Awakening Spiritual Consciousness through the Heart Center

with Juliana Cesano
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. CST [UTC-06]
February 12 – March 4 (4 classes)

Juliana CesanoAt the core of mystical traditions lies the burning flame of the heart – the doorway to direct union with the Divine. Like the mystics, occultist and Theosophical Society founder H. P. Blavatsky regarded the heart center as the seat of spiritual consciousness and provided guidance for us to follow. In this four-class series, we will explore the meaning and nature of the heart from an esoteric and mystical perspective, the foundations of a heart-centered meditation practice, and the essential requisites to tread this path as taught by those who walk ahead of us. Each session will provide a 20-minute guided meditation and elements to transform our seemingly mundane life into a constant communion with Oneness.

Juliana Cesano is a second-generation Theosophist and has been actively involved with the Society’s work for over 20 years. She spent two years volunteering at the international headquarters in Chennai, India, before becoming a staff member at the Theosophical Society in America. She is a certified yoga teacher, 200 CYT, and is currently the manager of the Quest Book Shop.

Registration includes access to recordings of all the classes.

TS Members: $50 • Nonmembers: $60

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The Secret of Evolution: A Theosophical Approach

with Pedro Oliveira
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. CST [UTC-06]
March 2 – March 23 (4 classes)

Science tells us that life forms evolve by adapting to the surrounding environment, placing paramount importance on survival. The Theosophical view, while not denying science’s assertions, suggests that evolution is much more than that; it is actually a vast process of the unfoldment of consciousness. This class will explore the purpose and the means of such an unfoldment, and how its secret can be found in the very midst of our daily life.

Pedro_OliveiraPedro Oliveira holds a degree in philosophy from the Federal University in Brazil. He joined the Theosophical Society in 1978 and is currently the education coordinator for the Australian section of the Society. Pedro lectures throughout the world, and his articles have appeared in a number of Theosophical journals. A former TS international secretary, he also served as head of the editorial office at the international headquarters in Adyar, and as president of the Indo-Pacific Federation of the TS. He is the author of the book N. Sri Ram: A Life of Beneficence and Wisdom

Registration includes access to recordings of all the classes.

$40 suggested donation (minimum fee $5)

If you are unable to pay the minimum fee due to hardship, please email webinars@theosophical.org for assistance.

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Who Am I? Ramana Maharshi’s 30 Verses on the Nature of Self-Knowledge

with Janani Cleary

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. CST [UTC-06]

October 21 - November 25 (6 classes)

Ramana MaharshiUpadesa Saram (Essence of the Teaching) is a set of 30 verses composed by the Indian sage Ramana Maharshi in the 1920s at the request of Muruganar, a renowned Tamil poet, to address and fully answer the question: Who Am I?

Upadesa Saram provides a format that first supports, and then shifts, the seeker from a dualistic orientation to the refreshing discovery of how and why a dualistic mindset will, in fact, naturally (and painlessly) resolve into a non-dualistic vision if the right words are unfolded to the seeker.

It leaves the seeker with a steady, abiding sense of well-being that is not affected by the highs and lows of life, while also teaching how to break the endless cycle of becoming.

Topics include: Setting the stage with spiritual practice; self-inquiry and the nature of self-knowledge; the Higher Power and its relationship to me; the ultimate devotion; and meditation and contemplation. Please click on “Read more” for further explanation of topics.

Janani Cleary began her pursuit in Vedanta as a yoga teacher in New York City. She then completed an intensive course in India to obtain her teaching certification and has shared knowledge and insights with students for several decades. She has been engaged with various Vedic cultural centers and other venues across the country, including participation in a White House conference. She also served as an advisor to the movie Gurukulam (2016), a documentary on what it is like to be a student in an ashram. Learn more at her website: www.optimummeditation.org.

Registration includes access to recordings of all the classes.

TS Members: $60 • Nonmembers: $70

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Developing Intuition: Understanding the Akashic Records

with Gwynne Mayer
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. CST [UTC-06] 
Nov. 13 - Dec 11 (4 classes)
​  No class November 27

Gwynne MayerSpiritual growth and the development of intuition go hand in hand. To interpret properly what we pick up intuitively, we must engage in practical spiritual work that helps us translate symbols, sounds, and connections to our higher Self. The use of natal astrological charts, tarot cards, and our own personal intuitive methods will be encouraged during this course to understand the Akasha, also sometimes referred to as the Akashic Records. How we use this information and apply it to practical exercises and interactions will be discussed thoroughly. All sessions will be recorded and confidentially shared only with the online group.

It is not necessary to be proficient in any intuitive techniques to join this class. Personal charts will be available to students as needed to foster intuition. 

Gwynne Mayer, Ph.D., has over 40 years of post-graduate work in the areas of Jungian analysis, Gestalt therapy, child psychology, and educational systems. She has studied the works of Carl Jung, Helena Blavatsky, Master DK, and the authors of esoteric astrology.  She has spent many years traveling and lecturing internationally. Gwynne is retired and does private consultations.

Registration closed. Please email webinars@theosophical.org if you would like to be placed on our wait list. 

 


Fourth Way Online Work Group

Facilitators:  Gwynne Mayer, Sy Ginsburg, and Jeff Tripodi

Every Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. CST [UTC-06]   
The practical teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) require ongoing self-observation over many years. The purpose of such self-observation is gradual freedom from our identification with fears and desires in their many forms. This approach to self-development, known as the Fourth Way, harmonizes traditional schools based on the body, the mind, and the emotions. We come to realize that we are not the body-brain-ego organism we have been conditioned to believe is our true identity. Rather, we are spiritual beings having an earthly experience.

Fourth Way students typically organize themselves into groups that meet regularly to share their self-observations and to support efforts to remember themselves in their daily practice. This ongoing effort is known as the “Work.” In this weekly online group, we read and discuss selections from the works of Sy Ginsburg and Maurice Nicoll, both authors and practitioners of Fourth Way concepts. Our primary focus is practical rather than intellectual, and facilitators design exercises based on the source material. In addition, we connect our work to Theosophical principles.

Group members are committed to attend most meetings, work on weekly exercises, and share their experiences with the group. Group size is limited to 15 to facilitate discussion, and a wait list is available when we reach capacity. If you would like to see if the group is right for you before registering, email webinars@theosophical.org to ask about sitting in.

Registration includes access to recordings of the meetings.

$45 suggested donation (minimum fee $5)

If you are unable to pay the minimum fee due to hardship, please email webinars@theosophical.org for assistance. 

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