The Theosophical Society OUR VISION: The Theosophical Society has a vision of wholeness that inspires a fellowship united in study, ~ Tauranga Branch meditation, and service. PRESIDENT Pauline Bailey 548 2202 | firstname.lastname@example.org VICE PRES David Bailey 548 2202 | COMMITTEE SECRETARY June Vallyon 576 6106 | Marian Jensen 571 4127 OUR MISSION: The Society encourages open minded TREASURER Chris Clarke 577 6373 | Jennifer Scott 552 0776 LIBRARIAN Ena Hay 578 9338 inquiry into world religious, philosophy, science and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages and respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self- SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2009 transformation. Sun. SEPTEMBER 20TH HAWAIIAN SHAMANISM 2pm Yoga Centre Elizabeth Street West GRAEME URLICH OUR ETHIC: The Society holds that our every action, TH Sun. OCTOBER 4 feeling, and thought affects all other beings and that each 2pm Yoga Centre An INVESTIGATION of the UNIVERSE of us is capable of and responsible for contributing to the Elizabeth Street West TED HARPER benefit of the whole. Sun. OCTOBER 17TH The RELEVANCE of THEOSOPHY in 2pm Yoga Centre Not only does the Society have a Vision of union with one Elizabeth Street West the 21ST CENTURY another, and a mission of exploration, but also an ethic of ```````````````` JUNE VALLYON putting these high ideals into action Followed by A.G.M. 3.15pm Sun. NOVEMBER 1ST 2pm Yoga Centre DEATH - THE JOURNEY Elizabeth Street West A THEOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVE SANDY RAVELLI Sun. NOVEMBER 15th 2pm Yoga Centre MIRACLE of INCARNATION. From Elizabeth Street West the QUICKENING OF DEVACHAN - to BIRTH SANDY RAVELLI th Sun. NOVEMBER 29 2pm Yoga Centre SUFI SOUL The Mystic Music Of Islam DVD - BERT ESSER th th Dec 5 & 6 10 till 4 Phone 548 2202 David HARMONY OF THE CREATIVE WORD WEEKEND WORKSHOP If you no longer wish to be on our mailing list, Sun. DECEMBER 6th 4p.m. The GREAT T.S. CHRISTMAS PARTY PLEASE RETURN TO: Tauranga Theosophical Society 96 Plummer Road, R D 6, TAURANGA 3176 Our meetings are open. ALL are WELCOME to attend. So see you there ~ and bring a friend PROGRAMME NOTES – SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2009 MEDITATION GROUP MEETS EVERY THURSDAY HAWAIIAN SHAMANISM At 8pm sharp so arrive earlier. All welcome. Contact Steve McDowell 571 2210, GRAEME URLICH 191 Waihi Road. Drive in. Park at back, then come in back door. WELCOME NEW MEMBER TH Sunday SEPTEMBER 20 2.p.m: Yoga Centre Elizabeth St Wst Welcome to Diane Mason who has recently joined our group officially, after many years of attending meetings. We hope you enjoy your membership in our group. HUNA is the esoteric (secret) knowledge used across Polynesia. The Aloha Spirit is the spirit of loving co-operation that pervades Polynesian culture. From the seven principles of HUNA are derived many healing traditions and ways to work with any situation in life. The KUPUA tradition of Hawaii is an adventurer tradition where everything and In love and light. everyone is your friend if you can understand how to speak to them Pauline and your committee See http://www.briaghiggins.com/site_kahu/default.htm for more info. An INVESTIGATION of the UNIVERSE TED HARPER Sunday OCTOBER 4TH 2.p.m: Yoga Centre Elizabeth St West Ted Harper will share his insights into what the universe is. This will include the universes’ shape, what it is in, what black holes and dark matter are. The talk will be based on a mathematical model created from the I Ching, an ancient Chinese mathematical system, the binary system, base 8, the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Mean. He will show how the I Ching eloquently expressed the shape of the universe from sub quark structures to black holes and the cosmos as a whole. Ted will also blend his insights with the poems of Chinese Taoist, Lao Tzu, who lived in China in the 6th century BC, to show Lao Tzu's intuitive understanding of what the universe is and is in. Hi All The RELEVANCE of THEOSOPHY in the Interesting weather we have been having. Four seasons in one. 21ST CENTURY I have been re-reading (although reading is not really the right term, as JUNE VALLYON it is much more than that) “Harmony of the Creative Word” by Rudolf Steiner. It really speaks to me. About 10 days ago we had about 35 to 40 Tuis for a week or so feeding Sunday OCTOBER 17TH 2.p.m: Yoga Centre Elizabeth St. West on our cherry blossoms. Diving and swooping about. Amazing sights and sounds. To stand underneath the trees and be part of their world, and be accepted into it, was really something. Service, study and meditation have been the foundation of the Theosophical Society’s endeavours from its founding. June will I am planning to run a weekend workshop based on the theme - Harmony look at the basic principles underlying the work of the of the Creative Word. This will be a personal journey using art as a Theosophical Society, and explore where this is leading the vehicle. As Steiner states, we really cannot experience the spiritual Tauranga Branch in 2010. For not only does the Society have a ethereal world through the intellect alone. We need to bring our artistic Vision of union with one another, and a mission of exploration, but intuition to bear. This can be great fun and have amazing results. Some also an ethic of putting these high ideals into action. of you may be thinking that you are not artistic, but we all possess this latent ability. This will not be about producing Art Gallery pictures, but more about our own individual journeys. There will be no right or wrong Followed by our way. It is a voyage of discovery - that is the exciting thing about it. 10 people maximum, $25 for the weekend. $20 of this will go to T.O.S. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 3.15pm Bring your own lunch. Drinks supplied. Roughly 10 till 4 each day. over a cup of tea If you are interested and wish to know more, please call me at 548 2202 Yes we need YOU at this important meeting. Dates will be 5th and 6th December. In love and light. David DEATH - THE JOURNEY – A THEOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVE PANDORA THE ALL GIVER SANDY RAVELLI “In every aspect of our lives there is so much more attention given to creating separation than connections, and creativity suffers because it depends upon a free circulation of energy and the making Sunday NOVEMBER 1ST 2.p.m: Yoga Centre Elizabeth St. West of new relationships. Maximum health and creativity occur within environments where the expressions of the body, the senses, and the This is a presentation about the journey of the soul. Looking at physical space flow naturally in a vital ecology.” the de-fragmentation of our physical, mental and emotional bodies as the soul journeys towards its home and its place of rest in Shaun McNiff from “Art heals” Devachan (heaven worlds) MIRACLE of INCARNATION. From the HELLO THERE to all our members and friends QUICKENING in DEVACHAN - to BIRTH SANDY RAVELLI Welcome to our final newsletter for 2009. Gosh this year is flying by – I’m thinking and planning the Christmas party already. This year we will have that as a great ending for the workshop David is going to run here first Sunday NOVEMBER 15TH 2.p.m: Yoga Centre Elizabeth St. West weekend of December finishing around 4p.m. Which is a great time to start our Christmas party. So those who have not come to the workshop can come along and join us work-shoppers in the afternoon. When you could wander And then the return…………. Sandy said this grew out of round the garden, or explore the library. Of course the sun will be shining. experiencing her first grandchild immediately after birth and how aware he was. This sent her on the quest to discover what was Before that though, we have a really full programme with some really going on at soul level, and her discoveries are what she will share interesting subjects. One of these being the very necessary with us. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Firstly June will explore with us where the Theosophical Society has come SUFI SOUL The Mystic Music Of Islam from and its relevance in the 21st century, especially in relation to our group, Like Where are we going to with theosophy in Tauranga? and this is DVD shown by BERT ESSER your opportunity to have your say and share what you would like to hear and do next year - It could be that we're unaware of your talents and abilities, and that you've Sunday NOVEMBER 29TH 2.p.m: Yoga Centre Elizabeth St West been waiting in the wings for the opportunity, but have never been asked. If you have any passions, areas of expertise, or even just a willingness to This is a ground-breaking & critically acclaimed documentary explore something further as part of our group, please let us know. The exploring the different regional practices within Sufism and its myriad lodge is all about learning from each other, and sharing the contribution. styles of music. It was filmed in four different countries, Turkey, Please think about what you might be able to offer. Pakistan, Morocco & Syria, and directed by Simon Broughton. Then, after a cup of tea. For hundreds of millions of Sufi followers worldwide, music is at the The AGM. heart of their tradition and a way of getting closer to God. From the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey to the qawwali music of Pakistan, ELECTION OF OFFICERS. Please put forward your nominations to June Sufism has produced some of the world’s most spectacular music Vallyon. And contact me or June if there is anything you would like put celebrated by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. on the Agenda. Historian, William Dalrymple’s film traces the shared roots of SUBS NOW DUE Yes AGM’s signal that the financial year has reached an Christianity and Islam in the Middle East and discovers Sufism to be a end and subs became due on 1st September. 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