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||RILKO Public Lectures 2006-07
from Surrey, UK
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RESEARCH INTO LOST KNOWLEDGE ORGANISATION
Studies in patterns
PUBLIC LECTURES 2006 - 2007
41 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5HR
Nearest Underground Stations: Gloucester Road & South Kensington
Doors open at 6.45pm & close 7.30pm (Except on 20th April 2007: 6.30pm to 7.45)
The RILKO bookstall will be open & drinks available during these periods
£7 (members £5)
29th September 2006
TALIESIN'S TRAVELS - A DEMI-GOD AT LARGE
Taliesin's Travels brings fresh significance to one of Britain's best-loved tales. For over a thousand years the impish Taliesin has enthralled and enlightened people. As a farmer's son, he is grounded in the land. Yet, because his mother is the goddess Nature, he can travel, free as a demi-god, throughout time and space. Thanks to the intimate contact with spirits of place, sun and the underworld, Taliesin reveals and portrays the interconnecting, ever-transforming essence of life. His often painful and sometimes ludicrous adventures engage with creation in its entirety. Transcending history, he invites us to see our own millennium as cyclical, mythic journey so that, like him, each individual comes to identify with the whole of creation. With a keen sense of enjoyment, Michael Dames provides a deep and imaginative account of the tales and poetry associated with Taliesin. Prehistoric, Romano-British and Christian aspects of Taliesin's persona are brought together in a magical synthesis.
Michael Dames is well known for his pioneering studies of the myths and legends of the British Isles. His previous books include The Silbury Treasure, The Avebury Cycle, Mythic Ireland and Merlin and Wales. He is a previous speaker and some years ago led a memorable RILKO outing around Avebury.
Friday 27th October 2006
This illustrated talk will adapt and develop themes discussed in Oliver's presentation "Dowsing - as a path to enlightenment". The study of lost self-Knowledge, as taught by Ancient Wisdom Traditions, combined with the New Quantum Physics is starting to bring our minds back to our hearts. We have a multi-dimensional and divine nature, expanding well beyond the realm of the 5 senses. Oliver will discuss how Science and Spirituality can form a powerful new alliance, pointing us back to the infinite capacities and freedom seeded deep within our essence. Oliver will outline concepts of the New Quantum Physics, and use images from modern technology to establish a fresh appreciation of our place in this manifold universe. He will then discuss how the way we perceive the world and conduct ourselves defines our reality, and how gradual changes in perception of Self and our interaction with the environment enables us to create a more conscious, positive and coherent life for all.
Oliver Perceval is a self-employed architect working in London. His working ethos is "To design sustainable buildings which also support and promote the physical, mental and spiritual health of all those who use them".
Friday 24th November 2006
THE HOLY GRAIL: ITS SECRETS REVEALED.
The Grail is arguably the single most important element in the story of King Arthur. Its nature and meaning have been repeatedly redefined, most recently etching themselves into the public imagination in the best-selling The Da Vinci Code. This talk returns to the beginning - and the end - of the quest in the medieval masterpieces which, in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, constructed what might, misleadingly, be called "the legend of the Grail", to find both the real nature and the real meaning of this potent and tantalising symbol.
Nigel Bryant is an expert on the medieval Grail romances and is the author of four books on the subject: The High Book of the Grail - Perlesvaus; The "Perceval" of Chretien de Troyes and its Continuations; Robert de Boron's "Merlin and the Grail"; and a new compilation of the medieval French romances, The Legend of the Grail, reissued in paperback this year. He works in the shadow of an important Arthurian site in Wiltshire, about which he has written the novel Merlin's Mound, published in 2004.
Friday 26th January 2007
THE CYGNUS MYSTERY
Ancient peoples world-wide fixed the location of heaven - the source of cosmic life and death - in the same segment of sky, the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan. Shamanic journeys, Native American funeral rites, the alignments of standing stones, all pointed to this sky-world. This belief shaped global cosmologies and influenced sacred architecture from Avebury to the temples of Mexico, Peru, and India. In his latest book, The Cygnus Mystery, Andrew Collins provides evidence that cosmic rays from a binary star known as Cygnus X-3
helped accelerate human evolution during the last Ice Age, and that the veneration of Cygnus goes back 17,000 years, to a time that saw the origins of astronomy, literature, ancient cosmologies and even transoceanic sea voyages. He traces the astronomic lore back to 15,000 BC, when Deneb, the brightest star in Cygnus, was the Pole Star and our Palaeolithic ancestors held religious rituals in caves, whose painted bird-imagery was created by shamans who travelled in trance beyond this world. This talk, drawing on cutting edge astrophysics, is not about life's origins in the Darwinian sense, but about their origins deeper in our history and about our ancestors' awareness that life, death, and evolution were connected to a cosmic source, that life on Earth originated among the stars.
Andrew Collins is one of the foremost alternative-history writers in Britain today, and the author of several best-selling books including From the Ashes of Angels, Gateway to Atlantis and Tutankhamun: The Exodus Conspiracy, co-written with Chris Ogilvie-Herald. He is also the founder of psychic questing, whereby dreams and visions are used to discover hidden artefacts and uncover mysteries of the past and present.
Friday 23rd February 2007
SACRED LONDON: ITS HOLY WELLS & HIDDEN ALIGNMENTS
This talk brings together two areas of research, the lost holy wells of London and their relationship to the hidden geometry and alignments that established a pattern for the development of the capital. The concept of the ‘holy well’, with its medicinal healing properties has been firmly established since antiquity. London originally boasted many such wells, which sadly have been mostly lost, except only in street or place names. With the use of modern mapping techniques and research into historical documents it is now possible to precisely pin-point the location of these wells and to discover what has happened to them. Although water is a natural phenomenon these wells can often be found on the alignments within the capital, such as the ‘holy well’ in the Strand, which suggests there may be a connection between the two. London’s alignments were certainly formulated in Roman times but there are hints that the patterns pre-dated that period and that these were also used in the development of London, possibly through Masonic influence. For example ‘The Broadwalk’, in Regents Park, established by John Nash in the 18th century, is precisely aligned to the tumulus on Hampstead Heath. This hidden heritage should not be lost and may have relevance to the future development of London.
David Furlong has been researching landscape patterns for more than thirty years. He is the author of five books including, Working With Earth Energies and The Keys to the Temple, which explored the hidden geometry of the Marlborough Downs and its link to the Avebury complex. He is at present researching the lost wells of London for a future book.
Friday 30th March 2007
THE ROOTS OF THE ATOMIC HYPOTHESIS IN 4TH C GREECE
For nearly two and a half thousand years, an understanding of the Elements underpinned almost all ways of thinking about the world. The hypothesis of this talk about Fire, Air, Water and Earth, tracks a direct ancestry from the branch of Greek philosophy that studies phusis, roughly translated as Nature. The ideas that lay behind the enduring elementary view of the world were developed by a number of critical thinkers, including Plato & Aristotle, who used
them to provide detailed and intricate accounts of the ultimate nature of matter. But where did these theories come from, what did they entail, how seriously were they taken, and how seriously should we take them? These, and many other intriguing questions will be raised by the speaker, who will provide an introduction to the ancient atomic hypotheses that today seem extraordinarily prescient, and out of place in what we understand of the 4th C BCE.
Michael Bispham has independently researched the ancient matter-theories for more than a decade. In recent years his work has been funded in part by grants channelled through the RILKO administrative system, resulting in an offer of publication for an account of Plato's systematic examination of the physical world. He has published in the field of historical architectural layout systems.
Friday 20th April 2007
(Please note this is not the usual last Friday of the month)
Doors open at 6.30pm & close at 7.45pm
The RILKO AGM will be held from 6.45 to 7.15
followed at 7.30pm by
The Robert Cowley Memorial Lecture
The public is warmly welcomed to attend this lecture
WILLIAM BLAKE & THE BRITISH ISRAELITE TRADITION
Joseph Mac Dermot
The year 2007 marks the 250th Anniversary of the birth of William Blake, London's famous mystical poet and artist. Yet little is understood of the mystical influences that inspired him. He had a profound interest in the teachings of the Illuminati like Paracelsus; Jacob Boeheme; Swedenborg; Bacon and Newton. But was this interest the result of an encounter early in his life? He was sent to Westminster Abbey, a young apprentice engraver and had a to make graphics of all the relics and royal effigies for months on end as he argued a lot in the workshop. Did the oracle stir his fertile imagination as he sat often alone in the sacred inauguration place of monarchs of these islands? Did he seek thereafter the arcane knowledge beloved of Freemasonic and esoteric groups and known as 'The British Israelite Tradition'? This theme certainly appears in his work and particularly in his last great epic, the illuminated books on Milton and Jerusalem and its most memorable verse, "and did those feet in ancient times….". What heart is not moved by Albion? that Angelic muse of the English-speaking peoples when enmasse they sing, "I will not cease from mental fight nor shall my sword sleep in my hand till we have built Jerusalem on England's green and pleasant land".
Joseph Mac Dermott was apprenticed in a building trade. After 6 years in a monastic community, he returned to a building restoration firm. In the early 1980s he became a project officer for offenders supervised by the Probation Service and is now retired. He has been a R.I.L.K.O. member for 30 years, and remains a keen student of all things esoteric.
R.I.L.K.O. A Charitable Educational Trust Number: 266677 Founded in 1969
Lecture Organiser - R.Stephenson
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