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Is As Above, So Below?
Date: 1/20/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Andrea Katzer
Synopsis: “As above, so below” is a phrase that is believed to hold the key to all mysteries. It is commonly understood as the concept of the microcosm vs. the macrocosm. Thus, from the beginning, was created the dual nature of human existence: the Inner and the Outer; the Above and the Below. The symbols of Freemasonry also present tools for contemplating the dual nature of reality. The concept of duality may be misleading and perhaps it obscures rather than provides an understanding of the nature of reality. If there is no "above," there may be no below. We'll explore the ideas of dualism, as it relates to our world and to Freemasonry.

Is the Fool in Ancient Literature the Wisest?
Date: 2/10/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Berta Andreu Armenteras
Synopsis: Is the fool only a trickster that acts irrationally or is there a hidden dimension that makes him the wisest? We will journey through different ancient texts such as David and Goliath, the Epic of Gilgamesh or the Odyssey to further analyse and deconstruct the archetypal figure of the Fool. We will also debate the attributes that build the role of the Fool using the representation of the Tarot deck. Freemasonry accepts that all persons have wisdom: the Fool’s wisdom may teach us this concept of tolerance and freedom and lead us on adventure at the same time.

Did the use of dance act as a secret rite of passage?
Date: 3/10/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Celso Batalha
Synopsis: Isadora Duncan is considered the mother of modern dance, developing a style that clashes with the traditional ballet school. Isadora’s style, on the contrary, highlights freedom of movements reflecting freedom of mind, as the necessary condition for the body to resonate with the music within, expressing its divine melody and attributes. As a path to spiritual awakening and self-discovery, perhaps we should discard discipline and act on any movement as it pleases the body. We will also establish parallels between dance and rituals, such as those exercised in Masonry, and ask if the goals of rituals can be truly achieved without discipline and freedom.

Were the first human spiritual beliefs inclusive?
Date: 4/14/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Karoli Clever
Synopsis: The dawn of mankind and anthropological sites all over the globe seem to point out the beginning of the concept of a deity or many deities was exclusive to few select individuals. These were shamans and holy deputies either by having extraordinary talents from birth or receiving very special training starting at extremely young ages. The acceptance of this exclusivity, like we display in Freemasonry, may have been more natural to these early societies, compared to the age of enlightenment with many outspoken devout believers that seem to constantly struggle to agree to a constructive guidance system.

"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
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