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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.
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Tim Wyatt
[Tim Wyatt]
Sunday 17th February 2019 - 2:30 pm
The School of Applied Wisdom Part 2
'HIDDEN FORCES, ESOTERIC POWERS & OCCULT ENERGIES
Tim Wyatt
(Leeds)

ABOUT THE LECTURE
Human beings are far more powerful and have far deeper capacities than they realise. But social, scientific and religious pressures enforce a sense of limitation and ignorance.
Science admits that it cannot ‘see’ more than 90% of an observable universe it can still only partially explain. It has some of the ‘hows’ but none of the ‘whys’.
Occultism deals with various forces and energies as yet unrecognised by mainstream science: These include etheric matter and energy, astral phenomena along with the mysterious energies of prana, fohat and kundalini. These all impact on the physical and subtle parts of ourselves whether we recognise or understand them. Before long, science, too, will recognise these forces.
Humans have potentially stupendous powers and hidden abilities. For these to emerge individuals need to refine and control their lower physical, emotional and mental natures. And they need to get beyond limiting belief systems.
This talk explores these hidden energies and the potential powers which can make humans god-like – eventually.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
A lifelong spiritual explorer and a student of the esoteric mysteries, occult sciences and the Ageless Wisdom, Tim Wyatt has spent five decades working as a journalist in all sections of the broadcast, print and online media. A dedicated student of consciousness research, he is the founder of the Leeds-based School of Applied Wisdom.
As its name suggests The School of Applied Wisdom focuses on understanding practical aspects of the Ageless Wisdom, identifying how we can use key ideas and cosmic laws in our everyday lives. Each session examines how esoteric theory can be applied successfully to virtually all aspects of modern human activity. The school runs interactive workshop sessions for those interested in gaining a greater depth of understanding about themselves and the wider cosmos.
Tim travels extensively giving talks, seminars and workshops on occult topics to the Theosophical Society in England and many other groups.
Despite or perhaps even because of, having no recognised academic qualifications whatsoever, he has won awards for his plays and television documentaries. Tim is also the author of numerous novels, short stories, articles, non-fiction works and poetry. He is the founder of several publishing companies and two record labels. His other diversely chequered roles include film director, radio talk show host, car designer, public relations consultant, funeral celebrant, TV and film actor, musician, death counsellor, barman, teacher, DJ and advisor to government departments.
Tim is an avid walker, animal lover, book and art collector and naturalist. Apart from brief stints in London, Thailand and North West England, he has spent most of his life in the Yorkshire Pennines. These days he makes only rare and reluctant visits to cities.
Tim is the Treasurer of Leeds Theosophical Society, and a National Lecturer for The Theosophical Society in England.

George Wood
[George Wood]
Sunday 3rd March 2019 - 2:30 pm
'THE AQUARIAN CONSPIRACY REVISITED'
George Wood (London)


ABOUT THE LECTURE
Since the release of Marylyn Ferguson’s famous book The Aquarius Conspiracy almost 40 years ago, the basic values of the astrological era of Aquarius have been diluted under the influence of an aggressive economic culture. Nothing much has been realised of the flower power impulse of the sixties and seventies, for this impulse could not be commercialised. On the contrary, values such as these are more likely to turn into their opposites in this dialectical world. Ferguson’s aim to make a contribution to ‘personal and societal transformation in the 80s’ failed during that decade, a decade which was critical to social transformation potential.

On the contrary, the 80s saw the beginning of a strengthened and deepened free market economy following a neo-liberal discipline (Reagan-Thatcher) that did not show the least Aquarian element. Thereby, socially, “the dawning of the Age of Aquarius” was darkened and eventually evaporated. At the same time, the subject of conspiracies and their likelihood has had the same fate as the idealistic Aquarius values, especially from a cultural-social-philosophical perspective.

It has become socially unacceptable to ‘believe’ in conspiracies. It is seen as a sign of “immaturity” to see reality from the perspective of a conspiracy, even though the evidence may be found all around us. This is because the foundation of it is seen as a craving for a simplistic and straightforward explanatory model of reality, which stems from fear. It contains a black and white thinking about forces and powers that are experienced in reality.

Another reason is that the ultimate fuel for conspiracy theories, the dichotomy of the cold war, has dried up since around 1989. An important reason - currently in fashion - to ignore conspiracy theories, stems from the mathematical field of science, which rejects proof by contradiction: you could try to fit signs and situations from reality into your own theoretical model, but, it is explained, this can very easily lead to self-deception.

Proof by contradiction goes against ‘common sense’, especially when it comes to conspiracy theories about the unseen powers, which are theories that talk about forces from the non-material world as a single strong cause for ‘dystopia’. These are all factors that have had an immunizing effect on ‘reality’ and on social-economical processes and actualities during the last few decades: social reality has been made immune to conspiracy theories, which have always been refuted by the media, by prevalent social-economic theories and ‘sophisticated’ forums.

I do not really believe in conspiracy theories’ is a widely heard and socially acceptable statement. With the connotation of: ‘You are naive and do not use your common sense if you do believe in them’.

Ridiculing and denying the existence of conspiracies – including the denigration of all thoughts in that direction – can lead to a closed-mind that increasingly limits someone’s ability to perceive (another) reality. However the past ages have made this much clear to us: conspiracies have always existed. In a time of globalisation, the free-market, free trade agreements etc., you definitely cannot exclude conspiracy theories when considering the principle of freedom for all and human rights. On the contrary, especially in this era, the evidence for conspiracy theories abounds, for example, about multinationals or cartel arrangements.

The idea that companies, religious organisations, security services, nationalistic institutes and power conglomerates are innocent until a possible negative role played by them is proven, gives no fair opportunity to unmask coherent networks or potential complots - because of the manipulative involvement of the media against this sort of argument. Examples are the crash of airplane Flight MH17, the tobacco-lobby, Trumpism, weapon trade, the pharmaceutical industry and organ trade. And these are only ‘material’ examples.

It might look like the publication of hundreds of millions of emails (e.g. the Panama-papers or WikiLeaks) can reveal links of fraudulent practices and conspiracy tendencies, but the counter-measures carried out by states, companies and institutions, supported by powerful politicians, is not to be taken lightly. Conspiracy theories that discuss invisible or non-material powers (for example the angels in the air mentioned by Paul in the Bible) have no plausibility in the face of the materialist paradigm, which dismisses anything that cannot be seen with the physical senses.

Sometimes a prohibition on conspiracy thinking cannot hide the facts. What happens then? Hella S. Haasse, the Dutch novelist, has shown what could happen in her book ‘De Meester van de Neerdaling’ (The Master of the Descent): ....the facts shared by the person who unmasks the truth are not only denied, but the person is also ridiculed and finally even declared insane with the help of the Church.

And this is not fiction, but it is a classical phenomenon that repeats itself time and time again. It is an almost universal pattern: ignore, impeach, ridicule. It is shown today through open opposition through the media, the use of fake news, and even the elimination of the whistle blower. It will not be a surprise that the Cathars as well as the Manichaeans met with such a fatal, physical ending.

In the Hermetic texts this process is described in the following way: ‘That is why they who possess the Gnosis are not popular with the masses, and vice versa. Mass opinion would have the possessors of the Gnosis stigmatized as crazy, and laughed at. They are hated and despised, and perhaps even killed. The fact is, evil necessarily needs to dwell here on earth, because this is evil’s domain. The adversary’s domain is the earth, not the cosmos, as some will blasphemously argue’(Corpus Hermeticum IX).

If anything is an unmasking force, it is the light of the Gnosis. This means that the light of the Gnosis is inseparably bound to the appearance of those not-light forces which collaborate together against the eternal forces of fullness. What, then, does this era do with the ‘signs’ and ‘evidence’ that clearly points to a complot, in a world where it becomes more and more clear that there are organized power complexes that steer and control our ways?

This talk will investigate this question fully from a Gnostic viewpoint.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
George Wood is a Gnostic and teaches Religious Education in London and has led classes in Gnostic Christianity for the Theosophical Society in England for several years. George was a National Lecturer for the Theosophical Society in England.
Tim Wyatt
[Tim Wyatt]
Sunday 17th March 2019 - 2:30 pm
The School of Applied Wisdom Part 3
'THE RISE AND FALL OF EVERYTHING
Tim Wyatt
(Leeds)

ABOUT THE LECTURE
The Ageless Wisdom teachings are explicit: nothing stays the same for the tiniest fraction of a second. Everything is always changing and evolving into something higher. Empires, dynasties and civilizations emerge and crumble. All phenomena in the universe are cyclic, undergoing regular periods in and out of physical form. Cycles – whether they apply to fire-flies, human beings, planets or entire nebulae – undergo exactly the same pattern of birth, growth, maturity, decline and physical death followed by ‘rest’ periods on the inner planes. Nothing escapes this.
We are all subject to many different cycles in our personal lives and the wider world. Over the past half century human beings have been subject to unprecedented technological and other changes. The indications are that humanity is at the cusp of a series of vital changes. Will these momentous events provoke a deeper understanding of human beings’ spiritual nature and destiny? Or will the entire old order have to be destroyed for this to happen?


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
A lifelong spiritual explorer and a student of the esoteric mysteries, occult sciences and the Ageless Wisdom, Tim Wyatt has spent five decades working as a journalist in all sections of the broadcast, print and online media. A dedicated student of consciousness research, he is the founder of the Leeds-based School of Applied Wisdom.
As its name suggests The School of Applied Wisdom focuses on understanding practical aspects of the Ageless Wisdom, identifying how we can use key ideas and cosmic laws in our everyday lives. Each session examines how esoteric theory can be applied successfully to virtually all aspects of modern human activity. The school runs interactive workshop sessions for those interested in gaining a greater depth of understanding about themselves and the wider cosmos.
Tim travels extensively giving talks, seminars and workshops on occult topics to the Theosophical Society in England and many other groups.
Despite or perhaps even because of, having no recognised academic qualifications whatsoever, he has won awards for his plays and television documentaries. Tim is also the author of numerous novels, short stories, articles, non-fiction works and poetry. He is the founder of several publishing companies and two record labels. His other diversely chequered roles include film director, radio talk show host, car designer, public relations consultant, funeral celebrant, TV and film actor, musician, death counsellor, barman, teacher, DJ and advisor to government departments.
Tim is an avid walker, animal lover, book and art collector and naturalist. Apart from brief stints in London, Thailand and North West England, he has spent most of his life in the Yorkshire Pennines. These days he makes only rare and reluctant visits to cities.
Tim is the Treasurer of Leeds Theosophical Society, and a National Lecturer for The Theosophical Society in England.

Dr Paul Barker
[Dr Paul Barker]
Sunday31st March 2019 - 2:30 pm
'A Spiritual Journey from the Arabian Sea to the Indian Ocean:
The Jyotirlinga, Navagraha & Agni Temples of India

Dr Paul Barker
(Leeds)

ABOUT THE LECTURE
Paul will be discussing his recent pilgrimage across India where he visited a number of important temples including Somnath & the temple at Mallikarjuna, the 9 planetary temples at Kumbakonam, and the Arunachaleswarar Agni (fire element) temple. He will also include the visit to the Ramana Maharishi Ashram and the perambulation around the sacred  Arunachala Hill.  Walking around the Hill is called Giri Pradakshina. Pradakshina means the act of walking around any holy place in a clockwise direction, with one’s right side facing the object of adoration. Paul will also present the cultural art on display at the Tanjore Art Gallery. He will conclude with a description of his stay at Adyar where he visited the Theosophical Society International Headquarters. This will be an illustrated presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Paul Barker has studied Vedic Astrology for over 10 years with distinguished tutors and scholars, and has spoken at International Conferences in the UK and Abroad. He is the President of the Leeds Theosophical Society. Paul has also studied spiritual numerology and the Tarot for over ten years. He is a student on the Jaimini Scholar Programme, which is a five centuries old lineage of esoteric Vedic knowledge.
Ted Caspstick
[Ted Capstick]
Sunday 7th April 2019 - 2:30 pm
'SYMBOLOGY, DARK ENERGY & DARK MATTER
Ted Capstick
(Chester)

ABOUT THE LECTURE
Details Later.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Ted Capstick has studied Theosophy and the works of Alice Bailey for over 30 years and is a National Lecturer for the Theosophical Society in England. Ted has specialised in Esoteric Astrology, which he now practices professionally.
Susan Leybourne
[Susan Leybourne]
Sunday 14th April - 2:30 pm
'TITLE TO BE DECIDED
Susan Leybourne (Northampton)


ABOUT THE LECTURE
DETAILS LATER.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Susan Leybourne is a past President of Leeds Theosophical Society. She has a background in ancient religions, ancient Greek philosophy, mystical experience in world traditions and comparative religion. She has worked internationally as a Clairvoyant, Medium and Healer in the UAE, Malaysia, USA, North Africa, West Africa and most of Europe. Susan has taught workshops and courses in UK, USA, Sweden, France, Spain, Holland and Norway and lectured widely at international Spiritual conferences and conventions in UK, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Norway. She has been featured many times in the Media in the UK and abroad, including TV, Radio and national press and has been featured in TV programmes in Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Canada. Susan has also assisted academic researchers in PhD studies into Mediumship, Psychic abilities and consciousness.
Susan's Website: www.susanleybourne.com


Hugh Agnew
[Hugh Agnew]
Sunday 28th April 2019 - 2:30 pm
'THE FLAME OF TRUTH
Hugh Agnew (Merseyside)

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ABOUT THE LECTURE
The human thinking self is a ray of the Great Flame, the Great Truth that sustains and fills the world, the One Divine Energy. That is our common higher nature. We grow by assimilation of more and more of that into our thinking nature, which thus slowly becomes the Flame and is no more under the domination of the forces below. We raise the mind little by little by finding and creating thoughts that glow and radiate, the “pure, strong, unselfish thought that raises the whole being to the heights of light,” transforming the mind little by little, day by day, till at last it reaches reunion with the Great Flame of Truth.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Hugh Agnew is the President of Merseyside Theosophical Society and a National Lecturer of The Theosophical Society in England. He is a lifelong spiritual explorer and a student of the esoteric mysteries, occult sciences and the Ageless Wisdom.
Finiann Heavey
[Finian Heavey]
Sunday 12th May 2019 - 2:30 pm
'TITLE TO BE CONFIRMED
Finian Heavey (Nottingham)


ABOUT THE LECTURE
Details of lecture later.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Finian Heavey is the President of the Nottingham Theosophical Society and a National Lecturer of The Theosophical Society in England. He is a lifelong spiritual explorer and a student of the esoteric mysteries, occult sciences and the Ageless Wisdom.
Tim Wyatt
[Tim Wyatt]
Sunday 26th May 2019 - 2:30 pm
The School of Applied Wisdom Part 4
'THE DELIGHTS OF DEATH
Tim Wyatt (Leeds)


ABOUT THE LECTURE
Death is many people’s worst fear but it shouldn’t be. Death only prompts terror until it is correctly understood. Death as final annihilation, extinction or oblivion is a total myth and pernicious untruth. It is simply a change of state from the physical to the non-physical. Moving beyond the physical body into more subtle realms of being is not a tragedy but part of an inevitable cycle.
Members of some religions do indeed believe that life continues eternally in either heaven or hell but this is entirely illogical to those willing to think deeply about it. The truth is that we have all died and been re-born numerous times before but somehow we still haven’t got used to the idea.
We never stop living. The human spirit spends time not only in flesh and bone but in other non-material realms. Each new life is on Earth is a crucial learning experience which moulds subsequent re-births – all controlled by the Law of Karma or cause and effect. In some lives we make definite spiritual progress. In others we may backslide. But our overall goal is to evolve our lower and higher natures through a succession of lives until the need to return to physical form is superseded.
The purpose of this talk is to de-mystify death and redefine it as an important part of an endless voyage.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
A lifelong spiritual explorer and a student of the esoteric mysteries, occult sciences and the Ageless Wisdom, Tim Wyatt has spent five decades working as a journalist in all sections of the broadcast, print and online media. A dedicated student of consciousness research, he is the founder of the Leeds-based School of Applied Wisdom.
As its name suggests The School of Applied Wisdom focuses on understanding practical aspects of the Ageless Wisdom, identifying how we can use key ideas and cosmic laws in our everyday lives. Each session examines how esoteric theory can be applied successfully to virtually all aspects of modern human activity. The school runs interactive workshop sessions for those interested in gaining a greater depth of understanding about themselves and the wider cosmos.
Tim travels extensively giving talks, seminars and workshops on occult topics to the Theosophical Society in England and many other groups.
Despite or perhaps even because of, having no recognised academic qualifications whatsoever, he has won awards for his plays and television documentaries. Tim is also the author of numerous novels, short stories, articles, non-fiction works and poetry. He is the founder of several publishing companies and two record labels. His other diversely chequered roles include film director, radio talk show host, car designer, public relations consultant, funeral celebrant, TV and film actor, musician, death counsellor, barman, teacher, DJ and advisor to government departments.
Tim is an avid walker, animal lover, book and art collector and naturalist. Apart from brief stints in London, Thailand and North West England, he has spent most of his life in the Yorkshire Pennines. These days he makes only rare and reluctant visits to cities.
Tim is the Treasurer of Leeds Theosophical Society, and a National Lecturer for The Theosophical Society in England.

WEEKEND CONFERENCE
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019.
CHANNELS OF ESOTERICA
Details Later.

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


ABOUT THE LECTURE
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.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
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


Gary Lachman
[Gary Lachman]
THIS LECTURE HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED
'HERMETICA
Gary Lachman (London)


ABOUT THE LECTURE
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.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
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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