It is a little-known fact  that there are multiple theosophies in this world.
I suppose that theosophers are aware of the close affinity of Vedanta with Blavatskian theosophy, and, that some relation to Buddhism exists with her eclectic philosophy. But, there is so much more in the world than these systems of thought alone. Have you ever thought that there can be found many theosophies in the West? Yes, there are many such. 
A list of the most important ones:

-Greek theosophy (especially Proclus). Acknowledged by De Purucker.
-Jewish theosophy: Kabbalah. Recognized by Blavatsky.
-Teutonic theosophy (Jakob Boehme). Recognized by Blavatsky and Quan Judge.
-Celtic theosophy as found in the prose and poems of Druidic bards. Acknowledged by De Purucker.
-Gnostic philosophy as formulated by Vitvan. Certainly acknowledged by me as a valuable system, very cognate to Theosophy.

You see, there is a virtual goldmine here to be explored. 
I have personally made all the major works of Jacob Boehme available as texts on my scribd account and the same goes for the great theosopher Proclus. Together more than 5,000 pages of text. 
As to the other systems: Celtic theosophy can be found in the sacred-texts archive and Vitvan on www.sno.org

It will hardly come as a surprise that there are many recurrent themes to be found in these theosophies; themes on which there is much agreement as to how nature operates (which "laws" or principles are at work); agreement as to ethical standards, purification of soul, etc.

What  is slightly surprising, however, is that there has been done relatively little study on these systems, comparing ideas, extracting models of natural process, etc. 
One of the few theosophers who has done this a bit, is G.R.S. Mead.
Other names are James Morgan Pryse (Greek theosophy and Christianity), Alvin Boyd Kuhn (Greek theosophy, Egyptian religion and Christianity), Franz Hartmann (on Boehme and Paracelsus). But these were people born in the 19th century! What happened to the T.S. movement in the first half of the 20th century??? Well, we do know a bit of the desastrous developments that took place there, so, no need to repeat that. One century has been almost lost, hopefully the 21st century will see some new developments.

So, here is a goldmine of information to be explored. Hopefully some dynamic, young, or seasoned guys and girls, will see an opportunity to do some comparitive research as per the second object of the T.S.
It may lead to a revitalized theosophy. My own interest lies with extracting simple models for bio-psychological process. Maybe more about that later.
Anyone interested, and which true theosopher wouldn't be? - have a go at it!

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... some hours ago I was writing in a public library so I had to finish abruptly... My real, the deep one, understanding of "theosophy" is "learning to share", that's the key point, that's what is meaningful for me, and that can be a practical principle.
It all goes together: sharing is a responsibility too. When we share our wealth and resources there will be less waste, because not every one of us has to have all the products individually and use these only a fraction of the time. So, it makes a lot of economic sense too.
Responsibility also has to do with sustainability, recycling, etc.
There's still a very long way to go for the human race in this respect and there will be shocks involved. One of the things is the shortage of sweet water, that is expected within a couple of years.. Brace yourself for that.
Good Morning Martin,

You stated, "My own interest lies with extracting simple models for bio-psychological process."

I would love to hear about your interests.

I have a psychology major.

One Important Note:

HPB, (without quoting her) said something to the tone that psychology will never find the truth because they at this time refuse to acknowledge the "God" factor. I agree with her prediction and understanding in whole because in my many thesis's, they could not become a "full" picture without the understanding of the seven-fold man; especially the "higher-self"; the trinity.

Love to hear your thoughts...

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY MARTIN!
Good afternoon Heidi,

The best way to learn about me is to do a Google search for my name and some topics, like theosophy, or Boehme, Proclus, etc., or have a look at my websites. Long ago I wrote a book about theosophy and modern developments. Did you have a look at my profile info? I am graduated as a clinical psychologist and also have a degree in physics. What is your specialization?

What I hope to find in fora like this is some people who like to do a bit of research into the area of holistic philosophy. In my latest postings I give some examples of fourfold models of process which can be elaborated. Did you write something about the seven-fold man yourself?
"God" is implicit in nature, I belief, as a reflection of more or less intelligent forces.

Have a nice day!
Good Morning Martin,

I intend to research your works; my interest is aroused.

My specializations; Abnormal psychology is a passion of mine for personal and humanitarian reasons. I am deeply interested in the association between physical and the hidden forces behind magnetism, chemical changes, nervous fluids etc… I have read that the human mind has every power to cure itself without medical intervention; I was born with an innate knowledge regarding this, and have had many successful physical results which my doctors cannot explain.

I was “led” to theosophy. I was most in need of it to explain events, thoughts, and divine law as my higher self remembered them, I found no person could help with my questions and thoughts, and when I would explain an idea to someone I was ridiculed and laughed at. Theosophy has taught me that I am not alone and that my thoughts are valid “I am not crazy” just different from masses.

As far as your interest in researching holistic philosophy, I was thinking perhaps my boyfriend, (who posses knowledge and skill [power] concerning meditation, holistic healing, massage therapy etc., would be an interesting and helpful person for you to converse with. As for now, he wishes to study theosophy before he endeavors to join our group. He is not a student of theosophy [yet] (however, in every way he is truly a theosophist—heart and soul).

For now he will begin his studies, and we will research your work. He is very interested and feels he is being called upon to give back to humanity his knowledge. He seeks to be active in his work and might be at a point in his life soon when he can dedicate himself to his passion.

You asked; “Did you write something about the seven-fold man yourself?” No, I did not. I have much to say that falls into what I find already written. “Everything has already been said, everything has already been written—one must remember…”

You also mentioned; “"God" is implicit in nature, I belief, as a reflection of more or less intelligent forces.” I concur and would enjoy discussing that truth into its greatest dept.

Martin, thank you for this insightful conversation, and I look forward to further discussions.

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!
tilnext
Heidi said>intend to research your works; my interest is aroused.

My ebook sketches the contours of my work. Notes can be found at scribd and my website(s) indicated at my profile. The fourfold model is in its beginning phase and needs much study. I could use some input from well-educated layman and/or professionals on the fields involved.

Heidi said>My specializations; Abnormal psychology is a passion of mine for personal and humanitarian reasons. I am deeply interested in the association between physical and the hidden forces behind magnetism, chemical changes, nervous fluids etc…

All very much on the astral and subjective planes. I am more focussed on current scientific findings.

Heidi said>I have read that the human mind has every power to cure itself without medical intervention;

Perhaps so, but it can take a long time to cure oneself. A little help from a true healer can help, but one has to find one such person first..


Heidi said>I was born with an innate knowledge regarding this, and have had many successful physical results which my doctors cannot explain.

Nice.


Heidi said>I was “led” to theosophy. I was most in need of it to explain events, thoughts, and divine law as my higher self remembered them, I found no person could help with my questions and thoughts, and when I would explain an idea to someone I was ridiculed and laughed at. Theosophy has taught me that I am not alone and that my thoughts are valid “I am not crazy” just different from masses.

Masses do not think, but "are thought" by the media and other influences.



Heidi said>As far as your interest in researching holistic philosophy, I was thinking perhaps my boyfriend, (who posses knowledge and skill [power] concerning meditation, holistic healing, massage therapy etc., would be an interesting and helpful person for you to converse with. As for now, he wishes to study theosophy before he endeavors to join our group. He is not a student of theosophy [yet] (however, in every way he is truly a theosophist—heart and soul).
For now he will begin his studies, and we will research your work. He is very interested and feels he is being called upon to give back to humanity his knowledge. He seeks to be active in his work and might be at a point in his life soon when he can dedicate himself to his passion.

We' ll be patient then.


Heidi said>You asked; “Did you write something about the seven-fold man yourself?” No, I did not. I have much to say that falls into what I find already written. “Everything has already been said, everything has already been written—one must remember…”

Not everything has been written. There is much to discover and to communicate/share.


Heidi said>You also mentioned; “"God" is implicit in nature, I belief, as a reflection of more or less intelligent forces.” I concur and would enjoy discussing that truth into its greatest dept.

Forces are subjectively experienced. Very difficult to talk about. Be my guest, but I cannot guarantee much input on that.


Heidi said>Martin, thank you for this insightful conversation, and I look forward to further discussions.

Thanks Heidi. Also try to involve other people on this forum into discussions. I am mainly focussed on research, which is time-consuming. Leaves me little time to spend for other things here. But, I will try.
David, I borrowed the term 'open source' from Joe. For me, it's not a perfect term, but I'm still looking for a better one. Integral philosophy/ integral movement comes close. The openness to ideas from different corners is an important facet, and the freedom of thought is essential. Creativity is a paramount part of it (look at what the theosophical movement (especially TSs) have done .. they have not encouraged the development of an independant mindset - far from it.).
It is all about true spirituality trying to interface with the world, expressing genuinely felt ideas, feelings, insights, making connections with academic disciplines where possible, etc. In short, genuinely theosophical in the generic sense of the word (not limited to the somewhat crippled expressions of the TS movement, while not doing away with the good this movement has accomplished - and quickly moving to more holistic forms of expression - beyond orthodoxy).

Do you know a better name for/description of this venture?

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