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There are two ways of participating in the Academy of Reflection (AOR), which are associateship and membership.

Associateship

Associateship Benefits

  • Access to basic courses in the curricula of the AOR, including these:
    • AOR1000 – Basic Methods in the Intentional Practice of Awareness
    • AOR1100 – Practical Experiments in Reflective Dialogue
    • AOR1900 – Self-Selected Reflective Reading
    • AOR1910 – Self-Selected Practical Experience
    • AOR2100 – Emblematic Meditations for the Craft Lodge
  • Correspondence with AOR Instructors for guidance in contemplative matters
  • Participation in AOR social media and contemplative retreats

* Note that the first two courses are among those required for members who wish to be recognized as Instructors of the AOR.

Associateship Requirements

  • You must be at least a 32° Scottish Rite Mason in good standing.
  • You will maintain upright character, and refrain from any activity that would reflect poorly on the AOR, the Scottish Rite, or Freemasonry in general.

Associateship Application Process

In order to be recognized as an associate of the AOR, submit a written request to the Superintendent of the Mother Academy at superintendent@academyofreflection.org. Your request should Include:

  • Your name as it appears on your Scottish Rite dues card
  • The name of your home Valley
  • If possible, the name of an AOR member who can vouch for you
  • Your motives and intentions for seeking associateship

Membership

Membership Benefits

  • Access to the entire curricula of the AOR
  • Participating in the social media and social gatherings of the AOR
  • Wearing the AOR badge at Masonic functions
  • Actively Participating in the business of the AOR

Membership Requirements

Before submitting your application for membership to the AOR, please be aware of the following requirements:

  • You must be at least a 32° Scottish Rite Mason in good standing.
  • You must have attended at least three (3) group sessions of contemplative practice provided by the AOR. These most often take the form of meditation sessions scheduled during the Spring and Fall Reunions. Your attendance will be verified using our records, so be sure that you sign in at each session you choose to attend.
  • You will maintain an upright character and refrain from any activity that would reflect poorly on the AOR, the Scottish Rite, or Freemasonry in general.

Membership Application Process

Keeping the membership requirements in mind, to begin the process, download the application materials using the link provided below. Complete the Contact Information Form or provide all of the required information contained on that form in your application E-mail message. You must also include a personal statement concerning your perspectives on Freemasonry and contemplative practice and their importance to you. Please review the Personal Statement Guidelines for more information regarding the expectations for this statement. Submit all of your application materials by E-mail with the subject “Membership Application” to the AOR’s Clerk. Once the AOR’s instructors have reviewed your application, the Clerk will contact you to provide their feedback and/or decision. If your application is accepted, the AOR will arrange for your formal induction at the next available opportunity.

Membership Application Materials

You may download the application materials here in PDF format:

Membership Application