El Anciano de los Días

San Francisco Study Center

La Sociedad Filosófica Masónica ha ido creciendo en todo el mundo de manera constante. Si bien ofrecemos muchos recursos diferentes para que nuestros miembros crezcan y aprendan en línea, simplemente no hay sustituto para asistir al Centro de Estudios más cercano a usted. Cuando usted asiste a un Centro de Estudio de la Sociedad Filosófica Masónica tendrá la oportunidad, no sólo de escuchar a un orador, sino de participar en el diálogo.

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Is As Above, So Below?
Date: 1/20/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Andrea Katzer
Synopsis: “As above, so below” is a phrase that is believed to hold the key to all mysteries. It is commonly understood as the concept of the microcosm vs. the macrocosm. Thus, from the beginning, was created the dual nature of human existence: the Inner and the Outer; the Above and the Below. The symbols of Freemasonry also present tools for contemplating the dual nature of reality. The concept of duality may be misleading and perhaps it obscures rather than provides an understanding of the nature of reality. If there is no "above," there may be no below. We'll explore the ideas of dualism, as it relates to our world and to Freemasonry.

Is the Fool in Ancient Literature the Wisest?
Date: 2/10/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Berta Andreu Armenteras
Synopsis: Is the fool only a trickster that acts irrationally or is there a hidden dimension that makes him the wisest? We will journey through different ancient texts such as David and Goliath, the Epic of Gilgamesh or the Odyssey to further analyse and deconstruct the archetypal figure of the Fool. We will also debate the attributes that build the role of the Fool using the representation of the Tarot deck. Freemasonry accepts that all persons have wisdom: the Fool’s wisdom may teach us this concept of tolerance and freedom and lead us on adventure at the same time.

Did the use of dance act as a secret rite of passage?
Date: 3/10/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Celso Batalha
Synopsis: Isadora Duncan is considered the mother of modern dance, developing a style that clashes with the traditional ballet school. Isadora’s style, on the contrary, highlights freedom of movements reflecting freedom of mind, as the necessary condition for the body to resonate with the music within, expressing its divine melody and attributes. As a path to spiritual awakening and self-discovery, perhaps we should discard discipline and act on any movement as it pleases the body. We will also establish parallels between dance and rituals, such as those exercised in Masonry, and ask if the goals of rituals can be truly achieved without discipline and freedom.

Were the first human spiritual beliefs inclusive?
Date: 4/14/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Karoli Clever
Synopsis: The dawn of mankind and anthropological sites all over the globe seem to point out the beginning of the concept of a deity or many deities was exclusive to few select individuals. These were shamans and holy deputies either by having extraordinary talents from birth or receiving very special training starting at extremely young ages. The acceptance of this exclusivity, like we display in Freemasonry, may have been more natural to these early societies, compared to the age of enlightenment with many outspoken devout believers that seem to constantly struggle to agree to a constructive guidance system.

"Un ser humano es parte de un todo, llamado por nosotros el universo, una parte limitada en el tiempo y el espacio.Sus pensamientos y sentimientos como algo separado del resto ... una especie de ilusión óptica de su conciencia. Esta ilusión es una Una especie de prisión para nosotros, que nos restringe a nuestros deseos personales y de afecto para unas pocas personas más cercanas a nosotros. Nuestra tarea debe ser Liberarnos de esta prisión ampliando nuestro círculo de compasión para abrazar a todas las criaturas vivas y toda la naturaleza en subelleza."
Albert Einstien
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