“Darkness and Light are both of one nature, different only in seeming, for each arose from the source of all. Darkness is disorder, Light is order; Darkness transmuted is Light of Light. This my children, your purpose in being, transmutation of Darkness into Light.”—Hermes Trismigistus (via thestreetphilosopher)
could you talk more about athiesm? and out of curiosity, what is the point of freemasonry? enlightenment? salvation? to stop tyranny and spread truth? or some combination? hope the questions don't bother you, but i've never heard this kind of perspective before.
Such a good question. And please, do not apologize. I adore getting quality questions like this from people who are honest in their inquiries and genuinely want to learn without ulterior motives.
First of all, what is Atheism? It is the disbelief in and denial of the existence of a God. Atheism is Idolatry. It is reductionist, materialistic, and mechanistic. It starts at particulars, and tries to ascend to universals, instead of starting with universals before trying to comprehend the particulars. The best word I can think of to describe the universe from an Atheistic point of view is this: CAUSELESS.
“…a hideous, ceaseless procession of sparks of cosmic matter created by no one; self-appearing, self-existent, and self-developing; this Self no Self, for it is nothing and nobody; floating onward from nowhence, it is propelled by no Cause, for there is none, and it rushes nowhither. And this in a circle of Eternity blind, inert, and — CAUSELESS.”
In that response I talk about how meaning is only ascribed to the universe by ones own interpretation of his own world. But, back to Atheism. I truly believe that the majority of people become atheists at some point in their lives, and do so because of their lack of ability to accept Church Dogmas for what they are. And who can blame them? The illogical nature and hypocrisy of most dogmas send an enormous amount of people down the abyss of atheism. But one should not be so hasty to abandon the cause so quickly. The doctrine of Atheism is no different than any Church, for with either one he either must take the doctrine on blind faith, or dismiss it totally. They are two extremes, but they are in fact the same thing. Just as hot and cold are two extremes of the same thing. The biggest thing about religion for me growing up was that I recognized the flaws, but a part of me understood that stuff doesn’t stick around for centuries for no reason. If everything about religion were false, it would soon become obsolete and eventually disappear from humanity. To see a flaw in something, and totally dismiss EVERYTHING ELSE about it the atheistic way of thinking.
“I had rather believe all the fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal Frame is without a Mind. For it is a thousand times more credible that four mutable Elements and one immutable First Essence duly and eternally placed need no God than that an army of infinite small portions, or seeds unplaced, should have produced this Order and Beauty, without a Divine Marshall. They that deny a God destroy man’s nobility, for certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and if he not be of kin to God by his spirit, he is abase and ignoble creature. Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion. For while the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no further; but when it beholdeth the chain of them, confederate and linked together, it must needs fly to Providence and Deity.” - Sir Francis Bacon
Freemasonry has multiple purposes. And they pretty much are everything that you listed. Because when you spread Truth, you stop tyrrany. They are all intertwined. You cannot have one without the other. On a more personal note, Freemasonry helps me be a better son, a better brother, a better husband, and a better father. I may not be all of these titles at this particular time, but I am in preparation to be. To finish up, I will use a quote from the book called Malchizadek and the Mystery of Fire by Manly Palmer Hall.
“The elaborate rituals of the Ancient Mysteries and the simpler ceremonies of the modern religious institutions had a common purpose. Both were designed to preserve, by means of symbolic dramas and processionals, certain secret and holy processes, by the understanding of which, Man may more intelligently work out his salvation.”
“THERE IS BUT ONE RELIGION IN ALL THE WORLD, and that is the worship of God, the spiritual Flame of the Universe. Under many names He is known in all lands but as Isawri or Ammon or God, He is the same, the Creator of the Universe, and Fire is His universal symbol.”—Manly Palmer Hall - The Initiates of the Flame. (via theworkingtools)
Oh you got married?! You've hit the lottery sir! I hope all goes well and it's a very prosperous marriage!
Believe me I feel like I hit the lottery everyday. I love my wife more and more everyday and she is more and more beautiful everyday. Everybody that meets her asks me I how managed to pull it off and the only thing I can do is shrug my shoulders haha. Not to mention she is going to be a fantastic mother.
We are taught that everything in Freemasonry is symbolic. Each of the symbols have more than one meaning. Yet, there is one symbol of Freemasonry that we rarely talk about or consider, but it is a sigil of who we all are and represent.
We are all Hiram, on one level of another. We discuss who he…
Those who become Freemasons only for the sake of finding out the secret of the order, run a very great risk of growing old under the trowel without ever realizing their purpose. Yet there is a secret, but it is so inviolable that it has never been confided or whispered to anyone. Those who stop at…
I'm happy for you man! I just met the love of my life too. Your blog is amazing and happy holidays to you and your new bride. epic blog.
You my friend are very kind. Your blog rules as well. I’m very happy for you. Finding someone that you can legitimately see yourself starting a family with and spending the rest of your life with is an amazing time, and to me, symbolizes the beginning of a new chapter in ones life. That is, if marriage and family and stuff is something you want personally.
“15. Nevertheless have the greatest self-respect, and to that end sin not against thyself. The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and wilfully to reject truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander not to thy prejudices.”—Crowley - Liber Librae (via martinhayes)
“There exists a faculty in the human mind which is immeasurably superior to all those which are grafted or engendered in us. By it we can attain to union with superior intelligences, finding ourselves raised above the scenes of this earthly life, and partaking of the higher existence and superhuman powers of the inhabitants of the celestial spheres.”—Iamblicus(250-325 CE), The Egyptian Mysteries (via nunmilk)
We spend between one quarter to a third of our lives sleeping; and while we sleep we dream. Whether we remember it or not, we dream. The Talmud says that “An un-interpreted dream is like an unread letter.” To understand dreaming is the path to integration.
In the dream state time is more fluid, and space more malleable. In dream we explore the labyrinth of our unconscious, experiencing our deeper fears and unacknowledged desires. In our dreams, and our nightmares, we touch on the borders of heaven and hell. As spiritual practitioners we can use our dreams for self-discovery. We can harness them to release energy-blockages and accumulated tensions; to loosen habits and unleash creativity.
So, what is dreaming? When we sleep, our awareness turns in on itself and becomes sub-conscious; that is, it passes under the threshold of waking consciousness. This is because our Etheric Body has disengaged from the physical (the same phenomenon occurs during hypnotic trance), from which our Astral Body then emerges. It is in our Astral form that we journey upon the Inner Worlds, and our dreams are hazy memories of our experiences there. The difference between ‘Dreaming’ and ‘Astral Projection’ is that dreaming is unconscious, but projection is done with full consciousness.
In Qabalah the subconsciousness is equated to Yesod, the ninth Sephira on the Tree of Life. Dreaming is our journey from Yesod to Tiphareth; from the personal unconscious to the real Self that lies at the center of our being.
“So easily might I become a harebrained egotistic woman, extracting compliments, arrogant, narrow, withered…The dream is too often about myself. To correct this; and to forget one’s own sharp absurd little personality, reputation and the rest of it, one should read; see outsiders; think more; write more; above all be full of courage; and practice anonymity.”—Virginia Woolf, from Selected Diaries (via violentwavesofemotion)
“Everyone has a criticism of everything now. There doesn’t have to be a solution or an alternative anymore, just a critique and a shout about oppression. This generation has more access to long range communication and international social networking and few seem to do fuck all with it but complain.
Fake radicals telling armchair radicals why they are so powerless to change their situation but the same pseudo revolutionaries will give you a 200 page essay on why their particular form of being oppressed makes then incapable of addressing any of the issues they brought up.
The Black Panthers organized and fed kids free breakfasts before school. Act-Up didn’t beg for a do nothing Congress to acknowledge that HIV/AIDS was infecting and killing a vast number of people, they were putting themselves out there with Direct Action to draw attention while creating a community to support those dealing with the disease. And there are many such groups over the decades that were faced with terrible adversity and went headlong into it with all available energy and resources.
Changing your Facebook profile picture doesn’t matter. Posting a link to an online petition doesn’t make you politically or socially active. Reblogging a list of suicide hotlines doesn’t make you empathetic. If one more fucking person tells me some “The Secret” bullshit about changing the world with happy thoughts I swear I will strangle the life out of them.
It’s like practicality is lost on my generation, no one knows or wants to change anything because then they wouldn’t have anything to talk about.”—Me. Angry. First thing in the morning. (via holy-mountaineering)