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Care of the Soul: The Place Beyond Seeking

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I used to be a seeker, looking for answers to all sorts of questions, wondering which religious tradition was right and best, concerned about the nature of the afterlife, wishing I knew exactly what Jesus was all about, hoping I would make good decisions in my life. Seeking is a good thing. Your mind and heart are open as you earnestly pursue matters of importance to us all. You’re not stuck on any given way. You’re on a journey, an odyssey, a search for truth.But now I’ve given up seeking. It could be old age, but I think it’s closer to the old adage that the questions are what is important. Rilke says, Live your questions. That’s what I’ve done.I remember a turning point in my life when I had left my beloved Catholicism behind; in the form I had known it, anyway. I didn’t know where to turn, what to read, who to trust. That’s when I began my doctoral studies in religion at Syracuse University. In the first seminars with David Miller and Stanley Hopper, two highly imaginative and broad-minded theologians, I discovered that I had the whole of the world’s spiritual teachings, its secular literature and a …

Thomas Moore has been a monk, a musician, a professor, and, for the past 30 years, a psychotherapist practicing archetypal therapy with a spiritual perspective. His latest book is A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.


Thomas Moore is the New York Times best-selling author of Care of the Soul, as well as many other books on deepening soul and cultivating a mature spiritual life, three of which have received the Books for a Better Life Award. At turns he has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, a psychotherapist, and an S&H columnist. 


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