This was a day of considerable reflection and contemplation for me personally. Various endings were in mind and heart. The 40-acre parcel of land which was designated “Live Oak Monastery” land was sold after a bit over nine years of being in my stewardship. There were many threads and connections, relationships connected to that property. Initiation into the Unnamed Path had occurred there for me in 2012. Additionally, my own beloved mother passed in December 2020, and I was honoring her memory this day by strolling around the Greenwood cemetery in San Diego, CA. Here is a short video of ravens at Greenwood that day. In this evening about midnight, I held a brief fire ritual to burn some old photos of that 40 acre land mentioned above. Many endings.
Anthropologically, there are some interesting folk-beliefs about cemeteries and ravens. The tales range from Japan to Scandanavia, central Europe and beyond. Taken from a folklore website: In Sweden the call of the raven after dark was interpreted as the howl of torment of a murdered soul. Meanwhile, in Germany and Denmark, they were associated with the damned or even the devil himself. The raven shares this dubious honor with blackbirds and crows, whose appearance has also been associated with impending death. In both Japan and France, there is the association with birds as psychopomps, helping transport the spirit or soul of the dead into the afterlife.
Born on January 15th 1928, Martin Luther King, Jr. was an iconic religious and social activist leader in the United States of America. He was the most visible spokesperson for the Civil Rights and Black-American rights Movement in the 20th Century. He was lauded, and yet quite humble, a visionary. Monday the 18th is the US Federal holiday named in his memory and his honor. We are moving toward a very preliminary spiritual stepping stone along The PATH. Perennial Wisdom of Humanity recognized this PATH. That early stepping stone for us as people, is recognizing, living with, and creating that nucleus of the Universal Personhood of all Humanity. Christianity is commonly known and practiced here in the USA, and one of the two great laws / rules taught by Jesus in his ministry is here quoted from New Testament of the Bible, book of Matthew 22:39 “….Love your neighbor as yourself.” Sharing some of my photos from Kit Carson Park in southern California this day.
Here in San Diego’s Balboa Park, there is a beautiful spot called the Japanese Friendship Garden. It has gone through several upgrades and improvements over the decades. Here is a short video clip from one of my many trips there to share with you for a contemplative moment of centering and peacefulness. Please focus your mind upon your own breath as you listen and enjoy. This is the beginning of mental concentration type of meditation, called dharana, or one pointed concentration of your attention.
A presentation of United Lodge of Theosophists – San Diego in conjunction with Theosophical Society Point Loma – Blavatskyhouse – The Hague entitled: Reincarnation: An Inner View on the Cycles of Life. The doctrine of cycles is most important. HPB points this out in The Secret Doctrine, I, 17 referring to “the absolute universality of the law of periodicity.”
You are to attend and participate. Come and hear and experience this knowledgeable international speaker. Sunday March 1st, 2020 at San Diego Theosophy Lodge, 3772 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105 (Between 38th St. and 37th St.) Time: 12:30 pm til 2 pm.
Saturday February 29, 2020 (leap year) from 4pm to 6 pm. A lecture presentation by United Lodge of Theosophists – San Diego, in conjunction with The Theosophical Society Point Loma – Blavatskyhouse – The Hague. Presenter is international speaker, Johanna Vermeulen. Her theme is Helena Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine from theory to practical application.
Please let it be known that as a member of the Southern Californian group called The Paracelsian Order, TPO, a teaching – healing order, that my station is that of a “Life Professed Monk” in that order. It is named after Paracelsus AKA Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, (born November 11 1493, (or by some records December 17th) in Einsiedeln, Switzerland—died September 24, 1541, Salzburg, Archbishopric of Salzburg [now in Austria]), German-Swiss physician and alchemist who established the role of chemistry in medicine. He was a physician, alchemist, and astrologer of the German Renaissance. He was a pioneer in several aspects of the “medical revolution” of the Renaissance, emphasizing the value of observation in combination with received wisdom.
Not surprisingly, the teachings of Paracelsus influenced modern medicine for centuries. But as Western medicine evolved, it became increasingly reductionist and specialized. Because of Paracelsus, Germany and Switzerland retained a distinct medical tradition that remained stubbornly alternative and holistic. Today both countries offer therapies which are unavailable elsewhere. In fact, Switzerland is the only country in the world today which enshrines access to alternative medicine in its national constitution as a basic human right.
“The Bodhisattva vow,” “Service is our Prayer,” “Step -12 of AA,” “Caritas,” “Compassionate Service,” are part of what will be reviewed from a Theosophical perspective in this symposium. Please come on over for an engaging talk and like-minded community.
Location: the San Diego Theosophists Lodge on El Cajon Blvd just west of Interstate-15.
Dr Ken is presenting “Theosophical Perspectives on the Bhagavad Gita” at Far Horizons Sierra Camp this August 14-18, 2019. Focus will also be on CBT, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. Spirituality and metaphysics form a foundational part of this beloved sacred verses, known at the Bhagavad Gita.
The Hearing Voices Network, HVN, is presenting a community building event in the hills of southern San Diego county.
WHO IS WELCOME: Those folks who consider themselves “voice hearers.” Those folks who have what may be considered unusual experiences are welcome. Some folks who identify as “psychiatric survivors.” Folks who have visions, information downloads, and invisible companions. Interested supporters, too.
WHAT WE OFFER: Safe, supportive space for sharing. Community building exercises. Some Lectures to help you find your “framework” to better understand your experiences. Healthful nurturing vegetarian meals. Time for hiking and exploring.
WHERE: Outdoor camping in the beautiful chaparral with oak trees and native plants. Exquisite rock formations. The “great mother” hillside. Located at Madre Grande Monastery, a theosophical order (non-religious philosophical movement dedicated to the Universal Brotherhood / Sisterhood / Person-hood of all Peoples).
In the writings of G. DePurucker, a leader of that Theosophical community in San Diego, California, LomaLand, or the “Point Loma Society” are describes renunciation. He writes of the Summer Solstice. In that text he lists two types of people who attain to a level of advanced spiritual development. The first type becomes a Pratyeka-Buddha and is absorbed in the beauty, glory and wonder of the spiritual life, and proceed to Nirvana. There they await the next chain of existence to later become the second type. That second type of spiritually advanced person becomes a Buddha of Compassion, or a Bodhisattva. These Bodhisattvas, turn backwards on the Path, to be beneficent forces for the spiritual and intellectual life of Humanity, sacrificing their own chances for advancement. They remain as a helpful spiritual fire, seeing the truth beyond Nirvana, channeling compassion.