NATIONAL CAPITAL LODGE 2020 PROGRAM
Members’ Meeting: 11 PM
Public Meeting: 12 PM
D.C. – Georgetown Neighborhood Library
LOWER LEVEL MEETING ROOM
Theosophical Death Café: As we begin a new year, the most spiritual thing we can do for ourselves is to face our own mortality. Join us for a Theosophical Death Café in which we will learn why making peace with death is so important for a good life and to “practice dying” in a safe and honest setting.
Alchemy from the Theosophical perspective: Alchemy is a science which seeks to convert base metals into noble metals, especially gold. But the transmutation of metals is only the material aspect of alchemy. Along with it there is Spiritual Alchemy, the Alchemy of the Soul in Man, meaning the transmutation of the animal nature into the Higher Self, man’s inner Ego, and its reabsorption into the Universal or World-Soul. The presentation will also cover the three heavenly principles or substances of Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt.
Devachan – the “Life Between Lives: Desiree Scherini will explore the similarities and differences of what we know as Devachan through the writings of Theosophy and the Life Between Lives, as described by Dr Michael Newton, who pioneered a hypnotic Regression to the “pre-birth” time. Desiree is a certified Hypnotherapist with a certification in Dr. Newton’s process of Spiritual Regression.
January 25th: Starting Time is 11:00 a.m.
Video-Presentation: “Brotherhood and Racial Theory in the Secret Doctrine”: Join us to watch this presentation from the 133rd National Summer Convention.
February 1st: Starting Time is 11:00 a.m.
Video-Presentation: INVICTUS: A story of forgiveness and reconciliation led by Nelson Mandela in post-apartheid South Africa. Starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.”
Roundtable-Discussion: The Secret Doctrine, Krishnamurti & Transformation: We will read this article by Aryel Sanat (see attached) and discuss it as a group.
The Seven Kingdoms: Currently on earth, seven life-waves are living with and learning from each other. These are: our own human kingdom; the familiar animals, plants, and minerals; and the little-known three elemental kingdoms. Julia Rogers will sketch the myriad inter-relationships—some obvious, some not so very.
Paracelsus: Join us to hear about Paracelsus, born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, a Swiss German Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and occultist. According to Madam Blavatsky he was an “Adept-Initiate”. She called him the great and unfortunate Physician-Occultist as well as the greatest alchemist of the age.
Reiki and Native American Shamanism: Reiki Master Francisco Salazar will introduce us to the USUI/Tibetan system of Reiki which William Rand developed in 1989. In 1995, with the help of some of his students, he developed the Karuna Reiki® system of healing. And in January 2014, he introduced the Holy Fire system of Reiki.
Henry Laurency: Theosophical Visionary, Man of Mystery: Please join us to find out more about Henry Laurency (1882-1971), an obscure yet prolific Swedish esoteric philosopher and scholar. He reviewed and expanded upon the works of H.P. Blavatsky and other early Theosophists, taking many of the teachings to new or previously unexplored realms, and attempted to relate Theosophical concepts to the contemporary human arena. Nevertheless, little is known about Laurency the person.
Roundtable Discussion: Mabel Collin’s “Light on the Path” is a pinnacle of practical spirituality. Please join us as we read and discuss some of the quotes for the pursuit of meaning and purpose including these important aphorisms:
“Before the eyes can see they must be incapable of tears. Before the ear can hear it must have lost its sensitiveness. Before the voice can speak it must have lost the ability to wound. Before the soul can stand its feet must be washed in the blood of the heart.”
Viveka– The Power to Grasp Truth in this Age of Mass Deception: ”During times of universal deceit, telling the Truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
After having evolved from the Industrial Age to the Information Age, humanity finds itself in the paradoxical position of having unprecedented access to too much information but still lacking the ability to be able to know what is real and true from that which is not real and false. As such, humanity still finds itself as confused and ignorant as ever. How can we know the truth for certain amongst all the information that is out there and all the different ideologies that compete for our minds? Are we truly ”equipped” to be able to distinguish and discern between the real and the false? A talk for those Beings who truly seek to ”wake up” and not be manipulated by those forces who seek to keep us ignorant and mentally enslaved.
Upanishads: Join us for an overview of the content and meaning of five Upanishads, the Vedic scriptures closely related to the main teachings of Theosophy, particularly as described in The Secret Doctrine. There will be a short description of each Upanishad, followed by readings from the text, and comments. Please be ready to participate in the readings.
The text used is: The Upanishads, translated for the Modern Reader by Eknath Easwaran, Nilgiri Press, CA, 1987.
The Christ Principle in the Universe and in Each of Us: In one aspect the Christ is pure Divinity, encasing itself in the material world; in another, it is the same Divine wisdom, speaking through an enlightened teacher. In its most mystic aspect, it is “the Christ in you,” the same Divine potential in the human heart, waiting within each of us “to be born.”
April 11th: Closed for Easter
Apotheosis – Becoming a God: Ancient Hellenic religion holds out the possibility of apotheosis—that a human may transcend their current state and become a God—yet also warns against the dangers of hubris. What do the ancient sources tell us that might inform our evolutionary path? What can we glean about the process of becoming a God? Is striving to become a God a worthwhile endeavor? What are the dangers? Gwendolyn is obviously not an enlightened being…but is really deeply interested in figuring out how to become one and believes that the Theoi are clear that what They want is for us to grow and transcend our limitations, becoming like Them.
Ethics in the Age of Greed: Finding One’s Way in a Morass of Immorality: How can we understand ethics in the modern world? Are ethics fixed or adaptable to time, place and circumstance? We will begin by reviewing classical ethical theory and contrasting approaches to ethical challenges. Then we will consider an overview of Buddhist ethics followed by a look at ethics in Hindu literature, especially from the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras. Finally, this will be tied to modern theosophical thinking, particularly regarding comments by HPB as well as later writers.