There is a lot of discussion these days regarding lodgerooms. I find that many need a physical building to go to every month. This can be for a few reasons.The first is status, they feel that owning or renting a substantial building give their own work validation. They feel that this is some sort of "stamp of approval" from the rest of society. It shows others, in their minds that they are a "legit" order and thus their work is improved.
Another reason is reassurance. To show to themselves that what they are doing doesn't just take place on a world that intangible to us, but by having that same chair in that same space that it gives them the sense of something "real."
Now, to each their own. I don't make it a habit to be overly critical of any one's opinion, even if I passionately disagree. I do find both of these reasoning's though very sincere to be very exoterically focused and I wonder if such a mindset is actually of benefit to what we, esoteric and occult Freemasons are working to accomplish.
For many, Freemasonry is simply a social and philanthropic society. meant to do good deeds in the community and to offer a place of camaraderie and social bonding away from the stress of work and home. That's fine, but obviously not at all on the same page where we are coming from.
For us, Freemasonry, the Craft of the Wise, the Royal Art, the Divine Path is a system of high ceremonial magic, used to enable us to communicate with our divine selves. Under perfect circumstances and in perfect situations it will serve as a conduit for direct communication with divinity. This is a very powerful and real science.
this leads me to ask, to what real purpose the physical lodgeroom? How does it really enhance our work? Aren't both the desires for status and external validations nothing more than manifestations of personal inner profanity? Work that old building though impressive to look at and even more to stand in just lead us away from our inner work and into a state of stasis that is about the lineal here and now?
I really don't know the answers to these question, or even if there are answers. The more on I work on my own ashlar, the more I am finding the value is within the questions themselves. This is a journey of miracles, and even though it is at sometimes an arduous task that seems to lack in reward, the reward is there. Locked within the work we all find ourselves. What is important will be revealed by the G.A.O.T.U. in due time.
Are you ready?
Joshua Walker-WM Lodge Hera- 1613 Nation
Freedom of Association
5 years ago