The group facilitators met with Joy Mills this evening to prepare for the coming week. Joy will be giving a 45 minute talk each morning, but most of the time during the invitational is given to the participants to closely examine a given topic at great depth and from a variety of angles, both individually and with a small group.
With the stated theme ‘The Relevance of Theosophy and Theosophical Literature in the Contemporary World’, Joy is actually providing a context, a loose framework, in which any number of issues can be explored.
For those of you who don’t know, Joy is more than four times my age and has been continuously active in the T.S. for six decades now. She never fails to astonish me. Few people within the T.S. are in a more natural position to have an ossified perception of theosophy, yet even fewer are as forward thinking. Joy offered up a few questions that intrigue her as possible areas of inquiry for us to discuss within our groups:
What does Theosophy have to contribute to the discourse on evolutionary theory? How should the 2nd Volume of the Secret Doctrine be treated in light of current findings? If the lost continents, such as Atlantis, are treated as actual in theosophical writings, how do we deal with the lack of evidence for them? What is the place of western esotericism within theosophy? What is the relationship between hermeticism and gnosticism? How should we approach the issues of the Masters, of the Theosophical Society’s own past, the life of HPB, the variations between the different generations’ iterations of the teachings, the schisms, etc.?
Yes, those are just a few of the ideas Joy shared with us. You know, just to get us started.
The other facilitators include Mary Abdil from New York City, Dorothy Bell from Krotona, Tim Boyd from Chicago,Terry Hunt from Las Vegas, Doss McDavid from Texas, and Susan O’Neil from Connecticut.
Tim Boyd and I walked and talked for another two hours after the meeting, discussing the state of the T.S. and what is to be done. I’m on fire with ideas and critiques and visions for radical transformation, but being in Tim’s presence always reminds me that we’re all just people, on a journey, doing the best we can.
I slept very well.