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EUROPEAN SCHOOL OF THEOSOPHY: study week in Venice

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Saturday to Saturday
18th – 25th October 2008
Theme:
The Wisdom of the Sages
Venue: Centro Morosini
Via Alberoni 51, Alberoni 30126 Venezia, Italy
Tel: 041-731070-731076

For further information and to request a registration form please contact –
Mrs Ingrid Eberhard-Evans
Benglog, Llanddeiniol, Aberystwyth SY23 5AW Wales UK
Tel & Fax: + 44 (0) 1974 202958
Email: ingridee@lineone.net

Dr Joscelyn Godwin
was was born in England and came to the USA in 1966. Educated at Cambridge and Cornell Universities, he is known for his writings, translations, and editions in two fields: Speculative Music and the Western Esoteric Tradition. His many books include Harmonies of Heaven and Earth, The Theosophical Enlightenment, The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance, and most recently The Golden Thread: the Ageless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions, published by Quest Books. Since 1971 he has taught at Colgate University in New York State, where he is Professor of Music and Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

IS THERE A GOLDEN THREAD?
Referring in its title to Godwin’s recent book, The Golden Thread, this lecture highlights some continuities and discontinuities in the history of the Western Esoteric Tradition.

THE MAHATMA LETTERS AS A DOCUMENT OF THE “THEOSOPHICAL ENLIGHTENMENT”How do atheism and occultism mix, as expressed in the letters from Mahatmas Koot Hoomi and Morya? This lecture examines the Mahatmas’ sympathetic revision of the program of the European Enlightenment.

PYTHAGOREAN PRINCIPLES OF MUSIC
A non-technical guide to the mathematical and symbolic principles behind the musical system, and the worldview that emerges from them.


THE ITALIAN ESOTERIC STRAIN IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

This lecture focuses on the Gruppo di Ur of the 1920s, its ties with Theosophy and Anthroposophy, and its teaching of pagan wisdom and practical magic.

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Dr. Edi Bilimoria
THE INNER KNOWING FLUSHES OUT THE OUTER IGNORANCE

This talk will explain the trials and tribulations of the earnest aspirant walking the thorny path. H. P. Blavatsky’s Warning about the Strange Law in Occultism where a person’s true character is brought to the surface and he can no longer assume a mask and pretend to be what is not will be elucidated. (2 lectures)

SCIENTIFIC EVOLUTION AND OCCULT ANTHROPOGENESIS
– The Scientific Position, Its Interface with the Esoteric, and the Occult Doctrine.
The whole question of evolution and the powers latent in man devolves on the inquiry into what is Consciousness and Intelligence: Is it primordial and the primary in us? Or is it an epiphenomenon manufactured by brain electrochemical processes – a by-product of matter? These two lectures are designed around this central inquiry as regards evolution; and the ramifications of our discoveries. Firstly, we explain the scientific position, make clear its limitations and assumptions and then point up the mass of anomalous evidence that is undermining orthodox Darwinian theory and alluding towards the esoteric doctrines. Then we describe the grand occult doctrine of Anthropogenesis through the Root Races. (2 lectures)
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Michael Gomes
is well-known for his writings on the modern Theosophical movement, having spent the past forty years researching the field. He has edited a number of Mme. Blavatsky’s writings, including an abridgment of her first book, Isis Unveiled. He was made an Honorary Director of the EST in 2007. He is also on the editorial committee for the Collected Letters of H.P. Blavatsky, part of her Collected Writings series, and a contributor to the forthcoming Cambridge Handbook of Western Mysticism and Esotericism. He is Director of the Emily Sellon Memorial Library in New York.

UNLOCKING INTUITION: HERMES TRISMEGISTUS AND THE FUNCTION OF BUDDHI
“Follow the law of analogy,” the Masters teach.’ So HPB reminds the student in the Secret Doctrine. Using the lore surrounding the legendary teacher Hermes Trismegistus, we will, following the law of analogy, see how it enlightens us as to the function of Buddhi, the divine intuition latent in all, and provides a key to its workings. (2 lectures)


THE HIERARCHY OF COMPASSION

Figures of cosmic Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and divine teachers, are part of the story of creation put forward in the writings of HPB and the Mahatmas. We will look at this schema in detail and see how it relates to individual development.
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Harold Tarn.
AN UNLIKELY SAGE – RICHARD WAGNER
The ‘ self ‘ of Wagner is well documented, but what riches his ‘ Self ‘ has passed on to us! He studied Buddhism and towards the end of his life his thinking was very much in line with what was being published by the T.S during the same period. Writing in 1986,Robbins Landon had this to say of the Ring cycle – (it) ” becomes more important to humanity every year…and….like Mozart’s music, becomes increasingly an essential part of our lives” This surely echoes Edouard Schure in 1910 : “his music has become one of the most active occult agencies of the present time” (2 lectures)
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Colin Price.
THE WORLD OF DEEP SILENCE

Beyond the physical noise of our lives and the inner voice of our restless minds there is a world of spiritual awareness and consciousness. Entry into this world is only possible when the aspirant fulfils certain very demanding conditions. There is a reality compared with which our present lives are an illusion.

THE MYTH OF THE BEGINNING OF TIME
If the Universe really did begin with a big bang what preceded it? Did time as we know it begin then? Our earthly experience of time is like our being in the shallow end of the swimming pool. As we go deeper we discover that there is an esoteric philosophical view with concepts of duration and cyclicity that provide many answers to these questions.
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Enjoy a day in Venice

Dr Joscelyn Godwin will design a detailed itinerary
with emphasis on symbolism and
spiritually significant sites.

To read a rview of Joscelyn Godwin’s The Golden Thread go to the John Robert Colombo Page at http://www.gurdjieffbooks.wordpress.com

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CCWE: ACADEMIC ADVISORY BOARD

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CCWE DIRECTOR
SOPHIA WELLBELOVED
Dr Sophia Wellbeloved is director of a small independent publishing company publishing books related to G. I. Gurdjieff. see http://www.gurdjief-books.net and htpp://www.gurdjieffbooks.wordpress.com

is the author of:
Gurdjieff, Astrology and Beelzebub’s Tales, Solar Bound, 2002,
Gurdjieff: The Key Concepts, Routledge, 2003, See links.
49 Trojan Herrings & Tripidium, Waterloo press 2009

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C C W E ACADEMIC A D V I S O R Y B O A R D

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ANDREW JAMES BROWN
is the minister of the Memorial Church (Unitarian), Cambridge and is one of the chaplains to the University, Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge Regional College. His research interests centre on liberal Christianity, its self identity and relationships with other faith traditions. He is also a musician and has recently contributed entries on Unitarian hymnody to The New Julian Dictionary of Hymnody (ed. J. R.Watson, Canterbury Press/Eerdmans, forthcoming 2007), SEE LINKS.

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sherry-ackerman

SHERRY L. ACKERMAN

is Professor of Philosophy at College of the Siskiyous, in Northern California, USA. As an active scholar with the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, she has authored numerous papers and journal articles. Her interest in Western Esotericism began as an undergraduate philosophy student and has continued to be a foundational element throughout her professional writing and teaching. She is fervent about philosophical relevancy and, in her teaching, guides students away from the twin dangers of abstract reason and uncontrolled irrationality. In following Nietzsche, she participates in phenomenological psychology and actively experiments with her life. In 2008, she published:
· Behind the Looking Glass.(Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008) which is a definitive study of the Alice and Sylvie and Bruno books, via a philosophical examination of Lewis Carroll’s literary position in relationship to the British nineteenth century Neoplatonic/Occult Revival.
· Dressage in the Fourth Dimension, Second Edition, (Novato, California: New World Library, 2008) which draws on such diverse sources as sacred geometry, ancient Western and Eastern philosophies, and esoteric spirituality in an attempt to suggest methods for healing humanity’s alienation from nature.

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NICHOLAS GOODRICK-CLARKE

is Professor of Western Esotericism and Director of the Centre for the Study of Esotericism, University of Exeter. Current areas of supervision include Hermeticism; Rosicrucianism; Swedenborg; Theosophy and Modern Art; Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy; contemporary Gnostic movements. Publications include: Helena Blavatsky (2004); Emanuel Swedenborg: Visionary Savant in the Age of Reason (2002). As General Editor of Western Esoteric Masters (North Atlantic: Berkeley) he has edited Rudolf Steiner (2004), John Dee (2003), Emanuel Swedenborg (2003), Jacob Boehme (2001 ), Robert Fludd (2001), SEE LINKS.

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LEE IRWIN

Dr. Lee Irwin is Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the College of Charleston. He has studied world religions intensively, with an emphasis on Native American religions, Western Esotericism, Hermeticism, Contemporary Spirituality, and Transpersonal Theory — particularly around themes connected to dreams and visions. He is also the Vice President of the Association for the Study of Esotericism (www.aseweb.org/), and a member of the Advisory Board for the Sophia Institute (www.studiophoebepemberhouse.com/studio.html) where he gives frequent presentations and for the Institute for Dreams Studies (www.dreamswork.us/) where he also present regularly. He is also an Associate Editor and a contributor to Elixir: The Journal of Consciousness, Conscience, and Culture (www.sufiorder.net/sufi-mall/elixir/index.html) and a member of the Editorial Board of Esoterica: The Journal of Western Esotericism (http://www.esoteric.msu.edu/). His books include: The Dream Seekers, Visionary Worlds, Awakening to Spirit, The Gnostic Tarot, and The Alchemy of Soul (forthcoming, spring 2007), SEE LINKS.

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DAREN KEMP

Daren Kemp is editor of the Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies (www.ASANAS.org.uk) with Marion Bowman (Open University). He is the editor of Handbook of New Age with James R Lewis, and author of New Age: A Guide and The Christaquarians. Dr Kemp lectures widely, including recently at the London School of Economics and Edinburgh University, and by invitation in Tokyo and Hungary. His academic interests focus on alternative spiritual movements, anomalous experiences, and their interaction with mainstream society, especially law and business. Daren is also qualified as a solicitor and chartered company secretary.

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alastair


ALASTAIR J. REID

is a Lecturer in History and Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. He is the author of ‘Social Classes and Social Relations in Britain 1850-1914’ and ‘United We Stand. A History of Britain’s Trade Unions’.

He edits the History and Policy website http://www.historyandpolicy.org developing a network of historians interested in interacting with public life. His main research interests are in the history of trade unionism, popular radicalism and counterculture; and he has recently started a new project on the history of British counterculture since 1945. This will require a transdisciplinary approach, taking in literature and psychiatry/psychotherapy for a start, beginning as it does with the early careers of Alexander Trocchi and R. D. Laing.

He is currently in the final stages of a book on shipyard workers and social relations in Britain, 1870-1950. This aims to reconnect economic, social and political history by dealing with the organisation of work, the relations between leaders and members within a major craft union, and the role of that union in Labour Party politics.

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The Library at the University of Kent at Canterbury

LEON SCHLAMM

is lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury and co-convenor of its M.A. programme in the study of mysticism and religious experience. He is the author of articles on Jung (most recently in Harvest, 1998, 2000, and Jung and the Monotheisms, ed. J. Ryce-Menuhin) as well as on Rudolf Otto (Religious Studies) and the transpersonal psychologist, Ken Wilber (Religion, 2001). He is presently working on a book on ‘C. G. Jung, Numinous Experience and the Study of Mysticism’. He teaches courses on Analytical Psychology and Eastern Mysticism, Phenomenological and Psychological Approaches to the Study of Mysticism, Gurus and Disciples, Psychology and Religion, and Hinduism: Paths to Salvation

SEE LINKS.

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The CAMBRIDGE CENTRE for the study of WESTERN ESOTERICISM is independent of any academic or esoteric communities, the directors share an interest in the need for a wider dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the field of Western Esotericism and in the establishment of a secular space in which an interdisciplinary network can thrive. From 2009 CCWE has operated within Lighthouse editions Limited, a small publishing company Directors: Dr Sophia Wellbeloved, Jeremy Cranswick – see http://gurdjieffbooks.wordpress.com

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