"I've Been Studying"

Discussion in 'Recommended Reading' started by rpbrown, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

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    Either regular GL in DC would be good. I suggest you show up to a few near you, meet the brothers, then decide. Showing up in person before the monthly meeting is the best way to become a Mason so go ahead and do that to decide among the lodges near you as well.

    http://www.mwphgldc.com/lodges/

    http://www.dcgrandlodge.org/lodge-locator.html
     
  2. tyep3rd

    tyep3rd Registered User

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    Thank you for the info


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  3. BrianMcMLG

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    I have used the term "studying" when referring to the memorization work for the proficiency exams of the degrees.
    In NJ, we do a lot of word of mouth, but also each candidate recieves a copy of the exam (written in cypher) for each of the Blue Lodge degrees. NJ also provides each candidate with a book by Carl Claudy which adds some extra light to the lessons themselves. For example, upon initiation, I recieved the cypher for the exam and the Entered Apprentice Claudy book. After proving proficient as an EA, I recieved the FC exam (in cypher) and the FC Claudy book. Same will done for MM. I cannot speak for any other juristictions, but that is how New Jersey does things nowadays.

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  4. Bro_Vick

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    This is generally how our society is outside of Freemasonry. Google has made everyone an instant expert on everything, so really the joy of learning is becoming a parrot of someone else's view points. Reading others esoteric thoughts on Freemasonry can be enlightening, but you have to experience it, and live through it first. Otherwise you are in essence intellectually eating regurgitated thought, and unable to fully understand the ritual and internalize it for yourself.

    We are not a mail order enlightenment organization, our core comes from our ability to meet, and do the work as Masons. There are plenty of mail order groups out there that will provide you with all the fancy titles, and all you have to do is read a book, and write an essay.

    We are thankfully much more than that, and sometimes that is lost on the profane.

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    -Bro Vick
     
  5. widows son

    widows son Premium Member

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    "I've Been Studying"

    Well put Bro. Vick
     
  6. Roy Vance

    Roy Vance Certified Premium Member

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    Very well said, Bro. Vick.
     
  7. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    I googled it bro Vic and you are right Masonry is an experience that inspires the pursuit of knowledge and self growth! ;) Although I think mail order enlightment is a little bit harsh for those "others" some of those organazitions offer good information but it is up to the candidate whether they are bestowed the wisdom of their mailings. You are correct though candidates that usually gravitate to those places are looking for a quick fix and a fancy title. On the other hand I see those kind come and go in our craft as well as we make it easier and cheaper to join. :(
     
  8. dfreybur

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    Is any brother also an AMORC member? I keep reading Rosicrucian material and my interest level keeps gradually asking for more.
     
  9. Starr

    Starr Registered User

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    I just looked it up and noticed they have a publication out about Kabbalah. I will have to look that one over. If you have not read it yet I would recommend: The Way of the Craftsman by W. Kirk MacNulty


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  10. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    AMROC is a legit organization. I know a few in the group and they love it though I have never joined myself. They do offer information in the mail but also have brick and mortar buildings as well if you are lucky enough to live close. They offer allot of information on their site to their purpose and history very interesting stuff.


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  11. dfreybur

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    Before I petitioned the AMORC was on my list of organizations to consider. Their physical lodges are few and far between. That's why I stopped considering them at that time. They have no connection to Masonry and have no conflict with Masonry. Because I've been so happy with Masonry I have generally not put much thought into the organizations I considered but did not petition. Because of their Rosicrucian material the AMORC keeps coming up and once again I have begun to consider them.
     
  12. legorix

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    AMORC and Freemasonry are very much compatible. Both Orders compliment each other in many ways. The common denominator between them being "Enlightenment." I have been a member of both fraternities for many years and can attest to the positive effects they have equally had in my life. Both Orders are Initiatory and the focus is self improvement, lays their biggest similarity.

    I will also add that those brothers who find affinity with the esoteric and enjoy studying and learning on their own will find AMORC to be quite fulfilling. I would also like to say that The Scottish Rite with its myriad of esoteric lessons is transformational and will provide the initiate with much food for thought

    To put it succinctly: in this world there are many streams and rivers which eventually lead into the ocean. They have different names and might appear different in their form, yet they all contain water. Truth is much the same way, the vessel might look different yet the essence is the same

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