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What Is Alive in You?

A free presentation on Non-Violent Communication

With Dianne Duran
September 18, 2021
11:00 am-12:20pm CDT

As part of the Noble Eightfold Path, the Buddha advises us to have right mindfulness, right view, right intentions, and right relationships.  He also asks us to cultivate right speech. But what if, despite our best efforts, our speech actually worked against our values? What if our speech reflected domination, competition, scarcity, even violence? Then how effective would be our intentions? And how effective would be our service in the world?  Read more about What Is Alive in You?

Our Sacred Unity with Nature: A Webinar Series

June 12, 2021 at 11 am CDT

Part III brings our series to a close with an interactive session on the extraordinary life of trees, the “standing beings” of our planet.

Come join us as we explore teachings from the Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben as well as other associated material that delves into the secret life that many indigenous people have long known and science is beginning to discover.
To register for this free interactive event, please email us at info@theoservice.org. Read more about Our Sacred Unity with Nature: A Webinar Series

Our Sacred Unity with Nature

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Our Sacred Unity with Nature
A Webinar Series

Join us on May 1, 2021 at 11 am CDT as we continue our discussion about the Native lands we live on and our sacred relationship with Mother Earth. Part II of our series will explore teachings from the book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

On June 12, 2021 at 11 am CDT we will present part III of our series with an interactive session on the extraordinary life of trees, the “standing beings” of our planet. Come join us as we explore teachings from the Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

To register for these free interactive events, please email us at info@theoservice.org Read more about Our Sacred Unity with Nature

A Man and His Passion

The weekend before Thanksgiving found me reorganizing my small library of literature. I came across a folder from the 2017 Summer National Convention on Ecosprituality and found a piece of paper that I had folded in half and stuck in it. The information on that piece of paper was instrumental in helping me reinforce a change I wanted to make in my life. But I was also feeling alone in making that change. All of this was occurring during my first year of membership in the Theosophical Society. Unfolding the paper was like the unfolding of renewed life in the spring. It brought back memories. Read more about A Man and His Passion

Those in Need of Healing

The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) Healing Network was started in 1990. Originally started in Houston Texas, the first director of the network was Virginia Sylvester and it was called the “Houston Branch Healing Network.” It allowed people from all over the nation to leave messages of those in need of healing.

The healing ceremony followed was the “Ritual Invoking the Healing Angels” from Geoffrey Hodson’s book The Brotherhood of Angels and Men. As many people know, Geoffrey Hodson was a clairvoyant, a healer, and worked with the angelic realm. His books are still available online after more than thirty years since his passing and the ritual remains popular with many different healing groups. Read more about Those in Need of Healing

COVID-19 AND A CALL TO ACTION

Providing Meals to Emergency Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has confined many of us to our homes, but emergency rooms are filled with people suffering from this disease. While staying home is crucial to decrease the spread of this virus, the TOS has found another way to help. To aid the emergency room workers and the local restaurants, the TOS is implementing a new program to provide vegetarian meals from local restaurants to the emergency rooms. Deliveries will be handled by the restaurants themselves. We have already contacted our first hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago, and they were overwhelmed that such a service was offered. Our goal is to make this a national program. But WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are looking for people who can coordinate with a hospital and a restaurant in their local area. It is just a matter of finding a hospital in need of such a service and a local restaurant in the same area willing to help. All of this can be done from your own home! Read more about COVID-19 AND A CALL TO ACTION

20/20 Vision on Our Earth

Have you ever wondered where all your garbage goes or whether what you put in your recycling bin actually is recycled? Perhaps it runs through your mind, but the thought quickly gets pushed aside by more “pressing” matters. We often think that once we dispose of something it is no longer our concern. The reality of waste only hits us when we see plastic islands in the ocean the size of Texas or watch the tragedy of dolphins and whales beached on our seashore. The image possibly moves us to stop using plastic and while such actions are beneficial, it is important that we try to do more. Read more about 20/20 Vision on Our Earth

Greetings from TOS Detroit!

On August 29th, 2018 Several members of TOS Detroit delivered clothes for and received a tour of The Grace Centers of Hope Shelter for Women and Children in Pontiac, MI. The warm welcome was facilitated by Olivia the Volunteer and event coordinator of Grace Centers. Olivia was happily surprised by the gracious donation of clothes purchased by TOS Detroit and funded in partnership with TOS. Read more about Greetings from TOS Detroit!

Oglala Lakota Nursing and Therapeutic Touch

It never ceases to amaze one how small the world can be. We all walk different paths, all journeying back to the same source. That difference can often be the cause for people to feel separate from one another, leading to the inability to even try to understand each other. When we take the time and really listen, we often find that we are not that different from each other. Ways of practice, culture, and even language sometimes share commonalities that one would have never thought. Read more about Oglala Lakota Nursing and Therapeutic Touch

Sir Paul’s Campaign

The TOS is always looking for interesting tidbits to pass on to readers. Here’s one from former Theosophical Society in America president Betty Bland.

In 2009, Sir Paul and his daughters Mary and Stella launched a non-profit campaign called Meat Free Monday (www.meatfreemondays.com) The website provides a number of tasty vegetarian recipes and the facts behind the universal benefits of going meat free, even for a day. Read more about Sir Paul’s Campaign

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