Aeon Centre of Cosmology is currently hosting a 6 month online course entitled: 'The Higher Purpose of Time and the Key to its Harmonies'. I'll be a consultant for this course ... following along, answering questions and contributing to the course in whatever ways seem necessary or called for. The Gnostic Circle and The Magical Carousel - a zodiacal odyssey will be the primary course material. As of 22 June 2015 registration is still open. Below is ACC's course invitation, description and info about cost and such:
‘The Bhagavad Gita, one of India’s most profound scriptures, tells us that this is the highest truth, this is the truest perception that the seeker can aspire to in his or her lifetime, this is the Vision of visions. Though it is reserved only for the most intrepid, the Gita affirms for all times that it is Mahakala who holds the grandest truths. The Time-Spirit is the apex in the formidable pyramid constituted of the seemingly unending experiences that throughout the ages seekers have had of God.’ Thea – ‘Time & Imperishability’ - ‘Transcendence and the Immanence of the One’
Over the millennia the Mystery School tradition has preserved and sustained the thread of higher knowledge and consciousness that we find woven through all ancient civilizations. The guardians of the mysteries were charged with the preservation of the ancient knowledge and the preparation of initiates so that they were fit to receive it. These wisdom traditions divided their secret knowledge into two distinct categories; the lesser and the greater mysteries. The lesser mysteries, available to a wider spectrum of the populace, dealt with mysticism, the secrets of the mind, psychism, and certain divinatory techniques which together resembled an early form of esoteric psychology. The greater mysteries which were taught under a seal of secrecy and only to initiates who had risen through the ranks of the lower knowledge dealt with the most profound secrets of Time and Space. The Aeon Centre of Cosmology is pleased to continue this revered tradition with what may be considered the greatest of all mysteries, the vision of ‘Mahakala’ – the Time-Spirit and the unbreakable bond between Time and the Soul.
Outline of Course
“…We cannot proceed further in our development until the Gnostic Cell of a new collective consciousness touches upon the higher purpose of Time, discovers the Key to the foundations of its inherent harmony and reveals this to the world.'’ Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, Thea, The New Way
Session One: explores objectives for the Course (see Thea’s Open Letter). Through an in-depth study of the Map of the 12 Manifestations students discover the meaning of the Avatar’s descent in the last three manifestations of the earth: to renew or update the ancient perennial knowledge (the Sanatana Dharma). The goals of the Integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo (The Transcendent Divine/the 9) and the Supramental yoga are discussed. Students are introduced to the concept of the zodiac as the horoscope of the earth revealing not only their own individual destiny but that of the entire planet. They start their studies (the initiatic journey) with the first triad of the zodiac - Cosmic Sunrise (or the reddening of the Earth in alchemical terminology); and begin to see that the story of The Magical Carousel - which details the 12- stage Vedic sacrifice of the cosmic year - is the new myth for the new Age.
Session Two: students continue their studies/their cosmic journey; they see the odyssey of The Magical Carousel as a quest in search of the Divine Mother (the 6). Here the focus is on the second triad of the zodiacal year - Cosmic Midnight (the darkening of the Earth). The symbolism and purpose of ‘the fall’ in the sign Cancer and how it differs from the Biblical Genesis is explored. Students are introduced to the sign opposite Cancer in the wheel - Capricorn - and the importance of this axis in the Tropical Zodiacal Calendar and in the unfolding of world affairs (India/Capricorn and America/Cancer).
Session Three: offers a deeper appreciation of the descent of Supramental Knowledge now unfolding on Earth via the Third in the Solar line - the principle of the Individual Divine (the 3). Autobiographical details of Val and PomPom (the courageous children in the myth of The Magical Carousel) will be discussed. The focus is on the third triad of the zodiac - Cosmic Sunset - the critical phase of the journey, where we explore the role of human death in the scheme of evolution, and the method by which the Earth is liberated from its hold. Students are given guidance on how to use the key of supramental knowledge, The Gnostic Circle.
Session Four: In 1956 The Mother of Pondicherry told ashramites that the Time had come; Supermind had descended on Earth. In Thea’s cosmology this is symbolized by the opening of the fourth quarter of The Gnostic Circle - Cosmic Midday (the Sun is overhead, casting no shadows - the alchemical process is complete and the color is white). Students will reflect on the extraordinary time in which we have taken birth, during an age in which the universalisation of Truth-Consciousness is available for all mankind, and all four principles of the earth (9/6/3/0-1) are embedded in its core.
|Time:||Each Session is six weeks in Length. Beginning date for Session one: 21 June 2015.
|Fee:||In the USA and elsewhere, course fee is $360.00 for the four session course.
In India, course fee is rs 7,500 for the four session course.
|Faculty (contact info):||Robert Wilkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Patricia Heidt, PhD (email@example.com ).
|Consultants:||Lori Tompkins and Arinaya
The above outline presents the general direction of the course. Faculty will also address specific needs of the students and help them achieve their particular goals. Send with your registration:
- a short bio
- why you are enrolling in this course or
- any particular content which you wish to learn/develop more specifically
Students are expected to have access to the two required texts: The Magical Carousel and Commentaries and The Gnostic Circle - a study in cosmic harmonies – both available through Aeon Books.
A supplemental reading list will be emailed to students at the beginning of each of the four sessions. They are expected to study at their own pace and contact mentors weekly either by email or skype to discuss with them ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- an original idea
- a quote from their readings indicating the meaning it has for them
- a drawing, a collage, etc.
- a question that has puzzled them and their new understanding of it