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Leeds Theosophical Society
Promoting understanding and respect for spiritual lifestyles in the Leeds Area
Founded Sept. 1900
12 Queen Square, Leeds LS2 8AJ
(Near the Merrion Centre)

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President: Dr Paul Barker
A branch of The Theosophical Society in England.
Registered Charity No. 1167737.


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Alan Clay
[Alan Clay]
Sunday 22nd September 2019 - 2:30 pm
'Sedna Consciousness: The Soul’s Path of Destiny
Alan Clay (New Zealand)

Discover the evolutionary spiritual power of Sedna, the new esoteric outer limit of our solar system and learn of the profound implications for society and for each of us individually in the coming years, as she approaches her closest point to Earth.

New Zealander Alan Clay has been a practising astrologer for over 40 years, with a background as a humanistic astrologer inspired by the work of Dane Rudhyar. Over the past 20 years this has broadened into a study of Chiron and the Centaurs and more recently into the newly discovered Dwarf Planets. His book, 'Sedna Consciousness: The Soul’s Path of Destiny’ was very well received at its launch at UAC in Chicago and reviewers have called it: 'a groundbreaking book’, ‘essential reading for astrologers’, 'a well-written, well-researched, and easily readable book' and 'a treasure trove of information and inspiration’. Alan will be lecturing on Dwarf Planet Astrology at the Federation of Australian Astrologers conference in Melbourne in January 2020.
Alan Clay's Website: www.sednaconsciousness.com

Cyrus Ryan
[Cyrus Ryan]
Sunday 29th September 2019 - 2:30 pm
'STAGES OF INITIATION: Comparing Yoga, Buddhism and Theosophy
Cyrus Ryan (Canada)

In this talk we will discuss the different stages of Initiation, with the help of a chart that shows the various esoteric traditions and the different levels of Initiation. The knowledge about Initiation is still relatively new in the West, and for some time many people believed that H P Blavatsky/Theosophy originated the concept.  But Initiation has been the root of all true esoteric traditions for untold ages.  Initiation was a well-guarded secret hidden from the general public and even neophytes, until Theosophy opened the door allowing a glimmer of light to pierce the darkness on this most secret subject.   “Initiation is the process whereby the spiritual man within the personality becomes aware of himself as the soul, with soul powers, soul relationships, and soul purpose.”  ('The Rays and the Initiations', Alice A Bailey. pg. 341)

Creativity and spiritual experiences have marked Cyrus Ryan's life since a young age. He has spent time in India and Tibet, where he gained insights into the practices of esoteric Buddhism, the path of Vajrayana. An artist, writer and lecturer, Cyrus has lectured at The Theosophical Society, the Association for Higher Awareness (AHA), the New Jersey Metaphysical Society, and the University of Seven Rays. He has published articles in a variety of new age periodicals including The Beacon. His art reflects his understanding, his path and his inspiration from the inner esoteric worlds. He was first introduced to Theosophy and the works of Alice A. Bailey in the mid-1970s, and along with his teacher and other aspirants, Cyrus developed a Group Work which later evolved into a unique spiritual gestalt, which drove them deeper into the mysteries. He has been exploring esoteric knowledge for over forty years. Cyrus is the author of ‘Living on the Inner Edge: A Practical Esoteric Tale.’
Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October (3 Days)
'BHAGYA: Fate and Fortune
SPEAKERS: Visti Larsen (Denmark), Gordon Brennan (London/BAVA), Rajan Pitambar (London),
Vijaya Subramanian (India/ London) and Dr Paul Barker (Leeds)
Cost: £65 for Day 1 and £75 per day for Days 2 and 3, OR £195 for the 3 days.
There will be a buffet dinner arranged for Saturday evening [commencing at 7pm] at a local restaurant. Cost: £17.

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Gaynel Hamilton
[Gaynel Hamilton]
Sunday 3rd November 2019 - 2:30 pm
How a deeper understanding of reality could help us to save the world

Gaynel Hamilton (Leeds)

A religious person seeks to commune with the higher power through prayer. A mystic seeks to unite with the higher power through meditation. A philosopher does both, while seeking to discover the truth underlying reality and to use this knowledge in the service of mankind.
In this discussion, Gaynel Hamilton goes beyond the seeming boundaries between science, religion and philosophy to ask what scientists, saints and sages have learned about reality that can help us to rise above our current global challenges and save ourselves from extinction.

Gaynel Hamilton is a teacher and lifelong student of science, religion, Tai Chi, meditation and philosophy. She has written several books, some of which can be downloaded free from her websites while others are available worldwide, on Kindle and in paperback, via Amazon.
A few years ago, a person she had never met before came up to her and said: “I’ve heard of you! You’re the one who makes people think!” That, she feels, pretty much sums her up, though the most important aspect of her teaching is to help people to discover, at the very heart of their own being, that peace which is beyond all thought: the ‘sun’ that is the source of all rays, all life and all healing.

Gary Lachman
[Gary Lachman]
Gary Lachman (London)

The Hermetica are Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd century ACE and later, which are mostly presented as dialogues in which a teacher, generally identified as Hermes Trismegistus ("thrice-greatest Hermes"), enlightens a disciple. The texts form the basis of Hermeticism. They discuss the divine, the cosmos, mind, and nature. Some touch upon alchemy, astrology, and related concepts.

The term particularly applies to the Corpus Hermeticum, Marsilio Ficino's Latin translation in fourteen tracts, of which eight early printed editions appeared before 1500 and a further twenty-two by 1641. This collection, which includes Poimandres and some addresses of Hermes to disciples Tat, Ammon and Asclepius, was said to have originated in the school of Ammonius Saccas and to have passed through the keeping of Michael Psellus: it is preserved in fourteenth century manuscripts. The last three tracts in modern editions were translated independently from another manuscript by Ficino's contemporary Lodovico Lazzarelli (1447–1500) and first printed in 1507. Extensive quotes of similar material are found in classical authors such as Joannes Stobaeus.

Parts of the Hermetica appeared in the 4th-century Gnostic library found in Nag Hammadi. Other works in Syriac, Arabic, Coptic and other languages may also be termed Hermetica — another famous tract is the Emerald Tablet, which teaches the doctrine "as above, so below".

All these are themselves remnants of a more extensive literature, part of the syncretic, intellectualized paganism of their era, a cultural movement that also included the Neoplatonic philosophy of the Greco-Roman mysteries and late Orphic and Pythagorean literature and influenced Gnostic forms of the Abrahamic religions.

Extracts from Wikipedia.

Gary Lachman (1955 - ) was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, but has lived in London, England since 1996. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he is now a full time writer with more than a dozen books to his name, on topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness and the western esoteric tradition, to literature and suicide, and the history of popular culture. Lachman writes frequently for many journals in the US and UK, and lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe. His work has been translated into several languages. His website is: www.garylachman.co.uk

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