Thursday, October 29, 2009
Thomas Moores Urges "Survivors" to Use Their Experience to Human Care for Others
"The key to seeing the world’s soul, and in the process wakening one’s own, is to get over the confusion by which we think that fact is real and imagination an illusion."
from Interview with Thomas Moore
Psychologist and author Thomas Moore, PhD., opened the fifth annual Texas Breast Health Summit in Houston today with a gentle address on the importance of healing the spirit in the wake of cancer.
"This is a soul gathering," he told the group, a mixture of survivors, volunteers and caregivers. "Those of you who have had cancer know something the rest of do not. You know what has to be done because of your experience. Your illness has taken you to a level of consciousness that others do not have. Use that change as a basis for transformation."
When people are ill, Moore explained, medicine is just one slice of the journey back to health. "We know how important the spirit is for health. We need people to stand up and speak for the things the soul needs in healing, especially in cancer."
In his writings and experience as a psychotherapist, Moore blends his studies of the world's religions, the arts and philosophy. His most well known work, "Care of the Soul" discusses ways people can deepen and enrich their lives through spiritual practise.
He said that there is something about illness that gives a person's soul, or humanity, a chance to appear. "When we are sick," he said, "something of us is revealed. We can then view our illness as an opportunity, or a rite of passage."
Moore encouraged the organizations involved to pursue alternative and holistic approaches to healing. "Let's improve the alternative/integrative approaches in a way that inspires confidence. Every year I see more progress."
His most recent book is "Writings in the Sand" and a new collection of essays will be published in next spring. For additional information on Thomas Moore go to: www.careofthesoul.net