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Susan has been a serious student of the Ancient Wisdom since early life and joined the Theosophical Society in 1982.  For the last thirty years Susan has lectured extensively around the UK and for many years she also served as a director and teacher for the Foundation, in senior roles for the TS in England and as a course leader for the Diploma in Theosophy.  In 2014 she gave the prestigious Blavatsky Lecture.  Susan’s talks and workshops take a practical approach to spiritual discovery and the esoteric teachings.

TALKS

Divine Wisdom in Music

Sound is Divine Wisdom in motion and esoteric science teaches that sound and music lie at the heart of Nature and our individual creativity.  Music for the body, heart and mind has long been used to awaken the Soul.  We will explore how music, breath and sound can inspire, illuminate and transform our lives.

Magic and Magicians on the Path of Life

Magic and illusion play and important part in the life of the pilgrim.  We will explore their role in the material world and in the spiritualisation of consciousness. Theosophy teaches us how to become our own magician and holds the key to the magic circle – the mystery of alchemy in this Great Quest.  

Truth – A Theosophical Quest

On our journey from darkness to light we come to realise that we possess a unique powerhouse of mind-energy.  This can be experienced as love, inspiration, thought and desire.  This universal energy can be harnessed to help the struggling neophyte become a mature Seeker of Truth.

The Path of Transformation – Voyage to the Silent Self.  The Blavatsky Lecture 2014.

On this sacred journey the Seeker must find the Seal of Truth concealed within.  Its gateway is the Secret Path to spiritual unfoldment, the golden light which illuminates the heart of the awakened soul and provides the key to its final freedom.  Our voyage will also reveal how the great roar of Nature is relevant to our progress.

The Path of Transformation

Galaxies are a living ‘cosmic world’ which physicists now know more about than ever before.  From the science of the cosmos to human consciousness, this talk explores how WE are each a small part of the universal process of transformation.  From “the circle of heaven” to Mother Earth, we can awaken to a ‘new world’.

The Dragon Tree of Wisdom 

During the course of our spiritual growth our state of consciousness changes. The process of self-awakening can be symbolised by the Alchemical retort, which releases the spiritual essence of Self as the dross of personality is burnt away.  To realise our own potential, we must climb the ‘Dragon Tree of Wisdom’ and unite with the Dragon itself.

Lotus of the Heart

The Flame of Life is present at the very core of every human being.  It is made manifest to the degree that the Seeker is able to Realise it.  We will explore how we can begin to find our way to this door, transforming weakness into the strength, and ultimately awakening the Lotus of the Heart.

Sacred Science and the Halls of Wisdom

Sacred Science is that radiant ocean of knowledge reached through the metaphysical dimensions of the human mind.  The Lords of Light provide such Halls of Wisdom as are needed to assist our spiritual progress.  We will explore how poetic verses from The Voice of the Silence might assist our journey.

Sacred Waves and the Four Winds

Within the waves of the ocean lie the Secrets of the Universe – a Dragon of Wisdom sailing on the Breath of Life.  In our own sphere we are the boatman on a journey of discovery in this Great Mystery.  This talk reveals how we live and breathe in the Light of the Eternal Sea whose Great Breath reaches the four corners of the Kosmos.

Ancient Truths – Modern Secrets

There are many myths about ancient mysteries and secret societies.  In exploring some of these ‘myths’ and ‘secrets’ we learn how the Esoteric Teachings can help us to unlock the meaning of life and enrich our spiritual journey. We can begin to turn the key to understanding the thread of truth in scriptures, symbols, myths and rituals.

Soul Wisdom – The Heart of Life

Through our journey into Heart Centred Awareness, we will discover how we can dissolve the veil to reveal the essential truths at the heart of our being.  Love – Heart Centred Awareness, Service – Gateway to True Knowledge, Wisdom – Transmutation of the Soul.  An interactive talk which includes music and meditation.

Cosmic Colour – Sanctuary of Light

The esoteric properties of colour and sound have been used in meditation and healing for millennia. Colour has been described as a Divine Science and through an in-depth exploration of esoteric and modern science we will learn about these vital cosmic energies.  Life is radiance of vibration which we can learn to harness.

The Healing Power of Colour 

We are ‘beings of light and energy’ and many subtle vibrations influence the way we feel and experience the world.  We will explore how colour and light are portals into different realms of consciousness and how these subtle vibrations can affect our daily lives.  This gentle talk examines the properties of colour and how we can learn to use them.

Fragments of Occult Truth

When they gave Theosophy to the Western world, the Masters of the Wisdom lifted a corner of the veil on the secret science, which leads to the highest knowledge.  Yet, Master KH said “believers in us are pronounced ‘imposters and fools’.”  So why should WE believe?  How are the Wisdom of the Masters relevant in the world of the 21st century?

Isis – Goddess of the Mysteries 

Isis: “the women clothed in the sun and with the moon under her feet, to whom was given two wings of the great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness” (H. P. Blavatsky).  In exploring the Goddess Isis, we will uncover some of the esoteric keys in the Greek myths and symbolism of the ancient world and in Madame Blavatsky’s “Isis Unveiled”.

Exploring Spiritual Sound – Mantra and Cosmic Vibration

Every piece of music has different qualities of sound and vibration, and for millennia sound has been used as a means of increasing spiritual awareness.  By understanding the language of music and sound we can learn how to use these in our daily lives and live in a more balanced state of harmony and wellbeing.

Angels – Divine Messengers and Celestial Builders

Angels and Archangels, are some of the Hierarchy of Beings who work with the great Cosmic Law to create and weave our beautiful world and its kingdoms of nature.  Angels have a mission to perform and vary infinitely in their degrees of consciousness and intelligence.  We will explore their role in evolution and how they link with human beings.

The Healing Power of Thought – Auras, Crystals & Angels

We are surrounded by a hidden world of colour and light.  These can influence the way we think and feel.  An understanding of their subtle properties can change our lives and help to bring healing into the world.  We will explore the role of auras, crystals and angels and how the Power of Thought can become a dynamic healing tool.

Pathways to Spiritual Awareness

Spiritual seekers are faced with an abundance of would-be teachers, from ancient traditions to modern gurus.  This talk explores some approaches to self-development and how we can learn to discriminate between the real and the unreal, the false and the true, embracing our ultimate transformation into Enlightenment and Truth.

A Rogerian Way of Being – A Practical Approach to Brotherhood

The ideal of kindness in relationships is explored, alongside the role of karma and reincarnation.  We will consider how our mind and emotions can affect the way we view the world and our fellow human beings.  “… the more I am simply willing to be myself the more this helps others also to become themselves” – Carl Rogers.

From Super Mind to Super Science

The long walk from the world of the Ancients to the boundaries of the known physical universe illustrates humanity’s thirst for knowledge.  The Ageless Wisdom has existed from the beginning of time and we will explore what this teaches us about the world and its future.  Explores our journey from the Vedas to the cutting edge of modern science.

King Solomon’s Garden – Exploring the Tree of Life

Humanity is in a unique position in the evolution of the world, poised halfway between the material and the spiritual.  This dramatized talk explores our journey on the path of unfoldment, through spiritual growth, resurrection and rebirth.  We can each learn to cultivate the garden of our mind and heart in the building of the temple of Solomon.

The Face of the Divine – Science and Spirituality Explored

Mystics and deep spiritual seekers of all religions and of no religion, tell us of their experience of their absorption into Oneness:  Truth, Knowledge, Love and Beauty.  This reflective talk explores our awakening to the higher life, the role of near-death experience, and takes a journey through the some of the latest scientific research.

The Bird of Love Divine – Pathway to the Shining Self

We will explore how to unfold our wings and soar into the Light of Life on the ‘bird of Love Divine’ – our pathway to joy and abundance. In the sanctuary of the soul we experience Wisdom and “the pure heart is filled by the truth” (H P Blavatsky).  With some poetry and song, we begin our voyage to the Shining Self.

Scientism, Mysticism & Holism

The edges of the known universe have been explored with increasing ingenuity, from quantum physics to outer space. Science has come to symbolise the fount of all knowledge.  How does this relate to Mysticism, Metaphysics and the Age of Reason?  We explore the role of science in concepts of consciousness, healing and health.

The Blossom of the Root of Life – Exploring Cosmic Creation

The lotus flower of the world unfolds from the unfathomable depth of nature.  This talk provides insights into cosmic creation, drawing on spiritual texts handed down through the ages. The poetry of mystics, modern verse, and atomic science, help us to gain insights into this process.  We are One with our beautiful earth and the cosmos.

WORKSHOPS

Divine Wisdom in Music

Sound is Divine Wisdom in motion and esoteric science teaches that sound and music lie at the heart of Nature and our individual creativity.  Music for the body, heart and mind has long been used to awaken the Soul.  Breath is deeply relevant too and in this practical and interactive workshop we explore how music, breath and sound can inspire, illuminate and transform our lives.  This day workshop includes:

Music for relaxation

Sound and music as a creative tool

The science of sound and breath

Consciousness and transformation

Music and spiritual perception

Sound – the heart of the universe.

 Dragons and Serpents – Signposts to Esoteric Wisdom                                                                                      

Dragons and serpents appear in many myths and stories.  We will discover some of their secrets and learn how we can spiritualise our lives and progress from being a ‘Seeker’ to becoming a ‘Server’ in the Great Cause of Universal Love.   This day workshop will explore this theme in three parts:

Serpents of All Wisdom.  From birth to death we are all on our own spiritual journey.  We have the freedom to follow in the slip-stream of life or discover more about the mysteries of existence.

Pathways of Angels and Men. There is a vast Hierarchy of Beings who work with the great Cosmic Laws and, like humanity, they vary infinitely in their degrees of consciousness and intelligence.

Dragons of the Sun and Moon. Dragons symbolically relate to the unfolding of the cosmos, the cosmic journey, and to the human journey of unfoldment.  The greatest of all journeys begins with a single step. 

Soul Wisdom – The Heart of Life

These interactive and experiential sessions on H. P. Blavatsky’s theosophical classic “The Voice of the Silence” will also include meditation and music.  Through our journey into Heart Centred Awareness, we will discover how to open the door to this Great Teacher and awaken the Secret Path of True Knowledge and Wisdom.  We can dissolve the veil and reveal the essential truths at the heart of our being.  This day workshop explores:

Love – Heart Centred Awareness.

Service – Gateway to True Knowledge.                                 

Wisdom – Transmutation of the Soul.

Isis – Goddess of the Mysteries   

Isis: “the women clothed in the sun and with the moon under her feet, to whom was given two wings of the great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness” H. P. Blavatsky.  Through her own spiritual labours HPB gave to us the fruits of her first great work “Isis Unveiled”.  In revealing the inspirational gift she gave to the world, we will explore Isis goddess of the mysteries and much more; unlocking some of the esoteric keys in the Greek myths and symbolism of the ancient world.  This is a day workshop will include:

Isis – Light of the sea.  In Greek Mythology.  Mirror of Eternal Wisdom

Gods of Mystery & Wisdom – Thoth, Deus and God.  Gaea and Evolution.  First Born Immortals.

Archetypes and Adepts – Archetypes and Cycles.  Serpent Symbol of Sophia.  Adepts & Eagle of Wisdom.

The Bird of Love Divine – Pathway to the Shining Self

This afternoon workshop we will explore how to unfold our wings and soar into the Light of Life on the ‘bird of Love Divine’.  “Feathered birds and fishes finned, and clouds and rain and calm and wind, and sun and moon and stars, declare all life is one life, everywhere” (C Dalmon).  With some poetry and song, we will explores our journey into spiritual awakening, love, joy and abundance – our voyage to the Shining Self. In the sanctuary of the soul we experience Wisdom and “the pure heart is filled by the truth” (HPB).  Sessions will include:

The Sun the Moon and Stars:  One Life.  Ever-becoming.  Inner Music of the Soul.

Clouds and Rain and Calm and Wind:  Love Justice and Mercy.  Pathways to Wisdom.  The Bird of Love Divine.

The Light of Life:  Wisdom and Service.  Journey into Light.  The Heart of Truth.

Exploring Spiritual Sound – Mantra and Cosmic Vibration

Every piece of music has different qualities of sound and vibration, and for millennia sound, music and mantra, have been used as a means of increasing spiritual awareness.  By understanding the inner language of music and sound we can attain a greater experience of harmony and strengthen the connection between our inner being and the cosmos.  A variety of different music and sounds will explore the inner landscape of sound, from classical works, world music, to Tibetan singing bowls and mantra.  These can transform our energy and awaken a further dimension to our practice of awareness and meditation.  This practical and experiential workshop will explore the theme in more depth and interaction than is possible in a talk.  We will explore:

Mantra and cosmic vibration

Consciousness and spiritual perception

Music for relaxation and change

Meditation and spiritual awareness

The process of transformation

Awakening and empowerment

Colour Consciousness through Art

These informal and relaxing sessions use painting, visualization and meditation, to explore the spiritual nature of colour, shape and form. We will deepen our understanding of the subtle properties of colour, shape and form, and learn how these can be harnessed to bring change into our lives. Participants need no previous experience or practical skills in painting, just a willingness to participate and enjoy.

This day workshop and can be combined with appropriate talks, or linked to sessions specifically tailored to the interests and needs of your group.  Materials will be provided but additional paper, paints, pastels, brushes etc are always helpful.  We will need chairs and tables with sufficient space for each person to comfortably paint and draw, allowing for paints and water pots etc.  (A bright room with good natural light is needed).

Awakening Our Spiritual Path

This day workshop introduces participants to what the Spiritual Path might be, explores what highways and byways we might encounter along the way and how nature can help increase our spiritual awareness.  There are three sessions:

Mystics and Gurus on the Path of Self Discovery

Wisdom Traditions and Spiritual Development

Spiritual Awareness through Attunement with Nature

This practical and heart centred workshop will help us understand our journey and lead us towards the truths which lie behind the Ancient Teachings.  A local park or garden would be helpful for the last session (but not essential); weather permitting this can be held outside.  This interactive workshop can be held over one day or an afternoon.

King Solomon’s Garden – Exploring the Tree of Life

This practical and interactive workshop can be given on its own or be accompanied by the dramatized talk King Solomon’s Garden or Ancient Truths – Modern Secrets.  Through cultivating the garden of our mind and heart we can deepen our spiritual practice and find the Gateway to True Knowledge.  The following sessions will explore the process of self-development and our journey along the path of unfoldment:

Understanding our journey in the cycle of life

Learning to cultivate the garden of our being

Exploring the Tree of Life

Building the temple of Solomon

A Rogerian Way of Being – A Practical Approach to Brotherhood

These informal and interactive sessions draw on the teachings of Theosophy and the work of Carl Rogers, to provide a positive environment for inter-relationships to be sensitively explored.  “… the more I am simply willing to be myself the more this helps others also to become themselves” – Carl Rogers.

What does it mean to have a person centred approach?  The ideal of brotherhood and loving kindness in our relationships is explored, alongside the role of karma and reincarnation.  We will consider the processes of consciousness and how perceptions, mental and emotional conditions, can affect the way we view the world and our fellow human beings.  A light and airy room is desirable for these sessions.

This afternoon workshop can be linked with a talk on ‘Soul Wisdom – The Heart of Life’ or ‘The Healing Power of Colour’.

Meditation and Self Awareness – Weekend Course

This weekend is a mix of practical workshops and interactive talks which explore how each person has the potential to unfold their creativity and experience a deeper sense of harmony through meditation and self-awareness.  The balanced flow of activities and experiential sessions will introduce participants to various aspects of self-awareness and different meditation techniques.  It is a reflective and practical weekend aimed at those with some experience of meditation and practice of self-awareness who would like to deepen their understanding and expand their awareness of their inner being.  Beginners are also encouraged to attend this inspirational and heart-centred weekend.  The course is designed to be a whole weekend experience, and whilst day visitors are welcome some key elements of the journey will be missed.

The programme will include:  Getting started, conscious awareness, meditation in motion, energy of the heart, meditation and visualization, experiencing the light, cosmic vibration, exploring spiritual sound, the healing power of thought, self-awareness and practical living.

Although planned as a residential weekend, it will be possible to do this as a non-residential event depending on what facilities are available.  It may also be possible to arrange a day event to cover some of these topics.  We will need a suitable venue with sufficient floor space for meditation, relaxation and some gentle (optional) floor work.  The minimum number of participants is usually twelve.

The team will include:  Susan Bayliss (Facilitator and Course Leader), with Jenny Baker and Teresa Keast (Course Leaders).

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