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Turning The Hiram Key

Find out what Masonry means to Robert by reading his latest book, Turning The Hiram Key.

- Robert's own thoughts about his new book
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By Jason Florentino
I would first like to start off by saying that I have searched for a higher understanding and a higher meaning in my life since I was 15. I simply wanted to know more. Most organized religions have given me a sense of uneasiness due to their dogmatic and selfish ways. I believed in the God they were talking about, but I didn't believe that they're hearts were behind the truth. They simply needed comfort. I have been curious about the Masons since I was 10 however; my great-grandfather was a Mason and when he died, I inherited his Bible. I have since then become a man. I am 22 now. I have read many books on MANY ideas, and have been largely affected by The Hiram Key and The Book of Hiram. I have yet to read ALL of the books you have published, but the day is fast approaching. Keep in mind that I am not a Mason, however I am still ambivalent about joining, or being accepted.

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

In the grand scheme of things, I don't feel that Freemasonry is secretive because they have secrets to keep. Rather, it is secretive, because the knowledge & overall worldly disposition of religion is too much for ninety percent of the world. To truly know what has happened in history, the amount of cover-ups that have been in play; it would take a strong individual or GROUP of individuals (such as Masons) to be able to handle the information, control it, and use it for a better purpose. If you were more open about the things that went on, people would mistrust your honesty; so sometimes the greatest secrets are left to the best secret-keepers.

What does Masonic ritual mean to you?

Since I am not fully knowledgeable with most of the ritual, I cannot say. The books that have been written by Chris & Robert have probably opened the eyes of quite a few Masons, as well as those who are not initiated.

The main point I wanted to get across is my personal ambivalence towards joining. I have met quite a few Masons who, at first glance (when I say glance, they look me up and down, judge my character) wonder if I am at that point to be something positive for Masonry. I feel that Masonry is for bettering self, with the help of your brothers and God above. I have met one Mason who told me flat out, "You don't join, you are given permission to join." Then when I questioned him further, as to the things that they do together, aside from the ritual, it basically came across as picnics with families and a lot of drinking. I am not opposed to the idea, but I am not interested in a college frat party once a month. I seek spiritual enlightenment, and all I've heard of is the great parties they throw. I'm sure that there is more under it, but it is still disheartening to see that with the widespread membership of Masonry, it has lost its true purpose, it's true secrets. It was about God above; now it seems to be about brotherhood, and not even in fellowship....just a big overexaggerated college frat. I wonder if I might be in the wrong location for joining. Perhaps Scotland would be more after the idea of enhancing those who join. Yet I still feel like Chris & Robert are probably some of the only Masons who hold strong to seeking the truth. Thank you for allowing me to rant.

By Brian
Freemasonry, of itself, has survived through keeping the rituals, symbolic meanings, and fraternization, silent among the public. I recently was initiated into the Blue Lodge as an Entered Apprentice and found the meaning of the ritual very important to me because it struck a chord of importance within me. Having come from a family grounded in the Masonic order (Father a Past Master, Great-Grandfather in both York and Scottish Rite, and my great-uncles all having been involved in the Blue Lodge as well as Scottish Rite) the continuance of a family tradition, and additionally the symbolic meaning, was very important to me. The Masonic order is designed to help men become better men, teach them important facets of life, and assist them in finding and strengthening their understanding of their own spirituality. The meaning of being a Mason can not be put into words, often feelings can't be placed into words when they are turningpoints as well in ones life. To publicize the masonic mysteries should never be an option and is an oath that every Mason has sworn to protect no matter the outcome.
By Davidg
I believe that Freemasonry has been, is, and will continue to be a positive force in my life. It and its rituals draw the brethren together as a community when most forces of modern society draw us apart.
I believe that Masonry should be less secret as an institution, however it is very necessary that we keep our secrets and that those mistaken brehtren who reveal them, even though they believe its for the best good, should be rejected by the Craft.

I am now the Master of my Lodge and look forward to many years of enjoyment in the Craft.
By Bob
I have been reading "The Book of Hiram" and I think it is one of the best books I have ever read. And I read 3 - 5 books a week. While I am not a Mason, I am a highly trained composer and I know that a lot of what I was taught about music is not taught in schools and is not public knowledge. I studied privately with 5 different composers. I also teach and try to open as much information as I can to my students. I open them up to ideas about playing and writing that they have not heard before. I see that this changes them. It gets them thinking. Thinking is a threat to controlling groups. This is why artists other and intellectuals are shunned in the US and other oppressive countries.

I don't know if what I have learned and teach has been hidden on purpose or not. But if you listen to the music on the radio and look at who markets it, I think you'll come to some interesting conclusions.

Your work is opening the minds of people. There are entities out there who are intimidated by this. I've encountered this in my own field. Some groups are so controlling. Religeous, political, business, academic and secret groups want to keep information hidden for their own benefit.

I believe the only way to really free people is to openly give them information that will benefit them.
By David
Christchurch New Zealand

That is more than likely the latest resting place of the great intrinisic treasure

i hope this finds whoever is reading this happy and healthy.
it's perhaps best if i begin by setting context. many of my friends are Masons and i've been eagerly encouraged to apply myself to the Craft more than once.
some time ago my (esoteric)work with math led to a significant discovery. in an attempt to take this further i contacted Grand Central Lodge in Sydney Australia who were as encouraging and helpfull as i could have hoped.
alas the gentleman sent out to 'look me over' was a banker and no doubt thought he had wasted his time coming to view me as at that time i was living alone and without modern comforts in order that i may learn a little in the style of a hermit and no doubt my appearance left a lot to be desired.
i was left with the impression that i was judged exoterically.
i know not if you wish to avoid this happening with other prospects or even if you would wish to prevent it, but that nothing may be done about this type of thing happening (serious students being passed over) if your unaware of it.
good luck and best wishes for the future.
By Mike

Interestlingly enough I have never thought to discuss what Freemasons mean to me. My father, who recetly passed away, was a Mason. Initially, I viewed it as he did, with respect and pride. As I grew, I was told that this is the way to gain the best business contacts and the longest lating relationships. I did have questions. I grew up in a house that was not religious. Sports was really our religion. I harbor no resentment towards it, I would rather be in a rink or on a ballfield than in a church on Sunday. I mean no disrespect to anyone. I think my parents thought as many do...Why do you go to church? "Well, I've been going since I was a seems like the right thing to do...You know, for the kids." This is where all my questions about religion and life emanated. I live in a very Catholic area. Since all of the local after school programs were for the Catholic students, I often felt left out. But I still had questions. Why aren't we Catholic? What is a Protestant, an Episcopailain? What is the difference between these and Russian Orthodox? None of these questions were ever answered by friends that had been schooled in religion for 10 or more years.

My discovery began with a class and a discussion with my Dad. I took a class in High School called "Religion as Literature". I couldn't believe how similar the mythology was between cultures. I also felt that there was a huge amout of arrogance and intolerance in each established religion. My first question was obvious. If there is a God, then who does he/she favor and why? I have my own feelings on the purity of certain religions, but I felt that this was the critical question to answer.

At roughly the same time I had my Mason/ rite of passage discussion with my Father. He asked if I would be interested in becoming a Mason. I replied as a wise ass kid would. "I thought I had to ask YOU to become a Mason?" Well, he knew I would never approach him, so we talked. I looked at the flyer stating the benefits and requirements of the Freemason, lisitng famous Masons and then the ever critical requirements. The last one was where my Dad and I began many years of disagreements. I told him that based on what he had allowed me to learn myself that I cannot profess an expressed belief in God. Of course this threw him. This is a guy, born the old fashioned way...."Do what your elders tell you no matter what." Most who are believers think I'm an idiot, but I could think the same, know what I mean? This conversation changed me. See, my father was a policeman. Big surprise, a cop who is a Mason. So, if I am going to make a statement like that I better back it up. First thing, history is written by the winners. But, that's all that I had at the time. Reasoning about the merits of Hinduism and Buddhism wasn't going to cut it. I needed to find a simpler path. What is the real history of religion, specifically, Christianity?

For years, I could only find "conspiracy" history related to the Freemasons. Now, finally many Freemasons are choosing to break the silence and educate the rest of us. I guess I could have found my way and begun the learning process from within, but I was never able to commit to "God". Actually, now many years later, I know that my "God" is as good as anyone's God based on the belief system of the Freemasons. I may have changed my path very early on, had I learned that critical fact.

Now, Freemasonry fuels my intellect. I am ravenous about any information aobut it. Not today, but the formation of Freemasonry. How did this society survive all of turbulent and violent times that have followed organized religion? I have earned a new found respect for what Freemasonry stands for. As an example, when my father passed away, I knew where his lock box was that housed all of his Mason materials. I found everything. This is what I had been searching for for years! I would equate this with a significant archaeological find. There were charts, you name it he had it. The most amazing find was his translation book. My Dad had a terrible memory. Actually, it was selective. Ask him about a criminal he arrsted 20 years ago and he remembers what color the guys eyes were. Well, I found the book and I did open it, but I felt dirty. I recognized the symbols, or I should say I recognized where they originated, based on all my years of reading. Now, if could talk to my Dad about this box I did I know what he would have wanted me to do with it. I stopped reading and tore each page into little pieces, then threw it out. I didn't earn the right to enter that box. Some mysteries need to be experienced.

By R.W. Bro. R. S. J. Daniels
"The Meaning of Masonry" (together with the sequel "Masonic Initiation") by W. L. Wilsmhurst has been a personal inspiration for many years. I reread it every summer when "refilling the well" in preparation for each new season of Masonic activities. It is a book I recommend to all who will listen, reflect and learn the deeper, spiritual dimension of our Craft.The 'evolution' that the succession of books by Knight and Lomas, and lately by Lomas alone, reflects the progressive nature of the science: from speculative and interpretive works (The Hiram Key, The Second Messiah, and Uriel's Machine) to Masonic history (The Invisible College and The Book of Hiram) and now on to philosophy (Turning the Hiram Key) is one that many Masons undergo. There are three aspects to Masonic Education: symbolism, history, and philosophy, forming a taxonomy of learning. The personal experience of initiation outlined in the first part of 'Turning the Hiram Key' is of great relevance to the group of young men now joining the Craft. Here, in the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, we are experiencing an influx of serious, keen, intelligent, articulate young men - a new breed of candidates petitioning for initiation. They will not be satisfied, as the older generations were, to simply take the ancient rites and ceremonies for granted. We must answer honestly and directly the searching questions being asked. 'Turning the Hiram Key' and its emphasis on the spiritual dimension is timely. Many of my colleagues in the Grand Lodge have read or are reading the book. We are very grateful for this contribution to our better understanding and appreciation of the privileges and mysteries of ancient Freemasonry - ours to discover. The closing section on the future of Masonry, coincides exactly with the ideas and ideas we are attempting to promote through free, open discussion in our lodges. Several times in the book reference is made to a forthcoming title on Wilmshurst based on his private papers - described as "in press" in the notes. May we expect this publication release in the near future? I await it eagerly. Sincerely and fraternally, R.W. Bro. Raymond S. J. Daniels, PGJW, Member of the Board of General Purposes, Chairman Committee on Masonic Education, Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario.
By SparkyWGriswold1
I think that Masonry is a deeply misunderstood brotherhood of like minded individuals that come together to partake in an ancient secert tradition that is very old in nature. I think that keeping it unknown to non inducted individuals is of the upmost importance, and is also key to gaining new membership. My family has 3 masons that I know of in it, and soon I would like to follow in their footsteps and join as well. My father, grand-father, and great-grandfather are and in my great-grandfathers case, was freemason.
By aplleu
My thoughts about Freemasonry, as a long-standing Provincial Grand Lodge member, are of disillusionment. Whether this is to do with me as an individual or not, I’m not certain. Unlike the vast majority of Freemasons I’m not a Christian. My first shock on being initiated into the first degree was one of déjà vu. When light was restored I found myself facing East looking at the WM. I was flanked by two of the brethren holding a wand – or a stick about five feet long. The déjà vu – well at the tender age of twelve I was initiated into one of the Anglesey Pagan Circles – there also I faced East facing our God Lleu’s representative on Earth – in this case a woman. I was flanked by two men each holding a stick about five feet in length. The member on the southern side had home spun twine or wool about twelve feet long wrapped around his stick - in their presence and other members I gave my oath to serve our God Lleu and the circles as my family had done for centuries before me. During the ceremony the member who had a length of wool attached to his stick unrolled it. He handed one end to the other stick carrying member, who moved back until the wool was taught. I stood within this triangle with Lleu’s representative at the apex of the triangle- myself within a foot or so from her. It was in this position I was told the history of our circle. For some reason the Triangle is important; Masons have the triangle in some of their ceremonies.
When I was month old – my mother and other members of the family took me to an ancient site mentioned in Dr Lomas’ books and I was baptised in the light of the sacred star that penetrated through the hole above the entrance. This site is Bryn celli Ddu on Anglesey, a mile or so from where I was born and brought up. My second initiation ceremony of advancement was held at a sacred lake – this bore no resemblance to any Masonic ceremony I ever witnessed and need not be enlarged on.
I was invited to join lodges of a higher degree but on discovery as I was not a Christian I was denied any further advancement – today I remain, rightly, in the third degree. I belong to a professional Lodge where it was customary for aspiring members to present the interviewing committee with proof of professional qualification. In my case Accountancy – this practise died some years ago but members are strictly vetted. Being a Mason, past Master and a Provincial Grand Lodge member helped me in my professional life. I received no favours or preferment but I and other members used the lodge meeting’s ‘after proceedings’ to discuss business and, if you like, network. In all my years as a Mason, to my knowledge, I never once found any member to act dishonourably. In both Masonic and my own faith, I now believe, from reading Dr Lomas’s books and others, that Freemasonry and my own faith is based on primitive attempts to explain events inexplicable in an age of ignorance and superstition and will not bear scientific examination but the facts behind the stories will stand examination. What on earth could a Lebanese Arab, like Hiram, a small time ruler, have as secret knowledge which only he knew – and is now lost and is so important to Masons today? I have puzzled over this and I find the tale wanting. I do not believe there are hidden or lost secrets and if there were and these were revealed to us today their unimportance would kill off Masonry as we know it. Mentioning these lost secrets keeps their faith and aspirations alive.. In my own faith, the superstition was an attempt to explain the calendar of the year, the passing of the stars in the heavens but all this was shrouded in what I call, frankly by today’s knowledge, superstition. I do not find fault with the superstition as I believe it was an honest attempt to explain or even keep alive the beliefs and some, if we understood them, retained some truths. Some call our time the age of enlightenment - today some Masonic Lodges find the young men unwilling to join, Christian Chapels and Churches are closing and our Circle members are dwindling from day to day. Should we open our doors and our rituals, Masonic or Pagan? I have no idea all I know with unquestionable certainty –and here I will quote from the Jewish Bible.
“They shall come unto the grave as the measure of wheat grows in its season”
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