Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Theosophy & the Church in the Wilderness

The Globe and Mail’s Roy MacGregor had a column in this morning’s paper that spoke to the feelings and thoughts of spirituality and rebirth that many feel/ think about when they travel to the wilderness at this time of year.

MacGregor has a cottage in the Algonquin Park area and often writes about his experiences in the wilderness. This past Easter weekend he was in the wilderness and was speaking to the “miracles” we see all around us every spring - the ice giving way to bright blue water, barrel owls calling, and spring peepers screaming. It was interesting to read about Theosophy and it’s followers who found their church in the wilderness.

Theosophy was a popular religion in the early part of the 20th century and as MacGregor writes was all about becoming “souls with the universal soul.” A Theosophy website states that the Theopsphical society rejected the idea of a God existing outside nature. Instead, “theosophy spoke of an all-pervading divine essence, an infinite ocean of consciousness, from which all things are born and to which they ultimately return.” Many of it’s followers came to believe in reincarnation.

Interesting to think of reincarnation and Theosophy as we see nature’s rebirth all around us. To read MacGregor’s article, please visit Globe and Mail.com. Click here to learn more about Theosophy.