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Friday, January 20, 2017

Please help to create these desired states globally

On this day of the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States of America, read Thomas Moore's essay "The Dream of Utopia", published in the November-December 2016 issue of Spirituality & Health.
"I think utopia should be in your imagination and in the plan for your life. Imagine doing your best to make a life and personality that shows what utopia could be. When people meet you, they don’t encounter the old world with its neurotic self-interest and combativeness. No, they see someone trying to do it differently, even if the result isn’t perfect. When they meet you, they feel: I’ve never seen anything like this before. Here is a person beyond kindness and beyond acceptance and understanding. This feeling of being in another new and better world is essential to utopia, and your task as a utopian is to do things differently and better."
Beyond united, welcome to the Utopian States of America.
"Utopia exists in your heart and your life, not in some vain hope for a perfect world. Your mind could be utopia, if you could reframe everything that happens in terms of your vision of peace and creative non-action and if you decide to always adopt the role of healer. You can’t expect someone else to be utopian if you’re not there."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Explore your divine spark through the spiritual life

Join Thomas Moore at Kripalu Center from Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June, 2017 for his program Developing Your Highest Self: Making the Spiritual Life Real and Personal:
"This weekend, explore how you can use the arts, nature, service, a contemplative lifestyle, intuition, divination, creativity, dreams, and synchronicities to reach as high as possible in your life. The world may tempt you to be materialistic or limited in your aspirations, but here you discover that you are part angel and the divine spark burns inside you."
Tuition: $255
Accommodation costs based on selection.
Register online now.

Friday, January 13, 2017

S&P hosts Moore for e-course about compassion

Starting 16 January 2017 Spirituality and Practice offers the 6-week e-course The Practice of Compassion: A Multifaith Guide. Thomas Moore leads Week 6 representing the spiritually independent: "Thomas is a psychotherapist, former monk, and bestselling author who writes and lectures in the fields of archetypal psychology, mythology, care of the soul, and creating a religion of your own."

Moore's co-presenters are Frank Rogers, Sally Taylor, Ted Falcon, Jamal Rahman, and Philip Goldberg.
"Compassion is a spiritual practice, and you can get better at it over time. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer us specific ways to do this. This e-course will teach you how you can be a compassionate, caring presence to those suffering in your community and the wider world and even to yourself. It will give you antidotes to attitudes that hinder compassion — all those 'isms' like racism, sexism, ageism, classism, and nationalism."
 From Monday 16 January to Thursday 23 February 2017:
— Receive two emails per week for six weeks (12 total) in which presenters reflect on compassion in their traditions and share practice suggestions with participants.
— Engage in the Practice Circle, a community forum  for e-course participants, and be guided by the individual presenter during each week of the course.

Cost: $59.95

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Imagine living rooted in a more radical kind of love

Next month Skylight Paths Publishing releases The Book of Mark, the second gospel in a series of translations by Thomas Moore with his own commentary. Amazon accepts pre-orders now.
"... Thomas Moore strips the Gospels of their theological agendas and reclaims them as a fundamentally new way of imagining human life. He blends scholarship and pastoral guidance to highlight the Gospels’ teachings on earthly, rather than otherworldly, living in which community, compassion, inclusiveness, prayer and healing are key elements. He draws deeply from Greek philosophy, literature and spirituality to craft an accurate and challenging yet accessible translation that, free of religious moralism and dogmatism, is beautifully imaginative and inspirational. Be inspired to live an altogether different kind of life rooted in a more radical kind of love."
GOSPEL The Book of Mark: 
A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for Everyone
by Thomas Moore
176 pages
SkyLight Paths Publishing
February 28, 2017 1st edition
ISBN-10: 1594736308
ISBN-13: 978-1594736308

Moore explores how to mature like wine or cheese

Transformations Spirituality Center hosts Thomas Moore for the retreat Aging with Soul, Thursday 15 June and Friday 16 June, 2017.
"Think about the word aging. It doesn’t have to mean growing older. Like aged wine and cheese, aging is the process of becoming mature, ripe and interesting. You pay more for aged wine and cheese because it is more flavorful and interesting, just like really aged humans.

Growing old doesn’t guarantee that you will age in this sense. You have to say yes to life’s invitations all your days, from childhood onward, and that way you become a truly aged person. You are mature, wise, self-possessed and prepared to share your achievement with others as an elder and teacher. Aging can be a rewarding experience. Also, you don’t have to see life in a straight line. Your childhood and adolescence and early adulthood remain with you, giving you a rich and varied texture. You can be young at heart forever.

This retreat will invite us to review our lives and see the whole cloth that has been woven from the threads of our experience.  Come for a time of recognizing your own abiding principles.  Sense how compassion, generativity and equanimity have shifted you over time." 
Registration includes program, materials, lunch.
Early bird registration by 11 May: $160
After 11 May: $185  
A limited number of guest rooms are available for an additional $75, includes meals.

Please register by May 26. Payment in full is due at time of registration, $60 of which is non-refundable.
Register online now.

Transformations Spirituality Center
3427 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49048

The center is outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan, on the 57 acre Nazareth campus. It is conveniently situated between Chicago and Detroit, off the I-94 corridor.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New book about soulful aging available in October

Pre-release information for Thomas Moore's new book about growing older soulfully. Order on Amazon now.

Ageless Soul:
Ripening, Maturing, and Feeling Fulfilled as We Get Older

by Thomas Moore
320 pages
St. Martin's Press
10 October 2017
$26.99 US
ISBN-10: 1250135818
ISBN-13: 978-1250135810

The Soul of Christmas wins S&P award for 2016

Spirituality & Practice considers Thomas Moore's book The Soul of Christmas to be one of the best spiritual books of 2016. In their review, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat write:
"Embrace the mystery. 'Christmas did not begin with Jesus. Its deepest mysteries go back to the very beginnings. . . . Stonehenge in England, aligned with the winter solstice sunset, is about three thousand years old.' Part of this holiday, then, is honoring the return of the light and the new beginnings it portends."
Our attention to this mystery continues into the new year.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Listen to Moore recite Brodsky's Star of the Nativity

Listen to Janet Conners interview Thomas Moore for her UnityFM program, The Soul-Directed Life in which Moore talks about his new book The Soul of Christmas. The program broadcast Thursday 8 December 2016. Watch Conners' post-interview video on her Twitter feed.
 At the beginning of the episode, Moore recites this poem by Joseph Brodsky:

Star of the Nativity
In the cold season, in a locality accustomed to heat more than
to cold, to horizontality more than to a mountain,
a child was born in a cave in order to save the world;
it blew as only in deserts in winter it blows, athwart.

To Him, all things seemed enormous: His mother’s breast, the steam
out of the ox’s nostrils, Caspar, Balthazar, Melchior — the team
of Magi, their presents heaped by the door, ajar.
He was but a dot, and a dot was the star.

Keenly, without blinking, through pallid, stray
clouds, upon the child in the manger, from far away —
from the depth of the universe, from its opposite end — the star
was looking into the cave. And that was the Father’s stare.

December 1987

Enter Christmas season thoughtfully with cheer

Catholic News Live shares an excerpt from Thomas Moore's new book The Soul of Christmas as the "The True Spirit of Christmas". The passage includes:
"Christmas is one of the most soulful days of the year. You don’t need to be Christian or a follower of Jesus, because the roots of Christmas lie in the natural rhythms of the year, and solstice celebrations are universal. Christmas is a solstice festival with a significant overlay of the story and teachings of Jesus. But his teaching is universal and dovetails beautifully with the spirit of solstice. Jesus offers a vision of utopia, a perfected world. He envisioned a time when we would get over our neuroses, our demonic tendencies, and live in peaceful community."
"It would be better to enter the spirit of the liminal rather than fight it. Step outside of ordinary time: be of good cheer, give some real gifts, make some good food, and spend more time than usual with friends and family. The best way to deal with the exhaustion of the holidays is not to withdraw but to enter them thoughtfully."
Order The Soul of Christmas from its publisher Franciscan Media.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

S&P chooses The Soul of Christmas as Editor's Pick

Read a review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Thomas Moore's The Soul of Christmas  for Spirituality & Practice. They include specific ways to celebrate the season's soul. The S&P site also shares a short excerpt about the meaning of Santa Claus as a holy figure.

Spirituality & Practice profiles Thomas Moore in its Living Spiritual Teachers project.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Blogger responds to Moore's The Soul of Christmas

Tom Rapsas, "a blogger on issues related to everyday spirituality" shares reflections about Thomas Moore's new book, The Soul of Christmas in two blog posts with Patheos:

"Moving from the darkest of days to the light of Christmas"
8 December 2016

 "How to Become a Christmas Mystic — with One Simple Practice"
16 December 2016

Rapsas writes in the second post, "Moore points out that you don’t need to be a Christian or a member of any religion to do these things. 'You can be a natural, ordinary and unaligned mystic.' It also doesn’t mean fading away from your family and social obligations, but blending your mysticism with them by being both 'very human and very spiritual.'”

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Moore talks Christmas with Franciscan Media

Watch Franciscan Media's interview The Soul of Christmas with Thomas Moore on its Facebook page by scrolling down to Dec. 2. Then click Shop to purchase Moore's book and audio CD narrated by him for 50% off until Dec. 9. You may also download the free study guide for his book. The Soul of Christmas is a perfect gift for sharing the best of this solstice season.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Live Q&A about Christmas with Thomas Moore

Learn more about the soul of Christmas when Franciscan Media talks with Thomas Moore live in their Cincinnati studio on Friday 2 December, at 3:00 p.m. EST. Ask him about Christmas traditions and how to keep the Nativity spirit during the year. Visit Franciscan Media on Facebook for this live broadcast.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Giving at Christmas may help us be more loving

Franciscan Media shares Thomas Moore's new book The Soul of Christmas with an excerpt about "Gift-Giving as a Way of Life". The passage includes:
"Knowing the deeper importance of Christmas and the role of gifts in the philosophy and values of the festival might help keep gift-giving joyous and meaningful. How you imagine gifts makes all the difference. But you have to educate, train and practice a deeper way of giving. [. . .]
Giving from the Heart
If you have lost sight of the deep role of gift-giving at Christmas, wrap your presents in red, just to remind you of the heart. Give a gift that is meaningful to you and to the one receiving it. Embrace the giving and heart-centered spirit of Christmas, and don’t try to justify it through some abstract point of theology. Giving is the active theology appropriate to the festival."
Moore describes the "gift economy" in his own life and work throughout the year.

Moore is in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday 1 December 2016 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Attend this free Meet the Author event to hear more about this book.

Monday, November 21, 2016

We need to learn about the world's inherent vitality

Last month Thomas Moore accepted the invitation to be first scholar-in-residence at Horizon House in Seattle, Washington.  According to "Horizon House Inspires Community to Rethink Aging", "The idea for the program was conceived by Horizon House resident George Nickelsburg, who organized the event along with the Rev. Linda Purdy, director of spiritual care."
"Moore presented four days of talks on topics ranging from aging to art, music, religion and spirituality...

Nickelsburg first met Moore while working at the University of Iowa as a religious studies professor. When he learned that Moore was working on a new book titled Aging With Soul, he knew the prominent author would be a perfect fit for the inaugural program.

Residents were invited to meet with Moore to discuss unfinished chapters of the book, which they studied during a four-week period before Moore arrived.

'There were a number of aha moments that were wonderful to watch,' Purdy says. 'They loved his authenticity, his strength of character. He respected what they had to teach him, but they also loved some of the new ideas he introduced.'"
"More than 500 guests attended the scholar-in-residence events. Purdy hopes that the program’s success will lead to similar events in the future."

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Free the Jesus teaching from dogma and authority

Kathleen Mulhern, teacher of "courses in world history, European history, and history of Christianity," hosts "Mystery and Hope: A Q&A with Thomas Moore" for Patheos The site's Book Club features Moore's new book The Soul of Christmas in November.

Among her questions Mulhern asks, "What can Jesus mean for the non-Christian? How can he still bring blessing without all the doctrine about him?

Moore responds, "It might help to notice how many people who are not Buddhist follow many Buddhist principles and methods without becoming Buddhists. It could be the same with Jesus, only there is that heavy load of tradition to set aside. You do have to take a fresh look at the Jesus teaching and try to free it up from all the dogma and authority."

She then asks, "Describe the mystical reality of Christmas, and how does that relate to the story of the Virgin Mary?"

Moore says, "In the Christmas story Jesus is not just a human being but a mythic or spiritual being, as well. You can hear the story as a great sacred tale about a figure who can help people be more loving and communal. His mother, then, is also bigger than life, a virgin mother, as sometimes happens in mythology, to show that Jesus is not entirely human but is a spiritual figure."

See aging as a lifelong process, a series of initiations

This weekend Thomas Moore is in Lenox, Massachusetts at Kripalu Center to present Aging with Soul: A Paradigm Shift with Nancy Slonim Aronie. Registration is still open. Moore draws from his new book about this theme to be published by St. Martin's Press in October 2017. His approach is outlined in this agent description of his forthcoming book, (page 13):
"Aging with Soul is  a revolutionary and inspiring new book that reframes the way we imagine aging, by renowned psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Thomas Moore.

With the international Baby Boomer population growing at unprecedented rates, Aging with Soul will give readers everywhere vital new perspective and guidance on the rich experiences and opportunities that lie ahead for all of us. We’re living, working, and engaging with the world longer than ever before in our entire human history.

And yet, as Moore points out in his new book, our society still tends to give young people all the glory, failing to recognize and nurture the tremendous resources and dazzling possibilities presented by men and women moving beyond middle age and into their older years. Moore encourages readers that it’s time to embrace a Zen-like, pure acceptance of growing older, kindling ongoing youth and vitality in both spirit and soul. While acknowledging the physical and emotional challenges of aging, Moore embraces the joy, intellectual edge, and profound self-fulfillment that can accompany our every passing year. Aging, Moore says, is a lifelong process ― a series of initiations.

Through these initiations (which actually begin quite early in adulthood), each of us, over time, can become a deeper, more enlightened, perceptive, and spiritually attuned person. Aging, he teaches, is something for us to honor, to own, and to celebrate.
Aging with Soul radically distinguishes aging from merely “growing old” ...

Aging with Soul offers suggestions for living the richest, most soulful life – which is the best way to age – nudging along readers of all ages and states in their journey towards maturity, personal development, and lifelong happiness."

Friday, November 11, 2016

Meet Thomas Moore in Cincinnati, 1 Dec. 2016

Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, Ohio hosts Thomas Moore on Thursday 1 December 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Attend this free Meet the Author event to say hello to Thomas Moore, hear about his new book The Soul of Christmas and to pick up signed copies to give as thoughtful gifts. A description for this event includes:
"With his trademark blend of storytelling, faith and psychological insight, New York Times bestselling author Thomas Moore turns his attention to the most enduring story of them all: the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. Moore uses passages from the Gospels, archetypal stories, and ancient myths to explore the idea that Christmas can only be fully understood as belonging to everyone as a plan for the entire human race."
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, Ohio
513 396-8960 or

Deep breath, look at the big picture, stay grounded

Thomas Moore contributes "Don't Get Caught in a Trump Complex" for Huffington Post yesterday. His remarks include:
"I don’t mean that you should give in to the election results and be passive. Far from it. But there is a huge difference between acting out of the “Trump Complex” and boldly responding to a serious social problem. The former is satisfying in an empty way, and the latter is a real solution. Anything you do out of the complex will be at least partially unreal and an expression of some weak spot in yourself. Lose the complex, and your real power and clarity of thought are restored."
Moore writes about Trump in other online pieces:

"The New Vulgar"
by Thomas Moore
Huffington Post
7 March 2016

by Thomas Moore
Patheos  — Soul & Spirit
12 October 2016

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Last chances in 2016 for a weekend with Moore

This month Thomas Moore offers two public weekend retreats.

1. Friday 11 November to Sunday 13 November, 2016
Moore is at Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, Connecticut for Tapping into the Soul's Depths. This program explores "finding personal strength, inner guidance and purpose through soulful living."
"You will get a fresh, new, soul-centered angle on life as well as the tools to work out obstacles from the past like childhood conflicts, negative religious influences and feelings of personal inadequacy."
Tuition is $250 plus accommodations.

2. Friday 18 November to Sunday 20 November, 2016
Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts hosts Thomas Moore's program Aging with Soul with co-presenter Nancy Slonim Aronie.
"This weekend, we look at aging in a whole new light, and discover it can be so much more than merely piling up the years and the physical changes they bring. Thomas Moore’s paradigm-shifting teachings, based on his forthcoming book, Aging with Soul, are enhanced by writer and NPR commentator Nancy Slonim Aronie, who offers evocative writing prompts and shares poetry by Peggy Freydberg, who began writing poems at age 90. Learn to celebrate aging while staying young in mind, imagination, and spirit ..."
Tuition is $275.00 plus accommodations. CE credits are available.

Treat yourself before the end of the year.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

How to transform your anxiety into a larger vision

Today's blog post with Patheos, "Are You Anxious about the State of the World?", offers ways to become more grounded in our daily lives. Thomas Moore's suggestions are pragmatic and acknowledge individual differences. He writes, "Throughout your anxiety you can cultivate a larger vision and dedicate yourself even more to values that you cherish. Hiding or being too quiet only makes the anxiety worse, because those postures are weak. Anxiety can express your weakness and failure to tap into your strength. Like everyone else, you have your own sources of power that can transform anxiety into action."

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The hotel becomes a temporary home for the soul

Following his recent speaking engagements in Salt Lake City, Seattle and Dallas, Thomas Moore writes "Taking Your Soul on a Trip" for his Soul & Spirit blog with Patheos.

Moore shares the criteria he finds desirable at these "homes on the road" and names a few of his favourite places.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

For wisdom, revelation, purpose — stay empty

Thomas Moore teaches at Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, Connecticut during the weekend of 11 November to 13 November 2016: Tapping Into the Soul’s Depths: Finding Personal Strength, Inner Guidance and Purpose Through Soulful Living. This program is open to all levels including beginners.

For the Institute’s Mindfulness Blog, Moore writes "A Faith Beyond Belief", an insightful introduction to his topic, to his own Zen Catholicism and to one of the strengths of his recent books, A Religion of One’s Own. Moore’s description of sunyata as "spiritual emptiness — not the literal idea of nothingness as understood in a negative way but a valuable kind of lack that serves the spirit" depicts his own experience — "this letting go intensifies my faith and makes me more religious."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Moore at James Hillman symposium this weekend

James Hillman is honoured this weekend at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture 5th annual symposium that explores alchemical psychology.
"James Hillman's contributions to culture were many and profound, none more remarkable than his formulation of Archetypal Psychology, which he named in 1970 and focused his work upon until his death in 2011. To honor and continue to learn from Hillman, the Institute initiated in 2012 this annual program aimed at exploring the rich depths of his lifelong study of, in his own words, a 'psychology deliberately affiliated with the arts, culture, and the history of ideas, arising as they do from the imagination.'"
This year's program features Thomas Moore on Saturday 29 October, 11:15-12:30. Moore is a Fellow of the Institute.

Register now.
Members $75
Nonmembers $95
Member Teachers $35
Students $25
All tickets include Friday dinner, Saturday continental breakfast, lunch, and closing reception.

Snippets from last year's gathering

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Come to hear Moore this Wednesday in Seattle

Meet Thomas Moore in Seattle this Wednesday, October 26 at the Center for Spiritual Living where he presents Care of the Soul in the 21st century from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
"Mr. Moore will share his insights, and answer your questions, about soul and spirit in everyday life, and about the importance of developing one's own spiritual practices in this time of radical diversity and change. This evening offers a profound opportunity to explore the role of our individual spirituality in caring for one's soul, and the need for soul in the secular world."
Tickets are available online: $35.00

Barque coverage
7 Sept 2016 "Learn how to contribute to a more humane world"

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Consider the vessels that offer you soulful passage

“Love alone is not enough. Without imagination, love stales into sentiment, duty, boredom. Relationships fail not because we have stopped loving but because we first stopped imagining.” ― James Hillman
Talk of soul mates often veers to descriptions of lovers, partners or spouses yet Thomas Moore describes soul mates beyond this sphere of intimate sexuality by emphasizing the alchemy of friendship. He describes potential soul in various relationships: "The soul in relationships".

In his piece specifically about soul mates, "What is a soul mate?", Moore stresses:
“All of our relationships may be soulful to various degrees,” Moore said. “So you may have a friend that is very close to you, and you could call them a soul mate, even though they’re not a lover.” In his extensive study on the history of the soul, including what it is and how it’s been written about, Moore found that “when you look at Western history, in almost all the books, every spokesperson for soul has written about friendship as being the best model for a soulful relationship. So even if you’re lovers or spouses, the friendship dimension is probably the most soulful aspect.”
Your soul mate may be on the friend ship.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

"An emotional complex of the American psyche"?

Thomas Moore writes "Trump" before the third U.S. presidential debate. In this Soul & Spirit post at Patheos he includes:
"At first, I thought he was an expression of racism, misogyny and all around ignorance and immaturity that afflicts many who are not used to thinking deeply and going beyond their own self-interest. I wondered if he were a symptom of our failed educational system that now concerns itself so much with STEM instead of with personal maturity and culture. With the support Trump has found I wondered how so many Americans would be susceptible to this dark infatuation that, for all the differences, does clarify how Hitler came into power.
The depth psychologist in me sees the society suddenly in the throes of an anxiety disorder. “Trump” seems to symptomize an emotional complex of the American psyche. Deep resentments, anger and frustration have been churning for a long time. Consciousness, awareness and achieving important equalities have a cost.  Through them we become more civilized and more civil, but the pain in becoming better people doesn’t go away. As Jung and Freud both intimated, becoming more civilized creates a shadow force that likes being dumb and self-centered."
Moore recommends ways for America to face this shadow and its accompanying voter rage.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Moore's The Soul of Christmas ships this weekend

Order Thomas Moore's new book The Soul of Christmas to read how "The infant in the manger symbolizes new life, the potential all human beings have to be a new kind of being dedicated to agape, a love of the other — whoever that 'other' may be." Listen to Amazon's short introductory sample from the audio CD version of the book, read by Thomas Moore. For your gift list?

Barque coverage
9 Aug 2016 "Moore's The Soul of Christmas available for Kindle"
24 Mar 2016 "Child in the manger may be most radical reformer"

Monday, September 26, 2016

"Feel the crisp edge of your reality" then be quiet

How do you act when pulled over for speeding? Thomas Moore shares his zazen-style response in "No Need to Explain", his September-October 2016 column for Spirituality & Health magazine. Moore suggests:
"Being simply with what is, you feel yourself and sense the moment. The edges of your experience are intact. You own your world, which is never perfect and is so perfect that way. So delicious. So right.
The real art of being with what is is to know when to stop talking. Most add-ons are defensive, explanatory, and escapist. You want to speak without speaking, or confess without being guilty. Better to feel the crisp edge of your reality and be with it, weeds and all.
It is so tempting to explain and defend and be in the right. But it might be far better to keep quiet. Use a few simple words. Do what seems unreasonable. Live in such a way that you don’t have to be innocent all the time."
Read Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki to help with encounters:

"Our mind should be soft and open enough to understand things as they are."

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Use your imagination to create your desired life

Today's blog post "A New Renaissance" at Patheos explores Marcilio Ficino's practical remedies for emotional problems.

"Today we tend to face our emotional problems by trying to figure them out and then changing our way of life.  Ficino put more trust in the simple things around us and our relationship with the concrete world. He showed how to use the imagination to see metaphors and poetry everywhere and use those metaphors to address our moods and feelings. The painters who studied with him didn’t just express themselves or try to capture realistic portraits and landscapes. They made amulets of their work, so that art works were sources of healing. Art as medicine."

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

A soul mate relationship is a daimonic invitation

Today the Jung Society of Utah posts "Interview: Thomas Moore on Soul Mates" before Moore's events in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday 21 October and Saturday 22 October, 2016.

Moore emphasizes points in this interview that often are glossed over in discussions about soul mates:
— Soul mates may be very close friends, not necessarily lovers.
— Friendship may be the best model for a soulful relationship.
— Ending this relationship may be necessary.
— Features of soul are challenging and it has a lot of shadow.
— Being soul mates is not the same as being compatible.
— Soul mate relationships may help us to "become our most authentic selves".
— Attraction includes the daimonic:
"You respond to the passions you feel that pass through you. You are not responsible so much as you are responsive. You respond to the invitations that are daimonic."
— Those in relationship may not know what to do with the prima materia of passions and desires:
“One of the purposes of relationship is to create an alchemical vessel in which that raw stuff can be cooked and sorted out. So you sort out the raw material that is in you, and in a way you’re also helping your partner sort out his or her material.”
— The connection is mysterious and mystical.
— The eternal is part of the temporality of the relationship.

Barque coverage
1 Sept 2016 Meet Thomas Moore in Salt Lake City, Utah

Imagination, arts and spirituality may nurture soul

The C. G. Jung Society in Seattle hosts Thomas Moore's three hour public event Care of the Soul in the 21st Century on Sunday 23 October, 2016 starting at 3:00 p.m. at Seattle Public Theater.

The program description includes:
"Our society tends to be materialistic, leaving little room for soul, and is spirit-driven. In his early essay “Peaks and Vales,” James Hillman distinguishes between soul and spirit and explores how both are essential. Today generally people don’t appreciate this difference and therefore lose sight of soul. A significant route to soul involves developing a spiritual way of life that is individually captivating and rooted in this world. 
This three hour lecture and discussion explores these and other ways to be soulful in a time of intense technologizing of daily life and urgent preoccupation with the practical task of making a living. The society is also more materialistic and mechanistic than ever, and so one task is to devise our own form of the ancient monastic practice of contemptus mundi, resistance to established values. You can’t be an unconscious participant in today’s society and care for your soul. In other ways, though, we live in a time of promise. Imagination, the arts and new forms of spirituality can bring the soul alive and make life more profoundly intelligent and joyous."
When: Sunday 23 October 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Seattle Public Theater
7312 W. Green Lake Dr N.
Seattle WA 98103

Host: C. G. Jung Society, Seattle
General Admission: $40
Seattle Jung Society Members: $30

Learn how to contribute to a more humane world

Spend an evening talking about soul with Thomas Moore in Seattle, Washington on Wednesday 26 October, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary at the Center for Spiritual Living. Reserve your seat online.

When: Wednesday 26 October  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Sanctuary
Center for Spiritual Living
5801 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle WA 98105

Admission: $35.00

"Center for Spiritual Living — Seattle is thrilled to host renowned author and modern mystic, Thomas Moore, for this very special  evening lecture and discussion. His bestselling book, Care of the Soul, is considered by many to be essential reading for those on any spiritual path."
"To be human and to contribute to a more humane world we need to learn about the soul, about our depth and the precious vitality inherent in the world itself and in all its particulars." — Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Meet Thomas Moore in Salt Lake City, Utah

The Jung Society of Utah describes next month's visit by Thomas Moore on Friday 21 October and Saturday 22 October. Friday evening Moore talks about Soul Mates at the public library in downtown Salt Lake City starting at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday's full-day workshop is at Wasatch Retreat Center from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
75 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Register for the Experiencing Deep Love workshop online.
Early Discount:
$105.00 ($109.67 w/service fee) Lunch on your own
General Fee:
$120.00 ($125.19 w/service fee) Lunch on your own

The workshop description:
"Most of us hunger for intimacy and at the same struggle for happiness in relationship. Thomas Moore's Soul Mates came out in the early 90s, suggesting that we might be better off bringing soul to marriage and partnerships than seeing love as a problem to be solved. We might appreciate imperfection and honor each other's mysterious natures and destinies.

This workshop aims at happiness together and yet give a place to disillusionment, anger, misunderstanding and thoughts of giving up. It finds opportunity in the confusing longing in most people for both intimacy and separateness, and suggests that marriage is a sharing of differences. Ultimately it's a matter of seeing love as complex and transforming.

Thomas also examines the narratives and images we take from our parents and other important people and bring them to our adult loves. He looks at the shadow of love, the self-centered and neurotic motives we bring to it, with the idea of transforming these matters into soul."

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Whatever you see in the sky has meaning for you

Listen to Janet Conner interview Thomas Moore today for The Soul Directed Life on UnityFM. The episode:  Thomas Moore — Radical New Translation of the Gospel of Matthew is currently at the top of the Program Archives on the linked page. Moore discusses his new book, GOSPEL The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for Everyone.

At the beginning of the conversation Moore reads "The Rune of St. Patrick."

At Tara today in this fateful hour
I place all Heaven with its power,
And the sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And fire with all the strength it hath,
And lightning with its rapid wrath,
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
And the sea with its deepness,
And the rocks with their [steepness],
And the earth with its [starkness]
All these I place,
By God's almighty help and grace,
Between myself and the powers of darkness.

Titan sun god Helios
Conner asks the week's question, "How do I recognize my personal sun?". Moore responds that nature is a portal to the transcendent — the sun is "in us and leads us beyond ourselves." When talking about his translation of the Book of Matthew, Moore wants people to see Jesus as a role model for living rather than as a figure for adoration. He is open to the story of Jesus before 2000 years of Christianity.

Barque coverage
7 Aug 2016 "Listen to Moore podcast, August 25 at 2:00 EDT"

Friday, August 19, 2016

See the physical imaginatively for its full vitality

Thomas Moore's blog post today "Your Body is Not Physical" at Patheos continues his focus on the body, also the theme of his recent column "Angels and the Brain" in Spirituality & Health magazine. Today he says:
"I have a strong mother complex, which means that I look at the world and identify with its suffering. Accordingly, I write a book called Care of the Soul. Care is a maternal word. Thanks to the strong presence of the Great Mother, I became a psychotherapist, channeling my innate maternal nature into the work I do. I don’t look at the world plainly and directly, but through a deep set of images that I could call my own mythology, my own stories and memories that shape my approach to life.
I’m not saying that the world isn’t physically out there but that I can’t participate in it without my imagination coloring everything I see. It’s the same with my body and with the world of things.  All of it is both real and imaginal. The objects I encounter, whether they are people or the things of the natural world, are meaningful. I relate to them emotionally and understand them in the light of my particular imagination."
He urges, "It might be better simply to allow the world to be alive, of its own accord: To have a personal relationship with the things of the world. To suspend your disbelief in the world’s soul. To grant the things of the world their full vitality."

Another helpful, related article by Moore is "Reclaim Your Spiritual Growth" from Spirituality & Health, March-April 2014:
... I discovered that I had a body that was not just physical but one that manifested emotional pain and symptoms associated with meaning. Now when I see ancient paintings that depict the yogic “subtle body” — maps of human physiology that represent different planes of spiritual and emotional existence — I know what I’m looking at. I know from experience that I can get sick in my soul and in my spirit."

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Meaning, interiority, and poetics within the body

Spirituality & Health magazine shares Thomas Moore's column "Angels and the Brain" from the July-August 2016 issue. Moore laments the mechanistic metaphors we use to describe the human body: "The trouble with our contemporary metaphors is that we talk about ourselves as though we were machines or objects. Our metaphors betray the extent to which our very idea of ourselves has been affected by the influence of modern science, technology, and psychology."

After quoting the artist Edward Burne-Jones, "The more materialistic science becomes, the more angels shall I paint. Their wings are my protest in favor of the immortality of the soul," Moore concludes, "I’m going to follow Burne-Jones: every time I hear a mechanical metaphor, I’m going to speak the language of angels."

Monday, August 15, 2016

Watch Moore recommend the contemplative life

Contemplative Journal's new three-part video series with Thomas Moore is now available: The Contemplative Soul: Developing a More Soulful Life Using Contemplative Practices. Registration is US $29.99 either through PayPal or credit card.

Part I – Soul and Spirit in Contemplation
Moore introduces basic differences between spirit and soul as delineated in ancient texts, mentioned by Carl Jung and more prominently contrasted by James Hillman in his essay Peaks and Vales (1976). Moore talks about the soul value of home, a longing described by the Renaissance magus Marcilio Ficino (1433-1499). He keeps together our need for spirit and soul, suggesting we tend to neglect the latter in our daily lives. For Moore, contemplation is rooted in soul.

Part II – Practicing Dreamwork
Moore describes how paying attention to our night dreams can help us reach the depth needed "for a soul-oriented contemplative life." He is more focused on how a dream may influence the dreamer than on its interpretation or analysis. In this video Moore offers practical ways for us to capture our dreams so they may continue to nourish us.

Part III – A Contemplative Way of Life
In the final video Moore segues from dreams to art, since dream images also may appear in fine art (painting, sculpture, architecture, music, dance, etc.) and we have an opportunity to allow the art to work on us, to seep into us. He talks about catharsis, nature and the value of solitude.

Bonuses with Registration
– 23-page PDF workbook that contains activities, questions and links to related online resources;
– Email access for one week from today to Thomas Moore to answer questions about the course. The specific email address is included with the first video.

The study platform includes a discussion area where participants may post topics of interest and contribute comments, and a listing of participants where you may introduce yourself.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Moore's The Soul of Christmas available for Kindle

The Kindle edition of Thomas Moore's new book, The Soul of Christmas, published by Franciscan Media, is available for US$7.58. Amazon shares the Table of Contents and a brief preview. The book version is out 30 September 2016 and may be ordered now.
From the Introduction,
A New Day for Spiritual Practices
"I will try in many ways here to say that Christmas is a natural rite connected with the passing of seasons and having certain emotional and spiritual qualities. It also has deep roots in the story of Jesus, which is not the same as political and historical Christianity. It's a story of human evolution and utopian vision. Think of Jesus not as the founder of a religion but as a visionary who understands that the transcendent and eternal play an essential role in our humanity."
File Size: 365 KB
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication Date: August 8, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled  

Barque coverage
24 Mar 2016 "Child in the manger may be most radical reformer"