2024 School of Theosophy Theme: The Secret Doctrine
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The Three Evolutions,
Physical, Mental and Spiritual:
Studies in the volumes of The Secret Doctrine
Guest presenters: Simon O’Rourke and Dr. Wendy Dixon
18–24 April inclusive for MEMBERS ONLY at Springbrook Retreat Centre QLD
H. P. Blavatsky’s marvellous work, The Secret Doctrine, will be the subject of the school. We will be looking into each volume, dividing our studies each day between: the mental—comprehension of the incomprehensible immutable principle; the physical—an understanding of the septenary root-cycles in human development; and the spiritual—discussions based on the wisdom teachings of The Secret Doctrine concerning spiritual unfoldment.
"Logos is Spirit; or, as Occultism explains, it is a compound unity of manifested living Spirits, the parent-source and nursery of all the mundane and terrestrial monads, plus their divine reflection, which emanate from, and return into, the Logos, each in the culmination of its time. There are seven chief groups of such Dhyan Chohans, which groups will be found and recognised in every religion, for they are the primeval SEVEN Rays. Humanity, occultism teaches us, is divided into seven distinct groups and their sub-divisions, mental, spiritual, and physical.” SD1 (573)
Some may think The Secret Doctrine is only a synthesis of the knowledge known to humanity, but it has an inspiration that is much greater than this. We will explore the stanzas and the concepts of Monads, Rays and Emanations.
Afternoon Sessions: Unlike previous Schools, the afternoon classes will be spent on interactive discussions and further examination of the concepts introduced in the morning sessions.
Cost: $750 per person - this includes accommodation, meals, tuition and transit to and from the Gold Coast Airport or Robina Station.
Priority will be given to TS members who have not attended previous Schools.
About the Presenters
Simon O’Rourke, National Education Co-ordinator, has been a member of the Theosophical Society for more than 30 years with a strong interest in Theosophy and the Secret Doctrine teachings. He is currently the National Education Co-ordinator for the Theosophical Society in Australia, previously a National Lecturer for 10 years, and is a former President and Treasurer of the Blavatsky Lodge in Sydney. At that Lodge he worked also two years as a full time staff member organising programs and managing the premises in the position of Lodge Manager. He was a member of the lodge’s Young Theosophists group and co-produced a magazine for its members. Many of those early members are still members of the TS.
Simon has given many talks and study courses, particularly courses covering The Secret Doctrine, The Mahatma Letters, The Bhagavad Gita, Karma and the Ancient Wisdom in Mythology. He previously worked in IT for many years, administering server and email environments. For several years he recently promoted Theosophy on his weekly program PhilosophyTheosophy, broadcast on a Sydney community radio station, and is now preparing podcasts for the National Society. In addition, he facilitates a regular study course on The Voice of The Silence at Blavatsky Lodge and monthly Zoom meetings, for the National Society, exploring The Seven Principles of the Human Being (based on Annie Besant's book, and the Secret Doctrine.
Dr Wendy Dixon has been a member of The Theosophical Society for close to 60 years, joining while a teenager in New Zealand, and is a former President of Blavatsky Lodge. She has long been fascinated by the writings of the Masters, of Blavatsky, Besant, Leadbeater, and Taimni; and was a student of Geoffrey Hodson during the latter part of his life.