Soul

“The capacity for solitude is a prerequisite for intimacy with another.  Otherwise, it may well be that the desperate search for a partner is merely the expression of personal emptiness, and if that is the case, any relationship will be founded on weak grounds and will not satisfy the yearning for connection.  The expression ‘soul mate’ can mean a partnership in which the soul is engaged, in which one’s own soul connects with another’s.  This is no small thing, and it reaches far deeper than the resolution of any superficial search for romance.  Part of what we long for in our wish for a soul mate is intimacy with and the expression of our own soul.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

“Many people are desperate to find a soul mate, someone who responds to their deep image of love and intimacy.  They go to great lengths to meet people, and they spend considerable time feeling achingly deprived of the joys of intimacy they imagine.  Their attitude is summed up in the frequent lament: When am I going to find the person who is right for me?  This approach to love seems to reflect the narcissism of the times.  When am I going to get what I need for my growth and my satisfaction? An alternative would be to give all that attention either to one’s own life – developing one’s talents, educating oneself in culture, and simply becoming an interesting person – or to a needy society.  This crafting of a life is a positive way of preparing oneself for intimacy.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

“It may be more important to be awake than to be successful, balanced, or healthy.  What does it mean to be awake? Perhaps to be living with a lively imagination, responding honestly and courageously to opportunity and avoiding the temptation to follow mere habit or collective values.  It means to be an individual, in every instance manifesting the originality of who we are.  This is the ultimate form of creativity – following the lead of the deep soul as we make a life.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

“Living in the moment can become a moralistic principle, a burden rather than a way to intensify life.  The difference might depend on who takes the lead in the dance and who chooses the music.  The soul is a community of many interior persons, many of them capable leaders.  The ego is only one among them and probably should not always run the show.  A good dancer or musician allows the music to take over, becomes absorbed in the complex harmonies and tempos, and is the servant of the materials at hand.  The secret of a soul-based life is to allow someone or something other than the usual self to be in charge.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

“Today many people live the external life exclusively, and when the inner world erupts or stirs, they rush to a therapist or druggist for help.  They try to explain profound mythic developments in the language of behavior and experience.  Often they have no idea what is happening to them, because they have been so cut off from the deep self.  Their own soul is so alien to them that they are unaware of what is going on outside the known realm of fact.  Former methods of keeping in touch with the inner life have gone out of mode.  Diaries, letters, and deep conversations help focus attention on developments and materials that lie beneath the surface.  Only one hundred years ago, without benefit of typewriters and word processors, people kept elaborate, long and detailed diaries and notebooks.  We seem to have left behind these methods of reflection in favor of technologies for action.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

 

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