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The Creator is without form, beyond mind. I cannot describe what I cannot fully understanding. The Creator must be without gender, without malice, forgiving judgment; hope when there is despair; a source of strength to overcome. To aid me connect and be a presence in my life the Creator takes on a clumsy form that my limited mind will understand. My language, my custom, my culture is that of the Creator; infallible perfection. A life from the Creator, lived for the Creator with the free will, I make choices, live, learn and leave this earthly plane. If the VSL holds great meaning, then is the lodge a spritual experience that has been culturally repressed?
When we once searched for Prester John, we followed a path of discovery that apparantly has not stopped. It is not surprising that we have lost this perspective. What is surprising is how readily we were to think it was lost forever. We have ritual followed to create a lodge. I think, the reason was not to conduct anything that is dispassionate business, superficial. It was to create a unique space where we can get into a pure state of mind; for a moment, a leaving behind of ritual that teaches little to enter a space where discovering the spirit of masonry is possible. We repeat this pilgrimage to follow Sirius, the star from the east. So have we lost this?
It took either above average intelligence or luck but we stepped over the wreakage of religion and masonry espoused a life style of ethics. This happened over hundreds of years. I'm thinking it came to those who were contemplative and gradually put form to a concept. We like to flatter ourselves that the Order 'has lost it's greatness'. But there is no evidence to the contrary; no evidence. It makes me wonder 'we' are the connection with the antients. If we are the antients are we masonry?
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.
This program will be featuring my white paper titled Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources. We will be highlighting the latest and greatest resources covering academic and scholar search engines with my white paper now approaching 1.5 million downloads!!! We will also discussing my latest freely available Awareness Watch Newsletter V13N1 January 2015 featuring Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2015 and my freely available January 2015 Zillman Column highlighting Peer To Peer (P2P), File Sharing, Grid and Matrix Search Engines. You may call in to ask your questions at (718)508-9839. The show is live and thirty minutes in length starting at 2:00pm EST on Saturday, January 24, 2015 and then archived for easy review and access. Listen, Call and Enjoy!!
Wednesday, January 14, 6pm EST: Mitchell’s guest this evening is Carl Calleman, Mayan Scholar author of several books including The Mayan Calendar & the Transformation of Consciousness and The Purposeful Universe: How Quantum Theory & the Mayan Calendar Explain the Origin & Evolution of Life.
Carl's latest book "The Global Mind and the Rise of Civilization, A Novel Theory of Our origins, will be the topic of discussion. We will discuss, "what is the mind, anyway?" and what is its role in the formation of our lives and future?
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Calleman’s intimate knowledge of the Mayan calendar led to collaborations with Sri Bhagavan and the Golden Age Foundation in India.
Carl and Mitchell met in Golden City, India in Feb. 2004 and have maintained a connection ever since. A few interviews conducted in India initially led to A Better World hosting Carl for a workshop on the Mayan Calendar in NYC. Carl has been a guest on A Better World Radio TV numerous times over the past 11 years.
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New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Larry Winget offers sharp, unapologetic—and invaluable—advice for succeeding in the work world
For all those who are frustrated at work, who seem to have no luck in business, who are underappreciated at the office, who are uninspired by their daily tasks, who just aren’t finding the career success they desire, Larry Winget is ready to share his wisdom:
It’s called work for a reason.
It's time for a swift kick in the pants from The Pitbull of Personal Development®, Larry Winget. Studies say that we actually work only half the time we are on the job. So then whose fault is it when we don’t get the results we want? Stop making excuses for your lack of success and stop acting like someone owes you a living. Larry is here to ruffle your feathers and show you how to take responsibility for your results. Whether you punch a clock, own your own business, or manage other people, Larry's advice will work for you.
Find out why:
Success is simple
Teamwork doesn't work
Our co-workers are really only "co-goers"
Results are everything
You don't have to love your job (but it helps!)
Remember the work ethic of your parents and grandparents and make yourself worth more than you cost. That's the way to get ahead, and there's no big secret that will get you there quicker.
Declaring that masonry offers a non-secular option to faith has wrapped the Craft in a lingering, misguided myth. Think about it. If Freemasonry is the epitome of Renaisance thinking, would it not have a bearing on the masonic mind? Saying that masonry is complicated doesn't take much effort. Yes, it's a mess. Yes our writings are disorganized. Yes, we don't know how to locate the best Masonic mentors scholars. Yes we lack bone fide readings. Yes the disorder is growing. When we decide it is important to ensure that the basic core learning is available to a Brother we will get around to it. Or will we? We should probably do more than wait. We should probably build accessible study rooms, organize collections and a place to gather, to read, to learn, to contemplate meaning.
Andrew Hammer published a thoughtful little book- Observing the Craft, in which he extols us to be forthright about our obligations and stay active in Lodge. He said we were straying off in all directions. Some truth in that as far as he took it. Rather than describing a problem, I thought he gave us a list of symptoms. Everything is secondary to our primary goal, enlightenment. Searchers are looking for options going through the versions of masonry. Maybe masonry is essentially about exposing bright minds to great ideas. What Br Hammer didn't consider was the next path opening in front of us. If bricks and mortar masonry can't deliver, the internet will. Colloquial no more, masonry has evoled on its own, into a network built to convey ideas using a network built to communicate ideas. Can I resist that gravity?
Notes and rhythms can take us to places in our minds where we can find peace within.
Freemasonry tantalizes. It is so generous it allows a man to adopt a pedigree made of noble ideas and magnificent gestures. Speculation becomes permissible and we discover far too late to do anything about it, that our mind has been opened to knowing how much we don't really know afterall. It is opportunity to mingle with like-minded men and for lessons in tolerance. Always the challenge that we are capable of better, in pursuit of symmetry.
If this is the form of freemasonry that has been so evasive, then square yourself to harsh honesty and question the accuracy of what you perceive is real.
Masonic Exchange tackles the ideas that are masonry. Please join us.
Profane might rarely experience what a mason experiences whether together or after making his way home. Being true to his obligations, he exists in a constant state of vigilence. How can that be you say? How can anyone be aware every moment of every day? The secret isn't so secret once you know it- but here it is- It is likeing learning to have a bag full of goals. Some are short term, some are small, others are life goals and consume great energy. To be vigilent is to be mindful of what goal you are capturing in that moment. This is what we call awareness- enjoying what we do.
If freemasonry has secrets, this is one out there for all to see; in a sense hidden in public until a passerby notices and begins to connect. We've made mistakes trying to understand what to do with it.We have manners that guard us against that. Where we get blind sided is dealing with the illusion. The illusion is about a quiet nature. While brethren are preoccupied analyzing to understand, they may appear aloof, haughty.
Our KTR guest is upcoming R&B artist Chris Scholar who since the age of 16, has amassed a number of accomplishments. He has opened for major shows such as the Russ Parr Summer Concert Series with acts Bobby Valentino, G-Unit, and Dorrough. He also graced the stage for the Salt & Pepper Hip Hop Legends Tour with acts Dougie Fresh, MC Lyte, Bizmarkie and more. The entertainer has also opened and performed with legendary R&B icon, Sisqo and Dru Hill. Chris has performed the National Anthem at the Verizon Center for a Washington Wizards NBA game & was nominated at the 2011 DMV Awards for the best upcoming R&B artist in VA. He caught the eye of Jermaine Dupri through his site GLOBAL14. Chris has been working closely with the Grammy Award winning producer Rio Bridges of Savant Soundz LLC. Chris sings, write his own music, and create his own show performances & own video production company "Brown Brothers Productions" along with his father and brother so C/0 his new vid "I GOT IT BABE" youtube.com/watch?v=1yn5EMVJwWk … … … TWITTER FOLLOW TEAM CHRIS SCHOLAR @CHRIS_SCHOLAR @ChrisScholar_VA @_thedeanslist_ @irunroutes @BigLonzVA & C.Scholar FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/officialchrisscholar
Humans have an interesting ability. We can fill in gaps on our own to make sense of what we experience. When Aristotle was pondering the universe he described a relationship based on what he knew. We called it geo-centric. It lasted until the 16th century mathematic Copernicus determined the sun was at the centre. The earth was centered. The sun, moon and planets circled around it. Brilliant. But today if we dissect brilliance we can put ourselves to the task of finding flaws and OMG we come up with something. To the rennasiance mathematician those orbits were perfect circles but the German theologian cum astronomer Johannes Kepler began redoing the mathematics and noticed the effect of universal bodies was pulling and pushing as if the planets were suspended by gravities in perfect balance. We can forgive Copernicus for thinking we did orbit the sun while all the other planets continued to orbit us. He fed us what we needed-a sense of perfect symmetry- perfect circle orbits. Surely it is possible the way humans behave is like that too. And Kepler, the first physicist, stretched and pulled our perfect circles into shapes of perfect balance with facts. Did we become enslaved or liberated by science?
Is it possible to look at the Craft as forces and influences? What forces do you see in masonry? What is at the centre? Is it imperative to find perfect circles or perfect balance of forces?
Being first matters! In the big picture, it really doesn't but we like to act like it does- being competitive is the only way to live because being last is humiliating- unless you have are overcoming some disabilty last is bad. Only thing is, we could tolerate over achievers if they came equipped with enough insight to know how insufferable they sound. Most of them don't understand that when they talk, they sound like they are bragging. Of course that's acceptable because they came first- isn't it? Acceptable but painfully uncomfortable for the fellow who believes this stuff. Have you never spoken to the middle aged guy who ran for the winning touchdown when he was 17- and that's his claim to fame? Pubs are full of drunk old men clinging to a moment that passed them bye. What of the men who don't brag? The world is full of them. Freemasons call them -a bigger man! How sad to pretend to live in the past. Where is the affirmation in that? Freemasonry only exists as applied philosophy in the moment. The history is time graffiti; some concrete points in a time/space continuum that validate that we were there, or here or somewhere else. That's the same as graffiti on an alley wall or a passing box car. Graffiti never quite captures purpose until the artist is using symbols to make statements.
It's fascinating, the preoccupation we have for 'masonic' graffiti, investing time considering the evidence of early members of our Craft. Even if only loosely based on facts we have learned to tolerate that- as long as it's 'masonic graffiti it's valid. But the graffiti rests on a deep base of undiscovered fact.
A masonic lodge is an exchange. It is where wealth becomes philanthropy. It is where the intelligence of a young man, a merchant, the farmer or tradesman becomes honed. It is where commitment is made to the power of the mind. Ambition and ego are put into harness. It is where a simple fool rubs shoulders with genius.
A man who can open his mind to new ideas finds confidence being in a constant state of apprenticeship. It is in this alchemist laboratory where time is compressed. The greatest leaders of history teach him that leadership is a service. His own humility quitely mocks conspicuous displays of wealth. He peels away the hallmark of nouveau riche. He becomes part of a history bigger than himself, yet not worth mentioning.
Faith or superstition. Petty or substantive. Darkness or enlightenment. Balance. Charity. Beauty. Agape. A man is no better than what he leaves behind
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