "Just as you may have to lose some weight to feel better, so you may have to abandon many truths you’ve held sacred for years. Above all, to be spiritually healthy you need to live on a diet of good ideas and excellent ideals. You shouldn’t eat junk food, and you shouldn’t think junk thoughts. "

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thomas Moore in Manchster Center, Vermont

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

Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main St.
Manchester Center, Vermont

Barque coverage:
20 Feb 2014 "Moore in Manchester Center Vermont next month"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A possible mantra for our times, "Even now, faith"

Photo credit: Chion Wolf WNPR
Listen to an interview with "Thomas Moore on A Religion of One's Own" by Colin McEnroe on his show with WNPR in Connecticut. The audio file is 50 minutes. This episode's description states:
"Moore's central premise is that part of ourselves cannot be fully nourished through purely rational modern thought. We have needs that cannot be met by science and social theory. His new book is kind of a toolkit for people who have that sense — that they need something they're not getting. " 
McEnroe mentions his attraction to one of Moore's favourite artists, Odilon Redon, and weaves James Hillman's ideas into their discussion.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A human lfe has spiritual and soul dimensions

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

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

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Create a home environment that supports religion

Rich Fisher with Studio Tulsa interviews Thomas Moore about his new book in  the segment, ”A Religion of One’s Own”. Moore talks about atheism, the mysteries of life, and home-based approaches.
"Our guest is the religious expert, award-winning scholar, prolific author, and psychotherapist Thomas Moore. About twenty years ago, just after he'd stopped living as a monk for a dozen years, Moore published a book called Care of the Soul. This work became a bestseller and, indeed, a widely cherished work of accessible and sincerely reflective self-help-mixed-with-spiritual-discovery. Now comes a sequel of sorts to that classic work, which Moore discusses with us." 
This radio interview, recorded 11 February 2014, is 29 minutes.