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Way to go!
Tonight I embark on furthering my Light in the York Right. Growing excited.
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.
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.
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.
Forgive the errors in grammar in that previous post.
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.
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.
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