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Turning The Hiram Key

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By John D. Downard
I have just recently started studying the history of Fremasonry. I have been studying the history of mytephysics and the occult for 6 years know. Through my readings I have found that the belief in a single religion does not allow us to fully understand what we are and why we are here. The secret nature of the Freemasons has drown unjustified and unwarrented attention. But as history shows people will often fear something they do not understand. The nature of the rituals of the freemasons I believe acts in the same nature as symbology. Certain sysmbols trigger certain emotions with in us. When we are fully able to understand our emotions and what triggers our reactions to emotions helps us understand our selves better. Through my years of study I have found that when an individual is able to understand themselves and what has influenced their thought processes we are able to change our vibrations to a higher level of vibration. This effect impacts us on all 3 levels of our reality. When we are able to step away from individual religions and the dogmas that they all hold we are able to veiw ourselves and our enviorment in a much different perspective. I have recently been asked to join the Freemansons and after reaking your book the Hiram Key I think I will acept the offer. Science is at the very early stages of understanding the potentials of the human race. Metaphysics has very clearly shown our potentials are when we are able to accept that science and religion are very directly concected. I enjoy studying Hermetic phylosophy and all of the related fields. The more I study the more I grow. Your writings show that the Freemasons study very closely the teachings of Hiram and the lessons that were handed down. But I am cureious why the writings of Soloman are not the central theme. S.L. McGregor Mathers writings are very interesting to study if one is interested in communion with the spirits of the universe. I look forward to reading more of your findings and look forward to my journey within the Freemasons.
 
By hiramfelix
1: Secret or not? I would say it should be “in-between”. There is nothing to hide, but also nothing brag about. In the United States Freemasonry is handled like a social Club, nothing more. In Europe it is far more discreet. It is by now means secret as you can go to the internet and find Lodges, names of officers and so on.
2: Is a family member a Mason? No
3: Are you a Mason? My brethren think I am. The Ritual is everything; it is “our’ secret. You can read everything about it, but if you do not experience it is meaningless.
4: How did you felle when you were made a Mason? Not possible to put into words.
5: What role does it play? A very important one. Not easy to put into words, again.
6. Does Freemasonry benefit society? Yes, absolutely.
 
By Martin Jackson
The Craft is a micro-cosom of humanity. Just as with humanity; we are hyper top-heavy with materialistic, spiritualy dead; ego-centric ; small-pond life. We are careering head-long at the Speed of Light towards a brick wall. And all we are doing is fighting over the front seat.

Let us stop for a fraction and reflect.

Now change direction.
 
By Calum
Dear Sir, Dr Lomas

My Father had been a Mason for over 20 years and apart from being curious when he first joined, (I was a teenager still at school) I had no inclination to join Freemasonry whatsoever. My Father, I must add never spoke about it to me, nor did I ever hear him discuss it when I was ever present in any company he kept, even when I knew Mason's were present.
During the year of 2003 (I was now 34/35yrs old) I was in a relationship with a Canadian girl. Her father arranged a visit from his home in Canada to stay with us during April 2003 and asked me if during his stay, would it be possible for me to take him to visit Roslyn Chapel. I had never heard of it, but asked if it was in Roslyn, which is less than 10 miles from where I stay and alway's have done!!! I then found out he was a 'Mason'. I was surprised as I knew he was a Catholic. I questioned him about this and thankfully, unlike any response I remembered from my father, he began to explain somewhat passionately his decision to join the Craft and he then recommended I read a book called 'The Hiram Key'. I remembered the name of the next book I was going to read but firstly I wanted to visit Roslyn Chapel. I was overwhelmed, after paying my admittance fee and purchasing a booklet I noticed on the way out to the Chapel the book 'The Hiram Key' was on their shelves for sale. I made a mental note to purchase it on the way out which I did. My visit to the Chapel awakened something in me and after goosebumping through 'The Hiram Key' I was hooked and was certain I wanted to know more.
I approached my Father letting him know I wanted to become a Mason. I can't explain the emotion I felt from him. He looked so pleased and proud and due to this I became momentarily a little confused! If this meant so much to him, why had he never even slightly encouraged me to do this earlier?!!
Before my first degree I visited Roslyn Chapel quite a few more times and had then read 'The Second Messiah' (The best book I've ever read) and 'Uriel's Machine'. I can't thank you enough for the enlightenment your books have given me and would love the chance to meet up whenever you are next in Roslyn as I'd relish the chance to debate your extensive research and conclusions to date and hopefully excite your mind further with my own investigations and thoughts. Due to your question "Is Masonry something which cannot or perhaps should not be put into words? My answer is - NO. Masonry can and should be put into words and likewise put into numbers, music, pictures, inter personal thinking, intra personal thinking and any other 'smart' that triggers the students way of articulating. Harmony is when EVERYONE understands. To achieve this you must allow EVERYONE access to the information and display the information in as many ways as is possible to allow EVERY student to articulate the chosen subject. This is overwhelmingly evident in Masonry as during my initiation, passing and raising I understood what was being explained to me by being told, shown and involved. I believe that Masonry should be made easily accessible (whatever your up-bringing or academic ability) to anyone who has a desire to improve themselves to the point that they feel the power of understanding. By practising this I've found that it manufactures 'honesty' which I believe is the essence to 'harmony'. Funny how both 'harmony' and 'honesty' have 7 letters!!
The number 7 is one of the subjects I'd love to discuss should we ever meet. Better give youself at least a week with me should this ever happen but being typically Scottish I have an ability to talk fast so could fit my thoughts in around 2-3 nights at the Roslyn Inn bar!!
I'll leave you with this thought - Once every 4 weeks I meet with each member of my staff (I currently employ 18 people) for a 'One 2 One' to discuss their input, value to the business, any queries they have and to plan when and what they have to do to be promoted to the next level - did Hiram have the harmony of the workforce (through his undoubted ability to show everyone, everyday, their worth) to such a great level that complacency set in, and made him forget that there were still people there who needed assurance, guidance and his observance that they would be due for promotion? (enter - Jubelo, Jubela and Jubelum aka the ruffians)
One fundamental thing I've learnt in life and business is to set deadlines by 'putting a date on it' and although Masonry has taught and re-inforced many successful ways forward for me I still look for this impotant, though simple characteristic to surface.

Fraternally Yours

Bro. Calum Grant
Treasurer
Lodge St john 112
7 Balcarres Road
Musselburgh
EH21 7SD.......

P.S. Are you aware that a lodge (Aitchisons Haven) in Musselburgh -which unfortunately no longer exists-is recorded as having the earliest recorded minutes in Freemasonry held at Grand Lodge, Edinburgh. These minutes date back to the 16th century!! I became compelled to write to you today after doing some very brief research on John Knox- During the 16th Century he, whilst being a clergyman for the Catholic Church, reformed Scotland to become a Protestant Nation. His mothers maiden name was Sinclair?!!! Have to go, much exploring to do.
 
By Steve Foley
# Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?

The cult of Secrecy which pervades Anglo-Saxon Freemasonry especially that of UGLE has done nothing but harm , plays into the hands of Anti-Masons, and even puts potential Candidates off. Only the Modes of Recognition, the Signs, Tokens and Words need be kept secret, that is what a Mason swears to so at his or her Initiation. As for the old chestnut that "Any disclosure will spoil the Ceremony for the Candidate" that is just sentimental and pious balderdash and has only gained weight by repetition over the years.

# Is a member of your family a Freemason, and how do you feel about that?

I am the only Freemason in my immediate family as far as I am aware. I did have two Masonic Uncles but thay have been dead a long time now.

# If you are a Mason, what does Masonic ritual mean to you?

A very great deal indeed. I am attuned to its Esoteric aspects.

# How did you feel when you were made a Mason?

It was a great sense of achievement and a feeling that I had been destined to become a Mason and this was right for me.

# And what role has Masonic ritual played in your life since?

Again a great deal indeed. It informs my day to day life and I feel uplifted when I attend a well performed and sincere Ceremony

# Do you feel it is something which can not, or perhaps should not, be put into words?

It can be difficult to describe such feelings and experiences to the Mundane. I am not for "Secrecy" as explained above. Only the Signs, Tokens and Words should be secret.

# Do you think Freemasonry benefits society?

Yes and it could do more if there was not the Anti-Masonic bias in current society and if it was not trammeled, at least in the Malecraft Mainstream, by having become too obsessed with its own Organisation and by the Externals and Peripherals, and were to return to its Speculative roots, dismantle much of its over heavy bureaucracy and give more autonomy to individual lodges and scrap its present Honours System which does it more harm than good. It should go "Back to Basics" .

 
By Bro. Hall
Hi, this is a very interesting topic and one in which i am excited as always to be involved. I have been a Prince Hall affiliated, Master Mason for ten years now and i must say it has been emotionally up and down. I have been on both extremes, one where I have aspired to go as far in masonry as i possibly can, getting involved in every organization under the masonic umbrerlla. The other where I just felt like giving it all up and leaving the craft altogether. I have, however, since I was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason ten years ago, completed 50% of my masonic aspirations. I have joined the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Masonry, Prince Hall Affiliated and still seek in the near future to join the York Rite of this organization. Which brings me to the whole of the matter. I joined this organization, from what i'd known about it, seeking to make me a better person. Since then I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of the organization. While the organization is probably what I perceive to be the greatest fraternal organizatiion in the world, the men and women that make up both branches of this organization are only human. Which means, some of our actions will not reflect masonic morality. Now, this doesn't mean that we as the members of the organization are not good people, i'm merely stating that we all have our faults and sometimes, no matter how hard we work at not revealing them, all things come to light at its proper time. Now, this is the general and probably the larger portion of our members. Then, there's those members who deliberately, use this organization as a stepping stone and excuse to commit unmasonic acts. Then there are those who take the obligation lightly and treat other members cruel and unfairly. A few years ago I found myself more involved in masonry than in my church, not to say that is necessarily wrong, being that we both have the same intentions, but I personally felt that my masonic duty was greater than my godly duty and that was wrong. Lately, I have re-established my priorities, focus more on church and my teachings from the Bible, while enhancing my learnigs from our masonic rituals and practices. While I still aspire to join the York Rite of Masonry, it is only to get access to more information and knowledge to make me a better person and mason. I hope that's not selfish, just my current thoughts and feelings. I do love the organization and plan to be involved as long as the G.A.O.T.U. see fit for me to do so.

Thank You

Bro. Hall,
Tampa, FL U.S.A.
 
By curious
My dad was a lifetime member of lodge 77 regulus in cupar fife Scotland, when he died there was no masonic badge supplied for his coffin nor did anyone from the lodge either attend his funeral nor did they visit or send a letter of condolence.
i always thought that the family of a deceased mason were supposed to be given help and support when a death occured?
can anyone elighten me as to why we were not contacted by the lodge?
 
By geordievoyager
More relevant to todays society than people may realise, as it provides a structure for self restraint and self respect that seems to be lacking in the general population today due I think to the degeneration of the nuclear family and the fall in church attendance, where one would have met like minded people to themselves, It provides also a system of teaching of moral values which are difficiult to find in society at large It also offers a support not found any where else,except maybe in the armed forces or other orginizations where teamwork and mutual dependance are required in order to fulfil everyday working needs. Altough Masonry is percieved to be populated by only the rich and influential I have found there to be many men of modest means whose charity is all the greater because they are prepared to share what they have without without reservation. I was at one time in my life quite anti freemasonry because of some of the bad and uninformed press Masonry has endured, it was only after discovering that some of the people whose company I most enjoyed and felt comfortable with were Masons that my inclination to find out for myself was aroused, and part of my education in this was provided by your book The Hiram Key among others, including The Second Messiah and The Book of Hiram, and strangely I have always had a deep interest in The Knights Templar and The Crusades and to find there may be a positive link to Freemasonry intrigues me.
 
By Glenn
THe Craft to me is a new and wonderful thing. I was recently raised (january 24th) at lodge 138 in Onoway Alberta. Initialy I was honored to be in the same room as the men that greated me, Their energy permiated the entire room and everything in it. Free Masonary came to me at a time when I was already on a personal quest to find myself (I thought that very interesting). The 3rd degree was moving to say the least. I have found the tolorance staed in our rights and priciples and our ceremonies a touch stone for my daily living. I can not say I have always let our symbols be the guide of my daily living. In this respect it has elevated my (and my families) standard of life to new hieghts. With this being said I believe and "feel" that the craft is already to well publicized. I wish is that this dose not sound like I want the door closed now that I am in. It's just like anything else in this life, If the information is not gained through "work" or sacrifice we as a culture seem to no longer "value" that information. I hold great faith in the individuals that are now the craft. With this being said however, I am currently reading the Book of Hiram and Turning the Hiram key so this may be subject to change. To the Queen and Craft

Glenn Jorgensen
 
By Bro. Tony
I think that part of what makes Freemasonry so special is the fact that it is a firsthand- experience-led system mirroring those ancient initiatory rites of many civilizations from time immemorial. The fact that some of this is kept 'secret' adds to the fact that when a candidate goes through the ceremonies, they truely experience it on many different, often times subconscious, levels because they don't quite know what to expect. You can't really use the word 'secret in the same way it was used before, as you can find pretty much anything in terms of written ritual on the internet these days. But because it is a journey of personal experience, it still does not have its full disired effect until the candidate experiences it for himself. So the 'secret' is more attributed to how the candidate feels whilst preogressing through the ceremony, as it is such a personal thing that can never really adequately be put into words, and the fact that the tests of merit / secrecy are there to prove your identity, loyalty and trustorthyness.

I think that one of the problems we face in Masonry today is that, there are not enough younger brethren coming into or staying longer in lodges. One of the reasons that this is happening is because of the lack of committment seen from other members. I am lucky to be part of a lodge where ritual is not only remembered and performed with an extremely high level of accuracy, but where the ritual is given as if it is that Brothers' own words, spoken from the heart. Whilst other lodges I have visited have brethren race through the ritual concerned only with not forgetting it rather than trying to impart the true meaning of the words to the candidate, to the ones where everyone sits reading from the book because they haven't bothered to learn it. If we make the effort to learn the ritual and deliver it in such a way that we understand what we are saying rather than repeating it parrot fashion,then the meaning will be given accross better to the candidate and that brother will gain a better insight from the beginning after having been put on the correct path by the example of those that have stepped before him. As when a newly made brother sees others reading from a book or not able to deliver ritual, he thinks, ths isn't so special, why make all the fuss, and he loses the desire to stay, thus missing out on the opportunity of learning from the lessons of the craft to enrich both his own life and by way of default, the lives of those around him.

Hope that makes sense, just finished night shift work, but wanted to put a couple of views down.
 
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