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Does the Le Petit Prince have a moral lesson?
Date: 2/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Lisa Woodworth
Synopsis: Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) is a novella for children, written and illustrated by a French pilot in 1942 while in the United States after the French Air Force was demobilised. When first released, it was considered to be too cryptic to fully understand yet has gone on to be one of the most loved children’s stories. As with masonry, symbols and allegory are used by Antoine de Saint-Exupery to convey deeper meaning. Some say Le Petite Prince is about life and death, about falsehoods and hypocrisy. Others say it is a war story at heart, where isolation, fear and uncertainty are alleviated by intimately dealing with one person, by connecting, by love. We will delve into the mysteries of this little novella, discovering it’s value and possibly why it was written as story for children.

How does the silver cord serve to link the soul and personality?
Date: 3/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Tom Simota
Synopsis: The silver cord, also known as the sutratma or life thread of the antahkarana, refers to a linkage from the higher self to the physical body.  Is there really a silver cord and does it have a connection to other "threads" referred to in esoteric literature?  How does this link to the Biblical passage referencing the silver cord and golden bowl?  Freemasons strive to be better each day - let's explore what we can learn about the silver cord to expand our consciousness.

Going Dark
Date: 4/6/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Pamela McDown
Synopsis: The April meeting has been re-scheduled to March 23-24 for the visit of the MSGC and Central District meeting. There will be no MPS due to other masonic work this weekend.

Is the Path of Initiation a Heros Journey?
Date: 5/4/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Pamela McDown
Synopsis: The phrase “hero's journey” or monomyth was made popular by Joseph Campbell in his book Hero with a Thousand Faces. Its the idea that one single protagonist undergoes a life-changing journey to come out the other side wiser than they began. How does the esoteric path of initiation compare to the stages of the hero's quest? Join us to see how Freemasons follow a similar journey of their own.

What is the Fibonacci Series and is it relevant in todays society?
Date: 6/1/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Lisa Woodworth
Synopsis: The "Fibonacci Number" is also known by other names, such as the "Golden Ratio," the "Divine Proportion," and the "Golden Mean" among others. Its actual numerical value of 1.618 was first calculated by a Greek sculptor and mathematician, Phidias. The Greeks associated mathematics with beauty and truth, the most important components being beauty, symmetry, harmony, and proportion. How is the Fibonacci number important in art, design, and architecture? Does its mere presence make things more beautiful? Come and see how Freemasons find this ratio reflected in the Masonic Life.

Did Lemuria Really Exist?
Date: 7/6/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Tom Simota
Synopsis: While some historians consider Lemuria to be a myth, others consider it to be the cradle of civilization on the planet.  Lemuria, also known as Mu or Muror, are all names used for the great sunken landmass in the Pacific Ocean, which was formerly described as a "Veritable Garden of Eden, with undulating plains, unsullied brooks and rivers with splashing cascades that flowed over rocks and rills toward the salty ocean." Is there anything left of this great landmass and its people?  How did Mu disappear and what were the lessons to be learned?  Besides the physical and cultural historical evidence of Mu, we shall also explore its association with the Ancient and Modern Mystery Schools, including Freemasonry.

Going Dark
Date: 8/3/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Pamela McDown
Synopsis: August is vacation month and no MPS meeting.

Is it possible to separate Nicholas Roerich’s Art from his philosophy?
Date: 9/7/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Pamela McDown
Synopsis: Nicholas Roerich (1874 – 1947), Russian painter and philosopher, was one of the most mysterious figures of the 20th century. Those who embraced his philosophy experienced something transformative in his Himalayan canvases. However, many contemporaries were skeptical of Roerich’s spiritual mission and tended to dismiss his work as being repetitive and unoriginal. What is it that causes us to have a connection with a certain work of art? Are we drawn to art that mirrors a part of our inner self? Our discussion will explore these questions and more. You may be surprised to discover how Roerich’s art relates to Freemasonry.

Should a Fifth Gospel be added to the New Testament?
Date: 10/5/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Tom Simota
Synopsis: The Gospel of Thomas is a collection of 114 sayings of Jesus that was discovered in 1945 at the village of Nag Hammadi in Egypt. Could this text present compelling evidence about the life of Jesus which has been derived from a variety of sources in the East, including Buddhism, which are unknown to most Western scholars?  Masonry helps points the way to the realization of the Inner Light, just as the Gospel of Thomas may direct the spiritual seeker to the Indwelling Divinity that is within and yet among us.  Let's explore if adding a Fifth Gospel to the New Testament could be a stepping-stone to a deeper awareness of the Truth that guides to set us free.

Does Feng Shui allow you to live in harmony with your environment?
Date: 11/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Lisa Woodworth
Synopsis: Classical Feng Shui is based on the knowledge of both space and time. In order to know the energy of a particular spot on earth, one has to also be a master of time. Therefore, when a structure is put down on earth, the energy encapsulated is conditioned not only by the date it is built, but also by the magnetic direction it faces, its shape, and the surrounding landscape. Freemasons utilize this same knowledge in the construction and ceremonial use of our Temples. Feng Shui masters work with harmonizing the interrelationship between the energies of the invisible architecture of heaven and the visible energies of Earth. Considering this, do you think the practice of Feng Shui has value in our daily lives? Do you think, like Freemasonry, it can help to improve our lives on the spiritual planes as well as the emotional and physical?

Is Silence a Way to Wisdom?
Date: 12/7/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Tom Woodworth
Synopsis: Pythagoras, one of the best- known champions of silence, is thought to have said: “Silence is the first stone of the temple of wisdom. Listen and you will be wise; the beginning of wisdom is silence.” What happens in silence? Many argue that silence can invite reflection, contemplation, and discipline. Others say it is not important at all. Is cultivating silence a way to becoming wise? Join us to see how secrecy and silence play a big part in the masonic teaching.

"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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