Spiritual Practice Beyond Institutional Religion and Secularism As much as science tries to answer all our questions and techlogy tries to make life easier, there is always a part of us that hungers for something greater. We have a soul that needs meaning and purpose, as much as the body needs food and water, says Thomas Moore. With A Personal Spirituality, this respected teacher presents a guide for cultivating your own practice and faith t based on laws etched in rigid tradition, but on your inner yearning for wisdom and truth. How to Let Your Soul Guide Your Spiritual Practice The gift of spirituality is t to provide an escape from the world, teaches Moore. Its power is to take us so deep into the wonder of everyday life that we are fully absorbed, motivated, and inspired. In these sessions, he reveals the key steps for developing a deeply engaged practice that arises from your unique perspective and gifts. Here he illuminates the sacred aspect of relationships and sexuality; examines the shadow side of both spirituality and secularism; offers guidance for relating to the timeless wisdom of religious traditions; and reveals how beauty, art, and deep intuition can serve as your greatest guides and teachers. I believe many of us are shifting toward a more intense, substantive spirituality, says Moore. In this time of unprecedented connection, we have the opportunity to make a better spiritual life than we did before. A Personal Spirituality is a powerful call to find a spiritual path that hors both your rational intelligence and the imperatives of your soul. HIGHLIGHTS Beyond dogma a new way to relate to religious traditions and text Soul Meditation a practice that fully embraces memories, fantasies, thoughts, and other so-called distractions How dreams can guide us to the deeper needs of our soul and psyche Defining a code of ethics and moral guidance based on expansiveness instead of fear Ordinary mysticism the art of finding the sacred in anything, even the parts of life we reject or disdain How we can trust our sexuality as a valued aspect of our spiritual lives Creating a supportive spiritual community t based around a single shared practice or belief system Embracing art and beauty for their sacred qualities beyond simple entertainment Prayer as an affirmation of respect for the unkwn and trust in the generosity of life Using intuition and synchronicity for spiritual guidance How vows can help you steer your spiritual course and how to recognize when they longer serve you Seven hours of insights and guidance on defining your unique, ever-evolving spiritual practice from Thomas Moore
Thomas MooreThomas Moore is the author of the classic bestselling bookCare of the Souland twenty other books on spirituality and psychology. He has a Ph.D. in religious studies from Syracuse University and has degrees in music composition and theology. He has been a university professor, a psychotherapist, a lecturer, a musician, and a monk. He currently lectures around the world on the arts, spirituality, ecology, and psychology. He has also been active in bringing human values to the field of medicine and in training hospice workers and psychiatrists. He has won numerous awards and has been a constant presence in the media. In recent years he has returned to his theological roots and has publishedWriting in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospelsand is about to publish his own translation of the Gospels. He has also recently published fiction includingThe Guru of Golf and Other Stories about the Game of Life.