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A Midsummer Knights’ (and Ladies’) Dream

The Drama, Dance and Song of the Shakespearean Adept

Meru University Course #1106

Date July 5-6, 2011
Time: noon to noon  
Course Venue:

Villa Maria, Frontenac, Minnesota

Live, interactive via video- and audio-streaming broadcast with telephone option.

Sponsoring Master: Saint Germain and the Muse: The Spirit of Shakespeare
Instructor: Brian Sweeney and David Lewis
Schedule: Download Course Program (PDF)
Course Fee: $120. 

Course Description:
In this course, the second in the series on Shakespeare, students will...

  • Study and review Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and its antithesis, As You Like It , in order to reflect upon the polarities of the inner mysteries embedded in these works.
  • Learn the foundations of the art of memory, the renaissance training of the adept.
  • Get an update on the latest developments of the authorship debate.
  • Be delighted by the Spirit of Shakespeare through dance, song and drama.
  • Hear the revelatory wisdom and musings from the Spirit of Shakespeare.
  • Hear and see special guest Peter Dawkins, author of  the books, The Shakespeare Enigma and Francis Bacon: Herald of the New Age. He is founder-director of The Francis Bacon Research Trust.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

1:30-2:00 p.m.

Introduction and course review 


Synopsis of Julius Caesar & As You Like It—An exoteric and esoteric review of the plays


A midsummer performance of dance, song and drama


The oracle’s meditation on the Muse; the Muse’s meditation on the adept




MadriGirls performance


Julius Caesar and As You Like It: an exoteric and esoteric review of the plays


Presentation: "Shakespeare: the Invention of the Human" based on the works of Harold Bloom


An Introduction to "The Art of Memory: the Renaissance Training of the Adept"

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


9:30-10:50 a.m.

Peter Dawkins, author of The Shakespeare Enigma: Live from London!


Update on the Shakespearean plays authorship debate


Julius Caesar and As You Like It:  A wrap

11:50 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

The oracle and the Muse

Recommended Reading

Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare. The Folger Shakespeare Library edition
By carefully unfolding the layers of meaning within the play, the author shows how "Julius Caesar" is based upon foundations placed in the hidden worlds of Freemasonry, Cabbalah, Alchemy, Neoplatonism and Christianity.

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As You Like It, William Shakespeare. The Folger Shakespeare Library edition

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 The Wisdom of Shakespeare in Julius Caesar, by Peter Dawkins By carefully unfolding the layers of meaning within the play, the author shows how "Julius Caesar" is based upon foundations placed in the hidden worlds of Freemasonry, Cabbalah, Alchemy, Neoplatonism and Christianity.
Buy on Amazon

The Wisdom of Shakespeare in As You Like It by Peter Dawkins

This work allows the reader to understand the philosophical and spiritual traditions of Shakespeare's age. As well as placing the play in context, the author shows how the main plot of the play develops and how it relates to the three sub-plots and the three supporting plots as well as to the background plot of the two brother dukes. The reader is shown how themes within the play relate to philosophical traditions dating back to the Ancient Greeks.

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The Shakespeare Code by Virginia M. Fellows

The true story revealed through encrypted messages within the whole works of Shakespeare far exceeds the drama, comedy, tragedy, intrigue, betrayal, false identity and heroism of the actual plays! A real cipher wheel exists today, and the author has painstakingly decoded the works of Shakespeare, comparing them to known historic events to create a poignant and tragic tale that ends on a triumphant note.  Illustrations and code wheels are included.

Buy at The Hearts Center store

The Shakespeare Enigma by Peter Dawkins

Peter Dawkins guides us down a fascinating trail, following clues that may have been left by the writer himself for us to uncover centuries later. As his argument develops, he places them in their political, religious and philosophical context. Out of that new understanding, he comes to startling conclusions regarding the true identity of the author of Shakespeare's works.

View excerpts           Buy on Amazon

Shakespeare, the Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom

In this visionary summation, Bloom explains that Shakespeare was, through his dramatic characters, the inventor of human personality as we know it.

 Buy on Amazon


The Art of Memory by Frances Yates. Selected Works. Vol. III

In this classic study of the ways people learned to retain vast stores of knowledge before the invention of the printed page, Frances A. Yates traces the art of memory from its treatment by Greek orators, through its Gothic transformations in the Middle Ages, to the occult forms it took in the Renaissance, and finally to its use in the seventeenth century. This book, the first to relate the art of memory and to the history of culture as a whole, was revolutionary when it first appeared and continues to mesmerize readers with its lucid and revelatory insights.

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Course Information


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Study play synopses by accessing these free SparkNotes:

View the BBC versions of Julius Caesar and As You Like It on your computer. download rental of these plays is only $1.99 for a seven-day period. 

BBC Shakespeare: Julius Caesar,
Rental $1.99. Amazon.

BBC Shakespeare: As You Like It,
Rental $1.99. Amazon.

Check your local library for versions of these plays.