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Whitestone Study Center
149-39 11th Avenue Whitestone, NY 11357
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What Role has Dance Played in the Evolution of Humanity?
Date: 2/3/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Lylia Gonzalezfrayle
Synopsis: Dance has existed for thousands of years. Paintings of dancing were found in India from nine thousand years ago. In Egypt, the Priests used dance in the visual story telling of their rituals. In Europe they tended to distinguish between dance and other kind of physical movement like sports, military drills, synchronized labor, festival processions, by identifying a dimension of conscious craft or artistry. Anthropology has discovered that these movements differs in different cultures, as well as how it relates to music theater, pantomime, storytelling, and other kinds of performative behavior. Does Freemasonry use body movement discipline, or dance, to instruct and direct the mind through Ritual?

Can One Really ‘Know Thyself’ Without First Knowing Ones Shadow?
Date: 3/4/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Christina Murphy
Synopsis: This will be a conceptual examination of Carl Jung’s Shadow Archetype Through the Lens of Twin Peaks TV series. In this discussion, we will explore the concept of the Carl Jung’s Shadow archetype, how it relates to ourselves, and how it is used as a plot device within the Twin Peaks framework. Twin Peaks is an early 90s television drama created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, considered by many to be a cult-classic. The plot revolves around FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper as he investigates the murder of local prom queen, Laura Palmer, in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington. Does Agent Cooper ultimately prevail over his own Shadow in the Black Lodge? and How does the study and recognition of the Shadow relate to Freemasonry?

We are What We Eat, Can We Heal Ourselves With the Proper Diet?
Date: 10/14/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Klaudia Suszcynska
Synopsis: Superfoods, anti-oxidants, probiotics are all modern terms used to identify food that promotes a healthier lifestyle and could potentially cure everything from the common cold to cancer. Can we really heal our bodies and improve our mental health with the proper diet? what special properties do these foods have? does Freemasonry promote a healthier lifestyle?

"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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