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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Learn with Moore at Omega retreat, July 2010

Thomas Moore and his wife offer a weekend retreat with Omega's Rhinebeck, New York community starting 2 July 2010. According to Omega, while exploring Jesus Spirituality & the Soul of the Gospels, "Moore and his wife, Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa, guide us through meditation, chant, communal reflection, self-examination, reading, and walking meditation as we open to the joy of human life and relationship, and discover a spirituality of the divine that never conflicts with the pleasures of our earthly existence."

Date: July 2 - 4, 2010
Location: Rhinebeck, New York
Tuition: $295 U.S. (Members: $270 U.S.)
Course: SM10-2502-148
Register online and click links for accommodation
and commuter fees.
Recommended reading for this program:
Thomas Moore, Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels (2009), published by Hay House.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Moore offers one-day workshop at Eckerd College

In addition to the free public lecture at Eckerd College on Monday 22 February starting at 7:30 p.m., Thomas Moore offers a workshop on Saturday 20 February at the college. The campus location of the workshop is to be announced.

Soul and Spirit: Deeply Human and Open to Mysteries
Registration . . . . . . . . 9:30 a.m.
Workshop begins . . . 10:00 a.m.
Workshop ends . . . . . . 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 registration fee
Snacks and lunch included

Deadline for workshop registration:
Noon, Friday 19 February 2010
To reserve a seat, call: 727 864-7757
M. Bagasao
Senior Chaplain/ Director
Center for Spiritual Life
Eckerd College

According to Moore, "We human beings stand midway between an intimate life of family, friends, home, and work on side, and a vast universe full of mysteries on the other. We cook and we pray, play and meditate, make a home and wonder about the meaning of it all. We are human and spiritual. But these two all-important dimensions sometimes get separated. We focus on one and forget the other." This workshop considers "deepening ordinary life while developing an intelligent and grounded spiritual existence."

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Watch video of Moore talking about education

Marlboro College shares Thomas Moore's 6 April 2009 talk, Liberal Arts and Care of the Soul, as a video on YouTube. In this hour-long presentation, "A Liberating Education: Learning How to Be a Person with Soul," Moore urges us to "become cultured persons rather than just informed and skilled workers."

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Moore's Writing in the Sand is book award finalist

Thomas Moore's latest book, Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels, published by Hay House, is one of five finalists in the best Spiritual Book category for the 14th annual Books for a Better Life Awards. Winners will be announced Monday 22 February 2010 during an awards ceremony at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.

Writing in the Sand wins an award from Spirituality and Practice as one of the best Spiritual books of 2009 (Category: Jesus), as announced on Barque at the beginning of this month.

Moore's earlier book, Dark Nights of the Soul, published by Gotham Books, won the best Psychology Book award in 2005 in the Books for a Better Life Awards, also announced on Barque.

For the Books for a Better Life Awards, five finalists are selected from nearly 500 entries for each of the ten categories.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Protect your mystery and love your inner idiot

Thomas Moore visits the C. G. Jung Center for Studies in Analytical Psychology of Brunswick, Maine on Friday 7 May and Saturday 8 May, 2010.

Friday 7 May 2010, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Lecture: The Importance of Not Knowing Yourself:
Protecting the Mystery of Who and What You Are

Orion Performing Arts Center, 50 Republic Ave., Topsham, Maine
Members: $15; Non-members: $20

"Only the shallow know themselves." ~ Oscar Wilde
Understanding yourself is not nearly as important as appreciating how deep, complex, and rich your soul is. Loving your soul, with all of its gaps, leads to self-acceptance and self-forgiveness, doorways to a creative life. We move in the wrong direction when we aim only for self-improvement and believe that one day everything will be perfect, or should be. An alternative is to appreciate the place of failed work, failed relationships, and failed plans, and to cultivate the fool and the ignoramus.

You will never know enough or accomplish all that you feel you need to do. Instead, you can love your foolishness and see the wisdom in your failures. You can appreciate how much you have received from your losses. You can love the mysterious in those with whom you are intimate and give up the need to understand yourself. A soul psychology embraces both the empty and the full. As the spiritual traditions show, connecting with life’s deepest mysteries, in the world and in yourself, is the purpose of religion.
Saturday 8 May, 2010 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Seminar: Imperfect Souls: How to Love Your Inner Idiot
Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall, Bowdoin College, off College St., Brunswick
Members: $85; Non-members: $95
Register by Friday, April 30, and receive $10 discount.
Pre-registration recommended.

"In quest of learning, every day you acquire something.
In quest of the Tao, every day you lose something."
~ Tao Te Ching, 48
Today people assume that it’s important to acquire and accomplish things, to know as much as possible and to succeed. The soul sometimes works by a different logic. It comes to life with special effect when we are emptied through failure and loss. The key is our attitude toward the imperfect life and how we deal with loss. Spiritual traditions teach the importance of the mysterious and of toning down our need to know so much.

In this workshop participants will reflect on sources like the Tao Te Ching, the Heart Sutra, Cultivating Ignorance and Conversations with an Idiot by Nicolaus Cusanus, and In Praise of Foolishness by Erasmus. We will also consider Samuel Beckett’s empty hat, Oscar Wilde’s empty plate of cucumber sandwiches, René Magritte’s paintings, and various poems and Sufi stories. We will try to see the wisdom in our follies, stupidities, illusions, and failures, and we will learn more about loving the imperfect soul. An increase in this kind of love may inspire more satisfying work and deeper relationships.
Visit the C. G. Jung Center at and click on the Center's Programs tab. Scroll to the appropriate dates to print or email these descriptions.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Metanoia initiates a new way to be in the world

RJ, a minister with the United Church of Christ shares sermon notes for January 17 in his post, "Living as new wine" in which he refers to Thomas Moore's description of the wedding in Cana in Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels. A 37 second YouTube video titled Surprise, shows Moore talking about metanoia, a radical shift in awareness. RJ quotes Moore's book:
"But Jesus demonstrates that in the kingdom of God, marriage is one of the prime settings in which the transformation from plain living to new vision can take place. It is where the water becomes wine... it is where our raw and untested lives take on new complexity and richness through sharing and struggle... it is where, like grape juice turning to wine, our separateness is broken down as we discover the mystery of a shared life."
RJ considers additional connections between marriage and different types of relationships. Viewers also can access a 28 second clip of Moore describing the emotion of longing -- an emotion that he says makes us human.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Moore reschedules with The Enrichment Hour

According to media consultant Mike Schwager, his next program of "The Enrichment Hour" on Tuesday 12 January, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. EST features Thomas Moore talking about soul in the first half hour. An earlier Barque post announced Moore as a guest on the show last month but technical difficulties led to tomorrow's rescheduling. Schwager invites listeners to call-in while the guest is on-air: 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time, 6:00 p.m. Central Time, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Sedona Talk Radio.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Awakening the Imagination of Medicine online

Marcus M. McKinney, director of clinical pastoral training with St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, offers materials from Awakening the Imagination of Medicine, held Oct. 26, 2009. Thomas Moore and James Hillman spoke at this event. McKinney's files, on the right side of the central frame in the linked page:
*Awakening Conference Photos
*Dr. James Hillman's Major Points
*Slides/Notes from the conference

Thanks, Marcus, for sharing these resources.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Hay House hosts Moore on radio program, Jan. 9

On 9 January 2010 from 5:00 6:00 p.m. PST, Hay House Radio hosts Thomas Moore with other Hay House speakers on its program Finding Total Happiness: "In the second half of the hour, Gary Renard and Thomas Moore, Ph.D., discuss their non conventional views of Jesus."

Guests are associated with Hay House's I Can Do It! conference scheduled for May 14 to 16, 2010 in San Diego. Moore appears on Sunday 16 May from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to talk about his new book, Care of the Soul in Medicine in a concurrent session.

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Elicit the flavours of Venus for intimacy

YouTube offers a 2 minute 21 second clip of Thomas Moore at OneTaste in San Francisco from 3 May 2009, speaking about "Venus: The Forgotten Face of God." Visit OneTaste and scroll down to view the same segment of Moore's presentation. In this clip, Moore stresses "The sphere of Venus, the Italian goddess of old, contains sensuality, sexuality, romantic love, and the beauty of nature." He prudently recommends that intimate partners forgo trying "to understand" each other.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

Moore visits Eckerd College, February 2010

According to the Presbytery of Tampa Bay, Thomas Moore's appearance at St. Petersburg's Eckerd College in February, 2010 includes:

Saturday, February 20 Workshop:
"Soul and Spirit: Deeply Human and Open to the Mysteries"
To be held on the Eckerd campus; times and cost TBA

Monday, February 22 Lecture:
"The Ecology of Everyday Life: Caring for Your World and Your Deep Soul"
7:30 p.m. in Fox Hall, Eckerd College
Free and open to the public.

Space in the Saturday workshop is limited. If you would like to receive more information when it is available, email This e-mail address is protected from spambots. Enable JavaScript to view it with your contact information.

An earlier Barque post announces this engagement.

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