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July Presentation Schedule -- Theosophy Virtual Lodge

Jul 06, 2006 04:01 AM
by Bill Meredith


Everyone is invited to attend the following presentations in
the Theosophy Virtual Lodge on the dates and times indicated.

Instructions for how to attend these cyberspace meetings can be
found directly below the schedule.

Saturday, July 8th - 3 pm New York (EDST)

*The I-Not-I Monad* by Jerry Schueler

*Jerry Schueler* defines and describes his I-Not-I Monad and its
relationship to H.P. Blavatsky's Planar Model. Jerry will then
present two successful meditation techniques that use guided imagery
to allow one to experience the I-Not-I Monad directly. This
presentation will be informal, interactive, and experiential. Prior
to the presentation, participants are asked to read Jerry's
essay, "The I-Not-I Monad" which can be found at Participants
are encouraged to ask questions throughout the presentation.

Gerald J. Schueler is a life long student of theosophy, buddhism, and
magic and is the author of numerous books and articles on these
subjects. Dr. Schueler has one Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies
and another in Human Services, both from Capella University,
Minneapolis, MN. He is a member of the Association for Transpersonal
Psychology, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the American
Counseling Association, and the National Registery of Neurofeedback
Providers. He is listed in various Marquis' Who's Who (East,
America, World, Science & Engineering, etc). Gerald and his wife,
Betty, are retired and reside in Northern Virginia. To learn more
about the Schuelers visit their website,

Sunday, July 16th - 10 a.m. (PDST) (California) - 1 p.m. (EDST)
(New York)

Useful Hints for the Study of H.P. Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine by
Jerry Hejka-Ekins

Published in 1888, H.P.Blavatsky's master work, The Secret Doctrine,
remains the most influential work ever written on Eastern and
Western esoteric philosophy. Its influence continues through the
writings of occultists and their schools which have developed since
her time. This presentation will discuss the purpose and importance
of this book; its themes and key ideas; and how to productively
approach its study.

Jerry Hejka-Ekins began his study of the Secret Doctrine in 1964 and
has been leading study groups on this book almost continuously since
1973. He will be drawing from his experiences garnered from working
with these groups. He is president of Alexandria West
(, a fraternal perennialistic organization
dedicated to promoting the Ancient Wisdom teachings and practices;
editor of The Serapeum and associate editor of Theosophical
History. He is an associate of the United Lodge Theosophists,
Theosophical Society (Adyar) and Theosophical Society (Pasadena).
He is author of numerous theosophical articles and reviews and co-
creator of The Perennial Wisdom, a 72 minute video and guide book on
the Theosophical Movement. He has an MA in English Literature from
California State University.
Saturday, July 22nd 10:00 am New York (EDST)

Esoteric Psychology by Prof. Robert Corrington

The lecture will be on the link between the depth psychology of the
European tradition and the esoteric tradition centered in Adyar.
The focus will be on the correlation between psychosexuality and the
etheric and astral bodies. Suggestions will be made for a universal
psychology that takes a look at alternative healing modalities and
their relation to the various forms of human embodiment. In
particular, the theory of resonances, as advanced in flower essence
work, will be articulated and shaped in the light of a full blown
esoteric psychology of the seven-fold human constitution.

Professor Corrington has developed his philosophic perspective of
ecstatic naturalism out of an ongoing dialogue between Continental
phenomenology on the one side and classical Euro-American pragmatism
on the other. Professor Corrington not only writes on these issues
but has lectured on Jung at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich,
Switzerland as well as at Drew University. His book on Wilhelm
Reich is forthcoming.

His metaphysics of ecstatic naturalism is concerned with exhibiting
the utter vastness of nature as that nature manifests its own
unconscious potencies and the religious orders of meaning that
intersect with the human unconscious. His seventh book, A Semiotic
Theory of Theology and Philosophy, (Cambridge University Press,
2000) extends his categorial scheme into the foundational structures
of the world and presents a semiotic cosmology.

Currently he is working on a larger project for Cambridge University
Press as well as other book projects that will further ramify and
extend ecstatic naturalism. This involves a continuing exploration
of Hinduism, Buddhism, and theosophy as they all intersect with the
liberal strains in Western metaphysics and theology.

Professor Corrington is an active member of the Unitarian
Universalist Association and The Theosophical Society of America. He
lectures and gives classes for both organizations and travels to
India for the Congress of the International Theosophical Society in
Chennai (Madras).

Saturday July 29, 3pm New York (EDST)

"The Women of the /Revelation/"

by Zachary Lansdowne

Zachary Lansdowne presents the lecture "The Women of
the /Revelation/," which considers the two vivid feminine symbols
that are contained within the /Revelation of St. John/, the last
book of the Bible. The first feminine symbol is the celestial woman
of chapter 12, described as "a woman clothed with the sun, and the
moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." The
second feminine symbol is the seductive prostitute of chapter 17,
described as "the great whore that sitteth upon many waters." What
do these symbols mean? Many diverse interpretations have been
proposed for the celestial woman: the constellation Virgo when the
moon is at the feet of Virgo, Mary the mother of Jesus, the people
of Israel, and the heavenly church. Most commentators interpret the
seductive prostitute as representing the ancient city of Rome.

Helena P. Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophical Society,
provides the following key to interpreting the /Revelation/: "The
fact is . . .the whole /Revelation/, is simply an allegorical
narrative of the Mysteries and initiation therein of a candidate,
who is John himself."

This quotation suggests the use of a psychological approach that
takes every symbol as representing some aspect of an aspirant who is
on the spiritual journey. If we do use a psychological approach of
interpretation, then what do the celestial woman and the seductive
prostitute represent? This lecture considers the meaning of these
symbols by analyzing the first five verses of both chapters 12 and 17.

Zachary Lansdowne, Ph.D., is a past president of the Theosophical
Society in Boston. This talk is based on his forthcoming article with
the same title that will be published by the Theosophical Society of
America in the November-December issue of their /Quest Magazine/.
This talk is also based on his recently published book, /The
Revelation of Saint John/, which is available from
*How to attend the Theosophy Virtual Lodge*
> 1- Download for free paltalk at:
> 2 - On the right side of paltalk window click on Rooms
> 3 - Choose the Category Religion and Theology - Sub-Category
> Metaphysical - Room Theosophy Virtual Lodge
Please note that the lodge room may not be open except at scheduled
presentation times. If you can't find the room, please try back during the
presentation times listed above.
> 4 - Be sure to install a microphone in your computer so you can
> participate in the audio discussion, and also be sure to have your
> computer speakers on.
> That's all you need to do to join us.

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