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Monday, September 28, 2015

Discover meaning through a dark night of the soul

Kosmos: Journal for Global Transformation shares the full text of Thomas Moore's contribution, "A Dark Night of the Soul and the Discovery of Meaning" in the Spring-Summer 2015 issue, posted online 1 May 2015.

Moore refers to Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou through his sections:
- Engaging the Night
- Finding the Gift in Darkness
- Waking Up

He advises, "The first step is to embrace the darkness, take it to heart, winnow out any subtle innuendos of resistance. Then find any images that are trapped in the thick dark mood or situation. Those images may hold the clue to your release and future service. Angelou lost her voice, a fascinating symptom and a strong image, and then became known worldwide for her voice. The cure lies in the illness, the hint at future activity within the symptom. If you tone down the dark elements because they are painful and discouraging, you may also hide the gifts that are there for you."

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Go to Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, Nov. 8

Get together with Thomas Moore in Pasadena, California at a discussion and book signing for A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World on Sunday 8 November 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91101

"At a time when so many feel disillusioned with or detached from organized religion yet long for a way to move beyond an exclusively materialistic, rational lifestyle, A Religion of One’s Own points the way to creating an amplified inner life and a world of greater purpose, meaning, and reflection." — Avery Publishing

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Moore visits C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles

The C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles hosts Thomas Moore's presentation A Magical Life on Sunday 8 November 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
"Rather than simply bringing Jung into alignment with current psychological practice, we will focus instead on his practice of magic, his crafting of images, and his appreciation for the beautiful. "
Please check the linked page for fees and online registration.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Yes! Moore's Gospel translations with commentary

Publication alert for next year.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Attend this retreat day in Pasadena, California

Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality, offering programs for personal spiritual formation and training in spiritual direction, hosts Thomas Moore on Saturday 7 November 2015 in Pasadena, California for his one-day retreat Soul Care: Finding a Deeper Spirituality for the Secular World.
"This is a time of significant cultural change, and an even more radical religious and spiritual evolution. It requires a deep, fresh imagination to craft new ways and expressions."
Saturday 7 November 2015. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This program considers:
* What do we do with the traditional religious expressions?
* Is it good to borrow from the many traditions, or is that superficial?
* If I focus on my own spiritual practice, what about community?
* Can I be deeply spiritual in a way that is thoughtful, socially engaged and life-giving in an increasingly secular world?

Early Bird Fee to Oct. 25: $55
Fee after Oct. 25: $65
Lunch is available for $10 when you register, or you can bring your own.
Register online or print the registration form to mail with your cheque.

All Saints Church
132 North Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Care for your soul and spirit with Moore in London

The C. G. Jung Club of London co-sponsors Thomas Moore's full day seminar, Caring for the Soul and Spirit in a Secular World, on Saturday 17 October 2015 with The Guild of Pastoral Psychology.
"Care of the soul includes a feeling of being at home, with satisfying intimate relationships, doing what you love to do. Care of the spirit means having a vision for your life and your own path of transcendence. It is better to nourish both daily than to deal with problems as they occur. In this seminar you can explore ways to craft your own sacred and soulful lifestyle amid the secularism around you." 
When: Saturday 17 October 2015, 11.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Where: The Essex Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, London U.K. W8 4RT
Fee: General: £60, Guild members & Club members/Friends: £50,
Students: £45
Register now.

Barque coverage
2 Dec 2014 "Hillman's work guides The Guild's 2015 program"

James Hillman 2015 Symposium starts Oct. 16

Thomas Moore's friend and mentor, James Hillman will be remembered as The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture sponsors the James Hillman 2015 Symposium on Friday 16 October and Saturday 17 October, 2015. This year's Symposium addresses the third volume of Hillman's Collected Works, Senex and Puer.
"Senex and Puer are Latin terms for 'old man' and 'youth' and personify oppositional states such as old versus new, authority versus creativity, and control versus impulse. Speakers will discuss these primary patterns for how we perceive ourselves and others. Join us for a lively conversation of Hillman’s work in a series of talks and roundtable discussions." 
Friday 16 October: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 17 October: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch are included.
Members $75, Non-members $95, Member Teachers $30, Students $10
Register online now.

This annual program aims to explore the rich depths of Hillman's "lifelong study — in his own words, a 'psychology deliberately affiliated with the arts, culture, and the history of ideas, arising as they do from the imagination.'"

Moore is a  Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Thomas Moore joins Oprah on Sunday, Oct. 18

 Oprah Winfrey interviews Thomas Moore on SuperSoul Sunday on Sunday 18 October at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT:
 "Oprah talks to religious scholar, psychotherapist and former monk Thomas Moore, who believes we all have the power to create our own religion. Thomas's 1992 classic Care of the Soul redefined spirituality in the modern age, and now he believes we are facing an exhilarating new phase of our spiritual evolution. His broad message resonates with those who see themselves as spiritual, not necessarily religious, and he shares with Oprah ways to bring the soul and spirituality back into your life."
Barque coverage
8 Aug 2015 "Moore with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday" 

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Be wary of "the lures of the sweet and the lofty"

Read Thomas Moore's preface to The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning by Ralph White on by looking inside the book. Moore suggests:
"Here is where Ralph White's narrative offers direction to current voyagers and travelers on the way out of materialistic insanity into meaning. Don't glorify any truth or tradition. Participate. Participate. Feel the insights and discoveries of others. Don't restrict yourself to any truth. Open your heart to the most lowly practitioners of wisdom. Don't succumb to the lures of the sweet and the lofty. Remain loyal to the lowly and the grimy. Stay grounded, even as you explore the highest." 
In this preface Moore also writes that White "is more interested in the cauda pavonis, the peacock's tail that is the endpoint of alchemy, than in any fame of having conquered an actual mountain or wasteland." Ralph White is co-founder of the New York Open Center.

 "The preface by Thomas Moore is a wonderful summary of the book and worth reading itself." 
 M. Oishi, review
The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning 
by Ralph White
Foreword: Thomas Moore
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Divine Arts
1 Sept. 2015
ISBN-10: 161125034X
ISBN-13: 978-1611250343