El Anciano de los Días

Dallas 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 the worldview that the universe is Mental (or Spiritual) rather than Physical relevant today?
Date: 4/15/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Diego Segatore
Synopsis: Since the inception of Western Philosophy in Ancient Greece the Mind vs. Matter debate has been central to ontology. While Materialists believe that the world is ultimately material/physical and that mind is merely activity of the brain, the idealists' view is that reality and our universe in itself mental or immaterial. After Newtonian physics took hold of our scientific worldview many Materialist Philosophers declared victory over their Idealists rivals but the convulsions in physics caused by Relativity and Quantum Theory has put a large dent on this worldview. As early as the first half of the 20th century, British scientist Sir. James Jean wrote: "The Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine." Further, scientific studies on ESP and other paranormal phenomena provide evidence for mind over mater. Is the world in general, and the scientific world specifically, ready for the comeback of idealism?

Popular Biblical Beliefs: What do you believe and why?
Date: 5/20/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Shawna Depuente
Synopsis: Freemasonry encourages everyone to examine their beliefs and question why they believe as they do. During this conversation we will explore what we believe concerning some of the most popular beliefs in Christianity such as the Rapture and the Crucifixion. It is also important for us to discuss how historically accurate the Bible is and how does that history affect what we believe. The purpose of this study group is not to convince others of one's truth but come into knowing our own personal understanding of what happened so long ago.

Does the evolution of art over the centuries reflect the evolution of human consciousness?
Date: 6/17/2017 3:30:00 AM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Lynne Nevill
Synopsis: Do the developments in visual artistic media progressing through many types of media illustrate a development in human consciousness, and if so, how? Likewise, do the developments in technical style and subject (progressing through many styles, beginning with -- to name a few -- the highly formulaic/symbolic, then increasing degrees of realism, then on to impressionism, expressionism, abstraction, etc.) also illustrate a development in consciousness? During a thumbnail sketch tour through many centuries of art, we will highlight the major technical and stylistic shifts in Western art. Masonry may provide a useful groundwork perspective from which we can understand and evaluate art as an expression of consciousness.

What is Esotericism?
Date: 7/15/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Judith Champion
Synopsis: Esotericism is the studies of the Initiate who seeks to know the hidden mysteries of nature and science; thus leading him to inner knowledge.” Historically priests, initiates, and kings had knowledge which they kept hidden from the masses of ordinary people who might not understand it, or from those who might mis-use the power and control it could bestow. What are the definitions of the words occult, arcane, and esoteric? How do they differ? An esotericist is someone seeking deeper meaning, striving to pierce the veil of exoteric appearance to find higher truths, or to align with divine mind or plan. Some fields considered esoteric are: alchemy, Hermeticism, Astrology, theosophy and the seven rays, Gematria, and numerology. We will take a look at astrology and numerology in particular and explore how each is used as a key to understanding oneself or others.

Why does Le Petit Prince so connect with people that it can be read in over 300 languages and dialects from around the world?
Date: 8/19/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Jill Alessandra
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 demobilized. 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 its value and possibly why it was written as story for children.

How can we use historical astrology to understand historical events and illuminate our current political landscape?
Date: 9/16/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Lin Gold
Synopsis: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana What are the historical lessons of societal upheavals, populists movements and other times of crisis? What were the pitfalls and what were the benefits of these events? Are there any astrological clues to help us understand and benefit from the broad trend of populism we see now? “Now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together … the political shift shows the majority of people are sick of the status quo and felt they had been “abandoned by their leaders.” … It was the moment when the forgotten spoke, finding their voices to reject the advice and guidance of experts and the elite everywhere.” - Stephen Hawking

Is language a bridge from the unreal to the real, or is the real unattainable through language?
Date: 11/18/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Dennis Garza
Synopsis: French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan describes the theory of mind in three categories; “the imaginary, the symbolic, and the real”. The real for Lacan is posited as “that which is impossible to say or imagine”. But in the mystic tradition these terms may have a different meaning. There is a beautiful Sanskrit mantram from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad that says, “Asat oma Sat Gamaya Tamas oma Jyotir Gamaya Mrity orma amritam Gamaya” It translates as, “Lead me from the unreal to the real Lead me from the darkness to the Light Lead me from the temporal to the eternal” Psychoanalysts, philosophers, poets, and prophets have attempted to explain this concept of “the real” through the use of language for millennia. But is the portal to this illusive understanding found through the medium of language? Does the symbolic “language” of Freemasonry offer us a clue to the attainment of “the real?” Is this “the real” of Lacan, or “the real” of the mystic journey? Or both?

Is Anarchy the future of government?
Date: 12/16/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Matias Cumsille
Synopsis: When one thinks of anarchy, they think of angry citizens throwing benches at windows of innocent store owners. Why? Because it has been demonized by modern Democracy as a plague to be avoided. Anarchy a political philosophy that is rarely taught in schools. The word itself has morphed into a synonym for chaos. Yet, in its strict definition, it implies self-governance and voluntary institutions. In fact, Anarchy can be used to describe the freedom of Fraternal Organizations in which membership is based on the time old axiom: of your own free will and accord.

"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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