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Washington 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.

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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Do you want to be a god?
Date: 3/25/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Janet Hendrickson
Synopsis: The Nature of God is an extremely complex concept, but its intricate nature seems to be present in every culture, myth, and tradition since recorded time and perhaps beyond. Man has been dedicated with the presence of God and His attributes and whether He can obtain such Divine stature. If all cultures and religions have the inclusion of God, it begs us to investigate why this archetype continues to manifest itself and whether or not human beings can be God or like God. If this is possible, what would the process be like and is it a path of ultimate narcissism or the expression of Humanity's inherent spiritual potential? Join us as we look at different ways self-deification has been approached in the history of religion and spirituality, from ancient Pharaohs to modern Left Hand Path magicians.

What use of the plumb?
Date: 4/22/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Henry Kelly
Synopsis: The earliest craftsmen used a plumb, either something recognizable and made for that purpose which we might recognize today or something improvised, as simple as tying a stone to the end of a cord. The Ancient Greeks made their plumbs from lead and the Romans adapted the tool to measure the perpendiculars of structures, walls, aqueducts, and fortifications in every corner of the Roman Empire. The tool was little refined beyond that but has kept its importance in building jobs through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and into today. While operative plumbs can be very plain, in Freemasonry they often are richly embellished with other symbols, such as the sun, moon, all-seeing eye and other symbols equally relevant to Freemasonry. What is the modern use of the plumb and is there an esoteric purpose to it?

What tools do you use to shape your character?
Date: 6/24/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Janet Hendrickson
Synopsis: Masonry uses stonemason's tools as metaphors for the work we need to do to improve our characters -- but what are the actual practices we use to accomplish this work? This session of the MPS will survey ancient and modern spiritual practices and discuss how temperament and personality type impact which practices are easier or more difficult for us.

Does Balancing Our Chakras Help Improve Our Lives?
Date: 7/22/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Carolyn Bellinger-Kawahara
Synopsis: Most of us would like to feel more fully alive and connected in our everyday life. It would be even better if we could fully channel our energies to achieve a balance and oneness between our physical, mental, and our spiritual lives. This balance is an important goal for every Freemason since by becoming our most vital selves, we will be able to build the most for humankind. The idea of energy centers in the human body is very old and found in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism among other practices. The word "chakra" means "wheel" and derives from ancient Sanskrit. Each chakra is said to relate to specific needs or attributes ranging from the purely physical to the spiritual. Chakras that are too open or too closed can impede the flow of the vital life force. After a brief introduction to the system, we will examine the individual chakras by means of short guided meditations and discussions.

What is the Role of Mentoring in Freemasonry and in Life?
Date: 8/26/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Henry Kelly
Synopsis: Every initiatic path has obstacles that, when inevitably challenge the newly initiated, can cripple the journey before it can begin. Teachers in the Mystery School were an important aspect of the esoteric path in that they provided not only knowledge but guidance to the Neophyte. Thus, we find ourselves asking the importance of guiding--mentoring--within such paths as Freemasonry as well as in our daily lives. Understanding this, one must guard himself against charlatans and false persons. Among the questions asked in the presentation are: Who is a fit and proper person to be a mentor? Are all mentors the same?

Is leadership supposed to be more than people think?
Date: 9/23/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Byron Gorrell
Synopsis: What do you believe leadership to be? What is its purpose? If you look in books or articles, you might come up with definitions like “…a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task…[i]” or “…the power or ability to lead other people…[ii]” But is there more to leadership than meets the eye? Is leadership supposed to be more than most people believe it to be?

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.

Is chaos a good thing?
Date: 12/2/2017 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?

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