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Washington Study Center
926 1/2 Broadway Tacoma, WA 98402 (Enter via Court "C" - up hill behind building. Looks for Knights Logo on green door; meeting is on third (top) floor)
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What Purpose Do Dreams Serve In Your Life?
Date: 10/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Carolyn Bellinger-Kawahara
Synopsis: Why do we dream? Are dreams simply random neurological events that occur during sleep or do they have meaning beyond that? Scientists have no agreement on this. The true function of dreams is not yet completely understood; indeed, the true function of sleep itself is not fully understood, although it follows predictable stages. Some people have difficulty remembering their dreams while others have very high dream recall. If dreams do have meanings, they are couched in a symbolic language that must be interpreted by the dreamer. An awareness of our personal and cultural symbolic languages gives us a valuable tool help our Masonic development.

Does Freemasonry really have anything to do with the Ancient Mysteries?
Date: 12/2/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Kris Wilson-Slack
Synopsis: The origin of Freemasonry has been debated by many - it’s beginnings shrouded by the passage of time and the secrecy demanded of its members. Some attribute its origins to operative Masonry, some to the Templars and others to much older esoteric traditions. We will examine several of the ancient mystery schools based on historical writings and discuss whether or not a connection can truly be made between Freemasonry and these old Initiatic rites.

Is chaos a good thing?
Date: 2/24/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Karen Kidd
Synopsis: In many esoteric and religious traditions chaos is described as a necessary component for life, the universe, and everything. The "Big Bang" is often thought of as the chaotic origins of the present Universe from which order evolved. In Hinduism,there is Brahma the world-creator Vishnu, the world-maintainer, and Shiva the world-destroyer. In science, there is a recognized life cycle of birth, life, and death. There also is a suggestion that there can be no order without chaos, which leads to Freemasonry's great motto, "Ordo Ab Chao." Chaos often is relatively defined, especially in the first world (my flight was late, the limo got stuck in traffic, my room wasn't ready, I forgot my lucky tie, the cellphone charger didn't reach from the nightstand to the middle of the bed, everything was utter chaos). It is rare to hear someone who has experienced genuine chaos (war, famine, pestilence and death) discuss chaos so readily, let alone as a necessary and good thing. It's hard to imagine the people of Rome in 412, abducted human beings forced into the transatlantic slave trade or Anne Frank and other victims of the Holocaust discussing the chaos that overtook their lives as a good, inevitable and necessary thing. Is chaos - REAL CHAOS - a good thing?

"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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