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Turning The Hiram Key

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By nothingsafe
There is alot to say here. As a freemason and as a man who desires to always know the truth, I'm always in search of answers. Having said that, I would have to agree with many that some things should not be shared with everyone. That's the great thing about the mystery and suspected scandal surrounding freemasonry; we live in an age where we can share our secrets but not necessarily violate any oaths we may have taken or subject anyone to real harm because there's so much information floating around there and so much suspicion that we can say whatever we wish.. some people will believe it, others won't. I think what we say will find the right ears.. those who disagree or don't want to accept, won't go through the trouble of discovering the truth of what we say, people will either accept it or throw it aside and call it rubbish without ever discovering for themselves what the truth is.
One of the biggest problems I've found in masonry is the lack of evidence. I've heard people claim Masons were involved in every single historical event imaginable but they can't produce any evidence to their claims 90 percent of the time. This is what i love about the Book of Hiram, the authors don't force you into an opinion, they don't throw the findings in your face; instead, they present their evidence, well documented (I've found no books on this topic that follow conventional historical writing referencing procedures as well as this one with footnotes citing the reference each time it's introduced and a complete bibliography in the back) and allow you to form your own opinion. They don't say "this is what happened", they say "this is what we found that led us to this conclusion and this is where we found it, look for yourself if you don't believe us"
I've been growing increasingly frustrated with freemasonry, being wrapped up in the dealings of the lodge with little time to focus on why I joined the fraternity in the first place. I wanted to learn the secrets that i believe a select few of the order hold, i wanted to be a part of an ancient brotherhood with a purpose and influence in the community, influence used for the bettering of the community. I seem to have found myself in an unfavorable situation where I don't really have a lot of confidence in the sincerity of certain people in the order and instead of discovering new truths, i've been finding a lot of hypocrisy. This isn't an image of Freemasonry, but an example of how there are bad seeds and administrative drag in every organization. Reading this book has given me a bit of a breather, reminding of what i love about Freemasonry and why I continue to pursue those truths I desire to know. I'd like to use this survey as a reminder to all Brothers in our Fraternity to take a step back from the stress of lodge dealings and personal drama and remember why you became a Mason, if you're not sharing your knowledge, just find a young man who needs it and teach him something. Above all else, practice what you preach. That's the true meaning of Masonry, being a brother and just grabbing ahold of someone and pulling them along with you on a better path.
 
By Malgwyn
Secrecy? The power of Masonry is based on trust of ones fellows, including the somewhat blind trust of a potential member. There is no need of Masonry to become more public, it will not make a better fraternity. Our critics will still find fault, whatever we do.

Ritual itself is a means to an end, that end being a sacred trust between fellows, based on moral bedrock. There are many versions, and they all seem to work towards that goal. Perfect ritual does not make perfect masons.
Masons are more than the ritual, and the real test of Masonry is always outside of the lodge, not in it.

I had studied masonic books, for around 12 years before I was given the opportunity to join it. I came with many ideas and expectations. It took me another 5 years or so, before I began to see what was real and what was dross. It changed me, and taught me much about my own imperfections of character.



 
By Donald R. MacLeod, PM
Dear Brothers:
(and others interested in learning the truth about Freemasonry)

Many non-Masons (and unfortunately, some Freemasons) are under the misimpression that Freemasonry is a secret society/fraternity. It is actually a society/fraternity with some so-called secrets. Those secrets are associated with the taking of the degrees. The word secret is a misnomer. A more appropriate word is "confidential".

How can an organization whose meeting locations, meeting times, membership lists, etc. are public knowledge, be a considered a "secret society"?

Fremasonry is not a Church or a Religious Institution. We do however, seek the blessing of our Creator in all of our endeavours. But then, all of God's men and women do the same thing at home, at work, during prayers, etc.

If an initiate for degrees is fully aware of what takes place during the degree ceremony, it would detract from the solemnity and beauty of the occasion. Some non-Masonis mistakenly believe Masonic degrees are akin to university hazing rites. This is simply not the case. Degrees are a learning process and there is nothing amusing about them. They are the initial learning process for the initiate.

The masonic ritual is, from my perspective, a learning tool. It contains the basic knowledge a Freemason requires to begin his journey from being a good man to becoming a better man, son, husband, father, friend, member of his personal Faith Group and of his community. It teaches us to be tolerant of others and to practise charity and good works. He must then seek out the path for his personal life journey and follow it. He must also find the knowledge and wisdom to enable him to do so.

Non-Masons, who have read our rituals, come to improper conclusions simply because they do not understand the old language used in some the ritual there is some devious plan contained therein. This language is traditional and we see no reason to change it to modern English or any other language. Non-masons simply do not understand and appreciate the beauty and purely symbolic nature of the ritual.

When I took my degrees, in early 1972, I was like any other initiate. I was not certain what was to take places. I was somewhat apprehensive, and somewhat confused. Perhaps an understatement on my part. However, as I progressed through the various degrees, I began to become aware of what my Brothers were teaching me. The beauty, the light, the simplicity, the truth of Freemasonry was beginning to make itself known to me.

Masonic Masonic teachings are at the forefront in all of my life endeavours and always shall be.

Freemasonry is a way of life that encompasses honouring our Creator, as we know Him; a belief in the Afterlife, as each of us perceives it; participating in and supporting my personal Faith Group, and respecting those who are members of other Faith Groups. All peoples are my Brothers and Sisters under God, be they Christian, Jew, Muslim or other Faith Groups.

Although we are taught to do our good works and charity quietly, we can be justly proud of those works carried out by individual Lodges throughout the world. That we do so, without any consideration for peoples' race, colour or creed, etc., makes me proud to be a Freemason.

Masonic knowledge is not only found in the ritual, that is merely the starting point. Freemasonry is how one lives their life, and thus giving the glory to their Creator. We do our best to live a good life, being generous not only to our fellow Freemasons, their families, their widows and orphans but to all our neighbours.

I trust that my feelings about this great Fraternity will not confuse non-Masons. I hope it will encourage them to take a closer look at Freemasonry.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Donald MacLeod, PM/DGDC/Past GSofW - G.R.N.S.


 
By Publisher_OurCourtsSuck.Com
I have held considerable concerns about Freemasonry, particularily surrounding the secrecy of the Craft. Indeed, the idea of secrecy suggests something sinister. Having read The Hiram Key, it has opened my mind to the need for secrecy, in times, past. Today, however, there should be less need for secrecy in such an institution that proclaims such a noble cause as does, Freemasonry, even though dark forces still exist, today.

For any institution to exist, free of misconceptions, rumours and fear-mongering, utter transparency is integral. Indeed, I have discovered that in conducting my own affairs, visibly, I have effectively protected myself from harm. By making public, my business affairs,
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I have created a transparent shield. I hold no secrets and have made public, those secrets held by others, drawing attention to their actions that aimed to harm me. As a result, it has become more difficult for them to cause me further harm.

The sooner the secrets of the Universe are revealed to all Humanity, the sooner those self-serving actions of a few become transparent for all to see and the better to protect the common good of all. To create the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, we must all be able to visualize Its Design.

Thank you for publishing The Hiram Key; it's been instrumental in illuminating the wisdom that has existed from the start, that foundation, most true for humanity to build upon. We are all just spirits who reside in a material world.

It is interesting to note (in The Hiram Key) that about the time of the institution of Parliamentary England, the institution of private banking became privileged with the license to create the nation's money. It is also interesting to note that every assasinated President of (A)Merica, opposed the institution of private lenders, having the sole authority to create the nation's money.

Yours very truly,

David-Hunter: Thomson
www.ourcourtssuck.com



 
By G
Frankly, I have got more information on the subject from your books than from anywhere else. That has given me a clearer picture of the history and the purpose of Freemasonry. My only point is this: If it is good, why is it so secret?

My brother has become a Mason and I don't see that as a bad thing, however, I have researched the subject somewhat on-line and I often see quotes from important Mason's stating that it is about worshipping Lucifer (Albert Pike). Now, I realize that you pointed out that a certain word was actually meant to be read as Wisdom. That's fine and good but for the average outsider, these things need to be better clarified. When there are black and white squares and it is said that there are both Good and Evil is it a statement of fact or a justification for certain kinds of behavior?

Also, the question of Masonic groups being infiltrated by other "Secret Societies" or groups is something that would be of concern to me. It has been written that the Illuminati Groups or Jacobins actually used Freemasonry groups as a cover for their activities. The other concern is The Jesuits and The Vatican. You might want to look up the Jesuit Oath and the Jesuit Handbook sometime, both of these put forth an "ends justifies the means" approach and their Oath makes the Masonic counterparts look tame by comparison! What if the Roman Empire never actually fell? What if the "Holy" Roman Empire merely transitioned into the Roman Catholic Church? Are the Popes not unlike "Priest-Kings"?

It is interesting to note that the Freemasons (don't know that this is still the case) would not allow Catholics to become Freemasons. The stated concern was that they might confess the secrets but what if it is because they are Catholics and because that is not the "True Church"? Why would Masons be so concerned if there wasn't a more important reason?

I will just say this: There is something to both Conspiracy Theories and to the facts that many Masons throughout history have held many significant positions of power but none of it makes sense in terms of History, Motive and Intent if The Jesuits and The Vatican are removed from the equation.

A good book on the subject is , "Rule By Secrecy" By Jim Marrs.
 
By Curious in Canada
I understand the function of male-only activities, and recognize that it's socially important to reserve spaces for each gender to mingle alone, but for an organization that is so widespread, so apparently committed to moral uprightness, spiritual development and charity, why exactly are women so totally excluded from Freemasonry?

Do Masons have a problem with women? Do Masons consider women to be unworthy for spiritually enlightenment?

I enjoy your scholarly work, and I want to think well of your group, but this issue has never been adequately explained.
 
By Kewvet
Freemasonry is not for everyone. That is to say - we can only expect some male members of society to understand what the whole process of Freemasonry offers and many masons never advance past the 3rd degree, perhaps missing out on the rest of the adventure.
In many ways the methodology of performing our ritual which is in reality a play performed by the various office bearers [actors] is designed to not only inform the candidate but to impress on those who are performing the multifaceted aspects of living their lives in the most appropriate manner possible to ensure that society gains the greatest growth through the external activities of these lessons learned within the walls of a lodge.
 
By Bill La Valley, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Dear Dr. Lomas,

Thanks again for that interview you were kind enough to give me online several years ago. I had a wonderful conversation with a true gentleman and brother. I have been re-reading "The Book of Hiram", which was not yet published at the time of our interview, but it has certainly given me more to think about. Are you aware that Thomas Paine believed Freemasonry was a remnant of the Druid religion? I just read his essay on the subject. It made me want to re-read your book immediately.

I can't say enough about how much impact Freemasonry has had on my life. I am 41 years old. As a teenager, I was a member of the Order of De Molay in Southern California and still have a lot of friends and wonderful memories from those days. I met my wife through the Order of the Eastern Star. I have been master of my lodge in Whittier. Masonry has led me on a quest for light and the books of Robert and Chris have been a big part of that. My wife bought me the first book, "The Hiram Key", when we were in San Francisco.

As to whether Masonry should be more open, I would say that from a practical point of view, it would not be possible, since there is no central authority in Freemasonry to make that decision. Also, there is no agreement on what Freemasonry really means and I think the Grand Lodges want to leave it up to the individual to draw his (or her) own conclusions. I kind of lament, though, that the Grand Lodges are denying anything remotely controversial about the Order to try to bolster public relations.

Personally speaking, we need mystery in Freemasonry, not so much to draw in the curiosity seekers, but to give our Order a depth and character that goes beyond ordinary experience. When I first joined the lodge, it seemed kind of boring to a 21 year-old and I lost interest. However, after reading "Born In Blood" by John Robinson, I got a lot more interested, owing to the connection of Freemasonry, the Knight's Templar and the Order of De Molay of my youth. If it hadn't been for that first book and a spiritual search, I probably would have forgotten Masonry a long time ago.

Thanks to brothers like Robert and Chris, I now know that I am a part of something incredibly special and am very thankful for everything and everyone who led me here. Freemasonry is the cornerstone of my life, no matter where my spiritual search takes me.

Fraternally,

Bill La Valley, PM, and most important, De Molay Advisor
 
By handcuff
When sitting in Lodge, I realized quite quickly that it was an institution that seemed empty, the structure still exsisted, "sir I ask you for the next order of business ... nothing to report ... sir I aske you for the next order of business ... nothing to report". The Grand Lodge seems completly out of touch with the needs of new members, and does not seem to realize that in the formal obligations there is also an obligation from the institution to its membership, it seemingly does not value others time. Senor members, particularly those from Grand Lodge have no intrest in the lives of the membership, or at least it certinaly appears this way. What this basically comes down to is that senior members informally demand attendance, regardless of obligation landmarks like to look after family members before anything else, and when a person does this nothing but disrespect comes there way. Sometimes I think that the easiest way to follow the morals and values of what a freemason is supposed to be, is to stay away from the Lodge all together. Family, work, carrear, rising intrest and erroding standards of living are irrelevant as long as a person pays the dues. But most of all do not be a free thinker or someone that wants to be active, because other than the dues and time away from family with no prospect of respect, is all the Lodge wants from its membership. See what happens when a person spreads there affliation with the Lodge at the work place, nothing short of abuse, and if your supervisor is a feminist then your really in trouble, see, there is no benefit this way anymore either. Ultimately, the truth is don't ask us for anything institutionally, just give us what we want, enough money to pay this years property taxes. I truly love the Lodge and eithically, morally, and value wize what the conceptualizations of the Lodge are supposed to be, and the few friends I have made. unfortunately, this is not ever presented in Lodge or in the newsletter for that matter. Truly a sad state of affairs.
 
By Ameer Faris
Dear Mr. Lomas,

I give short answers/opinions to each of your questions.

* I think Freemasonry need not be more open, since in this age of cyberspace there already is tons of quality info of it. But we do have a great challenge: to somehow attract young, intelligent and innovative people, university students etc.

* Masonic Ritual to me (I am a Master Mason) is a deep and wide ocean. It is an ocean of inspiration, an ocean full of meaning and wisdom. There is no limit to the extent that the ritual and its symbols can guide me in my life. The Lodge to me is a laboratory to research and practice life and how to best use its challenges.

* When I was made a Mason, I was quite confused for a long time. Yes, I enjoyed the ritual, yes, I liked my brothers, no, I didn't understand the connection between the Lodge and the real-life. Now I do.

* Since initiation Masonry has gradually become an integral part of my life, always telling me to try harder, be nicer to others and more realistic in my endeavors.

* I think Masonry is much more than words can describe. The whole point in ritualistic behavior is, in my opinion, to overcome the limits of our everyday consciousness. Or perhaps to push those limits a bit farther.

I would like to thank you, Mr. Lomas, for the inspirational, intelligent and bold books that you have written. I think they are in a way setting pavement for a new, glorious interpretation of Masonry that will eventually replace the old-fashioned, anachronistic theories of the origins and characteristics of our Craft.

Yours,
Amir Faris
 
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