Re-Enchant Your Life with Thomas Moore, Ph.D.

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Being perverse is a philosophical art form for Thomas Moore. "I try to speak for values that are rejected," he says. "There are many things that seem to be mistakes that, from the soul point of view, are exactly what you would want." The bestselling author of Care of the Soul (HarperCollins 1992) and Soul Mates (HarperCollins 1994) speaks out on behalf of soul as the part of us that is "closer to the body, to the world we live in" than the often abstract world of spirituality. He insists that personal growth, evolution and other ideals should not be blindly embraced if they keep us from simply experiencing life as it is. This is the true quest of soul, to "enchant" our life with meaning and magic. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Thomas Moore, Ph.D. was a monk for twelve years, a university professor. He is a musician and a psychotherapist and lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts. He has a Ph.D. in religion from Syracuse University.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • The difference between your spirit and soul
  • Water and its soul qualities
  • Moore's experience with woodworking
  • Reclaiming values from the past
  • Rebelling against evolution
  • What you can learn from cows
  • The value of nostalgia, cemeteries and honoring the dead
  • How a shrine holds spirit
  • Art as magic
  • Whether or not your work is wounding your soul
  • The enchantment of books and children
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 6/26/1996      Program Number: 2574