Guild for Psychological Studies

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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.

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Reflections and Anticipations! - The February 2016 Threshing Floor

 In the February issue we remember the life of Barbara Barnard, a long time Guild member whose energy and sense of life will be missed. We also have a response from Sue Renfrew to John Petroni's questions about the relevance of the Records. I reflect on the topic of our upcoming seminar, "We are soul's refugees!" and invite you to consider participating. We have notices for other upcoming events: More Fire for Life (ongoing), a special Soul Collage workshop (March), and  Nourishing the Soul makes its regular appearance later that month. 

This rather rich issue is rounded out with other poems and reflections. "Stay tuned" for the special March issue, which will feature news about Guild groups and their work and a look at what's to come.

 

We are soul's refugees!

Refugee, Exile, Wanderer, Pilgrim

 

Soul has given birth to itself in a new historical form, leaving behind mythology and religion and a cosmos populated by the great gods and goddesses. We, as humankind, are now a kind of refugee of soul’s own making, forced out of our traditional home of Meaning. Now that the old Idea, once so precious, orienting and true, has become lifeless, flat and empty...what new truth is soul asking us to face today?

We did not choose to be born into this time. And yet here we are. We did not consciously choose the home of our childhood, and yet there we were. Growing up, were you ever at home at home? Are you even at home in this world, or does the feeling of not quite fitting in whisper in the background? Our body requires a concrete home with a real address, but what about soul’s home? Perhaps now soul is Exile, Refugee, Wanderer and Pilgrim all at once—what is asked of us in order to live into a new truth when truth is not settled, but on the road?

Is the Wanderer at home in their wandering? If the traditional forms of Meaning have dissolved, then what is the Pilgrim seeking? What are the wounds of Exile and Refugee that need to be faced? Which of these four images resonates with you at this time of your life?

The Judeo-Christian myth, poetry, contemporary reality, soul-psychology and our deep experience will guide our exploration of what is required to be human in our time of soul as refugee, exile, wanderer, pilgrim.

The Guild’s seminar method includes guided group discussion, silence, journal work, expressive arts, body awareness and movement, oriented to aid deep listening and response to what life and soul are asking of us now.

Please include a letter stating why you wish to attend and any pertinent information about prior study and experience around spiritual issues.

Date: 
Sat, 06/25/2016 - 11:00am - Sun, 07/03/2016 - 1:30pm
Place: 
Four Springs, Middletown CA.
Leaders: 
Hal Childs, PhD, MFT, Patricia Calcagno Stenger, MA, MFT, and Harry Henderson
Fees: 
$1485 plus a non-refundable deposit of $50 with registration. Limited scholarships and payment plans are available.

More Fire for Life

 SEVEN PARADIGM SHIFTS IN THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS

 

       We will be combining two series into one of double length exploring our theme.  The seven paradigm shifts we’ll explore using our seminar method are: 1. from the tribe or collective to the individual; 2. from the outer to the inner; 3. from external rules to individual authority; 4. from exclusion to inclusion; 5. from perfection to wholeness; 6. from egocentricity to Self; 7. from punishment/reward in an afterlife to consequences experienced now in this life.  We will focus, as usual, on what we know about these paradigmatic shifts in our own lives. To what degree have we incorporated them, and to what degree might we be attached to the old? 

         As always we will include discussion, silence, art, music, body work, and something new (and dramatic): play dialogues

 

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Tue, 02/16/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Tue, 02/23/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Tue, 03/01/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Tue, 03/08/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Tue, 03/15/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Tue, 03/22/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Tue, 03/29/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Tue, 04/05/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Tue, 04/12/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Tue, 04/19/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Place: 
The Peterson's home in Campbell, CA.
Leaders: 
Judith Peterson, Manuel Costa
Fees: 
$100 if you can only come to half $200 for the full series (my be paid in two parts) NOTE: for registration, use the "Ask a Question" link or contact Judith Peterson. Do not use the Registration link for this seminar.

Nourishing the Soul XXI

              This year’s Nourishing the Soul will continue our talk about story. We will think about the ones we tell about ourselves, wondering if sometimes we construct a story about who we are and then try to live up to it or down from it. Perhaps we will look at the Tom Stoppard play, The Invention of Love as well as other myths and fairy tales and maybe even a little of Shaw’s Don Juan in Hell. Last year’s description said “We think storytelling is the most human of activities. It helps make us who we are, tells us where we are, and gives us some sense of where we want to be. Each night the dreamer visits us with his wild tales. All our stories are, in a way, a way of catching up.” Come join us in catching up.  

 

                We give ourselves over to “play” in the most serious sense of the word which is its most playful sense. Music, art, and the conscious movement of Qigong will help us unravel these ideas.

 

                A question that the three of us have been brooding about comes from Coleman Barks. He asks, “I would like to know what you have escaped, how you slipped free from some compulsion or inherited condition.  What moved your story along.” Perhaps this is something you’d like to think about as you start making your way to Bishop’s Ranch. 

 

Date: 
Mon, 03/28/2016 - 7:00pm - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:00pm
Place: 
Bishop's Ranch outside of Healdsburg.
Leaders: 
Maureen Draper Nils Peterson Sue Renfrew
Fees: 
$600.00 plus $50.00 non-refundable registration fee.

In the January 2016 Threshing Floor ...

 A new year begins ... what consciousness might be stirring in our world and in ourselves? The January issue has provocative and thoughtful reflections on the Records, on Solitude, and other matters.

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