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Northern Colorado Springs Study Center
A.F.H.R. Library and Museum9070 South Douglas Blvd.Larkspur, CO 80118
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Is ‘natural healing’ just a placebo, or is there actual science behind this ‘movement.’
Date: 12/12/2017 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Mark Valkonen
Synopsis: Is there science behind the healing energy of Reiki, Crystals, and the Human Energy Field? Or is this just pseudo-science that is no different than an experimental placebo pill? The relationship between the human energy field, Reiki theory, and Crystals (or geological rocks) will be examined, and how these different types of energy can be aided or disrupted. Can we, as Freemasons, examine the different viewpoints and determine the effectiveness (or lack thereof) for ourselves?

What is art and does it have inherent meaning?
Date: 1/9/2018 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: Have you ever looked at a work of art and wondered, how is this art? What are the defining characteristics that determine what is art and what isn't? Does art have inherent meaning or is meaning found only in the eye of the beholder? We will consider these questions and many more by examining several different modalities of art including painting, sculpture, and music. Then we will delve into symbolism and discuss how art has influenced Freemasonry.

The Endurances Antarctica Expedition: Inspired Success or Epic Failure?
Date: 3/13/2018 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Elaine Phelen
Synopsis: Does one’s definition of "success" determine how successful the individual will be? In 1914, an explorer and Freemason named Ernest Shackleton answered his greatest call to adventure. He ambitiously set out to lead the first expedition across Antarctica starting from the coast of the Weddell Sea, traversing the South Pole and ending up at the Ross Sea. The Endurance is legendary in the records of polar exploration despite the fact that the expedition’s initial objectives were never reached. In fact, one could claim that the Endurance expedition was an epic failure as the ship was destroyed by ice before even reaching mainland Antarctica. Yet, as the wood was violently twisted and pinched, Shackleton remained astonishingly calm, displaying remarkable self-control, optimism, and almost casual indifference to the impending doom. Facing the failure of his mission, he rejected defeat by adapting his mission and setting his sights on a new objective. Shackleton wrote, “If the one goal had disappeared, we’ll have another one. And so if I can’t cross the continent, I am going to bring all my men back alive.” Join the discussion to learn more about the Endurance Expedition, Brother Ernest Shackleton, and the tools Freemasonry equips its members with to deal with all of life, including its seeming disasters.

What are the consequences of viewing intelligence in a decompositionist manner?
Date: 4/10/2018 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Byron Gorrell
Synopsis: Go to any dictionary and look up the word “intelligence” and you will find definitions like “the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills” or “the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations: reason.” Typical definitions and “common wisdom” exclude aspects of ourselves such as emotion and intuition from the definition, espousing the type of cold, hard logic exemplified by Star Trek’s Spock. One result is a fairly narrow view and implementation of our intellect, effecting how we relate to others. Co-Masonry argues for a more holistic view of concepts in general, including intelligence in specific. Implementing this kind of approach is potentially a so-called “game-changer” in the way we experience the world around us and how we interact with other people.

How does art invoke feeling?
Date: 9/11/2018 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: There are many modes of art: dancing, singing, painting, drawing, sculpting. Each expression touches everyone's essence in a different way. Why is this? Such experience is no different than those who experience Freemasonry, it being an art expression itself. What makes us impacted by what we see and/or hear? Join us as we try to unlock the secret of our emotional responses to the world of beauty and form.

"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
Physicist
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