Contemplative study is a main feature of soul work
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News about contemporary American writer of Care of the Soul, A Religion of One's Own and forthcoming Gospel: The Book of Matthew.
"Is the city really a soul-less place? This month's free MP3 is a thought-provoking recording by the late James Hillman. Listen for free and let us know what you think by writing a review when you're done! "Listen to this program now.
“The Gospels have been locked in Christianity too long,” he said. “I wanted to direct this translation to people of any faith or people who don’t have a faith, maybe even atheistic.” Moore also hopes existing Christians will read the series, saying, “My translation could help them re-imagine what their religion and what their faith is all about.”
As an interconnected and vital community, we come together to engage new ideas that 'see through' existing paradigms. We will gather to listen, to learn, and to work together to spark innovative action. In this calling, we are deeply inspired by James Hillman, the founder of Archetypal Psychology, toward creating a future that undertakes a critical 're-visioning' and 're-imagining' of our world. He urged us to create a therapy of ideas, to bring in new ideas so that we can see the same old patterns differently.' This landmark conference brings together leading archetypal psychologists, scholars, cultural critics, and artists to turn our ‘therapeutic' attention toward re-imagining the economies and ecologies that will shape our world and future generations."Thomas Moore, one of the presenters, will speak about:
"The Gospels have been used to justify self-focused, self-absorbed and self-referential attitudes, and are often read as moralistic codes that do little more than produce guilt and fear in those who use them as compilations of behavior. Yet break free from the rigidity of many translations and you find testament to a new way of living focused on friendship, emotional intimacy and respect of all beings. In his fresh and life-giving translation of the Gospels, beginning with the Book of Matthew, bestselling author and spiritual innovator Thomas Moore strips the Gospels of their theological agendas and reclaims them as a fundamentally new way of imagining human life... Rich in both soul and spirit, this extraordinary translation and commentary is for people of all spiritual and philosophical backgrounds who want to nourish their spiritual lives with expansive inspiration rather than narrow and negative religious interpretations."
"My goal is to create a therapy of ideas, to try to bring in new ideas so that we can see the same old problems differently.” — James HillmanAccording to the email:
". . . Jesus makes it clear that his kingdom is not our usual world at all.Read Moore's column and comment at the end: How do we create the kingdom in this place?
In particular, he says that in his kingdom you are not interested in personal wealth, you don’t judge and condemn yourself or others, and you live by the principle of agape — a mixture of love and respect — where the people we consider outcast will be incast, and vice versa. In this kingdom, those who feel they have a right to belong can’t get in. You should go out of your way to show compassion to people who are not in your circle — your nationality, your political persuasion, or your religion. If you’re searching for something to do with your life, be a healer of some sort.
It should be clear that the Jesus kingdom has little in common with the ways of the world as we know it. I like to borrow a term from my namesake Thomas More of England — utopia. It means either no place or a good place — or both. Jesus seems to be recommending a world that is nowhere, certainly in comparison to the tough world we usually live in, and one that is a good place. He wants to show us how to get to this not-yet-existing place and leave behind a world that works by harsh economics and moralistic judgments, where neighbors are everywhere in conflict."
the cover for the 25th anniversary edition of Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, available 26 January 2016.
"With a new introduction by the author and additional material, this 25th anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller by Thomas Moore provides a powerful spiritual message for our troubled times.
Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth"In this special 25th anniversary edition of Thomas Moore’s bestselling book Care of the Soul readers are presented with a revolutionary approach to thinking about daily life — everyday activities, events, problems and creative opportunities — and a therapeutic lifestyle is proposed that focuses on looking more deeply into emotional problems and learning how to sense sacredness in even ordinary things.This deluxe paperback edition may be pre-ordered on Amazon.com now.
"What are some strategies for better human relationships that would translate to a better common life with the planet?Admission: $10, free for members.
We have a tendency to take out our anger and frustration on beings dependent on us — children, animals and the natural world. We don’t respect them or love them fully. So, how do you deal with chronic anger? How can we ease our frustration?
Nature is both lovable and scary. We have a beautiful autumn and California has drought and fires. It doesn’t do to romanticize nature. Nature’s wildness is our wildness. We are afraid of it and want to keep it controlled. Maybe, if we had a better connection with our strong passions and fears, we’d deal with the natural world more effectively."
“'We have a soul that needs meaning and purpose, as much as the body needs food and water,' says Thomas Moore. With A Personal Spirituality, this highly respected luminary presents a guide for cultivating your own practice and faith ― not based on laws etched in stone, but on your inner yearning for wisdom and beauty."
"It’s a short step to an ethical position associated with the vegetative soul: a desire to protect and help flourish this green world of plants and the colorful realm of blossoming flowers. Ethics is always a part of any substantial spiritual feeling. We love the green aspect of the planet because it has a soul that corresponds to a portion of our own soul. We love it, and want to care for it."He then touches on the importance of plants in different religious traditions.
"Rather than simply bringing Jung into alignment with current psychological practice, we will focus instead on his practice of magic, his crafting of images, and his appreciation for the beautiful. "Please check the linked page for fees and online registration.
In 2016 look for my translation of the Gospels with commentary and 25th anniversary editions of Care of the Soul and Soul Mates.— Thomas Moore (@thomasmooreSoul) September 24, 2015
"This is a time of significant cultural change, and an even more radical religious and spiritual evolution. It requires a deep, fresh imagination to craft new ways and expressions."Saturday 7 November 2015. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
"Care of the soul includes a feeling of being at home, with satisfying intimate relationships, doing what you love to do. Care of the spirit means having a vision for your life and your own path of transcendence. It is better to nourish both daily than to deal with problems as they occur. In this seminar you can explore ways to craft your own sacred and soulful lifestyle amid the secularism around you."When: Saturday 17 October 2015, 11.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
"Senex and Puer are Latin terms for 'old man' and 'youth' and personify oppositional states such as old versus new, authority versus creativity, and control versus impulse. Speakers will discuss these primary patterns for how we perceive ourselves and others. Join us for a lively conversation of Hillman’s work in a series of talks and roundtable discussions."Schedule:
"Oprah talks to religious scholar, psychotherapist and former monk Thomas Moore, who believes we all have the power to create our own religion. Thomas's 1992 classic Care of the Soul redefined spirituality in the modern age, and now he believes we are facing an exhilarating new phase of our spiritual evolution. His broad message resonates with those who see themselves as spiritual, not necessarily religious, and he shares with Oprah ways to bring the soul and spirituality back into your life."Barque coverage
"Here is where Ralph White's narrative offers direction to current voyagers and travelers on the way out of materialistic insanity into meaning. Don't glorify any truth or tradition. Participate. Participate. Feel the insights and discoveries of others. Don't restrict yourself to any truth. Open your heart to the most lowly practitioners of wisdom. Don't succumb to the lures of the sweet and the lofty. Remain loyal to the lowly and the grimy. Stay grounded, even as you explore the highest."In this preface Moore also writes that White "is more interested in the cauda pavonis, the peacock's tail that is the endpoint of alchemy, than in any fame of having conquered an actual mountain or wasteland." Ralph White is co-founder of the New York Open Center.
". . . in September from New York City to Claremont, California. We are establishing a Center for Spirituality & Practice affiliated with the Claremont School of Theology (CST).
CST has Methodist roots, an ecumenical history, and an interreligious vision. Our discussions with the CST leadership and spirituality faculty have convinced us that collaborating with them will enable us to expand the ways we apply spiritual practices where they are needed in our times."Thomas Moore, whom they describe as "a pioneer explorer of the sacred art of soulful living," supporting this decision to move, responds to the Spirituality & Practice announcement in this short video. (Moore also shares one of his current writing projects.)
"I have heard similar dreams from clients over the years, and I have come to realize that it helps to know when something in you is being built. You can then better understand the unusual feelings of being incomplete and going through unintended changes. You may feel your world shifting and not yet ready for projects and developments in your life. You may need to prepare for the arrival of a relatively new self."Moore concludes that such dream times may be "full of promise and the occasion for hope."
Episodes this season include:This announcement does not include the date for Moore's appearance. We'll publish it when we know it.
- President Jimmy Carter,
- professor and TED speaker Dr. Brené Brown,
- women’s rights activist and humanitarian Zainab Salbi,
- Chicken Soup for the Soul co-creator Jack Canfield,
- psychologist Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence),
- religious scholar Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul)"
"In this special 25th anniversary edition of Thomas Moore’s bestselling book Care of the Soul readers are presented with a revolutionary approach to thinking about daily life — everyday activities, events, problems and creative opportunities — and a therapeutic lifestyle is proposed that focuses on looking more deeply into emotional problems and learning how to sense sacredness in even ordinary things."ISBN: 9780062415677
"Thomas Moore is a proponent of bringing more soul into our sexual connections and our lives in general. In this interview, he speaks of the relationship between moralism as a defense against morality, the repression of sexuality, and the futility of trying to control it. An important topic discussed is shame and its association with sexuality, as well as different ways to look at masturbation. He explores Jesus's apparent view of sexuality as amplified from Biblical stories, and how the church and religion deal with sexuality. It is Moore's belief that one of our modern day tasks is to reconcile sexuality and spirituality and he gives some ideas about how this reconciliation can be achieved on a personal level."Psychological Perspectives: A Quarterly Journal of Jungian Thought is published by the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles.
"I wouldn't call those visitors 'tourists.' They're clearly pilgrims. People are not going to D.C. as tourists the way they would visit another city. [But] what these tourists are doing as they tour the monuments and the city is an aspect of civil religion: it's honest to goodness deep, deep, soul religion. That's different even from the spiritual dimension of religion."Peay then asks, "So how would this apply to Washington, D.C., and what would a "soul" and a "spirit" approach to the nation's capital feel like?" Moore answers:
"The spirit part is to make everything function well, and to be efficient. . . With spirit, there's a tendency to be educational and to explain everything, rather than letting people have the simple experience of the images and the memories they evoke.Peay continues, "D.C. is so rich with statues and images carved into its buildings. Is there a particular figure that to you embodies something of the soul of the city?" Moore replies:
A soul approach would be to visit an old building, for example, and go into a room where an old document was signed, without having to listen to someone give a lecture about it... So when someone is standing in front of a monument, or is in some historic room or building, they need to allow their imagination time and quiet."
"The art of weaving things together is a very traditional image of soul. The Goddess Athena, who was the patroness of Athens, and who is the patroness of all cities, was a weaver: I see Athena in all of the buildings, and particularly in the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol. Being able to weave together cultures and personalities and all sorts of peoples and religions – that is the work of Athena, and that is the work of the city and of the government. So she is the patroness of the soul of the city: not the running of it, but the weaving."