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Turning The Hiram Key

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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 !
Yours

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.
Cheers
Chris
 
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.
 
By FrAlistair
THOUGHTS FROM AN ENTERED APPRENTICE!
Dr Lomas,
I am so pleased to have this opportunity to make contact. I have enjoyed all your books so far, though I have yet to read Uriel's Machine. Having read quite widely on Rosslyn (I live nearby) I consider your hypotheses to be highly plausible. I admire your academic rigour as well as your passion for the Craft. Though my grandfather was a mason it has been reading your books that has actually led me to Freemasonry so THANK YOU! Presently I am but an Entered Apprentice and obviously know very little, yet for what it's worth I would like to address your questions:

Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?
I suggest that openness is a good thing. I am a clergyman. I have the full support of my Bishop for my freemasonry and very many of my family and friemds have been encouraging. I have experienced some judgementalism too, but generally from people who have a tendency to be critical of others anyway.

If you are a Mason, what does Masonic ritual mean to you?
It's early days yet but I will say this. The fact that Masonic ritual is all learnt off my heart shows that inidviduals are prepared to devote a great deal of time and energy to the practice. I have been impressed by the devotion, humility and good natured fraternity to be seen in the conduct of ritual at my own lodge and at the two others I have attended over the last few weeks.

How did you feel when you were made a Mason?
Having received many rites of pasage over the years (Druid as well as Christian) I can say that my 1st degree was one of the most moving experiences of my life, second only to my ordination. Although the words were beautiful and symbolically rich, especially to one who is quite well read on the subject, it was the active side of the ritual, the vulnerability involved on my side and the sense of unconditional acceptance I felt coming from the brethren that made it so special.

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

I believe that human beings are essentially ritualistic animals. We will create rituals which assume the character of religions even if they bear little resemblance of hitherto known rituals or religions. Given time and a sufficiently sensitive environment I think I could put into words what different rituals mean to me and as a clergyman I do think it is important to try. I also think discussions of this nature would be most appropriate within the lodge, but would that be against the prohibition on talking about religion? I have found young brethren, in particular, only too willing to talk about spirituality, which is most encouraging.

Do you think Freemasonry benefits society?

Here in Scotland the charitable work of the lodges and provinces as well as Grand Lodge is most impressive. However, I believe that freemasonry benefits society in other ways such as providing an alternative spiritual path for many men who feel alienated from conventional religion (often for good reason). To welcome men to such a tried and tested spiritual path as Freemasonry is itself a great public service as it is undoubtedly a system which emphasises moral improvement and integrity above all else.

Let brotherly love prevail and may moral and social virtue cement us!
 
By Mauro Cerulli
1) Freemasonry should be more open to people.
2) Masonic rituals are very important and I don't like the manipulations that they were subjectes in the last centuries;
3) I was very happy when I was made a Mason but I needed al lot of time to understand that Freemasonry is a different thing compared with what was describes to me.
4) Masonic ritual, Masonic reunions are part of my life: I like to have relationship with freemason of all the world, I like to compare my thoughts with other Masonic people. It'a wonderful experience.
5) It's possible. Masonic ritual is something of magic: the problem is that often we don't undestand the exoteric meaning of the secrets hidden in our rituals.
 
By Fran
Thank you for your books you wonderful researchers and writers. The 2nd messiah caught my eye in the book store (Barnes @ Noble) where I see they had reprinted it. In my own studies I know how right on this book is, so, I bought Uriel's machine! I am having some degree of difficulty with your calling the gods GOD. I am assuming you mean GOD-Primary consciousness and we are gods but 2nd consciousness in my own understanding. Because how could GOD judge itself?? And since IT lives in everyone how do we rate ourselves as less than? Anyway, I am still reading the section of u's machine that deals with the flood. I do have knowledge that 35000 years ago the old continent of Lemuria was still 'up' and so was Atlantis. When the Atlanteans(sp)? used laser weapons they pierced the stratum and the resulting fall of waters gave us oceans but took out Lemuria. America was swampland in those days but it was the Atlatians that gave the sunk continent peoples of Lemuria their refuge. However it was begrudged and they did not understand the Lemurians- who were what is called today aliens. They were very very tall and dark skinned black haired beauties. The Atlatians are descended today as American Indians There was a way to cross from Lemuria to Atlantis through what would become the USA but in those days no one paid it attention because it was swampland. Now to the inland seas caused by the NOAH flood. There are a couple of bodies of water inland about 2/3 hours from L.A. that are salt water and when I asked the natives no one knew how this happened and now you have explained it, it makes sense. About the DNA, since they have had the opportunity to dig up some of these tall Lemurians who left the struggle and ventured all the way to India in the mountains in the North, for a home and peace, perhaps their is now some ties in with your present findings??. About Freemasonery! I was delighted to read your books and I think they should be required reading in all schools because of the truth about Yeshua (Jesus) and his brother. I had no idea that FREEMASONS were preserving truth from so far back. Thanks for the opportunity to share - Frances.
 
By Reading again.
The meaning of Masonry to me at this time, is a means by which a historic account was to be preserved. I have come across a memorial to an ancestor which contains a rubbing from a tombstone in Ireland which includes a skull and cross bones together with a heart and two roses. Having read Hiram Key, Second Messiah and Urials Machine I am very interested in why my ancestor would have these symbols on his tombstone! You have re-kindled my intrest in reading books after 23 years of not picking one up to read it.
 
By LORD GAAHL
Hi Robert I'm very pleased that I can make contact with you. the story goes some three or so years ago when I started my exploration on freemasons. I was and still am very interested in this field.
all that stuff fascinates me that I have even started to write my own book on impressions and things that I have red.
yours and Cristophers books were a things that gave me a new look on history of mankind and tech me a lesson that not all the things in history were a random order of events.
I don't know if I will be maybe accused by some masons for telling this because I still have some doubts about how they act when people tell something they didn't supposed to.
I will send you in some way my book when I finish it sou you can tell me if it's worth anything.

so much for now.
 
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