Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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
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.Moore also talks about friendship with his mentor, James Hillman:
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."
"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.