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Care of the Soul: The Dream of Utopia

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Have you ever found yourself in a beautiful place, free from your worries, everything in its place, time almost at a standstill? I have a memory like that of stretching out in a rowboat on a sunny day in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, the boat at anchor, as I read a book among the dozens that excited me during my doctoral studies at Syracuse University. A moment like that is a taste of utopia. The word means “no-place” and “good-place” at the same time, and that moment on the lake was for me a place set apart and also a moment of sheer goodness.Now let me quote a passage from the Gospel of Matthew:The sky kingdom is drawing near.Care for those who are suffering.Wake up those who are unconscious.Refresh those who have suffered rejection.Get rid of daimonic tendencies.The sky kingdom is a place apart, ideal and full of pleasure. The day I enjoyed the boat in the lake was utopian in that it wasn’t like every other day. It had the frisson, the special electric delight, of a moment of perfection. The image of the sky can evoke such a place and such a moment.I like to think of Jesus’ vision for 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 The Soul of Christmas, from Franciscan Media.

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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