David, yeah, good idea!
OK, I took an already existing forum which used to be called "Soul and Buddhism"and I tweaked the subject title. It's now called, Being, Soul, Body, Spirit, Self, Mind and Imagination
You can append our back-and-forth comments to it and others can participate!
Hi David, thanks for writing back with thoughtful insight on Moore's perspective and popularity. Speaking of distinctions, have you seen this poem by the Dali Lama? Poetry, Imagination, and Living the Questions.
His poetic distinction really resonates with my appreciation between the ever so popular "spiritual flight" of transcending our human condition (i.e. our soul) and the down-and dirty art (or opus) of our soul-work.
Yeah, Original Self is at the top of my Moore favorites. I have a treasured copy of him reading the book recorded on audio CD... There are some videos of Moore out there as well...that said, I doubt he will be found under the limelight of pop-media. I can hardly understand why that is except to chalk it up to the general ignorance about the value & importance of soul stuff with the masses.
Hey, I just had a thought...we should move this discussion to the forum and get more participation...
I was wondering what sort of a community Barque would be. My interest in Soul and Spirit goes back many years when I wrote a thesis on St. Francis and began developing a sense of soul in the medieval age and the distinction to spirit in the modern (post-enlightenment) age. Spirit became more identified with the modern concept of self. Imagine my wonder when Thomas Moore wrote his first book, Care of the Soul! His depth understanding from the 15th century articulated what I was trying to understand. Still I wonder after more than a decade why Moore's understanding are not more generally used in churches? Do people offer seminars on his books? I did a seminar on his very approachable book "Original Self" that a small group of church people very much appreciated. What is the future of Thomas Moore's thought in the public sphere? I guess Oprah is out of the question.
Welcome David! I'm glad you've arrived. I perused your Wordpress site and see you're interest in the imagages of Jesus. Were you aware Thomas Moore's new book, Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels, is coming out in May of this year?
I'm looking forward to it with sweet anticipation...
Namaste, Andy Delete Comment