Retired psychologist brings spiritual workshops to Chico

Harry Keshet, a retired psychologist who has taught spiritual classes in Chico, will give workshops open to the public on June 8 and June 10.

The first, which is free, is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Chico State University. It will be 1-3 p.m. June 8 in Room Gordon 1 at the Craig Student Living complex, 1400 W. Third St. “Gifts from India: The Psychology of Spiritual Transformation” will include an introduction to practical techniques for personal growth. (This workshop is open to all, not just OLLI members.)

The second workshop, “Compassionate Care and Selfless Love,” is a benefit for Chico’s Shalom Free Clinic. A donation of $10 to $15 is suggested. It will be 1-4 p.m. June 10 at First Christian Church, 295 E. Washington Ave.

Chico >> A defining moment in Harry Keshet’s life came while he was singing many years ago.

Through school, he had sung in choirs. At Temple University in Philadelphia, where he was a student, he sang in the University Chorus.

It was during a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, when “a turning point came,” said Keshet, who is now known in Chico for the classes he teaches on spirituality.

As the chorus’ second tenor, Keshet, at one point, had to hit an extremely high note. During the performance, he said, he took a very deep breath as he prepared to hit that note and suddenly “I was completely gone.”

As he sang the note, “I went into ecstasy. I experienced God….

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