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Care of the Soul: The Soul Under Construction

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For most of his life, my father was a plumbing instructor in a trade school and was one of those people who can build a house from scratch.  I envy that ability and regret that I didn’t learn some of his skills: plumbing, electrical, carpentry.  He was a master at hanging wallpaper and could plaster a ceiling silky smooth.  I tried plastering a wall once, and it turned out looking like something you would see in a distorted mirror.I sometimes refer to my father as the “philosophical plumber” because he was a deep thinker and could see almost-theological issues in matters of pipe sizing and elbow joints and expert soldering. For my part, I get involved in another kind of house construction altogether.I practice a depth psychotherapy largely centered on dreams, and once in a while a person will bring me a dream in which a house is under construction.  Sometimes it’s a new house, not so big but still impressive.  At other times, one wing of a massive, sprawling house will be going through remodeling.  You don’t have to be a genius to catch the metaphor.  Something new is …

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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