NATIONAL CAPITAL LODGE 2021 PROGRAM
Members’ Meeting: 11 PM
Public Meeting: 12 PM
January 2nd, 2021 – This meeting will not be recorded
12PM Roundtable-discussion: How is Theosophy helping you manage the current challenges or has helped you to manage other crises?
Join our first public meeting in 2021 where all participants are invited to share their own personal experience on how Theosophy is helping them through challenging times.
1PM Esoteric School of Theosophy – Information Session
Do you have questions about the Esoteric School of Theosophy? Please join us for a half-hour question-and-answer session immediately following our public program on the purpose, qualifications and application process for membership in the EST.
Januar 9th, 2021
The Astral Light with Susanne Hoepfl-Wellenhofer
Astral Light is a term used by the French occultist Eliphas Levi to refer to the medium of all light, energy and movement. In his view the astral light was a fluidic life force that fills all space and living beings. H.P.B. adopted the term and used it in her writings. The Astral Realm is a non-physical dimension of existence; this sphere is made of astral matter, a subtle form of matter which is said to be translucent and radiant. Join us for a presentation about this important principle in Theosophical teachings.
January 16th, 2021
Recent Contributors to Theosophical Perspectives with Veronica Boutte
From Shankaracharya and Advaita Vedanta to the second decade of the 21st Century, we will watch samples of how several philosophers, scholars, and authors are introducing new modes of understanding the basic tenets of Theosophy.
January 23rd, 2021
The five Levels of Consciousness by Jean Gebser with author Jeremy Johnson
Jean Gebser mapped the mutating structures of human consciousness, the topology of mind from archaic to magic to mystic to mental to integral. His work inspired generations of inquiry. Please join us to find out more about Jean Gebser’s work from author and editor (Revelore Press) Jeremy Johnson whose own books expand into the visionary work of this intellectual mystic. Jeremy Johnson is the President of the International Jean Gebser Society.
January 30th, 2021 – This meeting will not be recorded
Celebrating Julia Rogers: Please join us to celebrate the long life of this remarkable woman who passed away on October 31st, 2020 at the age of 98. She was a second-generation Theosophist, and Theosophical teachings molded her life from an early age. She wore every hat in the Washington DC Lodge and gave over 100 lectures at the Lodge. She was a guiding light for many of us and we invite everyone to share their personal experiences with Julia.
February 6th, 2021
Seven Ways to Become Your Higher Self with Sue Prescott from the Seattle Lodge
Spiritual teachers and gurus emphasize getting in touch and becoming one with our Higher Self. How is this done? What actions are taken to complete this? From the many guidelines that have been taught, the top seven practical steps will be discussed that teach us to purify ourselves and tune our vehicles of consciousness—the mind, heart and body—to become one with the consciousness of the Divine Self. Join Sue Prescott as she explores the teaching stories and the guidance from spiritual traditions around the world that show us how to become effective channels for the Divine energy from our inner Spiritual Self.
February 13, 2021
God, Evil, and the Occult Philosophy with Ed Abdill, national speaker of the TS
What do the Masters have to say about God, evil, and the occult philosophy? What the adepts have to say about these questions may shock some, but if we carefully consider what they have to say, we may replace false beliefs with facts, and be the better for it.
February 20, 2021
Implications of Theosophy and the Evolutionary Path for Society with Gwendolyn Reece
The first aim of the Theosophical Society is to form a nucleus of the universal “brotherhood” of humanity without any distinction of race, sex, caste, color or creed. Theosophy includes a path for world-engaged mystics and gives an implicit charge to Theosophists to do their work in such a way that it can help give birth to a global society built on a new pattern. Gwendolyn Reece, a Theosophist, Pagan Priestess, and activist discusses the implications of major Theosophical ideas for the way we should thrive to rebuild human societies.
February 27th, 2021
Keys and Gates: Virtues for living from The Voice of the Silence with Betty Bland, national speaker of the TS
Theosophical teachings provide helpful advice for living more fulfilling lives. In The Voice of the Silence we find the Paramitas, or virtues, which provide signposts and keys for resolving the human predicament. As we stumble through the difficulties of life, we become our own jailers, tangled in our emotions and difficulties; however, we can open our eyes to the gates and use the keys for our freedom.
March 6th, 2021
An Exploration of the seven principles of The Human Being with Ed Moskowitz from the Olcott Lodge
Please join us for a presentation with Ed Moskowitz that will include activities to experience the seven principles that comprise the Human Being (that means you).
March 13th, 2021
Ethics in the Age of Greed: Finding One’s Way in a Morass of Immorality with Doug Keene, national speaker of the TS
How can we understand ethics in the modern world? Are ethics fixed or adaptable to time, place and circumstance? We will begin this talk 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.
March 20th, 2021
The Hero with a Thousand Faces with Vladka Shikova
In his 1949 most influential work with the same title, Joseph Campbell explored different mythologies from all over the world and for the first time in Western intellectual history, suggested that all hero stories share a similar mythological basis. Not only did Campbell introduce the concept of the hero’s journey to popular thinking, but he also began to popularize the very idea of comparative mythology itself – the study of the human impulse to create stories and images that, though they are clothed in the motifs of a particular time and place, draw nonetheless on universal, eternal themes.
March 27th, 2021
The Lives of Alcyone with Susan Brown from the Seattle Lodge
Please join us for a talk based on the two-volume set of “The Lives of Alcyone”. This is an account of the last 49 lives of Krishnamurti as researched by Charles Leadbeater and Annie Besant. They were first published as a series of articles entitled “Rents in the Veil of Time” in “The Theosophist” of April 1910. This series links together many lives of persons in consecutive order, throwing light on the workings of reincarnation and karma.
April 3rd, 2021 – CLOSED FOR EASTER
April 10th, 2021 – This meeting will not be recorded
Roundtable-Discussion: Theosophy speaks of the doctrine of the root races. These races are whole epochs of history in which the whole of humanity partakes. According to H. P. Blavatsky’s magnum opus The Secret Doctrine we are presently in the fourth round of our planetary chain, and we are in the fifth race of that round. It is our task, and the task of coming generations, to build the sixth, coming race. Please read the following article by Seymour Ginsburg “The Task of Becoming a Sixth Race Man” before our meetings to be prepared for a discussion: https://www.theosophical.org/publications/quest-magazine/2394-the-task-of-becoming-sixth-race-man
The article from 1988 Ginsburg mentions in this article is attached (see below) for those who are interested.
April 17th, 2021
The Philosophy of Plato with Phil White
Plato, a student of Socrates, was an Athenian aristocrat who was born during the 5th century BCE. The writings of Plato, while influenced by Socrates, were also heavily influenced by the Orphic Cults, the Eleusinian Mysteries, and especially the Pythagoreans. One of the key ideas from Plato and Pythagoras is that the world of symbols, also called Plato’s forms, is somehow more important than most would think. We will explore the ideas behind Plato’s philosophy, specifically Plato’s forms, and their relationship to theosophy and metaphysics.
April 24th, 2021
Solar Electromagnetism with Sonya Lyatsky
Please join us for a presentation about the Sun and electromagnetism which was addressed in the Mahatma Letters. What does science know now about these subjects and how are they are connected? Let us find out more about the role of electromagnetism in our life and life of the Universe.
May 1st, 2021
The Square and the Compass–Masonic Tools to Live with Sue Prescott from the Seattle Lodge
The origins of Freemasonry go back into antiquity. The principles not only include a moral code of living but also a mystical component for inner spiritual development. Join Sue Prescott, a 3rd Degree Mason, as she explores the meaning of the Masonic symbols and rituals, which have relevance in our lives today.
May 8th, 2021 – This meeting will not be recorded
Roundtable discussion: We can find Theosophical principles in everyday life but also in literature. What pieces of literature have you read in which you saw Theosophical themes? How did this affect you? Please join us and share your personal experience and thoughts with all participants.
May 15th, 2021
Max Heindel with Susanne Hoepfl-Wellenhofer
Please join us for a presentation about Max Heindel, a Danish-American Christian occultist, astrologer, and mystic. He is the founder of the Rosicrucian Fellowship and the author of several books spreading the teachings of Esoteric Christianity. He was a member of the Theosophical Society from 1904-1905.
May 22th, 2021
Movie and discussion: The Return of the Hero with Betty Bland (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zQp8k8_13I) The speaker suggests that heroism may be found wherever and whenever any one of us is willing to be of service to others in times of need.
May 29th, 2021 – CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND