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Monday, October 19, 2020

Moore teams up with his daughter in November

Thomas Moore and his daughter Siobhán Moore (Ajeet Kaur) participate in the Winter Series offered by The Hedge School in Ireland from Nov. 2 to Nov. 23, 2020. According to the hosts:
"We will be in response to Samhain — The Celtic New Year and season of death and renewal. This is a time when the veil is thin. As we slip into the darkness in the northern hemisphere we remember the Ancestors, the Otherworld and our collective place in a world grappling with a dark night of the soul. Our focus for our Hedge School Winter Series is on Belonging: Ancestral Lineage, Cultural Memory and Collective Trauma Restoration. We will explore these themes from Irish and global perspectives as one of the burning issues on our world stage right now."
 Moore and his daughter offer a shared presentation:
"Then we travel across the Atlantic to East Coast America to meet Thomas Moore (author of Care of the Soul, Dark Nights of the Soul and 25 other books on spirituality and depth psychology, former monk, international lecturer and psychotherapist) and his daughter Ajeet Kaur (Siobhán Moore) (internationally acclaimed music artist in the sacred traditions of Ireland, India, and other world folk traditions.) They will join together to share music, stories, and ancient traditions as potent rituals for the times we live in."
The Hedge School meets for seven sessions of  90 minutes across the 3-week period, Monday & Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Dublin Time beginning Monday 2 November, 2020. Participants receive recordings, resources and packages after each session.

Early bird rate available until Oct. 23: €175

Friday, October 16, 2020

Register for Soul Psychology's second course now

The second course in Thomas Moore's Soul Psychology series begins Friday 6 November, 2020 with an one-half hour live introduction by Moore. This course is six weeks with new readings posted on Friday. The live lecture with Q&A chat follows on Wednesday.

Live introductory session: Friday 6 November 12:00 Noon ET 
1. Wed 11 Nov 12:00 Noon ET Eros and Psyche
2. Wed 18 Nov 12:00 Noon ET Working with Dreams
3. Wed 25 Nov 12:00 Noon ET Hermes: Guide of Souls
4. Wed  2  Dec  12:00 Noon ET Anima Mundi: Soul of the World
5. Wed  9  Dec  12:00 Noon ET Alchemy: The Basics
6. Wed 16 Dec  12:00 Noon ET Psychological Polytheism

Ruzuku hosts the course. Registration is open at Soul Psychology. Students of a previous course receive 15% discount. Students who have completed the six-course series receive a greater discount. Completion of six courses with consultation may lead to a certificate of attendance.

Monday, October 05, 2020

Moore's book Soul Therapy available 4 May 2021

HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins provides its full description for Thomas Moore's new book, Soul Therapy: The Art and Craft of Caring Conversations, to be available 4 May 2021. Pre-order now.

The New York Times bestselling author of the classic Care of the Soul "addresses the needs of those providing soul care to others — therapists, psychiatrists, ministers, spiritual directors, teachers, and even friends — sharing his insights for incorporating a spiritual or soulful dimension into their work and practices.

Soul Therapy is the culmination of Thomas Moore’s work. In his previous acclaimed books, he explored the soul in important areas of our lives — work, sex, marriage, family, religion, and aging. In this wise guide, he now returns to his core vocation: teaching practitioners — therapists, psychiatrists, ministers, spiritual directors, and others — how to offer soul care to those they assist.

A training manual infused with a lifetime’s worth of wisdom, Soul Therapy is divided into five sections:

— What therapy or “soul care” is and how it works;
— What soul work is required of the helper to be able to address the needs of others;
— How to access and move forward the spiritual dimension;
— How to apply this work to specific areas, such as work, marriage, parenting, or teaching;
— How to deal with other issues that arise, such as developing a therapeutic style, dealing with one’s shadow, and the need for self-care.

Profound yet practical, enlightened yet grounded in real-world experience, Soul Therapy will become a definitive resource for caregivers and practitioners for years to come."

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Rhythms, episodes, cadences, fugues in psyche

South Africa's Centre for Applied Jungian Studies offers its eight-week online Jungian Music Program starting Saturday 24 October, 2020 through its newly formed Jungian School of Music and Psyche.

Thomas Moore is a faculty member for this program. Moore's first module is titled Rhythms, Episodes, Cadences and Fugues in the Psyche
"Picking up the Boethius idea of Musica Humana, I explore the musical dynamic structure of human experience. The rhythms and tempos of emotions and moods and meaningful events. How to be a musician of your life or a musician of the soul, appreciating how musical forms exist in the psyche in ways parallel to their appearance in the music of sound. This musical approach allows for a kind of psychotherapy that allows the natural movements of the soul but also offers techniques for shaping those experiences and dealing with them in ways that are graceful and satisfying."

Moore's second module is Soul Music in the Italian Renaissance:

"This approach to music and the psyche is based in the imaginative work of Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), who was a musician, philosopher, translator and magus. He sorted music astrologically according to the classical Greek gods and goddesses, recommended diagnosing the particular needs of the soul, and playing and listening to music that would either temper the mood or deepen it. It is possible to adapt Ficino’s methods today, becoming more conscious, artful and therapeutic in the way we use music for the soul."
Download the complete program.
Program Tuition: $300 U.S.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Caring for soul and spirit web series starts Oct. 6

Thomas Moore offers a four-part webinar series with SDI Workshops this month: Caring for Soul and Spirit with Thomas Moore

These 75-minute sessions are on Tuesday, October 6, 13, 20, 27 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time (3:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Week 1 
Soul and spirit are two directions a meaningful life can take, two elements in our basic make-up as human beings. Spirit aims high toward perfection, future bliss, order, a sense of the cosmos, high states of contemplation and being. Soul is embedded in ordinary life and consists of intimate emotions and relationships, home, family, sexuality, the imperfect life, shadow or dark qualities, failure and loss. Soul makes us human, while spirit gives us transcendent vision. Both are necessary and valuable, and each are best when the other is present. 

Week 2
Certain religions and their figureheads demonstrate this union of soul and spirit. Jesus is surrounded by friends and family as he teaches his way of love and community. The first shall be last. Look at the lilies in the field for an example of how to be. Help your neighbor even if you have nothing in common. The Buddha recommends a Middle Way between asceticism and worldliness. The sangha or community is essential. Zen master Shunryu Suzuki suggests seeing your way as “nothing special.” Jesus’ first miraculous sign is to supply excellent wine at a wedding party. The Tao Te Ching recommends not striving. Accomplish much by doing nothing.

Week 3
In the soul psychology of James Hillman we “go with the symptom” and not against it. If you’re sad, you can go deeper into your sadness, not to indulge in it or make it worse, but to feel it and know it better, ultimately to go through it rather than beyond it. We see that our problems point to what is painful but also what is needed. If you are lonely, you may need to be creatively alone more often or be more of an individual.

Week 4
Soul is the depth of the ordinary. Your “spiritual” practice could be more ordinarily and material. Woodworking and gardening offer opportunities for contemplation. Walking is a good spiritual practice (read Thoreau’s essay on it) or making music. You can cook for friendship and sensory pleasure and not just for health or principle. Jesus was an Epicurean, loving to have his friends with him at dinner, and others, as well. A soulful life is warm and intimate, a good base for spiritual practice.

The Facilitator for this series is Frederica Helmiere, Director of Programs and Events at SDI.
CEU credits are available for participants.

Cost: $119
Discounts for SDI members.