Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Radio interview about dark nights in book

Daphne Michaels promotes her book, Light of Our Times: Conversations with Today’s Leaders in Health and Spirituality, that includes an interview with Thomas Moore about dark nights of the soul.

Michaels writes, "The book is a collection of interviews transcribed from my KLAY radio program The Vibrational Health Show which aired between 2003 and 2005. During this time, I spoke with a number of well-known artists, healers and progressive thinkers, discussing various aspects of the Vibrational Paradigm. Among my honored guests were Ram Dass, Thomas Moore, Julia Cameron, Dr. Masaru Emoto, Victor Sanchez and more."

This softcover book is available for $16.95 U.S. from a Vibrational Health Institute page that also lists the people interviewed in it.

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Daily re-enchantment stirs bloggers

Bloggers are dipping into Thomas Moore’s The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life to explore various themes. A post about "the integrity of Earth's ecological systems" and diversity closes with a quote from this book,
"Enchanted ecology is the work of religion more than science, love more than understanding, and ritual more than heroic action. It is rooted in both a love for home and a willingness to let the place where we live set limits on our lives, define our personalities, and shape our values. This kind of ecology is concerned not simply with the natural world but with our place in the human environment as well, and it has as much to do with meaning and emotion as with the protection of literal nature."
Another blogger, in the post, "Bedside Revisited", lists Moore’s book among those on the bedside table:

"Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, Thomas Moore. My most heavily marked book (in ink!). A reminder of the potency of ordinary things around you, a user’s manual to magic in the making. The very possibility, Moore points out, of pulling sustenance out of the very air, if you have your wits about you."

Lastly, a post about living a simpler life also closes with reference to this book. The blogger writes, "I am going to leave you with a few quotes from a great book by Thomas Moore The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life that I have long loved."
"Enchantment is a state of rapture and ecstasy in which the soul comes to the foreground, and the literal concerns of survival at least momentarily fade into the background… The soul has an absolute, unforgiving need for regular excursions into enchantment."

"Religion is ... an appreciation of the sacred and the holy in every aspect of life: nature, work, home, business, and other affairs... In a disenchanted world, for all of its concern for morals and social action, religion separates itself from everyday life and becomes obsessed with its own brand of belief and moral purity... The source of our modern discontentment is the loss of true religion."

"There is no essential conflict between enchanted living and practical, productive activity; they can serve each other."

"Enchantment is the ascendancy of the soul, a condition that allows us to connect, for the most part lovingly and intimately, with the world we inhabit and the people who make up our families and communities. Without it, we try rationally to forge those intimacies and make those connections, but our efforts are futile."

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