School of Theosophy - A Theosophical Worldview: the Power revealed
A Theosophical Worldview: the Power revealed
Director of Studies: Dorothy Bell
Date: 4 - 7 May
Venue: HPB Lodge, Auckland
There are few statements that summarize the breadth and depth of an outlook inspired by Theosophy. The Theosophical Worldview statement appeared first in 1982 on the back cover of The American Theosophist, and can now be found in TS Lodges and websites around the world.
It was created by an educational committee of the Theosophical Society in America, including Joy Mills, Emily Sellon and John Algeo, as an exposition of the Three Fundamental Propositions, and reads:
The Theosophical Society, while reserving for each member the freedom to interpret those teachings known as Theosophy, is dedicated to preserving and realizing the ageless wisdom, which embodies both a world view and a vision of human self-transformation. This tradition is founded upon certain fundamental propositions
- The universe and all that exists within it are one interrelated and interdependent whole.
- Every existent being - from atom to galaxy - is rooted in the same universal life-creating Reality. This reality is all-pervasive, but it can never be summed up in its parts, since it transcends all its expressions. It reveals itself in the purposeful, ordered and meaningful processes of nature as well as in the deepest recesses of the mind and spirit.
- Recognition of the unique value of every living being expresses itself in reverence for life, compassion for all, sympathy with the need of individuals to find truth for themselves, and respect for every religious tradition. The ways in which these ideals become realities in individual life are both the privileged choice and the responsible act of every human being.
As a summary worldview statement, it includes fundamental elements of the perennial philosophy including implications for human values and behaviour.
In more recent times, as our interconnected global village manifests its human diversity in many ways, the importance of understanding different worldviews has increased. Various individuals and groups have developed sets of questions as tools that may be used to effectively draw out, compare and communicate the core elements of diverse philosophies and religions.
In the School sessions, the intention is follow various lines of inquiry relevant to the theme. This will include sharing and expanding our present understandings of the nature, origins and importance of worldviews and using a set of key questions to draw out core elements of a Theosophical worldview.
Finally, we will take up some interesting challenges.
The first comes from the well-known letter representing the Mahachohan’s view on the ultimate value of religion and philosophy - their truth. He proposes that the measure of that truth lies in their capacity to offer a consistent solution of every problem. These problems he identifies as those concerned with the great ‘dual principles’ of right and wrong, good and evil, liberty and despotism, pain and pleasure, egotism and altruism.
In his concluding statement he declares that if the given teachings show their competence to offer the solution, then they will be universally acknowledged as the true philosophy. In this context, the challenge to Theosophists is to work with Theosophy as a problem-solving power in their lives.
Another challenge comes from Emily Sellon, member of the committee that issued the original statement of The Theosophical Worldview. In her ‘Reflections on a Theosophical Worldview’, The American Theosophist, July 1983, she wrote,
“A theosophical world-view can integrate many newly achieved insights, but only if this world-view is consistently searched for its values, and applied to here-and- now life situations. Unfortunately this is not yet the case. We theosophists have perhaps failed so far to work through the doctrine to the degree that it inevitably forms the heart of our personal reality—the central metaphor in terms of which all experience becomes meaningful and value-laden.”
In other words, we are challenged to go beyond intellectual analysis - although it plays an important role - to apply the theosophical worldview to here-and-now life situations to search its values in our personal reality.
With practical examples from the extensive database of ‘here-and-now life situations”, we will share and explore - in the spirit of open inquiry - the potential ‘power’ of a Theosophical Worldview to offer solutions to life problems and issues.
Come join the challenge!
Dorothy Bell BA, MEd, Fulbright scholar (Education). After her career in teaching, school administration, research and education consultancy, Dorothy trained in counselling and company directorship — recently working 11 years on the board of a government corporation. Joining the Theosophical Society in 1999, she served on the Australian TS national executive committee and education unit, travelled extensively and presented talks and published articles in the United States, India, New Zealand and Australia. Her special interest is the psychology and methodologies of transformation of consciousness by “the living power of Theosophy.”
Please note places are limited to New Zeland members only. To secure a place all persons attending the school are required to complete the online registration form below or print and fill out this form and send to 18 Belvedere Street, Epsom, Auckland, 1051, together with the full registration fee. Alternatively the form can be emailed to: email@example.com and must include details of electronic payment of registration fee.
Costs: Registration $70 non-refundable fee for the four days. This includes registration, lunch served daily and morning and afternoon teas. To secure a place, payment must accompany registration form.
Accommodation: VASANTA HOUSE. 18 Belvedere Street, Epsom, Auckland. Shared accommodation is available for $100 and this includes five nights accommodation and self-serve breakfast daily in the upstairs k itchen. This applies to out of town attendees only for the Wednesday through to Sunday nights only and extra nights are $40 per person per night.