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Care of the Soul: Wherever I Turn, You Are There

A striking image from the late Renaissance shows a bald human head with a huge eyeball in the center of the skull. Below the image is the phrase “The Eye of Imagination.” It takes this kind of eye, larger and more penetrating than a normal eye, to see the depth of things. I think there is a special eye of the sacred imagination that allows you to see the holy core in everything. It lets you know that every place is sacred, if you look for it.When we were raising our children, we had a saying from Nicholas of Cusa painted over the doorway of our tiny library: Quocumque me verto ades. “Wherever I turn, you are there.” I don’t think that this great fifteenth-century Christian theologian meant anything sentimental. He meant that wherever you look you may behold the divine or the numinous. Some places are holy because they hold the mystery of our ancestry and still echo our dead forebears who created a home for us. In the late nineteenth century, my great-grandparents made the risky voyage from Ireland to Upstate New York, and even now we family members can stop at that 125-acre piece of land in the hills am …

Thomas Moore has been a monk, a musician, a professor, and, for the past 30 years, a psychotherapist practicing archetypal therapy with a spiritual perspective. His latest book is A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.

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Thomas Moore is the New York Times best-selling author of Care of the Soul, as well as many other books on...

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