Friday, July 06, 2007

Moore's writings considered "holy" by reader

On St. Patrick's Day in 2007, Lorette C. Luzajic posted an article called "Looking after the Soul: Thomas Moore Speaks" that talks about the effect Thomas Moore's writings have had on her. A revised version is available as "Thomas Moore Speaks on Soul."

In her article, Luzajic says, "As the pages turn in his many works on the soul, and indeed his many reflections of Eros and soul-mating, we deepen our understanding of ourselves. Moore goes right into the heart and pries it open, but gently, assuring you the whole way that you are safe. He speaks wisely and in soothing tones about difficult areas in our lives, holding the dark spots up to sunlight, shedding light on our path inwards. One can't help but feel naked beforeis stranger, and yet the union between reader and writer is so ... holy."

She includes quotes from Moore's books and direct references about his understanding of soul. According to Luzajic, Moore says:
"My own definition of the soul is the component in beings that gives them their individuality, their mysterious depth, their capacity to imagine and relate, and their connection with memory. In addition, I see the soul as having certain characteristics or areas peculiar to it: beauty, intimacy, friendship, imagination and the poetic, shadow, connection, and memory. We can talk about an animal, a place, and even as object as having a soul. When we speak of a person as having soul, we mean that this is someone who has not defended himself against life, and has been made more human because of it."
Luzajic quotes Moore responding to a question about therapy:
"Is attention [to] the soul self-indulgent? I wish it were required of our leaders that they read excellent books, be intensely involved in the arts, and be in therapy. I don't think that the arts and therapy are going to kill us off as a people...the problem with modern society is not too much attention to the self but unconscious narcissism. We don't treat each other well as people."
She also highlights passages from Moore’s various books that especially resonate with her.
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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Alternative weekly editor mentions Moore

Editor of Port Folio Weekly, Tom Robotham wrote a column, "Holiness of the Heart’s Affections" on June 19, 2007 about the alternative weekly possibly publishing a "body and soul" issue. After mentioning an email message from a friend he writes, "As often happens after a fruitful conversation or email exchange, I go into my library in search of books that will help deepen my meditation on the topic at hand. In this case, the book that presented itself was a half-forgotten volume called Care of the Soul, by Thomas Moore, a psychologist and former Catholic monk."

When talking about Moore’s ideas, Robotham includes the quote,
"Care of the soul begins with observance of how the soul manifests itself and how it operates. We can’t care for the soul unless we are familiar with its ways. Observance is a word from ritual and religion. It means to watch out for but also to keep and honor, as in the observance of a holiday. The serv in observance originally referred to tending sheep. Observing the soul, we keep an eye on its sheep, on whatever is wandering and grazing — the latest addiction, a striking dream, or a troubling mood."
The editor discusses his experiences of meditation and views of current education.