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Turning The Hiram Key

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By cerridwen
Hi I have had no contact with freemasonry other than reading your books and some history. I also lived next door to some freemasons at one time and basically knew that they attended lodge meetings.

I strongly believe that it a system of belief that should continue and grow.

However it is with great interest that I read in "Turning the Hiram Key" that there are feamle masons and indeed female lodges.

I would be very interested in this but suspect as I live in Orkney it is highly unlikely I will ever get the opportunity.
 
By Juliette
Having had first my dad, then my mother join the craft , I was well aquainted in the social side of masoniic events. I naturally thought , oh this would be fun if I joined, I just thought *we* just went through the rituals, to be honest in the past 3 years I have been a member, nothing of the history has been explained , I had to do that off my own back. The *elder * members were more concerned that I needed to learn the words , wear the correct shoes and make sure that my skirt was the correct length. This is when I began to reasearch properly about the craft, so I could make up my own mind. My senior lodge members also seem absessed with reading and passing on messages and communication from Grand lodge.
 
By Craig H. Cowan
Dear Dr. Lomas,
I think your writings along with Christopher Knight are amazing. URIEL'S MACHINE, especially, was a truly inspired piece of work, and I accept it as absolutely true. This was an amazing piece of archaeology, and coming from amateurs, was even more amazing. The fact that it has received derision from "mainstream" archaeologists makes it all the more valuable, given their "debunking", which has consisted of stating that the Megalithic Yard is simply an extension of the building ability of a megalithic worker. Acadaemia tends to protect their own and it usually takes a generation or two to recognize genious. I feel totally comfortable in saying that you will receive your due in the next generation.
However, I must simply dispute your allegations in THE SECOND MESSIAH. I waited until I had read all of your other works before making a decision to write to you upon this topic. There were several major issues which I wish to have a line of discussion upon:
1) Jacque De Molay was over seventy years old at the time of his execution. It is an accepted fact that he "gave in" and admitted to crimes he never committed, in order to avoid torture by the Dominican Inquisitors. That being said, the man in the shroud " photo" is clearly MUCH younger than 70 years old. Indeed, he appears to be much more like 20 than 70. This does not fit in with your theory that Jacque De Molay is the man in the shoud photo. Indeed, If I were an expert, it would seem to completely shoot a hole in that theory. I will give you the benefit of the doubt and allow you to explain yourselves on this. Also, the man in the shoud photo was clearly, horrifically tortured prior to his death. This again does not fit in with his biography. History holds that De Molay was unharmed until he was burned alive.
2) You contradict youselves in "The Hiram Key" and "The Book Of Hiram". In "The Hiram Key" you state that Seqenenre Tao of Egypt is in fact Hiram Abiff. Indeed, this was very plausible to me having read, "The Hebrew Pharoahs of Egypt", by Ahmed Osman. I was a wholehearted supporter of the ideas in "The Hiram Key", but then you turn around in "The Book Of Hiram" and state that Hiram Abiff was not Sequenere Tao, but rather some "Workhorse" from Tyre. Pardon my French, but it seems you gave in to Masonic tradition on this. While I respect Masonic tradition,I think you were on the right track with the original idea.
3) Again, on the subject of the Shroud. You are over reliant on carbon dating. While it is in fact true that a postage stamp sized piece of the shoud was dated to the 1600's, it is also true that the Catholic Church, which controls the shoud, only allowed the part of it to be dated that was MOST OFTEN HANDLED during its years on display. Had you carefully reviewed the research you would have mentioned this. The fact is that oils from the hundreds of years of handler's hands may have been what was dated, not the fibers themselves. I am a physician and I respect carbon dating, but you take as a given what is clearly a subjective interpretation by an unrepresentative group of scientists. Another fact is that certain pollens on the cloth have been dated to the holy land around the time of Christ, and that are completely alien to Europe, from whence you state the Shoud comes. The blood on the shoud has also been observed to have faded in accordance with expectations from 2000 years ago, whereas it would be much brighter if it were from 1650. You seem to take the lactic acid stain alone without considering the blood.
I look forward to hearing your response on these key issues. To be frank, I believe that the man in the shoud is in fact Jesus. This does not mean he was resurrected. I most wholeheartedly agree that the shoud image may have been caused by severe trauma to the body followed by a lactic acid stain. In short, I am not some American fundamentalist challenging your view because it conflicts with mine. I simply believe that you have been "hoodwinked" by the Roman Catholic Church into stating what is so totally at odds with their view that they can claim you are "atheist nutcases", which they have, when in fact your ORIGINAL concepts about the Bible and Christ may have been correct. As for Venus, the Astral cults, and a lost civilization imparting their knowledge to the Mesopotamian peoples, whether these folk were Grooved Ware people or not, I believe you are 100% correct. There was clearly a civilization in remote prehistory whose influence has surfaced in Easter Island, Egypt, and Cambodia, and whose remnants live on in Malta, etc. There are ties in all these civilizations which link them to each other. My issue with THE BOOK OF HIRAM is that it seems to come full circle and go right back to where it all began- the Jewish legends are just myths. Maybe this is of design and you are ready to retire...in which case you would have been better served by leaving things after Uriel's Machine. I fear you will now be remembered as crackpots and not as geniuses, of which (Genious) is your earned place as the authors of Uriel's Machine.
Your Brother,
Craig H. Cowan, MD
 
By Hatrock
I always knew I had a soul, but where and what it was, I did not know.

I always knew there was a God, but where and who It was, I did not know.

I always knew that I could be a better person, but how to become one, I learned much from my parents, but as I grow older that pursuit should never end.

I always thought I knew myself, but the more I know, the more I know I don't know.

Freemasonry has awakened my soul in ways I never thought possible. But this didn't happen at my initiation, or my third degree. This awakening developed through witnessing my mentors in lodge, rigorous study, reading, and research into Masonic history, its aims, and especially absorbing the ritual into my very being.

I've become extra-tolerant, humble, yet courageous. Each year gets more peaceful. I've renewed my religious beliefs to become my very own special relationship with my Maker.

I'm now studying physics, astronomy, and cosmology again and seeing that science and religion couldn't be more compatible with each other -- and Freemasonry commanding us to study these very things, only brings us closer to understanding nature, and the infiniteness of God.

And because I've put in over 8 years into Freemasonry, becoming active in my lodge and various bodies, I have received 800 years of enlightenment in return.

I am ever grateful.
 
By Bobbie
Firstly, let me state that my husband is a 32nd degree Mason in the US and my daughter is a Junior Princess in Job's Daughters. After reading the DiVinci Code my interest was peaked as to the origin of it all. I had a lot of "why" questions. I found Robert's "The Hiram Key" on the bargain table at Barnes and Nobles along with "The Knight Templars". I had no idea it would be full of the answers I was seeking but found it oh so disappointing that my husband had very little of the knowledge that was the history of Freemasonry. The information contained in his book should be mandatory learning for every Mason on every level. It is just too important not to be included and known. I look forward to the new book "Turning the Hiram Key".
With regards the opening up of the Masonic "secrets", at this time in history, at least in the free worlds, there is no fear of being burned alive for positive beliefs. If we are to follow the creeds of the ancients and pattern our lives according to their Merican civilization, then bringing every human under one umbrella of love, respect and honor would not be a bad thing and perhaps this will be the future roll on our planet of the Masonic Order. Diverse cultures are a positive thing and should be respected until it starts losing respect and honor for others. That is where the line has to be drawn. The world needs a Merican creed to live by and unless it is made known that such a creed exists, all of those who are seeking a method to follow, will just be wondering around aimlessly, doing the best they can to live a good life, not knowing that they could be part of a bigger movement towards living in a Merican civilization. NOW IS THE TIME TO LET ALL THOSE LIVING THIS CREED UNKNOWINGLY, LET THEM KNOW THAT THEY ARE ONE IN SPIRIT AND HEART. PERHAPS LETTING THE SECRETS OF FREEMASONRY BECOME COMMON KNOWLEDGE IS A WAY TO LET ALL OF US WITH THE SAME HEARTS HAVE SOMETHING TO IDENTIFY WITH REGARDLESS OF OUR UPBRINGING. I believe there is a silent majority of people on this planet that are looking to unite under one belief system, to belong to something helpful, useful. If everyone with a pure heart knew what was behind the teachings of Freemasonry as Robert Lomas has laid out, they would identify themselves as being a part of that belief system.

 
By Griffin
1. Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?

The mix is about right in my jurisduction. We don't hide or deny our Freemasonry, but we don't advertise it either. When someone asks a question, we have clear guideliines about what is permissible to discuss with non-Masons and what is not. Basically, anything in the monitor is open for discussion with non-Masons.

2. What does Masonic ritual mean to you?

It provides progressive degrees of initiation that present the candidate with symbols, allegories and lectures that can aid in learning more about what it means to be a Mason. Ideally, Masonic ritual provides important waypoints on a path of philosophical enlightenment and spiritual transformation. I liken the EA degree to Karma Yoga, the FC to Jnana Yoga, and the MM to Bhakti Yoga.

3. How do you feel when you were made a Mason?

Very happy overall. To me it was a significant rite of passage as a man, as well as the beginning of a new phase in my spiritual quest.

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

Early in my Masonic life I was very active in ritual, in both the lodge and Scottish Rite. I still think it is important, and I still love to work or watch well-performed ritual. For many years now, the primary role played by ritual has for me been as a touchstone for contemplation and discussion with other Masons seeking to apply its teachings in their lives.

5. Do you feel it is something which can not, or perhaps should not, be put into words?

The ritual? The ritual should be preserved in written form as well as committed to memory. I think it is a valuable learning oportunity to commit it to memory, because it provides so many avenues for contemplation, and so many subtelties and nuances that can be missed otherwise.

As to communicating what all the symbols and allegories mean, men can share their ideas on such things, and the Craft can preserve traditional moral and interpretations, but the deeper meanings can never truly be communicated in writing; they must be directly experienced.

Finally, the most important point I wish to make is with regard to the future. Masonry must once again warmly embrace its initiatory and alchemical purposes. To serve those ends, Masonic education needs to be something that once again happens in the lodge and the temple, and limited neither to the privacy of one's own study nor to discussion groups on the Internet.
 
By Cody Girling
Wow, Robert, you have no idea what impact your theories on FreeMasonry, particularly ancient freemasonry have had on me. I stumbled across THE SECOND MESSIAH in a book store where I live in Canada. Having just finished reading the Da Vnci Code, I was curious what your book had in store, being a non fiction account. I didn't know what to expect, but what I found... was peace and hope.

I have always thought that religion was the greatest evil in this world, and modern christian and catholic religion was much too narrow minded. They almost seemed to me to be evil, only because of their intolerance. I couldn't accept the fact that there are over 2 billion people in this world who, according to modern christianity, are bound and destined for hell. I have faith in man as a whole. I believe in the good and the capabilities of all people, regardless of who they pray to.

I have also always been very keen on Ancient Egypt and the mysteries and wonders of that culture. I have always wondered... isn't there something more that we haven't figured out yet? Where are our clues?

Your books have given me hope, and faith again in Mankind. I can only hope that someday we may be able to find the scrolls beneath Rosslyn... but to answer some of your questons, I think that we should be careful how open we are to these ideas. The Jerusalem Church was already crushed once, and we can't afford to let that happen again. We need to let the information we find be known... but I don't think we should actively try to spread these views... Masonry is right in the sense that it has a membership that a person has to seek out or be recruited for.

I want to learn and I want to know more. I believe Masonry may be the beginning of that journey, and I just hope more people will seek out truth as I have.
 
By Val
Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?

I believe it should. The 'secrecy' adds such an intangible feel to it, as of something sacred, ancient and that which should be respected and held in esteem. I will admit that this has got us, over time, into more trouble than it is probably worth however.

If you are a Mason, what does Masonic ritual mean to you?

I feel that masonic ritual has been changed too much over the last hundred years, especially in the United States (I am in Australia, thankfully, we're still rather old fashioned), and whilst most wisdom is passed through allegory, changing the allegory can directly destroy the wisdom that was meant to be ordained on the listening ears.

Do you think Freemasonry benefits society?

I know beyond reasonable doubt that the humility of Freemasonry has led to the massive persecutions of us, if we were braggarts like certain social groups, I am sure also that we would be much more appreciated, understood and held with a much greater esteem.

(Ps: Dr. Lomas, if you could possibly email me in relation to your personal website, it would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Bro. Val.)
 
By Bro.Dave
Dear Dr. Lomas,

Let me first say that I have read, with great enthusiasm, all of your books on the subject of Masonry, as well as Uriel’s Machine. I am currently reading a new publication, ‘Talisman’, by contemporaries of yours, Graham Hancock & Robert Bauval, who refer periodically to your research. It has been an enlightening and rewarding pursuit, and one that I wish I had begun much earlier in life. I was made a Mason just over a year ago, and at the age of 48 was somewhat late in the game to begin a quest for which it would surely seem a lifetime is not enough. Why so late? My Father and Grandfather were both Masons, but both passed away when I was very young. Over the years as a young adult I frequently thought of becoming involved but was confronted with conflicting accounts of what Masonry really was. To believe some, it is the work of Lucifer and the forces of darkness, not something one would normally want to be involved with, even on a casual basis. It was not until I reconnected with an Uncle – my Father’s brother – with whom I had been estranged for 40 years, that I was to learn of the great satisfaction and spiritual fulfillment that my Father and Grandfather had enjoyed as a result of their involvement with Masonry. In fact, to my relief, I was to discover that it is not at all what its opponents would claim it to be. Indeed, it seems to me that its opponents are clearly afraid of what it has to offer toward the improvement of the Human condition.
· Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?
I think that Masonry is currently as open as it needs top be. My wife has difficulty understanding my attraction to the craft, and I explain as best I can, without giving away any secrets, what it is we do and what draws me to it. Within my extended family, some of who are devout Baptists, it is simply not discussed. My Lodge has a rather good public profile with activities such as information booths at local malls and farmers markets, and a float in the annual Christmas Parade, amongst other things. We, Freemasons all, are the keepers and propagators of an ancient oral history and traditions, and it is imperative that only those who are serious about the craft be privilege to its rituals and secrets.
· Is a member of your family a Freemason, and how do you feel about that?
I am currently the only Freemason in my family.
· If you are a Mason, what does Masonic ritual mean to you?
The ritual is paramount. It is our raison d'etre. Our charity work is, of course, important, both to our pubic perception and to those Masons who have no desire to dig deeper spiritually, giving them something to do that is rewarding and provides a sense of accomplishment. However, without the ritual, we may as well fold up the floor cloth and join the KC or Rotary Club. As a new initiate, the work has only superficial meaning. This year I am a JD and spent some time during our summer break learning several of the lectures, and of course the JDs responsibilities as the guide for initiates. It is not until one studies the material and commits it to memory that one will notice the profound changes that begin to occur. Strive to live up to the recommendations and lessons offered in the work and it does make you a better man. But it goes even deeper than that.
· How did you feel when you were made a Mason?
Eager, different, confused …. Eager to assimilate as much knowledge about the craft as I could. In addition to the ongoing personal research, it is my intention to pursue both the Scottish Rite and the Royal Arch degrees. Different in that I was now part of a society that had existed for centuries, if not millennia. The more I read the more I felt that it really was possible that we were the custodians, or at least had been at one time, of knowledge that could change humanity for the better. I am concerned that the charges and rituals have been tinkered with so much over the centuries that their original and powerful lessons have been diminished or lost altogether. Confused, although only briefly, with the customs, protocols and various signs, grips, stances, etc.
· And what role has Masonic ritual played in your life since?
It is something I look forward to participating in. To be JD this year, and consequently play a major role in the initiation of new candidates, is an extremely rewarding experience. My Lodge takes the ritual work seriously and has frequent practice meetings to ensure that our work is flawless. On the occasion of the Official visit of our District Deputy Grand Master last year, we performed a second degree. The DDGM was to later comment that he had never witnessed, in his time as a Mason, a degree performed with such pomp and proficiency. During the ceremony only one prompt had been required.
· Do you feel it is something which can not, or perhaps should not, be put into words?
For those who are not ready no explanation will be sufficient to make them understand what it is we really do, what draws us to this craft. As is obvious from the unrest all over the globe, from the riots in France, the endless violence in the Middle East, the global terror attacks and the countless individuals motivated by profit and greed, humanity has a long way to go before Truth, Justice, and Brotherly Love will triumph. Freemasonry must, as it always has, work behind the scenes preserving our sacred trust and in guiding humanity as best we can toward enlightenment. It is not my claim or belief that we Masons have carried this burden alone. History shows there have been many groups and societies that have carried a similar message.
· Do you think Freemasonry benefits society?
Yes … in ways that most people today are not even aware of.

In closing, I must note that some of my observations and comments might necessarily make me appear to be an idealist with unrealistic expectations for humanity. Perhaps. But it would seem to me that our (Masonic) principals, beliefs and basic moral rectitude have survived, in essentially the same form, for a very, very long time. Although I do not expect to see, in the short time I have left in this world, Humanity achieve the enlightenment it so desperately needs, I have a profound sense of fulfillment in my belief that I have helped ensure the survival of this message to the next generation. Perhaps they will succeed.
 
By Elisabeth
My husband became a freemason five years ago. When he first joined we hardly knew anything about what it meant. A very good friend of his, a freemason himself, introduced him to the craft, telling my husband that it would be good for him to join... That was the sum total of what we knew!
I know that his initiation is an event he will never forget, and he attended his lodge meetings with dedication even though an enormous amount seemed to be senseless dribble.

However, through freemasonry he has met, and I have too via family events and ladies' nights, people who have become good friends. More than friends, they actually form part of our family now.
We have discovered a pool of loving, open minded, open hearted, tolerant and just people. People who seek the meaning of life, people who are constantly striving to improve themselves and the world they live in.

And then, one of these friends encouraged my husband to learn more about the craft. He gave him a copy of The Hiram Key. It literally turned the key and unlocked our minds.
We devoured (because I also became totally enthralled) The Hiram Key, The second messiah, Uriels' machine and the Book of Hiram! Then we searched the net and dug more and more.
We were absolutely amazed by what we were discovering.
All of a sudden all these rituals made perfect sense to my husband.

As a freemason's wife, I am aware that many freemasons do not share information with their wives, indeed they are told they are not supposed to. Curiosity killed the cat, they say, it might still kill me one day! My husband and I have no secrets for each other (although we each have our secret garden) and it has been a real pleasure discovering the hidden truths and mysteries behind the craft. My desperately curious nature has made me dig for more information and the more we discovered, the more we wanted to know.

What started out for my husband as an obscure adventure has turned out into an enlightened path along which he is improving himself, learning about our humanity, our history, drawing closer to the Great architect.

It is a pity that there should be so much misunderstanding about freemasonry. I believe that the secrecy around it is a lot to blame for. One obviously is suspicious about the unspoken and the ongoings behind closed doors! Freemasonry holds such richness and brings so much improvement that I believe it is a blessing which should be shared with as many people as possible.
It is a wonderful thing that people like Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas have had the desire to know more about their craft and that they have shared it with whoever wants to know about freemasonry.
It is a process which should be encouraged.

I am a firm believer and freemasonry has made me dig deeper into my faith, but it has also taught me that no religion is the ultimate religion. All religions are worthy of respect, when practised in good faith they all serve the same purpose: self improvement to bring us closer to our creator, to love and care for humanity.

I am so proud of being my husband's wife, because he is the man he is, loving, tender, patient, passionate lover, dedicated father, meticulous, perfectionist, freemason of integrity constantly seeking to improve who he is...
I hope that our children will learn from their father and that he will be an inspiration so that they in turn become freemasons, so that this great tradition may carry on for milleniums to come.
 
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