The Western world is clearly obsessed with sex. In a culture where one can find virtually any physical or mental sensation the imagination can conjure up, why do we remain unsatisfied? Thomas Moore declares that we are actually afraid of sex,“afraid of our own vitality.” He believes that what we need is the courage to live sensuously, to ease up on the maddening work ethic, and to give pleasure its due. Moore believes sex is an experience of the soul–not just an act in the bedroom, but something that permeates everything we do. Because sex is so much at the center of life, if we pretend otherwise it only haunts and consumes us. “Sex and life are so creative. If we just get out of the way, life will make us who we are, who we want to be.” Discover how to bring out the pulse and passion at the center of your being in this stirring dialogue. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Thomas Moore, Ph.D. was a monk for twelve years, a university professor. He is a musician and a psychotherapist and lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts. He has a Ph.D. in religion from Syracuse University.
He’s the author of:
- Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life (HarperPerennial 1994)
- The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love (Harper Perennial 1999)
- Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life’s Ordeals (Gotham 2005)
- A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World (Gotham 2014)
To learn more about Thomas Moore’s work go to www.careofthesoul.net.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- How to discover and understand your own story
- How our moralistic attitudes toward smoking, fatty foods, etc. are linked to sex
- Underlying reasons for the popularity of pornography
- Marilyn Monroe–a mythological symbol?
- What political sex scandals say about our times
- How sexuality and ecology are connected
- The importance of sexual fantasy, sexual imagery, and erotic art
- Bringing romanticism back into spirituality
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 6/26/1998 Program Number: 2731