Saturday, August 20, 2016

Moore contributes foreword to volume of poetry

At the beginning of the summer this year, University Professors Press released Journey of the Wounded Soul: Poetic Companions for Spiritual Struggles by Louis Hoffman and Steve Fehl.
"From the sacred scriptures of the world religions through contemporary times, poetry has helped individuals express and work through spiritual struggles. Journey of the Wounded Soul continues this ancient tradition in a contemporary voice. This collection of poems brings voice to spiritual struggles, seeking to create a community through poetic voice."
In his Foreword to this collection, Thomas Moore writes:
"I’d like every psychology major in the world to read the brilliant introduction that doesn’t miss a step in keeping us close to our humanity and offering solid, profound and reliable ideas for navigating the complex ways of the most ordinary life …
This is poetry that stands on its own but is especially useful when you are in one of life’s dark nights or tunnels. It doesn’t cheer you up; instead it takes you deep in thought to the mysteries working themselves out in what you feel to be problems and challenges."
Moore is described as bestselling author of Care of the Soul, Soul Mates, The Soul’s Religion, and A Religion of One’s Own. He also wrote Dark Nights of the Soul.

Journey of the Wounded Soul:
Poetic Companions for Spiritual Struggles
by Louis Hoffman and Steve Fehl
Foreword by Thomas Moore
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: University Professors Press
Date: June 16, 2016
ISBN-10: 193968613X
ISBN-13: 978-1939686138

Monday, July 11, 2016

Omega offers free registration for Moore's panel

Omega Institute shares an excerpt from Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World, titled "Self-Therapy as Care, Not Repair". In this passage Moore lists helpful ways to facilitate your self-care.

Moore teaches at Omega through this retreat week. Register now for his free panel discussion Meeting Fear with Love this Wednesday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m. This video is available for free viewing until 11 October 2016.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Moore's foreword in new edition about Saint Teresa

Publishers Weekly writes in "Mother Teresa Books Cluster Around Canonization" that the canonization of Mother Teresa on 4 September 2016 is bringing new, and new editions of old books to market. The list of titles includes No Greater Love Commemorative Edition:
"With a foreword by Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul), this book was originally published in 1997 and has sold almost 210,000 copies in hardcover and trade paperback editions, according to NWL [New World Library, publisher]. In her writings, Mother Teresa contemplates love, prayer, giving, service, poverty, forgiveness, and Jesus, and the book ends with a short biography and an interview with her about working with the poor and the dying. The new edition also includes Pope John Paul II’s homily from Mother Teresa’s Beatification Mass on Oct. 19, 2003."

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Translation makes gospel a compelling guide now

In his introduction to The Book of Matthew in  GOSPEL The Book of Matthew: A new translation with commentary, Thomas Moore writes "the heart of the matter comes at Matthew 10:7-8, when Jesus sends the apostles out to do their work, following his example:

The kingdom is drawing near.
Care for those who are suffering.
Wake up those who are unconscious.
Refresh those who have suffered.
Get rid of daimonic tendencies.

This passage gives a five-point set of instructions for both the apostles and the reader today."

Moore provides background for this fresh translation in his commentary for Chapter 10 when he discusses therapeia, awakening, catharsis and daimonia.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Befriend your spiritual complexes to contain them

Thomas Moore recommends we befriend our "Spiritual Complexes" in his March-April column for Spirituality & Health magazine. He writes:
"A psychological complex is a set of emotions, memories, anxieties, desires, and habits focused around a theme — my need for family comfort, for example — that urges a person in a certain direction that may or may not fit his or her conscious and rational purposes. For example, you may do certain things automatically, desperately, and compulsively in spite of yourself.

Most of us have a certain collection of complexes that shape our lives and identity. They are not bad things, yet they cause trouble when they get out of hand. It helps to get to know them and tame them and get them in tune with your values and ideas. I’m not telling you to repress these complexes and imagine that you have to create a perfectly healthy self by controlling them. The goal is more to befriend them. C. G. Jung said that they’re like separate people inside us and that we can dialogue with them and give them some acceptance and containment. James Hillman advised not “feeding” them, and thereby not increasing their hold on you. He once told me to put my depression in a suitcase and carry it with me — close but not dominating." 
He continues, "Fanaticism, close-mindedness, self-denial, guilt, proselytizing, excessive devotion to a teacher or a teaching, and moralism — all are signs of a spiritual complex. Try to talk to well intentioned people caught in these complexes, and you can’t reach the human being. The complex is too strong. Often, like-minded church members or leaders support the complex by maintaining a closed system and encouraging extreme positions."

Moore suggests ". . . you can learn to distinguish between passion, which is usually a good thing, and being taken over by an anxious and demanding idea that makes you rather crazy and out of synch with the people around you."

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nutrients for healing soul and spirit of our society

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry and 
whoever trusts me will never be thirsty.”
— John 6:35 
At the end of last month, Hay House posts "Healing the Soul of Society: The basic nutrients for spirit" by Thomas Moore, excerpted from his book Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels. Read this passage uploaded 27 March 2016 and earlier articles by Moore.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How will we re-vision therapy for soul and spirit?

My goal is to create a therapy of ideas, to try to bring in new ideas 
so that we can see the same old patterns differently.  
— James Hillman 

Pacifica Graduate Institute hosts its Climates of Change and the Therapy of Ideas conference, from April 21 to April 24, 2016 in Santa Barbara. Thomas Moore offers two presentations during this event.

Thursday 21 April 2016
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Psychotherapy as Religious Ritual

"This workshop explores how to make therapy less conceptual and more a direct relationship with figures of the past, dream events, and current mythologies and dramas of the psyche. It assumes “religion” to mean maintaining a potent relationship with the imaginal realm and finding portals to the mysterious others that play a formative role in the psyche."

Saturday 23 April 2016
4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Animus Mundi - The Spirituality of the World 

"We are moving toward a new definition of religion and new ways of finding sacred forms, rituals, teachings and methods. One important development is including concerns of the soul as well as the spirit. Soul and spirit is increasingly the focus in many psychotherapies. We can find models for re-visioning religion in C.G. Jung, D.H. Lawrence, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Emily Dickinson, Anne Sexton, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau."

Barque coverage 
17 Feb  2016 "A religion of one's own is our re-imagining religion"
16 Dec 2015  "Hear Animus Mundi: The Spirituality of the World"
14 Dec 2015  "Share ideas with each other for the anima mundi"

Love life — Be charmed by an open-hearted vision

Introduction to Gospel 

"In my translation there is no suggestion that readers should believe in anything, join an organization, or abandon their cherished religious and philosophical ideals. I see no reason why a Christian, an agnostic, a Buddhist, or even an atheist would not be charmed and inspired by the Gospels. Anyone can freely and without any worries read the Gospels and be enriched.

These texts are sacred not because they belong to a particular religion or spiritual tradition but because they offer a vision and a way of life that transcends the limits of reason and will. They show a figure in love with life and with a heart open to all sorts of people, but at the same time a figure constantly in tune with the Sky Father, that image of ultimate transcendence that provides an opening, a tear in the fabric of human consciousness, a doorway to the infinite and the eternal."
— Thomas Moore

GOSPEL The Book of Matthew:
A New Translation with Commentary,
Jesus Spirituality for Everyone
by Thomas Moore
Hardcover: 144 pages 
Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
1st edition (April 15, 2016) 
ISBN-10: 1594736200 
ISBN-13: 978-1594736209

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Watch Moore's free streaming event this Tuesday

Watch Thomas Moore's free streaming presentation Tuesday 23 February 2016, 7:00 p.m. EST on the web: Becoming a Soulful Person in a Soulful World

Where: High Mowing School, Wilton, New Hampshire
When: Tuesday February 23, 7:00 p.m.
Web: Livestream on High Mowing School’s website at

"Why do some young people seem able to meet the world, while others sink into depression and act out? Is the ability to find joy in an awakened life a choice or is it predestined? These questions will be the subject of a livestreamed conversation with Care of the Soul author Thomas Moore on February 23, at High Mowing School. The free talk will be held in front of the fireplace in the Big Room in the school’s main building and the public is welcome.

"'It isn’t enough to be alive and developing physically,' Moore explains, 'you also need to be alive to your spirit and soul, and that means you have to be aware of what’s going on inside you and in your world.'"

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Experience Lent through Spirituality of the Gospels

Thomas Moore's Spirituality of the Gospels for Lent 2016 e-course with Spirituality & Practice begins this week, Wednesday 10 February, 2016 (Ash Wednesday) and continues for forty days (until Easter Sunday).

Spirituality of the Gospels
"It's a spirituality that does not have to be tied to a particular tradition and is accessible to anyone — people lovingly involved in the Christian tradition, lovingly involved in another tradition, not interested in religion, or somewhere in the gray areas of this spectrum."

The e-course includes:
• 40 emails with a Gospel passage, commentary  by Thomas Moore, a practice to bring the teaching into daily life, and a suggested creative project plus 6 additional emails.
• 4 short audios and 3 short videos from Thomas Moore on key Gospel themes.
• A live hour-long teleconference with Thomas Moore. He will answer questions from e-course participants.
• A Practice Circle for sharing reflections with Thomas Moore and other participants.
"The Gospels offer a radically fresh, utopian view of how to live life in a new way — free of self-interest, greed, excessive aggression and depression. They speak to everyone and offer an optimistic and communal way of life." — Thomas Moore
Cost: $65.00 Register now.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Buy an S&P e-course to treat others and yourself

Spirituality & Practice offers a 50% off year-end sale on its self-directed e-courses until 31 December 2015: To get the 50% discount, order the e-course(s) by December 31. You can schedule to take them now or later, even in 2016.

"Since these e-courses are all in our on-demand system, you choose your own start date and how often you want to receive the emails (daily, three times a week, twice a week, weekly) via your account page."

E-courses on sale include Practicing Spirituality with Thomas Moore.
"'Care of the soul,' he has written, 'requires craft — skill, attention, and art. To live with a high degree of artfulness means to attend to the small things that keep the soul engaged in whatever we are doing.' This is exactly what we do in Practicing Spirituality with Thomas Moore, a 40-part e-course. Each email offers a brief quotation from Moore's writings and a practice suggested by this teaching."
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.) The regular price for this e-course is $39.95. 
To order this e-course and others at the sale price:
1. Find the Practicing Spirituality e-course you would like to take and click "subscribe" to put it in your shopping cart.
2. If you would like to order another course, put it in your shopping cart next.
3. When you have made all your selections, type in this promo code: EOY2015 (case sensitive) 
4. Click "Apply."
You will see the sale price applied to all e-courses before your final checkout. The sale price for each e-course $19.98. Consider giving them as gifts or sign up for more than one.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How do we evoke unknowable, infinite mystery?

Today Opray Winfrey's OWN site with Huffington Post shares a segment from her Super Soul Sunday program that aired 18 Oct. 2015 featuring Thomas Moore: "Why This Religious Scholar Doesn't Like To Use The Word 'God'". Lisa Capretto transcribes the conversation between Winfrey and Moore.
"As he explains in a conversation with Oprah on "SuperSoul Sunday," this unknowable force is also infinite, existing everywhere. It's a concept that Moore explores more in his book, A Religion of One's Own, where he writes, 'God is in the space between sentences.' In his teachings, Moore challenges everyone to let go of the God they think they know — and part of that is re-examining the adequacy of the word 'God' in the first place."
"I try to evoke that unknowable and the infinite in my writing," he says. "If I kept using the word God, I don't think I'd be able to do it."
This Huffington Post page offers links to additional segments from that Super Soul Sunday episode with Moore.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Grief, gravity and gravitas infuse our losses in life

An introduction by Thomas Moore opens Grieving with Your Whole Heart: Spiritual Wisdom and Practice for Finding Comfort, Hope and Healing After Loss compiled by the editors of Skylight Paths Publishing.

According to the publisher, "This soulful companion for grief offers wisdom and creative spiritual practices from across faith traditions for walking with sorrow and honoring loss. Whether you need to grieve in words or silence, in solitude or in company with others, this compassionate guide will help you find wholeness and a renewed vision of yourself and the world."

Read Moore's introduction "Grief — A Power of the Soul" by clicking Look Inside on This book is available for Kindle and in paperback.

Grieving with Your Whole Heart:
Spiritual Wisdom and Practice for Finding Comfort, Hope and Healing After Loss

Introduction by Thomas Moore
Format: Paperback
Print Length: 272 pages
Publisher: SkyLight Paths
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
ISBN-10: 1594735999
ISBN-13: 978-1594735998

Friday, October 30, 2015

Religion may include the unknown and optimism

During the airing of Super Soul Sunday on Sunday 18 October 2015, Oprah Winfrey asks Thomas Moore to finish this sentence, "I believe ..."

Moore responds:
"I believe the ultimate purpose and way of going about life is unknown but that it's worth it to consistently search for it, and in my own action, to have the optimism to make my life and the whole world turn out for the best."

Friday, October 23, 2015

Let's work through the challenges of relationships

Harper Collins Publishers reissues Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship at the same time as the anniversary edition of Care of the Soul. According to the original description for Soul Mates:
"The author of Care of the Soul shows readers how 'soul intimacy' can be cultivated through letter writing, conversations, sexuality, jealousy, boredom, and endings, and how the soul is enriched through the tribulations of life." 
This new version of Soul Mates may be pre-ordered on

Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship
by Thomas Moore
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial
On sale: January 26, 2016
ISBN-10: 0062466860
ISBN-13: 978-0062466860

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Care of Your Soul and Spirit conversation in Ireland

Enjoy an evening of conversation with Thomas Moore on Wednesday 21 October 2015 starting at 7:30 p.m. in Tipperary, Ireland. Local author and poet Grace Wells joins Moore to talk about Care of Your Soul and Spirit. Wells moved to Ireland from London in 1991. This event invites a broad audience and may be of particular interest to people in caring and teaching roles.

General admission ticket + fee: €26.88
Concession ticket + fee: €16.43

Hotel Minella
Coleville Road
County Tipperary

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Featured with meditation and mindfulness experts

Thomas Moore contributes to Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living: Awareness & Meditation Practices for Living in the Present Moment, available 8 April 2016. According to the Llewellyn Trade Catalog Winter 2016, page 17:
"Enhance your awareness, gain higher focus and happiness, and improve all levels of your health with the discussions and practices in this guide to mindful living. Featuring a variety of meditation and mindfulness experts — including Michael Bernard Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Thomas Moore, Cyndi Dale, Guy Finley, and many others — Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living presents topics ranging from building your foundation of practice to reaching your potential and loving your body."
This book is divided into five sections:
For Basic Understanding and Practices,
For Your Health,
For Love of Your Body,
For Reaching Potential, and
For Subtle Energy and Spirit.

Editors: Robert Butera, PhD and Erin Byron, MA
Format: Paperback:
Print Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0738746770
ISBN-13: 978-0738746777
Pre-order now on

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Moore offers personal spirituality course on CDs

Sounds True offers a 6-CD audio learning course by Thomas Moore called A Personal Spirituality: Finding Your Own Way to a Meaningful Life that will be available 1 March 2016 for $69.95 US. It may be pre-ordered on now. According to the publisher:
"In these six sessions, he illuminates the sacred aspect of relationships, vocation, and personal identity; examines the shadow side of both spirituality and pure secularism; offers guidance for looking beyond dogma in religious traditions; and inspires us to find a spiritual path that honors both our modern intelligence and the imperatives of the soul."
Product Details
Audio CD
Publisher: Sounds True (March 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622036093
ISBN-13: 978-1622036097
Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 6 inches

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Explore redesigned site of Spirituality and Practice

Spirituality and Practice offers a new design and new navigation on its new site including a tour with its new features such as the Practice Toolkit, Arts section covering music, art, and photography, and Quotes section.

The Living Spiritual Teachers Project includes a ten-page section featuring S&P content about Thomas Moore. Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat recommend Moore's work for:
  • Ever-expanding reports on the soul's journey in all arenas of life 
  • Respect and reverence for imagination, creativity, and beauty 
  • Adventuresome ideas on the interface between religion and spirituality 
  • Calls to the vocation of caring for our souls
Thomas Moore is a member of  the S&P Council of Advisors.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Moore talks about A Religion of One's Own

Last year authors Thomas Moore and Katrina Kenison offered a public event at Christ Church in Exeter NH about their writing lives and how to cultivate soul every day. Watch their presentation in this 1.5 hour video by AccessTV98.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Moore teaches in Peterborough, NH on May 9

If you can be in the the Monadnock area of New Hampshire over Mother's Day weekend, consider attending an event with Thomas Moore who is offering a half-day seminar in Peterborough, New Hampshire on Saturday 9 May. Next month he offers another half-day seminar on Saturday 13 June 2015.

The first is titled Touch the Soul in the Healing Process and the second is Stories, Images and Dreams. Each session, scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., is restricted to 35 participants to ensure an intimate opportunity to learn about soul-centred living.

Registration: $108 for one session, $160 for both sessions.
Register now by clicking on the Events tab on this linked page. Only a limited number of seats are still available.

Soul: Yoga, Healing and the Arts
Union Mill
374 Union St.
Peterborough, New Hampshire 03458
Telephone: (603) 203-6673

Visit Soul on Facebook.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Transcript of Moore interview in Jungian journal

The Spring 2015 issue of Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation in New York includes the transcript of an interview with Thomas Moore: "A Religion of One's Own: A Public Talk and Conversation at The Garrison Institute" conducted 31 March 2014. (Volume XLV:1) Unfortunately only the beginning is available online for free. Subscribers have access to this complete interview.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A full version is available for free through

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Moore offers module in new certificate program

Thomas Moore participates in a new certificate program, Certificate in Soul-Centered Counseling with Dan Leven, Leven Institute for Expressive Movement. This program consists of four 5-day workshops (3 with Dan Leven and 1 with Thomas Moore) at Kripalu Center and 8 weeks of distance learning following each workshop. The four modules constitute the full training program, or individual modules may be taken as a stand-alone course.

Thomas Moore's in-person module at Kripalu Center is:
Care of the Soul: for Healing Professionals and Those on a Healing Path,
29 November - 3 December 2015
"Care of the Soul workshop focuses on the narratives, bits of story, memory and images that underlie behavior. It goes beyond ego awareness to the heights of spirit and the depths of the soul. This approach requires an appreciation for the imaginal and the archetypal in the psyche. It’s guided by night dreams, and it takes life stories as fictions unveiling the deep themes that make up a person’s life. It asks for training that is both cultural — acquaintance with myth, art and spiritual traditions —  and personal, the ability to evoke the soul without any heroic ambitions.  
This workshop is exciting because of its depth and satisfying because it helps the professional discover his and her soul and find healing. Its purpose is not to become a manager of a person’s life but rather a master in guiding the soul."
The distance learning component of each module includes:
- Monthly group conference calls led by Dan Leven or Thomas Moore
- Weekly support exercises and readings
- Online group discussions of readings
- Reflection papers
- Individual support through faculty responses to reflection papers

Tuition for the full certificate program: $2900 ($1800 paid to Kripalu for the in-person modules and $1100 paid to LIFE Movement for the distance learning portion of the program).

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Real mystics open up to what is really real reality

Today the Oprah Winfrey Network on Huffington Post shares Anyone Can Be A Mystic Here's How, an excerpt from Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World published by Gotham Books (Penguin Group USA). The selection includes:
"Religion begins in the sensation that your life makes sense within a larger one, that you and the animals have a bond, that the trees and rocks and rivers are to the body of the world as your bones and hair and bloodstream are to your body. You understand, at least in some primal way, that your happiness depends on the happiness of the beings around you. You may even realize, ultimately, that your soul participates in the world's soul.

If you go deep enough into yourself, you will come up against mysterious creative forces. You can't know yourself completely, and you may realize, again, as mystics have pointed out, that some of your problems stem from your resistance against that deep, unknown source of vitality. If you could get out of the way, who knows what you could become? The divine creator not only makes a world but also creates a self." 
Moore's new book is now available in paperback.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Order your copy of A Religion of One's Own now releases the paperback edition of Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World on 6 January 2015. Pre-order now.

 A Religion of One's Own: 
A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World
By Thomas Moore
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Gotham (January 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1592408842
ISBN-13: 978-1592408849

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Join Thomas Moore on retreat in Ireland this fall

Ireland’s Emmaus Centre hosts Thomas Moore’s retreat, Care Of Soul And Spirit from Friday 31 October to Wednesday 5 November 2014.
"Soul is the depth of experience that makes us human and fully in the world. Spirit allows us to transcend, reach toward the infinite, be endlessly creative and find meaning and purpose. This retreat speaks to both soul and spirit together and offers ways to live a life that is both deeply connected and pleasurable and at the same time sublime and profoundly religious or spiritual."
"The retreat consists of intensive morning dream work, one-hour sessions for the presentation and discussion of many themes in spirituality, archetypal psychology and mythology, and free time for personal reflection and community."

This retreat is available on a residential and non-residential basis.
Total Cost Residential: €450
Total Cost Non Residential: €310.00
Participants may also attend on a day basis. Cost per day is:
Friday or Wednesday: €35.00 per day.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday: €60 per day.
Retreat Time: Friday 7:00 p.m. to Wednesday 2.30 p.m.

Moore’s retreats are filled with “humour and hard personal work, support and challenge, rich traditional themes and new ideas… Thomas presents a fresh, depth approach to the spiritual that has nothing to do with self-denial, guilt or excessive purity. He offers a spirituality and a psychology of joy.”

Friday evening Seminar: Soulful Spirituality

Saturday: Dream Work; The Soul and Spirit; Living with Art and Dreams; Self-Therapy: Emotions, past experiences.

Sunday: Dream Workp A Religion of One’s Own; World spiritual traditions; Sexuality and Spirituality; Magic, Intuition and Inner Guidance.

Monday: Dream Work; Relationships as Soul-Making; Opus: The Alchemy of Work; the Mystery of Daphne.

Tuesday: Dream Work; C. G. Jung’s Way using Images; James Hillman’s Soul; Hermes the Holy Thief and Deceiver; A Soulful Life.

Wednesday: This half-day session, like all previous days, begins with Dream Work; Jesus the Epicurean; the Holy Fool. The afternoon closing session, Soulful Spirituality, concludes the retreat’s journey.

Book your online deposit now.

The Emmaus Centre
Ennis Lane
County Dublin

Barque coverage
1 Feb 2014 "Ireland program: Care of body, soul. spirit, world"

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Art and religion may help us with life's mysteries

For Greg Garrison interviews Thomas Moore over the telephone before this weekend's program in Birmingham, Alabama: "'People are angry at the religion they grew up with': ex-monk turned bestselling author will lecture".
"Moore will be coming to Alabama for the first time in May as the featured speaker of the SPAFER lectures at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, 518 19th St. North, on May 2, at 7 p.m. and May 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Southern Progressive Alliance for Exploring Religion and the Friends of Jung-South are co-sponsoring the lectures." 
Garrison writes:
"Most people have not had any education in the mysticism of their own religions," Moore said.
"The mystics provide the heart and soul of a religion." Moore has simply found other ways of tapping into mysticism.

"You can be an ordinary mystic, when you put together all the experiences of nature, and art," he said. "The separation of art and religion in our time is a symptom of the secularism of our time. They offer us a way to contemplate and mediate things that can't be explained."

He's not advocating leaving formal religion, but notes that's not the only path." 
For ticket information visit

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Register for Moore's Birmingham program now

Thomas Moore presents the weekend program, A Religion of One's Own, in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday 2 May and Saturday 3 May 2014 with Friends of Jung – South and the Southern Progressive Alliance for Exploring Religion. SPAFER is a forum for religious and spiritual exploration. Order tickets now for the 2-day package or for an individual day.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Re-imagine a religion that feeds your soul

New Dimensions Radio's Justine Willis Toms interviews Thomas Moore about "Re-imagining A Religion That Feeds Our Soul" on 15 January 2014. The program description reads:
"Church attendance continues to decline as many of us abandon the religious institutions of our youth. However, in today’s culture the search for the sacred has never been more active. Thomas Moore suggests that nature, art, and accessing the wealth of traditional spiritual wisdom can be of enormous help in revivifying our relationship to religion. We need to abandon the dogma and set our compass according to our personal values and philosophy as we search for a religion that feeds our soul. He says, “This is the time to stop looking for an answer outside yourself, looking for an organization that will answer your needs completely or answer them through your joining them and subscribing to their beliefs and their practices and their way of looking at the world. I think that time is over… We have to do that ourselves… It’s also a responsibility and it is more difficult.”
Topics in this dialogue include:
— How we can find the sacred in the secular
— Why seeking a religion of one’s own increases the intimacy of community
— Why sexuality and eros are sacred and connected to our life vitality
— How reading tea leaves increases our inner guidance and connects to natural magic   

Cost: $1.99.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Meet Thomas Moore in Tempe, Arizona this month

Thomas Moore continues his book tour at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona on Wednesday 22 January 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m. This event is free for two when you purchase a copy of Moore's A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World from the bookstore.

Location Google Map
 6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe Square Shopping Center,
Tempe, AZ 85283 ‎

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Magazine quotes Thomas Moore in daily reflection

Spirituality & Health magazine features Thomas Moore in today's quote:

“To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” 
― Thomas Moore

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Spring Journal reviews Songlines of the Soul

Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture (vol. 89) focuses on Buddhism and Depth Psychology: Refining the Encounter. Polly Young-Eisendrath is Guest Editor. Nancy Cater is Editor-in-Chief. This volume includes a review by Dennis Patrick Slattery of Veronica Goodchild's Songlines of the Soul: Pathways to a New Vision for a New Century. Thomas Moore writes the foreword to this book.  
Barque coverage
12 May 2012 "Moore writes foreword to Songlines of the Soul"


Friday, July 05, 2013

The display of power may be a sign of anxiety

Read Thomas Moore's article "Soul Power: Nonviolence is the weapon of the brave" in The Intelligent Optimist magazine published 17 December 2012. Moore writes:
"In response to conflict, we often try to restrain our adversaries rather than empower them. The first move toward peace might be to take careful note of where violent people feel disempowered. To display your power is to show you are anxious about it. To perform atrocity and act violently is to reveal a profound confusion of mind and heart, an insanity that shows how far apart power and weakness are.
Today, our first goal might be to assure that all nations have the economic, political, and social empowerment they need. A second step is for those who have military might to explore what it would take to transmute that weaponry into power of soul. If a nation has stockpiled weapons and bad schools, that is a sign that the power issue is seriously off-kilter. Power of soul creates peace, and when there is peace there is so much to do, so much to create and sustain, that there could be no time or energy left over for the military. People who are totally involved in their works and families can’t imagine going off to war. It makes no sense."
Moore distinguishes between violence and aggression in this piece while defining peace: "Peace is not the absence of conflict or aggression. It is the transformation of brute power into strength of mind and heart. Peace is the humane focusing of anger and ambition on the needs of the world and on creative contributions to life and culture. Peace is an active thing, strong and bold."

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Moore recommends ways doctors may be soulful

Listen to this brief interview with Thomas Moore about "The Art and Soul of Medicine" on Radio Rounds, created by medical students at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton Ohio. In this 3 March 2013 podcast Moore talks about the soul in health care, how it affects healing and "what physicians-in-training can do to effectively integrate the art with the science of medicine." Run time is approximately 12 minutes.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Does artistic distortion "come nearer" to reality?

In his March-April 2013 column "A Beautiful Distortion" for Spirituality & Health magazine, Thomas Moore looks at art specifically the work of Georgia O'Keeffe. He writes:
"She said that she first painted natural objects in the ordinary way and then did her “dream thing,” after which the paintings would “come nearer reality than my objective kind of work.”
This second phase went beyond the ordinary and the literal, allowing her stunning flowers and clouds and skulls to touch an observer’s soul. Without being obviously religious, they have a spiritual impact. O’Keeffe was interested in mysticism and religion, although she didn’t follow a particular tradition or go to church. She was a natural, secular mystic who had a gift for expressing spiritual truths in her art."
Moore develops this theme of natural, secular mysticism in his forthcoming book, A Religion of One's Own (Gotham Books) for release in Fall 2013.

Friday, March 01, 2013

David Chadwick responds to Moore's questions

David Chadwick, author of Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki (1999) and Thank You and OK!: An American Zen Failure in Japan (2007), shares January - February 2013 email correspondence with Thomas Moore in "Four Questions from Thomas Moore Evaded". Moore asks questions for his current book, A Religion of One's Own. Chadwick shares his responses.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Book in Progress: A Religion of One's Own

In his January 2013 Newsletter Thomas Moore describes his current writing project. Last year he negotiated a contract with Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) to write A Religion of One's Own. He is now on the second revision of the book (he usually does four or five) with the final version due 1 March 2013. Moore explains:
"I'm offering an alternative to the fading formal religious ways of the past and the secularism that is a pseudo-religion itself. I'm very much in the footsteps of the New England Transcendentalists, especially Emerson, Thoreau and Channing, in recommending that we seriously draw insight and inspiration from the traditions as we shape a religious practice suited to us individually. I see a future in which we need not belong to a religion but go deeply into many of them to find the insights and practices we need. We can do this alone or in an established community, but I think we should consciously select and shape our own ideas (theology) and practices. We could be spiritually creative and yet profoundly in debt to the wisdom and beauty of the traditions. In this book I spell out concrete ways to reinvigorate our religiousness in this way. I use the word religion, fully redefined, because spirituality tends to be too vague, abstract and self-centered."
Gotham Books also publishes Moore's book Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way through Life’s Ordeals that won Best Psychology Book in the Books for a Better Life Awards chosen in 2005.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Watch Thomas Moore presentations on the web

Your Mission in Life:
Care for Body, Soul, Spirit and the World
Landmark College
1 hour 15 minutes
4 April 2014

Thomas Moore in conversation with Katrina Kenison
Christ Church
Exeter, New Hampshire
1.5 hours
28 January 2014  

Art, Dreams and Spirituality
Rothko Chapel
Houston, Texas
1.5 hours
3 March 2012  

Art and Dream 
Part 1: 33 minutes
Part 2: 30 minutes
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Brattleboro Vermont
26 May 2011

A Liberating Education: 
Learning How to be a Person with Soul
Liberal Arts and Care of the Soul
Marlboro College,
Marlboro Vermont
1 hour
6 April 2010 

Building Successful Relationships 
Using  Spiritual Principles
Antioch University New England’s Applied Psychology Department
MAPS Counseling Services
72 minutes
4 December 2008 

Healing Through Illness: 
Celebrating Art & Life
Center for Spirituality and Healing
University of Minnesota
Presentation: 44 minutes Q&A: 15 minutes
17 October 2006

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Moore assists Viridis Graduate Institute as trustee

Thomas Moore is a founding board trustee of Viridis Graduate Institute, International School of Ecopsychology. According to the institute's site, ecopsychology is "An interdisciplinary field of inquiry bridging the sciences and humanities and predicated on the evidence that humanity's well-being is integrated into the health and sustainability of all of nature." The institute offers online graduate programs supported by in-person sessions.

Moore's endorsement: "If you are a conscious, awake and participatory citizen today, you must be engaged in the preservation of our planet and its beautiful natural world. Viridis Graduate Institute stands out as an educational organization that appreciates both the ecological and the psychological dimensions involved in this effort."

VGI Partnership Model
VGI partners include and the Institute for Cultural Change with which Moore is affiliated as a member of its board of advisors.

Postal address:
Viridis Graduate Institute
PO Box 182
Carpinteria, CA
93014-0182 USA

Monday, September 10, 2012

Buy The Guru of Golf from publisher Hay House

As part of its Fall Clearance, publisher Hay House sells Thomas Moore’s book The Guru of Golf and Other Stories about the Game of Life, paperback edition for $1.99 U.S. until 24 September 2012.
The Guru of Golf and Other Stories about the Game of Life
By Thomas Moore
Format: Paperback
Publication: August 2011
ISBN 978-1-4019-2566-6
Discount price: $1.99 U.S.

The publisher's description includes, "In this collection of 18 short stories, The Guru of Golf celebrates perhaps one of the most widely popular of athletic pursuits. Thomas Moore shows us how golf can be a perfect metaphor for life itself ― endlessly mysterious, joyful, and fascinating while at times frustrating, infuriating, and unbearable. From the tee to the green, Moore intertwines modern and classical tales that illustrate the challenges players face ― both on and off the course." View Moore's book on Hay House’s Fall sale page.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Astrology includes exploring our inner landscapes

"Re-animate the sky by noticing the sun, clouds, and the moon's progress. Begin to have an astropoetic imagination." 
 @thomasmooreSoul 22 August 2012 
This week Thomas Moore is a guest tutor at Exeter College in Oxford U.K. with The Faculty of Astrological Studies. The description for his shared program, Living Soulfully includes:

"With the idea that 2012 marks a turning point now embedded in our cultural consciousness, many people are questioning established values and finding new meaning in spiritual understanding. Astrology can be an invaluable guide to character, soul and inner landscape during this monumental shift in personal and global awareness. This track brings together astrological, psychological and spiritual perspectives from experienced practitioners for a profound re-visioning of relevant topics, including the astrology of happiness, psychological alchemy, and astrology’s gift of linking our daily lives with cosmic archetypes."

Readers may enjoy Moore’s book The Planets Within: The Astrological Psychology of Marsilio Ficino (1990).
Paperback: 230 pages
Revised edition (January 1, 1990)
Lindisfarne Books
Foreword by Noel Cobb
ISBN-10: 0940262282
ISBN-13: 978-0940262287

Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat review this book for Spirituality and Practice.

Barque coverage
1 May 2005 "Exploring the Planets Within"


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Spirituality & Practice lists council members

Spirituality & Practice lists Thomas Moore as a member of its Council of Advisors. He is joined by others such as Ezra Bayda, Sensei at Zen Center San Diego; Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco; Dr. Parker J. Palmer, Founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal; and Sharon Salzberg, Co-Founder, Insight Meditation Society. Visit Spirituality & Practice for online spiritual resources and sign up for its free weekly email newsletter.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Re-Vision's Acorn describes Moore's April events

Thomas Moore, patron of Re-Vision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis, conducted two programs in April 2012, Pleasuring the Soul and Voluptas: Workshop for Psychotherapists and Counsellors for the centre. In its newsletter Acorn, Re-Vision News (May 2012 Issue no. 9), Nicky Marshall describes Moore's sessions on page 2 under "Thomas Moore at Re-Vision." Two photographs of Moore speaking to the London, U.K. audiences accompany her contribution.

Marshall writes, "... how often do you get the chance to spend an hour and a half looking in detail at a great renaissance painting — in this case Botticelli's Primavera — in the company of someone who can discourse on the symbolism and meaning of all of the figures, the images and the thinking, and relate them to the practice of therapy, without once needing to look at a note!"

Barque coverage:
31 Mar 2012 "U.K. professional workshop about job pleasures"
20 Jan 2012 "Focus of talk in London is pleasuring the soul"

Friday, June 29, 2012

Moore reveals his ghost-writer companion

In yesterday’s blog post, Thomas Moore describes a close relationship that contributes to his writing. Read "My silent partner" on Moore's site. He includes:
“I learn from his patience, his love of life, his easy and playful aggression, his finicky taste in food and, above all, the contemplative nature of his presence. He has a good mixture of the puer and senex in him — Hillman’s favorite images of youth and age. He’s a bit heavy now, and yet he still leaps into the air, or tries to, when he’s excited about something. When was the last time I lifted off the ground in sheer delight?”
Moore shares other features of life that he learns from L.B. whose influence seeps into Moore’s books.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Moore writes foreword to Songlines of the Soul

Thomas Moore contributes the foreword to Veronica Goodchild's book, Songlines of the Soul: Pathways to a New Vision for a New Country, to be released 1 October 2012 by Ibis Press. According to
"Songlines of the Soul proposes a new paradigm of reality, a new worldview. The signatures of this new reality are arising both in our own experiences and all around us if only we can stretch wide our stubbornly held perceptions of what is "reality." As we stand at a crucial turning point in our human history, this book offers hope, a call to awaken and expand our perceptions of the fundamental principles that orchestrate reality.

In an age when the answers offered by governments and traditional religion are no longer sufficient, the quest for meaning must — as it always has in the past — arise first through visions, dreams, and journeys to other dimensions of consciousness."
Goodchild is a professor of Jungian psychotherapy and imaginal psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she received her PhD in 1998. She has a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University, NYC granted in 1980.

Songlines of the Soul: 
Pathways to a New Vision for a New Country
by Veronica Goodchild
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Ibis Press
Release Date: 1 October 2012
ISBN-10: 0892541687
ISBN-13: 978-0892541683
Foreword: Thomas Moore

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