“The second (law) is like the first, you shall love your neighbor as yourself ” Matthew 22:39
This is the answer to a lawyer given by the esteemed Abrahamic teacher in the Judeo-Christian tradition when he was asked about the greatest commandment in the Hebraic law. The Unitarian Universalist church and the humanitarian social justice for which both that church and I stand has been a part of my adult life since High School days.
This past Spring Equinox was about 10 am Pacific Time on Tuesday 03-20-2018. A dedicated group of us in the Paracelsian Order gathered together that morning at Madre Grande Monastery in southeast San Diego for our quarterly convocation. Later that day we read from this book used at LomaLand, a theosophical community located on Point Loma from 1900 until 1942. At LomaLand the theosophists practiced the Universal Brotherhood of mankind, Raja Yoga, and also built the first Greek open air amphitheater in the United States in 1901. The Spring-time reading focuses on initiation from the perspective of European Druid lore and spirituality.
A Six Week Course sponsored by San Diego Theosophists
with participation by Live Oak Monastery
This is a new course hosted and guided by Jim Colbert, PhD and Ken Campos, MD, DFAPA.
Week 1 A brief outline of Theosophy, the Antecedent words Wm Judge
Week 2 Highlights and differences between Eastern and Western psychotherapy perspectives.
Week 3 a description of CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Week 4-5-6 Devoted to the Gita with emphasis on practical applications to mental health
Location is the ULT Bookstore, San Diego Theosophy
Address: 3766 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105
Dates: February 24, 2018 to March 31, 2018
Time: Saturdays at 11am until 12:30; refreshments served
Last Monday, I had the opportunity to attend the regular meeting of the study group in Fresno, CA. It is with some pride that I can claim to be a charter member of this study center which is now officially recognized by the national organization. This was recorded on July 11, 2017.
The TSA, Theosophical Society in America, is the parent group. The world headquarters are in Adyar, India.
Napoleon Hill wrote a book in 1937 which contains the instruction to read and memorize his “self-confidence formula” and then to recite it daily. This is a powerful positive affirmation. Please enjoy my recitation of said formula.
Yesterday, Sunday 06-25-17, we held the 2017 annual Conclave for The Paracelsian Order, TPO. The Live Oak Monastery (LOM) project is officially a “cloister” of the TPO. This spiritual organization has as it goal to be a teaching and healing order. Madre Grande is the primary and oldest center of TPO is in southern San Diego county, and has been in operation for 35 years. We are a small but dedicated group who strive to live by principles of alignment with our Higher Self, our inner God-Self, in performing the work of the Order.
Theosophy is a philosophical system which was revived and popularized by a Russian woman who separated from her husband, and travelled to India, Nepal, and nearby areas seeking spiritual knowledge and advancement as a student / chela / lanoo of spiritual masters. After her initial training and ongoing educational support, she founded the Theosophical Society.
In some ways this woman, Helena Petovna Blavatsky is the grand-mother of today’s modern New Age movement. She popularized Hindu and Buddhist ideas and concepts for a Western audience. Also she & the early society took on students to work on their embodiment of these principles of so-called “divine wisdom.”
Another name for this philosophical body of teachings and practices is “Perennial Wisdom.” Currently LOM is an even smaller, but active part of the TPO. LOM had a center in San Diego, and is involved in a theosophical book study group in the Central Valley of California, FTSC, Fresno Theosophical Study Center. Additionally, there is a connection to the theosophical summer campground, Far Horizons, located in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
The mission of Live Oak Monastery is Healing body, mind, and spirit & Teaching meditation, spiritual truths, shamanism, reiki, Awakening Dynamics energy healing, hypnotherapy and subconscious programming. The LOM project has a rustic day use retreat center located in the Central Coast of California, near Los Padres National Forest, and the Cuyama river which was a trail from the Central Valley to the ocean for the Chumash and other Indian groups. Monk Ken is the primary life professed theosophist offering consultations and spiritual services for LOM.