The Abyss of Masonry

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

Growing up in the 1950s life was certainly different than today,  as a child, I had much more freedom than the kids of today.

We weren’t continuously watched over every minute of the day, the same dangers were there for kids as in the current time, but parents were more likely to let their kids roam the neighborhoods without fear of them getting into harm, and if they acquired a skinned up knee, the knee would heal, it was just a battle scar of growing up.

No worries.

I received a bike at a very early age, I was barely tall enough to reach the pedals, but that didn’t stop me from riding on the gravel road in front of the farm where I grew up.

As I grew braver, taller, and more adventuresome. my riding range expanded and soon I could be seen riding my bike a couple of miles from home.

Soon I was able to ride  a couple of miles to the only asphalt road in the area, what a treat to rid on a smooth surface and not have to worry about the larger stones in the gravel  road creating havoc with my diving abilities.

While riding on this black top road one hot summer day, I noticed a small hole in the pavement.  The freezing and thawing from winter to summer would cause the asphalt to expand and shrink, thus sometimes holes or bulges would appear in the surface of the road.

Stopping my bike , I ventured over to peer into the hole, my imagination began to run wild, the cavern seemed endless.  Things often appear larger to a child’s mind than to an adult.

Although the hole was only a few inches deep, I could only imagine what lie at the bottom of that endless pit. I couldn’t even imagine what may lie at the bottom of that bottomless abyss.

I have found the same to be true in Masonry.

As we study masonry and dive deeper and deeper into the ancient mysteries, it is hard to imagine the mystery every ending, if it does indeed end. 

We seem to uncover one truth, and that discovery just raises more and more questions. 

Does it ever end? 

It never ends. Just like life, our quest for truth is endless and eternal.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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What is Common Sense

Written by Gary Wonning

A few weeks ago I was at a book fair displaying some of the books I have published. A gentleman stopped and picked one of my books , “Wisdom of Our Ancestors” and asked me what it was about.

I replied it was about common sense, something no one has any more.

He then asked,”what is common sense?”

It was one of those wth moments, especially when I discovered he was a psychiatrist with several years of higher education .

Dumbfounded, I stumbled through an explanation .

But then, I began to wonder what common sense really is, we all have a different definition , according to how,when, and where we grew up ,it’s one of those things that we all know what it is, but find it hard to define.

I contemplated that perplexing question for quite a while.

When suddenly the answer came out of the clear blue sky.

It’s a set of moral and ethical values that have been passed down from time immemorial, a set of values that not only allude to our spiritual or religious values, but principles that affect every minute of our lives, they influence our financial values, and how we treat our fellow human beings.

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The Masonic Influence on World History

How many of us actually examine our masonic ritual to discover what those ceremonies really mean? Most often we go through, memorize certain passages, perform the ritual and never give it anther thought. But when you really think about the phrases we recite daily, they do indeed allude to common sense principles we should apply to our daily lives, they aren’t secret, they are right out there in the open for everyone to study and apply.

Passages like, maintain a tongue of good report, maintain secrecy, acting on the square, and meeting on the level. Things like keeping our word, living by example and teaching the young good values.

None of us are perfect, we all sometimes act in a manner unbecoming of a brother, or sister, but if we strive to do the right thing, most times we will strive towards perfection.

Even the seven liberal arts and sciences in the second degree teaches us to look at life through a scientific perspective.

If we only look to the ancient teachings, to the Wisdom of our Ancestors, we will find the answers we need.  Every answer we would ever need can be found in those sacred documents, The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights and the bible and masonic teachings.

It seems people are always talking about the good old days, when the values we upheld were  different, maybe it’s time to quit talking about the way it was and start talking about the way it’s going to be, applying the lessons from the past.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

 

 

 

 

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we have many ways to spread the word

 

Masonic Lodge Meetings Should Be Held In the Morning

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

I was quite surprised after moving to Florida to discover the Master Mason degree was always held on Saturday mornings at about nine AM.

The reasoning being that the degree work is rather long especially if there are more than one candidate and it got too late in the evening before lodge was closed.

I assume too many brethren were falling asleep.

It was about this time I began researching the practices of many of the earlier esoteric societies that I discovered something interesting.

It seems in ancient times, many of the present day rituals were performed in the early morning to coincide with the rising of the morning star, Venus and the sun.

The ancient believed that our perceptions were more distinct when we were receiving the influence of the morning star,  along with the moon and rising sun enabling the initiate to more easily comprehend  the esoteric meaning of the rituals.

I also discovered that brother George Washington, before he assumed his duties in the military and  creating a new country, plotted the rising of the moon, sun, and Venus at his Mount Vernon plantation for fifteen years prior, and made detailed notes.

When our nations capitol, Washington D.C. was plotted, he insisted the White House and the Capitol Building be precisely aligned to the rising of Venus in the early morning hours.

Thus the tradition of early morning rituals is preserved and remembered in our nation’s capitol.

The lodge brothers, by looking after the needs of others and providing the opportunity to not keep late hours, actually provided the opportunity to perform the ancients rituals at the proper times.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

A New Culture Always Learns from the Past

 

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The Masonic Influence on World History 

Written by Gary Wonning

We learn as we study history, one culture or civilization always learns from the previous, takes the knowledge they have acquired, adds to it, and  a new religion or belief structure is born. Many times giving learned beliefs a new name but carrying on what was known before them.

Even though new thoughts are added, if one digs deep enough, the old philosophies never die, they are eternal and unchanging.

So it was with the new Jewish nation,brought forth by Moses, they took what was known to the Egyptians when they left Egypt and settled in the promised land. Moses grew up as an Egyptian, so he would have known much of their culture. They made it their own, sometimes changing the names to fit their own culture. This has been done since the beginning of time.  Out of it sprang a new culture, ready to assume its identity and make its mark in the world.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

What Do Masons Do?

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

We are often told the main function of a masonic lodge is to make good men better. It has been repeated for so many years that it has become the standard “Go to” answer when a stranger asks, “ What do Masons do?”

In reality, this is only partially true and it isn’t what we really do.

What we as masons do is to provide the working tools so the individual man can make himself better. We cannot do that for him, it is his responsibility, he must walk alone and find the resources both inside and outside the lodge in order for him to accomplish that goal.

We can only assist, even though our counsel should be wise and always willing to lend a helping hand, it is for the individual alone to improve his moral lot in life on his journey to perfection.

Back in the day, when a brother joined the lodge, he was expected to join one of the Masonic Rite bodies, and the Shriners, his lady was expected to join Eastern Star and the kids were expected to join DeMolay, Job’s Daughter or Rainbow Girls. We no longer demand that, instead opting to participate in  sports. Sports are important but by eliminating spiritual growth for our kids we have created athletes who no longer stand for the national anthem.

A few years ago, I made an early Sunday morning trip to Fort Lauderdale, and while driving home, I happened to pass by a large soccer field in Fort Myers visible from I-75. It was about twelve noon and I couldn’t help but notice what seemed like a hundred kids playing soccer. I wondered why these kids weren’t in church instead of on a soccer field.

I love sports, but there is a time and place for everything.

 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

The Curse of Oak Island

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

To me, the television series, “The Curse On Oak Island” that airs on the History channel has been a fascinating series.

I first heard of Oak Island in the 1950s when I read about it in a magazine my grandfather had.  Obviously, that was many years ago, and I had all but forgotten about it until I saw the program on the history channel a few years ago. 

My interest peaked, as I had been studying much about the Knights Templars and other groups who may have possibly come to the Western Hemisphere .

The link to the Knights Templars is fascinating, without a doubt, the group discovered something when they first visited the temple in Jerusalem, they discovered something, or some knowledge, as they suddenly became extremely wealthy. 

It was this wealth and notoriety that eventually lead to their downfall when the king of France and the pope had them killed in the fourteenth century. 

It only makes sense that some would have escaped and fled to Scotland where the political climate would have been better for them. 

Whether on not they went to the new world is open for debate, but there is much evidence that says they did. 

I’ll keep watching, I think this season will determine what and if anything is discovered in the money pit. 

 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

 

The Birth of Moses In Egyptian Lore

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

There is often, according to which train of thought you follow, there a dispute about Moses’s heritage; he could have been a Semite, a Hyksos, or an Egyptian. Regardless of whether he was a Semite, a Hyksos, or an Egyptian.

He led his people out of Egypt and much of what the Hebrews knew and believed came from this event.

Moses was learned in the wisdom of the Egyptians, he would have known of the great secrets and knowledge of Seqenenre, and the secrets of resurrecting a new king.

Seqenenre was an Egyptian legend that corresponds closely with the legend of Hiram Abiff in Masonic Lore. 

Undoubtedly, this made a great impression on Moses and he would have relayed it to the ruling class and it eventually became the secret rite of passage for making a new king in the land of Israel and was passed onto the royal line of David.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

 

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