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Turning The Hiram Key

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By londogg
I am not a Freemason at this moment but I have been very interested in the Craft every since my older brother became a member 2 years age. I am 30 firefighter in Texas my brother is 33. To me and my opinion is one of knowledge I have received from many of the Freemason books I have read, is that the Craft is about becoming the best possible person man or woman that one can be..but this can only be done by finding the true meaning of ones self and that is one question that i believe no religion can answer because the answer lies within that person for only him or her to find...and to me the Craft allows you the tools needed to find that answer..now i know that there is so much more to the Craft for me to learn and i will...but right now that is what it means to me....thank you lonnie loosemore
 
By A Fellow of the Craft
Bro. Lomas:

Having been made a Fellow of the Craft two short months ago, I am looking forward to being raised to a Master this fall. I must say, the men of my lodge are incredible, upstanding men from many different socio-economic backgrounds. And I too still have many more questions than answers, but reading Freemansonry and the Birth of Modern Science along with The Hiram Key have certainly helped deepen my understanding of some of the rituals. I look forward to reading Turning The Hiram Key after being made a Master!

This being said, I am of two opinions regarding Ritual and Secrecy.

I agree that too many Brothers don't know what lies behind the rituals, and I think it important for the future of the Craft (and the future growth of the Craft as well) that more lodges spend more time understanding many of the items you have pointed out in your books. I have spent many times over the last few lodge meetings feeling uncertain as to my place, where to sit, how to behave, how to vote - minor items that a new initiate needs to be guided on. It is all well and good to listen to the lectures, but discussion amongst the bretheren about what they mean seems lacking.

In terms of Secrecy - yes, I feel certain things should remain secret, much the same as they are today. It is important to have committees evaluate potential candidates, if for no other reason than to ensure as best we can the true motives of those who wish to join this society. If we truly do prize honour and virtue over the external advantages of rank and fortune, this practice must continue. In addition, let us not forget what history has taught us (and you yourself have studied) regarding the persecution of so-called "heretics" at certain previous times in history - It was this secrecy that has allowed Freemasonry to survive this long. Many religious beliefs are still persecuted in parts of the third world, and who knows what the future holds for the evolution of some of the more dominant world faiths - suffice it to say that throwing the doors open could be an even riskier tactic than maintaining some elements of secrecy - especially since we have been dealing with secrecy for some time!

I truly agree the Freemasonry has given me a new focus on personal morals and virtue, and is proving to be the "life long school" that I have needed to continue to grow and develop as a human being. I think it will survive and be stronger if more of the bretheren embrace our history, understand the meaning of ritual in a deeper sense, and pass that along to the newer initiates such as myself. This on its own should lend itself to a gradual increase in the ranks over time - of those men (and women) that truly believe as we do in the virtue and morality of the human spirit, regardless of doctrine.
 
By R.W. Bro. Krkwyt
Bro. Lomas;

Thank you for the pleasurable hours your several books have provided. I have enjoyed the Hiram Key, The Turning of the Hiram Key (which by the way, was recommended by our Grand Master), The Second Messiah, and just finishing, Freemasonry and the Birth of Modern Sience. Brilliant research, clever conclusions, and I am waiting for more.

I must say that when I first began reading the Hiram Key, I was quite upset with your exposure of certain Masonic'isms and still often whince as I journey through your researches.

As webmaster for a Grand Lodge website, educating the public on Freemasonry is one of my duties, so I do sympathize with the difficulty of disclosing Masonic material to the public. It's much like treading on broken glass, with some brethren helping while others....

I was raised in 1974, in a Northern Ontario, small, village lodge, during a time when 'silence is golden' was the motto. This 'complete silence' was primarily due to the fact that the brethren really did not know what were true secrets, and what were not. Thus everything was painted gold and still is for many -stressing the importance of a well informed Grand Lodge website.

Times are changing, especially in countries where Masons are no longer threatened, and I believe that knowing what is a Masonic secret, and what is not, will ensure a positive future for the Craft. It is obvious that most good men appreciate secrets -especially Masonic secrets which are so aluring to the inner-man. Masonic symbols and secrets encourage self study, feelings of accomplishment, and most of all, the ability to judge one's self based on an exclusive, well-tried-yard-stick. The art of speculation is enhanced greatly by your work.

Bro. Lomas, may your own journey thru the chards of glass be encouraged and softened by Masonic honour and enlightenment. I look forward to reading your next work.
 
By Adam
Being a newly raised brother, I have more questions than answers. I feel though that I don't have a full understanding of what Masonry is supposed to be. It seems that the more "secrets" are revieled, the less appealing Masonry becomes. And the more prone people are to forget about the past. I have read a couple of your books and I find them very entertaining and somewhat informative. I would sincerely like to see more ritual and history taught to the newer brothers. There seems to be nothing but initiations at my lodge.
 
By Simon Swain
Let me begin by saying that I am not a Mason. I was recently asked to join a Lodge in Tampa, FL., and knowing that my grandfather was a Mason of some apparent standing in London after WWII, I became curious about the subject. My next move was going to the bookstore and acquiring the Hiram Key and the Book of Hiram; both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Secrecy- In the past I believe it was highly necessary, as elements of organized religion were powerful opponents. Today in the information age however, humanity is more enlightened and fewer people in the west are held hostage to the dogma of the church. In order for Freemasonry to thrive again it should adjust to the times, and I believe that is your belief and purpose of the books.

Ritual- Having read the books and really not having very much else to digest; it is my belief that the astrological meanings of the craft are a guide to the earth's cimate through time.
If so this would be a large step towards understanding the creator's plan for mankind, and to keep us in check; a theme we see in every belief system and cultures worldwide. The effects of planetary mass and gravity on light and space influence the climate of our planet. Ages, aeons, cycles are likely weather patterns resulting from the positions of the celestial bodies, and in turn places like Newgrange and Stonehenge are calculators for these changes in conditions. Ice-ages, droughts and floods, are the most influential events in human history, mastery of these conditions would ensure the survival of a civilization. I find it interesting that hurricanes cycles are proven to be 20 years of highly active seasons, followed by twenty years of quieter seasons (20 + 20=Venus cycle). I am wondering if this may be the key to understanding global warming and cooling which I submit works in patterns that may related to the mechanics of our solar system and their effects on space and light. In the 1970's they told us we were entering an ice-age and ludicrous proposals such as dumping soot on the ice caps were put forth. Today mankind is blind to these conditions as technology has focused our attention to what can be proven in a short period of time, and cultural attitudes assume we know more now than ever before. This arrogance is an unfortunate part of human nature, and is the reason that knowledge that can only be acquired through aeons of observation has been lost or dismissed. I am thinking of studying this in detail, what say you?
 
By Jim Giovagnoli
I have always felt that being a Mason means always looking for self-improvement, and tolerance of different viewpoints.

I am 42 years old. I have been in the Masonic Lodge for about 16 years. Although I was born and raised a Catholic, and am currently a member of the Methodist Church (don't attend much), I immediately knew when I attended Lodge and then Scottish Rite that being a Mason was all the 'religion' ( if you could call it that) that I need.

Being a Mason has helped shape how I view world events. I really can't fathom the thinking that drives suicide bombers, for example. It just seems so irrational, so counter productive. So not civilised. Although it is not very tolerant of me, I just do not see any justice or truth in that kind of action. No matter what the reasoning.

I have an enormous respect for my Brothers in the Lodge. I feel that I have learned something from every Mason I have come in contact with. I feel privileged to be counted in the same company as them. I often wonder if I measure up, and try to do even better for myself and my family.

I am not trying to sound pompous, or overly grand. I really feel this way. I just don't say it out loud. I often tell people what The Lodge means to me when asked.
 
By Morrigan
Being a female and therefore not initiated in the rites of Freemasonry, I may have a 'clouded' view of Freemasonry. Having read several of Mr Lomas's books and my favourite place on Earth being Rosslyn Chapel, I must admit to being fascinated by the rituals and symbology that Freemasonry has to offer. I am drawn to the philosophy and knowledge that lie behind the 'secrets'.

I am a firm believer that no one body should withhold information from the public IF it were to shed light and answers on the mysteries of life. Having said that it remains to be seen if the general public at large is ready for the mysteries to be revealed.

I have always found it 'strange' that for a body of people so into the worship of the feminine principal of Isis and so on, would be so adverse to the inclusion of the divine feminine on Earth, ie. women. For this I am accursed my sex! For to be honest I have a thirst for knowledge and to be 'excluded' from ANY avenue that could enhance that knowledge is frustrating. Therefore I applaud Mr Lomas in his quest to 'reveal' his personal 'Holy Grail'.

When reading of Freemasonry I am always struck of the synchronicity of symbols and events that seem to tie it into almost every facet of The Mysteries, from Ancient Egypt and beyond to the Grooved Ware People of the British Isles.

It would be a shame for Mr Lomas not to reveal more... I for one await with baited breath. Reveal the knowledge, for those that can take from it, will and for those it holds no interest will be none the wiser.

As for those who wish not to reveal the 'secrets' I just hope that they know what they are doing, for it could have an adverse affect on the World as a whole if vital information were not shared. I think it is now time for the Revelation to begin.
 
By Pete Giles
Having been brought up in a very strict religious family, I had been taught for years that Free Masons were a "cult" and to be avoided. Oddly, because of my inquisitive nature and scientific schooling, I came across a strange anomaly in the way science reduces religion to a mere "belief system" with little significance.
The very thing from which all matter is comprised, energy, has a fundemental law that it cannot be created nor destroyed and is therefor infinite. All matter is comprised in such a way as to show there is a definite order to the manner of its construction, a plan if you like.
Time is merely a function of matter ageing and as Einstein showed with his theories, physical science is entirely relative to material but if we step outside of those confines, time ceases to be very relavent at all.
What is interesting is that Free Masons aspire to become at one with that more infinite perspective, as such being more likely to be less materialistic than many other religious sects and churches. It is also noticable that Walter Leslie Wilmshurst points out very clearly in his writings that the temptation to indulge in magic or substances for spurious and temporary ecstasy is self destructive,.. indeed it is not exactly "new age" either as his views were published way back in 1911.
Now that the history of the Masonic traditions are becoming more widely known and I have had a chance to read about them, I have found that the knowledge and wisdom of the craft is in reality, very close to my own theories and maybe I am much closer to the principals of the Masons than my original church up-bringing!
As the power of such rites as are within the masonic traditions could be open to abuse by persons who may have personal motives, certainly such rites should only be carried out by those who have proved a character of moral responsibility, thus as such being "secret".
The principals of the Masons however should I feel be more open to public scrutiny as they have a great deal to offer to the whole of society, particularly in such troubled times as we now live.
It has been said that "power currupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" but I think this applies to power invested in single individuals and thus, by the very nature of the structure of the Free Masons' orders, they might attract people who seek power BUT within the creeds that are taught, there is a certain safety in numbers that would render such abuse futile. Certainly, there have been several notable persons who have claimed to have been Free Masons but it now becomes very obvious that they merely abused the title for effect and were a long way from being as honourable.
I think there is that innate fear of what is not known, expressed in a negative attitude towards Free Masons. It is only that fear that "shrouds" the truth about Free Masons, it is however, as I have found, far less shadowy than I and many others have been led to believe.
Would that all men should have such high aspirations to integrity!
So, as to whether there should be more known about the Masonic traditions?
I say publish and be blessed!
 
By Sigma1914
Question: "Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?"

No, we should NOT be more open about it.

Freemasonry is now scrambling to "reveal" itself to the masses in hopes of curbing negative public opinion. No amount of revealed "secret" Masonic information will change public opinion, and for Freemasonry to occupy itself with soothing the public so as to justify its existence and strange rituals/practices, is not only self-defeating but is also self-destroying and gravely short-sighted. For what reasons should we be more open? And to what ends?

Freemasonry will not grow it's ranks of dedicated men, nor satisfy the media and public opinion (especially the Christian public opinion) by showing it's practices and rituals on The History Channel and The National Geographic Channel (both episodes have aired in the States already, and have revealed certain steps, due guards, grips, etc.) or by Brent Morris (33 Grand Cross, Supreme Council 33, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite USA) over-emphasizing our highly doubtful, benign, Freemasonic birth from an ancient group of illiterate European stoneworkers...who needed to form complex initiation rituals for what purpose? To prove that they could chisel rocks?

The way to change public opinion and attract worthy men is to respect your Masonic code and to educate within first, BEFORE you attempt to educate outside of you. If Masons themselves are not extremely involved in dialogue and research of their own history, and do not learn to open their minds to new ideas, information and possibilities...with ALL Brothers being on the Level regardless of rank or title in the Lodge...then we have surely lost the ancient spirit of true Freemasonry. We talk a good game about being able to have difficult and honest discussions within the Lodges, but how often are we actually willing, or able, to engage and receive information on Masonic history/research that is contrary to the "rank and file" line of historical dogma we espouse?

HISTORY is the KEY! Men need something more than oddly conveyed morality lessons to bind them to an ideal. There are plenty of fraternal, social and civic organizations that already serve that purpose. We would be well advised to embrace the legacy and ancestry of Freemasonry; even if we are truly just beginning to discover it! When people have a strong and proud ancestry to grab on to, it gives them a stronger sense of pride, importance and a belonging to something greater than the self. This is a much stronger motivator than an identity created by belonging to a fellowship that gives allegorical moral lessons via strange stone building tools...for seemingly no real apparent reason other than to make a good man better. Freemasonry will be in great decline if it cannot offer men both great and small, something other than a series of oddly conveyed morality lessons which some believe competes with religious dogma.

Finally, I think most of the latest "hoop-la" surrounding revealing Freemasonry as quickly as possible to the public has to do with the fact that Dan Brown's follow-up novel to The Da Vinci Code is rumored to center around Washington, D.C. and Freemasonry. Perhaps the Masonic authorities want to avoid issues similar to that which came upon Opus Dei and the Catholic Church; which has had its own peculiar history with Freemasonry.
 
By Questing Knight
My brother joined the Scottish Rite of Masonry about 10 years ago while stationed in Korea. I have since been on a quest to learn as much about the Order as I can. Being a Catholic and a Knight of a different order, my apprehension can be understood. Through my own quest for the truth about Masonry, I have come across some very interesting information. For one thing, I couldn't find anything forbidding Catholics from becoming Freemasons in the most recent publication of the Cannon Law (yes I was searching with the help of a lawyer). In spite of that, I see why Masonry poses a threat to modern Christianity. But that is all besides the point.

What I find most interesting is through your research, you seem to be uncovering the stories or histories of the "conquored" peoples. As we all know, the histories taught in schools might as well be called "victories" as they are the stories of conquorers rather than the stories of the worlds peoples.

In your books, you mentioned that you came across the old rituals. Why the the Scottish Rite, stop working those rituals and why can they not be revived. They seem to hold the true purpose of Freemasonry. I think it would help bring to light the true purpose and to help keep the members interested in the Craft.

Thank you for your research and for giving a voice to the silenced. I believe, you're right about current lifestyles preventing people from making a life-long committment to the craft. Hopefully more people will come to know the Craft for what it tuely is and make the committment to keep it alive. HISTORY MUST BE FAIR AND TRUTHFUL
 
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