posted on Aug, 10 2010 @ 10:15 AM
The irony is that Freemasons aren't trying to keep anyone in the dark.
Notice you never see threads here by Freemasons attacking non-masons or anti-masons.
The knowledge and experiences we have are available to anyone via a number of paths, whether Eastern or Western, esoteric, mystic, Native American,
The truth is we are all headed in the same direction but some of us choose the Masonic path because it makes sense to us.
Are we perfect? Not by a long shot. There are some holdouts where racism exists, as well as sexism. On the whole, though, I would say they occur
less frequently in the lodge than in society generally.
The passwords and handshakes have remained the same for hundreds of years. The beans have been spilled in numerous ways and uncountable times.
A Freemason won't give them to you, though, because we gave our word. It's a simple matter of honor. You get no special benefit by being a Mason,
either exoterically or esoterically.
In fact, in my experience, I feel much more constrained in my behavior and opinion since joining. When I find myself ready to condemn others there is
a conscience I've learned that makes me think twice.
Freemasonry is simply about finding even the briefest glance of cosmic consciousness.
I believe when a human has a divine experience, no matter how brief, of his or her place in the universe it causes a change in their spirit. A sense
of comfort and purpose appears.
I've only had tiny brief instances of these experiences myself. I even feel there may be far more effective schools for this type of experience than
Masonry, but I like the camraderie.
One time I was slicing a peach and happened to cut the edge of the pit by chance with my knife. When the peach fell open the pit did as well and I
saw something I was completely unprepared for... there is a small perfect seed inside the pit.
My whole life I'd thought the dirty, rough pit WAS the seed, but in a flash of being caught aback I got the briefest glimpse of how mysteries and
secrets are concealed in plain sight, yet available to anyone.
All of our heads have a hard candy shell, to paraphrase Chris Farley. But when we see ourselves as the certain peanut within the shell, and
understand how it circumscribes us, we truly begin to understand that the entire universe is a candy bowl ready for us to enjoy.
Anyway... it's not the Masons keeping you in the darkness.. it's yourself.
Go to the light.