THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY IN WALES
A GUIDE FOR STARTING & ORGANISING MEETINGS
UPDATED APRIL 2010
To make the Wisdom of Theosophy available to all people.
To dismiss religious dogma, to dispel futile superstition,
And to enlighten a dark and materialistic world
Written by J. Cunningham Org. Sec. for Wales
LIFE THE TEACHER – MIND THE CREATOR – LOVE THE HEALER
Theosophical principles have been restated in different ways by seers and sages throughout human history, they are the Ancient Wisdom that lies behind all religions, myths and legends.
THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY -- Offers interesting and
inspiring talks at public meetings and fellowship to
anyone who would like to study the Ancient Wisdom
at members meetings.
- ‘HP Blavatsky gathered together the oldest and the most profound ancient wisdom. She gave it to the world as Theosophy.
She has been described as –
‘The Grandmother of the New Age.’
The Society is composed of people belonging to any belief system or to none. Central to the Concerns of theosophy is the desire to promote understanding and brotherhood among people of all races, creeds and philosophies.
Devotion to truth, love for all living beings and commitment to a life of altruism marks the true Theosophist.
Second hand Spiritual and ‘Self - Help’ books are for sale at most meetings
Free Refreshments are available at meetings.
New enquirers are always welcome.
THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH BY H.P.B.
‘When the artificial chilly flame of modern materialism is extinguished for lack of fuel, those for whom the great hope of existence beyond the grave is a vexation, should prepare for the greatest disappointment they could possibly have.
For out of the deep muddy waters of materiality a mystic force is rising. It is the first rustling but it is a superhuman rustling, it is supernatural only to the superstitious and the ignorant. The spirit of Truth is passing now over the face of the dark waters; and in parting them, is compelling them to reveal their spiritual treasures; this spirit is a force that can never be hindered and can never, never be stopped.’
BE PRESENT IN ALL THAT YOU DO
May those who are the embodiment of love immortal,
Bless this Society that was founded to assist their work.
May we be guided by their wisdom.
May we be strengthened by their power.
And may we be inspired by their love.
That which is their work becomes ours –
To make the Wisdom of Theosophy available to all people.
To dismiss religious dogma, to dispel futile superstition
And to enlighten a dark and materialistic world.
PEACE TO ALL BEINGS
New enquirers who do not have meetings in their locality are encouraged to join the T.S. as UNATTACHED MEMBERS. Eventually they could form new independent Centres or Lodges. If two or more members of the TS want to start holding meetings, they should contact their local TS for advice and support. They should also contact any people who are already members of the TS in their area to ask for support.
To begin The Organising Secretary in Wales or the President in England, will arrange a speaker and funds to pay for the hire a room to hold a Public Meeting.
At the meeting the Public are asked if they would like to start regular meetings. Names & details are collected
Sometimes more than one public meeting is needed.
The Organising Secretary will provide the necessary skills to organise the group; answer enquiries, organise regular speakers, provide study materials, collect funds, take enquirers details and provide printed adverts and program.
When the group becomes established, they will form a Committee, this will enable the group to make democratic decisions about the structure of meetings and the programme etc. They can then become a Lodge/Branch and will eventually be able to organise themselves.
The Lodge/Branch will be able to provide one member to represent their group and to vote on the National Council.
Quaker Meeting Houses are very good, reasonable rates and peaceful atmosphere. Local councils often have meeting halls. Look at places where other similar groups meet. Private homes and public houses are unsuitable as the organisers will not have full control of the meeting. Or who is allowed to attend.
When you choose a particular night make sure it does not clash with other popular interests in the area.
Your Organizing Secretary will provide posters but you must place them - libraries, shops, and notice boards.
ADVERTS ---Find a magazine, or free sheet etc. which advertises meetings for spiritual/alternative groups.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR saying that you intend to offer courses on Theosophy and ask him to publish it. Advertise the course
Email ---- Collect every new enquirers email address so that you can make an email list.
Send details of meetings by email a few days before.
ATTENDANCE BOOK - REGISTER
The Attendance book serves to keep an accurate record of the meeting and those who have attended. It has been found to be really helpful.
Register - Large A4 size - Layout
DATE SUBJECT SPEAKER
PRESENT………………………………………. Email or Phone number
Because this book is available for everyone to read it should not contain addresses.
TWO KINDS OF MEETINGS COULD BE OFFERED –
A speaker is employed and everyone is welcome.
Lodges/Branches will thrive if they offer a varied programme, even the New Age Movement had it’s beginnings in Theosophy. There are as many roads to Enlightenment as there are pilgrims.
Every Lodge/Branch should hold meetings to encourage group study, and discussion of Theosophy. The Theosophical Society encourages freedom of thought.
Study meetings can be open to none members or kept exclusively for members only to avoid disruption of study.
STUDY COURSES BY ERIC MCGOUGH
Lodges have been formed using Eric’s Courses to good effect.
They -Give form and structure to members meetings.
Encourage membership if public are invited.
Ensure that all members understand some Theosophy.
The Course can be presented in two ways or you may find your own way.
1. Each session of the audio course is played to the group and discussion is encouraged at various points throughout the session.
At the end of the meeting the session notes are handed out as a reminder of the content of the session. These will build into a folder of the complete course.
2. The group leader reads a paragraph or page from the notes then gives his explanation and invites discussion.
The complete course on Cds are available for sale.
Gathering to listen and discuss the sessions like this builds a strong sense of fellowship and creates an atmosphere which encourages enquirers to become members. This helps members and enquirers to study with friends, sharing and receiving in a lodge environment rather than studying in isolation at home.
Offering a recorded AUDIO study course is a good way of starting a group and for regenerating a failing lodge.
A Study course is -
1. A series of talks which promotes discussion.
2. In a form which is not afraid of using new terms and concepts but that introduces them gradually.
3. Inspiring to all. Containing insight for the beginner and deep enough to hold the interest of the veteran.
There are a four or five pages of notes to be given out to each person at the end of each session. Do not give out the notes at the beginning of the meeting, they will start reading them and you will lose their attention.
Course notes are a helpful reminder of what has been said and eliminate the necessity of taking notes. Students can then give their full attention to the speaker.
The notes can be downloaded free. They will then have to be duplicated for giving to each student.
FOUNDING A LODGE OR BRANCH OF THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY.
THE THEOSOPHICAL IN WALES - NATIONAL RULES.
Every group Lodge or Branch is subject to the Rules of the TS in WALES and to decisions made by the democratically elected Welsh Regional Council.
In Wales. - The Organising Secretary will encourage established groups to become a Lodge/Branch and to organise themselves but he/she is always ready to step in to see that correct procedure is adhered to.
Lodges can make their own rules but they must be submitted to the Welsh Regional Council for approval.
The Organising Secretary is an ‘Ex-Officio member’ of every Committee and therefore should be sent all Agenda and minutes from Committee Meetings held by the Lodge.
Membership applications must be submitted to the Organising Secretary. ‘Membership of the TS is at the discretion of the Organising Secretary’
(National Rules 6b)
IN ENGLAND –
The National President has the same roll as the Regional Organising Secretary.
England has produced a handbook for Lodges the ‘Green Book’ which is A VERY COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE and contains detailed information about the structure, organisation and rules of the English Section.
FOR THE ORGANISATION OF LODGES CONTACT
THE ORGANISING SECRETARY FOR WALES.