I'm writing this because I really want to go all the way through with joining Freemasonry, but I am afraid I will be disappointed. The reason I fear this is because I went to lodge today (I did my Entered Apprentice degree about a year and a half ago) and I was talking to a Fellowcraft. I'm not sure if it's because he's only a Fellowcraft and doesn't know yet, but he said Freemasonry has nothing to offer in terms of spiritual enlightenment. My main reasons for wanting to join Masonry are these: I want to find a road to spiritual enlightenment, and I want to develop my psychic faculties. Also, I enjoy studying esoteric thought. Would I be wasting my time joining Freemasonry if this is what I seek?
Another question: I was told that I would have to re-do my Entered Apprentice initiation. It may be a strange question, but does the ritual have some sort of mystical effect that wears off over time if one does not proceed through the degrees? I suspect that it has something to do with the chakras. After my initiation, it seemed as if my mind was expanding. I was much sharper and had an easier time comprehending things. If my memory serves me correctly, that is a function of the ajna chakra (or third eye)
P.S. I had to put a cool title so people would actually read this
The most important subject to study in Freemasonry is you. The road to any enlightenment is to understand why YOU want to be enlighted. Freemasonry will slowly and gently ask you to examine yourself the world and your role in that world.
Every jpurney starts with the first one, two and three steps. If however you question every twist and turn you will miss the beauty of the forest while just examining the one tree.
Most impotantly remember JFK And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. speech by John F. Kennedy
If your journey starts with, whats in it for me. Dont bother to go on that journey.
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>he said Freemasonry has nothing to offer in terms of spiritual enlightenment.
It is pretty clear that that was the result for him. And if the other brethren of the lodge are of the same opinion, you might like to look for a lodge that is more closely aligned to your interest.
>does the ritual have some sort of mystical effect that wears off over time if one does not proceed through the degrees?
In the 18th degree I was inducted 5 times. The only time it worked properly was the 4th time. On that occasion the floor of the temple opened up as a vortex and the secretary told me afterwards that I was surrounded by light.
In my view there is no harm in having as many initiations as the brethren will allow.
>After my initiation, it seemed as if my mind was expanding.
When done correctly the initiation does indeed greatly increase the spiritual light of the deserving candidate.
Post by pointwithinacircle2 on Jun 20, 2015 23:40:02 GMT
It has been my experience that finding the road to spiritual enlightenment, developing psychic faculties, and progressing in esoteric thought are mostly functions of the attitude that one is able to cultivate toward life. For example, I can do a wonderful ten minute talk on the spiritual journey in the movie "Groundhog Day". This is because I was in a very spiritual place the fifth or sixth time I watched it and I suddenly saw something entirely new in it.
Another comment I would make is to remind you to be patient. Listen to what others say, but never stop asking yourself what they mean to you. Sometimes letting things "stew" in your mind is the best way to learn.
And finally, remember not to talk to those who only belittle your ideas.
As to spiritual enlightenment you will get out of Masonry what you put into it. From what I have seen Freemasonry will not be of much help in developing psychic ability.
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