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Presidents Report - October 2010

posted 15 Oct 2011, 22:41 by Sunshine Coast Lodge Theosophical Society Australia

Dear Friends

Our year has almost come full circle and it seems such a small time ago that we were preparing our newly re-vamped Bulletin. Here we are now preparing our last issue for 2010. I’m sure you will all agree Linda has done an exceptional job for someone new at the task, an example of giving selfless, altruistic service.   I offer to her a special thank you from all of us.

The purpose of our lodge like all lodges is to create a forum where people of like minds can come together, discuss, learn and listen in the spirit of harmony as we grow in our understanding of the ancient wisdom teachings.  As individuals we have a tremendous power within to take our lodge and the world forward by lifting ourselves and empowering others.  The first step on our own unique spiritual journey is to get to know our own self.  Daily meditation is recommended; if we can touch our own still centre the result will be a calmer, more peaceful self, one that is more skilful in observing and comprehending our self and actions. Plus there is the added benefit of being better able to cope with the pressures of the fast world we live in.   Monitoring our thoughts is also recommended, thoughts can manifest into action. If we are conscious of the movement of our minds one gradually becomes awake to the possibility of changing our actions and re-actions thru the power of thought. Over time non-reactive responses will develop. Keeping our focus on our core beliefs of the wisdoms teachings will become a steadying influence in our lives. Our major task as members of the Theosophical Society is to turn these building blocks from the wisdom teachings into practical wisdom - e.g.  walking  the talk. Let us rejoice in the possibility of bringing our heart and mind together and bring theosophy into our daily lives.
Our lodge continues with a diverse programme including lectures from many of our members, panel discussions, study groups both at Buderim and Tewantin.  It is vital to the growth of our lodge that we have these inter-active programmes - plus we have introduced “members only” events where we can exchange ideas and get to know one another better in the spirit of brother/sisterhood.  Betty McAllister also runs a monthly DVD session featuring a Krishnamurti DVD followed by lunch and discussion on the last Sunday of each month at her home in Buderim. This event is open to all regardless of whether you are a member or not. 

Some 10 Queensland members including myself travelled to the Theosophical World Congress in Rome during July. This event is held every 9 to 10 years.  Daily we were uplifted daily by international speakers developing the theme of Brotherhood Without Distinction.  In October we are planning to present a panel of interpretations by some of the delegates that attended the Congress.  After the Congress 25 members drawn from New Zealand, America and Australia s travelled around Italy together.  This was a wonderful experience and an opportunity to build a network of international friends and contacts – learning and sharing together.

Some of our newer groups are having a difficult time finding speakers if any of you would like to give a talk at Caboolture, Redcliffe, or Maleny, please contact me.

I thank the committee for their ongoing support in particular for the work they did in my absence, and to you all may the blessings of Christmas be yours.

With love
Jean Carroll