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Turning The Hiram Key

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By larder full
I am a freemason and have been a member of the Craft for some 17 yrs,i have been through the chair of my craft lodge .I wish to offer some of my thoughts on my "masonic" experience to date.My initiation was an experience filled with awe mainly because it was a moment of trusting in the unknown it did not infuse any spiritual connection and it in reality wasa rush of info to the mind which caused me to reflect.I feel that masonry can point you towards your God ,however i also feel that many masons today do not have any substantive belief rather a nominal nod towards the GAOTU,in order to join the club.I am proud to be a mason and in my employment was never fearful of declaring myself to be a. mason,even though this was in public service.When i was a new mason some older bretren gave me some advice which i hold dear,namely do not rush your masonic experience,today many want to rise and climb the ladder too quickly and in doing so i feel see their experience of the daily advancements minimalised.The demands of membership often pull at ones time and i find this a struggle in todays society.The ritual of the craft points one towards understanding and reading ones holy book and this of great benefit when one is caught up in the maelstrom of life, it directs one to contemplate and offers lessons in many areas of life but always refers one to the land mark of the VOSL.

Ones experience of masonry by the masons who have thought about it ,surely must of course be to want to share this and this is often done with other masons.Masonry in my experience is not secret and should be more open which is the case of late,however as the craft has a secret history we should ensure that masons are in no way involved in any activity that brings disrepute to our order.

The experience of masonic life in my talking to bretren differs according to ones lodge experience,some are rich in fellowship,some are more frugal!
By Ejder
I will ask for forgiveness whit my writing and expression, i hope at least i can make a statement about what i think.

1. Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?
I believe that it should be more open about it, in the country that i live in few people know about freemasonry and they don't have a good opinion. The problem is that people even if they want to know, they use the internet which sometimes doesn't help you and gives you more headaches that is worth about it. A solution i think is to make some online library from where people can have access in there one language so they can understand it better.

2. What does Masonic ritual mean to you?
For me it represents a step to enlightenment, allowing you to understand the connection between the world and you.

Will not answer to the last question since i am not a freemason.

I will have 2 question

The first one is if the apple that our ancestors took from the tree if it was an ancient knowledge that allowed them to understand the secrets of this world, allowing them to be Godlike ?

The second is about an old book that had ancient knowledge and is was map that shows a place full of secrets and powers. That book belong to a sociaty that called themselves Masters or Keepers and were destroyed when the priest of God come ?

I am curios if there is something about them that perhaps come in a resource.
By JoeT
I am a mason, I have been a member of the fraternity for about 20 years now in the U.S. and I have never regretted taking the first step nor the remaining steps that brought me from an entered apprentice to a master mason.

The rituals of Freemasonry are beautiful and are meant to evoke emotional responses not only for those who are going through them, but also for those involved in putting them on. Whenever I participate in or see the rituals performed, I remember the tension and concentration that I experienced when I went through them myself. How vivid these recollections are and how my understanding has grown from the time of my first entrance until now. Just as with any ritual, they are designed to teach and codify beliefs reducing them to allow understanding at a level below our normal cognition. Repeated viewing and learning in the craft lodge guides those who are willing to learn and willing to expand their thoughts and concepts.

These rituals help to create and maintain a new norm that is expressed best by saying that "we learn not to be better than others, but to be better than ourselves". That is the message that they pass along to me, that I can become a better person and that by doing right for others, we grow ourselves.

By antosa
All that is and all that ever has been starts with a thought.

The more I know the less I say and the less I say the more I know.

And that which will be will be.

The universal time stands for no one.

Knowledge of all is in all one only needs to be silent in order to hear and be awakened.

Mathematics is the foundation and the language of the universe spoken little and understood by few.

Ego is the mist that becloudes mortal minds

Mamon engulfs and drowns the senses

Only with pureness of thought and clarity of visiion can one see that which speaks to us all

By Garethloki
I have been interested in Freemasonry for over ten years, observing it from the outside and marking the change in its public relations over this period against its historical one. The recent riots that were spawned by people's lack of guidance and moral integrity seems to highlight why Freemasony may need to return to the limelight of British public life. The secrecy that was erected around the order because of Hitler's opposition in World War Two needs to be washed away again so that the Order can be fully recognised for its importance as a backbone of society.
Then we have the history of Freemasonry and the secret societies that have contributed to its rituals and pattern over the centuries. History is constantly being rewritten as more effective means of extrapolating the truth are explored. The standard view that Freemasonry began in the 17th century has already been proven farcical by your own research. Further investigation into the enigmatic origins and its relationship to far older religious practices seems paramount.
I hope that resources such as that which you have made available will help wash away the years of mystery and reveal for the benefit of all humanity some new insight into our spiritual evolution.
I would like to add that I am not a Freemason.
By Gary
I joined freemasonry in Northern Ireland a little over 10 years ago. I joined simply because the masons that I knew were all good men. My mother lodge was dying on its feet. They'd had three candidates in approx 10 years and the average age would have been geriatric!

A friend I'd worked with approx 10 years before I joined & whom I'd meet up with a couple of times a year for a drink had also joined another lodge and I started to visit it regularly before affiliating. I remained a member of my mother lodge until it folded, and held the chair in its penultimate year. I've also held the chair of my affiliated lodge and oversaw a merger. The lodge is now thriving and we are struggling to cope with the number of candidates we have, a nice problem to have. I will be taking the chair of the merged lodge in 2012.

I think we should be (and I am) more open about our masonry. Only the means of one mason identifying himself to another & the actual ritual should be secret.

I'm uneasy with the requirement for a belief in a supreme being. I know this is a minority view - but there are a lot of good men out there living in good repute amongst their friends and neighbours who are not believers. These are lost to the order or have to stretch an "what we don't understand we call God" idea

The ritual I see as a torch which has been handed to us by the masons of yesterday and to be handed on to those of tomorrow. I see it as a never ending relay and a connection through the ages. I do enjoy the ritual - but find it hard to express why. I enjoy the social side of the order as well.

How do I feel when I was made a Mason? A bit like when I joined the army - I was joining something bigger than myself!

I hope this helps & will happily answer any queries you have.
By FC - Derbyshire
Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?

I believe, as at present, it's ritual and modes of recognition should remain secret. The main reason i believe this is that there is nothing to prevent any person seeking enlightenment and applying to join should they wish to do so. If they subsequently decide it's not for them -then fair enough.

What does Masonic ritual mean to you?

I regard masonic ritual as akin to a russion doll. You'll get to the root of it all one day. Maybe.

How do you feel when you were made a Mason?

Immensely proud (after initially being excited & nervous).

And what role has Masonic ritual played in your life since?

It has provided some guidance in terms of my conduct towards myself and others. It has shone a light into some of my darker parts and helped me, on a conscious and sub-conscious level to improve as a human being.

By Cliff Jones
Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?
Freemasonry is a society of like minded inividuals who happen to have sectets. Not corrupt secrets but those of ritual. Open society does not understand why masons have these sectrets and even if it was exhibited I dont believe they would. Freemasonry is an experience and a journey. Masons should be more open about their membership as most masons are proud to be a member of the craft.

Is a member of your family a Freemason, and how do you feel about that?
Yes. I am fine with it. See below.

If you are a Mason, what does Masonic ritual mean to you? The ritual experiences are very personal to each member of the craft. Once you complete the journey to be made a master mason (3rd), you more understand the previous rituals. However, that is not the whole story as each time you witness a ceremony you find out a little more that was not clear to you at first. I feel that you will only attain a better understanding of the ritual if you read in to it and not just read it.

How did you feel when you were made a Mason? I felt like I was accepted in to a society that accepts everyone as an equal. I also had a thirst for further experiences as the story that was told to me made me think about more than just the words.

And what role has Masonic ritual played in your life since? It has enhanced it. I have always tried to lead a good life but I now better understand the necessary qualities to be a better person.

Do you feel it is something which can not, or perhaps should not, be put into words? It cannot be put in to words. It is a very personal journey.

Do you think Freemasonry benefits society? Quite simply, yes. Members are expected to act in accordance with moral & civil laws and promote charity.
By Simon
I have read the Hiram key, the lost messiah and am now enjoying the Book of Hiram.

As a freemason in my early 30s (family members have been in "the club" for generations) i did really wonder what the origins behind the carefully rehearsed rituals meant, as you often mention in your books. I do find it surprising that when i elaborate on some ideas raised in your books at a festive board that i am sometimes greeted by blank faces, i think masonry is more of a social event for many and a good thing too as it is the highlight of the month for many widowers in the town.

The history has been facinating and your research has really opened my eyes to conflict between the catholic church and freemasonry. I went to buckfast abbey school so the idea of going to a catholic boarding school must have caused some conflict for my father but the irony makes that more enjoyable.

Our lodge does make an effort to publicly support charities etc and we try and move away from the suspicion of masonry largely born out of ignorance, dan brown and the media.

I do not make a huge secret of my lodge membership, i am currently the lodge treasurer so i must deal with professional colleagues for services etc. I am proud to be a member of this ancient brotherhood and especially enjoy the fact that its origins predate christianity. Thank you for these books, i haven't got too far in thr current book but i hope one day the excavations at Rosslyn happen so your curiousity can be satisfied here.

Simon Lake
By Neil Wesley King - 08/10/72 - Born Newcastle Tyne
My thoughts were that fremasonary was a secret society only open to high flying rich men or influential business men, a very high class gentlemens club. How wrong I was......

I had always been fit and well and in 2003 after my partner and I had IVF which had already failed once, we were to have a baby. Unfortunately 2 months before the baby was due and soon before my 30th birthday I became very unwell and rushed into hospital and into intensive care with septicemia, Pneumonia and many complications leaving me in need of life support for a number of weeks with my liffe hanging in the balance. Having lost my fight for life at least 2x I was very fortunate to recover but I was then on a list for Heart transplant duer to the damage that the pneumonia had caused me. At that same time we became parents of a little girl and since I was still in hospital for a further month I realised how hard it was to be apart from my new family and reflected on how lucky I was to be alive still. I went on to have a heart transplant and rehab to learn to walk and generally do what I could before I was ill.

Since this "LIFE EVENT" I was very humbled at how lucky i was to be given another chance to rather enjoy the very great unknown mystery that is LIFE. Whilst recovering in hospital and then at home, I realised I was to get a decent quality of life back and felt driven to give something back to humanity, maybe a way of me saying thank you to whatever it was that had alowed me to regain consiousness in the hostpital and kept that little light of life burning in my body. I realised that my life was nealry extinguised without me ever having a chance to understand what is was about and what my role was in this earthly plane. Was it that I had not had a chnce to understand or appreciate AT ALL?

From that moment of recovery my life had changed forever! One evening I caught up with an old friend in a bar and explained what had happened and how this strange thing had happened to me. He broke news to me he was dying of cancer and that he was ready to die, since he had been a lucky man who had already discovered these things I was in search for. He explained that he was a Freemason and that it would be good for me to also join as it may be able to answer what I was in search of. I told him I wasnt in search of anything , he explained that by living his life by the morals of freemasonary he was able to be a better person by simply applying the masonic tools to his daily life. I had no ideas what he was waffling on about all seemed very churchy and all strange. Anyway as a mnark of respect I contacted my local masonic hall by Email after he dieed since I had no family of friends in masonary to introduce me. I say "did no thave any friends" I was proposed and seconded, balloted and have since passed my degrees, pending going into the Minerva Chapter.and that was 18 months ago. It has been the best journey of my life. Since completing my 3rd degree I have read some of your books and find the reading very very balanced and for me informative. I think I have found that freemasonary is simply a set of guides to live your life by which if strictly kept to would through time and pratice build a pillar of society! Which in my opinion is not such a bad thing.
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