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Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  3,145 ratings  ·  66 reviews
The companion volume to Care of the Soul, this book shows how the need to love and to connect with others leads inevitably not only into intimacy, but also into many kinds of difficulty and even failure. It emphasizes that through these difficulties, life is enriched and the soul thrives.
Hardcover, 267 pages
Published January 1994 by Harper Collins
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Mark Bennett
Not sure what to do with the thoughts/feelings that have gripped me since reading Moore’s book. Over and over he writes of the “soul-work” we’re all challenged to engage in.

And really all along the way and right to the end he’s making an argument for facing off with and confronting everything that transpires in our lives without judgement, that love is the ground and life affirmation the end all: the good and bad, the dark and despairing, the difficult and confusing, the grand and glorious, the
as i get older
and continue to build my nest of love
i'm so taken by the lil birds
that have landed along side of me
to shake me and wake me
there are those rare gems
that when you look into their eyes
you know you sit warmly in their depths.

soul mates.
Mme. Bookling ~
Another amazing installment in Moore's lifelong quest towards avodacting the mysterious and unfathomable depths of the human soul and how it can possible amalgamate to another equally enigmatic human soul. Moore confronts moralism in sexuality as well as pondering the needs of soul - in that it often wants detachment just as much as attachment, coldness as well as passion. Though I consider myself a lover of soul and proponent of the soul's journey, Moore never ceases to press further into the p ...more
Robin Woodcock
I appropriately read this book on a flight to San Francisco -- some of you will think it hippie dippy but I have to say, I really appreciated its introspective view and the encouragement of the author. Thanks to Clare
Gupta for passing it along! Also liked that while it's a little heady and even circular at times, there are good examples from mythology and references to Jung that sort of ground it. I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about themselves in relationships (pla
Trisha Keiman
One of my favorite writers. He teaches about ourselves, others and the world around us. This book focuses on the meanigns behind intimacy, separations, endings, beginnings, sexual conflicts and any other obstacles in our pursuit for intimacy. It basically tells us that if we are brave enough, willing enough to go these these motions, we will be enriched and our souls will thrive. He also explores being soulful in a community, society and with other nations. I love the way he adds a wide range of ...more
Steve Arthur
This book helped to inspire a song I wrote for my soulmate:
Here is just a few words:
"Just two imperfect people, perfectly made for each other.
Willing to go the distance to find the perfect comfort for every imperfect heartache.
Just two imperfect people, perfectly made for each other...."
I appreciate Thomas Moore writings and understanding, even more so the way in which he communicates so that one soul can understand their mate.
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"As with all matters of soul, it is in honoring its impulses that we find our way best into its mysteries."

Biography: Moore was born in 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to an Irish Catholic family. As a youth he joined the Servites, a Roman Catholic lay order where he studied philosophy and music.
He then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chicago's DePaul University, a Master of Arts degree in musicology from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts degree in theology from the University of Wind
What is a soul mate? I don't think the author here really explains it, so it is left as a mystery. I admit, it is difficult to define such a spiritual concept in concrete terms, and his title does say "honoring the mysteries of love and relationship," but an attempt to explain how people connect as soul mates would have been helpful.

Ultimately I found this book to be not so much about soul mates, but about the author's own beliefs about the workings of the soul and our connections with others. H
Perhaps I should return to certain passages of this work all through my life to find new insight into myself. I have had a life long struggle with ideas I’ve seen to be polar opposites – religion & science and sensuality & intellect where Moore seems to view the facets of life as different qualities to feed the soul, not to be denied and all of value to the soul. The insight I found within these pages is vast, but one passage in particular on page 179 stuck with me. ‘Even intelligent, so ...more
Miroku Nemeth
I think that the best advice one can gain from this book is to explore both the darkness and the light in love and life and see them as necessary cycles that will and must unfold. Live life as poetry unfolding. A very worthwhile read.
Jul 26, 2009 Adodom rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in soul work
Another good book for soul work.
Olive Steele
Nov 16, 2015 Olive Steele rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My readers
Shelves: self-help, psychology
I had no idea about what I would learn when I began to read Thomas Moore’s SOUL MATES. I must say, I was moved by Moore’s simple yet deep discourse, in which he entwines soul (separate from spirit and body) and mates (friendships) in a way clergy might not have adequately succeed. In his Introduction, Moore prepares the reader to accept or reject long held soul factors in unusual ways; as regards relationships, sex, and community. SOUL MATES sees issues such as; incompleteness, rough edges and l ...more
Wow, very insightful. Some sections were easy to read while others were very difficult. I just Thomas Moore is so intelligent that he loses me!I only read 75% of the book and then I found it repetitive, however, it is still good and I recommend the book.
Greg Tilden
Brilliant writer bringing creativity and poetic understandings back into our everyday conceptions of relationships of all sorts, lovers to acquaintances. Gives soul and meaning to the important things we often forget.
A beautiful read that has allowed me to really challenge myself. It's helped me intepret some of my behaviours and understand what I need to work upon.
I enjoyed the introduction so much that I read it twice. It was so soothing , not unlike meditation.

The rest of the book however , did not live up to expectations.
Vashti Horvat
Not what I expected. Will read again.
Began to read this book this year...very intuitive and soul-touching. Stopped reading it..need to pick up again soon. So much of Thomas Moore's writing is so familiar and true, as if it were a part of me all along. Plan to restart/continue this book soon. Not sure what has kept me from doing so yet...perhaps the connection it had with me, regarding that particular time in my life. Although I have not read the entire book, I would strongly recommend reading it...without fear or hesitation of what ...more
Soul Mates.. reminds us to remember to look at ourselves, others and the world from a new perspective--through story, myth, image and dream. This book is urgently imporant and filled with practical wisdom, deep feeling and much love.

It is uncanny that I was looking for a book today and noticed Soul Mates. Only yesterday Barack Obama urged us to look at ourselves, others and the world from a new perspective. Nothing transpires by accident.
Thomas More (former monk, Jungian psychologist) has some interesting insights on the nature of "soul" in one's life and relationships. I am not always clear what exactly he is talking about, but he makes me think in terms of what my inner promptings may be saying and leading me to do. In this book he applies those same ideas to relationships, and invites the reader to not only listen to one's own soul, but the soul of the relationship.
Zorica  Zoric
Iznenadjujuce dobra knjiga....
This book was much more than I expected in terms of content and nuance. Not one word of this book is superfluous, and I particularly found his use and readings of myths to be very valuable. I think any one person can gain powerful and encouraging insights into their own lifepath and relationships by reading this book. I will definitely check out more of Thomas Moore's works.
Thomas Mooore enlarges the circle of soul mates beyond the romantic relationship. Reading this one comes away with the understanding that any relationship can be soulful when its dynamics are not shadowed by conventional notions. In other words soul mates have genuine connections where the heart is open and accepting of the other.
A different approach to looking at problems in relationships without the blame. Sometimes a bit circular in reasoning, want to ask him - OK, what exactly do you mean and what is one supposed to do. But overall, resonated with it a lot, comforting. The soul has it's own reasons, which he distinguishes from the higher self.
Marianne Ogden
This is a great introduction to Jungian psychology and our need for love and relationship. It's not just theoretical. This book offers many practical applications. It also shows how the archetypes in mythology give insight into our dreams, fears, and imagination.
Em Horning
Morgan Taylor
Sometimes, not saying much, is saying everything, and all that I can say about this book, is that it sparked the imagination within myself that was missing for so long.
I learned that my focus on the doing and things of life that are for beauty, for friendship, for the garden, are worth the time they take. I find this book soothing, supporting and calming. So I have read it twice and I am not done.
If nothing else, this book will nudge you towards accepting and loving yourself and the people in your life & appreciating the complex and fascinating world you are currently a part of. What more reason do you need to read it?
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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
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