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Turning The Hiram Key

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By Seeker
I am a mason and have been for over 20 years. I can never find the words to fully explain to those who are not and in some cases "hostile" to masonry...often with no basis other than anecdotal information or none at all.

With regard to the ritual. I am still surprised after all these years that there are many long standing masons who have little or no understanding of what the ritual is all about. I only wish there was a source book of some kind which explained the real meanings of our ceremonies. This would be especially useful for the more junior memebers. Yes, I know there are the little booklets, but, I feel they don't really do enough. Having said that, many who join masonry give little thought to the ceremonies they have experienced and have no further real interest in them. If they undertake an office, ritual is learned by rote with no other thought than simply saying the words!

Please keep up the research I do find it very interesting.

As for me. I enjoy my masonry greatly. Historical and investigative research I find very interesting. I know that masonry has improved my thinking, made me a better person and teacher and made me think more about the spiritual side.
 
By komputer mensch

I was exposed to some very discouraging words/thoughts/deeds when i was younger
regarding 'Freemasonry'; i think many people were, and sometimes still are via the media
and such; -the people i was exposed to were obsessed that 'Freemason's' were a
secret "world controlling - spider alien(blue or other colour) - life is a virtual
reality - human sacrifice - baby eating" cult, and reacted thusly. I have been
exposed to people who use 'Freemasonry' as a depository for every cult theory out there,
from an "alien" ghost invasions to an arbitrary world economy designed for controlled
division/unity games of mind/deeds(also related to an "alien" ghost invasion). I can
quite clearly see the effect 'Freemasonry' has had on several governments and world
society/economy, i can read and see these influences, 'Freemasonry' does not seem so
secret to me really(though i was told about it and there-fore the obviousness may-be
suggested). Nor does 'Freemasonry' scare me(with help i think from reading books
on 'Freemasonry' by masons and non-masons alike). If 'Freemasonry' as a whole is an
institution for control and pathology of human affairs(as spoken by others) then by crikey
where is human moral willpower in that? Taken away by 'spiritual/physical' means?
If 'Freemasonry' has any syles of influence on public life then by crikey there should be
no exclusion to the public regarding 'Freemasonry' and the mechanisations of that
influence/relevance to the public life("alien" spirit/ghost's take over or not).

I respect that there are aspects of 'Freemasonry' that are "secret", i place this in the
cateogry of 'relevance', just as every organisation has it's own expressed code of conduct
and such.
The question is that beyond the handshakes, play acts and other rituals, is there an
aspect of "Freemasonry" on the whole that is pathological to human affairs and life in
general on a day to day real level, not some airy rumoured "philosophical/ Hegelistic/
dialectical/ blue cone-headed spider-serpent alien nu-man(and V.R./ghosts of such)/Jinn-ghosts(exo-terran or non E.T.)) controlling human hosts/ life is virtual reality(on or off asteroidal space-ship/ blue cloak with gold planets and stars printed on it/ Lucifer Vs Adonai" regards.

I seem to have questions about all that's listed above; and is it/it is pathological to
my/others personal well being in that a quite considerable chunk of my mind is filled with
those designs -as much as i can sometimes dis-credit it for being distracting conspiracy,
yet really my day to day logical mind does not have a clear and present danger signal for
it, or, i am intimidated to the effect that i am "brainwashed" to not think it does, so is
what i write relevant or true in any sense that matters to other's or even myself.

Being myself an apparent "non-mason" or "fellow traveller"; to me 'Freemasonry' largely
and hopefully is a good organisation for sharing knowledge and uniting humanity via what
is shared in the various world's religious denominations and other cultural(CULTural)
regards. If 'Freemasonry' is a method for/adminiustration of "Alien"-ghost(Jinn), dragon,
arachnid or olephoidal takeover/invasion of human kind, then let us deal with that good
naturedly/whole heartedly/with great openness.

Personally i have always wondered about the lack of a space or hyphen between the 'free'
and 'mason', surely 'Free-mason' or 'Free Mason' is more proper(am i either wrong or right
on that?). And is the 'free' in "Freemason" from 'free-stone' or is it from 'free' in
general.

Kind regards,

 
By Tallgrass
Wow. First off, there are a lot of great submissions on this site and I'm very impressed at the views that the Brothers from all around the world share.

I am a relatively young M.M., at 24. Nobody in my family except my grandfather was a Freemason. When I was in high school, I was really big into the history of Christianity and Satanism. While researching these topics, obviously Masonry came up a lot. That became my new fetish, and it still remains as strong today as it did then, maybe more so. It became a sort of calling that I found myself attracted to, and I wanted more ...light, so to speak. Eventually being raised, I found that this was something that I could live by, something that I wanted to live by, and hopefully it would reach the people I cared about.

We are a society with secrets, but those ideals that we hold close to our hearts should remain there, not outside in the rest of society. They are ours, and they are what helps us stand apart from the lies that are told about us. The problem though, I feel, is that the Craft has become too... easy to gain admission. Not to speak to horribly about a fellow Brother, but I kind of have to to make my point. Brother A.B. was raised and ecstatic. For a while. Soon, he started drinking heavily again. He started cheating on his fiance. He had essentially ignored the teachings of Masonry and was wearing the Square & Compasses as an emblem of Pride. Even though these things aren't specifically mentioned as being a bad thing, it seems to me that if you're a Mason, be a true and honest Mason. Don't lie to yourself and the Craft to gain something that you cannot hold. I guess what I'm trying to say is that what one holds dear is something that we should all hold dear. Not something that can be broadcast to the world, or thrown in the backseat of your car because it's inconvenient to you at the time. Freemasonry and its history are both extremely important things in my life. And they, as I feel, should be so in every Mason's as well. The fact that we are letting in anyone who knocks is an attack against our stronghold, and we have to find a way to stop it.

I know this doesn't really fit in with the other thoughts, but this seemed like a good place to share. Those who have posted already seem to have like thoughts, though not really expressed here.
 
By faraonte
Exellent work Mr. Lomas,

The truth will set us free, I discovered my great great grandfathers hidden work in my uncle library, Pedro Figari Uruguayan freemason 33, he is a recognised paintor in these days but not still as a philosopher, he wrote Kiria´s History utopia published 1930 in Paris, in Kiria hapiness is easy, an ancient society island lost in time, with an opposite view of Francisc Bacon´s New Atlantis, the same as you, he belived freemason knowledge is sacred but should be a gift for all human kind, I´m looking forward to promote and translate this book, I will send you a copy when done, keep doing this great job!!


www.pedrofigari.com


Francisco Saavedra
 
By Manson48
I am not a Freemason, although I would consider membership if an atheist were allowed to join. I've conducted a fair amount of research into the organization, and have several working ideas as to the actual origin and purpose of such. As with any institution, the motives or purposes are naturally varied, collective and/or personal, and subject to change with time. I believe many masons are unsure, unclear and/or unaware of all the past and present purposes, the institution has served, and/or will serve.

I've found that much of the available information on freemasonry is deceptive, and this includes much of that which the Freemasons publish. It's easy to see that many mason's are as blind sighted by this disinformation, as are the non masons. The simple fact being that any person who sincerely studies history and the arts, as freemasonry demands of its recruits, could, at best, remain a deist with a leaning toward atheism. This being an appropriate description of the founding fathers of our country, that are well known to have been Freemasons.

In this regard, especially during the enlightenment period, the institution served a very useful purpose, as a safe place for these deists to gather, at a time when the Catholic church was actively prosecuting for the crime of heresy. Of course, these Freemasons were also quick to point their blasphemous fingers at the Illuminati, when the stakes got a little too hot for secret societies. But hey, at least we got free speech, and separation of church and state after this illumination. JM



 
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 !
 
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