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J. Jaye Gold

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J. Jaye Gold (Justin Gold) is an American writer and founder of The Center for Cultural & Naturalist Studies, Inc. a nonprofit service organization. He teaches methods for the study of consciousness and lives in Northern California.


Born in The Bronx, New York, Gold was raised in an extended, multiethnic and multireligious immigrant family.[1] He later lived in Little Rock, Arkansas[2] and Santa Barbara, California.[3][4]

The Center for Cultural & Naturalist Studies[edit]

Founded by Gold in 1983,[5] the Center for Cultural and Naturalist Studies, Inc. (C.C.N.S.), is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.

Burmese refugee kids in Mae Sot, Thailand with donated playground equipment
C.C.N.S. volunteers building a "birthing" wing for a clinic in Takeo, Cambodia

C.C.N.S. projects in North America range from a monthly local soup kitchen and singing at convalescent homes, to reconstruction and relief work after hurricanes in Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico.[6] Overseas projects have included constructing a new wing at a clinic for Burmese refugees in Thailand, performing puppet shows, delivering medical supples, donating bulk food to families, and visiting with Syrian refugee children in Turkey,[7][8] and building a birthing-recovery wing at a clinic in rural Cambodia.


Maintaining that it is possible to cease resting the weight of one's life on impermanent things — job, reputation, looks, money, a relationship[9] — Gold aims to help students remove obstacles to higher consciousness, including thinking too much about oneself.[10] It is possible, he suggests, to leave behind blame and other self-destructive tendencies, such as “competition, protection of self-image, restlessness, [and] fear of embarrassment.”[11] Gold, Suzanne Lang explains, is one of those people "who have figured some things out and work to share what the’ve learned."[12]


In his first publication, Another Heart in His Hand, Gold converses with a professional poker player as they travel the tournament circuit[13] making observations about human nature that are "less than sound-bite sunny,"[14] The Whole Life Times suggested it be read by "anyone who is interested in furthering his/her mind and soul."[15] Gold more recently published a novel about financial espionage, an international travel-adventure story,[16] multiple essays, and an autobiographical "chronicle of a very adventurous life,"[17] with questions that challenge basic human assumptions and conclusions.[18]


  • Another Heart in His Hand: A Spiritual Anomaly (1994), ISBN 1-885420-11-0 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Highway of Diamonds: An International Travel Adventure (2016), ISBN 9781885420008 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • The Roca Group: A Tale of Financial Espionage (2016), ISBN 9781885420015 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Justin Time: Autobiographical Stories from an American Spiritual Master (2016), ISBN 978-1-885420-02-2 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.


  • Into the Sahara. Hackwriters, 16 February 2017
  • An Open Heart. The Edge Holistic Living, 1 April 2017
  • At Play in the Algerian Sahara. In The Know Traveler, 21 June 2019
  • The Flute. Medium, 24 July 2020


  1. Sequeira, Kate (20 September 2017). "Spiritual Leader J. Jaye Gold gives lecture on inner peace". Daily Trojan. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Guinn, Jeff (19 January 1995). "Give Him a Hand". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Santa Barbara News Press, Microfilm archives (27 October 1995). "Who's Hot". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Ventura County Weekend". L.A. Times. 29 August 1996. Retrieved 6 November 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "The Center for Cultural & Naturalist Studies, Inc". Propublica. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. French, Renee (20 August 2020). "Colorado Cowgirl discovers a wider world". LA Junta Tribune. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Ingram, Tiana (16 February 2014). "North San Juan locals aid Syrian refugees in Turkey". The Union. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Boyle, Corinne (18 May 2014). "Life behind the veil". The Union. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "J. Jaye Goldl: The Meaning of Life… a gift we receive breath by breath". Excellence Reporter. 5 September 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Davis, Richard J. (21 September 1994). "Author gives lesson in fulfillment". The Arkansas Traveler. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. McCurdy, Diane (30 July 2017). "Beneath the Surface". Sonoma County Gazette. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Lang, Suzanne (14 November 2017). "KCRB". A Novel Idea: NPR. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Rivenburg, Roy (3 May 1995). "Need Enlightenment? Ask the Poker-Playing Oracle". Los Angeles Times. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. Fowler, Jimmy (12 January 1995). "Review Jan. 17". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 4 November 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. Pratt, Kristen (June 1995). "Book Reviews". Whole Life Times. Archived. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. Schimitschek, Martina (16 April 2017). "Former San Diegan's Travel-Adventure Novel". San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. Archer, Rick (1 June 2019). "Buddha at the Gas Pump #505". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. "Book Review: Justin Time". Sonoma County Gazette. 27 April 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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