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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. 


     

  • 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  

  • 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.

  • 01:15

    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.

  • 01:39

    SWEAT LODGE-A JOURNEY INTO MOTHER EARTH

    in Health

    Your host Viyahta is in Phoenix, AZ visiting Moma Azee and the first stop is a SWEAT LODGE.  Native American heritage and traditions include the entering into the earth of a SWEAT LODGE to release toxins by sweating, praying, meditating and singing with like minded souls.  In this podcast your host will describe her experience in the "womb" of mother earth and the deliverance and healing it brought.  What are the mind, body, soul challenges that are keeping you from ascending?  Maybe it's time for a SWEAT LODGE.  

  • 01:11

    THE MASONIC SECRET

    in Lifestyle

    Aren't you the least bit curious?  Of course. It's a fraternity 300 years old and going. No frat party. No male testosterone and alcohol driven embarrassment to themselves.  But august; philanthropic. Authentic and dignified. Striving with piety answerable to common sense; endorsing equality and liberty of humanity; mystery; private and secret to protect it from populist verdicts; signs of greetings known to few; real.


    Even we wonder how and why, don't you? What is it that a man finds in masonry that he can't find anywhere else?  Not fame or fortune. Leadership becomes service to mankind but how does that endure?


    If you wonder what it is, the best I can  tell you is that it is a feeling.  The one we experience when truth finds us. Not being smarter; not hubris, not arrogant or smug. When a person  'sees' what others do not, in a world so frightened and mistrustful, those truths are a weighty responsibility. That is what we call humility. Our task is to find balance in life and live in that state and the universe unfolds.  


    When a person has matured enough to take herself or himself seriously, when he understands himself, masonry  opens the mind, the spirit, the heart. Every ending is the beginning of something next. 

  • 01:22

    BUILDING YOUR CATHEDRAL:REFLECTIONS ON GEOMETRY & THE BUILDERS MIND

    in Lifestyle

    Within masonry, is perfection; beauty; a universe in utterly remarkable balance.  Poor is man that blames himself for not seeing what is there.  He has not found the perspective that helps him understand that he is surrounded by beauty. 


    The Chinese approach to beauty, does not immediately disclose all. It leaves something to the imagination, to allow a man to loose himself in his contemplation, creating the road of a spiritual experience. Reflections, memory, deeply surreal, contradictory, magical.


    By turning to the East, we move from that which is manicured and manufactured and that which is natural.  Can our western eye see in this cultural confusion, a message?  In this sense, do symbols, allegory, arcane, perhaps the metaphor in this sense  inspire us in mysterious, essential masonic experience?


    Notice in the ordinary, what lessons are revealed in the garden of them mind? The spiritual purity of freemasonry is a path to understanding. What holds the secret of freemasonry may not be within the walls of the lodge but in nature, the key that unlocks secrets left.  Finding that much sought after key is afterall, a personnal journey that thousands have discovered.  The answers do not come to him.  He leaves behind the predictability of the lodge to discover, not as the first but as the next. 


    It is elemental, vast and very, very old.


    Let go of turmoil and it will let go of you. Listen for the silence in a crowd. Become invisible to conflict and it will pass through you. Then the humble apprentice finds the lesson he has laboured to find. Do not search for it. Be it. Be a mason in mind, body and spirit and notice the life force flows unrestricted.


     

  • 01:06

    MASONRY IN THE PHENOMENOLOGICAL SENSE

    in Lifestyle

    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.

  • 01:32

    AWAKEN ANGELS! with SOUL EMPOWERMENT COACH STEPHANIE LODGE (S3E14)

    in Spirituality

    ON THIS EPISODE:  Metaphysician, Intuitive Empowerment Coach and Angelic Light Alchemist Rev. Stephanie Lodge takes your CALLS LIVE and shares Angelic Light Healing and Angelic Mysteries based in Ancient Angelology. With a non-denominational approach based in universal consciousness and love, Stephanie engages in a form of group coaching that empowers, assists and expands one's understanding of Angels as the invisible intelligence that surrounds us on every level.


    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a PSYCHIC READING show. Calls are considered Group Coaching from the "Angel Angle." Thanks! :)


    OVERVIEW:


    Stephanie Lodge's intuitive empowerment program “Diamond Light Mastery” (DLM) is about recognizing our authority over our lives and how to claim our power, know our worth, and in turn we recognize the truth of who and what we are on every level. So that we can remove any blocks or fears and “unveil our brilliance" by shining the light of who we really are. It is the key to connecting to our spiritual guidance and healing system - aka  the Angelic Light Stream.


    "There are no victims, there is no one to blame for any circumstance. The fact of the matter is every thought and emotion you empower within your Diamond Light Field creates a magnet of equivalent vibration." ~ Stephanie Lodge


    Visit: StephanieLodge.com to download a FREE MP3 of Stephanie's Diamond Light Meditation.

  • 01:30

    AWAKEN ANGELS! with SOUL EMPOWERMENT COACH STEPHANIE LODGE (S3E13)

    in Spirituality

    ON THIS EPISODE:  Metaphysician, Intuitive Empowerment Coach and Angelic Light Alchemist Rev. Stephanie Lodge takes your CALLS LIVE and shares Angelic Light Healing and Angelic Mysteries based in Ancient Angelology. With a non-denominational approach based in universal consciousness and love, Stephanie engages in a form of group coaching that empowers, assists and expands one's understanding of Angels as the invisible intelligence that surrounds us on every level.


    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a PSYCHIC READING show. Calls are considered Group Coaching from the "Angel Angle." Thanks! :)


    OVERVIEW:


    Stephanie Lodge's intuitive empowerment program “Diamond Light Mastery” (DLM) is about recognizing our authority over our lives and how to claim our power, know our worth, and in turn we recognize the truth of who and what we are on every level. So that we can remove any blocks or fears and “unveil our brilliance" by shining the light of who we really are. It is the key to connecting to our spiritual guidance and healing system - aka  the Angelic Light Stream.


    "There are no victims, there is no one to blame for any circumstance. The fact of the matter is every thought and emotion you empower within your Diamond Light Field creates a magnet of equivalent vibration." ~ Stephanie Lodge


    Visit: StephanieLodge.com to download a FREE MP3 of Stephanie's Diamond Light Meditation.

  • 01:31

    AWAKEN ANGELS! with SOUL EMPOWERMENT COACH STEPHANIE LODGE (S3E12)

    in Spirituality

    ON THIS EPISODE:  Metaphysician, Intuitive Empowerment Coach and Angelic Light Alchemist Rev. Stephanie Lodge takes your CALLS LIVE and shares Angelic Light Healing and Angelic Mysteries based in Ancient Angelology. With a non-denominational approach based in universal consciousness and love, Stephanie engages in a form of group coaching that empowers, assists and expands one's understanding of Angels as the invisible intelligence that surrounds us on every level.


    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a PSYCHIC READING show. Calls are considered Group Coaching from the "Angel Angle." Thanks! :)


    OVERVIEW:


    Stephanie Lodge's intuitive empowerment program “Diamond Light Mastery” (DLM) is about recognizing our authority over our lives and how to claim our power, know our worth, and in turn we recognize the truth of who and what we are on every level. So that we can remove any blocks or fears and “unveil our brilliance" by shining the light of who we really are. It is the key to connecting to our spiritual guidance and healing system - aka  the Angelic Light Stream.


    "There are no victims, there is no one to blame for any circumstance. The fact of the matter is every thought and emotion you empower within your Diamond Light Field creates a magnet of equivalent vibration." ~ Stephanie Lodge


    Visit: StephanieLodge.com to download a FREE MP3 of Stephanie's Diamond Light Meditation.