Saturday, August 27, 2005

The Wisdom of Eros: Antidote to War

If you're based in the UK (or will be there the weekend of Sept. 2-4th), I strongly urge you to take advantage of a sterling opportunity to link up with some of the most innovative minds of our time, at The Great Rethinking conference in Bath.

Part of an ongoing spectrum of events known as The Prophets Conference, this particular confluence of allies features a dozen exceptional thinkers culled from a variety of arenas, including:

° quantum physicist Fred Alan Wolf, PhD (who was one of the scientists interviewed in What the Bleep Do We Know!?),
° poet extraordinaire David Whyte (whose brilliant line, "The rest of creation is waiting, breathless, for you to take your place" defines my lifework),
° spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen, founder of What Is Enlightenment? magazine,
° and theologian Thomas Moore, PhD, the author of Care of the Soul, SoulMates, and an astonishing new article, The New Epicureans: Sex and Violence, Pleasure and Pain, Grace and Decadence, which recasts the truth of the '60s in a 3rd millennium sensibility: Make Love Not War becomes Venus taming Mars, leading the way into a new dawn.

Moore writes, "Hidden beneath the conflicts and divisions of modern culture is a profound fear of life. This anxiety finds expression in both exaggerated images of sex and in various kinds of repression. What is needed today is the restoration of a Venusian sensibility and an Epicurean delight in the deep joys and everyday relationships and experiences. We badly need grace, mutual appreciation, and humor. Spiritual movements often overlook the sensual layer of life, thinking that virtue somehow stands in austerity and self-denial."

Moore's presentation at The Great Rethinking will be a personal and global appeal for grace and beauty as antidotes to conflict and violence. For the complete article, e-mail me with "Thomas Moore article" in the subject line.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Amara, I would love it if you would write about the Hurricane, Katrina. It seems such a profound turning point in the consciousness of America. It has come home to roost so to speak. Lots of fall out over our slow response to our own etc. The race and economic status of those not given even water or food. And now it seems as though the environment mess has gotten even worse with a large oil spill. So how you put it all together in your own special style would be good for me to hear. Love Maha