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Turning The Hiram Key

Find out what Masonry means to Robert by reading his latest book, Turning The Hiram Key.

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By Durchai
First let me express how very much both my husband and I have enjoyed your books.

Our interest in Masonry stems from an interest in history and in the spiritual aspects of the occult. We are Wiccans and know that at least some of out structure includes Masonic material and material from the Golden Dawn. We are interested on discovering more in this vein. I would like to reccomende Triumph of the Moon byRonald Hutton to anyone with a similar interest.

My main comment on Masonary is about the gender division. I believe that our socioty and Masonry would benifit in the blending and co involvment of both genders. If I had had an opportunity I most certaiinly would have investigated such a fine group. This door was closed to me as there were no Masons in our family and indeed I was raised to believe that the rites were anti-christian.

Again, Thank you Jessa
 
By Chris Davis
I am a Freemason of 29 years. I joined the Craft at the age of 36 as a conscious decision to break out of an insular lifestyle revolving around a young family and a job in a very small organisation. I needed to get out into the world to meet people and Freemasonry was the vehicle I chose for that journey.

I have never regretted a single minute of my time in the Craft. It has opened my eyes and my mind to possibilities that without being numbered among its members I don't think I would have considered and it has given me the confidence that I previously lacked. It is adherence to the Principles of Freemasonry that has enabled me to develop as a citizen of the world, NOT the use of them to my own ends and I firmly believe that the vast majority of masons are of the same mind as me. If it were otherwise I wouldn't remain a member of our ancient and honourable institution. I don't pretend that Freemasonry has made me better than my neighbour, but it has most definitely made me a better man that I would have otherwise been.

Two points on which to close. Firstly, Freemasonry is not a secret organisation, it is a body of men (and now woman) who have secrets. Those secrets have no significance to the world at large, but to a mason the preservation of them is a matter of honour. Break a simple undertaking not to disclose the secrets of masonry and I put myself outside a society of men who prize honour and virtue above the external advantages of rank and fortune.

Secondly, Freemasonry before the 2ndWW was completely open. It was Hitler's persecution of every organised society together with the fear of invasion that drove it underground in UK. We are still coming out of our shell and for me it cannot happen quickly enough. Freemasonry has so much to be proud of and is a force for good in an age of decaying standards.
 
By Stone
I think the existence of the order and what it is trying to promote should be out in the open, but Masonic ritual, I feel should remain within the fraternity at least until the world is ready for it again!!! Nothing against what has been done, however should have been voted on by all within our fraternity. Is that not how we do it
 
By Frédéric
Hello - Just finished reading "Turning the Hiram Key". On Wednesday 28 January 2009 I will be entered as an apprentice at a Lodge in a "non regular" obedience in Belgium. It seems that the main reason why it is not recognised by the United Grannd lodge of England is that it does not prescribe belief in God. I chose that obedience because it wants to focus on the way of initiation and the symbolic method, rather than on social, societal and political issues. It is more "speculative", as we say in Belgium (which actually means more spiritually oriented) than other "non regular" obediences in France and Belgium, I think, and that's what attracted me to them.

When reading your book I felt quite elated that my own reflections had led me to a conclusion that's very close to yours: I do believe in a principle of harmony, peace and reason, that exists within the universe and transcends its apparent chaos, that exists but has to be discovered, first of all within ourselves by becoming one with it. When I was submitted to tne blindfolded interrogation I said that people who are of a religious nature may call this principle God - that it's fine for me, but that I'd personally rather not use the word "God" because I do not believe in God in the ususal religious sense of the word, i.e. an agent that exists outside or above the Universe, that created it and controls it. I concluded that the term "Great Architect of the Universe" fits my conception of a sort of divine nature of the universe itself much better. But then the Universe is its own Great Architect, that has to be found by everyone of us within ourselves by becoming one with it, by experiencing it, not just "understanding" it with your rational mind only. Quite close to what you call "the God Experience" or "Cosmic Consciousness", isn't it?
Now, reading your book, I feel that you think it's quite OK to hold that sort of views and be a Mason, and treated as such by other Masons. I even suspect that you yourself hold views quite similar to those I just outlined. How on earth could you then be accepted as a member of the United Grand Lodge of England, which refuses to recognise obediences that do not prescribe belief in God? Since it seems that such views as I outlined may be OK, after all, for the United Grand Lodge, at least in your case, why then does the United Grand Lodge refuse any contacts with some obediences that are very spiritually minded and not antireligious at all, but which donot PRESCRIBE belief in God? Does it mean that the United Grand Lodge is now coming to consider as acceptable views of "God" (I would rather say "the divine") that are not of a religious nature in the usual sense of the word, as long as such views remain tolerant of all religious opinions, including more traditional ones, and that people who hold these views accept as brothers followers of traditional faiths as well? If so, why then continue to "excomunicate", Vatican Style, and refuse any dialogue with spiritually-riented "non regular" obediences such as the one I'll join within less that 48 hours - It is not that this obedience feels that it absolutely needs recognition by the United Grand Lodge, but by refusing dialogue and contacts, the United Grand Lodge deprives us and itself of potentially very useful, and mutually enriching, intellectual and spriritual exchanges.

Frédéric
 
By peachy
i am completely overwhelmed by your zeal and enthusiasm in which you have shown in your research and writings on Freemasonry. i am a free and accepted mason, a member of euharlee lodge #457, of euharlee, georgia.u.s.a. working under the jursidiction of the grand lodge of georgia.Macon. i was raised a master mason in 1980 in that lodge, and became a member of the york rite masons, royal arch, councel and commandary, in 1990 york rite of rome, georgia, royal arch councel and commandery of cartersville ga. lodge. i am also a noble member of a.a.o.n.m.s., Yaarab Temple Shrine of Atlanta, Ga. the same year. i have researched many writings over the years by authors whom i feel have helped but in many cases brought more harm to our craft than good. i believe you have caused more enlightenment to be brought upon the non-masonic public at large and am currently reading your book, freemasonry and the birth of modern science. i feel like i have found a common interest that you share about the origins of science and masonry, and i will close with this hypothesis: i firmly believe that our craft and its legends and ritual, is a preservational convention of beliefs in almighty God, and his son Jesus, so that these things that are so important to all mankind and the future exsistance of the human race, it must be kept forever in the hearts and minds of men, free of religious tyranny, and ability to have abstract thoughts and sharing together these things of substance, without political predjudice, nor religious persuaision, with men and women of all walks of life for the sake of mankind. we also have to remember that sometimes we have to decide if we are to busy seeking The Answer, or do we need to stop and ask ourselves, are we asking THE RIGHT QUESTIONS ?
peachy has gone south for the week,
for the sake of the widow's son.
so, mote it be !
 
By Solo-G
I am a first degree mason very recently initiated. I expect to be a third degree mason soon, because I really feel attracted to masonry. My lodge is the San Diego Lodge No. 35 in California. So far to me freemasonry is something I feel I've been preparing for all my life. I feel as if though I were slowly opening up a treasure chest full of wonderful discoveries.

I believe secrecy among freemasons concerning the rituals and modes of recognition is not a negative thing, although it causes suspicion among non-masons. I believe such secrecy allows for a certain reassurance that members will be loyal. As much as many of us would like to share so many things, there are minds that are simply not prepared. For this reason I was surprised to see parts of the masonic ritual revealed in The Hiram Key. I will not judge you, but I will say I would prefer to not see these details revealed.

That said, your books are fascinating. They've opened up a whole new universe of possibility for me. In Uriel's Machine, when I came upon the chapter that speaks of the peoples that migrated to a high plateau in China in order to avoid the consequences of the 3150 BC flood predicted by way of the machine, I immediately went online to find out more. I was amazed to see that Urumchi, this place I know you are familiar with, is noted as being on the "pole of inaccessibility" of Asia. In other words, it is the point most inland that any other in China, making it ideal for the purpose of avoiding the flood waters.

Thank you and best wishes. Perhaps I may someday have the pleasure of meeting you personally. Also, have your books been translated into Spanish?
 
By William Simpson
I AM A MASTER MASON. My thoughts on Freemasonry. I became a Mason in 2001. My first thouth in lodge was that Freemasonry was a social club or fraternity, like the rotary or the Elks, or the Moose. I have since explored the deeper meanings of the craft and now believe that masonry is a lifestyle. Freemasonry compells men to look inward, identify their own personal flaws, and change them. We are guided to envision ourselves at our best, and then to work toward that goal. With the teachings of good sound morals and values that seem to be lacking in moderm society, Freemasonry is that becon of hope for a more moral society. As I explain to those who ask me about being a mason, it's not just a club, It is a lifestyle and a continous education. Never stop learning, Never stop seeking truth. always be on the alert for frauds and fakers that would do the Fraternity harm. Thank you for this opportunity to express my views and beliefs. I believe we should keep Masonry a society of secrets. Masonry really does make good men better.
 
By Aprendiz
I am a freemason from Brazil. Here we talk a lot about the role our society must have in conducting political pledges. In the nineteenth century it was a really political organization, a forum to discuss forbidden issues, especially republicanism (at that time we were a monarchy).
After the coup to dethrone Peter II, some mason presidents were elected, but, since 1930, our "power" has diminished continually.
Today we are more like a Rotary than like the political organizations we were back then. But I think freemasonry has nothing to do with politics but self improvement, with moral teaching, a kind of civil religion as Rousseau proposed. Maybe we are the enactment of a true civil religion with no sectarian body of thinking.
Best regards from Brazil.
 
By Andres Soler
Q: Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?
A: It should remain secret

Q: What does Masonic ritual mean to you?
A: Contact with that which is most magical and mysterious

Q: How do you feel when you were made a Mason?
A: I'm not a Mason. But, when I came into contact with my "understanding of ritual" my eyes were opened, my heart stopped, I understood why I always felt so differently about the Universe around us.

Q: And what role has ritual played in your life since?
A: It's my connection, my chance to channel and harness the unseen force fields around everything.

Q: Do you feel it is something which can not, or perhaps should not, be put into words?
A: See above answers. The connection, unless one has truly had it, is impossible to describe or understand, hence it's need to remain a secret.
 
By Bill Muirhead
I too joined Freemasonary (at the age of 18, owing to my father being a master mason in Scotland). As you have stated, rituals appear outdated and obscure, and on the face of it, indicate only values in morality and personal character guidance. I have also read your book(s), together with various other materials relating to humankind's past and the why's and where's.

I would very much agree with most of your evaluation of data re the Hiram Key. I personally believe your time line-may be out (the boundaries are being pushed back all the time). The utter tosh advocated by tradtional (sic) Egyptologists never ceases to amaze me, The Great Pyramid was most definetly not built by Khafu, nor is it a repository of supposedly dead kings, rather it was built much much earlier, for what reasons, we may one day find out if enough people such as yourself continue not only to ask questions, but to push estabilshed historians into seeing the trees.

Masonary did in some small measure provide me with certain moral values (or perhaps that was upbringing anyway), but the historical events definetly need further searching.

(All initiatives that introduced changes to accepted thought through reason and research have been ridiculed, if not ostracised)

At the risk of looking a crank I firmly believe in the connections established by both you and other writers such as Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval ( and God help - to some extent - Edgar Cacye).

The links are irrefutable;

Previous worldwide cataclysms - Atlantis (or in reality, a higher society the name we know not) - Pramids - Polar Shifts - Earth Crust Displacement - Egyptology - Judaism - Christianity - and last but not least, or own mortality vis-a-vis, potential global disaster / change.

Please continue with your efforts, they are appreciate (at least by any thinking / enquiring mind)
 
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