On Friday evening, 7/29/16, at the Theosophical Society of San Francisco, our dear friends, Sonya Genel and Arasa Maram presented a delightful exploration of “Sound and Singularity.” Sonya, a great yoga teacher, led the circle in several powerful breath/sound/movement practices, both traditional and free-form, including a call and response version of the long form Gayatri Mantra, in which the first line of the Gayatri is expanded into one syllable bija (or “seed”) mantras for each of seven chakras; starting with the singing of Om at the heart (“the original sound of the universe”), then moving down to the first chakra, Muladhara, for Om Bhur, then to the lower belly, for the second chakra, singing om Bhuva, then to the solar plexus for the third chakra, singing Om Swaha, then to heart space again for the fourth chakra, singing Om Maha, then to the base of the throat for the fifth chakra, singing Om Janaha, then to the third eye, for the sixth chakra, singing Om Tapaha, and then moving to the crown for the seventh chakra, singing Om Satyam … Rasa, an accomplished inventor and gifted musician, spoke compellingly on the profound challenges and opportunities of the Technical Singularity: “In my experience, there are areas of my body that I forget about both in terms of range of motion, it’s limited, and also the way I experience vibration in my body. I know I am not alone in this … One of the prime culprits for this is technology, because we have all of this technology around us that’s providing almost everything that we need … We sit in a car in this position, we sit at our desk in this position, we eat in this position, we don’t have to forage for food, we don’t have to wander, we don’t have to bend down or reach up to pick berries or crops. We don’t have to run, chase and hunt. So our capacities as humans, because of the technological revolution, has become smaller and smaller. What we are finding now with the cell phone technology is that people are becoming more and more hunched over, I have heard that being hunched over like this reduces testosterone production among other things. So are bodies are slowly forgetting what they were made to do. And the capacity of the machine is growing more and more. The title [of this presentation] is ‘Sound and Singularity. There is a theoretical concept called technological singularity, it’s when artificial intelligence becomes more intelligent than man. As of yet, computers haven’t been doing the design or creative process. They’re starting to, more and more, and that human creativity would become obsolete. And that the role of humans will drastically change. To degree that the roles betweeit, we see it in our own bodies, but one of the best ways to protect against those dangers is to reintroduce ourselves to our own capabilities, and sound is one of the most unifying and powerful forces that we have … “
On April 1, 2016, Peggy Tahir offered “Talking with the Dead: Grief, Loss and Acts of Courage.” Both poetical and practical, Peggy’s talk offers invaluable insights from her healing journey. Here is an audio recording, synced to the presentation slides, with some photos interspersed …
On February 26, 2016, at the SFTS, Megan Rose Woolever delivered a marvelous talk on “Mary Magdalen: Dark Goddess, Female Christ.” Erudite and juicy. Here is an audio recording, synced to the presentation slides, with some photos interspersed.
Megan Rose Woolever, Priestess, Healer, Scholar: Megan Rose is an initiated ceremonial magician, Kabbalist, and Tantrika. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Consciousness and Transformation and holds a seminary degree in Religion in Society. She practices Celtic Shamanism in the Faery Seership tradition and is a Holistic Healing Practitioner specializing in Energy Healing, Hypnotherapy, Bodywork, Intuitive Guidance, Life Coaching and Sacred Sexuality. Rose has been certified as an Intimacy Counselor, and is an ordained minister. She regularly shares her gifts as a priestess, ritualist, healer and sacred temple dancer, most recently seen at Pantheacon, the Spiral Dance, Seven Sisters Mystery School rituals, the Mary Magdalen Unity services, and at various San Francisco Bay Area rituals and events.
For more information on Woolever’s work, visit http://TempleMagdalen.com
Welcome to the Year of Yang Fire Monkey, according to the Chinese and Tibetan calendars. Many centuries ago, Padma Sambhava, the Vajra Guru, was born in another Year of the Yang Fire Monkey. So it is auspicious that this year, the third day of Losar (Tibetan New Year) falls on Ash Wednesday, i.e., the first day of Lent.
The Lenten season has deep meaning for those of us who joined Joe and Guin Miller for their annual observance. Every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m. from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday, Joe would read aloud the Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (his favorite text), and every weekday evening at 6:30 p.m. Guin would read aloud the Diamond Sutra (her favorite text). The SFTS Lodge kept this practice going in tact for many years after the passing of the Millers.
In recent years, we have shifted to Lent Lite, in which we read the Great Liberation at 6:30 a.m. on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and alternate readings of the Great Liberation and the Diamond Sutra each Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. throughout Lent and ending on Good Friday. We kicked off this year’s observance at 6:30 a.m. and will continue it with the Diamond Sutra this coming Friday.
To celebrate, we have posted these two wonderful video of Joe reading the Great Liberation in 1991 (he died in 1992) on our new You Tube Channel. One was filmed by Emilio Trampuz in 1989, the other by Charles Falkin 1991. Tashi Delek!
In the 1970s, Joe and Guin Millers’ friend, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, called the couple’s “Songs to Live By,” the “first American mantras.” Here is a list of links to individual audio clips of some of these powerful compositions. These links to individual tracks will allow you to share specific songs with friends, for solace and inspiration, in e-mail and blog posts, and through social media We have also included the sheet music to each song. The entire cycle (in both performance recordings and sheet music) is available from the “Songs to Live By” section of this site’s Miller Archive. The recordings were made by Sarmad Ocampo, the sheet music was created by W. Blake Derby. We will add further notes and background as time goes by, and even add a few more tracks, but for now, just listen, enjoy and SHARE! — Blessings, SFTS Lodge
On October 9th, 2015, at the invitation of Dr. Jeff Curtis, the SFTS Lodge’s “Science Officer,” researcher, scientist and philanthropist Klee Irwin spoke on “Klee Irwin on Scientific Clues That We Are Living In The Matrix – A Self-Organized Program. For more information on Irwin and his work, go to http://kleeirwin.com
Embedded above is the slide show from his presentation, embedded below is an audio tape of his talk.
Here is the video recording of Richard Power’s presentation on “Cauldron Yoga, Gaian Poetics and the Way of the Future.” This talk was delivered at the Theosophical Society of San Francisco on 9/25/15. In this presentation, Richard shares some perspectives on the nature of true embodiment and the future of civilization. It is a talk about who and what we are, where we are and where we are going. His book version of “Cauldron Yoga, Gaian Poetics and the Way of the Future,” which will include extended commentary and fresh epiphanies, is to be released in softcover and electronic form this coming winter. — Blessings, SFTS Lodge
The Theosophical Society of San Francisco feels very fortunate that Tim Boyd is at the helm of both the Theosophical Society in America and the International Theosophical Society, and we were honored to host this wonderful talk on his recent visit to the Bay Area.
Our Present Need (Part One)
Our Present Need (Part Two)
Joe and Guin Miller’s “Songs to Live By” are a great resource for all who journey on the mystical path, and they are one of the treasures that the San Francisco Theosophical Society is dedicated to preserving and offering up freely to the ever-flowing future … On the occasion of what would have been Joe Miller’s 111th birthday (homage to Bilbo Baggins), the Lodge held a beautiful event featured both a powerful talk by David Thompson and a marvelous concert of selected “Songs to Live” By from Radhe Diana Baz and W. Blake Derby.
To add to our treasure trove, here are three audio recordings of Radhe and Blake’s performance …
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The wisdom of love has no end, it is relentless and inexhaustible. “Ours is not a caravan of despair.”
Our beloved friend, Anna Lee Schneider, has gone on to her next adventure. She departed this life peacefully, in her sleep, at the age of 91. Annalee was a shining star and ever-faithful companion on Joe Miller’s Thursday Morning Walks in Golden Gate Park, and at the San Francisco Theosophical Society. She led a life of unconditional love. She was a joy bringer! We will tenderly remember her, we will dearly miss her, and we will meet her again in our next journey on the wheel of life.
Anna Lee’s beloved family will be holding memorial services on Saturday, June 21st, 2015, from one to three p.m. at the Rossmoor Creekside Clubhouse, Club Room, 1010 Stanley Dollar Dr., Rossmoor. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Tuleyome at www.tuleyome.org or Not In Our School at notinourschool.org.
“Never the Spirit is born, the Spirit shall cease to be never. Never is time, it is not. End and Beginning are dreams.” — Bhagavad Gita