Freemasonry is something different for each and every Mason. The wonderful thing about Masonic ritual is that it acts like an ink-blot test for the human mind. Each Freemason sees something slightly different in the workings of the Craft, depending on his situation in life, his personal background, and his level of development. I often wonder if a lack of firm knowledge of our origins isn't one of the greatest gifts Freemasonry has. The ambiguity allows the ritual to speak directly: without preconceptions. To me Freemasonry is a path of self-development and self-improvement, the Masonic ritual provides a system of moral and spiritual transformation. It inspires men to look at themselves and change the way they interact with the world. It is a system of mental control and self-development comparable to Buddhism, yoga, and many other paths of self-improvement to be found around the world, but packaged in a unique western tradition.

The special thing about Freemasonry is that it is free of dogma and open to all religious persuasions. The rituals of Freemasonry are stories that tap into the basic human urge to improve one's self and make the world a better place. Freemasonry teaches that our personal characteristics are neither random nor immutable. We can change ourselves just as a builder changes his surroundings. The wisdom and inspiration contained in Masonic ceremonies allows us to reflect on ourselves and adjust our behaviour and way of thinking. It's a hard path that involves the constant chipping away of our negative qualities and the cultivation of our virtues. To do this we use contemplation, speculation, ritual memorization, and constant adjustment and correction of our thoughts in daily life. A stonemason builds buildings, a Freemason builds himself into someone better and more virtuous. It is a way of becoming the best man that you can be, and of having the best effect you can on the world.

About Martin

My life's work has been to learn and master the art of meditation. To do this I have practiced and studied meditation with unbroken, daily discipline for over two decades as taught in the works of Franz Bardon. However, just like Bardon himself, I have also dedicated my life to gathering what is of use from different traditions around the world - whether hidden in the Japanese mountains, Egyptian desert or with the Indian yogis.

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