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Turning The Hiram Key

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By Sherrod

My comments are not coming from a person that is currently a Mason. However I have been interested in the subject for 15 years and feel that I most likely will become one at a period shortly in the future. However I do believe I have some insight into the questions posed, reason being is that I have grown up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or in the more known name Mormon. In the Mormon church we too have sacred rituals that we strive to keep from the public. Anyone that has done any research on the 2 subjects will know of the unquestioning similarities between the rites. Where I understand the historical timeline of the rituals and other similarities favor Masons and point to Mr. Joseph Smith molding the future temple ceremonies for Mormons from his experiences as a Mason, I will not address this part of it, and simply focus on the questions above.

Should Freemasonry be a secret? My path into finding out about the Masons started as one of a conspiracy theory mindset. I was merely a 18 year old that had a wild imagination. This journey was filled with wonder and thought provoking findings which eventually lead me to no longer look at it in a conspiracy light and one more of pure curiosity, and eventually to one of wanting to know more. So Should it be a secret? My answer to this would be Yes. Why? Because that in my mind is part of the journey. You have something that you know little of that has many meanings depending on your level of understanding and desire to grow. The secret is that there is growth, if you want to grow to your potential, you must affiliate yourself with said Fraternity.

What does the ritual mean to me? Well as stated before I am not yet a mason so my knowledge of rituals is limited to what books I can get my hands on and what I can find in the internet. What the rituals mean to mean is a intellectual path, a path that leads to growth. It forces you to questions yourself and your comfort. Do I understand what is going on now enough to continue to gain more light and understanding?

How did I feel when made a Mason? Well not there yet but I have a load of anxiety at the moment and am excited for the day I start the path.

What role has Masonic ritual played in my life? Desire... a desire to gain more, a desire to learn, a desire to continue.

Can it or should it not be put into words? As I said before it is a path of growth for the individual. I believe bits and pieces may be put into words, but the truth is it is something that must be experienced to understand the value. Line upon line.

Thank you for the opportunity to think about your questions and my journey to this point.

By veneris
Hi there, I am reading the Book of Hiram and found it very much worth reading. I am a Christian for many years, a Chinese, and I wanted to show my appreciation of your humble, balanced attitude and your dedication to finding truth. Please keep on your good work! I am a devoted Christian but I am open to anything well evidenced and, why not, if I am really serious about truth?

I am a female and not eligible to be a freemason but I am so happy to find your books that allows me to know more about that without joining masonry!
By Clifford Walsh - Roseville #222
Freemasonry is not a secret in this modern day. Anyone interested in knowing more about it can observe documentaries, read books or discuss them with a Mason. However, most of the information they will hear about is of a general nature, which should remain until one decides to join the craft and learn first hand. Even then, this is just the beginning of one's enlightenment.

The ritual in the 3 degrees is written in an old language and difficult to translate. Many of the memebers don't understand it fully themselves because there is no one that has researched the subject the way Dr. Lomas has done in his work. I myself have spent a lot of time studying the books on various parts of Masonry to get a fuller understanding of its rich history and purpose.

A lot of my interest begain after reading the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown a few years ago and then pouring through Holy Blood Holy Grail, which I found very enlightening. I am currently reading The Hiram Key and have Dr. Lomas and Mr. Knight's other books too. The extent of research they have compiled has solidified a lot of the suspicions I've had for a long time. Thank you for the well articulated book that really spells out the history of the ancient craft.
By VerticalUnion
I am proud to be a Mason and will happily discuss what I can with non-masons who ask me about the Craft so whilst I believe that we shouldn't shout it out from the rooftops we should be as open as possible to those who show enough Interest to be bothered to ask.
I joined in 2006 and have had some exciting, thought provoking and entertaining evenings ever since. I have genuine affection for my fellow lodge members and know that should I ever need advice and support I would get it as readily as I would give it.
On my initiation I was literally buzzing with anticipation; I felt like I was taking a step into the unknown and was eager to experience the reality of all the things I had read and thought I knew about beforehand. It was a wonderful way to spend a few hours. The ceremony and the after proceedings were just fantastic and I couldn't wait to do more.
I have learnt and delivered many parts of all 3 degrees over 3 years and now find that extracts come to mind in real life situations and either guide, comfort or inspire me. often all 3 at once.
Parts of the Ritual are so intriguing that they induce that spark of curiousity to find out more. This is a lovely feeling and I think that Divine touch that has enabled Humans to control fire and fly to the Moon.
I don't believe that The Craft can really be explained by words alone, they are not adequate tools to promote Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Only practical experience over many years can get us to a true understanding.
By Tom M. Preuss
I was made a mason in November of 2008 .
Roberts book the Hiram Key, was the first book I ever read on the subject, which gave me this feeling of needing to know more.
It took nearly one whole year , from the time I first went into Freemasons hall to find a local lodge, to my initiation. As far as is possible to put into words , what freemasonry means to me , it is just not that simple. For me personally it has helped me see clearer into the world , dealing with others , brethren or non members. Also to be truthfull to oneself .

This wonderfull feeling of togetherness when we meet is the most marvelous experience. I am starting my first office next month , I am a member of the oldest research lodge in the World, and enjoy the Lectures, wich in turn inspire me to be more inquisitive. Mark Masonry and the royal arch masonry are my next steps and something that I am looking forward to very much.
To sum it up as far as putting it into words , one can't really do that fully , an individual has to explore it and live freemasonry to experience this wonderfull feeling and the benefits that Freemasonry can bring you.

Tom M. Preuss
By Rooski
There are two ways to view the "secrecy". One is to imagine a group, worldwide, that shares ritualistic acts and beliefs (or visions) and that non-members are not privvy to the details. The other way is to understand the brotherhood and its close relationships, and how they will consider themselves first when it comes to assisting success in any form. This is no different than preferring to speak to someone you know versus someone you do not, should you not be comfortable socializing at all.

Because of the second way, the brotherly "leg up" that is seemingly historically present, and can be at low levels or very high societal levels, the less educated people (regarding masonry) fear there is collaboration in dark circles. This is close minded but a natural logical thought process.

As far as I am concerned, the more educated the general masses could be, the less conspiritorial they may view the craft and its members. On the other hand, those who do not choose to use some of their capacity to reason and learn, and do not bother to seek the truth, can stay in the dark to forever imagine the ghosts and goblins lurking around every corner of the movie screen.

I am not yet a mason, but I have been open minded about the group because my grandfather was one and I know he was a good person.
By Louise
Have women been invited into Masonry yet? I would be very interested in joining.
By kicksex
I am not a Freemason and I believe that Freemasonry should remain as secret as it is. It is not as if members are not being accepted or people are being kept from finding out the basics of the Craft. The same path is there if one wishes to follow. If Freemasonry was as open as Christianity or other religions I feel that peoples responses to it would be highly illogical as what is contained in the higher degrees is only meant for an adept who has gone through the previous degrees. Revealing all of it to everybody (neophytes) would cause an illogical response as well as ruining a beautiful stream of knowledge that has managed to stay intact longer than most religions have. Build on!
By Boreades
Re Should Freemasonry be secret, or should we be more open about it?
More open, definitely. I appreciate much of the so-called secrecy served a very good reason in centuries past when expressing any beliefs that differed from church dogma could drastically shorten your life expectancy. But times have changed, and the need for religious tolerance seems much more important now.

Re Is a member of your family a Freemason, and how do you feel about that?
None that I know of.

Re. If you are a Mason, what does Masonic ritual mean to you?
Yes, but only a FC. The ritual is still new and confusing.

Re. How did you feel when you were made a Mason?
Slightly confused. Clearly much of the degree ceremony is symbolic and veiled in allegory, but it takes time to learn the meaning. Also slightly frustrated that progress seems slow. Maybe the mentoring scheme will help.

Re. And what role has Masonic ritual played in your life since?
I've not been a mason for long enough to be sure yet. My reading of books on freemasonary (like Robert's) has shown me there are many similarities between spiritual and personal development via freemasonry and other methods such as Yoga and Bhuddism. These are more accessable to most people. Also, via the internet we have the opportunity for more communication between the varied paths and methods for spiritual and personal development.

Re. Do you feel it is something which can not, or perhaps should not, be put into words?
I agree we should try and verbalise what it means.

Re. Do you think Freemasonry benefits society?
Yes, definitely through charitable works, and the spiritual and personal development of individual masons in society at large.
By Peter Piper 1000
I joined Freemasonry, not knowing anything about it, because I trusted the friend who proposed me and who said it was worthwhile and he was sure that I would enjoy it.
When I became a Mason I felt that I had found something for which I had searched for years; spirituality without the elements of conventional religions that I find difficult to accept. I do feel, however, that Freemasonry has lost it's way a little, since many of us think that brotherly love and charitable works are what it's all about, whereas I think that the ritual is the most important part.
Freemasonry has become a way of life and has made my life much the richer and more enjoyable.
After 6 years, and going through the chair, I am still struggling to fully understand what I think and feel. It's as if it's almost within grasp yet still just out of reach and certainly very difficult to express.
I am coming to believe that true understanding of Freemasonry is probably not something that you can pass on to others but is something that they have to find for themselves.
The writings of Walter Leslie Wilmshurst are incredibly informative, helpful and thought provoking and I thank you for making them available.
If only I had known more about the Craft I would have joined years ago and I think that we should be more open and enable others to realise how beneficial it could be to join.

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