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    Featured Podcasts

    Search this forum. I posted a list as did others. Alternatively, search itunes or stitcher for freemasonry and masonic.
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    The Name Game

    Cindy Drozda (one of the best woodturners in the world)
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    The Name Game

    Daniel Beddingfield (singer)
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    True as viewed from both sides :)
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    We know we are not a political power, but those that dont like our secrets and our freethinking cant be sure and distrust us. Better to kill what you dont control
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    Dictatorial regimes dont like freethinkers and they dont like secrets.
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    I think masonry could well be illegal in Iran. It is illegal in many less free countries. There might be 'underground' lodges, but if they are hard to find for the secret service, they will be hard to find for a normal person.
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    Masonic training

    We come in lodge to better ourselves. That implies lodge is (amongst other things) some sort of training ground. Would it be wise, sensible, advisable, good, allowed, interesting, etc to actually organize sessions where training, eg aimed at communication skills, listening, overcoming personal...
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    Women Freemasons

    Groups define themselves by limiting who is part of it. Even the largest and least limited group, society itself, sets limits on who can be part of it, and who needs to be excluded (eg by being put in a jail). It is typically unfair to judge any group on membership policies. I cant join the...
  10. vangoedenaam

    Masonic Podcasts

    I listen to many more masonic podcasts (when time allows). Search on the forum for the list i posted. If you find others, let me know!
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    Brethren in the jazz, blues, rock realm

    I wanted to become a pro for a long time. But i ended up as an advanced amateur. There is the lingering longing, but with family, mortgage and maconry, there isnt much chance it will happen. But the lingering... Well, who knows.
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    About time, but very good news nonetheless. Lets now finally solve some of the world more serious problems.
  13. vangoedenaam

    Featured Podcasts

    I added it to my subscriptions and start listening soon. Always exciting to find a new one. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Featured Podcasts

    Thanks. I didnt know about that one yet! I posted a large list of podcasts in another thread on the forum a while back. Search and find :)
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    Prayers before meals

    When i wrote the word magic i hesitated, i tried magick, but again deleted the k. Its such an ambiguous and multi-interpretational word (not sure if im writing that correctly, not a native speaker...). Its very interesting to read the responses. Im happy to see respectful and educational...
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    Prayers before meals

    I think it might have something to do with my not believing in magic. Prayers like your example resemble magical spells. I donot necessarily think that i can influence some higher power with words. I think actions speak louder than words and spells are best used on one-selves, rather than other...
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    Prayers before meals

    I am completely for quieting and focussing, or meditation. To me that isnt necessarily the same as prayer. And deity / gaotu doesnt have to be a 'person'. A higher power in non personal form qualifies, too. So who would i pray to? Im no atheist but i also dont see a personalized deity. Prayer...
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    Prayers before meals

    Not all faiths have personified deity that will listen to prayer. I think prayer belongs inside religion and therefor is a private matter that might not be fit for lodge. In my country, prayer is not done in most lodges although there will often be a moment of silence before and after meals for...
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    Christmas lodge activities?

    My lodge is closed. Theres a pause between the saint John and the Sylvester celebrations. Christmas doesnt have a Masonic connotation in my country in the blue lodge. (The Netherlands) Probably because we arent as religious in masonry as some other jurisdictions.
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    Internet Lodges

    Castle Island Virtual Lodge, under the GL of Manitoba, Canada.