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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A religion of one's own is our re-imaging religion

Animus Mundi: The Spirituality of the World 
Thomas Moore — Friday 22 April 2016
Climates of Change and the Therapy of Ideas

"As the culture quickly becomes more secularized, the state of religion and spirituality is in crisis. Suddenly we have to re-imagine what religion is all about or give up on it. We are moving toward a more soulless world because the soul thrives on the holy — a recognition of a non-human dimension in all we do. Today many people prefer to speak of spirituality rather than religion. Understandably, they want a more personal and more sophisticated way of being spiritual. Many may seek this through their psychotherapy. We are moving toward a new definition of religion and new ways of finding sacred forms, rituals, teachings and methods. One important development is including concerns of the soul as well as the spirit. Soul and spirit is increasingly the focus in many psychotherapies. We can find models for re-visioning religion in C.G. Jung, D.H. Lawrence, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Emily Dickinson, Anne Sexton, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau."