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Los Angeles Study Center

The Masonic Philosophical Society has been growing throughout the world steadily. While we offer many different resources for our members to grow and learn online, there is simply no substitute for attending the Study Center nearest you. When you attend a Study Center of the Masonic Philosophical Society you will have the opportunity, not only to hear from a speaker, but to participate in the dialogue.

Los Angeles Study Center
Masonic Hall, 244 N. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, CA 91206
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Does knowing oneself bring you nearer to the Divine?
Date: 3/4/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavorial Science
Presenter: Kathy Courtney
Synopsis: The aphorism “Man, know thyself”, might have come from Luxor in Ancient Egypt and has been a part of many esoteric traditions, even Freemasonry. Pre-Socratics like Thales of Miletus and Pythagoras of Samos are thought by some to have had ancient Egyptian influences, according to Greek folklore and later writers including Aristotle. In any case the saying assumes a distinctive meaning and importance in Greek religion and thought and is still used to today. We will discuss whether our education should extend way past any public or Collegiate body and that it would be wise to Major in “Ourselves” in a continual “curriculum”.

Do introverts make better leaders?
Date: 4/1/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavorial Science
Presenter: Bro. Kevin Watson
Synopsis: Do introverts make better leaders? Our society seems to be placing higher and higher value on the extrovert ideal in its choice of leaders, but are we losing out in the process? Perhaps we are better off to consider the Tao Te Ching axiom, “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know”; or perhaps to select those who lead by their positive example such as Mahatma Ghandhi. We will explore the typical characteristics of introversion and extroversion as pioneered by C.J. Jung, complete a quick self-test on our own personality traits along the introvert extrovert continuum, and then consider the essential question of which is the better leadership style.

Could the Seven Rays of Light be a key to human mind & body healing?
Date: 5/6/2017 10:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: RaMona Brown
Synopsis: Freemasonry significantly emphasizes "Light" as a leading factor in Mankind’s wellbeing. This Light is known as the Light of Knowledge. Could this “Light” be not only knowledge but the actual healing power of God? If so, understanding the scientific and mystical nature of the Seven Rays of Light (specific color and sound frequencies) could be an important element in understanding the nature of human mind and body; the atom, cell, planet, galaxy, and the universe. The Rays have been used as instruments for physical and spiritual healing and manipulating soul energy.

Can science and faith can work together to help heal and enlighten mankind?
Date: 6/3/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Evonne Paskow
Synopsis: For centuries, the majority of society has held the idea of “Faith vs. Science.” In the last century this idea has slowly been changing with the emerging ideas from both the scientific and religious communities. We will be exploring these ideas and how they can change our lives today. Have we reached the “tipping point” in our society in which mankind can heal and enlighten ourselves? Or do we still need more time to explore these concepts before they are put into action? In Freemasonry we are encouraged to explore our inner selves in order to evolve or improve humanity as a whole. Please join us in exploring the idea of science and faith working together to help heal and enlighten mankind.

Does all life have a unique, magnetic, two-way energy flow to the geophysical spot on earth where it is born?
Date: 9/2/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavorial Science
Presenter: Carol Assa
Synopsis: We will discuss the possible connections that people, animals, plants, inanimate objects and buildings might have to their geophysical place of birth. Also, we will be discuss the theories of Francis Nixon, a well-known and respected magnetic researcher in this field including the scientific basis for this phenomenon.

Does fiction build or break the morality of individuals and societies?
Date: 11/4/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Jamie Shuler
Synopsis: An age old controversy, the question of the effects of fiction on the human condition remains relevant. Book bans & burnings, the FCC, even Plato had strong opinions on allowing fiction to be read by the masses. What are the actual dangers of fiction, though? And if they exist, can we find the opposing power in fiction that would equally serve us?

School of Pythagoras
Hypatia Quote

Wisdom of Neoplatonism

"Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them."
Hypatia of Alexandria
Mathematician and Astronomer
Personal Writings