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Turning The Hiram Key

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By Imhotep II
Freemasons is not at secret security, but an ORDER with secrets, and it shall remain this way, you can as a mason practise what you learn, but it is forbidden for a freemason to participate in a public discussion about freemasonry, and I really hope that anyone who does will be properly punished.

You need as a freemason to respect the privacy of you brothers, can you not do that, you are not even close to understand what et means to be a freemason, and you will be better of in a country or gentleman’s club
 
By Cervinus
Freemasonry should NOT be secret - but it should retain its "mystery" as part of its persona

Some of the ritual I find uplifting and thought provoking - the Craft rituals are particularly beautiful both in their content and their implications. Eg North-East corner; Charge to the Initiate.

My overwhelming thought immediately after the initiation ceremony and for many days after was " what the hell was that all about and what have I let myself in for". Perseverance has illuminated some of these dark corners and practice has led to an appreciation of the anachronistic use of language which I feel has tended to make me think about the content more - maybe that was the intention - if it was it succeeded and I think I am a better person for it.

On the other hand some of the ritual seems to delight in obfuscation - and I do not understand it at all right now. The storylines I usually find enjoyable (I belong to Craft; Royal Arch; Mark; Mariners; Rose Croix and ROS.) and find areas of overlap and further illumination.

I feel that many would find it difficult to verbalise what Freemasonry means to them - but they keep coming back for more which can't be too bad.

 
By mwubuntu
My 'living resurrection' when made a Master Mason was one of the most significant moments in my life. It would be a profanity to put into mere words as 'Ignorance is displayed in a cloud of words'.

Regarding Freemasonry being kept secret.... I wouldn't worry about it too much. The world is much too distracted with their stomachs to give much thought to important matters.
 
By Nico
1. Freemasonry shoul'd be discreet.

2. Sacret,interresting,tels us about Humanities roots.

3. Spiritualy enlightened.

4. Sireen.

5. yes!
 
By William H. Barnwell
I just gave back my third degree last week 3/8/08. My father and grandfather were Masons. Dad never did very much after receiving his third degree, but my grandfather was very proud and always wore his Masonic ring, which I now wear.
I am 58 this year and I felt very proud of my accomplishment. My mother is very happy with what I have done. She never thought I would travel to be a Free Mason.
 
By Dorothy
My father, and probably my grandfather, were Freemasons. I know my father was very proud of this, but he never talked about it to any of the family. Now that I am "old", I wish he had spoken about it so that I could better understand his religious attitudes. Perhaps we would have had a better relationship if I had understood certain things. In our dining room were large framed certificates which I always assumed were proof of his level of achievement in the Freemasons. They had the columns etc. Do you know, I never read them completely or ever found out exactly what they meant. I regret that. I think that Freemasonry went back several or perhaps many generations in my family. I have done a great deal of genealogical research, and wish this was a findable piece of the puzzle.

Perhaps at one time, it was wise for Freemasonry to be secretive. I think that the time has come now, when most people are open to "new" ideas, for them to 'fess up and tell us the truth (as they know it).
 
By anlgp (Steve)
I agree with what you said on talkshoe. I think it's a way for me to see myself from my internal and external perspective.
 
By Rob
I work in Local Government and it is such a shame that I and Brethren in similar situations can't celebrate our Membership amongst colleagues. There is still fear that one will be regarded and treated differently in the career stakes.What changed attitudes so much that there is so much antagonism now towards Freemasonry? That would be auseful attitudinal study!
 
By KEV
i would like to say, that freemasonry was in my family for generations, and my stepfather was a worshipful master at one of the lodges in Wales.

He was someone who I respected and conducted his life in a very mild and humble way.

I believe, that by following the teachings of freemasonry, and by being a freemason made him the man that he was, and the man I wish to be....

I believe and hope that freemasonry will grow, and continue for many generations to come!
 
By alan
Few people in the English speaking world are aware that Brazil was founded by masons (Adonhiramita rite), slavery was abolished in Brazil through a masonic movement (non-violent and in stages) and Brasilia is based on old masonic designs from the 1880´s.

Loges are called Lojas (also the name for a shop in Portuguese - both are from the arabic though the roots are different: in arabic, al laj, is a raised dias or holy place, where, for example, couples are married). There is also widespread acceptance that much of the philosophic rites are adapted from Sufism.

Esoteric masonary is now growing, with a younger membership, and is still very active, especially in smaller towns.
 
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