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  • 01:04

    An Interview With Masonic Ed

    in Lifestyle

    Masonic Ed was gracious enough to join us in the studio to talk about things masonic. Who could resist speaking about  privacy and secrecy; if our production of antiquarians is meeting the need? Ed is an attentive fellow so of course he notices the culture of Canada is more cosmopolitan that it was when he was a boy. At times, when he is feeling tired, he feels  on one hand, he is being displaced and on the other hand proud that Canada is coming of age.  

    It was obvious for us to speak about strengthening our membership by drawing on first and second generation Canadians from the pool who are here quietly  appreciative of the opportunities this huge, friendly country has to offer. He worries out loud that the Order will need to tackle the legitimacy of dissenting opinions that  brings us to talk about accountability vs blame.   I questioned Masonic Ed  on whether he thinks the Craft in Ontario has become defensive or reactionary?  His answers may surprise you.  What he said about the cultural transition of ideas and ethics plaguing masonry may not be what you expect.

    Prepare for a lively discussion as Masonic Home Companion welcomes  the very private, very interesting gentleman- Masonic Ed.  

    See you all soon. 


  • Masonic, Kabbala and the Church part one

    in Spirituality

    Almost every documented early church beginning in America has Freemasonry behind it. Members who started theses churches were themselves Freemasons. The denominations were all established by the Masonic order.  How can this be and what is going on? Does it come from the Kabbala? Is it under the Illuminati? What is the Zionist connection?

  • 01:21


    in Lifestyle

    We came from an age of the classics.  Through music, science, architecture, philosophy we trace  events and experiences of plebiens and kings.  

    Those classics no longer priveleged, are public but children are given little if any guidance about there significance.  Masonry traces itself back to the origin of ideas and character development.   Through ritual classic true masonic lessons are being passed from generation to the next, to what seems a small cohort, a thread in history. Because of the political life of the Fraternity, some wear this quietly as a humble mantle. 

    We are right to feel perplexed that it is not shared more widely? In contrast to this classic nature, do we want to believe that as unique as freemasonry is, steeped in philosophy and ethics deserves a  roadside billboard to draw interest?  After this fails, as it will, what next? Do we not realize the damage this does is isolated to our own masonic locale?  It pollutes the natural landscape doesn't it?    We are not of the same culture as we were.  Social rank is not bred into us anymore. Nouveau riche enslaved to conspicuous consumption repeatedly colliding with authenticity doesn't stop the parade. Exchange wants to know if being pedestrian can a classic. Is it birthright, hubris, or anomie?  Or can we drill into the capacity to conduct oneself as a gentleman. Are people really that crass or is it the media selling salacious pictures?  We change as we evolve but we see what we want to see.   I'm off to find the edge of the earth- then I'm jumping off.

    Fraternal regards-  Masonic Exchange  

  • 01:13


    in Lifestyle

    Did we step out from under the rule of religion?  Did we dispose the despot?  Did we create the Republic? Did we fight for freedom?  Wars scar our souls yet we repeat it. Church stains our conscience but what alternative. Is the 21st Century mason being launched by access to information into a new, unforeseen level of insight?  Are the contemplative freemasons becoming as profits of old?

    Writers have offered so many opinion pieces, it is difficult to keep up with the flow. The fork in the road is whether we are satisfied by throwing support behind an opinion on symbols or past events or follow the one less traveled, hopeful we can know more and answer more.   One theme is clear.  There are sacred opinions that need to be studied.  How can we determine decline when we can't agree on success?  And if we step back from the noise and the fray and approach our work with common sense, we may have to admit- the goals are neither hidden nor obvious. They are a state of mind.

    Let's pull the rocking chair closer to the radio, next to a roaring fire with a cup of tea nearby. I'll bring the cribbage board for an evening about the revelations that answer our questions.  See you soon.  Graham

  • 01:07


    in Lifestyle

    I'm  wondering how the Craft organization is preceived.  Long ago, we became organized into Grand Lodges that protect and preserve. If we ask 'what is freemasonry, we would learn some saying it is Grand Lodge; others ritual; others lifestyle- all accurate.   I wonder if these views ever compete to be the truth and then I think this is a lesson in tolerance, that ebbs and flows.  It's an idea worth considering that each element of the Craft is up for discussion.

    Is a mason complete as an Entered Apprentice? Can we guide him into an understanding of symbols and metaphysics.  Much easier to focus on rank and ritual which explains a lot.  So you absorb the experience of Lodge, but then beging thinking deeper thoughts. The dialogue of a Lodge is practical- administration and metaphor- ritual. The venecular slips a little when education, debate, discussion are optional, occasional add-ons so not to compete with the assumed functions- Ritual and management. Too much? Ridiculous! Unmasonic?  Thank you Copernicus. Thank you Galileo. Thank you Kepler! We cannot be so ponderously locked into a conflict model can we?  Conflict- they're dropping out; too many distractions; we're not doing enough to recruit!  We've all heard it. The follies of the father have returned to haunt the son.  Isn't it folly to think we can suspect judgement about who we bring into masonry and believe think we are bringing like-minded men together?  Experience seems to suggest we are stratefied, socially, academically and intellectually.  Emphasis is about reduction. Remove memory work. Remove study. Remove discussion and debate among gentlemen. Remove the spiritual nature and sacred space of Lodge. The music: except for a few scattered lodges-that too has stopped.

  • 01:15


    in Lifestyle

    Nothing tempers a man more than experience.  I'm wondering why there is so much concern to 'rehabiliate' men who simply lack ability.  That discussion isn't new and where has it taken us? Nowhere! The lamentation plagues the Craft and corrosively undermines the philosophy of masonry.  We intitiate a fellow without knowing him. Proof of his nature and intellect surfaces onlhy after we have welcomed him into lodge, on a hope he won't disappoint. Sometimes it takes months, sometimes years but always the truth comes out.  To only initiate worthy men would require a change of thinking that is beyond the Order. We would be openly selective. Today we act with desparation, recruitment based on a pulse.  One senior of a degree-mill lodge explained this was a steady source of revenue- it kept annual fees low.  I hope one day I learn to overcome the sense of repulsion I felt toward him.  I'm imperfect too and not there yet.

    We need to be so much more candid, honest and accepting than we have been because it is toxic to masonry to determine some members are inadequate.  Not at all. They are what they are. They get what they get. They give what they feel is in their best interest and there is no more.  Move on. Your obligation pointed to a path of enlightenment. That is what you took from initiation, that is your intelligence; your personality; your talents and ambitions.  But how does a good mason justify this sense of hubris?  For a time, the Romans made it an offence to laud your position over another. And to suggest it should and can be corrected? Isn't that a bit wreckless? 

    Nothing distinguises superficial masons more than dissonance between his words and his behaviour. Does he act as his words? or does he even understand what he says?  Where has the spirit of masonry gone?  Perhaps it's hiding with the music.

  • 00:54


    in Lifestyle

    Canada; the younger child; the larger child; the child of presence. We will never have a Parthenon or Colliseum.  The L'ouve and Hermitage will continue to stimulate the imagination and knowledge will double and redouble at shorter intervals.  At the face of change, certain consistencies and questions rooted in time, will continue to reflect the essence of human existence where understanding feeds curiousity.

    Even in the primacy of a nation, masonry has begun to be defined.  Our maritime shores is where the power of three oceans is daunting. Prairie sky is a map of the cosmos.  Rocky mountains are our cathedrals where the awe of creation is altering.  Forests are the classrooms of our two solitudes.    And this became a new glaze for masonry. 



  • 01:08


    in Lifestyle

    What are the tools to use?  Or is it a particular way of thinking that ensures us a clear, accurate recounting of history?  Are we simply witless  pawns in a contest,subject to a strategy unknown to winner or loser?   If that is the case, if we a guileless generation of hand shakers, is it possible for us to reexamine our manuscripts with a view to better understanding the bias present?  A retelling of events captures the perspective of the story teller.  What ever this word perspective means, is beyond my ken. Is it a special blend of personality, prejudice, timing and ability? Is that the way we see the world?   Is it opinion or truth?

    Freemasonry I contend, does in a sense, bend time to reduce the impression we cannot answer some pertinent questions- better to steer away as if they do not exist, that to show we are incomplete.  We bend time because we have neglected our studies. It is not our philosophy that is weak. It is our acceptance of metaphysics in a materialistic world that mocks the imagination. 

    Does it matter?   Myth allows us to preserve the essence of allegory, taking it out of materialistic measure, taking it into metaphysics.  

  • 01:13


    in Lifestyle

    As stewards of the Order, we are not fulfilling our obligations to those who search for nirvana- that step beyond pain and suffering.  A nice social experience doesn't wrap around the need for spiritual growth.  As our membership fades, the principles remain undiminished, in sharp contrast with the  state of ambivalence that brings men to us.

    Telling someone the process of becoming involves death of ego, does not express why one of us would want to do that. But until we experience a psychological death, we cannot find what we seek-  awareness.


  • 00:31

    Need healing in your life? Mind/Body & Soul! Peter The Healer!

    in Spirituality

    I started my career as a Counselling Psychologist in 1990. Along the way I became a Certified Morita Therapist after traveling to Japan to participate in the first International Morita Therapy Symposium. Back in Montreal I did a one year's internship at the Royal Victoria Hospital's Behaviour Therapy Clinic, another 1 1/2 years at the Montreal General Hospital's Addictions Unit,  one year consulting in the development of behavioural management software, 1 1/2 years at a Native Healing Lodge (I actually participated in a sweat lodge ceremony on the night of New Year's Eve ushering in the new millennium), became a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and that's not all. I discovered that I had other gifts that were not easy to explain or to use under the guise of a Psychologist, in fact they were forbidden. But, I used them with my friends and family. By using laying-on of the hands (I found out later was similar to Reiki Therapy) in combination with spiritual hypnotherapy, people reported improvements in conditions ranging from cancer, to arthritis, to neck pain, headaches, anxiety, and many other maladies.


  • 01:58

    The Helios Biblios Hour :Order out of Chaos, in Latin Ordo ab part2

    in Current Events

     1.  Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don't discuss it -- especially if you are a public figure or Lodge official. If it's not reported, it didn't happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.

     2.  Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the "How dare you!" gambit.

     3.  Create rumor mongers. Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges, regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and wild accusations. Other derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work as well. This method works especially well with a silent press, because the only way the public can learn of the facts are through such "arguable rumors". If you can associate the material with the Internet, use this fact to certify it a "wild rumor" which can have no basis in fact.

     4.  Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your opponent's argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation, or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of the real issues.

     5.  Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also known as the primary attack the messenger ploy, though other methods qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as "crooks" .