The Theosophical Society in America

Thursday Lecture Series

The Law of Karma Simplified

Thursday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.

Barbara HebertAs you sow, so shall you reap! The Laws of Karma may sound simple, but they’re actually very complex and can be difficult to understand. Without having a deep appreciation for the principles of karma, much of what happens in our lives may seem confusing and at times unfair. An inquiry into our understanding of the Law of Karma may shed some light on the inequities inherent in our world.

Barbara B. Hebert, PhD, currently serves as president of the Theosophical Society in America. A third-generation Theosophist, Barbara has been involved in local, regional, and national offices throughout her years of membership. In addition to her years of service with the Theosophical Society, she has been a mental health practitioner and educator for many years.

$10 nonmembers, $5 members

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The Mystery and Power of the Heart Center

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

Among the many valuable esoteric teachings offered to humanity by occultist and philosopher H. P. Blavatsky was one that spoke of the heart as the seat of spiritual consciousness. Mystics from traditions around the world, both past and present, regarded this center, and the practices associated with it, as a major key to true spiritual unfoldment. During this talk we will reflect on their shared wisdom and direct experience of this reality.

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.

$10 nonmembers, $5 members

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The Medicine Wheel: Finding Peace and Balance

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

CJWrightThe Medicine Wheel has been used for centuries by indigenous peoples for health and healing. Movement in the Medicine Wheel and in Native American indigenous ceremonies is circular, typically moving in a clockwise, or “sun-wise” direction. This helps to align with the rising and setting of the Sun. Discover how the cyclical and spherical dimensions of the Medicine Wheel provide guidance and hope, and learn how to create and apply the Medicine Wheel to your own life. You will also learn about some of the Medicine Wheel’s history and how it is used across various tribes and indigenous communities.

Rev. Cynthia Jo (C.J.) Wright is the director of the Rainbow Spiritual Education Center, a member organization of the Kentucky Indigenous Peoples organization. She has Cherokee roots and has explored the Cherokee traditions and indigenous ways by being mentored by tribal leaders and educators from the Cherokee, Creek, Lakota, Dakota Sioux, and other tribes over the past 18 years. She also serves as Chaplain for the Anchorage Middletown Fire EMS and and is an international certified trainer in critical incident stress management, a certified Trauma Services Provider, and certified Trauma Responder.

$10 nonmembers, $5 members

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Treating Pain through the Mind-Body-Heart Connection

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

PeterHarvey.While pain of any kind can be debilitating and life altering if left untreated, it can also be used to indicate root health problems. Treating these root issues can lead to deep healing beyond simply erasing the immediate pain. Acupuncturist Peter Harvey will offer practical insight as to how pain is viewed and treated using traditional Chinese medical techniques and will discuss some of the modern-day parallels in treatments available without the use of drugs or surgery. Through Chinese medicine teachings, Peter will demonstrate how the mind, body, and spirit are one and how disturbances in shen, the spirit of the heart, can affect your health. By learning to treat the root cause of your pain rather than the pain itself, you can experience deep healing of the body, mind, and spirit.

Peter Harvey LAc, MSOM, FABORM, MBA, is the owner of Eastern Healing Inc., an acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine clinic specializing in the treatment of pain, fertility, and women’s health. Peter has extensive experience in treating pain of all types. He began apprenticing in the Midwest and later spent time in Tian Jin, China at a teaching hospital. Peter went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine and is a Fellow with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Peter himself has suffered from chronic pain since he was 16 and is currently pain free!

$10 nonmembers, $5 members

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The Search for Planet Nine in Our Solar System

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

WilliamWesterThere is scientific evidence that a new planet – one that may be over 10 times more massive than the earth! – might exist in our solar system. Fermilab scientist Dr. William Wester will share this evidence and describe several efforts underway to try to detect and capture images of this new celestial body. He will also discuss why Pluto is no longer considered a planet, what we know about the outer reaches of our solar system, and what other planets and stars can tell us about our own space environment. These topics will be discussed within the context of the scientific method and the latest available scientific hardware.

William Wester, PhD, is a senior scientist at the Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory, where he has conducted research on particle collisions and searched for possible new particles that make up the dark matter of the universe. He is also a member of the Dark Energy Survey Collaboration, where he studies the particle nature of the cosmos and the expanding universe using a special telescope and scientific camera in Chile.

$10 nonmembers, $5 members

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Choosing Joyful Living

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

LeslieSann.jpgJoy is a sign of optimal health and wellbeing. Joyful people think differently. They are more inventive, resilient, patient, generous, optimistic, and kind. They focus more on what IS working rather than what is not, fostering gratitude and even more joy. In joy there is ease. In ease there is power. Where there is power, there is an ability to make a positive difference in your life. Learn how to shift the way you relate to your life so you can find joy in life regardless of circumstance.

Leslie Sann, MA, LCPC, is the author of the award-winning book, Life Happens: What Are YOU Going to Do About It? She is the founder of the Living by Design School. For over 30 years Leslie has been helping people create a joyful life personally, professionally, and in their relationships, guiding them to live by design rather than by default while learning to live in joy regardless of circumstances. Visit for more.

$10 nonmembers, $5 members

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Energy, Color, Sound, and Vibration: A Healing Tool Box

Thursday, June 6, 7:00 p.m.

BrentBaumWhen we address and heal the origins of our pain – most often rooted in past memories and stressful/traumatic imprints, we discover remarkable resources for healing. In working with over 30,000 trauma survivors, Brent Baum has valuable insights into how we can learn to focus, maintain safety, release the “stuck moments” and feelings of the past, and return to living optimally in the present moment. Through discourses in energy and somatic and color psychology, we have learned to target and address the specific moments where consciousness is frozen and speak the language of love and safety necessary to release us from the binds of these pain states. Learn how the emotional reframing of our past experiences stops our fight-flight-freeze stress response and gives us the best chance of strengthening our immune systems and healing memory-based pain.

Brent Baum, STB, SSL, CADC, CCH, is an internationally recognized author, instructor, trauma resolution specialist, and psychotherapist. The developer of Holographic Memory Resolution (HMR), he has been involved in crisis intervention since the 1990s. He is cofounder of the nonprofit charity Michael’s Gift (, and author of The Healing Dimensions, Living as Light, and Surviving Trauma School Earth.

$10 nonmembers, $5 members

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Hope in Action: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 p.m.

We are living in challenging and unprecedented times. How do we navigate all this without burning out, numbing out, or losing heart? The practice of Active Hope, based on an innovative process developed by internationally acclaimed author and activist Joanna Macy, inspires us to strengthen our resiliency and creative power. Learn how shifts in consciousness, innovations, and direct actions act as pathways for Active Hope, and how they can help us usher in a world that brings out the best in all of us.

Kathleen Rude holds a BS in Wildlife Ecology and an MS in Natural Resources. She began her career as an environmental writer. Her studies of indigenous spiritual practice led her to become a shamanic practitioner and ceremonial leader. She has been mentored by Joanna Macy and is a senior facilitator of The Work That Reconnects. In addition to her Active Hope workshops, she also runs workshops on environmental awareness and Earth-based spirituality. Kathleen is the author of The Redemption of Red Fire Woman.

A book signing will follow the program.

$10 nonmembers, $5 members

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