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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.

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?

VACATION
Date: 8/11/2018 12:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: VACATION
Synopsis: To be determined

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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