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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 Seeking the Truth
Unfortunately, I am a very new comer to Masonry and having been born of hispanic blood have always felt that my heritage would keep me from being accepted by such a group. As I began working with more intellectual individuals, I learned that wisdom obliterates prejudism and I have since pursued a higher learning and searching for individuals who would provide further enlightenment, perfectly understanding the different meanings and approaches associated with this word or idea. As I read Christopher Knights and Robert Lomas' books along with numerous others, I began to shed my firm Christian beliefs which was extremely difficult since not only was I influenced by typical Christian Dogma, I was also raised a Mormon which lent to a different view entirely.

Because of the information that has been recently shared about Masonry, I was extremely surprised to hear a reference to the Book of Mormon in some of the Masonic rituals and how the brotherhood is acceptable to all religious beliefs in that they all contain certain "truths", a belief that was always dear to my own heart after studying Buddhism, Islam, American Indian philosophy and more. Being raised Mormon, always forced me to feel "different" from my playmates and I have always been exposed to and participated in what could be considered "odd" rituals which required faith as a driving force for their shady meanings. Even though many of the beliefs I had in the past were shrouded in mystery and historically incorrect, like Masonry (purely from what I've read), the principles and morals that were taught to me have allowed me to prosper and most likely have given me the mindset to further pursue my current research.

I am a licensed Mechanical Engineer, with graduate studies in Laser Optics, so have always been fascinated with the transmission of light and its influences from moving particles. Much of my own research has recently been in the world of magnetism, crystallography, partical physics and the Mayan Calendar which is heavily based on the movement of the planets orbits and I have since identified a close correlation between these things and what they mean to the consciousness of matter which isn't currently common knowledge and based purely on collaboration made during these different studies (I'm hoping to began experimental studies soon on healing using non-orthodox and non-intrusive treatments but still within the world of science). I admire Chris and Robert for understanding the need to bring this information together and only wish I had associates like them to share my own contributing thoughts which interestingly enough are closely tied to the future of mankind.

My first impression of Masonry was probably typical, "A secret cult with a hidden agenda". Boy was I mistaken but I was probably more sympathetic having been raised in my community which was 90% Catholic. What took me years to learn, is that there are different degrees of knowledge. Some people are content with simply living their lives following rituals that make them feel part of a bigger picture while others like myself and most likely Christopher and Robert have a need to understand the bigger picture rather than just playing in it. I guess coming from the scientific world, it was unavoidable for me.

I know this is a far stretch from what this website was meant for, but I'm hoping to reach out to others that might make use of the information which is steadily growing in my own archives.
By jmt
I recently became an Entered Apprentice. I have read a great deal on the subject,(as well as Most of Your books) I thorougly enjoy the rituals and fraternal aspects, and respect the open-minded,tolerant attitude of the traditions.
By Frettchen
I became a Freemason after discovering I knew more about it than did my husband (then a Brother), due to my university studies of the esoteric in19th-Century European thought. A close friend of ours proved to be a woman Freemason - well, I couldn't resist the offer to join! My initial intellectual curiosity has since evolved into something far deeper and more personally profound. I have been Worshipful Master three times, have recently joined our Research Lodge - inspired, in part, by Robert Lomas' writings (I have just read "Turning the Hiram Key", and have found such resonance in his words) - and am an unapologetic advocate of the Craft, especially at work - where people will more readily believe I am reading the Koran at my desk than a Masonic ritual book. (Pity most of the folks I've reached have been male, but there you go.)
The demands put upon you by Masonry to be more then "the best that you can be" - well, who can resist the challenge? (I'm also a mother of 2, a non-churchgoer, an outdoorsperson and potholer, whose children want to follow in my and my husband's Masonic footsteps.) My ritual is hugely empowering, invigorating and sustaining - do we ladies have an advantage here, being the incarnation of the Great Goddess? - but it is ever asking for further discussion and critical analysis. Help, please?
By James Burgess
On December 2nd 2005 , the day after my 29th Birthday I became a Freemason. It is something I have enjoyed taking part in ever since. I've read various texts on the subject, and have yet to read "The Hiram key" but i'm planning on reading it very soon. I'm probably one of the youngest Masons in The Province of Bristol, and i'm certainly the youngest in my Lodge.

As I havent spent much time on the "Masonic Road" as such there is still much of it i have yet to experience and learn, I think keeping these rituals a secret lends more enjoyment to the discovery, I understand however some non-masons question what these rituals involve, and I can happily & Honestly say that they are nothing derogatory or sinister, yet to be fully appreciated and enjoyed as I said before its better to keep them secret.

I have understood that Masonry is designed to make me a better man , with morals and virtues, I think this is something that in a world today we are losing and is important that good values are brought back to make the world a better place for people to live in, it was this principle and the fact that Masonry is not biggotted but welcomes all men of every faith and nation that got me interested in Masonry ,as I saw it as a way in which society can better itself and hopefully move out of the current turmoil we are living in. I have already shown great promise and have been accorded the rank of Steward. I hope to continue on through the other offices aswell. Masonry I believe teaches respect to all, both men and women, to the elderly and to the young.

When i'm asked about "The Secrets" by non masons I dont break my oath, instead I tell them how I understand them to be, that is it is kept a secret out of tradition and for respect from its historical roots and all those who trod the path before me, that it doesnt lend one any special priveldges but has virtuous underlying connotations to make someone a better person and that those who want to learn can do so by joining, and that is why they are kept secret even today.

Freemasonry to me is about a brotherhood of men, a group of brothers which you know you can count on, no matter what. A place where you become a better man, a better person. You would be surprise of the so call "secrets" in Freemasonry, you probably already know them deep down inside of you, but haven't yet realized it.

I read this a while back, and to me is as clear as it gets. By Joseph Fort Newtown in "The Builders."
When is a man a Mason? When he can look out over the rivers, the hills, and the far horizon with a profound sense of his own littleness in the vast scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope, and courage-which is the root of every virtue. When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic, and as lonely as himself, and seek to know, to forgive, and to love his fellowman. When he knows how to sympathize with men in their sorrows, yea, even in their sins-knowing that each man fights a hard fight against many odds. When he has learned how to make friends and to keep them, and above all how to keep friends with himself. When he loves flowers, can hunt the birds without a gun, and feels the thrill of an old forgotten joy when he hears the laugh of a little child.

When he can be happy and high-minded amid the meaner drudgeries of life. When star-crowned trees, and the glint of sunlight on flowing waters, subdue him like the thought of one much loved and long dead.

When no voice of distress reaches his ears in vain, and no hand seeks his aid without response. When he finds good in every faith that helps any man lay hold of Divine things, and sees majestic meanings in life, whatever the name of that faith may be. When he can look into a wayside puddle and see something beyong mud, and into the face of the most forlorn fellow mortal and see something beyond sin. When he knows how to pray, how to love, how to hope. When he has kept faith with himself, with his fellowman, with his God; in his hand a sword for evil, in his heart a bit of songglad to live, but not afraid to die. Such a man has found the only real secret of Masonry, and the one which it is trying to give to all the world.

To me becoming a Mason has been one of the best things that have happened in my life. My family would agree that it has made me a better person.
By SisterAct
Dear Dr Lomas,

Thank you for offering me the opportunity to express thoughts and opinions on the subject of Freemasonry. I have read all of your publications on the subject, and enjoyed the fact that they were well written and researched, and provided a clearer insight into the history surrounding Freemasonry and its origins.

I am a Lady Freemason, and belong to a Lodge in the U.K, whereby I shall be installed in the Chair of King Solomon next April. Additionally I also belong to several "side degrees" which mark a natural progression in one's knowledge and understanding of Masonry.

Freemasonry has the advantage of cutting across religion, politics and social standing, as none of these debar a person from becoming a Freemason, and when standing in Lodge next to a Brother, it matters not what social positon or career that person holds in their daily life, nor what country they were born in, neither their religious or political views, because whilst wearing the Masonic Apron, we are all equal.

My Lodge has provided me with friendship, kindness and support from all its members, and we are all truly united in our aims to improve ourselves and in offering assistance to those in need by our charitable fundraising events. It is generally the case that most charitable fundraising done by Freemasons is done quietly, without seeking publicity for their actions, and not with a view to obtaining honours, medals or titles.

Freemasonry also promotes family values, self worth and respect for others- all of which are often sneered at today as old-fashioned and out of date. In today's world, where "self first and self last" is the norm, I, and others in my Order count ourselves fortunate that like-minded individuals such as Freemasons can meet together in Lodge and share the true meaning of "Brotherly Love".
By Purpleheart

I really enjoyed reading 'The Hiram Key' because of Roberts honest and open approach to the subject of Freemasonry and its true purpose through symbolism and ritual. I was left feeling after finishing the book that Robert had opened up more questions than answers regarding the origin and true understanding of the craft. I felt there was something missing and that somehting missing was not fully understood and required much wisdom. I understand that the rituals within Freemasonary is compared to spiritual enlightenment and the pathway to God expressed as the temple within, however I came to the conclusion that Freemasonary and the rituals involved are somewhat misunderstood. The spiritual quickening as I call it, whereby a person experiences conscious awakening through tools and means (Rituals) cannot be compared to a natural means of enlightenment, the reason being that the conditions have to be right for the candidate and not forced. When I say forced, I do not mean that men are dragged into the craft, but simply the responsibility of inviting a new member into the craft without knowing the emotional and mental state of the individual and then performing a powerful ritual act that they have no understanding of and neither is it explained can be quite dangerous and have the opposite effect. Instead of the Ego being a slave, which is acheived through the rituals, the Ego can become more powerful and self distructive for those who are unable to live up to the requirements of service. Therefore it is my conclusion that although in good faith Freemansonary was founded and many good men join, the true understanding has been abused through lack of wisdom. The inner temple of the self and the building of the spiritual temple on earth can only be acheived through openess and not secrets, as understanding that we are all fragments within the web of the supreme being (God) has to be exercised aswell as experienced. Therefore to look out of ones window to the world at present, we can conclude that the true secret has not been realised and therefore we have all failed to date and therefore Knowledge without wisdom is Zero.
By Jason Campbell
This is not an entirley masonic related submission but I thought you might find it interesting in light of your research. Whilst researching Scottish history for work purposes I was reading Scotland, History of a nation by David Ross in which he makes refernece to the early chroniclers of Scotland. He mentions an Andrew of Wyntoun (c.1350-1424) composer of Orygenale Cronykil of Scotland, which has Creation as its starting point. Whilst the author David Ross dismisses much of what is recorded in these chronicles as "dubious or fantastical" I found it interesting to note that the chronicles describe the Scots as wandering from Scythia or Egypt. This is understood by the author to be a vague racial memory of the Celtic migration from Europe into Scotland, but it seems to me that it might be more accurate than the auhor gives credit for and is a trace memory of early trading with these distant lands or even the movement of early peoples from Scotland to the mideast.
On a masonic point I live in the west of Scotland, in Cowal in Argyll to be precise which has a wealth of masonic and Templar sites, graves and practices. Whilst masonary might be in decline in some parts it seems as robust here as it ever was and it is so ingrained in the local psyche that one will often hear a local non-mason make the claim that the town and council are in the pockets of buisness and masons! Given the fact that many of the areas leading masons are also leading buisnessmen this might actually be true by default.
keep up the good work. History is a more intresting place with you in it than without.
P.S. I have a two volume set of books entitled "The Encylopdea of Freemasonry" by A.E.Waite, whilst I have heard of Waite and am somewhat familar with his work I have been unable to find any reference to these books elsewhere and they appear to have been a private print run. I was wondering if you had access to these works or knew of them or if they might be of interest to you if you do not. They are extensive in their listing of personages and rites of masonry from all corners of the globe.
By Nigel Jackson
I think Freemasonry, being what A.E Waite termed the 'instituted mysteries' of Western civilization is essentially an 'open secret', a mystery which involves the initiate in a process of inner exegesis induced by the rich symbolic structures and hieroglyphic theatres of masonic emblems. The inward process of rebuilding the spiritual temple of Jerusalem - what is this but the work of restoring the human being to the primordial state of divine perfection. Such mysteries are guarded not by jealous human beings but by the veils of blindness and 'agnosia' which delimit the perceptions and faculties of humanity.

I am an initiate of the grade of Maitre Elus Cohen, sometimes called Maitre Ecossais, in the French high grade body called the 'Ordre du Chevaliers Macons, Elus Cohens de L'Univers' founded by Don Martinez de Pasqually in the mid 1700s on the continent as a great movement of operative mystical working within the Freemasonry of his day. The ritual of the Elus Cohen provides a very potent pathway to spiritual realization although its exacting disciplines are certainly not for everybody and it places a strong emphasis upon prayer and purification. In this sense it is pretty much 'operative' rather than 'speculative' as it reveals the symbology of masonry to be keys to the art of Theurgy.

When I was made a Knight Mason I felt on a deep personal level that in some indefinable way I had experienced a sacramental mystery and for me also there was a strong sense of connection with the Past Masters over the ages, a sense that the bonds of fraternity reach beyond the bounds of space and time in a very real sense and that the chain of initiates spans the ages and informs our present work in a truly mysterious way. Furthermore for me the great builders guilds of the High Middle Ages with their mythologies and ritual preserved much of the Pythagorean-Platonist lore which pervades the art and architecture of the period, just as medieval English manuscripts and charges say that 'Peter Gower' (Pythagoras' and Hermes were early Masters of Masonry - this transmission of heritage, albeit taken symbolically rather than literally, alludes to the most profound aspects of the Western psyche - geometry and number and form as keys to the Ideal Forms and paradigms in the Mind of God. The Temple as a pre-existent spiritual reality, the symbolic 'centre of the world' or heart of being to which we yearn to return.

The 'secret' side of such Masonic operations is definitely not something that can be put into words, and I guess this is true of all Masonry: one is reminded of the hymn from the 'Corpus Hermeticum' in which God, the Grand Architect of the Universe, is praised as 'Thou Unspeakable, Unutterable, to be praised with Silence'...and the secrets of Freemasonry, it's whole ritual in fact, alludes ultimately to this sense of the ineffable and brings the mind to the threshold of a noetic apprehension or contemplative knowledge which is essentially supra-rational. In that sense Freemasonry is a true guide to the Inner Life.
By Reg
Freemasonry is a very anient set of spiritual Practices.

In Morals and Dogma (the Esoteric Version), Albert Pike tells us that Freemasonry was ordered as a construct by the final Grandmaster Jacques De Molai.

Freemasonry was kept secret as part of the ancient practice of not casting pearls before swine.

The Royal Secret is a great secret of spiritual power that Jesus gave to his followers freely but ancient priesthoods wanted to keep for themselves.

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