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Tonights Segment Of Lodge Talk Radio, We will be discussing issues such as: Teen Suicide and Life Expectansy rates on Rezervations, and Proverty Stricken Urban Communities, and what we can do to reach out to the youth, using self esteem techniques and social activities to engage in. Gang Culture and how they promote drug abuse, and gang violence in native communities, and how we can help them get out of the gang life, and object to the use of narcotics. What is Rez? A topic pertaining to Reservation Slang and Lifestyle. Elders and the knowledge they hold that can be passed to our children for them to practice oral traditions. Hip Hop and how some Native artist are using it as a tool to spread the word of education and culture to younger natives who are influenced by music. The internet, where we will be discussing Pros and Cons of the web. Health choices and why it is important to start gardening at are homes, and what we can do to perserve food, including which foods are best for storing and saving. Financial managing in native communities and how we can help Native people manage there money without being scammed, embezzeld, and without forgetting traditional bardering. Media exploitation of indigenous people and how to adress these issues if faced with them personally. The White Shield Society would like you to help in fighting against the core negligence of our people, decolonization, and help healing the people with knowlege, culture, and unity.
Hello. It is good to see you back. Do you have a moment to talk? I need your advice.
Today, as Boomers have been replaced by 'Gen X' our communities continue to evolve. The promises of 'leaders' promoting a dream have become tarnished. Faith has been challenged by corrupt clergy, whistleblowers and media that has moved faster than the censors pen.
Serious? Yes. Redefining? Yes. Confusion? Yes. In a world that at times seems to exploit trusting souls, is there hope for one organization that claims fidelity? Yes, it has always been there, in the shadows, a way of life, ignored by generations clamouring to just belong to an organization that might define them as something more than commonplace.
Some would say, that organization is going through a metamorphasis and I would be one to agree. Governments have put a price on the privacies and rights that once were so dear to people in uniform. Acquiencence hasn't worked as Wiki-leaks and Whistleblowers world-wide have demonstrated.
Ignorance is bliss where wisdom where tis folly to be wise. Can freemasonry turn away from the power of education? It can not. Join me as we discuss the issues and challenges we face to bring practical and theoretical education into the masonic classroom; architect and artificer, we do not build without ideas and craftsmen to make ideas into reality.
The picture is bigger than you or me or any one Master Mason. Can the 'Me Generation' learn to have confidence one to another? Those who discover the light can.
Trust is bought and sold like a commodity, except by a man who honours integrity- his and that of others. What else matters to a man of character? Becoming the bigger man is not for fools. Is the one wearing an apron prepared to pay the price?
Join Maverick Voice on January 7th, 9:00 P.M. EST. with special guest, Bill Shnoebelen, a former Freemason, Mormon, and Wiccan. SPECIAL NOTE: BE PATIENT AT BEGINNING OF MY SHOW. FIRST THREE OR FOUR MINUTES YOU HEAR SILENCE. Me and Bill will be conducting an educational show exposing the agenda of Mitt Romney, the LDS, Knights Templar, and the Masonic Lodge. Mitt Romney, a temple Mormon, is run
Such confusion with the order.?.. and don't bother trying to deflect the issue by making it a personal attack on me because that just doesn't work.
If listening to Professor Sommers we learn Thomas Dunkeley was a man prone to self promotion; a bit of a charletan who for decades has received posthumous recognition underserved.
Whilmshurst? We can just ignore him because there is no compelling reason or expectation a Master Mason needs to undestand his writtens.
In Upper Canada, undestanding the development and evolution of the Craft is certainly no less or more than the work in Scotland, Ireland or England, Germany, Lithuania, Hungary, or post war Japan and Sweden. Our is a different history. Not that we can escape noticing how few antiquarians seem to float into our view. Ottawa Valley and Toronto have more than their share of students who put pen to paper and help define our foundations in this country.
Our charitable works are largely local and characterized with personality- hardly what one might want to use as an illustration of Craft masonry, but achieveable, compatible with expectations and manageable with a sprint across 12 months.
Christopher Wren would be fired long ago if he came around the Craft today. Though singlehandedly he convinces leaders he had a vision of the Cathedral.
I would never claim small acts of charity are insignificant because I believe they are. But I have a mind that thinks about the bigger picture. Are people getting better when so many children are put to bed hungry. Enforced idolence of a prolonged adolescents is of course blamed on our young men play computer games well into their 30's. Freemasonry feeds the mind, the heart and the soul. Where is your appetite? Step beyond the ritual and commeradery into the beliefs of Craft Masonry..the things that matter to a contemplative mason.
Hello my masonic Brother. Join me so we can carry out our committment to continue the conversation that began when the first masons sat down to talk . We each face our future alone- the great unknown. We remain connected to the ancients only when we adhere to the catechism, and practicing the Ancient Landmarks. Know them. Be them. Join me to share ideas, some history, pieces of philosophy, answers to questions; things masonic in the comfort of your own surroundin
Becoming better than you are is hard. It takes longer than we expect. It is harder than we imagined.
Easier to accept what we are and rationalize isn't it? Yes, our Lodges are crowded with what I call the initiated diaspora- men who came to the door of freemasonry unaware of the daunting challenges, the risks, the potential for failure.
To ease my burden, could that I would abandon my brother. Being a man of some conscience I cannot. It would be wreckless to think there is a task for me that is part of my development; mentoring him toward the enlightenment.
If the tasks were easy, we would not be initiated. They are purposeful challenges. To discovered what is that purpose, is part of what brings meaning to a life.
Weak willed masons are the fodder that distracts us. Perhaps better for the effort; without petty distraction, bickering whinging, without question we would be focused on growing the ideas of freemasonry. Oh my goodness; a focus on theology, philosophy; we would be well on. Today, humiltity has morphed into self-consciousness that requires a great suppression of facts.
We have a confusing mixture of chain-of-command and self-directed learning that needs our collective attention gentlemen. Stepping onto the level, is horizontal not lateral.
After 156 years, we are barely able to best our betters the citizens ready to take to the parapits at the hinted enhancement of ceremony.
Why doesn't the look and presence of the Craft echo the uniqueness of Arts, History, Science and Philosophy? Where oh where have the antiquaries gone.
Discovere the Grand Lodge Temple. It does exist. Marble, bronze, powerful, beautiful, of another time, of another place.The imagination teases us by leaving it right there- its worth a trip to Germelshausen but don't take my word.
...wishing, wanting, believing, creation.
...and the holy royal arch completes the 4th degree. Anthony Sayer or maybe it was Dr James Anderson who left us that gem in the first constitution. Easier to ignore that resolve, this short phrase provides a reminder. We may not need to understand in order to know something. From this point, like so many curiousities of life, a lot depends on a mans intellectual ability and desire for knowledge determining how to resolve this type of question. Ignorance is bliss when wisdom is folly; the company we keep either helps us explore or suppress.
Continental drift provided the Scottish Rite to take root in the new continent, on a vast scale that suited the social, political and cultural needs of North America. Just enough of Europe to be authentic, articulated in North America by north americans.
Capitular masonry is significant in Britain, to a greater extent than across North America. Is it then reasonable to speculate that Scottish Rite has became an erzatz masonic body without the distraction of Royal Arch Masonry because 3,000 miles of Atlantic ocean separated and isolated.
We are about to reach an interesting date in the development of freemasonry- St Johns Day 2017 marks 300 years since the declaration of a structured freemasonic organization.
On that date, we can pause and reflect on things that connect us to events out-of-mind. Each dedicated freemason, whether accomplished apprentice, student of the arts & sciences or a man whose feels he is more than himself.
Candidly, we know the goal of enlightenment has flickered. With rare exception, creating an atmosphere of learning and contemplation is a task that as yet, lies before us. The compression of history makes it seem freemasonry has been a steady association of brilliant thinkers as if they are our contempories. Some of us are lulled into a belief that freemasonry is a 6th Estate; an influence of determinance. Our strength is influence of thought, decision, conscience and expression. When you read a newspaper, I doubt your mind travels off the page to the historic processes that brought about 'freedom of the press?' As we should be, we live in the moment. If 'masonic' values do exist, they exist in our minds made tangible by our actions.
300 years of history has seemingly made us sheepish about the notion of Great Ideas. If James Anderson, Elias Ashmole or Christopher Wren were amongst us today, I dare say they were been suffocated in a faceless masonic bureacracy that did not exist in their day.
As we prepare our thoughts for 2017, we continue to adapt, strenghtened by a natural curiousity. When we look up from our work bench to share findings we owe it to ourselves and our Antients to do so with dignity, sophistication and humiliation. Whether we see it or not, the truth is within us. Freemasonry is the laboratory- let alchemy help you explore the mysteries- for goodness sake. I need your advice once again- join me.
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This show was a Special Broadcast with an interview with the Grand Master of Florida, and the District Deputy Grand Master at the Grand Master Visit to the 18th Masonic District.
Dare to surrender all that we have around us called craft masonry?
Are we ready to declare the time and effort required of freemasonry is inclined toward retired gentlemen or men of such means but doesn't accommodate the worker? That would pinch the shoes of working members wanting to participate, finding it a breath taking pace to balance home, work and lodge. Is this how masons begin to drift away from our sworn obligations and the lodge comes last?
No wonder we see freemasonry defined as a service club. On so many levels it is simpler than a mystery school.
Of course our Grand Lodge could never ask "volunteers" to produce a high quality. We would be guilty of making them quit, or so the conventional thinking goes. Perhaps these are the men who ought not to have been allowed entrance in the first place. Perhaps it is not they but us who are not realizing what we have come to demand- irrational schedules that isolate by removing the very quality of life that we strive to acheive philosophically, spiritually and functionally.
The recruiters among us are unrestricted,generating revenue streams of candidates that enter by one door and make hasty exit at the other. We are the problem not they. We have no clear idea of a successful lodge or the limited quality of the experience of new masons.
We are generations of materialists who bow to wealth and celebrity; that have exchanged our masonic birthright for short term gain; quanity without quality; reduced to avoiding the costs of enduring structures that once great better with age, tolerant of a lower quality craftmanship stripped of heart and soul by our machinery.
We don't have much choice. In the future, no one is going to examine our accounts. Do we accept what we have become or pay a price to regain our rightful place in history?
We are freemasons. We are Everyman. We are men who choose to live a life of dedication and humility to express values from a time long past. We quietly listen and observe in order to know others better. By knowing others and doing for others, we learn lessons about ourselves and live a more content life. Doing for others is an essential act of selflessness. We are the men who open our minds to new ideas while be wise enough to learn the lessons of history. In the Order of Fre