Original Self: Living with Paradox and Originality
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Original Self: Living with Paradox and Originality

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According to Thomas Moore, people today have lost the deep, direct, and vivid sense of what it means to live with passion and originality. Moore believes that beneath the many thick layers of indoctrination about who we are and who we should be lies an original self, a person who came into this world full of possibility and destined for a particular life.The fifty mediatio...more
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Published March 1st 2000 by HarperAudio (first published 2000)
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A lovely, to the point, direct, here it is version of Moore’s philosophy and how glorious it is! I have never been able to get into his “care of the soul”, but I may now. There was so much wisdom and echoes of my own soul. He talks about the poetry of every day life, of every day actions; he talks about looking into your soul and figuring it all out, and then letting it be since its beauty cannot be altered in any way. He incorporates every wisdom tradition I have ever learned about, and some I...more
A collection of valuable ideas. But not very inspiring and originally put forward. This book did not add much to my knowledge or experience.
Moore has some refreshing insights on modern psychotherapy and our constant need to "fix" ourselves. He suggests embracing the original self, allowing room for and learning to live well with our neuroses (rather than trying to eliminate them). He draws broadly from theology, mythology and philosophy - and makes a case for living with more soul. Questioning less, embracing more of what already is.
Short but like "The Alchemist" one shouldn't read too fast or you won't be able to take it in its full meaning. Definitely a good book for those wanting things to reflect on or mediate upon, or to change your perspective.
This is an interesting book which confirm some of my beliefs. The only reason why I gave it one star is because it did not add much to my general knowledge. However, this doesn't mean the book is an unimportant one.
Beautiful thoughts and prose, all very wise, but I found it hard to read more than a little at a time and didn't finish it.
Alexa Cascade
Another book everyone should read! How to live from the soul in a soulless world.
Sometimes inspired. Mostly insipid.
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Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on...more
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“The key to seeing the world's soul, and in the process wakening our own, is to get over the confusion by which we think that fact is real and imagination is illusion.” 12 likes
“Gnostic tales tell of the homesickness of the soul, its yearning for its own milieu…” 4 likes
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