The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part V

CLOSING AND THE DISPERSAL Note: This is a republish of my article posted on the Universal Co-Masonry Blog and Website. In the series finale, the author explains that the framework of Freemasonry bestows the ability create what the world needs, if Brothers do it with intention, focus, and true service.  What happens with this energy once it has intensified to its most perfected state? With the completion … Continue reading The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part V

The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part IV

THE GATHERING OR ESOTERIC PROFANE   Note: This is Part 4 of a reprint of a blog I did for Universal Freemasonry. In this part, we are xploring the reasoning and importance of preparation, before entering the Temple, for the Brothers about to take part in the Masonic ritual work.  The term “esoteric profane” is used to describe that which is before the temple (pro–fane) and that which … Continue reading The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part IV

The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part III

INTENTION OR EXOTERIC The third installment in the series on the effects of Masonic ritual. Masonic Ritual is the play; it stresses the structure and foundation of the story while the thought form and creativity are in the hands of the individual actors in the ritual. This was first published on the Universal Freemasonry Website. The intent of the Masonic ritual working is the fundamental basis for … Continue reading The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part III

The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part II

THE FOUNDATION – BUBBLES AND THOUGHT FORMS Here we explore the foundation of Masonic Ritual as influenced, shaped, and formed by the thoughts and mindset of the Brothers of the Lodge. Part 1 of this series sets the stage. This was previously published on the Universal Freemasonry blog site. A bubble is a self-organized structure that is the result of a new thermodynamic phase of matter; … Continue reading The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part II

The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part I

WHAT IS MASONIC RITUAL?  This is the first installment in a series exploring the effects of Masonic ritual. Here I explores the nature of ritual, particularly in relation to Freemasonry. This was previously published on the Universal Freemasonry blog site. A modern Masonic guide states that ritual is “a practice done in a set and precise manner so as to produce a result with a symbolic … Continue reading The Effect of Masonic Ritual: Part I

I’m Trying

Adult: Pick up your shoes. I’ve told you three times, you need to clean up your room. Teenager: I’m trying. Adult: Yes, you’re very trying. The first definition of trying is “difficult, annoying, hard to endure.” The conversation above is spot on, as it were. To try is to make an attempt or endeavor to do something. To make an effort. The depth and breadth … Continue reading I’m Trying

Hidden Mysteries of Nature

Recently, I was with a group of Freemasons having a passionate discussion about the word “magic.” Some of the members of the discussion group felt that Freemasonry is “magic,” while others disregarded the word as superstition and illusion. Still others were exploring different meanings, trying to find within themselves how the word made them feel, what it made them think, and what was their own … Continue reading Hidden Mysteries of Nature