Problem Solving for Occultists

A Workshop with Kurt Leland

Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

We often hear or read about subtle bodies and planes. For most of us this information remains in the realm of the theoretical unless we have had an out-of-body experience, near-death experience, or some other mystical experience in which we learn we are more than our physical body. Yet we use these subtle bodies all the time: we act in the physical body (which also has a subtle dimension), feel in the astral or emotional body, think with the mental body, and experience higher states of consciousness in meditation in the causal or soul body. The subtle planes also have a concrete aspect: everything we experience starts on the higher planes and gathers specificity as it “drops down” from one plane to the next until it is realized in the material world as an event.

Theosophical teachings imply that we can use this knowledge to understand — and perhaps to influence — the development of events. In this experiential workshop, we will examine a hot-button topic in the realm of current events from this perspective, tracing its development as it drops down through the planes, and seeing where we might be able to influence its manifestation for the greater good of all. We’ll learn to think and problem-solve like occultists.

Kurt Leland is a National Lecturer for the Theosophical Society in America. He is also an award-winning composer and the author of eight books. His latest is Rainbow Body: A History of the Western Chakra System from Blavatsky to Brennan, published in November 2016. He has also compiled and annotated Invisible Worlds: Annie Besant on Psychic and Spiritual Development (2013). On September 30 – October 1, 2017, he will co-chair an international conference in London on the life and work of Annie Besant, second international president of the Theosophical Society, in honor of the 170th anniversary of her birth on October 1.

Space is Limited — Registration is Required

Please pre-register by October 20 by using the contact form below.


The Theosophical Society in Portland
2377 NW Kearney Street, Portland, Oregon 97210

There is no charge for this program, but donations will be welcomed. To see a listing of all of our programs, please visit the Current Programs page.

Program Schedule

9:30 – 10:00 AM: Light refreshments
10:00 AM – noon: Workshop
Noon – 1:30 PM: Break for lunch (on your own). There are many restaurants in the area within walking distance.
1:30 – 3:00 PM: Workshop


Parking in our area is limited, and all parking is on the street. Most parking spots have a 4-hour limit. Consequently, it may be necessary to move your car and re-park during the lunch break.