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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 Kheperer
Dear Robert,
I have read your book "The Invisible College" and found it excellent, although much too "British-centered", or "Anglo-centered". Free masonry does exist outside the United Kingdom or English-speaking countries. If it is really independent of race, tongue, etc., why don't you do something (in the position you are) as an attempt to reunite the "dispersed Brothers" and try to make them (a little) more united and unified they are at present?
A French Brother (at Paris).
 
By Benjamin
Dear Dr. Lomas;

Our extended family includes three paternal generations of Master Masons and women of the Eastern Star. My paternal grandfather is a 32nd degree Master Mason.

Our family involvement ceased in my generation. My father and his male siblings, brought up within DeMolay, either refused to join the Masonic movement as adults or joined and resigned their memberships. I was a DeMolay very briefly, but quit out of boredom. My grandfather spent many hours trying to get me to join the Masonic movement.

My grandfather tells me that only men of the highest, most impeccible ethics and lifestyles are admitted to the Masonic movement; he assures me that Master Masons are highly respectable individuals. However, I must reveal that my grandfather is an evil man. He horribly beat and tortured his wife, three sons, and daughter over a number of decades. He is a highly abusive individual, even now at 92 years of age, hated by his children and grandchildren. Of course, the Masonic movement guards and protects him from prosecution due to his high masonic rank.

If Freemasonry is such a respectable institution and only respectable individuals are permitted memberships, how in the world was my grandfather accepted into Masonry and allowed to work the higher degrees? I assure you, he really worked the degrees in earnest. He takes Masonry very seriously.

I am fascinated by the books you have co-authored with Christopher Knight but am reading them, in all honesty, to determine how much of my grandfather's evil may be rooted and/or exacerbated by his contact with Freemasonry.

Most Sincerely,
Benjamin
 
By ET
The meaning of Masonry is to live life in the way of Ma'at, and to keep the history together by virtue of a secret, memorized dialog. Unless we do ourselves in and lose all the knowledge again, this should no longer be necessary.

This is my first submission to this site. i have read The Hiram Key, Second Messiah, and now am in The Book of Hiram. I took a look at the slides of the wonderful stonework by the Grooved Ware People this morning. I couldn't help but be struck with the similarity of the closely fitted stones appearing to have the precision of the pyramid builders work. At my gut level, i have never felt the Egyptians built those things -- don't know why, it's just a feeling. The Grooved Ware people feel to me to have the complexity of mind to perhaps be the builders.

The book The Hiram key changed my life. It finally made "history" make sense to me. The work on the Shroud as well made all the spook stuff go away, and a sense of gentle spiritual meaning come forward in my life.

However important these two items are, nothing gave me more, personally, than the full understanding of Ma'at. I was saddened to not find Ma'at tied into the book of hiram. Ma'at appears to be the root for Masonic goals in life, and feels like it links to theosophy as well as the work of Wallace Wattles. That mind set I sense is connected at a gut level to me, in the same way as the feeling that the pyramids have a yet untold story.

There was a big kahuna mason in my family, I was a "Job's Daughter" but hated it, i just wanted to wear the nifty robe, but was not willing to "do" the meetings. Alas, as a retired school teacher, meetings out of my life is such a delight.

You two authors are wonderful scientists. you have helped this soul have some sense of placement in time. that is sensible.

Good Work, ET
 
By Jay
I was raised in a Masonic home. My father a WM of a local lodge. Mother an Eastern Star, my sister was a rainbow girl and myself a DeMolay.
At the age of 21 joining the Mason's was far from my mind but over the years I was always having a few thoughts about the order. But i don't know why. Why join a dying organization? I enjoy the history and the liniage but in my town the members of the lodge are all living in a past tense world.
 
By milo dailey
... Let's hit these one at a time:

First, Freemasonry already is no secret. It's simply too often an unknown. In the electronic era it's possible for anyone to find out almost everything about Freesonry except what it means to each Freemason to be one. That is a discovery that each man must find for himself and, in honorable Grand Lodges of women, what each woman must find for herself.

Second, I am a Freemason. At minimum in my family, my father and grandfather were. Our personalities are very different, yet I find I understand far better now how they perceived society around them with a more tolerant eye toward others.

Third, as a Mason, the ritual is a rite of passage very much in ways as a marriage or adoption ceremony. More than that, though, it also places additional responsibilties toward your self as well as to others. Some suggest there's something wrong with having true fraternal feelings for others, but isn't that what most religions say we should feel toward our fellow man? It doesn't mean ignoring faults, or immorally hiding the faults of others, but it does mean you recognize a kinship among men who are more tolerant toward others and dedicated to ethical and intellectual improvement.

When I became a Mason, I felt an additional dimension to my relationships with others, even including my father and brother who also are Freemasons and were at my final "raising" ceremony. There was nothing more than the teachings of our religious background or that I learned as a child, but it was as if a precis of all had been branded on the palm of my hand to see every day as a reminder.

I have been active in my Lodges as a way to help other men find the comfortable and instant friendship I found in Masonry; I have been active as a Masonic researcher and historian. These are lessons learned in regular Freemasonry. It's more a matter of Masonry aiding a man to focus his attentions than any attempt to change him from who he is. Each who develops this focus will respond differently, but increasing recognition of one's responsibility both to one's self and to others is a major positive step in life.

... What can't be put into words? Given that rituals are so available to anyone who wishes to read them, there's no secret in the words themselves. The secret of Masonry is how each regular Mason feels about being one. It is as impossible as it is to explain the feeling one has at love for a child or grandchild or at perfectly playing a Bach fugue. This is the secret of the Craft.

--- Does Freemasonry benefit society? Absolutely. In fact, it is to me a major factor historically as well as today in society's attempts to consider justice and "right" in systems that include nearly all institutions in a "free" world. It's a matter of the Craft lessons of tempering beliefs and law into a middle way as in representative democracies and increasingly multi-cultural national and international environments.

This view tempered early U.S. politics to maintain the political basis of our Anglophone "common law" in a new environment. It is not for the intellectually narrow or those whose belief system denies true humanity to those who do not share those beliefs.

In English history, there is reason to believe the Craft's foundation philosophies emerged from the Civil War and the difficulties in the following half century at maintaining a political and religious environment where all might reach personal potential rather than fearing for their lives because of political and religious conflict.

Is there not a need for an example in society of men of different poltics and religions, of different race and national origin to find common ground and recognize the brotherhood of man?
 
By ace
Dr. Lomas,

I am not a mason. I was raised a catholic, but then somehow, my catholic understanding made me want to know more about the catholic god. One of the first books I read that opened my eye on belief systems is your HIRAM KEY. Hiram was indeed a key to me as it, somewhat, crashed into my very soul which was enveloped by this crystal we call religious fanaticism. In fact, I cried when I first read your book and indeed was devastated by the the other view about Christ and Yah. I have also read your other book of HIRAM, this time, I find that, while your first book was a shocking eye-opener and for a you a test of masonic faith, the other book is a glorification of masonry as a whole. I enjoyed better the first book.

From there I have already read numerous writings in the same subject of belief systems and am now satisfied on a personal understanding of god and the universe.

As for freemasonry, I believe it should not be secretive at all. It's activities must be open to the public. The purpose of the Craft would be very well fulfilled if more people would understand the Order. Anyway, the Rituals aren't even understood by its members, how much more the public? What the elders of the Order should do is strengthen its educational foundation on members so that it should not remain a mere exlcusive mens fraternity, but a school of thought made of men who understand the Craft.

More power on your writing Dr. Lomas.
 
By Solomon
Masonic rituals and living a Masonic life is wonderful thing, but it is also so just like anyhing else in life. You will only get out of it what you put into it. Furthermore, It also depends on you intentions of becoming a Mason,
 
By MasterMason1996
I was Made a Master Mason 1996, and RAM in 2006. I love the craft!

I believe our Craft should remain secret! Our brothers were killed for those secrets, and if we tell the world about our secrets they will have died in vain!

I do love the books you have written about the craft, and the way you and Christopher Knight have brought to light our true history.

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK YOU ARE DOING!

Thank you!

Timothy W. Weidner
Denton, Texas...U.S.A.
 
By Macka
Hi Robert. I am a non-affiliated Freemason. I too found the ritual comforting initially during times of change and stress in my life. The values of a freemason do not, I believe, clash with any of the old established beliefs and despite having resigned from my lodge I still practice the precepts and ethos of the freemason.
I left for several reasons, not the least was my own inner turmoil, but also because of proposed changes (without logical explanations) to the ritual; the lack of open discussion within the lodge to help me understand HOW to become a better person. This I felt was a major lack in our lodge.
One of the proposed changes was to scrap the initiate's "pyjamas" in order to attract more applicants. This caused some outrage and I don't know the final outcome. Part of the outfit was for the participant to experience humility yet how many of us can truely say that we feel humble when we are dressed in a dinner suite? As we grow up our parents and others are telling us that we should be proud of ourselves, yet pride is the opposite of humility. Begs the question "Can we be proudly humble?" If I am a proud person then the best that I can do is to pretend to be humble; if I find humility then I will no longer need to feel pride. Pretense is just that, pretense!!!

I do not feel proud to call myself a Freemason, I feel humbled. This is because I have been accepted by other men of all nationalities as their equal and THIS is the ethos of masonry.

You do not need to be a freemason to practice freemasonry!!!
 
By Susan
I am very proud of my Masonic heritage. I come from a family that beleives Masonry is a way of life, a code to live by. My late father told me upon my initiation into the Internaional Order of Jobs Daughters, that all our lessons were just that. Not some funny words or out dated story to rush through and be forgotten, but ideas to think on, grow with & into, and a way of living and giving back to society.
These words of his have guided me ever since. Order of Eastern Star meetings were a family affair and bonding time for me with my late sister & late Mother. The friendships made are life long.
"We" all know we are giving back to society when we live in a Masonic manner.
Masonry needs to remain "secret", it is the bond between like travelers all going East, no matter where you live or what station in life you hold.
 
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