Some have labeled our culture “disenchanted," meaning that the charm and magic have been taken way through an emphasis on quantification, definition, classification, surveys, and purely physical studies—a materialistic approach that keeps soul out of our daily lives.
This weekend attempts to restore enchantment (the word means to sing) to our world through a living sense of myth, a deep practice of magic, and tools for living with imagination. It offers a way out of the narcoleptic world, like the realm of Sleeping Beauty, and into the intense vitality of soul.
Friday, October 18 | Tau Center
Myth, Daimon, and Angels: Finding Personal Power through Living Imagination
Myth is the deep, partially hidden world of imaginal creatures inside us and around us. We all need the Muses for inspiration. Angels do exist, in a certain way, and keep us connected to the infinitely mysterious. Orenda, we learn from the Iroquois, is a power in us that we can’t live without. C. G. Jung gives a good example of a modern person who was able to live in close relationship to the powers appearing as images. We can each ease our way free, at least in part, from a cool, disenchanted culture to create a more soulful, magical way of doing things, thus coming alive in ourselves through a serious and direct approach to imagination.
Saturday, October 19 | Venue SIX10
A Magical Way of Life
The word “magic” is largely out of favor in a rationalistic and technical world. The ancient European tradition known as magia naturalis, natural magic, influenced much of the art and other aspects of culture known as the Renaissance. It is based on using color, sounds, images, art works, craft, aromas, plants, and many other ordinary elements of daily life to nourish the soul. It also uses words for their power to have an impact and to give a person deep powers that are otherwise elusive. The main problem people have today, implicated in emotional malaise and even certain sicknesses, is a lack of personal power. Natural magic can bring that creative power into our lives—but we have to step away from the mechanical culture in which we live and return to an appreciation for magic. This workshop gives both the necessary ideas and certain practices that can restore this important aspect of the soulful life.
LOCATIONSTau Center (Fri 10/18)26W171 Roosevelt RdWheaton, IL 60187MAP
Venue SIX10 (Sat 10/19)610 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605MAP
FEE$135 Single Day | $200 Both Days | 4.5 CEs/Day ($15 Fee)Lunch included on Friday only
Thomas Moore, PhD is the author of Care of the Soul, a #1 New York Times best seller. He has written twenty-four other books about deepening spirituality, humanizing medicine, finding meaningful work, and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. Well-known within the Jungian community, he has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist. He has a Ph.D. in religion from Syracuse University and has won several awards for his work, including an honorary doctorate from Lesley University and the Humanitarian Award from Einstein Medical School of Yeshiva University. Three of his books have won the prestigious Books for a Better Life awards. He writes ﬁction and music and often works with his wife, artist and yoga instructor, Hari Kirin. He writes regular columns for Resurgence, Spirituality & Health, and The Hufﬁngton Post and has recently published Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy; A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World; Writing in the Sand: The Spirituality of Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels; Care of the Soul in Medicine; and The Guru of Golf and Other Stories about the Game of Life. thomasmooresoul.com