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When is a freemason not a freemason?
Freemasonry is vulnerable to mockery but which is worse. The balefulness of cowans or the indifference of a Brother who fails to live out his obligations? We owe each entered apprentice the training and guidence he requires to help him achieve this masonic goals, to reach his masonic potential. When we put this out to a group of freemasons, the room files with conjecture, criticism and defensiveness. So I'll not do that. What I offer are some ideas to move the discussion along.
It is plausible, the dynamic tensions we experience within the lodge are necessary to maintain the orbit of masonic principles. Mystery of freemasonry is the oxygen we breathe. The individual mind is a fertile ground that fights the suffocation of compliance to assert the need to calculate those aspects of experience needed to achieve our goals.
Some people find a symphony discordant and unfamilar. Others find the achievement of symphonic music captures them. I cannot add to that conversation without saying, if we do not appreciate an achievement because he have not learned it's importance, then the risk is not so much toward the object of achievement as it is to limiting growth. Taste? Good manners? Culture? Refinement? Acceptance? Flexibility? Where is the Bigger Man when you need him?
I could use some help here brethren. We should talk...
I started this chapter questioning if a mason was naturally curious and wanting to discover the mysteries. But I thought better of that. Some are; many are not. It is esoteric and requires study, asking important, essential questions. If you hear someone talking about enjoying the journey- should we run away...fast? What makes us think, the path to enlightenment is either fun or easy? Did you enjoy reaching the summit of Everest; the journey to the beaches of Normandy or sailing the ocean? We often here it but it seems a weak question in the face of such accomplishments- were you happy? What of motivation; of commitment; of challenges? It is effort required that distinguishes those who do from those who do not. We have no idea beforehand, even with anticipation in our pocket, how we might respond to the moment of truth, until we get there. What we do know is that it deeply understand something is a unique experience. We can agree that something deep happens when a mind see existence for what it is.
Freemasonry is a blend. Part reinactment of ritual. Ritual lets us share experience. It is of the past and from the past relived in the moment. Another part focuses on the future at the door of knowledge. If we choose to make it our laboratory, we take on responsibility to proceed knowledgably; to study, committ attentiveness to the history of religion, philosophy and influences on thought. We are not born understanding metaphor or allegory or enigma. We must acquire such knowledge. As we become an alchemist we learn new skills with unfamiliar terms just as any apprentice does. What does it all mean?
Tonight we are going to talk about karmic twin flame and companion soul mates.
Which one are you with now? How do you attract the best possible love for yourself in the future?
Solitication that would make a tele marketer blush; we didn't start like that but it has crept in unrelentlessly in our meetings. Rather than approaching our work through the study of literature, history, philosophy and science, we have replaced landmarks with things more familiar- marketing.
Are we an Order that talks without speaking; hears without listening; thinks without understanding. When did we replace the mentor and apprentice with merchant and customer? We try to take labour out of learning and craftsmenship. Not that it is wrong to use better means to accomplish a task but we have crossed a line that is costing us too much. The lessons have tasks performed to indirectly learn and understand patience and diligence. But we have removed the fingerboard from the violin so the student cannot practice the skills needed to achieve mastery of the Craft. We have handed out the answer sheet without teaching how to do the calculations for themselves.
One would think contemplation would be a comfortable part of masonry, but it isn't much a practice in our lodges. Isn't the focus always on management; business first, ritual second and education only when there is time, if at all.
How do we teach mind development without using time proven methods. Shakespeare wrote in the 16th century, work that is studied and admired around the world for showing people the capacity of mind and word to enrich the expression of human experience. Freemasonry embraces similar goals, with archane language, odd costume and unfamiliar sentence structure. It is a selective mind that notices messages in metaphores. Maybe we need to define ourselves as such and teach our students their talents will only be revealed through hard work and commitment.
...and by the way, I don't have any tickets to sell.
Governance and management; necessary if kept in proportion; numbing if not. Control. It seduces us with the scent of predictability and power. We trade on reality, convincing ourselves freemasons have an ability to foresee the future. The way we look at history is less kind. Think about the way we drop names of great men who happen to have been freemasons to give us a certain panache'. Habit lulls us into distilling, crunching, and compressing centuries of influence and events, enough that we should all cringe at it. Don't think for a moment this obscures the truth; understand has become opaque as a result. Conformity is such a tasty ale. Too many pearls; too much science, mixed to fit known facts. Change or deepen our understanding of masonic history and the outcomes will obvioulsy change. What separates us from our impressions of what we were? Is it building a room for serious conversation without risk riducule? It is titillating to talk about the past. History can minimize complication; robust comrades facing tough entrance requirements; aristocracy rubbing shoulders with commoners. It was the time before uniformity that gives us the greatest sense of mystery. What records extant leave gaps for us to speculate creating treasures for the mind pregnant with promise that membership provides a way to nuture character development.
It is disengenuous to offer something unless we can't deliver. Unfortunately that hasn't stopped us. So the question I ask is this; given that reality is never as keen, as precise, as satisfying as anticipation, all things considered, redefining our beginnings both spiritual and philosophical has the the Masonic Order not lost footing?
A recent study shows that most people would pick their next dog by the 'puppy eye' look. Will you fall for that too, or would you like to have some other tools on how to pick your next companion, that have nothing to do with looks?
What dog, or animal, for that matter would be a contribution to your life and living? How do you pick the 'right' dog?
For the past 100 years, communities have abandoned the elements of health and replaced them with a car. Many no longer believe it is possible to create a lifestyle not dependent on a vehicle; one in which everything is within walking distance. We regionalize where we work, where we shop, where we play, where we live and where we die.
Our natural lives became alienated in an artificial environment. It didn't stop there. Sustainable family farms were pushed aside by agri-businesses. Radical notions 50 years ago are now primary. We have stopped laughing at those convincing us to protect the environment. We no longer mock science that shows truth. The way many of us were raised, to believe mankind could dominate the environment? Is this the final chapter?
Faced with this knowledge, what else can a good man do but live within his sphere able to calm his thoughts. "If you meet a man who..."
He controls and effects what he can and if he has any insight, learns that somethings are beyond his reach. How different is it for a man to live isolation, embracing a value system hundreds of years old, than a man who feels he does not fit. Robert Heinlein told us abouot him, 'a stranger in a strange land'. Lodges were never intended to be mystery schools. They are tarnished old beacons, in need of repair and replacement but visible in every community and serving an important task. They are beacons not of safety, but about opportunity; a metaphorical light in the darkness to attract a particular type of man; curious about a serious fraternal experience; bright enough to appreciate philosophical reinterpretation of perception.
Becoming the temple of craft masonry is the first step.
As a grown man, being defined with symbols is interesting. I think I am quite average; at this age having partial answers to some but not all of the elemental question pertinent to my life. In a way, it takes this kind of effort to balance an aging conscience to engage the world authenticallly. I do that to understand the nature of trust and gain control of emotion. These are difficult elements; my sense of this is incomplete.
" I wish you well on your masonic journey." We hear that alot. To be honest it never really sat well with me because it felt it was usually given to implant a conceit. ie Aren't I clever saying phrase to the initiate that he doesn't understand? Dangerous stuff to talk about conceits I know. But the mathematics of the sentence is wrong because he is left untaught. Everyone comes into life alone and in relationship. How we conduct our life is about choices we make. I think freemasons gernerally agree each new member is part of the Order, joining us to explore the meaning of a life well lived. Our ritual gives an opportunity; not answers but an atmosphere to be a learner of philosophy, geometry, science, the arts, sociology and history. We are in a Mystery School in the truest sense; we are the alchemist seeking knowledge.
An intelligent man will understand the deeper growth only possible through respect of a higher power and mankind. Freemasonry helps us understand the work of that achievement.
Don't walk away disappointed, impatient and frustrated. We've been looking for you. Do you have the temperment and intelligence to proceed? Natural talent is rare. Most of us acheive by hard work. It's a choice.
In the conventional sense, we should be much smarter, more sensitive, prescient, awareness. Has science not given 21st Century Man, tools that were only decades ago were the product of an active imagination? Communication is at our fingertips. Whole libraries can be carried in a pocket. A man with little in his pocket, can have the education that once was the privelege of wealth and power. Poverty and slavery, disease and pestilence continue to haunt the tribes of mankind crossing all boundaries.
With the advantages of modernity where is the balance? Where is the gain? The masses are entertained mocking the suffering of unfortunate people. The pious have fallen. Leaders are so human and frail we begin to wonder if standards of good behaviour does matter at all.
We are compelled to redefine a system that leaves the majority feeling the pain of hunger to support the wealth of a few. Is it greed? Is it advantage? Or is it insight, humanism able to withstand the cynics? What is left for us if the things we believed when we were boys have run their course?
Behind the doors of our lodge halls our apprentices expect to find answers to their questions. Too often he finds he is allocated to the chorus, where he is continuously solicited, to volunteer, make a purchase, to give and give and give. Did we mean to replace the craftsman with a production line? Did we intentionally replace the meaning of a life worth living with nervous business models and money?
How we define the masonic experience is in our hands as it has always been. If we bend history to serve an agenda, we fail the test of time. We have done that already. One day, we will understand the process that took us to the crossroads. Toleration for poor quality work will ruin the reputation of any studio built around the talents of the Master.
WE ALL NEED A COMPANION, SOMEONE THAT WILL BE WITH US THROUGH GOOD TIMES AND BAD, THEY LAUGH AND CRY WITH US, CORRECT US WHEN WE WRONG AND CELEBRATE OUR ACCOMPLISHMENT.
Evangelist Patricia Dokes, will be teaching on Practical Spiritual Principles,
Evang. Patricia is a Minister at New Canaanland Christian Church in Joliet Il, she is the Founder of the D.I.V.A.S Women Ministry
In This Season Her anointing is to teach with a simplicity that all can understand and enjoy what Says the Lord, God has givien her a Heart for Hurting Women and her assignment is to set the captives free from all forms of Emotional Pain
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