Friday, October 30, 2015

Religion may include the unknown and optimism

During the airing of Super Soul Sunday on Sunday 18 October 2015, Oprah Winfrey asks Thomas Moore to finish this sentence, "I believe ..."

Moore responds:
"I believe the ultimate purpose and way of going about life is unknown but that it's worth it to consistently search for it, and in my own action, to have the optimism to make my life and the whole world turn out for the best."

Friday, October 23, 2015

Let's work through the challenges of relationships

Harper Collins Publishers reissues Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship at the same time as the anniversary edition of Care of the Soul. According to the original description for Soul Mates:
"The author of Care of the Soul shows readers how 'soul intimacy' can be cultivated through letter writing, conversations, sexuality, jealousy, boredom, and endings, and how the soul is enriched through the tribulations of life." 
This new version of Soul Mates may be pre-ordered on

Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship
by Thomas Moore
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial
On sale: January 26, 2016
ISBN-10: 0062466860
ISBN-13: 978-0062466860

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Care of Your Soul and Spirit conversation in Ireland

Enjoy an evening of conversation with Thomas Moore on Wednesday 21 October 2015 starting at 7:30 p.m. in Tipperary, Ireland. Local author and poet Grace Wells joins Moore to talk about Care of Your Soul and Spirit. Wells moved to Ireland from London in 1991. This event invites a broad audience and may be of particular interest to people in caring and teaching roles.

General admission ticket + fee: €26.88
Concession ticket + fee: €16.43

Hotel Minella
Coleville Road
County Tipperary

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Featured with meditation and mindfulness experts

Thomas Moore contributes to Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living: Awareness & Meditation Practices for Living in the Present Moment, available 8 April 2016. According to the Llewellyn Trade Catalog Winter 2016, page 17:
"Enhance your awareness, gain higher focus and happiness, and improve all levels of your health with the discussions and practices in this guide to mindful living. Featuring a variety of meditation and mindfulness experts — including Michael Bernard Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Thomas Moore, Cyndi Dale, Guy Finley, and many others — Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living presents topics ranging from building your foundation of practice to reaching your potential and loving your body."
This book is divided into five sections:
For Basic Understanding and Practices,
For Your Health,
For Love of Your Body,
For Reaching Potential, and
For Subtle Energy and Spirit.

Editors: Robert Butera, PhD and Erin Byron, MA
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0738746770
ISBN-13: 978-0738746777
Pre-ordered now on

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Moore offers personal spirituality course on CDs

Sounds True offers a 6-CD audio learning course by Thomas Moore called A Personal Spirituality: Finding Your Own Way to a Meaningful Life that will be available 1 March 2016 for $69.95 US. It may be pre-ordered on now. According to the publisher:
"In these six sessions, he illuminates the sacred aspect of relationships, vocation, and personal identity; examines the shadow side of both spirituality and pure secularism; offers guidance for looking beyond dogma in religious traditions; and inspires us to find a spiritual path that honors both our modern intelligence and the imperatives of the soul."
Product Details
Audio CD
Publisher: Sounds True (March 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622036093
ISBN-13: 978-1622036097
Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 6 inches

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Explore redesigned site of Spirituality and Practice

Spirituality and Practice offers a new design and new navigation on its new site including a tour with its new features such as the Practice Toolkit, Arts section covering music, art, and photography, and Quotes section.

The Living Spiritual Teachers Project includes a ten-page section featuring S&P content about Thomas Moore. Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat recommend Moore's work for:
  • Ever-expanding reports on the soul's journey in all arenas of life 
  • Respect and reverence for imagination, creativity, and beauty 
  • Adventuresome ideas on the interface between religion and spirituality 
  • Calls to the vocation of caring for our souls
Thomas Moore is a member of  the S&P Council of Advisors.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Moore talks about A Religion of One's Own

Last year authors Thomas Moore and Katrina Kenison offered a public event at Christ Church in Exeter NH about their writing lives and how to cultivate soul every day. Watch their presentation in this 1.5 hour video by AccessTV98.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Moore teaches in Peterborough, NH on May 9

If you can be in the the Monadnock area of New Hampshire over Mother's Day weekend, consider attending an event with Thomas Moore who is offering a half-day seminar in Peterborough, New Hampshire on Saturday 9 May. Next month he offers another half-day seminar on Saturday 13 June 2015.

The first is titled Touch the Soul in the Healing Process and the second is Stories, Images and Dreams. Each session, scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., is restricted to 35 participants to ensure an intimate opportunity to learn about soul-centred living.

Registration: $108 for one session, $160 for both sessions.
Register now by clicking on the Events tab on this linked page. Only a limited number of seats are still available.

Soul: Yoga, Healing and the Arts
Union Mill
374 Union St.
Peterborough, New Hampshire 03458
Telephone: (603) 203-6673

Visit Soul on Facebook.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Transcript of Moore interview in Jungian journal

The Spring 2015 issue of Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation in New York includes the transcript of an interview with Thomas Moore: "A Religion of One's Own: A Public Talk and Conversation at The Garrison Institute" conducted 31 March 2014. (Volume XLV:1) Unfortunately only the beginning is available online for free. Subscribers have access to this complete interview.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A full version is available for free through

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Moore offers module in new certificate program

Thomas Moore participates in a new certificate program, Certificate in Soul-Centered Counseling with Dan Leven, Leven Institute for Expressive Movement. This program consists of four 5-day workshops (3 with Dan Leven and 1 with Thomas Moore) at Kripalu Center and 8 weeks of distance learning following each workshop. The four modules constitute the full training program, or individual modules may be taken as a stand-alone course.

Thomas Moore's in-person module at Kripalu Center is:
Care of the Soul: for Healing Professionals and Those on a Healing Path,
29 November - 3 December 2015
"Care of the Soul workshop focuses on the narratives, bits of story, memory and images that underlie behavior. It goes beyond ego awareness to the heights of spirit and the depths of the soul. This approach requires an appreciation for the imaginal and the archetypal in the psyche. It’s guided by night dreams, and it takes life stories as fictions unveiling the deep themes that make up a person’s life. It asks for training that is both cultural — acquaintance with myth, art and spiritual traditions —  and personal, the ability to evoke the soul without any heroic ambitions.  
This workshop is exciting because of its depth and satisfying because it helps the professional discover his and her soul and find healing. Its purpose is not to become a manager of a person’s life but rather a master in guiding the soul."
The distance learning component of each module includes:
- Monthly group conference calls led by Dan Leven or Thomas Moore
- Weekly support exercises and readings
- Online group discussions of readings
- Reflection papers
- Individual support through faculty responses to reflection papers

Tuition for the full certificate program: $2900 ($1800 paid to Kripalu for the in-person modules and $1100 paid to LIFE Movement for the distance learning portion of the program).

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Real mystics open up to what is really real reality

Today the Oprah Winfrey Network on Huffington Post shares Anyone Can Be A Mystic Here's How, an excerpt from Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World published by Gotham Books (Penguin Group USA). The selection includes:
"Religion begins in the sensation that your life makes sense within a larger one, that you and the animals have a bond, that the trees and rocks and rivers are to the body of the world as your bones and hair and bloodstream are to your body. You understand, at least in some primal way, that your happiness depends on the happiness of the beings around you. You may even realize, ultimately, that your soul participates in the world's soul.

If you go deep enough into yourself, you will come up against mysterious creative forces. You can't know yourself completely, and you may realize, again, as mystics have pointed out, that some of your problems stem from your resistance against that deep, unknown source of vitality. If you could get out of the way, who knows what you could become? The divine creator not only makes a world but also creates a self." 
Moore's new book is now available in paperback.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Order your copy of A Religion of One's Own now releases the paperback edition of Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World on 6 January 2015. Pre-order now.

 A Religion of One's Own: 
A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World
By Thomas Moore
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Gotham (January 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1592408842
ISBN-13: 978-1592408849

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Join Thomas Moore on retreat in Ireland this fall

Ireland’s Emmaus Centre hosts Thomas Moore’s retreat, Care Of Soul And Spirit from Friday 31 October to Wednesday 5 November 2014.
"Soul is the depth of experience that makes us human and fully in the world. Spirit allows us to transcend, reach toward the infinite, be endlessly creative and find meaning and purpose. This retreat speaks to both soul and spirit together and offers ways to live a life that is both deeply connected and pleasurable and at the same time sublime and profoundly religious or spiritual."
"The retreat consists of intensive morning dream work, one-hour sessions for the presentation and discussion of many themes in spirituality, archetypal psychology and mythology, and free time for personal reflection and community."

This retreat is available on a residential and non-residential basis.
Total Cost Residential: €450
Total Cost Non Residential: €310.00
Participants may also attend on a day basis. Cost per day is:
Friday or Wednesday: €35.00 per day.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday: €60 per day.
Retreat Time: Friday 7:00 p.m. to Wednesday 2.30 p.m.

Moore’s retreats are filled with “humour and hard personal work, support and challenge, rich traditional themes and new ideas… Thomas presents a fresh, depth approach to the spiritual that has nothing to do with self-denial, guilt or excessive purity. He offers a spirituality and a psychology of joy.”

Friday evening Seminar: Soulful Spirituality

Saturday: Dream Work; The Soul and Spirit; Living with Art and Dreams; Self-Therapy: Emotions, past experiences.

Sunday: Dream Workp A Religion of One’s Own; World spiritual traditions; Sexuality and Spirituality; Magic, Intuition and Inner Guidance.

Monday: Dream Work; Relationships as Soul-Making; Opus: The Alchemy of Work; the Mystery of Daphne.

Tuesday: Dream Work; C. G. Jung’s Way using Images; James Hillman’s Soul; Hermes the Holy Thief and Deceiver; A Soulful Life.

Wednesday: This half-day session, like all previous days, begins with Dream Work; Jesus the Epicurean; the Holy Fool. The afternoon closing session, Soulful Spirituality, concludes the retreat’s journey.

Book your online deposit now.

The Emmaus Centre
Ennis Lane
County Dublin

Barque coverage
1 Feb 2014 "Ireland program: Care of body, soul. spirit, world"

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Art and religion may help us with life's mysteries

For Greg Garrison interviews Thomas Moore over the telephone before this weekend's program in Birmingham, Alabama: "'People are angry at the religion they grew up with': ex-monk turned bestselling author will lecture".
"Moore will be coming to Alabama for the first time in May as the featured speaker of the SPAFER lectures at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, 518 19th St. North, on May 2, at 7 p.m. and May 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Southern Progressive Alliance for Exploring Religion and the Friends of Jung-South are co-sponsoring the lectures." 
Garrison writes:
"Most people have not had any education in the mysticism of their own religions," Moore said.
"The mystics provide the heart and soul of a religion." Moore has simply found other ways of tapping into mysticism.

"You can be an ordinary mystic, when you put together all the experiences of nature, and art," he said. "The separation of art and religion in our time is a symptom of the secularism of our time. They offer us a way to contemplate and mediate things that can't be explained."

He's not advocating leaving formal religion, but notes that's not the only path." 
For ticket information visit

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Register for Moore's Birmingham program now

Thomas Moore presents the weekend program, A Religion of One's Own, in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday 2 May and Saturday 3 May 2014 with Friends of Jung – South and the Southern Progressive Alliance for Exploring Religion. SPAFER is a forum for religious and spiritual exploration. Order tickets now for the 2-day package or for an individual day.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Re-imagine a religion that feeds your soul

New Dimensions Radio's Justine Willis Toms interviews Thomas Moore about "Re-imagining A Religion That Feeds Our Soul" on 15 January 2014. The program description reads:
"Church attendance continues to decline as many of us abandon the religious institutions of our youth. However, in today’s culture the search for the sacred has never been more active. Thomas Moore suggests that nature, art, and accessing the wealth of traditional spiritual wisdom can be of enormous help in revivifying our relationship to religion. We need to abandon the dogma and set our compass according to our personal values and philosophy as we search for a religion that feeds our soul. He says, “This is the time to stop looking for an answer outside yourself, looking for an organization that will answer your needs completely or answer them through your joining them and subscribing to their beliefs and their practices and their way of looking at the world. I think that time is over… We have to do that ourselves… It’s also a responsibility and it is more difficult.”
Topics in this dialogue include:
— How we can find the sacred in the secular
— Why seeking a religion of one’s own increases the intimacy of community
— Why sexuality and eros are sacred and connected to our life vitality
— How reading tea leaves increases our inner guidance and connects to natural magic   

Cost: $1.99.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Meet Thomas Moore in Tempe, Arizona this month

Thomas Moore continues his book tour at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona on Wednesday 22 January 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m. This event is free for two when you purchase a copy of Moore's A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World from the bookstore.

Location Google Map
 6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe Square Shopping Center,
Tempe, AZ 85283 ‎

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Magazine quotes Thomas Moore in daily reflection

Spirituality & Health magazine features Thomas Moore in today's quote:

“To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” 
― Thomas Moore

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Spring Journal reviews Songlines of the Soul

Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture (vol. 89) focuses on Buddhism and Depth Psychology: Refining the Encounter. Polly Young-Eisendrath is Guest Editor. Nancy Cater is Editor-in-Chief. This volume includes a review by Dennis Patrick Slattery of Veronica Goodchild's Songlines of the Soul: Pathways to a New Vision for a New Century. Thomas Moore writes the foreword to this book.  
Barque coverage
12 May 2012 "Moore writes foreword to Songlines of the Soul"


Friday, July 05, 2013

The display of power may be a sign of anxiety

Read Thomas Moore's article "Soul Power: Nonviolence is the weapon of the brave" in The Intelligent Optimist magazine published 17 December 2012. Moore writes:
"In response to conflict, we often try to restrain our adversaries rather than empower them. The first move toward peace might be to take careful note of where violent people feel disempowered. To display your power is to show you are anxious about it. To perform atrocity and act violently is to reveal a profound confusion of mind and heart, an insanity that shows how far apart power and weakness are.
Today, our first goal might be to assure that all nations have the economic, political, and social empowerment they need. A second step is for those who have military might to explore what it would take to transmute that weaponry into power of soul. If a nation has stockpiled weapons and bad schools, that is a sign that the power issue is seriously off-kilter. Power of soul creates peace, and when there is peace there is so much to do, so much to create and sustain, that there could be no time or energy left over for the military. People who are totally involved in their works and families can’t imagine going off to war. It makes no sense."
Moore distinguishes between violence and aggression in this piece while defining peace: "Peace is not the absence of conflict or aggression. It is the transformation of brute power into strength of mind and heart. Peace is the humane focusing of anger and ambition on the needs of the world and on creative contributions to life and culture. Peace is an active thing, strong and bold."

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Moore recommends ways doctors may be soulful

Listen to this brief interview with Thomas Moore about "The Art and Soul of Medicine" on Radio Rounds, created by medical students at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton Ohio. In this 3 March 2013 podcast Moore talks about the soul in health care, how it affects healing and "what physicians-in-training can do to effectively integrate the art with the science of medicine." Run time is approximately 12 minutes.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Does artistic distortion "come nearer" to reality?

In his March-April 2013 column "A Beautiful Distortion" for Spirituality & Health magazine, Thomas Moore looks at art specifically the work of Georgia O'Keeffe. He writes:
"She said that she first painted natural objects in the ordinary way and then did her “dream thing,” after which the paintings would “come nearer reality than my objective kind of work.”
This second phase went beyond the ordinary and the literal, allowing her stunning flowers and clouds and skulls to touch an observer’s soul. Without being obviously religious, they have a spiritual impact. O’Keeffe was interested in mysticism and religion, although she didn’t follow a particular tradition or go to church. She was a natural, secular mystic who had a gift for expressing spiritual truths in her art."
Moore develops this theme of natural, secular mysticism in his forthcoming book, A Religion of One's Own (Gotham Books) for release in Fall 2013.

Friday, March 01, 2013

David Chadwick responds to Moore's questions

David Chadwick, author of Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki (1999) and Thank You and OK!: An American Zen Failure in Japan (2007), shares January - February 2013 email correspondence with Thomas Moore in "Four Questions from Thomas Moore Evaded". Moore asks questions for his current book, A Religion of One's Own. Chadwick shares his responses.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Book in Progress: A Religion of One's Own

In his January 2013 Newsletter Thomas Moore describes his current writing project. Last year he negotiated a contract with Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) to write A Religion of One's Own. He is now on the second revision of the book (he usually does four or five) with the final version due 1 March 2013. Moore explains:
"I'm offering an alternative to the fading formal religious ways of the past and the secularism that is a pseudo-religion itself. I'm very much in the footsteps of the New England Transcendentalists, especially Emerson, Thoreau and Channing, in recommending that we seriously draw insight and inspiration from the traditions as we shape a religious practice suited to us individually. I see a future in which we need not belong to a religion but go deeply into many of them to find the insights and practices we need. We can do this alone or in an established community, but I think we should consciously select and shape our own ideas (theology) and practices. We could be spiritually creative and yet profoundly in debt to the wisdom and beauty of the traditions. In this book I spell out concrete ways to reinvigorate our religiousness in this way. I use the word religion, fully redefined, because spirituality tends to be too vague, abstract and self-centered."
Gotham Books also publishes Moore's book Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way through Life’s Ordeals that won Best Psychology Book in the Books for a Better Life Awards chosen in 2005.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Watch Thomas Moore presentations on the web

Your Mission in Life:
Care for Body, Soul, Spirit and the World
Landmark College
1 hour 15 minutes
4 April 2014

Thomas Moore in conversation with Katrina Kenison
Christ Church
Exeter, New Hampshire
1.5 hours
28 January 2014  

Art, Dreams and Spirituality
Rothko Chapel
Houston, Texas
1.5 hours
3 March 2012  

Art and Dream 
Part 1: 33 minutes
Part 2: 30 minutes
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Brattleboro Vermont
26 May 2011

A Liberating Education: 
Learning How to be a Person with Soul
Liberal Arts and Care of the Soul
Marlboro College,
Marlboro Vermont
1 hour
6 April 2010 

Building Successful Relationships 
Using  Spiritual Principles
Antioch University New England’s Applied Psychology Department
MAPS Counseling Services
72 minutes
4 December 2008 

Healing Through Illness: 
Celebrating Art & Life
Center for Spirituality and Healing
University of Minnesota
Presentation: 44 minutes Q&A: 15 minutes
17 October 2006

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Moore assists Viridis Graduate Institute as trustee

Thomas Moore is a founding board trustee of Viridis Graduate Institute, International School of Ecopsychology. According to the institute's site, ecopsychology is "An interdisciplinary field of inquiry bridging the sciences and humanities and predicated on the evidence that humanity's well-being is integrated into the health and sustainability of all of nature." The institute offers online graduate programs supported by in-person sessions.

Moore's endorsement: "If you are a conscious, awake and participatory citizen today, you must be engaged in the preservation of our planet and its beautiful natural world. Viridis Graduate Institute stands out as an educational organization that appreciates both the ecological and the psychological dimensions involved in this effort."

VGI Partnership Model
VGI partners include and the Institute for Cultural Change with which Moore is affiliated as a member of its board of advisors.

Postal address:
Viridis Graduate Institute
PO Box 182
Carpinteria, CA
93014-0182 USA

Monday, September 10, 2012

Buy The Guru of Golf from publisher Hay House

As part of its Fall Clearance, publisher Hay House sells Thomas Moore’s book The Guru of Golf and Other Stories about the Game of Life, paperback edition for $1.99 U.S. until 24 September 2012.
The Guru of Golf and Other Stories about the Game of Life
By Thomas Moore
Format: Paperback
Publication: August 2011
ISBN 978-1-4019-2566-6
Discount price: $1.99 U.S.

The publisher's description includes, "In this collection of 18 short stories, The Guru of Golf celebrates perhaps one of the most widely popular of athletic pursuits. Thomas Moore shows us how golf can be a perfect metaphor for life itself ― endlessly mysterious, joyful, and fascinating while at times frustrating, infuriating, and unbearable. From the tee to the green, Moore intertwines modern and classical tales that illustrate the challenges players face ― both on and off the course." View Moore's book on Hay House’s Fall sale page.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Astrology includes exploring our inner landscapes

"Re-animate the sky by noticing the sun, clouds, and the moon's progress. Begin to have an astropoetic imagination." 
 @thomasmooreSoul 22 August 2012 
This week Thomas Moore is a guest tutor at Exeter College in Oxford U.K. with The Faculty of Astrological Studies. The description for his shared program, Living Soulfully includes:

"With the idea that 2012 marks a turning point now embedded in our cultural consciousness, many people are questioning established values and finding new meaning in spiritual understanding. Astrology can be an invaluable guide to character, soul and inner landscape during this monumental shift in personal and global awareness. This track brings together astrological, psychological and spiritual perspectives from experienced practitioners for a profound re-visioning of relevant topics, including the astrology of happiness, psychological alchemy, and astrology’s gift of linking our daily lives with cosmic archetypes."

Readers may enjoy Moore’s book The Planets Within: The Astrological Psychology of Marsilio Ficino (1990).
Paperback: 230 pages
Revised edition (January 1, 1990)
Lindisfarne Books
Foreword by Noel Cobb
ISBN-10: 0940262282
ISBN-13: 978-0940262287

Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat review this book for Spirituality and Practice.

Barque coverage
1 May 2005 "Exploring the Planets Within"


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Spirituality & Practice lists council members

Spirituality & Practice lists Thomas Moore as a member of its Council of Advisors. He is joined by others such as Ezra Bayda, Sensei at Zen Center San Diego; Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco; Dr. Parker J. Palmer, Founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal; and Sharon Salzberg, Co-Founder, Insight Meditation Society. Visit Spirituality & Practice for online spiritual resources and sign up for its free weekly email newsletter.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Re-Vision's Acorn describes Moore's April events

Thomas Moore, patron of Re-Vision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis, conducted two programs in April 2012, Pleasuring the Soul and Voluptas: Workshop for Psychotherapists and Counsellors for the centre. In its newsletter Acorn, Re-Vision News (May 2012 Issue no. 9), Nicky Marshall describes Moore's sessions on page 2 under "Thomas Moore at Re-Vision." Two photographs of Moore speaking to the London, U.K. audiences accompany her contribution.

Marshall writes, "... how often do you get the chance to spend an hour and a half looking in detail at a great renaissance painting — in this case Botticelli's Primavera — in the company of someone who can discourse on the symbolism and meaning of all of the figures, the images and the thinking, and relate them to the practice of therapy, without once needing to look at a note!"

Barque coverage:
31 Mar 2012 "U.K. professional workshop about job pleasures"
20 Jan 2012 "Focus of talk in London is pleasuring the soul"

Friday, June 29, 2012

Moore reveals his ghost-writer companion

In yesterday’s blog post, Thomas Moore describes a close relationship that contributes to his writing. Read "My silent partner" on Moore's site. He includes:
“I learn from his patience, his love of life, his easy and playful aggression, his finicky taste in food and, above all, the contemplative nature of his presence. He has a good mixture of the puer and senex in him — Hillman’s favorite images of youth and age. He’s a bit heavy now, and yet he still leaps into the air, or tries to, when he’s excited about something. When was the last time I lifted off the ground in sheer delight?”
Moore shares other features of life that he learns from L.B. whose influence seeps into Moore’s books.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Moore writes foreword to Songlines of the Soul

Thomas Moore contributes the foreword to Veronica Goodchild's book, Songlines of the Soul: Pathways to a New Vision for a New Country, to be released 1 October 2012 by Ibis Press. According to
"Songlines of the Soul proposes a new paradigm of reality, a new worldview. The signatures of this new reality are arising both in our own experiences and all around us if only we can stretch wide our stubbornly held perceptions of what is "reality." As we stand at a crucial turning point in our human history, this book offers hope, a call to awaken and expand our perceptions of the fundamental principles that orchestrate reality.

In an age when the answers offered by governments and traditional religion are no longer sufficient, the quest for meaning must — as it always has in the past — arise first through visions, dreams, and journeys to other dimensions of consciousness."
Goodchild is a professor of Jungian psychotherapy and imaginal psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she received her PhD in 1998. She has a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University, NYC granted in 1980.

Songlines of the Soul: 
Pathways to a New Vision for a New Country
by Veronica Goodchild
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Ibis Press
Release Date: 1 October 2012
ISBN-10: 0892541687
ISBN-13: 978-0892541683
Foreword: Thomas Moore

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Do undesirable attributes lead to underlying value?

The San Diego Reader offers an interview with Austin Vickers in which he describes selecting his expert witnesses, including Thomas Moore, for his new film People vs. The State of Illusion.
"How did you choose your expert witnesses?
It was purely selfish. I'd read material from all of them and gotten a quantum leap in understanding of one form or another from each one. So they had all touched my life. They also represented different segments of society, and they were heavyweights in their respective domains. Finally, these are people from MIT and Princeton. This isn't woo-woo science; they're working from well-established principles."
Vickers shares, "I spoke at the Ben Franklin Institute a couple of years ago — it's basically the largest association of mental-health providers in the country. Essentially, I told them that in many respects, traditional psychotherapy can be part of the problem as opposed to the solution. It becomes a problem when a person walks into your office and says, "I've got a problem with addiction," and you say, "Okay, I'm going to help you with your problem."
Whenever I ask an alcoholic or addict, "What's bad about your drinking?" they can talk for hours. But the minute I ask, "What's good about it? Why might whatever's inside you seek the experience of alcoholism from a positive standpoint?" all I get is a blank stare. Because they're so fixated on the idea that there is something bad about them. But there are underlying values to all behaviors — anger, depression, addiction, violence. There are times when numbing out is a really good thing to do."

This sentiment echoes Thomas Moore's view in Care of the Soul:
"If, as a therapist, I did what I was told, I'd be taking things away from people all day long. But I don't try to eradicate the problems. I try not to imagine my role as that of exterminator. Rather, I try to give what is problematical back to the person in a way that shows its necessity, even its value."

Barque coverage:
2 April 2012 "People v. The State of Illusion in N.Y. next month"
10 Feb 2012 "Samuel Goldwyn Films to release Vickers movie"
4 Oct 2011 "Our deep inner source guides us to the edges of life"
28 August 2011 "Film featuring Thomas Moore opens next week "
24 June 2011 "Moore has expert role in film about imagination"


Friday, May 04, 2012

New York Open Center sells Moore's talk of eros

The New York Open Center offers Thomas Moore's 1 April 2012 presentation,  The Path of Eros, as an audio download for $9.99 U.S. This edited file is 1 hour 13 minutes long.

The Path of Eros
"In early Greek religion, Eros was a god responsible for the creation of the world. In other words, eros is a creative principle in us. Eros includes sexuality, desire, pleasure, longing, connection, intimacy and love. We know that eros is difficult. Many have been brought up to fear it and repress it. For that reason alone it can be a portal to new vitality. Eros can lead us to the highest spiritual levels and to the sense that life is beautiful and worth living." From the linked page, listen to the free audio clip of Moore's introductory fish stories (2 minutes 20 seconds).
 The Open Center also offers an audio download of Thomas Moore's presentation Natural Magic: Using Your Hidden Powers for a More Effective Life, (2 hours) for $9.99 U.S., delivered 31 March 2012: "The magus of the European Renaissance saw art, music, and architecture as powerful tools for living, not just aesthetic entertainments. This was magia naturalis, natural magic, with its own resources and rules." This linked page provides a free (6.5 minutes) audio clip of Moore's introduction.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Life gives us opportunities to sort, clarify, refine

Today Thomas Moore (@thomasmooreSoul) tweets:
"The story of Eros and Psyche suggests that deep pleasure comes only after life has been sorted out — the goal of therapy, to sort not to cure."

Watch a 48-second video of  Thomas Moore that echoes this theme: sort things out.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Moore shares his psychotherapeutic approach

For the 2012 Osler Symposium site Thomas Moore offers his approach in the section introducing faculty and storytellers.

Thomas Moore
Author, Care of the Soul and Care of the Soul in Medicine
Peterborough, NH
"As a psychotherapist I’ve been in a healing role for thirty-five years. In all that time, my practice has healed me as well as my clients. I also know that if I do any good, it is because of how I have tended my life and person. I truly believe that everyone — parents, teachers, lovers and friends — is called to be a healer."


Thursday, April 05, 2012

Moore describes soulful approach to healthcare

On Thursday 12 April 2012, Thomas Moore is the keynote speaker at the Medicine and Spirituality Conference hosted by Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University in Dayton Ohio. Moore describes his work in healthcare for a separate site, The Conference: Who's Who Doing What, under the headline "Care of the Soul in Medicine", updated 11 September 2011. This site promotes people actively engaged in sharing their work in medical fields. Moore writes:
"There is a clear movement in many countries today toward expanding our view of medical care. Integrative medicine, alternative therapies and the spirituality of medicine are becoming common themes in hospitals and schools. I have seen firsthand how pastoral care and counseling have grown and changed in medical settings.
[. . .]
But my work moves in a somewhat different direction. While spirituality concerns itself with meaning in life, prayer, meditation, belief and ideas about the afterlife, soul is almost identical with psyche, having to do with the deep emotions, relationships, work, home, family, memory, beauty, attachments, symbol and dream. I follow an ancient tradition, often referred to as Platonist, that considers these issues of great importance to the health and well-being of persons. In an age of “whole person” medicine, I want to speak for the deep soul. For example, while most hospitals today try to give a patient’s family consideration in such things as visiting hours and treatment discussion, they don’t go far enough, in my view, in thinking of the family as an integral part of illness and treatment. I go so far as to say that a person’s family is part of his or her identity and plays a central role in illness and healing."
In this summary of his approach Moore includes, "With the soul in mind, I think the Buddhist ideal is a good foundation: heal first with your presence. If you are present, if only momentarily with a patient or family, and not thinking about the many other things on your schedule, you will probably know what to say. 'Mindfulness' is a key word these days. It applies to being with patients. Remember that he or she is a human being with deep and tender feelings, no matter how soft or gruff the patient may appear on the surface. In fact, a strong surface usually suggests and tender subsurface."


Monday, April 02, 2012

People v. The State of Illusion in N.Y. next month

EDITOR'S UPDATE: Variety posts review by Dennis Harvey 8 April 2012.

Samuel Goldwyn Films debuts Austin Vicker's new movie People v. The State of Illusion in May in New York City according to magazine Natural Awakenings' article, "New Film Explores the Nature of Perception, Imagination and Reality" today. This movie features Thomas Moore, Debbie Ford, Joe Dispenza, Peter Senge and others as expert witnesses, some of our "leading thinkers in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, and quantum physics... Their expert testimony helps answer the film’s central questions: What is real, and can we really change?"

According to the article, "Reviewers for The Huffington Post and others have called the film 'A Must See' and compared the feature-length film to What The Bleep Do We Know? hailing the documentary as a powerful and compelling exploration of the science and power of perception and imagination, as well as a treatise on how habitual thoughts shape our reality." Vickers claims viewers are "given a way to transcend their illusions."

Barque coverage:
10 Feb 2012 "Samuel Goldwyn Films to release Vickers movie"
4 Oct 2011 "Our deep inner source guides us to the edges of life"
28 August 2011 "Film featuring Thomas Moore opens next week "
24 June 2011 "Moore has expert role in film about imagination"


Sunday, April 01, 2012

Friendliness in relationships helps with loneliness

Today Thomas Moore (@thomasmoore Soul) tweets, "The solution to loneliness is to enjoy a friendship with all beings, demonstrated in a habit of friendliness. You reach out. You don't wait."

This approach echoes his observations shared in Care of the Soul, p.94-96:
"Many people wait for members of a community to invite them in, and until that happens they are lonely. There may be something of the child here who expects to be taken care of by the family. But a community is not a family. It is a group of people held together by feelings of belonging, and those feelings are not a birthright. "Belonging" is an active verb, something we do positively. In one of his letters Ficino makes the remark, "The one guardian of life is love, but to be loved you must love." A person oppressed by loneliness can go out into the world and simply start belonging to it, not by joining organizations, but by living through feeling of relatedness — to other people, to nature, to society, to the world as a whole. Relatedness is a signal of soul. By allowing sometimes vulnerable feelings of relatedness, soul pours into life and doesn't have to insist on itself symptomatically.

Like all activities of the soul, community has its connection to death and the underworld. ... From the point of view of the soul, the dead are as much a part of community as the living. ... Outward community flourishes when we are in touch with the inner persons who crowd our dreams and waking thoughts. To overcome loneliness, we might consider releasing these inner figures into life, like the one who wants to sing or cuss in anger or is more sensual or more critical or even more needy than "I" would like to admit. To "admit" who I am is to "admit" those people into life, so that the inner community serves as a start for a sense of belonging in life. I "remember" people I met for the first time because I am in touch with the archetypal world of my imagination, and on the basis of that self-knowledge I can love anyone I meet and be loved in return. The roots of community are immeasurably deep, and the process of belonging, dealing actively with loneliness, begins in the depth of the soul.

Love keeps the soul on the track of its fate and keeps consciousness at the edge of the abyss of the infinity that is the range of the soul. This doesn't mean that relationships between people are not important to the soul's loves. Quite the opposite: recognizing the importance of love to the soul, our ordinary human loves are ennobled beyond measure. This family, this friend, this lover, this mate is the manifestation of the motivating force of life itself and is the fountain of love that keeps the soul alive and full. There is no way toward divine love except through the discovery of human intimacy and community. One feeds the other.

Care of the soul, then, requires an openness to love's many forms. It is no accident that so many of the troubles we bring to therapy have their roots or manifestations in love. It may help us, in those times of trouble, to remember that love is not only about relationship, it is also an affair of the soul. Disappointments in love, even betrayals and losses, serve the soul at the very moment they seem in life to be tragedies. The soul is partly in time and partly in eternity. We might remember the part that resides in eternity when we feel despair over the part that is in life."


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Deep spirituality may nurture our ordinary world

Thomas Moore's regular Spirituality & Health magazine column, "Care of the Soul" for January-February 2012, "The Spirituality of the World" is available for online reading. In this column, Moore writes about the works of Thomas More and Teilhard de Chardin. He observes,
"In spirituality, there is often an understandable conflict between material life and lofty vision. Cultivating a spiritual life usually entails a certain restraint in ordinary living: we fast, abstain from sex, withdraw from society, and work too hard, all to increase spiritual awareness. But these practices can give rise to an anti-worldly attitude that sees the body as an obstacle, sex as part of our lower nature, and pleasure as a sign of spiritual degeneration. We end up polarizing spirituality and worldliness."
After writing about his own focus on "deep spirit", Moore continues,
"I have come to see a formula at work in contemporary life: spiritual vision helps you see the preciousness of life and live more soulfully, and then, as ancient writers often said, the deep soul connects the spirit with the material world. In other words, a soulful life can go far in creating a worldly spirituality. Understanding the importance of simple pleasures, you live a satisfying worldly life even as you pursue personal spiritual maturity and a more spiritual society."
He concludes, "The situation today is so dire that a simple shift from the suspicious desire for purity to a love of life might make for a more spiritually alive planet and a happier, less conflicted world."

"You simply aim too high, become too pure, and get caught in self-denying practices, and then over time become an unworldly, spiritually anxious person. You have to be alert to this problem that weakens the spiritual life — moving in a direction against ordinary pleasures and self-affirmation in the name of virtue or spiritual attainment. The spiritual repression of blessed worldliness usually looks like a good thing, until you reflect on it and see its dangers."

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Watch Moore interview on Between the Lines

Watch Thomas Moore's interview about Care of the Soul in Medicine on the TV program Between the Lines with Barry Kibrick that originally aired Saturday 12 June 2010. Visit the linked page, put your cursor on the tiny circle at the top of the right side frame and scroll to the bottom for Episode 1135: Thomas Moore (Psychologist/ Theologian). The interview run time is approximately 26 minutes.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Samuel Goldwyn Films to release Vickers movie

Variety publishes the news that Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires U.S. rights to People v. The State of Illusion. Directed by Scott Cervine, and written and produced by Austin Vickers, the film "explores the science and power of our perceptions and imagination." This documentary/drama is set in New Mexico and features experts including Thomas Moore, Joe Dispenza, Debbie Ford, and Peter Senge.
The film's release is slated for March.

Barque coverage:
4 Oct 2011 "Our deep inner source guides us to the edges of life"
28 August 2011 "Film featuring Thomas Moore opens next week "
24 June 2011 "Moore has expert role in film about imagination"

Monday, January 23, 2012

Medical-Spirituality Conference features Moore

The Hospice of Dayton, Ohio promotes Thomas Moore's keynote address in its blog entry "Medical-Spirituality Conference Slated" that describes the gathering on Thursday 12 April 2012: Care of the Soul in Medicine.

"Proceeds from this event will benefit the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University’s Healer’s Art Fund, established to provide medical professionals support in finding lifelong meaning in the healing professions." The related Healer's Art Course is offered to first year medical students. Read the 2-page description "Nurturing the Heart and Soul of Medicine" by Sue Rytel (2006).

The conference program and registration are available online.

Early Registration Fees (before 31 March 2012):
Physicians: $150
General admission: $75
Students: $25
Boonshoft School of Medicine students: $10

Fee includes conference materials, lunch, refreshments during breaks, and parking.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Supporters offer resources for Thomas Moore

It's a new year. Give yourself the gift you want. Treat yourself.

Renaissance Magic in the 21st Century
New York Open Center
Audio: 2 hr 34 min
Delivered: 3 April 2011
$9.99 U.S.

Spirituality of the Gospels
Spirituality & Practice
40-part on-demand email course with audio, video segments
Delivered: Lent 2011
$39 U.S.

Practicing Spirituality with Thomas Moore
Spirituality & Practice
40-part on-demand email course
Delivered: 2008
$29.95 U.S.

Gifts of a Dark Night: Dealing Effectively with Times of Loss and Trial
Sounds True
3 Audio downloads (4 hours, 30 minutes)
Delivered: 22 February 2011
$29 U.S.

Living a Soulful Life: Heart, Intimacy and Pleasure
Learning Annex
Delivered: 8 November 2010 Evening
$2.99 U.S.

A Magical Life
Audio: 137 minutes
$9.95 U.S.

Soul and Everyday Life
Audio: 181 minutes
$11.99 U.S.

Humanizing Medicine
Audio: 75 minutes
$9.99 U.S.

The New Epicureans
Audio: 78 minutes
$9.99 U.S.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Listen to two interviews about soulful living

The VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network offers two interviews with Thomas Moore for free online listening and download in episodes of Authentic Living with Andrea Mathews:

 Care of the Soul in Medicine
Audio 55:49 minutes
2010 27 October

Living a Soulful Life
Audio 55:17 minutes
2008 November 19


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Peace includes appreciation for the Other

Tikkun Magazine, "dedicated to healing and transforming the world", opens its archives of select articles including "A Nation in Need of Renewal" by Thomas Moore. This essay, published in the September/October 2002 issue, is helpful background for Moore's recent piece with The Dasein Project, "Freud's Medusa". In the Tikkun article, Moore writes about events of 11 September ten years ago and America's responsive opportunities. His observations are meaningful today. He suggests,
"Peace is not the absence of conflict or even war. It is a positive appreciation for the Other that inspires compassion and empathy. Peace can't be won by principle alone or by programs. It requires a positive effort toward mutual understanding among people, and it comes out of thoughtful conflict resolution. There is no reason why Americans couldn't, in the aftermath of September 11, make the effort toward this radical degree of understanding and peacemaking.

People of the world generally are ready to be friends with America, but America makes it difficult to make and sustain that friendship. It seems unsure of itself even as it displays its achievements and its power. People of the world are rebuffed by the resulting arrogance and threatening postures, and peace remains elusive.

America acts like the richest and most powerful kid on the block who bullies everyone else. But if you were to put America on the couch, I think you would discover an unruly adolescent, a youthful psyche full of wonderful ideals but unseasoned and unsure, not even aware that its behavior contradicts its ideals."
Moore describes three deep lessons the nation can learn from this experience.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Evergreen Institute shares photos of conference

On Saturday 1 October, 2011 Thomas Moore was the featured speaker at the Theater in the Wood to share his new book, Care of the Soul in Medicine at a day-long conference for healthcare professionals sponsored by Evergreen Institute for Wellness in partnership with Memorial Hospital, North Conway, New Hampshire which celebrated its 100-year anniversary. Evergreen Institute offers a Facebook photo album of this Thomas Moore event to accompany its interview, "Thomas Moore asks: Can modern medicine heal our body, soul and spirit?".


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Let's appreciate body-soul-spirit relationships

Thomas Moore posts "Psychology with a Soul" on his blog and invites feedback on his public Facebook page. In this entry he describes his daughter's search for a graduate program that satisfies her need for "a graduate program in psychology where she can pursue her interest in the arts, Jung, archetypal psychology and yoga as a combined resource for her work with adolescents in trouble." Moore writes,
"My daughter has a sharp mind and quick wit, but she doesn’t have patience with the materialistic approach to education. For better or worse, she grew up in a household where art, yoga and the soul are all taken seriously and where a human being is understood to be made up of a body, soul and spirit. Is it too much to ask for a reliable psychology program, recognized as valid and valuable by the society, with a soul?"
Read Moore's concerns and share your responses on his public Facebook page linked above.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Moore introduces 1992 film about Helen M. Luke

"Wisdom consists in doing the next thing that you have to do, doing it with your whole heart and finding delight in it — and the delight is the sense of the sacred." — Helen M. Luke

On Sunday Georgia Aroni, senior member of the Greek Association of Dance Therapists, promotes Helen M. Luke: A Sense of the Sacred with a 2:45 minute video clip on her blog.

According to's description, "The film, introduced by Thomas Moore, includes interviews with Sir Laurens van der Post and Robert Johnson with whom she shared a practice for many years. There is also footage of the Apple Farm Community that she founded. In the film Helen Luke speaks of her life, describes her unusual meeting with Carl Jung and discusses her analysis with Toni Sussman."

For its screening last Friday, Boulder Friends of Jung offers this biography: "Helen M. Luke (1904-1995) was born in England. In midlife, she studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich, then moved to the U.S. and established an analytical practice with Robert Johnson in Los Angeles. In 1962, she founded the Apple Farm Community in Three Rivers, Michigan, "a center for people seeking to discover and appropriate the transforming power of symbols in their lives." In her later years, Helen Luke was the model wise woman for many people. Her final book, Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On, a memoir and excerpts from her fifty-four volumes of journals, was published posthumously." Additional Luke materials are linked at Apple Farm Community Writings.

Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
VHS Release Date: September 1, 1999
Release Date: June 1, 1992
Run Time: 75 minutes
ASIN: 0930407482

Thomas Moore also writes the Foreword to Luke's book, Old Age: Journey Into Simplicity. In it he shares, "What I treasure about Helen Luke's remarkable book on old age is that she avoids getting caught up in all the usual worries and sentimentalities. She sees age as a mystery and quite rightly hangs all her thoughts about it on images from literature. And not just literature, but some of the most profound of all imaginative writings, which just happen to be personal favorites of mine."

Old Age: Journey into Simplicity
 Helen M. Luke
Paperback: 132 pages
Publisher: Lindisfarne Books (June 1, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1584200790
ISBN-13: 978-1584200796

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The human tune up is not based on technology

Subtle Yoga offers a free online version of Thomas Moore's column "I am Not Hardwired!" from Spirituality & Health's September-October 2011 issue. Moore laments the popular metaphor of the human body as machine, and the reduction of human behaviours to biological materialism: "Whether we like it or not, if we are breathing, we are emotional, spiritual, purposeful, and relational beings. So-called physical sex is full of meaning and emotion, even if these are suppressed or ignored." He proposes that medical practitioners focus on meanings and connections, rather than only on outcomes.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Enjoy a 1994 interview with Thomas Moore

Virginia Lee, a regular feature writer for Common Ground from 1992 to 2004 shares a 1994 interview with Thomas Moore conducted just after publication of his book, Soul Mates. Following a Q&A format, Moore answers general questions and those focused on relationships. In this interview, he talks about distinctions between soul and spirit and the role that adversity plays in life. He describes marriage as a relationship needed by the whole world:
"... What the ancients knew is that the whole world needs to be married. We need to get the Republicans and the Democrats married. We need to get the Blacks and the Whites married. We need to marry the intellect to the  body. We are surrounded by differences that need to appreciate each other and want to be together. Marriage is really a state of connectedness and co-operation.

We prepare for marriage by enriching our imagination. That way we can come to marriage with rich textures to weave our lives into the fabric of family life. Marriage is not all about interpersonal dynamics, a notion which tends to get us swamped. I think we could handle our emotions better if we saw marriage as something which holds the whole of life together. In that way, marriage is truly a service to humanity."
Moore also talks about friendship with his mentor, James Hillman:
"I think he’s truly the great genius of psychology in this country. I haven’t met anyone who has been able to apply such a free and original imagination to the whole history of imagination. He doesn’t treat psychology just as something scientific; he is equally devoted to philosophy and the arts. There is a a very profound education behind his work, which includes a healthy orientation to Jung‚ which I appreciate."
Moore writes about Hillman this week in his blog post "A Blue Fire" on his own site.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Moore: "... let other people live their own lives"

Thomas Moore writes about envy and jealousy under his post "Be Yourself" and offers steps to respond to these emotions.

Envy and jealousy are difficult to distinguish because the physical sensation in both is so similar. You might think of it this way: with envy, another person has what you don’t have; with jealousy another person has what you feel is yours. As a therapist, I’ve seen lives almost destroyed by both. As a response, I would do the following:
1. Don’t try to get rid of them.
2. Let the pain force some change in attitude.
3. Go broad and deep in the fantasies involved.
4. Track any history that is relevant.
5. Be patient.
6. Notice that in each a person wants to change fate and be in control.
7. Allow greater wills to establish themselves; i.e., acknowledge fate and let other people live their own lives."


Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The sacred begins with a sense of mystery

Thomas Moore joins a discussion in the Comments area of his blog post, "Suggested Reading" by describing his appreciation of the divine in the ordinary. He writes:
September 3, 2011
"I keep waiting for the return of a new kind of theology. Theology is in decline because divinity has been forgotten, 'divinity in the manifest world.' I would like to spend the rest of my days spelling out what that means, because everything depends on it. It’s very difficult to speak in such language today. Either it is countered immediately with naive religion or it is subjected to sentimental spirituality, which is rampant today. Sentimentality in these areas is a defense against the power of what we’re talking about. I came across a line in Thoreau recently about him seeing angels on Walden Pond. If I had to do it over again, I might have become an angelologist. Now there’s something worth spending your life thinking about."

September 5, 2011
"... I’d like to make an attempt to spell out more what I mean by the sacred in the secular or the divine in the ordinary. First, usually we divide the world and experience into heaven and earth, or somewhere else and here. This seems to be making too literal of a distinction between the world imagined as contained within our understanding and power on one side, and that which is beyond our understanding and control on the other. For me, the sacred begins with the sense of mystery, which implies something (a bad word) hidden. God was known classically as deus absconditus, the hidden god. I think we can access that hidden element with our imagination: poetry, painting, architecture, music, theology, ritual, and so on. This is a key point: we know with the imagination. This is different from our usual way of knowing through sense impression and measurements. What is hidden? Some sense of the whole or some potency beneath it all and in everything. In some places, for example, a tree is treated as sacred because of its size or shape or location or history, all suggesting a special epiphany of the hidden. This hidden is not to be ever measured. It remains in the imagination. Nicolas of Cusa always said that whatever we say of it falls short. I try to glimpse the hidden or the sacred or the potency of the all in the most ordinary things. They become tiny windows onto it. I make a bed and find myself outside myself, deeply quieted, closer to the hidden, and so then I realize that a simple act like making a bed places me close to what I was looking for in formal religion. There the images became too thick and heavy. They didn’t offer as much access as simple things do. In our family we put images of buddas and saints and bodhisattvas around us to help us see the hidden in our house and garden. I have them all around me in the room where I write. I want to remember that when I work at my writing I am in touch with the hidden. Maybe now it will be clear why I have been meditating for weeks on a line from Thoreau’s Walden: 'Walden Pond has blue angels in it, in the azure tint of its waters.'"
Visit Thomas Moore's blog to join the discussion.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Film featuring Thomas Moore opens next week

EDITOR'S UPDATE: Also read "Film about personal change to debut in Scottsdale" with responses by Vickers published in The Arizona Republic, 31 August 2011.

Writer and producer Austin Vickers' movie, People v. the State of Illusion premieres Friday 9 September 2011 at the Harkins Camelview Theater in Scottsdale, Arizona. According to Mitra Khamedoost's Community Announcement this week, "... this movie explores the science and power of perception and imagination and the prison walls of habitual thought and behavior that we all create, and documents the evidence that answers the central question of this provocative film, 'Can we really change?'” Thomas Moore features in the film as one of the United States' nine leading thinkers in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, quantum physics, sociology, and consciousness theory." Purchase tickets for this 86-minute documentary/drama online.

Read previous Barque announcements
about Moore's role in this file:
24 June 2011 "Moore has expert role in film about imagination"
14 July 2011 "New film's trailer includes Thomas Moore quote"