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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Live life as deus humanus, be a divine human

Omega Institute offers an excerpt from Thomas Moore's Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels which won the Best Spiritual Book Award in the 2010 Books for a Better Life Awards competition sponsored by the Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society. This excerpt includes Moore's views about the Gospels' relevance for today:
"How, then, do you live the Gospel spirit today? You do exactly what the gospel says: Firstly, you cultivate a deep respect for people who are not of your circle and whom society rejects. I speak of respect rather than love, because love is too easily sentimentalized and because agape is about respect and affection rather than melodramatic emotion. Secondly, you do everything possible to deal effectively with demonic urges in yourself and in society. You do something about aggression, paranoia, narcissism, greed, jealousy, and violence. You live with a mindset that doesn't justify such things but seeks alternatives. Thirdly, you play the role of healer in every situation. The word therapy appears 47 times in the New Testament — you adopt a therapeutic posture in the style of Jesus the healer. In all your work and interactions, you take the role of healer. Finally, you say awake and don't fall into the unconsciousness of the age. You also help others wake up to a thoughtful life imagined in fresh, original, and convivial ways."
Thomas Moore teaches Jesus Spirituality and the Soul of the Gospels with his wife, Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa at Omega's Rhinebeck, New York location from July 2 to July 4, 2010. Click this link for registration details.

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