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An Original* TrueAce Concept:
The Black and White Lodges are very similar to a Yin-Yang concept, and while I would say all Lodges are eternal and needed to complete the circle of choice, it is my belief that all but one Lodge are temporary residences.
The Black Lodge focuses, adores, and glorifies the Aspect of Freedom, while the White Lodge focuses, adores, and glorifies the Aspect of Liberty. The Gray Lodge (still entirely real and valid) is more of a Limbo-Lodge, and acts as a go-between for the Black and White Lodges and thus focuses, adores, and glorifies the Aspect of Transformation between the two.
The general lessons of Black Lodge members are:
Fear, Hostility, and Unconsciousness - FREEDOM Aspect
-----One does not leave the Black Lodge, as the Black Lodge leaves oneself. After one has put a sufficient amount of time and energy into one's goals (aligned with the Black Lodge), the member will begin to receive the 'benefits' the Black Lodge has to offer: Power over others, physical pleasures and comforts, and even the ability to dominate oneself entirely - being able to instill any belief in oneself that furthers the goals of the Black Lodge. The price for this all is unconscious living (lacking awareness of choice). After a certain amount of time (depending on the individual), the member will begin to experience pain "for no reason at all" and the 'benefits' of the Black Lodge will lose their appeal. This inevitably leads to the Gray Lodge.
The general lessons of Gray Lodge members are:
Confusion, Endurance, and Choice - TRANSFORMATION Aspect
-----The Gray Lodge exists so that both other Lodges may exist. When one enters the Gray Lodge, it is (almost?) always unwilling on a conscious level. Either the White Lodge seemed too limiting or the Black Lodge seemed too boring, and one is on their way to either destination. One will need to drop the old beliefs and goals of the prior Lodge, and this is generally a time of great inner confusion. One must endure this state and recognize that in the end, it is one's own choice that leads to the next destination.
The general lessons of White Lodge members are:
Joy, Gratitude, and Awareness - LIBERTY Aspect
-----Leaving the White Lodge is just as wondrous as coming back to it. One is born here, and while not everyone leaves this Lodge everyone does return. The lessons are eternal here, and the power is always in oneself. One chooses to stay or leave, and there is complete acceptance regardless of whatever choice one makes.
An Original* TrueAce Concept:
The Black Lodge consists of two roles:
Slave and Master
While they share similar traits, they are different in the aspect that they opposite equals and mirror images. They inherently NEED one another and thus can never be truly at Liberty. To some extent, they both are afraid of claiming their own power to create, but it comes from differing perspectives. Masters and Slaves come in all ( ) genders, but for the purposes of this post the Master is a he and the Slave is a she...
Enjoys the aspect of absolute control over everything - except in himself. His desire to control his environment is so strong that he will go to any measure to learn the truth in order to bend it to his means.
He knows and fully understands the environment is his to shape.
He is afraid of his own power, as he sees himself as something beyond his control. While he can manipulate and control his environment and even people through deceit, hostility, and careful planning all of this power falls completely short within himself. He refuses to acknowledge that his feelings are only a result of his INNER world and holds steadfast to the belief that by controlling his environment that he can control what he is exposed to and thus control his feelings.
Enjoys the aspect of absolute freedom and liquid changeability in herself - excluding her environment. Her desire to be free from the tyranny of the outside world is so strong that she will submit to outside forces in order for their 'protection.'
She knows and fully understands that she is in control of herself.
She is afraid of the environment, as she sees it as something outside of herself. While she can manipulate and change herself at will, the outside world is too solid and regulated for her watery nature to comprehend. She refuses to acknowledge that the environment she is in is just an extension of herself and her INNER world, holding steadfast to the belief that only through submission to outside forces will the environment ever be anything but hostile.
Originally posted by TrueAce
Aren't you both correct, StreetCorner Philosopher and Skyfloating?
Do you agree or disagree?