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Choosing More Light

Started by Mongoose. Last reply by Mongoose Jun 10. 10 Replies

any line officers present?

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Book recommendations

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Comment by Mongoose on July 7, 2015 at 12:56pm

Not really sure why we were able to do it so quickly. There were two of us, so I doubt it's any special feat on my part. Must be that we had a good coach. We didn't start until about late February, about a month after I was inducted.

We did meet usually two times/week, sometimes 3 times.

Comment by Eric Y. on July 7, 2015 at 12:25pm

Mongoose,

Congrats on the being raised! 6 months is pretty quick, I'm impressed! I was initiated in April and I'm only just about to turn in EA. Maybe I can slide in under 6 months as well.

Comment by Mongoose on July 7, 2015 at 12:11pm

I am totally stoked: the MM ring I ordered finally arrived yesterday. I got one that was made in Scotland! It's like a pseudo-ritual:  I am now able to wear a MM ring! It's now sitting on my right ring finger.

Comment by Mongoose on July 7, 2015 at 12:10pm

Forgive the errors in grammar in that previous post.

Comment by Mongoose on July 7, 2015 at 12:09pm

Brad, congratulations on this important step. I am very new to Masonry (initiated EA back in January). I am now raised to MM. Being so recent, I still have that "outside" perspective as well as the inside perspective. Here's my humble opinion:

Do NOT prepare yourself by going and tracking down all you can about Masonry. Especially don't look on the internet. I was warned about this, and I heeded that warning. I did make the mistake of seeing some ritual published on the internet, and it totally inadvertently mess you up. The whole learning process Mouth to Ear has you learn on several levels. One of them is almost "muscle memory." You will learn this sort of "rhythm" where certain words will prompt the right response. Therefore, if you see something that is similar but not the same as YOUR Grand Lodge's ritual, it will totally mess you up because your brain will stumble upon two different sets of info at the same time. So just don't. No matter how curious you are, I recommend you NOT try to learn any of the ceremonies before hand. Besides, none of the written down ceremonies will have the same meaning -until you go through the ritual, it will not have the meaning associated with the printed words and will be useless fodder. You will not be prepared to learn the material until after the ceremony prepares you.

Bear in mind that each Grand Lodge will have it's own variation on the degrees and, therefore, any printed material you find will not match what YOUR Grand Lodge does. Even if you find printed materials from your own GL, unless the local brethren tell you it's what they currently use, it is suspect. Essentially, the best way to learn it is AFTER you go through the ceremony.

Instead, watch the documentary which I think the History Channel put out -but ONLY documentaries which feature Brett Morris (I think it's Morris). He used wisdom with what he discussed. Pick up the book Masonry for Idiots (or it might be "Dummies"), written by Brett.

Most of all, just be social with the brothers. At the most fundamental level, it's all about brotherhood. It's about connecting on a spiritual level with brethren. It's about the bonds we make with each other. It's about being a man of honor with your interactions with other brothers and with mankind, in general. It's about Trust. That is the best thing (in my humble opinion) you can do to prepare yourself.

Comment by Eric Y. on July 7, 2015 at 11:55am

Brad,

I would say to relax and enjoy the ride. Don't research too much into the initiation itself. You might spoil some things that lie ahead and be disappointed with other things you expected to part of it but aren't. Come to terms that you're going to be anxious/excited/nervous, etc. and start looking forward to taking part of an important rite of passage.

Comment by SirBrad on July 5, 2015 at 5:16pm
Brad,You may be able to remember remember a large portion of your E A if you listen well during the ceremony/ritual. Which isn't hard to do. The written work is coded and alot if oration takes place, especially if your mentor is really knowledgeable and into the history and meanings of it all.
Comment by Matt T on July 5, 2015 at 3:40pm
Brad - my father in law became an EA in Colorado. He is no longer pursuing Masonry for personal reasons. He told me that they gave him the work, written down. If at all possible, once you receive your degree, learn the work mouth to ear. I for one believe it makes a stronger foundation. Just my opinion though.
Comment by Brad on July 5, 2015 at 3:35pm

Hi, everybody.

This week has been a very big step for me, in that I have decided to begin my journey as a Freemason. I'll be taking my Entered Apprentice Degree in January, as Colorado requires you to know a Mason within the state for 6 months before joining. In the meantime, I'd like advice on how to prepare for taking the degree. I've been invited to get involved at my local lodge to the extent that I'm allowed. I even have a meeting with the Worshipful Master tomorrow to further discuss the road ahead. What else can I do to be "Ready" for January? Thank you in advance for your advice, and I'm looking forward to the road ahead.

Comment by Brad Felmey on June 29, 2015 at 6:41pm

I was wrong - this spells it out clearly: http://pagrandlodge.org/policy/visiting-search.html

 

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