Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2-4 pm – Special TS Speaker for: Our Thoughts Are Real Things

Guest speaker, Brant Jackson, will talk on OUR THOUGHTS ARE REAL THINGS: How Our Thoughts Actually Work in the World.  A lot of people talk about the power of thought, but very few actually know the esoteric principles that make our thoughts real influences in our lives and the lives of others. Come and find out why it is vital to understand this powerful force.

Doors open at 1:30 pm so that the lecture can start at 2 pm promptly. Free and open to the public. There will be light refreshments after the talk and Q&A.

Mr Jackson has been a National Lecturer for the Theosophical Society in America since 1999. He has a wide range of interests and his lectures have evolved to reflect this as well. In particular, he has maintained a strong interest in early Christian history, and the Mysteries, using scholarly sources to show the connection between Theosophy and primitive Christianity. Brant also lectures on the connections between Theosophy and modern science, and some of his talks highlight the parallels between recent developments in science, astronomy, and quantum physics, The Secret Doctrine’s teaching of a conscious universe, and the Hierarchy of the Masters and Devas which oversee it. He is a practicing litigation attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2-4 pm – “Cracking the Gnostic Code”, DVD and discussion

This is an  interesting, well-illustrated introduction to Gnosticism, especially the form that developed in the first to third centuries AD, but that still influences thoughts up through today. The talk is by John Algeo, a noted National Theosophical Society lecturer.  He explains Gnostic symbols and myths,  and compares Gnosticism to Hinduism, Christianity and Theosophy.  He defines sigepleromahysterema and other Gnostic concepts.  Echoes from the Gnosis by G. R. S. Mead  is the basis for this talk. Where else would you hear Mary Poppins, Joseph Campbell and Madame Blavatsky mentioned in the same lecture?

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2-4 pm – Book Discussion and Library Afternoon …Ann Ford moderating

The regular program for the 1st Sunday of the month at the Lodge returns in October. Join us for wide-ranging open discussions on books and articles enjoyed by those who attend. Every time there is a different mix of topics, ranging from psychology, religion, philosophy, science, the arts, to biographies, myths, and the early beginnings of mankind. Come to give a short summary of a favorite book of yours, or just to listen and contribute to the discussion. The TS Library, with its large selection of esoteric books, is also available for browsing. All programs are free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 24, 2014, 2-4 pm – The Key to Theosophy [by Helena P. Blavatsky]…Leonard Jackson II

Len, Lodge President, will present a program on this crucial book, from one of the co-founders of the Theosophical Society. Written in 1889, The Key to Theosophy presents in the form of questions and answers a succinct outline of the basic teachings of Theosophy on the human constitution, spiritual and psychological; the nature of reincarnation and the operation of karma; the after-death states of the human principles, as well as Theosophical views concerning free will, education, marriage, prayer, Masters of Wisdom, the nature of the Theosophical Society and the application of Theosophy to one’s life.

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2-4 pm: Eastern and Western Views on Depression with Ann Ford

A talk and discussion that compares different approaches to this serious psychological condition, approaches based on different views of human nature, of the mind-body-spirit complex. This talk is an outgrowth of the DVD series This Emotional Life, which for the most part highlighted research and treatments based on the Western view.

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2-4 pm: This Emotional Life – Finding Happiness …. Ann Ford

Last part of our viewing and discussing this PBS series, subtitled “In Search of Ourselves … and Happiness”, host – Dr Daniel Gilbert, a Harvard psychologistThe topics in this part include: fellowship, forgiveness, “positive psychology”, meditation, and can we transfer happiness?  Gilbert explains various theories using interviews with scientists studying our brain and social interactions, as well as interviews with individuals who share their feelings and personal experiences.  Will include updates to the topics.

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2-4 pm – Latent Powers II: Explore these powers for yourself in our workshop…Mary Brandes

Mary Brandes will include ideas and experiments from, among other sources, a recent book by physicist Russell Targ, The Reality of ESP. One of the three objects of the Theosophical Society is “to investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.” It is not necessary to have attended Mary’s previous programs.

Schedule Change for July and August, 2014 – Programs only on 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2-4 pm

The full July-August schedule will be available on this website before July 13th, the second Sunday. The program that day will another in the series, This Emotional Life – Seeking Happiness. We will have an open discussion after viewing the DVD that interweaves personal accounts with psychological research.  Ann Ford brings updates to the research.

Sunday, June 22, 2014, 2-4 pm – Exploring Latent Powers- Theory and Practice: Telepathy, Remote Viewing

Mary Brandes will include ideas and experiments from, among other sources, a recent book by physicist Russell Targ, The Reality of ESP. One of the three objects of the Theosophical Society is “to investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.” It is not necessary to have attended Mary’s talk on March 30th.

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2-4 pm – This Emotional Life, Part IV: Depression

Ann Ford presents and updates the DVD series, This Emotional Life: In Search of Ourselves… and Happiness. Lively discussions follow, where those attending add their own opinions and personal experiences. Each program in this series will include a recap of previous material covered.The series explains why our social relationships are so critical to our well-being, and how we can best maintain and nurture them. We will also look at what Theosophy says about our emotional nature. This 2010 PBS series, hosted by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, includes both scientific research and the experiences of real people.

Sunday, May 25th, 2014, 2-4 pm – Cultural Literacy for Religion: Introduction…Leonard Jackson

This is the first session in a course from The Teaching Company. The course is designed to teach you the basics of world religions – their origins, historical figures, rituals, scriptures, holidays, and key teachings – the things we need to know in order to consider ourselves religiously literate. The course consists of 24 lectures. The first two will lay the foundation for this in-depth look into religion.

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 2-4 pm – Book and Library Afternoon with Ann Ford

** Note new starting time ** For this month only, the regular program for the first Sunday of each month, has been moved to May 18th. Join us for wide-ranging open discussions on the world, religions, science, the arts and human nature, based on books and articles enjoyed by those who attend. The TS Library, with its large selection of esoteric books, will be available for browsing. All programs are free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 11, 2014, ** 2-4 pm **- This Emotional Life, Part III…..with Ann Ford

Part III gives insights into anger, fear, panic attacks and PTSD. Ann presents and updates the DVD series, This Emotional Life: In Search of Ourselves… and Happiness. There is lively discussion afterwards, where those attending can add their opinions and personal experiences. Each program in this series will include a recap of previous material covered.The series explains why our social relationships are so critical to our well-being, and how we can best maintain and nurture them. We will also look at what Theosophy says about our emotional nature. This 2010 PBS series, hosted by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, includes both scientific research and the experiences of real people.

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2-4 pm – Communicating with Animals … by Terri Diener

Have you ever wondered what your animals are thinking? Do you ever wish you could get inside their heads to really know what that “look” means?  Well, you can. They have strong opinions about themselves, their lives, and us.  They will happily tell us – if we’ll only ask.
Terri Diener has been practicing animal communication since the mid-90s, and has helped countless animals and their human companions to better understand each other. In this presentation you’ll learn the basics of animal communication – and even have a chance to briefly practice connecting telepathically with your own animals.
Terri is the author of The Pets Speak. Copies of her book will be available at the talk. Terri’s website is http://www.petspeak.com/  Petspeak

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:45 – 5 pm: Cosmic Consciousness, the Bovis Scale, and the Rose … Dr Frankie Hutton

Red-roseThis is the 2014 Rose Project Lecture, given annually by Dr Frankie Hutton, author of Rose Lore: Essays in Cultural History and Semiotics. Baltimore musicians Ryan Dunne and Catherine Yard will also play traditional Irish “rose” music. Please arrive promptly at 2:45 pm; the lecture starts at 3 pm. RSVP to 410-327-2266 and leave a voice message with your name and contact number.

Sunday, April 20, 2014, 3-5 pm – TS at the Movies: Men of Honor with David Keltz

This 2000 movie, based on a true story, “ultimately revolves around two ‘men of honor'; their relationship, their individual and joint failures and triumphs. Carl Brashear is determined to be the first African American Navy diver in a time where racism is rife. Leslie Sunday is his embittered trainer, determined to see him fail. Fate, challenges and circumstances eventually draw these two men together in a tale of turbulence and ultimately triumph.” (quoted from http://www.imdb.com) Carl is played by Cuba Gooding Jr.;  Sunday by Robert De Niro.

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 3-4:30 pm – The Emotional Life, Part II with Ann Ford

Ann presents and updates the DVD series, This Emotional Life: In Search of Ourselves… and Happiness. There is lively discussion afterwards, where those attending can add their opinions and personal experiences. Part II covers conflict in our lives – between friends, classmates, co-workers, lovers and married couples. Each program in this series will include a recap of previous material covered.The series explains why our social relationships are so critical to our well-being, and how we can best maintain and nurture them. We will also look at what Theosophy say about our nature and happiness. This 2010 PBS series, hosted by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, includes both scientific research and the experiences of real people.

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 3-5 pm: The Reality of ESP, a new book by Russell Targ …Mary Brandes

Mary will review the book, and after a group discussion, will lead those present in experiments for novices that Targ suggests in his book. The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities  is based on two decades of investigations by renowned physicist Russell Targ at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) which he co-founded with Harold Puthoff in 1972. He describes government research projects in psi phenomena that he was involved in, and gives many first-person descriptions. There are four types of experiments: remote viewing, distant mental influence, whole field isolation, and precognition and retrocausality.  A reviewer has said that in The Reality of ESP, Targ “has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that the mind can function without limitation in space and time, and that this ability is widespread, teachable, and practical.” (Larry Dossey, quoted at Quest Books website)

Sunday, March 23, 2014, ** 2:30-3:45 pm: The Hebrew Alphabet and Its Meaning with Mark Hart

Mr Hart will explain the Hebrew alphabet – 22 letters, all consonants, giving the pronunciation of each letter and the numerical value in the Jewish system called gematria. He will also cover the cursive versions of the letters, final forms, vowel points, and the use of the Hebrew alphabet in Yiddish. ** Please note the temporary change to the starting time. **

Sunday, March 9, 2014, 3-4:30 pm – This Emotional Life, Part 1 with Ann Ford

Ann presents and updates the DVD series, This Emotional Life: In Search of Ourselves… and Happiness. Parts 1 and 2 explain why our social relationships are so critical to our well-being, and how we can best maintain and nurture them. We will also look at what Theosophy say about our nature and happiness. This 2010 PBS series, hosted by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, includes both scientific research and the experiences of real people. Each program in this series will include a recap of previous material covered.

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 3-4:30 pm – Book and Library Sunday with Ann Ford

** Note new starting time ** This is the regular program on the first Sunday of each month. Join us for wide-ranging discussions on the world, religions, science, the arts and human nature, based on books and  articles enjoyed by those who attend.  The TS Library, with its large selection of esoteric books, will be available for browsing. All programs are free and open to the public.

Sunday, February 2, 2014, 2-4 pm – Book/Library Discussion Afternoon with Ann Ford

The regular 1st Sunday of the month program, Book/Library Discussion Afternoon is an opportunity to share concepts about human nature, religion, science, etc. from books, articles, movies and other sources that you have read. The discussions are far-ranging. They vary with who comes to the Lodge on a given afternoon – what knowledge and experiences they bring with them. All opinions are respected. Resources in the library are used to supplement the discussions. The library is also open for browsing.

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 2-4 pm – Donning the Tefillin: A Jewish Ritual with Mark Hart

Mark will explain the meaning of this ritual and its Scriptural source. Tefillin (also known as phylacteries) are worn by men in traditional synagogues for the morning worship except on Shabbat and Jewish holy days. The tefillin are leather straps holding small leather boxes in which are slips of parchment with passages from the Torah written on them. One box is worn on an arm, and the other on the forehead. (see online reference: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/practices/Ritual/Prayer/Ritual_Garb/Tefillin_Phylacteries_.shtml?p=1) Rescheduled from December 8th, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2-4 pm – Donning the Tefillin: A Jewish Ritual with Mark Hart

Mark will explain the meaning of this ritual and its Scriptural source. Tefillin (also known as phylacteries) are worn by men in traditional synagogues for the morning worship except on Shabbat and Jewish holy days. The tefillin are leather straps holding small leather boxes in which are slips of parchment with passages from the Torah written on them. One box is worn on an arm, and the other on the forehead. (see online reference: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/practices/Ritual/Prayer/Ritual_Garb/Tefillin_Phylacteries_.shtml?p=1)

Sunday, November 24, 2013, 2-4 PM – Getting Your Soul Right by Bill Jump, MS; author of Beyond the Violation of the Self

Jump-Violation Book CoverBill Jump, author and speaker, will explain the concepts in his next book.  His collaboration with Cheryl Garrett, her Spiritual Guide and the guides of hundreds of other clients during trance work, has given Bill a perspective that combines psychological healing and spiritual growth, with knowledge and wisdom important to the earth’s current transformation. As Cheryl’s Spiritual Guide says, “You’re not going to be happy if you don’t have your Soul right. The soul can’t be right if blocked off traumas are allowed to surface and triggers are allowed to play a role in creating bad life choices.”  Bill Jump’s website

 

Sunday, October 6, 2013 – 3 to 4:30 pm: Desire and Inner Selfishness

Edward Abdill, noted author, speaker and Vice-President of the Theosophical Society in America, is visiting Baltimore to give this talk, after two appearances at the Washington DC Lodge. A description of his program: “In The Voice of The Silence we are told to kill out desire. Yet surely it must have some purpose. If we look closely at the obvious and subtle forms of desire, we may discover both its purpose and the dangers that are a threat to our own Inner Self. We may also discover how the most subtle form of desire, inner selfishness, can harm the work of the Theosophical Society. By examining the nature of desire we may learn to use it rightly.”

Mr Abdill is author of the book The Secret Gateway: Modern Theosophy and the Ancient Wisdom Tradition, described as “the perfect guiding tool for all those on the quest to self-discovery and self-transformation.” This book and his 11 DVDs on various subjects are available through Quest Publishing.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 – 3 pm- “Poetry Emotion”

Your Hostess will be

Carolyn Brown, Singer & Poetess, and Friends:

Ms. Karen Elliott and Mr. Hugh Taft-Morales, will be sharing their songwriting and poetry.

Ms. Mama Dot and Ms. Mama Dee, Nyame Nti Cultural Healing Arts Therapy – “Why I Drum”. They will share their creativity with the drums and dance. Their website is www.nyamentihealingarts.com

* Friday January 18, 2013 – Poe’s Life and Death in Baltimore: A Discussion with David Keltz

PoeEdgar Allan Poe will be 204 years old in 2013. Join David Keltz for an in-depth discussion of Poe’s life and death in Baltimore on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at The Theosophical Society in Maryland, 523 N. Charles Street, in Baltimore. This event is free to all Poe fans. Light refreshments will be served.

David Keltz performs year-round in character and costume as Edgar Allan Poe.  Beginning with his first performance as Poe in 1991, Keltz continues adding to a repertoire of more than five hours of Poe’s works. Come with questions and get the answers.

See www.brownpapertickets.com/event/312096 for more information.

 

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