The Transformative Power of Masonry
Frederic L. Milliken
Where were you first made a Mason?
In your heart
And in your heart shall Masonry always be.
Brother Harmon Weston recently posted this on the Blue Lite
Farmers Almanac for 1823 published at Andover, Mass., the following was
printed under the heading, ?definition of a Freemason?:
“The real Freemason is distinguished from the rest of Mankind
by the uniform unrestrained rectitude of his conduct. Other men are honest in
fear of punishment which the law might inflect they are religious in
expectation of being rewarded, or in dread of the devil, in the next world. A
Freemason would be just if there were no laws, human or divine except those
written in his heart by the finger of his Creator. In every climate, under
every system of religion, he is the same. He kneels before the Universal
Throne of God in gratitude for the blessings he has received and humble
solicitation for his future protection. He venerates the good men of all
religions. He disturbs not the religion of others. He restrains his passions,
because they cannot be indulged without injuring his neighbor or himself. He
gives no offense, because he does not choose to be offended. He contracts no
debts which he is certain he cannot discharge. because he is honest upon
The sentiments expressed go a long way in explaining what makes
Masonry so special. Masonry has much to offer, its camaraderie, its helping
others in need expecting nothing in return, its pursuit of the truth and
knowledge in a moral-ethical setting. But these are only the manifestations of
what underscores the entire underpinnings of the Craft. And that is the
transformative power of Masonry to influence the heart. Once you pass through
that door of your own free will and accord you are born again into a new way
of life, a life whereby your thoughts and actions are always on the square.
Your mind is no longer in control of you. Your heart, your spirit, your
essence is the source from which all instructions will govern the overall
systems of your body. Once you give yourself over to the transformative power
that Masonry has to offer, you live a life that plays itself out in paths and
choices guided by the spirit within you that has been reprogrammed.
No other organization, society or group can offer that if you
chose to accept it. That means that you cannot be a superficial Mason but must
study and assimilate those teachings that have been passed down from one
generation to the next from time immemorial. Once you have allowed Masonry to
influence your spirit you will be a new, reborn person. Instead of rules to
alter your behavior Masonry offers a state of being whereby rules, codes and
creeds are not needed. As a Mason you instinctively know how to govern
yourself and you govern yourself accordingly.
The only other transformative group that can match Masonry is
your House of Worship. Sometimes, however, the message is so fraught with
regulations and so wrought with promises to come that the earthy message gets
lost in the shuffle. But not with Masonry. In reality it is the hand of the
GAOTU that spreads Light. It is His interpretation not ours which shapes
things to come. The GAOTU works through Masonry also which is why a belief in
Deity is essential to the practice of the Craft. Furthermore, you don’t change
hearts and spiritual essences without a belief in such.
In 2005 I wrote and delivered a rather lengthy paper titled
“World Peace Through Brotherhood.” In it I proposed that if we made a majority
of the population Masons, then there would be no more war. Peace and harmony
would prevail around the globe. As a student of history I have already read
about what Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, to name a few,
have done with their chance to insure world peace. But I have not yet seen
what Masonry can do. It is my firm belief that if we are truly all one, than
if we all really become one that which divides us will have disappeared.
Is that not how our Masonic Lodges operate? All political,
religious, cultural, racial and philosophical differences are left outside the
door to the Lodge room. Every Masonic Lodge is an oasis of peace. All of us
meet on the level and part on the square. So let us entice the rest of mankind
to do the same.