Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Give up thought patterns for heaven on earth

Heal Your Life offers an excerpt from the introduction of Thomas Moore’s Writing in the Sand, entitled "The Day Your Thoughts Stood Still". Moore writes:
"When I was ten years old, I saw the sci-fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still. It’s about a man who comes to Earth in a space ship to tell the warring governments of Earth not to bring their conflicts out into space. Like a Gnostic messenger, he travels here to warn human beings to change their way of life.

This movie version of what was a short story consciously draws parallels to the story of Jesus. I have always been inspired by the movie, but I would rather bring its spirit of renewal to our understanding of Jesus than see Christ themes in the film. The point of Jesus’ mission is not to draw attention to himself but to transform the way human beings live.”
The passage concludes, "And when we break free of our thought patterns, we’ll be able to see Jesus’ purpose as not to form a religion but to transform the world, not to exploit this life for a heavenly reward but to establish heaven on earth."

The Heal Your Life site is maintained by Moore’s publisher, Hay House. It offers additional insights from other authors and spiritual leaders.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Blogger shares points from Moore's Soul Mates

The blog, "Orixa in Exile", offers a summary of Moore’s best seller under the heading "Notes from Soul Mates by Thomas Moore". Some points include page numbers, others are listed with bullets. The summary begins:

•Moore explains his biases, his Catholic upbringing, his Jungian predisposition, fondness for Renaissance theology
•It's my conviction that slight shifts in imagination have more impact on living than major efforts at change.
•The Renaissance theologians, my primary teachers, advocated "natural religion" ― not in the eighteenth century sense of a rational religion, but as a sensitivity to the sacred in everyday life.

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