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Turning The Hiram Key

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By Kylie A
My thoughts are:Secrets of ' The Craft' should remain a secret but the open attitude of Mr Coates' "Let's talk about it" should always be promoted. All information is not for all men as when something is 'given' it can't be cherished the same way that as something that is 'sought after'. I believe keeping the secrets must be character building. I am a Freemasons daughter, niece (twice), a freemason's sister and now a freemasons wife. Freemasonary must be good because these men around me are all exceptional in measurement of thier generosity, honesty and personal achievement. These men are by trade either engineers or have held Senior Management positions but all claim that Freemasonary has been thier education.
 
By SSG Tim Walley
As a Mason, I feel that the way you have written about Freemasonry, Is about as open you can get and I am glad you did so. I do not feel you violated any part of our obligation.

the Ritual has a spiritual meaning to me, and continues to be such every meeting. Your books have added more insight and helped me to confirm some of the thoughts and feelings I experience everytime I am in Lodge.

The first thing I felt when I was made a Mason, was that I had just begun a journey that will last a lifetime.

The most significant of all the rituals, that has played a big part in my life has been the 14th degree of the Scottish Rite. Everyday there never fails to be a situation that confronts me to "go with the flow". Everytime, I look down at my ring and it aids me when I remember the teachings in the Lodge of Perfection. It has helped me to stand fast on doing whats right and upholding the Truth at all times.

Many things of a spiritual nature cannot always be expressed. Somethings you just can not place into words but yet, you understand the concepts and its meaning for you in your life. that which can be expressed and benefit those around me, should be put into words, if not for us now, then for the future generations to come.
 
By Carol
I feel that it is most important to understand as thorougly as possible the origins of freemasonry. This follows form with the understanding of religions. Having been brought up a Christian I have always questioned the true origins of Christianity usually within a church setting and have been always very disappointed in the respnse I have received. I feel strongly that all belief should be backed up by knowledge. I have always been very uneasy with any system that deliberaely blocks knowledge and the continuing developement of knowlege. I almost feel a sence of relief after reading your books that I have been released from the constraints of dogma. Thank you!
 
By EMM
I am a woman, and I am also a Freemason, and have been for about 6 years. My father, grandfathers and great grandfathers were Masons, and for me there was a sense of lineage about joining (I belong to American Co-Masonry, AFHR). I am a PHQ, grew up around Masonry, and after respecting the secrecy of it for a lot of years, I finally decided that since I couldn't be one, it wouldn't hurt to read about it . . . . which is when I read The Hiram Key and some other stuff and enthusiastically wrote to Robert Lomas (who *very* kindly answered my email, thank you).

Shortly thereafter, I found Co-Masonry, and applied. For me, becoming a Mason was hardly a choice, and much more a calling. Yes, there are very much things about it which cannot be put into words. What does Masonic ritual mean to me? For me, ritual is a symbolic "road map" to finding/experiencing divinity from within the human condition. It doesn't get any better than that.
 
By Andrew Foster
As a "newer Freemason", only having joined the Craft in 1987, I have noticed not only my own self improvement and greater confidence in general, but also the improvement in my wife's confidence with her contact with other Freemasons and their Ladies.
I have been Master of my Lodge 3 times and we both enjoy more and greater friendships with Brethren and their Ladies that we have been involved with, and although the initial bond of friendship was our common Masonic interest, those friendships have blossomed well past that bond, and we enjoy many social outings and weekends away, as friends.
In Victoria (Australia), Masonic membership has been in decline for quite a few years.
This I attribute to several things.
1. Many older Freemasons kept their Masonic Membership secret even from their own family, and as a consequence a complete generation of Members were lost.
2. Masonry in general was kept secret by the organisation, although the square & compas symbol has always been on display on all our Lodge buildings.
3. Society has become a lot "busier" with many younger men too busy working to provide for their families.
Happily, the tide is slowly turning in Victoria, with the number of Initiates now exceeding the natural loss rate due to resignation or death.
This is due to the attitude now adopted in the Craft (encouraged by our Grand Lodge) with a more agressive approach to exposing the Craft, holding open nights which are even advertised in news papers, and by being generally "seen" in society as active and caring participants in the community.
 
By Robert C. Lambert
I have been compelled to discover truth since an early age. I am not a Mason, Although I would like to join the brothers in the search for the truth. I have read "The Hiram Key" and am currently reading " The Hiram Book" I have enjoyed both beyond description. I came to learn about Freemasons by way of my thirst for knowledge of history and religion. The Knights Templar gave me an taste of what I was searching for. From there, books and articles showed me glimpses of a life that is what my soul longs for.
I am a former United States Marine. I was stationd and travled around the world. I have studied dozens of religions and have my own conclusions on the Almight Ruler. I am ready to step on to the path of enlightenment and begin another chapter in my life. If you can, please guide me toward a place where I can seek acceptance.

As for being secret, How can something with so much published be secret? I do think that the rituals, names, and grips, and other items should be secret. This is a way to show brotherhood, trust, and faith. Ignorance of the public is no reason to question wether it should be. Masons,unlike the Knights Templars, were not burned, tortured, or imprisioned. If just one person believes that by being a part of a group that does good works, cares for each other, and enjoys their company, the God is pleased that all that he has wrought has not be lost to the souls on earth.
May this opinion find you in good thought, great health, and proficient for telling the truth.

Respectfully,

Robert" Bob " Lambert
 
By PM John D Mann
As a Past Master of a lodge and the Current Master of the same lodge, I would like to express the following. The first couple of years as a WM, the ritual of the lodge seemed to be enough. In the last two years of sitting in the East, it has been "requested", by the lodge as a whole for more. The members have stated their desire for more information, instruction and light. This started with giving "lodges of Instruction". That did not center on memory work or floor work.

It appears that the more instruction of symbolism that is provided, the greater the interest. It is for this reason that it appears to be a renewed interest in the lodge. It is not uncommon for a Brother of more than 40-50 years of Masonry, to approach after the meeting and express thanks for explaining something, he has thought about for many years.

Having said this, I will give comment to your 5 questions:
1. I see only the trust between two or more Masons, found worthy, to be a secret worth guarding. The rituals, words and symbolism are of NO value to anyone unschooled.
2. It is a path with trials and contemplation that is understood with greater light, with each passing.
3. I felt honored that having allowed myself to be judged openly and completely by strangers, that I was found worthy and accepted.
4. As the years have passed and the understanding of what it means to be a Mason has become better understood, it is a guide for me. As a fraternity of brothers whom have proven themselves too selfless on occasions, around the world, it has been a blessing.
5. Anything may be expressed, but what is understood by the listener, is a completely different thing. Yes, I strongly believe that any great thought or concept should be written, less it be lost. However, the most obvious of writings are obscure to those with closed minds.

This is of course only my opinion, as a Free Thinking man.

John D. Mann
 
By Brother Jerad Johnson -USA
Masonry is something that should be for everyone, but is special to those who were called to it. In my journey, I felt drawn to it since I first heard about it when I was 15 yrs old. Now as a fellow traveling man, I understand that is was something that I had to do, that the mysteries of this earth are for those who are called understand them. Even in Masonry, the light must be given to you and in turn, you must be ready for it.

On a side note, I am currently exploring the Book of Hiram and its findings and I find Dr. Lomas's work extraordinary. and had to observe this site. At first, as a brother I was skeptical to the release of the ritual that is dear to me; but now after seeing this site for myself I understand the genius behind your work and know that it's still in safe hands. Brilliant. So mote it be.

Brother Jerad Johnson
USA
 
By Rich
To begin, I am a Mason. I am also a member of several appendant bodies, York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shrine and Grotto. I am also a Senior Demolay. You asked what I felt like when I joined. I felt that my life had changed and that I now was part of a group where I could trust and believe the others around me. The ritual of the several degrees is a method of teaching lifes great truths. As far as the idea that Masonry is secret, this is so far from the truth it hardly needs to be discussed. Our meeting places are clearly identified both by name and by the use of Masonic Emblems. The ritual has been written so many times, that it cannot be called secret. Most Masons wear some form of jewelry(a lapel pin or a ring) that identifies them. Meeting times and lists of New Officers are often found in the local newspapers. The only thing that Masonry keeps from the outside world is the true benefit of belonging to a group of Men who are of good moral character and who desire their own improvement, not to be better than others, but to be better than they are.
If you are a Man, Freeborn (not a slave), of lawful age (18 to 21 depending on the Grand Lodge where you live), believe in a God (supreme being) and know people who will give you a favorable recommendation, the odds are that you can become a Mason. All that is needed is to find a Mason and ask.
 
By Mariel Schooff
Yes I think Freemasonry should be more open. I'm not a Freemason but I applaud the ideals that it stands for and think that if knowledge of it was more widespread there might not be the violence that we are experiencing world wide now and it would have a more positive influence on this world.
 
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