Trust In Mind

"Tara thangka" by Anonymous - Rubin Museum of Art. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons -

“Tara thangka” by Anonymous – Rubin Museum of Art. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons –

Over the years, Chris Black, SFTS fellow and long-time Zen practitioner, has led many conversations that have deepened our understanding of Dharma in general and the Hsing Hsing Ming in particular.

This evening was no exception.

Chris led an exploration of Trust In Mind: The Rebellion of Chinese Zen in his own inimitable way.

Listen, breathe, allow the truth to reveal itself naturally …

Heaven, An MPOWERDANCE Company Salon Performance (2007)

The life of the SFTS Lodge has been blessed with the talents of numerous and gifted musicians, poets, dancers and artists.

This video documents an extraordinary MPOWERDANCE salon performance done at SFTS Lodge on a Friday evening in 2007, during the visit of our dear and long-time friend Saul Barodofsky, head of the Dervish Healing Order.

Enjoy the exquisite beauty of this piece. And stay tuned … There’s more to come.

Can Our Beliefs Influence the Future?

Sky Nelson, SFTS Lodge, August 2012

Sky Nelson at SFTS Lodge, August 2012 On August 24 2012, Sky Nelson gave us talk exploring the question: “Can Our Beliefs Influence Our Future?”

Here is some background from Sky Nelson’s website:

“Sky has developed a theory on the physics of meaningful coincidences or synchronicity. His theory has been presented over the past year at a number of conferences (Society for Scientific Exploration, Boulder CO; Toward a Science of Consciousness, Tucson, AZ; Science and Non-Duality conference, San Rafael, CA; Asilomar United Centers for Spiritual Living conference, CA), and is forthcoming for publication in the Journal for Scientific Exploration. The theory is based on understanding how quantum mechanics applies to our everyday world, and it brings up (and attempts to answer) several metaphysical questions. Sky has had two articles published in New Thought publications in 2009 on the physics of synchronicity. ( His first research paper has been accepted for publication with the Journal for Scientific Exploration.”

This was Sky’s third talk at the SFTS.

Listen …


Salvador Dali’s Depiction of the Tarot High Priestess
Salvador Dali's Taror Deck High Priestess

On August 10, 2012, SFTS Lodge Librarian Peggy Tahir read from her cycle of Tarot poems.

Peggy is one of the several accomplished poets who have contributed mightily to the creative life of the SFTS over the decades.

In this delightful talk, Peggy also shares insights and experiences of her life’s journey.

Listen …

The Seth Material … A Retrospective


J.R. Collier, S.F.T.S. August 2012

SFTS member J.R. Collier revisits Jane Roberts’ Seth Material in the light of recent research.

Listen …

Radical Hospitality

Jan Black, SFTS Lodge, July 2012

SFTS Friday Night Conversations in Theosophy 2012-07-27 On July 27, 2012, Jan Black led a conversation on meeting life’s challenges, based both on her own real-world experiences and on readings from Radical Hospitality: A Benedict’s Way of Love by Lonni Collins Pratt, a Catholic laywoman, and Daniel Homan, a Benedictine monk.

Listen …

Mythology and Fairy Tales

Victor MacGill, SFTS Lodge, July 2012

Victor_MacGill_July_2012 On July 20, 2012, Victor MacGill, a visitor from Australia and New Zealand, delivered a presentation on fairy tales and myths, in which he explored some ways that archetypes (e.g., King, Warrior, Magician, Lover) influence our psychological and spiritual development.

Listen …

More Scientific Progress Towards a Glimmer of a Hint about Consciousness

SFTS Lodge Fellow (and University of San Francisco Professor) Jeff Curtis

Jeff Curtis, June 8, 2012

We are, indeed, grateful that the Third Avowed Object, “To explore the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in …” is alive and well in City of the Golden Gate.

In this 6/8/12 talk titled “More Scientific Progress Towards a Glimmer of a Hint about Consciousness,” Jeff Curtis picks up where he left off in his 4/20/12 presentation: Report on “Toward A Science of Consciousness 2012” 

Listen …

Some Related Posts

Report on “Toward A Science of Consciousness 2012”

Dr. Jeff Curtis: Measurement, Meaning and Mind (11-11-11)

Jack Sarfatti on Our Once and Future Holographic Universe (SFTS Lodge, 7/30/10)

Celebrating the Third Avowed Object – Jeff Curtis Reports on Tuscon 2010 Consciousness Conference

Dr. Jeff Curtis: More Developments in Quantum Theory & the Nature of Consciousness (1-29-10)

The Tale of A Personal Journey, and An introduction to the Swedenborgian Church

The title page of William Blake’s Jerusalem (1819).
William Blake's Jerusalem

On May 18, 2012, as part of the SFTS Lodge’s outreach to other, deeply-rooted spiritual centers in San Francisco, Rev. Junchol Lee, Senior Pastor of the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, visited and shared the powerful story of his personal spiritual quest from his life as a six year old boy in Korea to the man who sat with us that evening.

In the course of his talk, Lee also delivered a brilliant introduction to the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg.

Philosopher, scientist, inventor and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg exercised a profound influence on many thinkers and artists from the great playwrite August Strindberg to great psychologist Carl Jung. But perhaps the most profoundly influenced of all was the great poet William Blake. According to Mark Schorer in “Swedenborg and Blake” (Modern Philology 36, 1938), Swedenborg was “foundation for this grand thing, for Blake’s concept of Jerusalem exists only because Swedenborg’s New Jerusalem existed first.”

Here is an audio recording of Rev. Lee’s powerful witnessing –

Intriguing Intersections of Theosophical and Bahá’í History and Beliefs

Bahai_visit_May_2012.2 Members of the S.F. Bahá’í community sharing their rich spiritual tradition with the SFTS Lodge, May 2012

On May 4th, 2012, we were honored to welcome three representatives of the Bahá’í Center of San Francisco.

In their presentation, Charlene and Steve Magzhi, together with Anthony Hogan, not only eloquently articulated the principles of the Bahá’í, they beautiful manifested its heartfelt essence.

In the course of this poignant conversation, we celebrated both a mutual dedication to the universal power of love and a shared history of synergy stretching back over a century.

Charlene, Steve and Anthony brought with them several treasures from the San Francisco Bahá’í Center’s archives, including the W.J. Walters’ introductory remarks to a talk given by ‘Abdu’l-Baha at the San Francisco Lodge (October 1912), a letter from ‘Abdu’l-Baha to the Secretary of the Theosophical Society and the Editor of Scotland Theosophy, the text of a tablet praising Theosophical Society president Annie Besant, and the text of a discourse “upon the distinctive notes of Bahá’í teaching” that ‘Abdu’l-Baha delivered at Theosophical Headquarters (September 30th, 1911).

Here are a few brief excerpts from just two of the powerful documents.

From the text of a tablet of ‘Abdu’l-Baha praising Theosophical Society president Annie Besant:

“The ideal of Mrs. Besant, I say truly is very lofty. She is working and laboring most valiantly, and her utmost hope is to render a service to the world of humanity, and to be the means of the establishment of good-fellowship and love between all of the communities of the earth. At all times I am praying in her behalf … Consider how many important women have come into this world! How many queens have lied upon this earth! How many distinguished ladies have become the presidents of societies! But neither have their names nor any great account of their deeds been left behind! Yet Mary Magdalene, who was only a peasant woman — because she became inspired to serve the Kingdom of Christ and to scatter his seeds in productive ground — what a great crop she gathered!”

From the text of a discourse “upon the distinctive notes of Bahá’í teaching” that ‘Abdu’l-Baha delivered at Theosophical Headquarters (September 30th, 1911):

“Firstly: [Baha’u’llah] lays stress on the search for the Truth. This is most important, because the people are too easily led by tradition. It is because of this that they are often antagonistic toward each other, and dispute with one another. But the manifesting of Truth discovers the darkness and becomes the cause of Oneness of faith and belief: because Truth cannotbe two! That is not possible. Secondly: Baha’u’llah taught the Oneness of humanity; that is to say, all the children of men are under the mercy of the Great God. They are the sons of one God; they are trained by God … Therefore all nations and peoples must consider themselves brethren. They are all descendants from adam. They are branches, leaves, flowers and fruits on One Tree. They are pearls from one shell … Seventhly: The arrangements of the circumstances of the people must be such that poverty will disappear, and that every one as far as possible, according to his position and rank, shall be comfortable. Whilst the nobles and others in high rank are in easy circumstances, the poor also should be able to get their daily food and not be brought to the extremities of hunger. Eightly: Baha’u’llah declared the coming of the Most Great Peace. All the nations and peoples will come under the shadow of the Tent of the Great Peace and Harmony — that is to say, by general election a Great Board of Arbitration shall be established, to settle all differences and quarrels between the Powers; so that dispute shall not end in war.”