Wessex Research Group Network

The Wessex Research Group Network archive contains those lectures that have been digitised and are freely downloadable as a personal educational tool. They are offered as educational assists and permission is sought for all other forms of reproduction. Further lectures can be found by clicking the buttons below.

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Title: Christmas and the Awakening of Man

Speaker: Russell Evans

Russell begins by discussing the pre Christian and Christian origins of Christmas in the context of it being a time of birth and rebirth and as a transition from the dark and in to the light. If this time of year is symbolic of the true awakening of mankind what does it mean to be human?  Despite our technological based existence, loss of inner meaning is described as the biggest neurosis of our age. Are we living in our lives really fulfilling ourselves as spiritual beings on a path of growth and development, or are we ignoring those treasures that are truly human in constant pursuit of the material?

Title: The Soul of Britain

Speakers: Nigel Blair and Sir George Trevelyan

This lecture discusses the historical contribution of the folk souls and in particular the Anglo Saxon folk soul to the current age of the consciousness soul. It considers the role of Britain past and present as a melting pot for the mixing of cultures and the exchange of ideas.  Each folk soul has its spiritual task and is a facet of an evolving humanity. Humanities task is too cease identifying with our separated selves and enable each folk soul to make its contribution to building a new world where the totality of humanity is recognised as one great spiritual being. 

Title: The Prophetic Alliance of the Mayan and Druidic Calendars

Speaker: Mark Heley

Our lives are lived by a calendar that considers only the solar year and the rotation of the Earth around the Sun. By living in this way and ignoring other important calendrical cycles are we reducing our awareness of the cosmos and narrowing our understanding of wider influences that affect us and the planet?  In a comprehensive and well researched lecture Mark discusses the calendars of the Mayan and Druidic cultures and describes the significance of 13 moon calendars, the 3 year lunar cycle (37 lunations), the 5 year cycle, the 8 year cycle (99 lunations), the 19 year cycle (used by the ancient Greeks) and the procession of the equinoxes.

Title: Poetry and the Awakened Mind

Speaker: Sir George Trevelyan

In this superbly delivered lecture, Sir George considers the emergence of a new world view in relation to human consciousness. In doing so he describes the secrets of the ancients and in particular the Temple Sleep, the symbolism of myths and legends and the oneness of everything in respect of humanities cosmic and spiritual evolution.

Title: Reincarnation. Many Happy Returns

Speaker: Jean Smythe

In this enthralling lecture Jean talks of death as being an essential part of the human condition, for whilst it is the destiny of the body to return to dust and ashes, it is the destiny of the spirit to continue along a continuous and infinite path of learning. We all have lived many lives in physical form as different creeds, sexes and colours in a bid to achieve our own individual Christhood. If our present lives are personal journeys of self discovery, what influence do previous incarnations have and what is the role of freewill and spirit in fulfilling our potential as spiritual beings? Is living through unconditional love, tolerance and kindness the hardest lesson of all to learn?

Title: The Mythology of the British Isles. Celts, Goddesses and Heroes

Speaker: Geoffrey Ashe

Where does the mythology of the British Isles really begin? In this fascinating lecture Geoffrey discusses the importance of our Celtic heritage in shaping the mythology of the British Isles; one that pre dates Anglo Saxon culture. What can we learn from a Celtic age where little was ever written down and how accurate is the work of medieval scholars such as Geoffrey of Monmouth in portraying the mythology of these islands? 

Title: The Energies of Natural Medicine

Speaker: Michael Endacott

Michael provides a marvellous insight in to the energies that are associated with natural medicine and healing. Most illness occurs due to in-balances at an emotional or soul level, but as individuals we all grow on the physical, spiritual and intellectual levels and through an acceptance and knowledge of wider universal energies we can heal ourselves. The essence of any healing is to help the person come to terms with their own problems and embark on a progressive path of personal development and understanding within ourselves. 

Title: The Genius of the Few

Speakers: Christian and Joy O’Brien 

Who designed the great stone monuments of Avebury Ring, Stonehenge and Silbury Hill? It was this question that prompted a long line of enquiry that led initially to the Middle East and the Lebanon and then to other parts of the world. In this superb lecture Christian and Joy O'Brien present the findings of that research that formed the basis of the book The Genius of the Few and has led to the posing of a whole new set of questions regarding the common origins of humanity, the Old Testament, the accounts of Enoch and the garden of Eden. Incredible research which provides proof of the advanced civilization in the archaic world. Donated from the Archives of the Patrick Foundation

Title: The Holistic Philosophy of Nature

Speaker: Glen Schaefer

Glen by background is an atomic physicist and biologist. His work in these fields has led him to believe that mankind's view of evolution and nature is largely deterministic and mechanistic. During the first part of this marvellous lecture he outlines the flaws associated with this perspective, and argues that the creation and evolution of the universe could not have occurred by chance alone, but are guided by a higher universal intelligence.  If evolution is a process of unfoldment, how does it relate to man's existence given that the way the planet is currently viewed and managed. Our current approach of trying to control nature is bringing the scenario of catastrophe to our paradigm as we gradually denature our environment. Earth is the human beings only home and we must alter our thinking and work as one with our home if it and us, are going to survive

Title: Bloodline of the Holy Grail

Speaker: Sir Laurence Gardner

Sir Laurence Gardner starts by describing the background to the writing of his best selling book 'Bloodline of the Holy Grail' and then proceeds to separate fact from fiction and by asking, "why is it that the New Testament gospels, and other books of that era tell us things that we are not taught and why are we taught lots of things that aren't in the new testament as if they are"? In the second part of this superbly researched and delivered oration he discusses in detail aspects of the Holy Bloodline and considers the possibility of Jesus surviving death and having at least one child with Mary Magdalene.

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