>I was cheated of a true initiation
I was at an initiation a couple of years ago and asked the candidate afterwards if he felt differently. He said he felt bigger. I was not surprised as I had observed that there was Light flowing down into him as he took his obligation so that his aura was indeed bigger.
Unfortunately the flow of Light is not usually very strong in Masoni ritual. In that case it was the caliber of the candidate that caused the flow - not the caliber of the ritual team.
So that is my usual observation - the candidate triggers the inner event. This is not the direct fault of the ritual teams. The tide has gone out on the current form of Freemasonry and only exceptional candidates get what they come for.
Thanks for sharing this Brother.. a very interesting comment..If the candidate is not actually having an initiatic experience as their first steps in Freemasonry then all they are doing is checking the boxes needed so they can attend the business meeting and vote on the bills. We are either making Masons or we are making Members. I woul never say that some men who come in through the one day classes do not go on to become excellent and learned Brothers. I'm one. I've told my story before, when I came in over twenty years ago, it was in a Man 2 Mason one day class. I thought that's how everyone did it. Back then, I knew little of Freemasonry and how it was supposed to be. Once I experienced the ritual the way it was meant to be my eyes were opened wide. And I vowed I would never support the sham way I was raised. I was cheated of a true initiation and was only able to find some peace by learning as many parts as I could and giving the meaningful experience I was robbed of to others. So when I voice my disgust concerning one day classes it is from experience. I dont care what the numbers say, those practices are horrible for our Craft.
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There's really no point in arguing with you since your view of Freemasonry is so radically different than anything most Freemasons would recognize that there is no common framework to debate from. Your literally post in almost every response you make, regardless of the topic being discussed, ends up being about light flowing here and there and vibrations and every other buz word from the Kybalion. And your response here is just as appropriate as usual for you.>it was my fault that I felt cheated
In the esoteric tradition, the initiate is always self-made. The aspiring human does the work of establishing right relationship with humanity, Nature and him/herself. At the same time the aspirant is increasing alignment with the Light. When those works have proceded sufficiently the Light follows the new line of least resistance and flows through the human who then stabilizes the flow and starts on the next stage of right relationship.
It is very rare for such a stabilization to occur during a Masonic initiation but I have seen it twice.
Do you not recognize that establishing right relationships with humans is the work of the EA and right relationship with Nature is the work of the FC?
In the 3rd degree the candidate is raised from darkness into the Light.
The rituals thereby reflect the inner processes that the brother may or may not pursue.
>Do you recognize that Freemasonry is a system of morality taught by allegory?
This is an interesting question.
Albert Mackey writes in The Symbolism of Freemasonry, Chapter 1: The definition of Freemasonry that it is "a science of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols," has been so often quoted, that, were it not for its beauty, it would become wearisome.
Note that he says that it is a Science of Morality rather than a System. The difference of course is that a science is based upon experiment and observation.
A more commonly recognised science of morality is Neurolinguistic Programming - a science popular amongst sales staff as a means of manipulating the actions of customers.
Of course a science of morality can be quite destructive in the wrong hands - hence the need to conceal it behind allegory.
If it were only a system of morality it would surely be easier to teach by plain speaking. It is certainly peculiar to veil a system of morality from those that ought to practice it.
I suspect that with the loss of knowledge of Masonic Science it was easier to disguise the loss by referring to a system of morality.