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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. 


     

  • 00:46

    The Masonic Dilemma: Wanting -Willing?

    in Lifestyle

    A commentary:


    Are we experiencing the consolation prize? Are we the kid that was not award winning but deserved recognition for effort? The seeds of consolation are wanting but not necessarily willing.

  • 01:21

    DECLINE AND ASCENSION OF MASONIC CLASSICISM

    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  

  • 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?

  • 01:07

    MYTHS OF MASONIC ESTRANGEMENT

    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.

  • 01:08

    ESSENTIALS OF UNDERSTANDING MASONIC ADJUSTMENTS

    in Lifestyle

    Have we actually had a fall from grace? If we have it has left freemasonry not as icon but relic. We have let the mirror of time hide an enriched philosophical environment behind a dusty mantle. If we read the opinions of freemasonry over the centuries we quickly realize this observation is not new.  By 1740, the idea of being a doppelganger of the Royal Society had already fallen out of favour. It is difficult to imagine that idea has such gravitas that the drift away from the appeal of thoughtful, meaningful discussion has taken us three hundred years down the road before this period of market adjustment is forcing us to rethink what this means to our future.


    We are way past the problems of being thin skinned and muscular in our defence of the status quo. The ice is already cracking under foot but somethings need to be said about changing the narrative and making adjustments inclusive of our fraternal principles.  


    We loose ground everytime buffoonery goes unchallenged.  Here in Canada we are known for our good manners and friendliness. We are tolerant, quiet managers of change. These are the traits needed most to help our fraternity and our Grand Lodges. Many of the sources we drew upon to replenish the Order are gone.  Migration from country to city has accelerated. Economics require most young couples to both work. Retirement savings are being wiped out by global banking trends. Women are equals in form  but are paid substandard wage. Owning a house is a dream many couples will never achieve. Marriage is not expected. Divorce is. We are living longer, and becoming dependent on others. Canada has grown into a multicultural country, where we want new-comers to learn our languages and accept the culture of Canada.  The good life still requires sacrifice and effort.


    It is about preserving three essential ideas. We cannot live as yesterday and we can adjust. We must.

  • 01:15

    SPIRITUALITY: THE MASONIC PARADOX

    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.

  • 01:13

    STEPPING INTO MASONIC CONSCIOUSNESS

    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

  • 00:03

    Give a unique gift of a Beer, chocolate, or cooking class - onsite or online

    in Health

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  • NEW WORLD ORDER AGENDA

    in Radio

    Let truth guide you in these last days of the American dream. Let truth set you free as you follow the lead of the Holy Spirit who imparts revelation to the truth that Jesus brought into the earth.


    Open your eyes to the reality of the upcoming engineered crisis that will hit the nation. A grand catastrophe is on the menu being cooked up and served by the global elite. Become aware of the Masonic ties belonging to the Oligarchy running things around the world. Wake up America and nations of the earth, for the great population control machine is up and running. 


    There is a special word of encouragement to the remnant saints living at this time at the end of this broadcast. Stay tuned and tell a friend. 


     

  • 02:11

    The Helios Biblios Hour (book of the SUN) SuperBowl Special /Dr.Phil Valentine

    in Current Events

    Mis-educated in history and culture, the Prince Hall Mason finds in himself suffering from Masonic inferiority caused by a complex of racial inferiority. Nearly 400 years of living in a white dominated society has left a long and lasting mark on African-Americans. The racial attitudes are so deep and institutionalized it has affected not only the way whites view blacks but the way blacks view blacks. Blacks seem to only make their way of life valid only through European standards. In 1853, Dr. Martin R. Delany, a Prince Hall Mason wrote and published a book titled, “Origin and Objects of Ancient Freemasonry its Introduction into the United States and Legitimacy Among Colored Men”, In this treatise, he discusses the African origins of Masonic principles and that the Caucasian Freemason cannot deny to the African his birthright to practice the principles which were in existence before the establishment of its principles within European civilization.


    Delany stated,


    “In the earliest period of the Egyptian and Ethiopian dynasties, the institution of Masonry was first established. Discovering a defect in the government of man, first suggested an inquiry into his true state and condition. Being a people of a high order of intellect, and subject to erudite and profound thought, the Egyptians and Ethiopians were the first who came to the conclusion that man was created in the similitude of God. This, it will be remembered, was anterior to the Bible record, because Moses was the recorder of the Bible, subsequent to his exodus from Egypt, all his wisdom and ability having been acquired there; as a proof of which, the greatest recommendation to his fitness for so high and holy an office, and the best encomium which that book can possibly bestow upon him in testimony of his qualifications as its scriptor, the Bible itself tells us that "Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians."