The Simple Road: A Book Reading with Dr. Obadiah Harris

The Simple Road 

A Book Reading with Dr. Obadiah Harris

Saturday, October 3rd at 1:30PM in the Bookstore

The University of Philosophical Research

3910 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, 90027  |  323.663.2167

Dr. Obadiah Harris will be sharing passages from his newest book, The Simple Road, published this September by Tarcher/Penguin.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. The Bookstore will be open until 3pm.

Tarcher (September 1, 2015). “This elegant, concise guide by the founder of the University of Philosophical Research distills a lifetime of spiritual seeking into one beautiful, unforgettable blueprint for inner growth.”

“When you grow exhausted with all of today’s spiritual programs, axioms, seminars, and techniques; when you feel fatigued from searching and cannot find a way forward; when it seems that years of seeking have netted so little – throw yourself upon the essential truths in this book…It can be lifesaving.” –Mitch Horowitz, from the introduction.

For more than a half-century, Obadiah Harris has studied the spiritual path, holding ministerial pulpits in traditions ranging from Pentecostalism to New Thought, and directing programs in continuing education, community-outreach, and distance-learning at major universities. As a scholar and seeker, Harris has traversed and helped shape broad swaths of our modern spiritual landscape. Now, he distills the insights he has found — all of them potent, powerful, and, above all, useful — in The Simple Road.  

The Simple Road is balm for parched souls. Whatever tradition you belong to, or if you belong to no one tradition, The Simple Road helps you locate the thread of universality that runs through all faiths, and leads you to practices, prayers, methods, and parables that lift your daily journey to a higher, better place.”

Obadiah Harris is the founder and president of the University of Philosophical Research. Harris has a long and storied career in both mainstream academia and the American metaphysical culture.  He holds a Ph.D. in education administration and supervision from the University of Michigan and an MA in education from Arizona State University, where he was an associate professor of education and director of community education. For almost two decades at Arizona State he designed programs in community outreach and in adult and continuing education. Harris has held numerous ministerial pulpits and collaborated with figures of major influence in contemporary spirituality, including Ernest Holmes (1887-1960). Born in northeastern Oklahoma, he lives in Los Angeles. 

Abrahamic Traditions: Thursdays, May 21st – June 18th

This ten week course will examine the historical development of the three great monotheistic traditions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam which each trace their lineage to the biblical patriarch Abraham. Commonalities and differences between the religions will be explored with a focus on understanding the historical roots of contemporary issues stemming from these three traditions. 

Free! RSVP at:


Thursday, May 21st:

Lecture 1 – Introduction to the World of the Patriarchs 1:30-2:30pmThis lecture will introduce students to the course and will focus on the pre-biblical world of the Middle East, including a discussion on the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Babylonian creation myth the Enuma Elish and the religion of Canaan as understood by the archaeological discovery of the ancient Canaanite city of Ugarit. We will also examine the Documentary Hypothesis in regards to the composition of the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible.

Lecture 2 – Abraham, Faith and the Covenant with God 3:00-4:00pmThis lecture will introduce students to the course and will focus on the pre-biblical world of the Middle East, including a discussion on the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Babylonian creation myth the Enuma Elish and the religion of Canaan as understood by the archaeological discovery of the ancient Canaanite city of Ugarit. We will also examine the Documentary Hypothesis in regards to the composition of the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible.


Thursday, May 28th:

Lecture 3 – Exodus and the Birth of Israel 1:30-2:30pmThis lecture will focus on the story of Moses and the Exodus and its importance to the Jewish tradition. The entry of the Israelites into Canaan under Joshua and the period of the Judges will be briefly examined with emphasis placed on the creation of the monarchy and a united Israel

Lecture 4 – Exile, Empire and the Age of Prophesy 3:00-4:00pmThis lecture will discuss the conquest of Israel by Assyria, the Babylonian invasion of Judah and subsequent exile and the birth of Biblical prophetic tradition.  The influence on Jewish theology by the Persian Zoroastrian tradition and Hellenization resulting from the conquest of Alexander the Great will also be discussed.


Thursday, June 4th:

Lecture 5 – Jesus of History, Jesus of Faith 1:30-2:30pmThis lecture will explore what can be known of the historical Jesus and his relationship to the Jewish tradition. The development of the New Testament scriptures, including the four canonical gospels and the letters of Paul will also be explored.

Lecture 6 – The First Christians 3:00-4:00pmThis lecture will examine the early Jesus movement and how it eventually separated from Judaism to become an independent religion.  The diversity of early Christianity will be explored, with special emphasis placed on the Gnostic Christians and the process in which Christian dogma developed and was adopted.


Thursday, June 11th:

Lecture 7 – Islam 1:30-2:30pmThis lecture will introduce the traditional narrative of the life of Mohammad and the revelation of the Qu’ran.  It will include a discussion of the Five Pillars of Islam and will explore the commonalities and differences between Islam, Judaism and Christianity. 

Lecture 8 – Logos and Gnosis 3:00-4:00pmThis lecture will examine some of the key theological debates which arose in response to the “re-discovery” of Greek philosophy, in particular the thought of Aristotle. It will also explore the mystical strands that appear in each tradition, with special emphasis being made upon connections to Platonism and the development of nature mysticism. 


Thursday, June 18th:

Lecture 9 – Enlightenment and Modernity 1:30-2:30pmThis lecture will explore the challenges faced by all three of the western monotheistic traditions with the advent of the Enlightenment and Modernity. The development of religious fundamentalism as a response to these challenges will also be discussed.

Lecture 10 – The Monotheistic Faiths in the 20th Century and Beyond 3:00-4:00pmIn this concluding lecture, the consequences of the religious response to the challenges of the Enlightenment and modernity will be explored. Special focus will be placed on the question of religious fundamentalism and extremism.


Nick Mather has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Metropolitan State College of Denver and holds a graduate degree in Religious Studies from the University of Denver. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. His areas of specialty include the history of religion, environmental virtue ethics and religion and ecology. He has been teaching a variety of religious studies and philosophy courses at several area community colleges for the last ten years.


A Ten-Lecture Series on Ancient Egyptian Mythology

A Ten-Lecture Series on Ancient Egyptian Mythology

Lydia E. Ringwald (B.A. Scripps College – Comparative Literature. M.A.University of California Irvine – Comparative Literature. Ph.D. (candidate), University of Connecticut)

University of Philosophical Research Professor Lydia E. Ringwald shares insights into Ancient Egyptian mythology in a series of 10 lectures that explore a spiritual belief system with a pantheon of gods and goddesses that inspired some of the most astounding art, artifacts and architecture in the history of humankind.

In Ancient Egyptian culture, art was a magical conduit to eternity. The act of making art was a magical act. Art treasures exhumed by archeologists from pyramids, temples and tombs: paintings, sculpture, bas relief and emblematic artifacts; jewelry, mirrors and palettes had magical meaning that represented mythological concepts and stories. In a visually vivid powerpoint presentation of world renown and recently discovered art treasures, we explore the mythological consciousness of this ancient culture that continues to inspire us today.

Click here to download a printable flyer for this series 


Lecture 1: A Pantheon of Gods and Goddesses – Emblems for Eternity. Saturday, March 14th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45am

In this lecture, Professor Lydia Ringwald shares insights into the cult meanings of the Ankh, Eye of Horus, Eye of Ra, Scarab, Was and the Djed Pillar and the pantheon of Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses: Nun and Nunet, Atem and Mut, Geb and Nut, Osiris, Isis, Set and Nepthys, Anubis, Thoth, Hathor, Baset, Sekhmet.

Lecture 2: The Myth of Osiris and Isis – Sacred Recycling – Resurrection. Saturday, March 14th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

Professor Lydia E. Ringwald explores in depth the myth of Osiris and Isis, concepts of resurrection and sacred recycling as the basis of the mythological belief systems of the Ancient Egyptians.

Lecture 3: Sacred Sites – History of Ancient Egypt. Saturday, April 11th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45am

The archeological sites of Upper and Lower Egypt tell the 3000 year history of Ancient Egypt, a civilization whose magical mythology inspires us as a model for the future. In a vivid slide presentation, Professor Lydia E. Ringwald shares insights into history and mystery of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the temples in Luxor and Karnak, tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens, as well as prominent cult sites in Saqaara, Memphis, Dashur, Philae and Aswan.

Lecture 4: Journey through the Underworld – The Book of the Dead, The Book of Gates. Saturday, April 11th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

The papyrus scrolls of the Book of the Dead, the sculpted and painted bas-relief on tomb walls of the Book of Gates, are a code to the passage through death to eternal life. Explore mythological concepts of the Afterlife with Lydia E. Ringwald in this fascinating lecture that includes insights into the sacred Pyramid Texts, coffin paintings, Shabti, amulets inscribed with powerful incantations and spells.

Lecture 5: Pharaohs and Queens. Saturday, April 25th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45am

There are pivotal points in any culture, times of rapid progress, where innovation and the evolution of ideas hurl consciousness forward. Great leaders have the vision to develop the culture and move its mythology to a new level. In this lecture, we will explore the artistic accomplishments, architectural feats and mythological innovations during the reign of some of Ancient Egypt’s greatest Pharaohs and Queens. The practices of Priests and Priestesses, who honored both gods and goddesses, have a message for us today.

Lecture 6: The Amarna PeriodSaturday, April 25th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

Akhenaten, a Pharaoh of the Amarna period is an anomaly, a unique aberration in Ancient Egypt’s mythological tradition. This lecture explores an experiment in monotheism, worship of the sun god Aten that disrupted the traditions of the past but was a harbinger for the future. Conflict with monotheism during the reign of Akhenaten and his wife Queen Nefertiti resulted in a reverse back to traditional values. However, the art, architecture and literary achievement of the Amarna period, represent a high point civilization of Ancient Egypt.

Lecture 7: T he History of Archeology in EgyptSaturday, May 9th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45pm

Scholars and visitors to Egypt; from the Greek historian Herodotus to Napoleon’s savants, from the expeditions of the Egypt Exploration Society to the research of archeologists from major universities today, have uncovered treasures of art and architecture, revealing insights into the wisdom of the Ancient Egyptian civilization. In this lecture, we will explore the intriguing history of archeology in Egypt and learn more about the astounding discoveries of Egypt’s most prominent archeologists.

Lecture 8: The Ptolemaic EraSaturday, May 9th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

The Ptolemaic Era represents the final phase of the 3000-year history Ancient Egypt. Alexander the Great conquered a civilization that he admired so much that a city, Alexandria, was named in his honor, and he became an honorary Egyptian Pharaoh. The Ptolemy’s, Greeks by origin, ruled Egypt for another 300 years after Alexander’s conquest, continuing and contributing to Ancient Egypt’s architecture and art, its sacred deities and traditions. In a grand finale, Cleopatra, Egypt’s last Queen and Pharaoh attempted a trucemwith the leaders of Roman Empire, only to succumb to their power in the end.

Lecture 9: Influence of Ancient Egyptian Mythology, Occultism. Saturday, May 23rd, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45am

The pattern of resurrection and rebirth, inherent in the myth of Isis and Osiris, infliltrated later belief systems with interesting parallels to early Christianity. Occult philosophers preserved the mysteries of Ancient Egyptian mythology and cultivated new systems of thinking in early Hermeticism. In this lecture, we explore the transition from the ancient Osirian mythological belief patterns in early Christianity.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, occult thinkers, Aleister Crowley and Madame Blavatsky traveled to Egypt, to explore mysteries of the ancient past and develop occult knowledge integrating ideas from the mythology of the ancients into new ideas and belief systems that would influence the future.

Lecture 10: EgyptomaniaSaturday, May 23rd, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

Fascination with Ancient Egyptian culture and mythology has inspired artistry and creativity in later periods of time. In this lecture, we explore the creative art spawned by Ancient Egyptian mythology and civilization. The image of the Sphinx and the Obelisk inspired new art masterpieces. The historical artworks of the Pre-Raphaelites and explorer artists David Roberts, Orientalist painter Jean-Leon Gerome reveal insights into the astounding past. Motifs of Ancient Egyptian mythology appear in dance choreographies of Ruth St. Denis and early silent films from the 1920′s up to the technologically advanced film making of our time.

Bookstore Reading and Journal Submissions: Tuesday, August 19th!





 Please join us for an evening of tea, conversation, and poetry in the UPR Bookstore!  We are pleased to announce that author, researcher, and UPR undergraduate faculty member, Sabrina Dalla Valle, will be reading from her lyrical memoir, 7 Days and Nights in the Desert (Tracing the Origin) the evening of Tuesday, August 19th. As an integral part of her creative and scholarly process, Sabrina will use this evening to share her knowledge on poetic method and how it connects with philosophical research.

About the book: Composed in a hybrid form that braids personal narrative with philosophical reflections, Sabrina Dalla Valle’s book ponders the complexities of human communication and perception. It time-travels from the historical present to the ancient past through the reverberating voices of the oldest known thinkers. Along the way, it reaches out to mirrored existences that are as fathomless as the infinitesimal connections between our cells. In her desert journal, philosopher’s notes take the form of old chants and tales that emerge anew as thought-scapes embodying a timeless ritual of gazing at the gods.




▧▨▩  In conjunction with this event, we invite our Los Angeles  community to bring their creative work to share with one another and, if so inclined, submit them to UPR to be reviewed for publication in a digital Quarterly Arts Journal beginning this Fall quarter (with the commencement of our new B.A. in Liberal Studies program). We will accept material in the following areas: poetry, short fiction, reviews, 2D artworks (or 2D documentation of artworks), and multimedia (sound/video) works.

Each quarterly journal will trace a theme inextricably woven by the textures of the submissions received. A juried panel will locate the pattern inherent within each body of submissions, thus determining the title and context of that quarter’s journal. Submissions for the Fall publication will be accepted and reviewed until October 1st. Material may be submitted in person or online at:, subject: submission.

Please Note: The Arts Journal is to be a juried publication. Publication is not guaranteed upon submission.




Sabrina Dalla Valle, MFA, is an experimental writer and researcher of integral awareness. Her work is anthologized in Best Poems of 2012 by Kore Press (2013) and in Alchemical Traditions by Numen Books (2013). Sabrina lives and works in Los Angeles. Sabrina will be teaching two courses in UPR’s Bachelor’s program on integral creativity and the ethnographic imagination. 

Please visit the following link to purchase a copy of 7 Days and Nights in the Desert



Self Regulation and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali – Free Event!



The focus of this work is a meditation on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.  The course will offer a close reading and interpretation of the Yoga Sutra based on the translation of Georg Feuerstein, and based on the Sanskrit text that is the basis of the translation.

PatanjaliThe yoga sutra is a text on the body, mind, and spirit, and so the effort of the course will be to approach interpreting this work on these three levels.

We will provide a philosophical balance to the work.  There is a component of the Yoga Sutra that is rightly indicated to be highly performative in nature and practical.  Yet the translation provided by Feuerstein remains… too technological and cognitive. Approaching as a balance to Feuerstein’s work we will employ a reading of Martin Heidegger’s Memorial Address, which contains a greater depth of suggestion than the Feuerstein translation allows.

The key concepts from the Memorial Address that we will apply to the Yoga Sutra is the notion of “Calculative” versus “Meditative” thinking, and the notion of Gelassenheit, “Releasement,” which will be applied both to our understanding of samadhi, “entasy,” and kaivalya, “aloneness.”

Click here to read Professor Ayres’ Introduction to Self-Regulation.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  Limited seating, will take place in the research library.

Learning Objectives:

To provide a reading that will engage meditatively with the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.

To performatively express the reading of the Yoga Sutra as an act of Self-Regulation and meditation.

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Justin Ayres was born and raised in the Los Angeles region.  He received his bachelors in philosophy from Colorado College, with a minor degree in the study of classical Greece.  His thesis work was on the Aesthetics of Hegel.  He received both his master’s degree and his doctorate from Pacifica Graduate institute.  HIs master’s degree was in Counseling Psychology: with a thesis entitled “Encounters with C.G. Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis.”  The thesis provided a reading and interpretation of Jung’s magnum opus, setting it in context of religious and alchemical work, particularly the “Aegean Festival,” a meditation on Faust by Kerenyi, “The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz,” and “Aurora Consurgens,” a text attributed to St. Thomas Acquinas as interpreted by Marie-Louise Von Franz.  His doctoral dissertation was an effort toengage and inquire into the mythology and construction of research itself: it was an effort to synthesize Jung’s psychology, Literary Theory, and Postmodernism: Research as Fictional Act. It attempted to conceptualize the notion of Research from the writings of seminal literary figures: Jung, Dostoevsky, Dante, and Robert Musil.  Dr. Ayres practices psychotherapy in San Pedro, near the Port of Los Angeles, working with children, adults and families on processes of play, individuation, and integration of the unconscious as manifested in dreams and waking life.

Justin Ayres is currently engaged in a long term study of physical yoga (Hatha) based on the teaching of BKS Iyengar, as interpreted by the teaching of Ana Forest. His current studies are inspired by the teachings of his guru, Dr. Arwind Vasavada: the study of the Yoga Sutra, the Secret of the Golden Flower, and teachings from the Upanishads.

Schedule Day 1 (May 17th):

11:00 Introduction

12:15 Samadhi Pada: Part I

1:30 Lunch Break

2:30 Samadhi Pada: Part II

3:45 Sadhana Pada: Part I

5:00 Sadhana Pada: Part II

6:30 End of Day 1

Schedule Day 2 (May 18th):

11:00 Vibuti Pada: Part I

12:15 Vibuti Pada Part II

1:30 Lunch Break

2:30 Kaivalya Pada Part I

3:45 Kaivalya Pada Part II

5:00 Conclusion: Memorial Address by

Martin Heidegger: Gelassenheit

6:30 End of Day 2

Materials Necessary (Available in our Bookstore):

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: Feuerstein (1989)

Discourse on Thinking: Heidegger, Anderson and Freund (1966)


Any additional questions can be directed to:, 

or give us a call at: 323.663.2167

A Hermetic and Mystical Approach to The Revised New Art Tarot: The Many Shades of Light

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The Revised New Art Tarot


J. Augustus Knapp – Manly P. Hall

A Hermetic and Mystical Approach to Tarot:

The Many Shades of Light


Saturday, May 10, 2014

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

(Lunch break: 12:00pm)

Yolanda M RobinsonDr. Yolanda M. Robinson, editor of the new Revised New Art Tarot, will discuss the basic Hermetic traditions that gave form and content to the iconic 1929 Knapp – Hall deck, while offering the participants suggestions for creating their own personal mandalas for interpretation of the cards in divination. We will be using the Minor Arcana to connect to the magical power of numbers and their assignment on the Tree of Life, and will learn to understand the archetypal energies and principles of creation represented by the Major Arcana.


This will be an experiential, hands-on class that will allow participants to quickly learn the basic tools to use Tarot in the historical and mystical traditions of Alchemy and Cabala.  Basic background material will be made available to all participants.


Required deck: Revised New Art Tarot, PRS 2014.Available for purchase at the Bookstore and PRS Website (click the following link to purchase your Revised New Art Tarot)

Only 25 tickets available for the May 10th Workshop!

Audio recordings of both Tarot Workshops (April 19th & May 10th)  will be available for purchase.  

Please e-mail for more information.

Please Check-in Inside the Bookstore for this Event!  

3910 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles 90027

Tickets to this event: $30/per person

Memories, Dreams, Reflections: An Introduction to Jung by Stephen Julich


Memories, Dreams, Reflections: An Introduction to the Life and Work of C. G. Jung

Saturday, April 5th & Sunday April 6th

Ticket sales have ended for this event. If you are still interested in attending, please check-in and purchase your ticket at the UPR/PRS Bookstore which will be open at 9:30am both workshop days.  Thank you!

Memories, Dreams, Reflections is an extraordinary document. Part biography (compiled and written by Aniela Jaffé), part autobiography (penned by Jung himself), it obscures as much as it reveals about the historical details of the great psychologist’s life. Its purpose, however, wasn’t to give an exhaustive account of Jung’s daily activities, but to provide a glimpse into the mythopoeic underpinnings of existence through the example of Jung’s personal process of individuation: the evolution of the individual towards psychological wholeness. In this 2-day intensive, we will look at Memories, Dreams, Reflections through the lens of myth, symbol, and archetype, to analyze the way in which Jung grappled with the great questions: “Who am I; what is my purpose; by what myth do I live?” In this way, we can view the text as a mirror in which each of us can experience our own original face, and our individual lives as living symbols of the psychic matrix into which we are all inextricably woven.

Stephen Lerner Julich received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2013, where he studied Jungian and Integral psychology. His dissertation, Death and Transformation in the Integral Yoga of Mirra Alfassa (1878-1973) of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram: A Jungian Hermeneutic, looks at the archetypal symbolism inherent in the visions of the Mother, using the Jungian technique of amplification. Dr. Julich has lectured on the symbolism of the Divine Feminine from a cross-cultural and transdisciplinary perspective, and is currently working on a Jungian amplification of the Indian epic, The Mahabharata.

Objectives for the course:

  • To introduce Jung through his biography, and the evolution of his major theories
  • To discuss Jung’s method of amplification and interpretation of symbolic material
  • To look at Jung’s theories as component parts of a method for understanding our lives as an expression of larger, psychic forces
  • To redress some of the common misinterpretations and misrepresentations of Jung and his work in the light of current research


When: Saturday, April 5th & Sunday April 6th


Each day will cover five one-hour lectures, with approximately 15 minutes of discussion between each lecture, for a comprehensive two-day workshop on the life and work of Carl Jung.  Participants may attend either a single day or both days of the event.  The schedule for each day will be the same:

9:30 am:  Check-in begins in the Bookstore

10:00 am:  The first lecture begins

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm:  Lunch break (bring a lunch, or visit the wide selection of restaurants and cafes in the area)

1:15 pm:  Workshop continues

5:30 pm:  End of the day

Where: At The University of Philosophical Research (room to be announced)

Tuition: $25 per day

for any additional questions, please contact the university at 323.663.2167 ext.112 or



The Beloved of the Soul “Seeking the Inner Union”: Workshop with Jonathan Young


The Beloved of the Soul – Seeking the Inner Union

Love stories from folklore reflect psychological life in amazing detail. This workshop shows how the symbolic journey is revealed in classic courtship tales. Romantic fantasies are a window into the world within the individual. We will use an archetypal perspective on tales of desire and devotion to glimpse unconscious and spiritual issues. Both idealization and discontent can represent underlying issues. The day goes beyond couple issues to focus on how the inner journey is revealed in classic courtship tales. This day is useful for counselors, teachers, writers, clergy, and those interested in archetypal perspectives on their own journey towards wholeness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize romantic ideas as psychological processes.
  • Detect how love stories can reflect personality integration.
  • Discuss parallels between belief systems and courtship expectations. 



Jonathan Young, PhD, PSY10231, is a psychologist storyteller, and writer on mythic stories. He assisted mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and was the Founding Curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library. His books and articles focus on personal mythology. Dr. Young is on the faculty of the University of Philosophical Research where he teaches PSY512: Mythic Stories in Depth Psychology

anne_art5Anne Bach, M.S., MFT 38891 is a specialist in uses of writing in psychotherapy. She gives presentations on creativity as inner work at major conferences, and lectures widely on psychological dimensions of expressive writing. Her clinical background includes poetry therapy with seriously mentally ill patients.

Continuing Education hours are available for psychologists, marriage & family therapists, social workers, nurses, and other mental health professionals. The course meets CE requirements in most states. The certificate of completion will be provided by the Center for Story and Symbol. 
Non-credit: Those not needing verification of attendance, such as teachers, writers, clergy, and artists – are welcome as non-credit attendees. Spouses, friends, students, and others not needing verification of attendance can also choose the lower non-credit tuition.

CE Hours ~ Psychology, MFT, LCSW, LPCC, Ed Psych, NBCC: 6 CE hours   –   Nursing : 7 hours


Psychology ~ The Center for Story and Symbol is approved by the American Psychology Association to sponsor continuing education hours for psychologists. The Center maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. CE hours are accepted by the California MCEP program. Full attendance is required for psychologists – No partial credit. The level is introductory for psychologists.
MFT, LCSW, LPCC ~ California BBS Provider Number PCE 3903
LPC, NBCC ~ The Center for Story and Symbol is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to provide continuing education for certified counselors. We adhere to the NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. National Board for Certified Counselors Provider Number 6118
Our credits are widely accepted by state boards. The level is introductory.
RN ~ Provider approved by the Calif. Board of Registered Nursing, BRN Provider Number CEP 12477
Teachers ~ Continuing Education courses are customarily approved by immediate supervisors. It is usually sufficient to attend on a non-credit (auditing) basis and present a receipt for the course.

The level is introductory.

Workshop Schedule:

(All times are Pacific Daylight Time)

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

10:00 am : Workshop Begins

12:30 – Lunch Break – on your own, good cafes nearby

1:30 pm: Resume Workshop

5:00 pm – Course concludes – Total instruction: 6 hours


The Beloved of the Soul – with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach

Making the Unconscious Conscious: Workshop with Michele Daniel


Making the Unconscious Conscious: Jungian Analysis and Mindful Meditation as Complementary Practices 

Saturday, March 8th, from 1:00-5:00 pm


In this seminar, we will explore some of the intersections between Jung’s psychology and mindful meditation practices that are complementary and facilitate psychological development. We will consider how such meditation practices cultivate the development of consciousness through a consideration of Jung’s model of the psyche and his concept of autonomous complexes along with a consideration of core Buddhist concepts. Opportunities will be provided to experience different mindfulness practices that facilitate consciousness. We will also consider how to link the practice of mindfulness with the practice of active imagination. 

In preparation for the seminar, attendees are advised to read an article published in Psychological Perspectives, Volume 50, Issue 2, 2007, that will be sent out to all attendees via e-mail.

All attendees are asked to please bring a journal to the workshop.

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Jung’s Approach to Spirituality and Religion, and The Red Book



Saturday, June 25, 2011 – Sunday, June 26, 2011
At the University of Philosophical Research campus
3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca., 90027
The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
and The University of Philosophical Research present:

Jung’s Approach to Spirituality and Religion, and The Red Book

C. G. Jung

Presented by Lionel Corbett, M.D.

Saturday, June 25: 10:00am-12:30pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Jung’s approach to spirituality and religion:

Depth psychology as a spiritual practice

This workshop will review Jung’s ideas about religion and spirituality, recognizing that for many people, the practice of depth psychology is often seen as a contemporary form of spiritual direction. From a Jungian perspective, these approaches can be seen as synonymous, as the psyche reveals the sacred in the form of numinous experience which manifests as the Self. Because the Self acts as a kind of blueprint for the individuation of the personality, there is no firm distinction between our spirituality and our psychology, or between psychological and spiritual problems. Drawing from contemporary material we will explore the age-old relationship between psychology and spirituality.

Sunday, June 26: 9:00am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-4:00pm
Jung in dialogue with the soul: is analytical psychology a new religion?

This workshop will focus on the implications of the dialogues between Jung and his soul that are recorded in The Red Book. In one of these dialogues, the soul tells Jung that he has received a revelation that he should not hide. His calling is the new religion and its proclamation. I believe that because of this dialogue with the soul, 12 years later Jung was able to write that: “We stand on the threshold of a new spiritual epoch; and that from the depths of man’s own psychic life new spiritual forms will be born.” (C.G. Jung speaking, p. 68. Ed. McGuire & Hull, 1977.)

Is Jung’s approach to the psyche really the revelation of a new form of spirituality, what Edinger calls the “new dispensation”, or is this idea merely a symptom of inflation? If Analytical Psychology is indeed an emerging form of spirituality, what does that look like in practice, how does it compare with traditional religious forms, and what are the implications for the practice of psychotherapy and for our culture?

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the differences between traditional theistic approaches to spirituality and a depth psychological approach
  • Describe Jung’s approach to spiritually important material
  • Describe Otto’s concept of the numinous and Jung’s use of this term
  • Describe the differences between the concept of the Self and traditional theistic God-images
  • Describe what is meant by Jung’s concept of the transpersonal unconscious
  • Describe the relationship between Jung’s later religious writing and his experiences while writing the Red Book
  • Describe what is meant by Edinger’s concept of a new dispensation
  • Illustrate the differences between revelation in the classical sense and from the point of view of depth psychology
  • Describe what is meant by active imagination
  • Describe the meaning of “soul” in depth psychology

Lionel Corbett, M.D., trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. His primary interests are in the religious function of the psyche, especially the way in which personal religious experience is relevant to individual psychology, and in the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice. Dr. Corbett is a core faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Santa Barbara, California, where he teaches depth psychology. He is the author of Psyche and the Sacred, The Religious Function of the Psyche, and The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice.

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