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Turning The Hiram Key

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By Joe F. in TX
Let me first say that I am not a Mason, but that I have recently submitted a petition to one of the local lodges. I have not read any of your books, but I certainly believe that I should pick up a copy and will as soon as possible. Hopefully, I'll be getting a visit from a couple of guys pretty soon(I was told that they would come visit me), I'm anxious to start learning.

I first became interested in Freemasonry a couple of years ago when my father mentioned something about it. He told me that it was an organization I should join if I ever got the chance. It started the wheels spinning in my head, and I remembered a man having tried to recruit me for the Masons. At that time, his approach and secrecy turned me off. Basically, he told me that I could be a member, but that I didn't even have to come to the meetings, but wouldn't tell me anything about the Freemasons. Obviously, nothing in life is free so I had an aversion to such a claim.

Fast forward from that about 6 years and I found myself working almost side by side with a Master Mason, actually two Master Masons. One became something of a mentor for me, as I was just starting out as a machinist. I asked a few questions of him and decided that I was interested. The so-called secrecy is something of a draw to Freemasonry I suppose, but from what I know of the Craft so far the real benefit is what you can do for the community. One of the things I was told was that there are no secrets, however, one must know the proper questions to ask---A difficult thing for a non Mason to know!

I also recently watched something on the History channel about Freemasonry. If I remember correctly, it was titled "Mysteries of the Freemasons: The Beginning". It was quite informative, though I reject the part about the KKK being affiliated with Masonry. The Master Mason I watched most of the program with seemed quite upset about that being in there.

In any case, truth is only evident when a person wants to accept it. People can see things, but never really see them. My belief is that no matter the disclosure, the "secret" will only truly be apparent to those with an understanding and willingness to accept it.
 
By Lormac
My Dad was a freemason. I grew up thinking all people should be treated with dignity and respected for their own abilities and good deeds. Since reading your books I have realised how deeply the ideals of positive freemasonry have permeated my life and values. I have always been interested to learn more.
I began a search to self identity by looking into my families' celtic past: the artistic designs, metal work and then the structure of ancient celtic society interested me.
An interest in Scotland and its history also led me to read as deeply as possible (in the hobby sense) especially in the origins of the Pictish people and how Celtic tirbes came to the British Isles. All these ancient people, with their legacy of megalithic building made me more inquisitive about their lifestyles, beliefs and motivations. An enduring interest in all ancient people and their origins and beliefs ahs linked in with interests in the effects of climate change on behaviour as well. Your delving into these antiquities has illuminated a great deal and points to values that have been held for untold time frames. Your books help to explain some of the reasons for the rise and fall of popular thinking systems. But most of all, your books, with their explanations of freemasonry, point at enduring practise of goodness in action. Thank you for taking the steps to reveal what has been secret. Secrets revealed at inappropriate times are subject to ridicule or misuse - even secrets that deal with past events.Some people may be confronted by the thought that ancients held deep knowledge. I think that past times have been undervalued and ancients people underestimated. Keep up your research and boldly add to our understanding of the past and how it can affect us today.
 
By Greg Palmer
Dr. Lomas,

I have read Uriels Machine, The Book of Hiram, The Hiram Key and several other pieces that you have written. I am not a mason and but for time I would become one. My research into the truth behind Jesus Christ, and all that he was and is has led me on a seventeen year journey of research of many different facets and topics. What you have been able to assemble is truely amazing and much needed. The oppression of two thousand years of power seeking by the church is a shame and a sham.

I am working on a book that includes many of the points that you speak about and hopefully includes a much broader picture than even I had hoped to see. the true history that is held withing the oral traditions of Freemasonry is clearly the more reasonable version of history.

When a person looks at the person of Jesus and the lineage of Grail Kings that he is part of one can barely contain the contempt for the church. Considering the thousands of innocent people who have died at their hands, it is truely bewildering that more people don't see through the cloud of lies.

Don't get me wrong I am not a bitter person, I was not raised Catholic but I do believe in God and I see the incredible history that has been covered over for the gain of power. I hope that a great ground swell can one day sweep from our door step the distorted versions of history we are taught and that true freedom will be forthcoming to the world. Keep up the great work.

If the opportunity presents itself, I hope that I will be able to assemble a book that can help to add to the growing wave of people who seek to come out from under the umbrella of the last two thousand years and see what is really the history of the human race.

I have a copy of Uriels machine beside me and am reading it for the third time.

Respectfully,

Greg Palmer a fellow seeker of the truth.
 
By Andre Geurts
I have not yet become a Freemason, but am planning on joining the craft if all goes well. I must admit that my search in finding what the "Masons" were really like began about 13 years ago. This curiosity has lead me to association with some very upstanding men who has shown me the true meaning of Freemasonry. My curiosity has lead to a desire to better myself and become associated with those that dsire the same spiritual self improvement. As mentioned before I hope that I will be abel become part of the craft and enjoy the association of more outstanding individuals.

I have read the Hiram Key and though some of conclusions that were given were a bit of a stretch for my personal believes it was refreshing. Now as I have started to read the Book of Hiram I look forward to what it holds and what I can learn from your findings. I must admit that if anything that reading your book has done is increased my disire to be part of the craft, to learn more of God and to know Jesus Christ.

As to your question on whether or not Freemasonry should be secret or more open? I believe that it should be open about who and what they are about, but as to its rituals it should continue to remain secret. Speaking as one who is a member of the "Mormon" faith the holding of ones rituals secret or secred is one of great importance. The significance and spiritual meaning would loose its importance or strength if those who are not prepared spiritually were to just read them. The tendency to misunderstand, mock and degraded the ritual because of the lack of understaning almost always occurs and why would anyone want to allow that to happen? As the Bible states, "throwing pearls before swines" comes to mind. And please no disrespect intended to those not of the craft, but why give something of a spiritual nature to one who is not prepared to recieve it. Is that not why one goes the degrees of the craft one at a time and over a period of time? One must be spiritually prepared before things of spiritual nature are to be learned or understood.

Thank you for you work and you insight,
 
By Alistair Dalziel
I have just been raised to the third degree, and I am attending my first lodge istallation tonight.

I am an associate of the worshipful company of farriers, an ancient trade guild, by examination. It is still an operative guild, unlike freemasonry which is now speculative. The meaning and the worth of masonry for me, is in the juxtaposition of the two crafts. As a mentor of apprentices, I struggled to get apprentice's 'eye in', for while both crafts use the same working tools, it is the 'eye', the way of seeing, that makes the difference between craftsmen and the profane. Just as new technology, or new tools such as telescopes help us to see new stars or planets, the sight of new stars and planets help us to see in different ways. The 'new' ways of seeing are developed in masonic ritural and apprentice teaching, where candidates are asked to master a tool and it's use before progressing, developing as a person in the process.

'How do you see balance' is an oft asked question in farriery. Between a Master and an Apprentice, the answer is often 'It just looks right': the process of 'seeing' undergone and mastered is the core of the craft, and the articles of apprenticeship is the method by which the craft is preserved. Freemasonry enables 'candidates' (from the latin for white-innocent-men???!!) to gain the sight of a craftsperson without exchanging labour for experience in an operative craft apprenticeship, and as such is unique in 'crafting persons'.

Interestingly, when working for the farriery training service, I gravitated towards Masters who consistently turned out quality apprentices. While one of their reasons for success was undouptedly smart selection of candidates, all shared a method of training where an art or science (for farriery like any craft is an art and a science) was mastered before being initiated to the use of another tool or method. All, I now know were Freemasons.

 
By sporty
I am a female that has known and still know many men that say they are Freemasons. Because I am a woman, most men are hesitant to discuss much about Freemasonry. Some were more open about different things than others. Usually the younger men are more open but are less informed about the history of the Freemasons. The older men take more stock in the history and the rituals but may not be doing a very good job of passing on the information or the understanding to the younger generation. I have done a very small amount of research into Freemasonry but by no means have an understanding of most of the material myself. In a way, I find Freemasons to be a dying breed to say the least. I feel that there should be more openess just because of that fact. The history is being lost and very rapidly. I am by no means as educated as the authors of this website or the books on the subject although every book I find fascinating for multiple reasons, but if you wanted an opinion of an average person with an interest, this is mine in a nutshell.
 
By Mesniu
My Brother--

Freemasonry is many things to many. Should it be kept secret? Well, with books out like "Duncan's Ritual and Monitor," and the advent of the Internet, it's difficult to keep anything Masonic a secret anymore.

I've read your works with a guarded interest over the years-- Just picked up "The Book of Hiram" (which should disgruntle one of my archaeology professors, if the table of contents is any indication). You and Brother Knight make very interesting points, many of which are credible and quite spot on, but sometimes the leaps you make to tie possibly-related points together are too great for my believability factor. While I am planning on citing some of your work in my Masters Thesis (field: sociocultural anthropology, topic: analyzing where Freemasonry came from, where it is today, and the discrepancies between those extremes), I will be pointing out where I do disagree with you.

But nevertheless, while I do disagree with some of your points, I laud the work you've done in keeping the Craft in the public eye in a psoitive light. Thank you.

Fraternally,
M.S.
Past Master, Ivanhoe Lodge #446 AF&AM, Kansas City
Founding Past Master, Heru Behutet Oasis, Ordo Templi Orientis
 
By D.T
Freemasonry is open to all men of good character, as such it should keep it's ritual secret. People who want to learn can become brothers. However, this should be balanced with an openness which promotes confidence in the craft and steers the publics perception away from that of a corrupt, sinister and secret organisation.

Ritual and the learning of it has taught me many things in the short time I've been a Mason. Patience, precision and most importantly, knowing there will always be someone to support and encourage me when I stumble.

Before I became a Mason I was becoming disillusioned with many aspects of my life. In particular in my professional life. Trust, honour and a feeling of belonging were quickly being lost. When I became a Mason I was accepted and welcomed like a long lost friend. Something that, without sounding odd, made me feel good about myself and my fellows.

I am relatively new to the craft, having recently become a M.M. I am still finding my feet, these few words are a brief summary of my feelings towards Masonry. Perhaps I will write again when I have become more confident in my new surroundings.
 
By K. Hovelmeier
I was proposed into freemasonry by my older brother and initiated into a Scottish Lodge on the Thursday, 20th July 2000. I remember this day well and have been told how proud my father looked on as he stood in the columns while my brother delivered the first-degree charge. I remember, although I had no idea what he was “waffling” on about, how impressed I was with his fluent and controlled delivery of what seamed to be an eternal lecture. I even made a point of congratulating him after the ceremony on a first class recital and thought to myself that I would never be able to carry off such a performance. The evening that followed was a fun filled event, full of the usual festive board indulgences and speeches with possibly a bit too much whisky to celebrate the occasion.

Although I should remember the date of this special evening for all the reasons I have mentioned above, the sad truth is that I remember it as exactly one week from the day that the very same brother who had worked so tirelessly in his preparation for my first step in freemasonry tragically died. This is the date I will never forget as the loss of my brother shook what I had always known to be a strong family down to its core. My life felt shattered which was further compounded when my wife, who carrying our second child, was informed that our unborn son had a congenital birth defect with his kidneys and would require an operation after birth and months of after care.

Now this is the part where I address the intriguing question “what does freemasonry mean to me?” as it is by far my intention to portray a depressing story of this episode in my life. This is a story of the strength, support and guidance I received from people I barely knew who I now call my Brethren, who operated with what seamed to be an alien system of morality that I now call the craft, within a strange and secretive organisation that I now call my Masonic career. It was the very foundation of Freemasonry that helped hold the frail fabric of my very sanity together during those dark and desolate times.

I thank Freemasonry for that and only hope that others may experience the wonderful true nature of being a Mason.

Because of my Brother and my Brethren, I am and will always be on the square.




 
By Jackson
While there is a good case for bringing Freemasonry into a more visible realm, the down side is that we tend to detract from its essence in an attempt to justify to/promote acceptance within, the cynical, misinformed but astute, knowledgeable and thinking public domain.I cringe at statements like 'well it’s just like Rotary or Lions' or 'no we don't have any secrets' or 'no there are no secret signs and handshakes'. Freemasonry does not need to justify itself to any, other than its members. If we are to be visible and understood let it be on the basis that we are and always will be secretive about our rituals, that we will continue to search as has always been done for truth and knowledge, that the truth and knowledge that an individual discovers will be unique to that individual but contributed to the larger pool of knowledge and understanding that is shared by Freemasonry.The visible side of Freemasonry should be our good works, charitable activities and the example set in the community by all brethren."Let them be known as Freemasons but let that which makes them Freemasons be known only to Freemasons"

Masonic ritual fills that gap that 'just belief' leaves in the hearts and minds of the discerning and analytical. By 'acting out' a theme or idea we are able to better interpret and understand that which we wish to practice or gain greater understanding of. Many churches are returning to and encouraging active participation in services and ritual, the followers of nature based belief and religious systems have always done it and the military and governments are steeped in active ritual.

When I was invited to become a Mason it was because I had been researching and writing about Freemasonry from the outside the organization. It was a personal quest and a deliberate direction to and through Freemasonry and the writing allowed me to check out by research and thinking with others. While impressed by the depth of research, local Freemasons explained that if I really wanted to understand I should become a Freemason. My first thoughts were that they were perhaps trying to silence me by binding me to a non-disclosure clause contained within a promise.This turned out to be figment of my conspiratal imagination and has not been the case. A s a member of three lodges and two Lodges of Research I have been encouraged to write and research to my hearts content. Not only have I expanded my own knowledge and understanding of Freemasonry and its history but have advanced a considerable distance in a very short time along my personal quest or pathway to broader and deeper levels the understanding of life, death and the meaning of it all. The fact that more and more of my writings are read by Freemasons and not the general public is a natural progression. These days my writings would mean as much to non-Freemasons as the schematics for a linear accelerator, published in the local tabloid, would mean to most of its readers.

In my mind Freemasonry is as much about establishing a chivalrous code of living as a providing fraternal companionship. Our rituals and lectures are designed to motivate personal growth and promote spiritual roundedness in brethren. Freemasonry is something that sits well with any religious belief, parallelling and supporting the chosen religious pathway of its individual members. We should continue to write about Freemasonry. We should refer to it in all forms of literature especially in novels and fictional works. Don't get hung up on what it is or what anyone thinks it is. Exposure will bring questioning; serious questioning will give rise to serious research. Serious research will uncover truths. Those who seek truth will be drawn to and welcomed into Freemasonry. It’s all good.

 
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