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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

 

The Education of the Heart
Readings and Sources from Care of the Soul, Soul Mates and The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life
Thomas Moore
HarperCollins 1/97 Hardcover $26.00
ISBN: 0060174102


For a reader of the well-written and soul-expanding books of Thomas Moore, there are many moments when we wish to know more about the sources that have spurred his interests and fueled his imagination. Now, with this sourcebook for three of his early volumes, that wish has been fulfilled. In regard to the title, Moore writes: "In its deepest form, education is the art of enticing the soul to emerge from its cocoon, from its coil of potentiality and its cave of hiding. Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities-that's training or instructing-but is rather a making visible what is hidden as a seed." (3) The author has organized this resource around chapters on the rediscovery of the soul, the art and craft of living, everyday religion, the art of dwelling, intimacies, the common life, passages and enchantment. " Love, desire, and pleasure are the chief signals of the presence of soul" writes Moore and there are plenty of passages here to elicit these responses. There are readings from Greek tragedies, ancient magical texts, archetypal psychologists, Renaissance philosophers, poets, and spiritual teachers from all traditions. Enjoy the feast!

 

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