Omega offers free registration for Moore's panel
Moore teaches at Omega through this retreat week. Register now for his free panel discussion Meeting Fear with Love this Wednesday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Projects and books by contemporary American writer of A Religion of One's Own, Gospel: The Book of Matthew, Care of the Soul.
"With a foreword by Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul), this book was originally published in 1997 and has sold almost 210,000 copies in hardcover and trade paperback editions, according to NWL [New World Library, publisher]. In her writings, Mother Teresa contemplates love, prayer, giving, service, poverty, forgiveness, and Jesus, and the book ends with a short biography and an interview with her about working with the poor and the dying. The new edition also includes Pope John Paul II’s homily from Mother Teresa’s Beatification Mass on Oct. 19, 2003."
"A psychological complex is a set of emotions, memories, anxieties, desires, and habits focused around a theme — my need for family comfort, for example — that urges a person in a certain direction that may or may not fit his or her conscious and rational purposes. For example, you may do certain things automatically, desperately, and compulsively in spite of yourself.He continues, "Fanaticism, close-mindedness, self-denial, guilt, proselytizing, excessive devotion to a teacher or a teaching, and moralism — all are signs of a spiritual complex. Try to talk to well intentioned people caught in these complexes, and you can’t reach the human being. The complex is too strong. Often, like-minded church members or leaders support the complex by maintaining a closed system and encouraging extreme positions."
Most of us have a certain collection of complexes that shape our lives and identity. They are not bad things, yet they cause trouble when they get out of hand. It helps to get to know them and tame them and get them in tune with your values and ideas. I’m not telling you to repress these complexes and imagine that you have to create a perfectly healthy self by controlling them. The goal is more to befriend them. C. G. Jung said that they’re like separate people inside us and that we can dialogue with them and give them some acceptance and containment. James Hillman advised not “feeding” them, and thereby not increasing their hold on you. He once told me to put my depression in a suitcase and carry it with me — close but not dominating."
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.At the end of last month, Hay House posts "Healing the Soul of Society: The basic nutrients for spirit" by Thomas Moore, excerpted from his book Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels. Read this passage uploaded 27 March 2016 and earlier articles by Moore.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry and
whoever trusts me will never be thirsty.”
— John 6:35
"The Gospels offer a radically fresh, utopian view of how to live life in a new way — free of self-interest, greed, excessive aggression and depression. They speak to everyone and offer an optimistic and communal way of life." — Thomas Moore
"'Care of the soul,' he has written, 'requires craft — skill, attention, and art. To live with a high degree of artfulness means to attend to the small things that keep the soul engaged in whatever we are doing.' This is exactly what we do in Practicing Spirituality with Thomas Moore, a 40-part e-course. Each email offers a brief quotation from Moore's writings and a practice suggested by this teaching."
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.) The regular price for this e-course is $39.95.To order this e-course and others at the sale price:
"As he explains in a conversation with Oprah on "SuperSoul Sunday," this unknowable force is also infinite, existing everywhere. It's a concept that Moore explores more in his book, A Religion of One's Own, where he writes, 'God is in the space between sentences.' In his teachings, Moore challenges everyone to let go of the God they think they know — and part of that is re-examining the adequacy of the word 'God' in the first place."
"I try to evoke that unknowable and the infinite in my writing," he says. "If I kept using the word God, I don't think I'd be able to do it."This Huffington Post page offers links to additional segments from that Super Soul Sunday episode with Moore.
"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 Amazon.com.
"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:
"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
"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:
"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.Moore's new book is now available in paperback.
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."
"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."
"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.For ticket information visit SPAFER.org.
"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."
"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:
"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."
"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.
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"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.
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“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.
"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.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.
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."
"How did you choose your expert witnesses?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."
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."