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Are Mysticism and Modern Physics describing the same aspects of the Universe?
Date: 12/23/2017 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Aksel Suvari
Synopsis: Both Mysticism and Science can be defined as a quest to bring the light of understanding to bear against the shadows of our ignorance. Each attempts to interpret the mystery of existence by enhancing and expanding the scope of human knowledge. However, in our modern world, it seems that these two systems of thought are inherently opposed to one another and completely incompatible. By examining latest interpretations of both quantum physics and ancient mysticism we may discover that the sages of old and the scientists of today are indeed saying the same thing in different languages. Join us for the discussion and hear how this relates to Freemasonry.

Are creation stories or identity attachments necessary today?
Date: 1/27/2018 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: Every one of us has a creation story or identity attachment that gives us a sense of belonging and/or security. We identify with our race, nation, religion, etc. that narrows our world view. Does asking "Where are you from?" hold validity, as it once did, in a world of monumental changes toward a global, perhaps universal view? There was a purpose for creation stories in the past. Do we continue to embrace these individual ideas or should the human race consider directing its course to an all embracing creation story? The Mason uses symbology to develop his own creation story, although he knows to perpetuate evolution, the working of the Fraternity together within the craft is of the essence.

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstien
Physicist
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