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Spiritual Practice Beyond Institutional Religion and Secularism

As much as science tries to answer all our questions and technology tries to make life easier, there is always a part of us that hungers for something greater. "We have souls that need 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 - not 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 not 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 sides 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 better spiritual lives than we did before." A Personal Spirituality is a powerful call to find a spiritual path that honors 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 souls and psyches
  • 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 not 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 unknown and trust in the generosity of life
  • Using intuition and synchronicity for spiritual guidance

©2016 Thomas Moore (P)2016 Sounds True

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Great wisdom for Life!

Now my favorite Moore book! Being honest I have struggled with some other Thomas because I have been left hanging, wanting more thorough development of a topic. However this book seems to be different on that regard. Also I have found it extremely practical chalked full of wisdom gold nuggets. It is a great reference for life. The only disappointment, however minor, is that he does not talk about God except to make reference of God. He does however fully explore the subject of individual spirituality, and that I found very insightful.

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The best of Thomas Moore

This is a wonderful series offering direction and hope for humanity. Don't miss it. You won't be disappointed!!

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Enlightening

This is one of the best book I've ever read about spirituality. Very inspiring.

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A Guide for the Wanderer

Gives what it promises. Simple yet insightful suggestions for personalizing your relationship with the sacred.

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good for anyone who is spiritually seeking.

love his work long been a follower.
All ways a good teacher! Highly suggest. any of the books he has written.

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only worth listening to if you're new to spirituality

I started listening to this because I had read dark nights of the soul by the same author which I loved, I made it about halfway through this and couldn't do anymore because there's really no substance to this series of talks. Unless you are new to exploring your spirituality and just starting to open your mind coming from a strict religion or something. then it would be helpful.

I didn't gain anything from what I've heard so far and it basically just seems like he was saying embrace the beauty and spirituality in everything over and over again in different ways. it was a waste of my time unfortunately.

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beautiful. inspired. life affirming reminder of how to live a soul centered self directed life.

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  • wicus
  • 07-18-17

Good for all

This book is good for everyone, those who believe and those who want to. The diversity of Thomas's thought processes are not only an example but very informative to issues that deal with life.

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  • Patricia Camilleri
  • 08-02-20

refreshing and realistic view on spirituality

Thomas Moore gives so much of himself in his work..his voice is balm to the soul..as is his work..I appreciate that he doesnt just talk about spirituality as a subject but as a lived reality for himself in his journey and for others as a very livable reality..I share his love for attending to meaning in all events..those that seem to take me higher and those that take me lower..he shows how all external events and internal ones are possibilities for our greater unfolding of our Selves if we attend to them with openness and loving kindness for ourselves and others..added to this is the appetite he renewed in me to call on the wisdom and heart of poets and writers past and present so that wisdom too colours my imagination and guides me to being a fully alive person...his view on ordinariness as sacred has truly helped me and his view on sexuality has revived me. His view on shopping was new and had me giggling no end.,.guilt free thanks to his deconstruction...his humility seems real and his practical suggestions are easy to follow and practise. there is no hint of teaching in the formal sense which may be a put off to myself and others..Thomas encourages gently an openness to life and sharing and this was very well received..it was in my case a very timely listening and for this I am grateful!

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  • 05-15-20

Beautiful, generous and practical advice

A wonderful series of talks (voiced by the author) giving practical, thoughtful and compassionate advice on how to weave a sense of the sacred into every-day secular life. I have a feeling I will return to this again and again. Really enjoyed my time spent with Mr. Moore. Looking forward to downloading other books or talks by the author. Strongly recommended for anyone who is looking for ideas to make their spiritual journey more worldly.

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  • mark devan
  • 02-16-17

Refreshing ideas about creating a personal spirituality

Brilliant listening Thomas Moore's ideas on creating a practical spirituality. Great for those seeking the Divine but without the baggage of organised religion and tradition. Many wonderful thoughts to explore. Love this quote by John Cage on the need to empty ourself in order to be filled, "Thoreau got up each morning and walked to the woods as though he had never been where he was going to, so that whatever was there came to him like liquid into an empty glass".

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  • Patricia Lamb
  • 01-19-17

Delightfully personal, clear, spiritually emptying

Warm, personal and calm communication
Uplifting yet challenging
Practical yet holy, with deep heart wisdom