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.

"What are the Records?" in the July Threshing Floor

The July Threshing Floor continues the discussion of the evolving Guild Records work with Part I of " What are the Records?" by Hal Childs. There are also other reflections and a notice for the upcoming Guild Board election and the summer seminar "The Inevitable Gravity of Beautiful Trouble."



Dialog Continues in the June 2015 Threshing Floor

We continue to receive thoughtful comments and questions about the value of Records study and the role of the Records in the current Guild--and more broadly, the Guild's possibilities for the future. The Board has also tried to elaborate on its earlier statement and explain how the current structure of the Guild has evolved, and the relationship between the Board and the initiatives and projects undertaken by leaders. We continue to invite your comments and questions.


In the May 2015 Threshing Floor - Join the Ongoing Discussion!

John Petroni's question about the status of the Records work in the Guild has prompted considerable interest, and the first wave of responses are printed in the May issue, with more to come. As you read, you are invited to to reflect on the issues raised, and The Threshing Floor welcomes your reflections and questions.



In the April 2015 Threshing Floor

This month brings a rich offering of reflections, news, and provocations. Do you remember the napkin ring symbols at Four Springs? Here's a guide to what they all meant.

What happens when The Thing You Didn't Want won't go away? 

John Petroni asks a provocative question about what has happened to the Records in the Guild work. The Board recognizes this as a question that belongs to the whole Guild community, and Hal Childs offers a personal response and challenge in return.

Also ... news and reminders of upcoming seminars. Sue Renfrew offers a walk with Matisse and other artists. Don't forget the coming summer seminar, "The Inevitable Gravity of Beautiful Trouble." We can be sure that Trouble will come knocking. How should we receive it?



Report from Berlin Papers Available

On February 28 Hal Childs, Faith Mason, and Harry Henderson presented their explorations of Wolfgang Giegerich's concept of "the psychological difference." The three leaders had attended the ISPDI Berlin conference in July 2014, which was devoted to this crucial topic.

The papers presented were:

Hal Childs: "The Psychological Difference: An Introduction."

Faith Mason: "The Psychological DIfference": So What? Why Bother?

Harry Henderson: "The Psychological Difference as Perspective and Tool"

Also, in the afternoon, Hal led the group in "an interactive process of guided psychological reflection on two texts taken as soul documents, one ancient and one modern." The two texts were the "empty jar" story from the Gospel of Thomas (Logia 97) and a statement by Web entrepreneur Mark Andreessen: "Software is eating the world."  We worked word by word to uncover how soul might be reflecting on itself in these texts.

We've attached the files for all three papers plus a more detailed report that Hal has offered to the ISPDI for publication in its newsletter. We understand that our papers may also be published there in the coming months.

Also we've now added the sound recorded (MP3) files for Hal's presentation.



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