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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 Johnny Sparrow
My name is johnny and i live in canda and am very interested in Freemasonry I've read all your books such as the book of Hiram the Second messiah and so on i am greatly influenced by your writing and best of luck to you
By Tony
Freemasonry is not a secret society, it is a society with secrets. I was told that by a work colleague who is a Scottish Freemason, and I have no problem with that as a concept.
As with a lot of people I grew up not really knowing what the Masons where, or what they stood for, just that they were a 'secret' and 'sinister' organisation (tales of judges and criminals in court, police and high-powered offenders abounded).
I was brought up as a catholic, but as I grew I realised that there had to be a different story. I turned away from that religion, but the brainwashing I had received as a child was so ingrained that I couldn't go anywhere else. I had/have my own god, and do not need a formal religion to tell me how to use it.
Anyway, recently I have begun a pseudo-quest to find that other story. I began to read books on the Magdalene, the Templars and others which gave a different version of 1st century events. My Scottish friend then lent me 'The Hiram Key'. Wow, a 'belief system' that actually made sense! I found myself becoming more and more fascinated by the history and rituals of Freemasonry. I could identify with it's ideals. I have now read 'The Second Messiah' and another book called 'The Templar Revelation' by Lynne Picknett and, although she and her co-author do not necessarily hold with your assumptions and conclusions, the book does add more depth to the rituals and 'secrets' that the Masons hold dear.
I began to think that the Freemasonry was something that I should be involved with. Certainly as a way to live it fits with what I aspire to.
My problem is that you have described Freemasonry in England as not much more than a social and drinking club. I do not need that.
It would be a shame to find that such a legacy, such an abundant and wonderful history should be 'modernised' into nothing more than an excuse for a pint with the lads, for that is surely not what it is all about?
I have yet to find an answer to my quest for the real story (there are still so many opinions, even with the 'new' discoveries) and I am not convinced that English Freemasonry is a way forward for me. But I do think that the history, secrets and ideals that you hold should be held. Please do not let them be trivialised by modern 'free-thinkers'.
By Roger Moore
I recently discovered what freemasonry tries to pass on to masons. I always thought that it was a secret society and delved in the underworld but after much personal research, I realised that freemasonry was exactly what I was searching for.

I had always wondered about many things about my own personality, about philosophy, about how some people were so influential in the history of the world, about classical mmusic and education, about architecture and about how certain traits were appreciated in some cultures and not others. I wondered about the knowledge that some had and were able to discover and how soem other peoples were not part of the process of reforming their own cultures for the improvement of their citizens.

I also wished that there was a way in which I could convene with like-minded, spiritual and intellectual people who actually cared for the development of mankind in general.

I never knew there was such a body of philosophy and a group of people who actually did that until I read about freeamsonry.

I now want to be a mason so that I could alos be a part of the movement that tries to get men who, of their own will, want to make themselves better and their environment better by the amplification of morals and virtues that go beyond the boundaries of religion. I want to learn the 7 liberal arts and sciences, to learn philosophy, to help my fellowman, to b e a good husband and father.

I support masonry as far as it goes with these objectives.
By daughter of the eastern star
I come from a family of masons of jewish ancestry and live in the area south of boston mass. Not knowing why, I have always felt a need t know more about freemasonry, and always felt it was becauseof my heritage and love of history. Have read kiram key and book of hiram and have started the second messiah; questions are finally getting answered; wondering if there are women's masonic lodges in the boston area; am still thrsty for knowledge
By Dick Eckert, USN
I believe the secrets of Freemasonry are a good blend as we have them today. Certainly you can purchase books or find research online about the details of the three Craft rituals; but then again, those are not the secrets that need to be kept. As is our great oral tradition, the true secrets are not on paper or found during the ritual of the three degrees. The true secrets are what we take away from those rituals. That is to say, what and how we feel about them inside. Also, the secrets we discover as we share these experiences of rituals and other experiences of being a Mason with Brothers.
As far as how I felt when I was made a Mason: it was not as if some great epiphany happend or a moment of clarity occurred or even the figurative light switch was flipped on. It took a while to figure out what being a Mason meant to me; and even to this day, after three years, the idea of what it means is still amended or added to in my head and heart.
The truly great lines of thought (be it physical or metaphysical) need not be put to paper for they are at the back of our mind just waiting for that spark of thought, be it internal or externally supplied, to clear the path to the higher levels of consciousness. The ideas of fairness, right/wrong, bettering yourself and the people around you, making the most yourself each and every day, and ensuring that at the end of your life you can look back and say, "I was the best person I could be," are all things we want to do; but nowhere else I have found could you do that with a group of like minded people than Freemasonry.
Where else can differing schools of thought regarding politics, religion, and society come together, in peace, and still have true comraderie, fellowship, friendship and respect for each other?
By Dan Sabourin
What does Masonry mean to you?

That is to me the most diffuicult question to answer. The first man I spoke to about being a Mason when I asked what do Mason's do. He said it is not what we do it is what we are. That in itself is difficult to comprehend, but as I have progressed I have learned what he meant but at the same time it is a difficult thing to put in to words. One evening in my lodge a gentleman stood up and spoke about Masonry and I will never forget his words . He said that it is not what I think that makes Masonry great it is what we all think that makes it great. Like I said still a hard thing to put in words

Bro. Dan Sabourin St. George 367 Canada
By MammaCat2
I think Freemasonry should be somewhat more open, if only to dispel some of the more outrageous rumours that circulate. Obviously it would need to maintain some secrecy (what fun would a secret society be if it had no secrets?).

I am a woman and really wish it was open to me. I would love to belong to a society with such open and progressive thinking. The Hiram Key was incredibly interesting to me, and the ideas about God and Christianity put forth are very much in line with the way I have always believed in God.
By Nicole Mercier
I have just bought ''The Book of Hiram" and started reading it. I am interested in Freemasonry partly because my father and my grandfather on my mother's side were both Masons. My sister and I were Job's Daughters for several years, but never went up the line. I have become more interested in the past few years, especially after reading "The Davinci Code". What was particularly interesting to me was information that the Saint Clair family, descendants of Jesus, bacame the Sinclairs. I found refernce to the Sinclair family, my descendants, in a book on Scottish clans and tartans. It talks about their connection to Rosslyn, Lothian, because Sir William Sinclair was the guardian to the heir of King Alexander III who gained barony of that land in 1280. His son, also Sir William fought with Bruce at Brannockburn and died fighting wth Douglas in Spain against the Moors whiile transporting Bruce's heart to the Holy Land. How this all interconnects, I hope to find out either through your book or others to follow.
By 4xLewis_USA
I am becoming a Master Mason, and have some mixed feelings about the process as it stands in the USA today. As a four-time Lews (grandfather, great uncle, uncle and father) I knew some of what to expect as I began my journey. Perhaps I have been underwhelmed by the little work which I have had to do to get this far.

I passed to a Fellowcraft in the last week and was quizzed a bit on my chatechism, and only a handful of my brothers contributed their memorization to the examination. I am in a large class (about 75 men) and, compared to what my father endured, it seems far too easy. Dad was one of only a few initiates in his class (no more than three, I think) and had to not only memorize his lectures but also prepare a paper on some Masonic topic. In his case it was the connection between the Templars and Masonry as it was understood at the time. Altogether he committed much more time, thought and effort to become part of the brotherhood, and I believe that made it very significant and special to him.

Being a third-generation Mason makes the expreince special to me, as does my affiliation (my mother lodge is unique in the U.S.) But I can see how younger, less committed men might not take as seriously or solemnly the obligations or commitment of being a Mason due to the small work we've had to do.

Now I have not been exposed to the Craft long enough to appreciate the way things used to be and fully understand the crisis of shrinking membership we face, especially in the U.S. At the same time the Craft has more to offer that what I have experienced so far, and only hope that my younger brothers will come to appreciate the special privileges and responsibilities of being a Mason.

On a purely personal level, my decision to become a Mason on the verge of my 40th birthday has significantly improved my relationship with my father. We have a new connection on a special level centered around something I had little knowledge was so important to him. I feel like I can reintroduce him to the Craft and get to know him asmore than a parent, but simply as a man, and hopefully gain new appreciation for what he has done in his life and better understand why. Freemasonry means something different to every man, and that's a big part of what it means to me.
By michael t jones
i feel your work is outstanding. the need for more research into the ritual of freemasonry is essential.i know some feel that with the dwindling numbers in membership ,freemasonry is in danger of extinction.the numbers do not lie.i believe we are at a crucial time ,and that all ritual and non-ritual knowledge that can be gathered and saved is of the utmost importance.
please continue your good works.
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