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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We now have complete information on our Solstice/Winter seminar in December, and next summer's seminar at the Angela Center. See under "Upcoming Seminars" in the right hand column of this page for full details. We request that you register as soon as possible, particularly for the summer. It really helps us with the finances and logistics. Thank you!
A Time to Go Dark A Solstice silent retreat December 2-4, 2016
To go into the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark, go without sight And find that dark, too, blooms and sings And is traveled with dark feet and dark wings.
As the year completes itself in winter night, and as the days grow shorter, we can draw into ourselves, as the iris withdraws into its rhizome, and pull back from multitasking and the insistent activity of our days, to take time for reflection and replenishment.
Anxiety is no stranger to many of us. It can steal the breath. It can disorient in the middle of the night or overwhelm in the midst of normal daily activities. We may feel powerless in its presence or embarrassed that it compels us toward unwanted behaviors.What is anxiety and what does it tell us about itself? What is required of us to face it and its multiple manifestations?
Jakob Boehme says, “The Holy Spirit leads us by anxiety to a new birth.” What might this mean? Perhaps anxiety itself is the push of something new that wants to come into being. What orientation of heart and mind might be needed to explore the creativity that is hidden within anxiety? How might the disturbing symptoms we experience lead to greater freedom and joy?
On offer this month: an invitation to a new discussion group being formed in the Bay Area. Full information about the upcoming Solstice/Winter and Summer seminars. Poetic reflections, and a description of an art and journaling process called Psyche’s Mirrors.