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What insight can be found in the Mystic Writings of St. Teresa of Ávila?
Date: 2/22/2020 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Helen Cox
Synopsis: Saint Teresa of Ávila, a sixteenth century Spanish Carmelite nun, lived in a culture dominated by the Spanish Inquisition. Under these conditions, Saint Teresa, a mystic daughter of a Jewish convert to Catholicism, had to operate carefully. In crafting her writings, St. Teresa utilized a variety of tactics to ensure that she did not provoke the wrath of the Inquisition. Just as Freemasons have had to practice their craft in secret, in some cases taking extreme measure to avoid detection, Saint Teresa was able to present her controversial mystical experiences and teachings in a way that kept her out of the hands of the Inquisition’s executioners.

How does experiential learning enhance the creation of knowledge?
Date: 3/28/2020 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Jennifer Klenk
Synopsis: “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”? Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics Modern education systems use a combination of lectures, written exams, and technology to educate future leaders. Johann Pestalozzi, Carl Rogers, John Dewey, Maria Montessori, and David Kolb challenged the contemporary educational systems to propose experiential learning as a method for greater knowledge creation. While experiential learning may seem like a modern movement, its roots are cemented within ancient mystery schools and tribal ceremonies. It is the experience of the journey and not the final destination that perpetuates growth. Knowledge is generated through doing. Join us as we examine the impact of experiential learning in the absorption of knowledge and uncover how Freemasons incorporate experiential learning in their pursuit of personal growth.

"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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