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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 jfw
as a non mason i think you are all doing a good job of bringing all religions into contact with each other. carry on the good work. you are unique!
By Rook
I am a mother and I stay at home. I do read a lot though. My brother in law is a Mason. Since reading these books I think maybe there is a lot about this that is not known.. also a lot that maybe should be known by honest people. I think there is more to what we know than meets the eye and I also believe that a lot of the information has been lost through the ages either by arrogance, ignorance or whatever. Sort of like "the chinese whisper". I think that the information that was once important has been lost.... I also think that nowadays we as humans are arrogant to think that only this culture is the one that can have any type of modern conveniences and knowledge about energies inherent in our world that certain groups (patriarchical for one) have stuffed under the rug because they didnt want people to know the true nature of nature and energy. I think way back thousands of years ago these "silent cutting tools" that were mentioned in Uriels Machine that were so accurate to the hairbreadth that made the pyramids were possibly (probably?) laser type machinery or something of that sort that cut so precisely. I also think that our ancestors before the flood had no need for the crappe that we now call modern conveniences and focussed on natural energy harnessing and healing. Maybe they actually could harness such an enormous amount of energy...enough to "float" humungous boulders over immense distances with so few people. The "stone things" struck me at first to be tools for massage of some sort....and based on the size of them and on the fact that they were well used because they were smooth.. well that says to me that they could be held in the hand to do some sort of healing work if not actually massage. Also....the "observatories" of Giza and the henges and stone circles in Britain and Ireland could have possibly been built not only to look at the stars but to somehow harness the inherent energy available that we have since lost. Now it is up to the rich people and the governments (and the Vatican) to "tell" us what we should and should not believe when what I believe is that there are secrets that are either lost or purposely hidden from the majority...which is probably a good thing considering the nature of humanity. But I think that if these secrets, if that is what they are, ever come to full light (like finding more scrolls, perhaps at Oak Island and such places) maybe we will once again learn the right way to harness this energy and use it for good. I also think that the Crop circles that show up are also energy produced by Gaia as a way to let us know that the energy is still here and can be used if we can only find the right people to find the right key to it all in order to use it for spiritual enlightenment and enhancement.
By Scott
I have been a Mason for about three years now, proving my third this November. I read, with great enthusiam, the Hiram Key, and then the others. With each history lesson I became proud and committed. I recalled heroes of mine as a child, their contributions to society , these truly noble men. I did my own research only to find that these men, and some point in their individual lives themselves became Masons.

I knew deep down, more so than when I went to church, that there was something extraordinary about my embarking down this path. I became more and more enthralled with what had been wirtten. I am proud to be a Mason and the work that has been done before But it certainly seems that the Craft is not what it used to be, nor does it hold the same place in society, which is an absolute shame.

I am hopeful that some day from now, our Order will be placed in its proper position , as a leader of all men, Until that day I continue down the history lessons and understanding the teachings. I note that around me many men are entering the Order, having done their own research, finding that their fathers or grandfathers.... were Masons.

Freemasonry, in itself, shoud keep certain things secret, this is what history has demandd of us. But we should be proud of what the Order has accomplished and those the did so in the name of the God. Masonry has made me more tolerant and positive, it cannot be described, nor lineated in anyway, it must simply be felt. What makes it most profound, is those that teach, their compassion and attention to detail is what makes the event(s) both educational and emotional.
First of all I should explain that I am not a Christian but as a Hindu I was welcomed into freemasonry with open arms.

Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?

In my opinion, Freemasonry is not secret. Anyone can learn about it if they wished to do so instead of condemning it.
I have been a freemason for the last 14 years and have been installed as Master in two Lodges and will be installed as Master again in my Mother Lodge this year. I also hold an Acting Provincial Office and recently had my London Grand Rank honours. I think that Freemasonry teaches a lot about how people should live their lives and behave towards their fellow man. In today’s world there is no respect or appreciation from the younger generation in anything they do. I call it the “NOW” culture, I want it NOW, can’t wait, no patience.

Freemasonry is slightly different from other clubs or circle of friendship that people join or form. The only difference I have discerned is that our ability to have a structured meeting in terms of the ceremonies we perform and the meaning behind it. The rituals we all have to learn and lastly but our greatest difference is in our ability to give and give generously when called for. Unlike other clubs we do not raise monies from street corners and town centres. All the money we give is our own.

As mason we have given millions of pounds to Masonic and Non Masonic charities. You only need to look at the Grand Lodge or Provincial Lodge web sites.

The main principles of Freemasonry are: (for all non masons)

BROTHERLY LOVE: this means we will show respect and tolerance for other peoples opinions and will act with great compassion and understanding to our fellow man.

RELIEF: As said earlier, we have the ability to help by supporting worthy causes Masonic and Non Masonic

TRUTH: We will always endeavour to strive for truth in ourselves and in all with whom we have dealings with. All our members endeavour to uphold this principle in their private and public lives.

We have been holding open days at the Provincial and local Lodge level. Many non masons have come in to our Lodges and seen that there is nothing sinister happening at our meetings.
By Grimalkin
Initiated 1976, WM 1985, 30th degree Ancient and accepted rite, PM Mark, H Royal Arch. Member Royal Ark Mariner, Red Cross of Constantine, Allied Masonic Degrees, Knights Templar, Knights of Malta and Order of Secret Monitor. Pretty good going by the age of 30.
Disaster struck financially and I could no longer afford to keep up my membership.
I must admit I found the whole experience to be enjoyable. Particularly the rituals which definitely satisfied the thespian in me. At the risk of being accused as shallow, in my opinion,at it's roots, that is all freemasonry is; a glorified theatre club. However, I must not forget the benefits of friendship and comradeship which one would enjoy from membership of almost any other organisation.
My spiritual and religous views were set before I was initiated and fremasonry had no bearing on my beliefs. As for the secrecy aspect, I find it strange that as almost all the rituals I have played a part in are based solidly in the bible and are only secret as to what is used and what is not, therfore the old adage is in fact quite true, freemasonry is not a secret society, but a society with secrets.
There are good and bad in all types of people in the world and freemasonry is no exception. I am sure there are certain individuals who have underhandedly benefited by their membership, but on the whole most of the members I had the good fortune to meet were impeccably honest.
By Brother Howard - from a F&AM PHA Lodge-Germany
Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?

>Yes, as I truely believe, as a Human being, a Man and a Mason, that the majority of Humanity, for good or bad, can not digest the truth of Humanity.

What does Masonic ritual mean to you?

>It opens the door, to question the reality in which I have, personally, grown up in and to realize the beauty of Humanity.

How do you feel when you were made a Mason?

>I felt a feeling of wholeness, with my fellow Human beings, regardless of social, cultural or religions difference. I felt just beautiful!

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

>Masonic ritual, and its lessons, have become a rule of life, a balance of meaning, a measure of hope for me, personally. It has caused me to really have a look, a deep look, at many things around me.

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

>There is so much, that one must live to feel. Many feelings can be expressed and many feelings can not be put into words. One of those feelings is Brotherly Love, with my friends, family, and strangers.
Many things can be explained, but to live what one learns, is the ultimate expression and projection, of the beautiful lessons of Masonry.
By Alan Campbell
What does Freemasonry mean to me ? What a question, and where do you start.
It is a set of morals , it is a guiding light. It provided friendshipship when i needed it. It has helped in numerous ways in making me a better person, I help and assist not only my fellow brothers but anyone I can now. I love the ritual and the messages that it gives. I love the history and i have had to join other orders as i was asking more questions than i had answers.
On the down side( and it is the only issue) it sometimes comes between myself and my family.As with any club it takes commitment and time. I have tried to involve my family but as they say it was my decision to join not theirs.

I hope these are the type of coments that you are looking for !

Alan C
By Chris Brown
There is a very long tradition of Freemasonry on both sides iof my ancestry, but I am not a mason myself.....I think it is not reallly appropriate for an atheist !
I have no doubt that Freemasonry is, all in all, a benefit to communities all over the world. On the other hand I am concerned at the veritable industry of books full of made-up history relating to Freemasonry/Knights Templar/Roslin Chapel/ the Sinclair family etc.
This is a terrible problem in Scotland. Since there is virtually no serious attrempt to provide relevant history in Scottish schools, Sottish people seldom have enough awareness of their past to realise that tales connecting Templars to Freemasonry, Templars being offered sanctualry by Robert I and saving the day at Bannockburn, that the Sinclairs (and Robert himself) were 'hereditary' Templars are all drawn from the roamntic fictions of Father Hay supplemetnted by the imagination of the writers.
At best volumes like 'Holy Blood and Holy Grail' are confused and confabulated wishful thinking, at worst they are a means of making a lot of money out of gullible people.
I doubt if I will receive a response to this, but I felt it was worth the effort anyway.
By CJ Campbell
When I was initiated into a masonic lodge it was after some 20 years of being familiar with Freemasonry but never realizing I had to ask. My wife's father, grandfather, and uncle were freemasons however they were no longer around to ask questions of. When I finally asked, I asked the right person and after a few months I entered the lodge.

My feeling was that I had found something that I had been searching for, something that would if I allowed it lead me to more ideas that would gradually formulate. I had been rasied in Christian Science and had read Mrs. Eddy's works many times. It was interesting to learn while reading her biography that her first husband was a freemason. I believe her brother was also and many of her ideas about the fact that religion is a personal choice and should be free from dogma definetly have masonic conotations.

As Master of a Lodge and soon to be Past Master I have been priviledged to learn and understand more of this great organization. How the rituals of the lodge can have a profound effect on men. I agree the meaning has yet to be revealed to us but I firmly believe that the true purpose of masonry is to help mankind hear what the Supreme being is saying to us.

Thanks for doing the research and writing the great books, they occupy a prominent location in my library.
Best Regards

Colin J. Campbell
Worshipful Master Cranbrook Lodge No. 34
Grand Lodge of BC and Yukon
By Poul
I have become more and more interested in Masonry over the past few years. My father who was a very active member unfortunately died when I was only 16 and I never got the opportunity to become more involved. Like my father I am a commited christian but at times I feel that Masonry may have offered me a deeper spiritual experience.
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