Thomas Moore: Care of the Soul in the 21st Century

Workshop begins 3:00 pm on 10/23/2016 at Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Green Lake Dr N in Seattle WA 98103

[NOTE LOCATION: Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Green Lake Dr N., Seattle]

Care of the Soul came out 25 years ago. In that time there have been some signs of increase in soulfulness among people and many signs that things have gotten worse. Living a soulful life entails the usual psychological tasks, the opus of the soul—working with the material of a lifetime, dealing with shadow, cultivating intimacy and clearing the way toward individuality. But it also means doing work that is satisfying and creative, living actively with the arts, and designing a life of service.

Our society tends to be materialistic, leaving little room for soul, and is spirit-driven. In his early essay “Peaks and Vales,” James Hillman distinguishes between soul and spirit and explores how both are essential. Today generally people don’t appreciate this difference and therefore lose sight of soul. A significant route to soul involves developing a spiritual way of life that is individually captivating and rooted in this world.

This three hour lecture and discussion explores these and other ways to be soulful in a time of intense technologizing of daily life and urgent preoccupation with the practical task of making a living. The society is also more materialistic and mechanistic than ever, and so one task is to devise our own form of the ancient monastic practice of contemptus mundi, resistance to established values. You can’t be an unconscious participant in today’s society and care for your soul. In other ways, though, we live in a time of promise. Imagination, the arts and new forms of spirituality can bring the soul alive and make life more profoundly intelligent and joyous.

Objectives:

  • Appreciate the difference between soul and spirit. My book A Religion of One’s Own shows how to cultivate “soulful spirituality.”
  • Outline a spiritual way of life that is consonant with values of soul.
  • See work and career as expressions of the soul’s opus.
  • Spell out the value of real individuality, even eccentricity, as a sign of soul in a conventional world.
  • The Greek root of “therapy” means “service and care,” not cure or healing. Not only care of my soul, but service to the world is essential to “care of the soul.”

    Presenter bio:

    Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts. He lectures frequently in Ireland and has a special love of Irish culture. He has a Ph.D. in religion from Syracuse University and has won several awards for his work, including an honorary doctorate from Lesley University and the Humanitarian Award from Einstein Medical School of Yeshiva University. Three of his books have won the prestigious Books for a Better Life awards. He writes fiction and music and often works with his wife, artist and yoga instructor, Hari Kirin. He writes regular columns for Resurgence, Spirituality & Health, and The Huffington Post and has recently published Writing in the Sand: The Spirituality of Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels, Care of the Soul in Medicine, and The Guru of Golf and Other Stories about the Game of Life. Much of his recent work has focused on the world of medicine, speaking to nurses and doctors about the soul and spirit of medical practice.

    (NOTE: Seattle Jung Society members get a 25% discount, or $30, per ticket. Log into your account to receive the discount.)

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