Edinburgh Branch of the Theosophical Society in Scotland WINTER/SPRING PROGRAMME Jan – March 2023
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 25 Palmerston Place EH12. (Telephone 0131 625 0700)
Admission: £3 Members / £5 Non-members. ALL WELCOME Talk: 7.30 - 8.50pm in the Sanctuary Room (Tea/coffee in Cafe from 7.00pm
20 April Mysterious Guatemala - Ian Robertson
Having visited Guatemala back in February with his wife Vivienne, Ian will share some of their experiences and talk about the places and the people of this fascinating place in central America. It is a deeply religious country, and also a very superstitious one, which is still influenced by the great Mayan culture of the past. So we will explore, beautiful landscapes with active volcanoes, beautiful lakes, folk saints and jungles littered with Mayan Temples, some of which appeared in Star Wars!
Ian Robertson has been a member of the TS since 1988, the same year that he joined Freemasonry. He is a published author with a passion for Rosslyn Chapel, Secret Societies and Mysticism. He is currently the head of the Society of Rosicrucian's in Scotland.
27 April How Analytic Idealism is providing a new basis for objective science.
Bernardo Kastrup VIDEO + discussion
4 May Systems Theory (part 2) - Dr. David Cole
In the first talk the speaker suggested that mainstream Materialism/Physicalism is the root cause of our global crises and that there may be a profound shift towards a non-dual paradigm in science and society. He suggested that systems thinking, and systems science has emerged at the turn of the twentieth century to challenge the assumptions of reductionist materialism by the need to understand living wholes. In this next part he will introduce some of the traditions of systems thinking, outline some of the practical work he is doing using systems science to understand and rise to the challenge of the complex issues of climate change and show that systems thinking is leading us back to the reintegration of mind and matter and so healing the currently fragmented split between self and self (The spiritual divide), self and nature (The ecological divide) and self and other (The social divide). Ultimately, we are “coming back to life”.
Dr David Cole has a PhD in Computational Chemistry from the University of Surrey, a Diploma in Systems Thinking from the Open University and now studying for an MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice (STiP) at the Open University. He has taken Fritjof Capra’s “Capra course” all of Bernardo Kastrup’s courses on “Analytical Idealism”. He practices loving kindness meditation with the global meditation community “Cloud Sangha”. He works for the Global Research Innovation and Discovery Centre (GRID) at Heriot-Watt University as Innovation Strategist, creating ethical technology applications that help mitigate our contemporary ecological crises systemically.
11 May The Philosophis Perreni in the Performing Arts - Mike Hall
This talk will highlight 12 unique insights into the universal and higher wisdom imbued in Dance, Comedy, Drama and Music performed by several of world’s greatest artists. For example discover Carl Jung's philosophy in Monty Python's 'Life of Brian!' The Esoteric symbolism in Tchaikovsky's ballet 'Swan Lake'. How 20th century political upheaval and revolution played an instrumental role in creating the 'Everest' of all piano concertos performed by an artist 'not of this earth'. And much more.....
Mike Hall is currently the President of The Edinburgh TS. He has spoken on various esoteric subjects at local, national and international TS meetings. In addition he has written and directed shows which went on to be professionally performed at The Edinburgh Festival; a "Scotsman" review described him as a "born dramatist".
18 May Rite of Spring – Mariola Albinowska and OOR_Scintilla duo.
Celebrate the fullness of spring through the energy of movement and sound. This performance is inspired by Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Slavic paganism, and folk.
OOR_Scintilla is an Edinburgh-based sound artist formation: Clive McLachan Powell and Louisa Love. The duo works with resonances of people, place, and folk narrative. Mariola Albinowska is a visual artist-performer based in Edinburgh. The artist sees her body as a living sculpture, and through movement and gesture, she strives to transform space and time.
25 May Akashic Meditation - Natasha Mott
Introductory workshop covering the background of the Akashic Records and how Natasha's understanding of the Akashic Records has evolved over time. The Akashic Records are a compendium of all universal events, a holistic approach to the past, present, and future that connects us with the wider world. Natasha will share with you what sort of information the Akashic Records contain, as well as showing you why accessing your own Records can be so beneficial, to your personal development, aid healing and help to expand your consciousness.
Natasha is the founder of Raising the Vibes Academy of Consciousness. She has a Marketing Degree from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) UK. She is certified in Akashic Records, Craniosacral Therapy, Somato Emotional Release Therapy and is a Reiki Master. Natasha is a 5th generation healer and spiritual teacher who has been channeling since childhood. Her lineage extends back to the books of Allan Kardec, who is now featured in a Netflix special and global hit.
1 June EDINBURGH LODGE – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
8 June Ancient Apocalypse - Graham Hancock VIDEO + discussion
Video of interview with Graham Hancock, journalist, filmmaker and bestselling author. Is his theory of ancient civilization and ancient apocalypse pseudoarchaeology or a robust challenge to accepted archaeological dogma?
15 June Unfolding Consciousness Series - Discussion evening chaired by President Mike Hall
A short 15 minute film on Occult Science's understanding of Near Death Experience followed by: Devachan - the 'Kingdom of The Gods'. In the post-mortem state there is a second transition - from the Astral Life in Kama-loka to Spiritual Life in Devachan.
Devachanic life and consciousness can be seen as a counterbalance to life on earth.
During this discussion we consider: what is the state of Devachan, who enters Devachan and what is conscious in Devachan?
22 June Tesla knew the Secrets of the Great Pyramid - VIDEO + discussion
Nikola Tesla believed that he could harness the energy from inside the earth and transmit that power wirelessly around the world. His early experiments were successful, but his research mysteriously vanished after his death. There is no evidence left of Tesla's wireless power technology. Or is there? For years we were taught that the Great Pyramid of Giza was a tomb for a king. It had a different purpose. Tesla didn't invent wireless power. It's been here for 5,000 years. And probably a lot longer than that.
29 June A Theosophical Tombola – discussion evening.
Short presentations from members of Edinburgh TS followed by discussion. Details to be announced in June.
6 July Guarding The Three Treasures – Mike Hall
The three treasures of Taoist medicine, essence, energy and spirit: the physiological and physiological components of good health. The way of the Tao is the way of harmony with nature, a dynamic balance of yin and yang. Maintaining this balance in your own mind and body will strengthen your immune system and build up your general health. Whereas Western medicine attempts to fix the affected body part when something goes wrong, Taoist medicine takes an holistic and preventative approach, and lets you take charge, through diet and exercises, of your mental and physical well-being.
Mike Hall is currently the President of The Edinburgh TS. He has spoken on various esoteric subjects at local, national and international TS meetings. In addition he has written and directed shows which went on to be professionally performed at The Edinburgh Festival; a "Scotsman" review described him as a "Born Dramatist".
13 July Edinburgh Lodge Summer Social – ALL WELCOME
OUR PROGRAMME WILL RESTART IN SEPTEMBER.