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.

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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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We Can Only Determine the Future By Discovering From Whence We Came.

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Many think we should never look back, when we do someone will immediately tell us we are living in the past. 

We can look back into our past for any number of reasons, and doing so doesn’t mean we are dwelling there, we are just recalling memories, often times these memories can have a positive result on our lives. 

Many times life’s puzzles can only be solved by looking into the past which enables us to find a reference as to where we are headed or which path we should take. 

We need to connect the dots, and the dots cannot be connected by looking forward, the dots are in the past. 

You need to trust the dots from the past will connect you to the dots in the future. 

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The Masonic Influence on World History

By learning to trust in something, your gut, life, destiny, karma, whatever it is that connects you with the God Force, then you will once again be directed to the path you are destined to assume. 

Sometimes we need to look backward to see forward. 

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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

Your comments are welcome

 

Morgan’s Civil War Raid

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Morgan’s Raid

The raid took place from June 11-July 26,1863 and was named after the commander of the Confederate forces, General John Hunt Morgan.

Although it coincided with the battle of Gettysburg and Vicksburg it was not directly related to either campaign.

In fact, General Morgan ignored orders to not cross into the northern states by his commanding officer.

Crossing the Ohio River near Corydon Indiana, General Morgan raided the towns and villages along the route to northeastern Ohio where he was ultimately captured.   

While crossing southern Indiana, he raided, plundered and burned many small towns that crossed his path.

One such town was Versailles in southeastern Indiana, only about thirty miles from the Ohio border and about thirty miles north of the Ohio River.

 

His army completely destroyed the town, burning, stealing and plundering everything in sight.

In the process his men destroyed the Masonic Lodge and stole the officer’s jewels, thinking they may be valuable.

The next morning, before breaking camp, General Morgan discovered the jewels his men had stolen.

He immediately ordered the jewels returned to the lodge where they are proudly displayed in a beautiful case to this day.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

Albert Pike: Harmony

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The Masonic Influence on World History

The writings of Albert Pike

Harmony reigns in the Natural Law and order of the universe as well as among the trinities recognized by different belief systems throughout history. For example, in the Hindu system, harmony is represented among the relationship of Brahma, the Creating Power, Vishnu, The Preserving Power and Siva, the Destroying and Renovating Power.

Pike goes on, WE are to seek the things that are above, and be not content with a world that must shortly perish, and which we must speedily quit.

Pike admonishes us that we do not conceive of or, much less, create moral truths. They are constituted everywhere and are imposed upon us. It remains for us to search for, discover and inculcate these Truths. 

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Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

The Masters Designs Upon the Trestleboard

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Written by Gary Wonning

In earlier days, when the Craft was a serious discipline in a philosophic and sacred science, the tracing board was the most revered symbol in the lodge. 

It was a diagram which every Brother was taught to draw for himself, so that both his hand and his understanding might be trained in Masonic work.

At each Lodge-meeting the board of the degree about to be worked was drawn from memory with chalk and charcoal on the floor by the Master, who from previous practice was able to do this quickly and accurately.

During the ceremony, the Candidate took the steps of the degree over the diagram (as is still done to-day where floor-cloths are used).

The diagram was explained to him during the ceremony, and he then expunged it with a mop and pail of water so that uninitiated eyes might not see it and to learn a lesson in humility and secrecy. It was to convey to every Mason’s mind matters of deep import and secret instruction.

It is designed to reveal an ancient doctrine from heavenly sources for the spiritual uplift of man.

The Masonic Lodge has had a tremendous impact of the history of mankind.

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome