Ben Wallace & The Middle
Chamber Masonic Education
Program Of North Carolina
By Wor. Brother Frederic L.
Click on the link above to view the Middle
Chamber Program on YouTube
WB Ben Wallace always knew that
there were deeper meanings embedded in Masonry, it just took him awhile to
find them. And when he did, there was no stopping him from organizing and
promoting esoteric, philosophical Masonry across the entire state of North
First, he had to found North
Carolina’s first Traditional Observance Lodge, Sophia Lodge.
Next through his TO experience,
becoming Master at Wilkerson College Lodge No 760, North Carolina’s Research
Lodge, and then Chairman of the North Carolina Grand Lodge Committee on
Masonic Education he developed a 3-hour presentation of the Allegory and
Symbolism of the Three Degrees. With permission from the Grand Master, he
toured North Carolina giving this presentation for three years.
But Ben Wallace was not done
with promoting esoteric and philosophical Masonry. He had a burning desire to
take it to the next step. And the next step was to morph his Allegory and
Symbolism lecture into a full-blown program sanctioned and offered by the
Grand Lodge of North Carolina. Thus, was born North Carolina’s Middle Chamber
Masonic Education Program.
This program is given quarterly
for a full year.
Part One is an Introduction to
Masonic Allegories and Symbols, the original Wallace lecture. It became known
as “The Hook” because it was given to interested Brethren free of charge to
give them an overview of what was coming. After that, any Brother wishing to
take the next step had to sign up with the Grand Secretary and pay the sum of
$150. That payment included the “Big Five,” 5 books chosen for the course.
The Meaning of
Masonry by Wilmshurst
Its Hidden Meaning by Steinmetz
The Way of the
Craftsman by MacNulty
Masonry by Dunning
The Rough and
Rugged Road by Hornsby
So, the first quarter is The
The second quarter is the 1st
Degree, The Physical Nature of Man, our interactions with the physical world
The third quarter the 2nd
Degree, The Psychical Nature of Man – Psychology and “mind stuff.”
The fourth quarter is the 3rd
Degree, The Spiritual Nature of Man, the spiritual aspect of the student.
It takes a whole year to
graduate but Wallace says even this is too fast.
We don’t want to give away any
more of this great program because the rest of the story is in the video.
Don’t miss it!!