Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Student inspired to learn about different religions

Caroline Mayberry — soon-to-be U.S .expat — reacts to Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own: "It’s wonderful to start reading a book that you know will change your life."

She writes, "[Moore] also discusses mysticism, an aspect that is usually dismissed in religious texts, and a subject to which I have been inexplicably drawn for most of my life. Reading Thomas Moore’s views on the secular and the sacred, I felt my world change. I am now further inspired to learn more about different religions, because I realize that all people are the same, and therefore religion, as it pertains to the spirit, is inherently the same."

She also recommends The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, suggesting, "It takes into consideration much of what Thomas Moore brought up: that people (across all regions and religions) are all the same and that there are forces in the universe that should be respected and paid attention to." Mayberry plans to move England next month for graduate studies, the one-year Masters program in Addiction Sciences at King’s College London.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blue River Monthly reviews Moore's new book

Mary Jablonski of Charlottesville, Virginia reviews Thomas Moore's new book A Religion of One's Own for Blue River Monthly. She writes, "Moore talks in detail in the book about how he practices his own personal religion, and that helps the reader gain a sense of what it means to approach spirituality in this way. Among other things, working with dreams has been a significant practice for him. He writes that dreams 'are an open window allowing fresh information to enter from elsewhere.' He also gives examples of people who he believes created their own religions — they include the painter Georgia O’Keeffe and the naturalist and writer Henry David Thoreau."

Jablonski includes a strong sentence from Moore's introduction:
“I’m recommending a courageous, deep-seated, fate-driven, informed, and intelligent life that has sublime and transcendent dimension.”