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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 james
intresting question! should freemasonry be a secret.the bible was writen for all to read,so why hide behind handshakes and hidden winks. u belong to a club,like many it has membership and expected codes of conduct. your club benifits many charities and organisations,in which, i understand the mansons don't publizise.the want of secretcy four no gain or 'back slapping' is comendable.i'm intrested in freemasonary as i am in the 'truth''the fact of hidden ritual within god's and jesus teaching's that have been past down though the centries and into masonic ritual's dosen't realy work with the openness of the teaching's of the bible.yet my mother,who's father was a laypreacher and realigous herself gave me the hiram key to read. i've read it three time's and the second messiah, with the following books on order.the question's and theories are extremly intresting and look forward to reading them.one concern that to become a mason u seem to have to be at least quite academic,inteligent.i was an average pupil at school, hve just got a computer and on the internet.as you can proberly tell.what can i offer?
 
By Bill Drennan Swansea UK
I am a new initiate to the craft, and I entered fremasonry with the idea of increasing my charity work, during my 1st and second degree's I was advised to read on certain subjects from the old testament book of Kings through to books like "Born in Blood",
I started reading the hiram key, and got so much out of it that I was insatiable in my reading to get more,
"The Hiram Key, and Turning the Hiram Key has changed my life completely, my thoughts have changed, my actions and ideas have changed, and all for the better of myself, my only problem is, I am going for my raising soon and that implies rebirth of ones true spiritual being, these books opend up dormant thoughts in my being that have been latent for years.I only hope that I can live up to the crown that is to bestowed on me,

I, at the moment feel guilty that I have recieved such wonderful information, and have been introduced to positive proof of all Roberts findings, I wanted to give so much to freemasonry, but unintentionally have taken so much out, I wonder if I will ever be able to repay the gifts bestowed upon me, for as much as one tries to give, freemasonry gives you back ten fold.
 
By Littlemouintain
Thank you so much!!

I was told as a child.......don't have anything to do with the free-masons that they were evil..told by the Catholic Church.......

As a child in Catholic School .....I was almost excommunicated from the Church 2xs...seriously.

As a child I started reading about Egypt......I left my home and the church at 16 I'm 60 now.

I have been on a quest for the truth since that age. I believe in the "Star People"

I married a Canadian Indian.....and have studied ....and am currently training under a female shaman here in Ontario.

I have connected the dots between the Indians of the Western Hemisphere, to the Tibetans, Chinese, Austrailian........who all believe that they originated from the Star People and that they worship the "Mother"..........

The Ceremony of the crowning of the King and Horus...and his resurrection and the mention of the "Star Cult"

Now I am investigating the Mayan Calander and the year "2012"

Thanks to both of you for all your work and helping me on my quest..........

Colline.....
 
By Moose

Should Freemasonry be a secret ?

Is Freemasonry a secret, I really dont think so, everyone knows that we are here, they just dont know what we do or why we do the things we do or how they can become one them selves.

Freemasonry should have a certian air of mystery, it is that which man desires that ensures that he seek.

Cast not pearls before swine !

I take no issue in people knowing that I am a Freemason, in fact I am quite proud of it, further to that I am chairman of our lodges membership committee, and as such I take no issue in promoting Freemasonry for the institution that it is.
Thats not to say that it is open slather for anyone and every one not by any stretch of the imagination, I know for myself that I would not like to have a member of the craft that doesnt respect or uphold the tenants of old, if people see this a an exclusive secret society then more fool them.
I just want to know that a member of our lodge is a person that I would take no issue with in invitning in to my home or leaving a child in thier supervision.

Further to that true Freemasonry has no secrets, it answers to all,freemasonry is within the reach of any that may want to find it.

As for Masonic ritual, when done right it is wonderful to watch and better to participate within, each person can take as much or as little out of it as they are able to grasp.
There is much symbology (and yes symbology is a word ) that is open for intrepretation and I know for me there is no greater thrill than thinking that I have found a answer only to have something else imparted that forces me to re evaluate the whole thing again and look at the ritual with a new insight....Does the ritual ever really stop? what does it really teach.

I see the ritual as a wondeful thing designed to teach the master mason, lets face it the candidate doesnt really walk away with much over the course of the night does he.
Light revealed is for the master mason, reminding him of the darkness.

The fellow craft is the work of the master, again the candidate serves as a reminder.

Being rasied to the Degree of Master Mason allows the candidate to opportunity to see the light if he is diligent in his studies.

When I became a Freemason I was thrilled to know that all that I wanted lay before me and all I had to do was work to achieve that which I seeked, have I got there yet? no what did the experience teach me, I could write for hours.
One of the best things I have ever felt was at one point in the ceremony where the Junior Decan leaned in and told me that he had been there with me the whole way and gave me a little wink, the sense of relief and comfort that I felt was incredible, the smile that grew on my face was difficult to hide.

As for how all the masonic ritual plays a part in my life, well it has shown me what I already felt and knew, I just didnt know how to applyit, and I still struggle with that, though I have Freemasonry to fall back on, at least now I feel I know where I am going wrong.

Fremasonry cant be put in to words, it is an experience, it is a vision, its a way...there should be no seeker after smooth tidings.

I was raised a catholic, but I have always been a mason, I think that if it could have been put in to words then maybe we would all be conducting polls on what its like to be a catholic or a christian.

Freemasonry is profound, her mysteries lie secret, secret from the eyes that are blinded.

Would Yehoshau have wanted that which he professes to not be put in to words, did he not want for the light to be revealed.
And what light did he want to be revealed, should Freemasonry consider the same.

If the force of the common will were made to realise its humble place, then there would be no need to put freemasonry or christianity in to words.
 
By cor
Hi!
I have really enjoyed reading the Hiram key and am now reading the Book of Hiram. I am not a Mason, but a Mormon, or member of the LDS church. I know that masons accuse Joseph Smith our founder, of having copied the rituals and as a result we too have temples.
In my experience and with my knowledge at the present, I would state that he restored the lost meaning you talk about. Whatever your opinion I for one have felt the influence of the ritual/covenants and instruction we receive in our temples and it has made a huge difference in my life and the life of the general membership. In a round-about way we have Masonry to thank as Joseph Smith was a chaplain for a few years in the state of Illinois. Now I feel I can understand Masons better and hope that many won't feel antagonistic towards my faith!
It is intriguing to delve into the past as you have done in your books. I however am a firm believer in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Redeemer and whatever information might be found in the future from those Roslin scrolls will no doubt support that belief rather than repudiate it. The Dead Sea scrolls sofar have shown what Joseph Smith taught to be true, particularly in his Bible translation, which is miraculously accurate when compared. Anyway, there's my pennie's worth!
 
By khalil
freemasonry is not a secret society, but it is a society with secrets.. so i think that we should be proud by beeing freemasons and not hide from it..masonic ritual is the most sacred ritual held in the world because it has created and followed by elites through thousands of years and it is a "cumul" of ancient rituals from divers civilizations...when i was made a freemason i felt like i was rising from the dead, it was like seeing light after wandering all my life in the dark. i remembered plato's "allegory of the cave", and i felt i was this caveman who got freed from his chains and made it to the outside and finally was able to look at the sun. for me it is the path of enlightement.. masonic ritual played a major role in my life, it organized it. you simply think differently once you practice the rituals..i dont think it should not be put in words, but yes i concider it beyond words..
 
By Birdy
I have mixed feelings on freemasonry. As an outsider, I can only respect the great achievements of many enlightened freemasons, be it in world politics, science, art, literature, film, music, etc. The rituals must have a calming, stabilizing, and inspiring ("consciousness-opening") effect on the participants, I have no doubt. Masonic ritual must change a man's outlook on life and give him spiritual strength to achieve his full potential.
However, the secrecy of it all, the "extreme discretion" even of being a mason but particularly the secrecy surrounding ritual itself, says a lot, in fact it screams, about the nature of the rituals and masonry in general. If everything were left in the open, freemasonry would lose its "power" and the rituals would be ineffective. Other spiritual traditions have this vow to secrecy, for example, some Hindu-related spiritual traditions (like TM) forbid the saying out loud of a mantra because it would lose its supposed "consciousness-expanding" effect; a mantra must be repeated mentally but never said out loud.
I don't know (and probably never will know) if masonic rituals invoke demons or other dark forces of nature, but it seems to me that secrecy is at once freemasonry's greatest strength yet its "achilles heel", it's kryptonite, it's main weakness.
If the meetings are dignified in the presence of honourable men (which I am sure they are), if freemasonry exists for the betterment of humanity (which I'm convinced it does), if the rituals are profoundly inspiring (which they must be), then why the staunch secrecy (or "discretion"), particularly surrounding ritual? Freemasons should be proclaiming the good news on rooftops!
They don't, and the reason they don't can only be of an esoteric and occultic nature.
Thank you, Mr. Lomas, for your dedication in bringing this sensitive topic out on the internet so eloquently, it takes courage which I'm sure not every brother can muster!

 
By lambdavi
I became a Freemason by way of a Calling.

Just like one may have a Calling for a life in the wake of his/her Religion, I had a Calling in the Way of Freemasonry. Little did I know that vague memories from my most distant childhood were guiding me... little did I know that my Grandfather, and his Father and Father-in-Law all were Brethren... little did I know until the fiirst teachings imparted to me revealed the meaning behind tokens, expressions or objects owned or uttered by my Grandfather, which took on a completely new meaning... and the surprise, awe and joy I felt during and afterwards.

I am now a Freemason since March 2000, and never regretted it.

Alas, because of secular history, Freemasonry has been persecuted in most Catholic Nations, and pointed at as "the work of the Devil" etcetera.
Perhaps... but no less than being a banker, or a stock exchange operator... yet the Church never uttered a word against bankers, quite the opposite, as the Vatican owns IOR, one of the most powerful and richest banks in the world. Enough with that. The Vatican persecuted Freemasonry because in the 18th Century the first Brethren in Catholic Nations were Protestants, and for a Catholic to join a secret... discreet society run by Protestants was considered conjuring against the Church... High Treason.

So, what have I gained by "joining" Freemasonry?

I have certainly not become richer in money.
I have certainly not had a faster or more prestigious career.
I have certainly not found a "magic lantern with a genie inside".
I have never won any National Lottery to justify any "favour".
I have certainly not become physically taller, nor stronger, nor do I have a supermodel lover.

I have improved myself, I have found a new internal equilibrium, and have discovered to have insight which I never even suspected.

I feel more balanced.

I have found a new meaning to the word "Charity".

I now respect Ministers of Religion, whomever they may be, whereas I once supported my own (and even that, only at times) and despised others.

I feel I am a better Father to my own Son, and a better Husband to my Wife, not because I have been blessed by some magic wand, but because I have understood issues about my own self.

I now feel complete and at peace with myself.
 
By Bro Williams
Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?
The secrecy in freemasonry is I feel an allegorical representation of the need to be honest with your self and to not share everything with everybody. This is an important lesson as someone that cannot keep a confidence is difficult to deal with. Our rituals and promises and the nature of our craft is freely available on the internet, and I understand that anyone can buy a ritual book (something that we promise never to write). If we controlled the communication, perhaps we could avoid some of the misguided and ill informed opinions and prejudice held by some people.
What does Masonic ritual mean to you?
On the subject of the ritual the lessons that I have learned by trying to find meaning in the layers of complexity, allegory and instruction have provoked deep contemplation and improved self awareness. These lesions are as relevant today as they were when they were first written. I also like doing the floor work, the discipline of learning the complex and unusual verbiage, the thrill of standing up on the night and sharing these lectures and, if you do a good job, sitting down knowing that you have helped in a small way the continuity of freemasonry.
How do you feel when you were made a Mason?
Being first made a Mason was a big deal to me. This happened in my mid 30ís and, as a complete coincidence, 6 months after my Dad. I felt welcomed and accepted as part of something that meant something and was important. Whilst no society or group of people is perfect I have never regretted becoming a part of my mother lodge, and it is a joy to watch people coming to the floor for the first time, and the enjoyment of the harmony after.
And what role has Masonic ritual played in your life since?
Tricky one for me, I wanted to be a freemason as I had heard a lot about how it can help you live a better life and be a better man. I have guilt that committing to 2 evenings a week is currently too much for me, and that I donít feel able to take a progressive role for a variety of complex personal reasons. I read my ritual for recreation and get lots from watching the degrees performed, in my mother lodge and other lodges that I have visited.
Do you feel it is something which can not, or perhaps should not, be put into words?
Freemasonry should and can be put into words; it is an inclusive organisation that doesnít discriminate other than a manís belief in his God and no criminal record. It has high standards of behaviour and a tolerance of ambiguity. Like all things I have found that the more that you put into freemasonry the more you out of freemasonry.
 
By Seekerette
I recently literally stumbled on a copy of 'Uriel's Machine' in a second-hand bookshop and was almost immediately impressed by the open-minded, inspired, yet thoroughly rational and well-researched material in this (for me) seminal book.

Having decided to look further into Robert Lomas's work recently I found his 'Turning the Hiram Key' website. I was and again impressed by the tenor of the recommended books in the Archaology section (under 'Other Related Books'.)

Speaking as a woman it is so refreshing to see the feminine aspect of life , on a symbolic level, as well as women's practical and literal contribution to pre-history, acknowledged by a scholar such as Robert Lomas.

What surprises me however is that, rightly or wrongly, I had an image of Freemasonry as a patriarchal and basically very conservative institution. I am wondering therefore whether: a) Robert's stance re the above is typical, or even admissable, amongst the majority of Masons? b) The Masons now admit women? c) What is the official Masonic stance and philosophy regarding women and the Feminine (both practically and symbolically?)

I would very much appreciate your response to these thoughts/queries.

Kind regards
 
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