The Theosophical
Society in Australia

Blavatsky Lodge Sydney

By Pamela Peterson

LODGE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

By Enquiries

Blavatsky Lodge OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER 2022 Program

Blavatsky Lodge October 2022 Program Wednesday 5th – 1:00pm

Freedom of Thought – Fact or Fiction? – Pamela Peterson

Does it exist? Is it acknowledged? Is it valued? Is it practised? Is it an asset or a liability?

Pamela Peterson, former secondary school teacher, chronic questioner and seeker of answers, is the secretary of the Blavatsky Lodge Executive Committee.

Saturday 8th – 2:00pm

Members’ Circle – All members welcome

Tones Of Transformation – Mary Masselos

The Beauty and Wonder of the Universe continues to give hope and faith in times of despair. From the beginning of the universe to the present day, music, tones, melody have vibrated through the Cosmos as a harmonious dynamic of power and security. Sensing the ancient mystery humankind is becoming more sensitive to its profound uses in original creative ways from healing, belonging and a direct pathway to a highly developed consciousness and further step to Devachan.

Mary will demonstrate how her Seven Tone Method can offer a new experience of an ancient Wisdom and truth.

Wednesday 12th – 1:00pm

Expanding Your Consciousness through the Polarities in Your Astrology Chart – Jenny Lee-Robins

Astrology reveals our shadow side through the Sun sign and Nodal polarities in our personal chart.

Through attending to our negative issues, we become more spiritually conscious, unified and help promote a world of peace and heaven on Earth.

Jenny has a passion on many topics, Music, the Aquarian Age, End of the Mayan Calendar, the Divine Feminine, that feed her desire to learn and expand her understanding of the truth, the unknown and all that is consciousness expanding.

She finds that being a student of Astrology provides an insight into our nature and is a useful guide and practical tool for helping us understand ourselves.

Wednesday 19th – 1:00pm

Grief’s Gift – A Perpetual Paradox – Sharon Snir

Grief’s Gift -A Perpetual Paradox is about the choices we make following loss and grief. Every human being experiences loss and grief. How do these events inform and affect our lives long term? How can grief offer us a deeper understanding of who we are and what we are capable of achieving? In this talk Sharon begins to uncover the opportunities borne out of grief and loss that have the potential to become life's great gifts. Here we look at the possibility of how grief and joy can co- exist and together enriched our lives in ways we could never have imagined.

Sharon Snir is a Clinical Psychotherapist with over 35 years’ experience. She has published over thirty articles including poetry in various psychotherapy journals and was the editor of the Gestalt Australia and New Zealand Newsletter. Sharon writes a blog called Travelling at the Speed of Light Heartedness, has hosted her own radio program called The Women Wisdom Show. She now hosts an international podcast called Grief's Gift. Sharon has run seminars and workshops in Israel, Japan, The United States, Europe and throughout Australia. She has published three books, including The 12 Levels of Being, Looking for Lionel- How I Lost and Found My Mother Through Dementia and The Little Book of Everyday Miracles.

Wednesday 26th – 1:00pm

Alchemy for the 21st Century – Ben Zion-Weiss

The ancient Art of Alchemy is just as relevant today as it always was. As a one-time chemical engineer, I discovered that my real interest was in Alchemy when I read the great psychologist Carl Jung on this subject. After exploring a number of mystical paths, I can now see how each of these paths relate to the Alchemical journey.

Dr Ben-Zion Weiss (Arjuna) is a community educator in social ecology, meditation, yoga, drama and peace. He taught at WSU and consulted for NSW DET Multicultural Programs in Cooling Conflicts. His PhD research in anti-racism drama-based learning develops a theory of an ecology of culture. He leads Dances of Universal Peace and has been involved in Anthropocene and Jewish Aboriginal dialogues. A TS member, he has given talks at the TS as well as leading meditations, dances and spiritual ecology dialogues. He has written papers, poems and several books – the latest is Integral Spirituality, Essays in Social Ecology and Integral Consciousness.

Blavatsky Lodge November 2022 Program

Wednesday 2nd – 1:00pm

The Three Enlightenments – Simon O’Rourke

The Ageless Wisdom teaches that a Way or Path requires a number of preparations, or qualifications leading to the perfection of the human being, and the complete transformation of the soul. Pythagoras called this Metempsychosis.

“Arise, awake.... Sharp as the edge of a razor, hard to traverse, untreadable is this path...” So says the Katha Upanishad.

We will enquire into the stages of the Path and the powers acquired.

Simon O’Rourke has been a member of the Theosophical Society for 30 years with a strong interest in Theosophy and the Secret Doctrine teachings. He is currently the Education Coordinator for the Theosophical Society in Australia and is a former President and Treasurer of the Blavatsky Lodge in Sydney.

Friday 4th – Sunday 6th – Special Event: Canyonleigh Weekend Retreat

Please see flyer for details of the weekend’s program.

Wednesday 9th – 1:00pm

Reincarnation – Science or Fallacy – Cassandra Au

Have we been here before?

Why do we have an instant rapport with a person we have never met before, or have a déjà vu feeling when we visit a place for the first time?

In this presentation, we will take a glimpse into the circumstances surrounding an American boy troubled by traumatic nightmares from the age of two. His case has been thoroughly investigated by Dr Jim Tucker, successor to Dr Ian Stevenson who had spent 4 decades documenting children’s recall of past lives.

We will look into why reincarnation is necessary, as well as the arguments for and against Reincarnation.

Cassandra joined the Theosophical Society after retiring from the computer software industry. Since then, she has studied Transpersonal Counselling and Astrology at the same time as exploring Theosophical teachings. She feels this parallel line of ongoing inquiry has been immensely beneficial.

Saturday 12th – 2:00pm

Members’ Circle – All members welcome

‘Rukmini Devi Arundale - An Inspirational Life’ – Isolde Sueltemeyer

This presentation delineates and honours the truly inspirational life of Rukmini Devi Arundale, one of the great Theosophists of the 20th century. She was a woman of great beauty and charisma and is a legendary figure of Indian culture and politics. Since childhood she was in close relationship with Annie Besant, and she then married future International President of the TS, George Arundale. Through befriending Anna Pavlova she experienced the spiritual side of dance and became one of the great exponents of Bharata Natya, the classical dance of South India. She became a great choreographer and founded the world-renowned Academy of Arts 'Kalakshetra' in Chennai. Rukmini Devi was a close friend of Tagore, Nehru and HH the Dalai Lama. Most dear to her heart was her worldwide work for Animal Welfare.

Wednesday 16th – 1:00pm

Christmas Symbols – Robijn Alexanda

Stars, angels, trees, colours, carols, family feasts and gifts. Historically Christmas symbols include a combination of Christian, pagan, folk images and traditions. This presentation is a selection of works of art illustrating the narrative and celebration of the birth of Jesus celebrated in December each year.

Christmas is not only a Christian festival. The celebration has roots in the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the festivals of the ancient Greeks, the beliefs of the Druids and the folk customs of Europe.

Christmas comes just after the middle of winter; the sun is strengthening, and the days are beginning to grow longer. It’s a time of feasting and celebration and over time artists have created a visual narrative and symbols to portray this Christmas story.

In the 1970s Robijn Z Alexanda was employed to document religious restoration projects in Nepal, and this led to other projects in India and Afghanistan. Robijn studied Asian Art and Religions at the University of British Columbia in Canada and was awarded scholarships to study in India. In Australia Robijn worked at the Australian National Gallery in Canberra on several Asian Art exhibitions and has presented numerous talks. In addition, Robijn has led Art tours related to Religious Art, including Art in the Churches and A Look at Mosques, Temples and Wats.

Wednesday 23rd – 1:00pm

Enliven your Spirit with Energy Healing – Simone Koster

What is energy healing?

Some of the complementary therapies used during an energy healing session & their purpose ie Chakra Balancing, Meditation, Guided Imagery, Crystals, Sound, Essences, EFT, Art Therapy & Laughter Yoga will be explained, as well as how energy healing tools are used on individual clients.

The role of Traditional Healers of Central Australia, the Ngangkari, working in mainstream regional clinics using complementary medicine will also be discussed.

Books referring to Energy Healing: - "Hands that Heal” by Echo Bodine "Energy Medicine”by Donna Eden
“Hands of Light” by Barbara Ann Brennan

Simone is an Australian Energetic Health professional known for work on healing deep set and underlying traumas, guiding clients through vulnerable life events and creating a safe environment to explore one’s life purpose with clarity and insight.

Simone leads with empathy and inspires you to raise your consciousness to align with your true soul vibration.

Her previous international corporate background working for multinationals in Sales, Marketing, IT & Events has provided her with a unique understanding of how an individual’s soul can thrive once the spirit is balanced.

Her life’s calling as an intuitive wisdom weaver and spiritual mentor harmonises with those seeking serenity within their physical, mental and emotional bodies.

With her intuitive ability she is able to reinvigorate your energy & together redirect any imbalances encouraging your own web of health & wellness.

One Spirit Energy is a sacred healing space where all are welcome.

Wednesday 30th – 1:00pm

The Chakras: A Magical Mystery Tour, by Kurt Leland – Video presentation, introduced by Rosanna Sheridan

Many who encounter the chakra system become perplexed by the varying opinions about the number of chakras, their locations, attributes and functions. Consciousness researcher and clairvoyant Kurt Leland takes us from the 1880s, when the chakras were first described in English by the Theosophical Society, to the 1980s, when the present new-age system of colours and qualities came together—the result of an unintentional collaboration between Eastern gurus and Western scholars and psychologists, including Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell.

Presented March 9, 2017.

Suggested donation for Wednesday afternoon talks: $5.00 For members and those interested in these subjects

The Theosophical Society upholds the right of liberty of thought and expression thereof.

The views and opinions expressed by speakers do not necessarily reflect the views or position of the Theosophical Society.

Contact:

The Blavatsky Lodge of the Theosophical Society
Suite 8, 599 Pacific Highway, St Leonards / PO Box 319, St Leonards 1590

Phone: Email: Website:

(02) 9267 6807 [email protected] sydney.theosophicalsociety.org.au/

Blavatsky Lodge October-November-December 2022 Courses Wednesdays:

Every Wednesday: 10:00am–11:00am – “Sharing Spiritual Awareness”

Study Group. “The Key to Theosophy” – H.P.B
Co-ordinated by Rosanna Sheridan.
Every Wednesday: 11:10am–12:10pm – “The Mahatma Letters”

The Mahatma Letters are a large series of correspondence between A.P. Sinnett and
H.P. Blavatsky's teachers, though some letters were sent to other T.S. members. The Letters contain much of the main core of Theosophical Teachings. The original Letters are now in the British Museum.

Facilitator: Simon O’Rourke

Every Wednesday: 3:00pm – 3:30pm – Meditation with Lucille Crocker

Third Wednesday of each month: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Sound Bath Meditation, led by Natalie Grace. Booking essential through Eventbite at: Eventbrite: Sound Bath

Thursdays:

Thursdays 10:30am – 12:30pm – Buddhism: A Cultural History

The last 2 weeks of the 6-week course from Walter Mason

Adapted from his popular adult-education course with extra content developed especially for Blavatsky Lodge.

Week 5 (Thursday October 6): The Heart Sutra, Emptiness and Loving-Kindness

Week 6 (Thursday October 13): Buddhism and Theosophy – History and Influence

2nd & 4th Thursdays of the Month: 6:00pm–7:30pm – “The Krishnamurti Experience”

This course will resume in the new year.

Saturdays:

First Saturday of each month: 3:00pm – 5:30pm - October 1: “A fun and high-spirited Buddhist folktale” November 5: To be announced
December 3: To be announced

Meaningful Movies

The TOS Open Circle Presents:

Saturday 22 October 2022 at 2.00pm

“THOMAS THE TWIN”

Presented by Richard Larkin

The Mystic Parables of the Gospel of Thomas

Richard is a former President of the TOS in Sydney and has an abiding interest in ancient spiritual traditions such as Taoism, Gnosticism and Platonism

In this talk Richard looks at the mystic and enigmatic sayings of Jesus found in the ancient Gospel of Thomas.

All donations to the Animals Dispensary at Adyar, India

Saturday 26 November 2022 at 2:00pm

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

and
End of Year BOOK SALE and

CHRISTMAS GATHERING

Please bring a plate to share
A bag for all the books you will buy and

Your smile and goodwill.

All donations to Youth Off The Streets

All events are held at Suite 8, 599 Pacific Highway, St. Leonards 2065 (entrance via Albany Street).
Enquiries: Tel 02 9267 6955, or www.australia.theoservice.org/sydney.

All Welcome!!

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