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posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:34 AM
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hi I am freddie from Great britain




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posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:35 AM
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THE USE OF RITUAL AND SYMBOLISM
Current mood: discontent
Category: Religion and Philosophy


THE USES OF RITUAL AND SYMBOLISM
Leon Zeldis, Honorary Assistant Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Israel

Our age glories in skepticism and high technology. Science explores every corner of the universe, both at the infinitesimal level of elementary particles and that of millions of galaxies, overwhelming us with an ever increasing flood of facts, while imagination is banished to the sidelines of fiction, and faith is condemned as irrational. Science attempts to find unifying theories that will make the world simple, but daily experience teaches us the opposite, that the world is in fact complex and varied.

If such is our current situation, why do Freemasons insist in conveying their messages through the medium of symbolism? Why do we continue performing long and complicated ceremonies? Why is Ritual the foundation of masonic teaching? Why, in the structure of Masonry, we have to perform a special symbolic ceremony to advance from one to degree to another?

Anthropologists tell us that even the most primitive societies have their rituals, often very elaborate. And in our present, "civilized" world, we are immersed in ritual, though we may not be aware of it. From nurseries to armed forces, from law courts to tennis courts, we see old and new rituals performed every day.

Ritual is intimately connected with symbolism. The national flag, the logo of a company, and the colors of a traffic light, they are all symbolic.

The physicist, the modern demiurge, creates his invisible particles in a world of infinitely precise measurements, elaborate instruments, powerful computers and mathematical analysis.

However, the human mind does not appear to work following the rules of computer logic; rather, it works on the basis of symbolic structures. Apprehension and abstraction are symbolic in nature. The language we use to reason with and to convey information is a generally accepted system of symbols. Words do not correspond to measurable physical entities. They are but shadows, images that flash in the mind and evoke associations, memories and expectations. Furthermore, most of the brain's activity goes on underneath the surface, so to say, below the level of consciousness. This activity, revealed sometimes in dreams and myths, is nothing but symbols and analogies.

Say I am holding in my hand the score for Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. You see a book, yet in your mind you hear the four stating notes of the music, destiny knocking on the door, or V for Victory, if you remember the Second World War. I say this a symphony, but a scientist might claim that it is only an object weighing 400 grams, composed of wood pulp beaten into sheets, partly covered with a mixture of carbon black and glue. Who is closer to the truth? Which truth s closer to us?

I now pick up a plastic disk and say this too is Beethoven's Fifth. In my mind, they are closely related; the book and the disk are almost twins. More surprising still, they are both somehow representations of another, totally different experience, the actual concert performance of the music. The human mind has this extraordinary ability to abstract these various experiences: attending a concert, listening to a recording, reading a score, and conflating them into a single symbol: Beethoven's Fifth.

Symbols are, then, tools for thought, ways to grasp reality and to relate it to ourselves. We sometimes forget that all measurements started as proportions of the human body. An inch is a thumb's length; a palm, a yard (forearm's length), a foot, a fathom (length of outstretched arms). The scientist has dehumanized his measurements, because his work is not done with tools adapted to the human body, but with instruments adapted to the machine.

In Masonry we look back to our human dimensions. The symbolic tools we use are intended to reveal direct insights about man, the microcosm, and the world about, the macrocosm. Masonry does not teach like in a classroom. We have no professors, but we all are apprentices, learning through work, through practice, through personal experience.

Masonic teachings are acquired and developed only by personal effort and involvement, by experiencing the ritual ceremonies. Masonic degrees cannot be received by mail or through the Internet, like diplomas after concluding a course of study. Ritual and symbol are dead letter when on the printed page. Only when words and actions come to life, only by personal experience the symbols become reality.

Masons assemble in lodge in order to work. We hold work is such high esteem, because work is essentially a personal experience. Working we must use our hands, minds and heart.

Seeing only the external aspects of ritual, one may be inclined to call it a theatrical game. Indeed, when ritual is performed without proper preparation, as a charade, a series of actions, words and gestures carried out without thought, ritual becomes a parody.

But ritual can also become the key to unlock a deeper, more immediate understanding of human nature than can be imparted by logical discourse. Ritual incorporates the accumulated experience of wise men who lived in ages before science and the scientific method were dominant, an experience expressed in legends and symbols. When Freemasonry itself is considered as a philosophical institution, that is, and association of free men lovers of knowledge, then, and only then, can we begin to appreciate the value of ritual and symbol in our Masonic work.

Yes, they do play a game in Masonry. It is a very ancient game, ever full of surprises. It is called the game of life. The tools that Masonry puts in our hands allow us to play the game better, with personal enjoyment and for the benefit of mankind.


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posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:36 AM
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I`m Kevin Yoder and I`m a 34 yr old disabled person at Crestwood homes in Port Angeles WA due to getting ran over by a car about 3 yrs ago in Denver CO and after waking up from a deep coma I began to realize some interesting stuff like how the whole bible is made up. Like today I just thought of this; What about Dinasaurs? LOL! And just go to Noahs Arc didn`t exist and you`ll see what I`m talking about



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:36 AM
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I'm an all around conspiracy addict. I like to know what everyone thinks about anything. Love feedback and opinions.



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:37 AM
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Hello, i am brazilian and i would like to join ats forum to discuss with everybody and learn about a lot of things here. Thanks in advance!



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:37 AM
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Ive just discovered that I have an unusually strong talent in the area of precognition. But Im afraid to tell anyone because theyll think im a freak. and Im really nervous.



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:37 AM
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I am new to discussion board usage and I am not very good at typing or key board shortcuts but willing to learn.

I was intrigued by the discussion about religion that came up when I found your site and hope to be able to keep up with other discussions that will start in the future. I feel there is always more than one side to every topic but I do not always have someone to talk to who can see more than one side.

Thank You,
MysticCat



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:38 AM
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There are a lot of things going on in the world today that affect us all. I believe that we all need each other to share info that could be criticle to each of us.



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:45 AM
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posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:46 AM
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I really hope to learn more about mental boundaries. Like being psycic(sp?), astral and etheric traving, and cryptozoology. I will contribute fair opinions on certain topics with researched information to back it up.



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:47 AM
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I am a Moslem, 45 years old from Jakarta, Indonesia



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:47 AM
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I have had many strange experiences in my life time



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:49 AM
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Long time listener, decided to stop leeching and actually try and contribute something..

I've a fairly good knowledge in video and photo editing, Might be a bit of use in telling reals from fakes as far as ET's go..

And for the record, I reside in Ireland, therfore I can share all leprechaun related theorys with you.



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:50 AM
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'Ello. My name is Katt. I think this site is very interesting and I'm very interested in researching cryptozoology and the paranormal.



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posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 07:55 PM
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hi my name is j rajan



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 07:55 PM
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My interest in this site is to maybe gain information on Jupiter 6, the captain of which is a family member. My email address is hiley@kimandlena.fsnet.co.uk



posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 07:55 PM
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Enjoy looking at other perspectives on people views that aren't with the "norm". Also nice find a forum where one can express their "outside the box" views and not be ran out of the room.




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