We live in a questioning and critical age when the religious and scientific dogmas of the past are increasingly being challenged.
This was also true of the Russian mystic, Helena Blavatsky, the mother of the New Age, when she set out on her quest for knowledge in the middle of the 19th century. Through her contacts with religious and mystical traditions in many parts of the world, and the instructions she received from her own teacher in Tibet, she learned of the existence of the ageless wisdom – the fountain source from which all the great world religions and philosophies have sprung.
Madame Blavatsky used the Greek word, theos *(divine being) coupled with sophia (wisdom) to characterize her brand of “divine wisdom,” Theosophy.
The fundamental teaching of Theosophy is the spiritual unity of all things. Blavatsky writes, “Not only humanity – composed as it is of thousands of races – but everything that lives is made of the same essence and substance, is animated by the same spirit, and consequently, everything in nature is bound in solidarity.”
Rejecting the idea of a God existing outside nature, Theosophy speaks of an all pervading divine essence, an infinite ocean of consciousness, from which all things are born and to which they ultimately return. The human kingdom is only one of the phases of experience that each god-spark must pass through during its long evolutionary journey through the worlds of matter.
According to the ageless wisdom and accordingly, Theosophy, we incarnate on earth many many times, and in each life we reap the consequences of the causes we have set in motion in previous lives, in accordance with the Law of Karma. In this way, we gradually learn from our mistakes and unfold more and more of our spiritual potential.
The twin doctrines of reincarnation and karma place the responsibility for our lives firmly upon our own shoulders. Instead of being the victims of change and genes on the one hand, or of fate and some fickle deity on the other, we have made ourselves what we are, and it is up to us to use our free will wisely, in order to help others and change ourselves for the better. And just as the quality of our thoughts and deeds largely determines the nature of our dreams during sleep, so they will also determine the states of consciousness experienced by the inner self after death.
“Theosophy” morphed into a structured Theosophical Society, founded by Blavatsky, H.S. Olcott and W. Q. Judge in 1875. The society espouses three objectives of Theosophy, the first of which is to form the nucleus of a universal brotherhood of humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color. The basic moral precepts that would make universal brotherhood a reality are very simple: we should try to be loving and forgiving, calm and patient, kind and altruistic. We should treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves, and concentrate on correcting our own faults rather than on criticizing; and above all, we should live to benefit others. “Sow kindly acts and thou shalt reap their fruition. Inaction in a deed of mercy becomes an action in a deadly sin.”
The second objective of the Theosophical Society is the study of the world’s religions, philosophies and sciences. When stripped of their later dogmatic accretions, the world’s religions are found to have more similarities than differences. They recognize that our essential self is fundamentally identical with the Universal Self; they advocate the golden rule of universal love; and they speak of enlightened teachers who have appeared on earth at different times and have restated some of the fundamental spiritual values.
The third objective of the Theosophical movement is to investigate the unexplained laws of nature, including the psychic and spiritual powers latent in man.
Materialistic scientists regard consciousness as a mere byproduct of matter, and matter in turn is regarded as concentrated energy. Theosophy, however, says that consciousness is the ultimate reality, the highest form of energy. Physical matter is just one of its many manifestations. Our physical bodies are animated and controlled by our own inner nature and whether it is our higher nature or lower nature that holds sway is ultimately up to us.
Madame Blavatsky promulgated as the motto of the Theosophical Society: There is no religion higher than truth. In her view, all ideas – whatever their source – should be tested against our own knowledge, experience and intuition. She envisioned Theosophy as a “mystical” wisdom that could help us to develop a healthy and positive philosophy of life, one which satisfies both the heart and the intellect, and which can help us to meet the trials and temptations of daily life.
Many who have never heard of the Society are Theosophists without knowing it themselves; for the essence of Theosophy is the perfect harmonizing of the divine with the human in man, the adjustment of his god-like qualities and aspirations, and their sway over the terrestrial or animal passions in him.
Kindness, absence of every ill feeling or selfishness, charity, good-will to all beings, and perfect justice to others as to one’s self, are its chief features. He who teaches Theosophy preaches the gospel of good-will; and the converse of this is true also – he who preaches the gospel of good will, teaches Theosophy.
About the Center for the New Age
Spirit guided us to this special place which centuries earlier was used by ancient people as a ceremonial site. We were guided by Spirit to open the Center at this place which is now the heart of spirituality in Sedona.
We’ve searched the globe and pulled the most accurate Psychics and Healers and amazing Massage-Therapists from all over the world who have come here to be part of this special community, whose energy makes them even more psychic. Their services are offered at the Center daily and by phone at (928) 282-2085.
Center for the New Age
341 State Route 179
across from Tlaquepaque
Sedona, AZ 86336-6111