Guild for Psychological Studies


For over fifty years, the Guild for Psychological Studies has conducted seminars that bring together the depth psychology of Carl Jung, the Records of the Life of Jesus (Synoptic Gospels), the Hebrew Scriptures, and material drawn from myth, poetry, world religions, and the evolving images of modern culture and science. Using a process based on Socratic inquiry and dialog, seminar participants carefully attend to images and feelings, discover connections between the personal and collective psyche, and often find a new commitment to the deep and unfolding truth that has been called the Self or Soul.

You are invited to use the menus on the left to explore the seminars we offer, read about upcoming events, learn more about the people of the Guild, view a growing collection of resources, and find out how you can participate in or contribute to the Guild's work. You can use the Guild Information and Contacts link or links throughout many other pages to ask questions about the Guild in general or any particular seminar. Don't forget to browse the boxes on the right side of the home page to see the latest forum and blog posts as well as recent Guild news.

"More Fire for Life" Continuing in the South Bay

'When we think of 'mystics', names like Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, Paramahansa Yogananda, Hildegarde of Bingen, and, of course, Jesus of Nazareth may come to mind. But the fact that we are part of this More Fire for Life group means that we, too, are mystics at heart, or at least, have a mystical side to us. In this series, we will explore everyday mysticism and the mystical experiences we ourselves may have had. Passages from the Records of the Life and Teachings of Jesus and from the writings of some mystics will aid us in our exploration, as will silence, art, and body work."

The next series of More Fire for Life will be held onTuesday evenings from October 6 through November 10th. Although this series is fully subscribed, interested persons are invited to contact Linda Davidge (below) for more information.


In the October 2015 Threshing Floor ...

You will find Ruth McMullen's rememberance of her husband Norman McMullen, who passed away last month. Over the years Norman was a thoughtful participant in Guild seminars and a contributor to discussions about modern consciousness. 

Hal Childs brings part IV of "What is the Records?" and Jack Russell Stone shares his experience of Records seminars and their significance.

The results of the Board election are in, and Denise Dinwiddie joins the Board.

And, as you may already know, the Valley Fire just missed Four Springs, and activities there are beginning to resume.



Nourishing the Soul 2016 - Hold the Date!

 “In myth and ritual the great instinctive forces of civilized life have their origin: law and order, commerce and profit, craft and art, poetry, wisdom, and science. All are rooted in the primaeval soil of play.”  Huizinga, Homo Ludens,

    In the old days, to finish one’s education, one took a wanderjahr, a year of wandering through an unknown landscape without destination.  Life so often is full of destinations, how lovely to be without one for a year, to follow the lead of the heart, not the path of the mind.

    Nourishing the Soul 2016 will meet from March 28 to March 31. It will provide ample time for wandering, a year’s worth in 4 days.  We will wander through art, music, poetry, and the beautiful country around Bishop’s Ranch open to what wants to greet us.

-- Nils Peterson

Fire Spares Four Springs!

 The past few days we've been waiting anxiously to learn whether the huge, rapidly spreading Valley Fire had destroyed Four Springs. Fire maps showed the property as being right on the edge of the fire zone. We now have confirmation from Tim Locke via Facebook that Four Springs still stands ... here is Tim's post:

I was not able to get to Four Springs today after all, but our neighbor did get home (a little fib at the road block) and Four Springs is OK! I had a feeling, but nothing like an eye witness account. The highway is likely to be closed for a few more days, but temperatures are cooler with rain in the forecast for tomorrow, and it looks like Four Springs is going to be alright. The firefighters bulldozed a trench in the vineyard at the end of Sheveland Rd and apparently used the vineyard irrigation to help prevent the fire from advancing further. Thank goodness for the firefighters and for all the prayers and visions of safety and protection for Four Springs. It seems miraculous, and also sobering in the midst of so much loss and destruction for so many. Power is out, outages are widespread, and access is restricted, so it is likely to be some time before there is any semblance of normal, but I am feeling relieved and grateful.

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In the September 2015 Threshing Floor ...

Hal Childs continues his series of articles on the changing meaning of and relationship to the Records study. Readers, particularly those who have worked with the Records and continue to reflect on their experience, are welcomed to send their responses to


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