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

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A branch of the Theosophical Society in England (www.theosophicalsociety.org.uk)

Programme of Meetings

All Sunday Lectures are Free of Charge and commence at 2.30 pm
and held at 12 Queens Square, Leeds LS2 8AJ


Sunday 26th November 2017 - 2:30 pm

Tim Wyatt

[Tim Wyatt] Down the millennia tiny numbers of advanced and enlightened people have known a much wider truth about human existence and the unfoldment of the universe. Crude fragments of this knowledge can be found littering all the world’s religions – usually heavily disguised and normally incomprehensible to most people. Over the past century and a half some of this wisdom has emerged into the wider public domain but embracing it still remains a minority pursuit.
In this session we will look at how this esoteric knowledge of ourselves and the cosmos was taught to a select few in the Mystery Schools of India, Egypt, Greece and the Middle East. We will see how it was preserved by the Neo-Platonists, alchemists, Rosicrucians and globalised by the Theosophical movement. And we will explore what we know of the hidden hierarchy of adepts who still preserve this knowledge and preside over human affairs.

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.

Sunday 10th December 2017 - 2:30 pm
"THEURGY: New Light on Ancient Practices"
Susan Leybourne

[Susan Leybourne] Theurgy, from the ancient Greek word theurgia for the 'work of the gods' has been interpreted by many as spiritually enhancing magical rites for the communication with angelic beings and deities. It has a long history in eastern and western cultures. Mankind has always sought to know the will of the gods and in knowing them become god-like. Theurgy encompasses many practices that are now lost or misunderstood including invocations, passwords and seals, sacred and secret names of deities and the laws of correspondences and mystical ascent to the heavens. These practices were both contemplative and ritualistic but always classed as beneficial, dealing with higher powers for the betterment of the human soul; an alchemical process leading to oneness with the gods and ultimately the One. These practices were made famous by Iamblichus and Proclus in the west but also seen in Kabbalistic practices and Gnostic Christianity. The practices understood as Theurgical are also present in Tibetan Buddhism and the Indian traditions, where yantras, mudras and mantras combine with sacred offerings where initiates of secret traditions seek union with Brahman.
In this talk an attempt will be made to unite the eastern and western systems while examining a potential common origin of these secret practices of the initiates.

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. She 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. She has also assisted academic researchers in PhD studies into Mediumship, Psychic abilities and consciousness.
Details: www.susanleybourne.com

Sunday 14th January 2018 - 2:30 pm
Louise Ashcroft

[Louise Ashcroft] On 20 December 2017 the planet Saturn moves back into its home sign of Capricorn. Saturn and Capricorn rule the structure of our lives and our world and the two haven't joined together for 26 years. When Saturn last made its journey through its home sign between 1988 and 1991 we saw major changes in our world including the fall of the Soviet Union, the collapse of banks and the invention of the World Wide Web. So this transit of Saturn is destined to bring change, particularly to Britain which is a Capricorn nation. Come and hear more about the impact this transit is likely to have on our national and your own personal destiny over the next two and a half years.

Louise Ashcroft has been a practising Astrologer since 2011. She does her work 'intuitively' which means she relies on the images, feelings and messages she receives from her non-physical helpers to tune into an individual’s chart and energy. She also brings in the concept of karma and past lives to her readings and can provide a wealth of knowledge on these subjects after many years of study and observation in both her own life and those of others. Louise has a professional legal background.

Sunday 28th January 2018 - 2:30 pm
"Jainism: An Environmental Philosophy?"
Dr Aidan Rankin

[Dr Aidan Rankin] In the West, the most popular image of the Jain is the white-clad ascetic sweeping the ground before him with a small broom in order to avoid damage to even the most infinitesimal forms of life. This is widely interpreted as evidence that Jainism is a ‘green religion’, the primary purpose of which is to protect the environment. However the ascetic’s actions have little, if anything, to do with the environment and more to do with the ultimate goal of liberation (Moksha), which involves the transcendence of worldly and physical constraints.
For Jains, the environment is part of Dharma, the working of the universe. The concept of Dharma encompasses spiritual practice, science, art, ethics and practical rules for daily life including professional and business activity. It is in these guidelines for lay men and women, rather than the extreme behaviour of ascetics, that we find a scientific understanding of nature and the interconnectedness of all life. Careful action, limits to growth and living as lightly as possible are all concepts familiar to western environmentalists. However, in exploring the apparent contradictions between the ‘other-worldly’ and the ‘nature-centred’ aspects of Jainism, we should avoid superimposing western assumptions on a distinctively Indian tradition.

Dr Aidan Rankin is an independent scholar and property consultant, with a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics. He has written four books on Jainism: The Jain Path: Ancient Wisdom for the West; Many-Sided Wisdom: A New Politics of the Spirit; Living Jainism: An Ethical Science, with Professor Kanti V. Mardia (all published by John Hunt Books) and most recently Jainism and Ethical Finance, with Atul K. Shah (published by Routledge). His fifth book, Jainism and Environmental Philosophy: Karma and the Web of Life, will be published by Routledge in 2018. Aidan is also the author of Shinto: A Celebration of Life (John Hunt Books) after studying the indigenous religion of Japan with Paul de Leeuw of the Japanese Dutch Shinzen Foundation. He is a member of the Theosophical Society in England and has served on the National Council. Aidan lives with his partner Brian in south-west London.

Sunday 11th March 2018 - 2:30 pm
Teresa Keast

[Teresa Keast] By standing in the light of our soul there is much we can do to maintain our equanimity and make a difference in challenging times.

Teresa Keast is a National Speaker for the Theosophical Society in England and the previous Secretary and Treasurer of Chester Theosophical Society.  She is a single mum of four and works as a Yoga and Meditation teacher and Therapist as well as writing and talking on various aspects of spirituality. Teresa brings to all her work a very keen focus on the understanding and practical application of theosophical concepts in our everyday life and how this enables us to make a difference.

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