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Your Journal Companion: 365 Writing Prompts to Heighten Awareness of Self and Others offers interesting information on brain function and research associated with the benefits of journal writing, and shares easy instruction on key writing techniques – such as free writing, dialoguing and listing – that greatly expand the power and potential of the prompts when used to nurture and expand your writing practice.
The book and prompts are useful for both beginning and experienced writers, ages 13 and up, and offer an excellent resource for teachers, counselors, coaches and group leaders from all walks of life to guide others into self-discovery and thoughtful engagement with the world around them.
Plynn is a writer and publishing author, a Certified Professional Coach who specializes in helping others create an Integrated Life, as an energy practitioner and the co-founder of Your Liminal Space Retreats.
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When the human mind begins to search inwardly, it first plunges through a lot of froth. Some Bhuddists talk about insight being like cooking lentils. The scum floats up and must be removed. You might think we would speak about it often but we don't. Insight is hardly if at all worth a mention. If it were pink and ponderous I could do something with the metaphor but it's opaque, if even that; what a platonist would readily grasp.
Does any organization bear its soul for the world? It does if it's Freemasonry. We are a pious bunch. "Piety" doesn't wear well anymore. We watch politicians jump ship, knowing the idealists have already jumped ahead of them. We barely tolerate manipulation of power, hubris and greed. We give men the resources to be free thinkers and present them with opportunity to rise above the clamour to find the bigger man
Forever we've recreated the external world in masonic values. We never stopped doing that; always hopeful using insight and reason to release potential. We've waited, generation after generation; stiff jawed protectors of 'the way" combating the bunk, junk and lizards.
Before the villagers rally and hunt us down here at Masonic Home Companion we really must talk. Are you noticing the glimmer of light too?
Each discovery, discussion and insight prepares the canvas on which we portray our lives. Today, when we build the cathedral, with pencil, protractor and ruler nearby, we work not in two dimension but three and even computer assisted. The WWW isn't not a new tool but it is renewed every time we use it. It brings the greatest libraries of the world to us. When we didn't have access, we went about our business perhaps less informed. But today we live a stones throw from the Tate Modern the Louve and the Hermitage and visit all in an afternoon. It is a testiment to the Craft to flow so much material to our students and reseachers. The geni is out of the bottle. Limits of imagination do not exist. The zeitgeist is about the fluid exchange of ideas. This exposes little of the practice of freemasonry which remains as shared experiences by small groups of men, a process of the intellect- achievement of awareness.
The story of freemasonry in not yet complete. It is still unfolding, being revealed in the minds of next generations. They are our horizon, assuming the torch of opportunity. So many references to some much history; the age of enlightenment, the rennaisance, and the reformation. Scholarship of the ancients; Chinese, Egyptian and Arabic seamlessly follow along time lines into our minds. Some ideas catch on. Some become a phenomena. One of them is masonry. A phenomena that reveals connections, between a form of study of intellectual and a good life. It satisfies and pleases at a deep level. It gratifies like the feeling one gets from seeing great art, or listening to poetry that expresses the emotion of life. It enlists the imagination in balance with rationalizm. It puts forthward questions that only the imagination can answer. It links the arts and sciences; past, present and future. It promotes acts of selflessness, generosity and authenticity. It admits it is not for everyone.
Enigmatic. Allegoric. Metaphor. Mystery. Secret.
It is a lifestyle derived from a way of thinking, produced by understanding lessons from history. Life is not a dress rehearsal and masonry is the 2nd Act.
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What does the future hold in store for Freemasonry? Freemasonry will prevail. Of that, there is no question. But it will not be in the form we know it today. Today, our thinkers spent long hours considering the source of change. In an unguarded moment, over the centuries, our history has had effect perhaps most surprising of all. We can trace our roots back 300 years. Our culture and philosophy links us to the greatest empires and remarkable thinkers. Threads fine as spiders web tie us with the strength of a covalent bond to a powerful past. Our apprentices as good as they may become, face the challenge of brilliance.
And so the forces impacting on us today are forcing us to realize that we do not have popular appeal to refill our ranks. As smart as we are, we have not be able to solve the riddle of decline with answers that are not exactly wrong but so far, always incomplete.
We are fascinated by what is taking place. And when we ask ourselves why, we see effort that is mediocre, insufficient to satisfy the promise of excellence. And they we stop. Isn't that a most remarkable thing!
Great ideas cannot be killed deliberately or through negligence. History has taught us when great and powerful cultures have lost the ability to overcome their smugness, they have faded. But not so, Freemasonry. We, who are neurotically obsessed with the feeling we are sinking are coming to a point of realizing, it is not 'that we are doing anything wrong' it is that we are beginning to realize we must rely on ideas to make our culture successful.
What can we do within the limits that define us culturally? Main stream thinking doesn't seem to work. What comes to my mind is a need to unlock secrets of that small core of exceptional thinkers with vision. Simple.
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Personal development has never been the perview of a lodge. Admittedly Lodges contain vast knowledge. Whether a member has a thirst for this is known only to him. How deeply he drinks,is public. A thread of concern over the centuries, has been from a mind that define poor scholarship as a personal failing, a result of us collectively lowered standards. Why, only right minded people we allowed to ask their single question of the Delphi Oracle, weren't they?
Within the Order certain narratives have been drawn out while others are ignored. Let's then examine one of those other narratives to see if it agrees or challenges the assumption that our failing is poor selection. Being an Entered Apprentice never was a guarantee a man will work as a Master Mason. That requires a good mentor dedicated, curious apprentice, effort and one in every 100,000 we find one genius, the Michelangelowho who draws life itself from stone.
I'm thinking selection came under fire for noble reasons- perhaps the poor student is lively company who attends even bored by education. Maybe he is masonically illiterate who doesn't connect his thoughts with the experience. Maybe he wasn't taught. The question for us is not the question for him. His question to the Oracle can be simple minded. Nevertheless the answer is for him to sort out. It is said the Oracle gave obscure answers. And her aides hustled you out of the grotto and brought in the next.
If we raise about the fray to look at all aspects, freemasonry cannot be other than what it is. What can be done to improve? Plenty! Rather than a process of conviviality, lodges could convey the true philosophical message of purpose of the Craft. But oh my goodness- that would come from within not without.
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