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Monday, October 28, 2013

This Sunday's webinar: Why we suffer in love

Read Thomas Moore's post "Why We Suffer in Love" on the New York Open Center site as an introduction to his webinar Sunday 3 November starting at 1:00 p.m. (EST). Writing about Psyche and Eros, Moore suggests:
"A good experience of love might begin with mutual experiences of beautiful things — in nature, art or people. It might acknowledge that love is not about "us" so much as the spirit of love in the world at large. One of the worst problems with love is that we focus on the relationship rather than on bringing Venus’s spirit into our worlds and into the greater world."
After all, these two produce Voluptas — "Solid, deep and abiding Holy Pleasure".

Register now for Moore's online session. Some openings are available: $45.00.

Barque coverage
11 Aug 2013 "Moore gives live webinar about love and the soul "

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Share a weekend with Moore at Kripalu Center

Kripalu Center hosts Thomas Moore’s 2014 weekend workshop A Religion of One's Own: Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World from Friday 11 April to Sunday 13 April in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Topics are based on Moore's new book that will be available January 2014, published by Gotham Books. It is recommended reading for the workshop.

"In this program, learn to:
• Build an emotional base for your spiritual life
• Discover meditation, prayer, and ways of being contemplative that suit you
• Trust your intuition
• Participate in community as a creative individual
• Craft spiritual practices that give you a religion of your own."

Register online now.
Course cost: $250
Room and meals pricing based on choice of accommodations.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Be eccentric as you drift soulfully into reality

Thomas Moore’s September-October 2013 column, Joyfully Adrift for Spirituality & Health magazine is now available. In this piece, Moore suggests, "Maybe, as we become more soulful, we drift into reality rather than away from it." He shares one of his own experiences early in his career:

"As many therapists discover, practicing therapy is being in therapy. As the people I worked with went off happily into their new eccentric lives, I began to shed my own inhibitions. In my early years especially, I lived two lives. Outwardly I was a conventional, quiet, unremarkable scholarly type, while inwardly I nurtured all kinds of weirdness and personal tastes and passions. Once in a while, the inner devils would creep out into the world, as when I published a thoughtful study of the Marquis de Sade, presenting him as a particularly sane and perceptive artist instead of the creepy, twisted, and psychotic figure that history portrays. One publisher rejected my idea, saying it was obscene to place de Sade in the context of serious theology and psychology. My book ended up receiving an award and an excellent review from a pornographic magazine. While surprised and pleased by that, I felt pushed further to the edge of polite society."

Near the end of this column Moore confirms, "In therapy I’ve learned that the world is often upside down: What you thought was right and reasonable turns out to be harmful and limiting. What you thought was crazy and maladjusted is revealed as the most sane and creative. As you become a more soulful person, you drift further from what most people would call reality."