The Theosophical Society in America

Thursday Lecture Series

National Center Lecture Series

The Theosophical Society in America National Headquarters Join us on Thursday evenings for informative and diverse presentations on a wide range of topics. All programs are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. at our National Center: 
1926 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL

Admission is $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members (unless otherwise noted). Programs are wheelchair accessible.


Pharaoh Akhenaten and the Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt

Thursday, January 19, 7:00 p.m.

James PhillipsOver 3,500 years ago, Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten had a dream for a world where all peoples lived in peace, were equal under the law, and freely offered services to each other. Believing passionately in the myth of Zep Tepi, a time when enlightened semi-divine beings shared wisdom with early Egyptians and taught that all things are One, he reintroduced this spiritual philosophy for the betterment of his people. Learn more about these ancient teachings and find out whether Akhenaten was able to achieve his goal.

James Phillips has dedicated his career to making the wisdom of ancient Egypt relevant for today’s audiences. A graduate of the Monroe Institute in Virginia, Jim is the creator of the best-selling imaginization series of creative visualizations to support listeners in deep relaxation, rejuvenating sleep cycles and other extraordinary states of awareness. Visit

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Join Jim for the Mysteries of the Great Pyramid Revealed workshop on January 21.

Does a Fish See Water? An Introduction to the Holographic Mind

Thursday, January 26, 7:00 p.m.

Sense-MuiA fish lives in water and perceives it as nothing unusual, because it is unusual for the fish to be out of water. Humankind is similar. We live in a hologram – meaning each part contains within it the information for the whole – but how can we really know unless we step out of it? This is the nature of the holographic mind and the universe it creates. The idea of the holographic mind was described in detail over 2,500 years ago in Buddhist and Vedic literature. Sensei Mui will compare this wisdom of the past with recent scientific discoveries.

Venerable Acharya Shaku Mui Shin Shi (Sensei Mui) was ordained in 1971. He is currently a teacher with Hongaku Jodo, an organization of Buddhist teachers and clergy in the Western tradition. Sensei Mui’s style is to clearly present the teachings found in the early Buddhist scriptures as well as the writings of the Mahayana traditions making even the deepest concepts accessible to people in the 21st century.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Join Sensei Mui on Saturday, January 28 for his workshop The Holographic Mind: An Ancient Path for Modern Life.

The Dissolving Methods of Lao Tzu's Water Meditation Tradition

Thursday, February 2, 7:00 p.m.

Don MyersThe Tao Te Ching says, “Nothing in this world is as soft and yielding as water. Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it.” Dissolving practices embody this spiritual principle. In Outer Dissolving, the mind's intent is used to release tension and pain from your physical and etheric (qi) bodies. Deeper Inner Dissolving can free blockages in the higher energy bodies (emotional, mental, psychic, karmic), and results in what the Taoists call “Relaxing Into Your ‘Being’” – the heart-mind (hsin), or, soul.

Don Myers has over 30 years of experience as a student of Taoism and practitioner of tai chi, qigong and neigong, and has taught for 25 years. Holding seven Instructor Certifications from Taoist Lineage Master Bruce Frantzis, Don is also a Certified Advanced Instructor and professional member of the National Qigong Association. He owns Silver Ox Tai Chi in Geneva, Ill. (

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Join Don’s class on Monday evenings  and don’t miss his Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body Qigong workshop on February 4.

Mysteries of the Celtic Goddesses

Thursday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.

Hazel Archer GinsburgCeltic mythology was passed on orally by Druid priests, and worship of Celtic Goddesses was discouraged by the Romans and Christians. However, many Celtic figures were integrated into the new culture, and the resurgence of Druid and Pagan movements has sparked interest in Celtic goddesses. Learn how goddesses like the trifold goddess Brigid, with her powers of Fire of Inspiration, Hearth, and Forge, is celebrated today.

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg is a spiritual midwife and trans-denominational minister working in an eclectic style that inspires connections, initiating us into the magic waiting to be revealed in the cycle of the seasons. She is also the festivals coordinator of the Rudolf Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society, a lecturer, promoter, blogger, poet and performance artist. Learn more at

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Live Webcast

The Spiritual Poetry of Rumi: The Language of Love

Thursday, February 16, 7:00 p.m.

Azam NizamuddinJelaluddin Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet, was one of the most profound poets in history. He is one of the most widely read poets in the U.S. and is considered by many to be the greatest mystical poet of all time. His words seem to touch the indescribable and ineffable nature of the divine, and show that beauty is an essential component of religion and faith. Azam will share a selection of Rumi’s poems to explore how themes of love, tolerance and compassion stem from his attempts to incorporate his faith into his own life and teachings.

Azam Nizamuddin is adjunct professor in the Department of Theology at Loyola University in Chicago where he teaches courses on Islamic thought and history. He lectures extensively on the theology and law of Islam, and on Islamic civilization. Also a lawyer, Mr. Nizamuddin serves as president of the Muslim Bar Association of Illinois and has been interviewed by NPR, The Wall Street Journal and WTTW-Chicago.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Revealing Reality through Mindful Inquiry

Thursday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.

SantikarroMeditation and spiritual practice cultivate skillful attentiveness within all aspects of life, along with a deepening inquiry into what is actually going on. Many of our views are based on beliefs arising from habit and muddled motivation, so we must ask ourselves whether each of our beliefs is valid. Buddhist teachings advise ongoing reflection to achieve this purpose. Explore the crucial role of inquiry within the spiritual path as we learn to pay more attention, focus on what's important, and look even more deeply within.

Santikaro is the founder of Liberation Park, a Buddhist retreat center in Wisconsin. There, he teaches Buddhism and meditation with an emphasis on the early Pali sources. He was a Buddhist monk for 19 years and a disciple of the renowned Thai meditation master Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Join Santikaro for The Meditative Mind: A Centering Meditation Retreat February 24 – 26.

Theosophy: A Spiritual Legacy for Humanity

Thursday, March 2, 7:00 p.m.

Tim BoydIn Theosophical circles, we often tend to look to our past for guidance and inspiration. However, the essence of Theosophy is its relevance to life as it is being lived in the present. While we can learn from the past, it is the quality of our present actions that help shape the world we live in. To live a spiritual life is to make a positive and uplifting contribution to the well-being of humanity regardless of our particular role or position in the world. This is the timeless legacy of Theosophy.

Tim Boyd, president of the Theosophical Society in America, is also the international president of the Theosophical Society. A long-time student of the Ancient Wisdom, Tim lectures internationally, conducting workshops on Theosophy and spirituality.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

The Chakras: A Magical Mystery Tour

Thursday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.

Kurt LelandMany who encounter the chakra system become perplexed by the varying opinions about the number of chakras, their locations, attributes and functions. Consciousness researcher and clairvoyant Kurt Leland takes us from the 1880s, when the chakras were first described in English by the Theosophical Society, to the 1980s, when the present new-age system of colors and qualities came together—the result of an unintentional collaboration between Eastern gurus and Western scholars and psychologists, including Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell.

Kurt Leland is the author of Rainbow Body: A History of the Western Chakra System from Blavatsky to Brennan (Ibis Press, 2016). He has also annotated and provided an afterword for a new edition of C. W. Leadbeater’s classic work The Chakras. He teaches classes on how to perceive and work with the chakras to benefit our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual growth.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

A book signing will follow the program.

Join Kurt for his Chakra Clairvoyance workshop on March 11.

A Visual Journey through Tibet’s Mystical Lineage

Thursday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.

Glenn MullinEnjoy a visual exploration of the Tibetan mystical lineage, a tradition that profoundly inspired Theosophical Society founder H. P. Blavatsky. Mme. Blavatsky purportedly visited Tibet, had mystical connections with the Dalai and Panchen Lamas, and received secret initiations. Join Tibetologist Glenn Mullin and learn more about Mme. Blavatsky’s connection to Tibet and experience the art, architecture and atmosphere of Tibet as she did.

Lama Glenn Mullin trained in Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas for 15 years, and has published some 30 books on Tibetan Buddhism. He has taught Buddhist meditation for the past 30 years, often touring for six months of the year through North America, Asia, and Europe. He also leads pilgrimages through the sacred sites of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan each year.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Join Lama Glenn for The Milarepa Lineage of Easy Enlightenment through the Five Pronged Mahamudra Training, a weekend retreat March 17 – 19.

Demystifying Clairvoyance

Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.

Robin-FinsethClairvoyance is often considered a level of spiritual awareness. In reality, however, sensory perception is connected directly to self-awareness. That is, clairvoyance is more about being aware of one's self in the world, rather than being aware of outside spiritual activity. Born with the gift of clairvoyant sight, Robin will discuss practical steps to achieving a better understanding of our fellow man and what it means to be living in this world we call home, which often leads to a happier existence.

Robyn Lawrence Finseth, M.S., D.C., is a life-long Theosophist, having been born into a Theosophical family. She is also a practicing chiropractic physician in Oregon. Robyn has lectured and taught at Camp Indralaya and will be a featured speaker at the Society’s 2017 Summer National Convention held in Wheaton, Ill. Her life’s focus has always been connected to healing.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Join Robyn for A Practical Guide for Self-Healing, a workshop on March 25.

Reincarnation: A Component of Spiritual Evolution

Thursday, March 30, 7:00 p.m.

Learn about the history of our spiritual evolution and the importance of reincarnation in our current spiritual task of reuniting with God, not through spiritual methods of the past, but by consciously strengthening the Divine within ourselves. Lynn will also explain how our relationship to the dead has spiritually evolved, and how our deceased loved ones spiritually influence our current incarnation and spiritual task.

Lynn Stull has been a student of Anthroposophy for over 20 years and is a professional eurythmist, artist, and author of Wonders at the Veil: Creating a Living Relationship with Your Loved One Who has Died (March 2016). For information about the products and services Lynn offers, please visit

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Join Lynn for her workshop Reincarnation: A Component of Spiritual Evolution on April 1.

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