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Oklahoma City Study Center
100 N University Dr Edmond, OK 73034
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What is Spectrum Disorder?
Date: 3/10/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Judith Champion
Synopsis: Conditions such as autism, ADHD, and Aspergers Syndrome are now designated as part of a spectrum of mental, emotional, and physical problems. Autism, in particular, can range from mild to disabling. An alarming trend is disclosed by recent CDC figures: autism has risen from 1 in 2,500 to 1 in 36 affected children. What is causing this? . As Freemasons we study the sciences. When we find some knowledge that might benefit others, it is shared. We will explore symptoms, possible causes, and ways to deal with spectrum problems. What is causing the increase? How must education methods change to help the affected individuals function in society? We will explore symptoms, possible causes, and ways to deal with such problems.

Was J.S. Bach a Rebel?
Date: 4/14/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Lin Gold
Synopsis: Pictures of J.S. Bach present the very image of respectability. The fact is, he was incredibly tough, and he bucked authority. As a young man, he was a street brawler; he publicly tangled with musicians who didnt meet his standards, and even once drew his sword on a rowdy bassoonist. Bach regularly challenged the church authorities and city governments who employed him. He even had a conflict with the Duke of Weimar that landed him in jail, and almost got him hanged. But what about the music? Was it “the great conclusion of all the music that came before it” – even though it was unlike anything that preceded it? In his music, Bach developed both toughness and resilience – works that were like great pieces of architecture - mathematically precise, but infused with beauty and inspiration on many levels. He fully developed the structure of modern tonal music, and then focused his rebellious nature to transcend form and create art of incredible depth and breadth. In Freemasonry, we study the arts and sciences so we can better understand the structure of our world, learn to focus our energies, and manifest our potential. What clues do Bachs life and music have for a traveler on the path of evolution?

Can the Study of Formal Logic Aid in the Spiritual Quest?
Date: 5/12/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Pamela McDown
Synopsis: How can we distinguish between what we can imagine and what is possible?  Raymond Bradley in his book called "Possible Worlds" outlines a way to recognize patterns of argument through a study in formal logic. For example, do you know how to construct a logical proposition? Formal logic is said to improve ones ability to think logically and systematically. If this is true, can it also aid the seeker on the path to enlightenment?  What sorts of things have truth values? Join us to explore logic as it relates to Freemasonry, metaphysics, and the world of philosophy.

Is the World Really Full of Mystery?
Date: 6/9/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Jill Alessandra
Synopsis: In his "The Passions of the Soul," René Descartes proposed that wonderment is the first passion of all and asserted that those without this passion are very ignorant. With all of the pathways to information in our modern world, is it possible to still feel wonder, to experience a sense of mystery, and is it a sign of ignorance or of intelligence to do so? In Freemasonry we begin to wonder at the Universe, usually by a further study of ourselves, our world, and the seven liberal arts and sciences. We will look to Descartes’ idea of wonderment as a starting point to see what happens to us when our curiosity is piqued and we begin to ask “Why?"

Can Symbologies in Masonry and the I Ching be Mutually Supportive?
Date: 7/15/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Lynne Nevill
Synopsis: The focus will be on the contemplative use of the I Ching, rather than on the divination use. We will especially highlight the fascinating ways that the archetypes and symbolism in the I Ching literature differ from our standard Western symbols and imagery. Particular emphasis will be placed on a deep understanding of the eight foundational trigrams, which are the building blocks of the sixty-four I Ching hexagrams. Can Masonic training in symbols and archetypes help us to better understand and absorb the messages of the I Ching? And can contemplation of the I Ching likewise enrich our Masonic Labors?

How Does Intuition and Imagination Guide the Awakening One?
Date: 9/8/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Tom Simota
Synopsis: Intuition and imagination have been described as two expanding wings of soul power. How does discernment factor in and why should we pay attention to impressions? During our time together, we shall explore where the psychic and spiritual meet, consider spiritual disciplines and practices to strengthen our connection with intuition and examine how intuition is used by Freemasons.

Is the Path of Initiation a Heros Journey?
Date: 12/8/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Pamela McDown
Synopsis: The phrase “heros journey” or monomyth was made popular by Joseph Campbell in his book Hero with a Thousand Faces.  Its the idea that one single protagonist undergoes a life-changing journey to come out the other side wiser than they began. How does the esoteric path of initiation compare to the twelve stages of the heros quest? Join us to see how Freemasons follow a similar journey of their own.

"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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