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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thomas Moore shares his May 2011 newsletter

Thomas Moore's May 2011 Newsletter is available online and through his public Facebook page. Moore shares:
"I have just completed several weeks of travel that took me to Dublin, London, Toronto, New York and Albuquerque. In each place I met remarkable people serving their communities with the values I have sketched out in my books on the soul. I have been touched by many who tell me that my books inspired them to change their lives and be creative and community-minded. I have also been hard at work preparing two new book proposals, one inspired by Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond and the other a book that presents a code of life for young people. I've abandoned my attempts to get my autobiographical book Zen Catholic published, and I have a few possibilities for my translation of the Gospels. My stepson Abe has helped me prepare a new web site that should be up in a couple of weeks, and I've written an app calendar based on Care of the Soul."
The newsletter includes current public events through 2011 and into 2012. Moore speaks tonight about Art and Dreams at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in Brattleboro, Vermont. Details are in the newsletter's sidebar.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Living with dreams deepens our point of view

For his blog with The Huffington Post, Thomas Moore writes "A Dreamer's Life" today. Moore shares,
"I have been a psychotherapist for well over thirty years. I work in the style of depth psychology — Freud, Jung, Hillman. They all take dreams seriously, but they hesitate to come up with definitive interpretations of a dream, especially Hillman. I am closest to him, and I, too, worry about easy and conclusive interpretations.

I treat a dream like a painting. Would I look at a painting, figure out its meaning, and then pack it away? Hardly. I might live with a painting all my life, and that's the way I deal with dreams. I look at them now and then but never reduce them to a meaning."
He offers two guidelines for approaching dreams:
- See how the dreamer's resists what is happening in the dream;
- Jung's technique of amplification: "... comparing a dream image to one you know from art, literature, religion or mythology."

Moore writes, "I'm at the point now in my work that I can't deal with a person's life problems unless I hear at least one dream. The dream reveals things that neither the person nor I can see without it. The dream is like an x-ray showing underlying patterns and characters."

He talks about this in an interview reported on Barque under the headline, "Dreams may be seen as x-rays to the soul's needs".


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Care of the Soul in Medicine available in Spanish

Thomas Moore's recent book, Care of the Soul in Medicine is now available in Spanish: El cuidado del alma en la medicina in paperback from

Following the the product description in Spanish, the page includes, "The author speaks to the importance of healing a person rather than simply treating a body. He gives advice to both healthcare providers and patients for maintaining dignity and humanity. He provides spiritual guidance for dealing with feelings of mortality and threat, encouraging patients to not only take an active part in healing but also to view illness as a positive passage to new awareness."

Format: Paperback
Pages: 288 pages
Publisher: Urano  (May 1, 2011)
Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 8479537728
ISBN-13: 978-8479537722

Read the publisher's description.