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Introduction – Tim Bryce, PM, MPS, MMBBFMN

When we are raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason we are admonished to seek “further light.”  This means to ponder, to question, to seek answers and to grow and evolve as a species.  Undoubtedly, this expression originated from the “Age of Enlightenment” in the 18th century which was fueled by Masonic thought and resulted in dramatic advancements in government, education, the arts and sciences, and basic God-given unalienable rights, such as freedom.  This cultural period did not discourage creative thought, but rather unleashed it in the form of a proliferation of  authors, artists, explorers, inventors, scientists, pioneers, and leaders.  All of this  because man’s ability to reason was placed on a pedestal and cherished.  Basically, it encouraged people to lead a meaningful life, not slave-like.  It is no small wonder Freemasonry flourished during this period and spread around the world like the locust…

…Renaissance Masons are also cognizant of the legacy they will leave behind as a result  of their stewardship.  They are keenly aware their successors will be judging them as either the generation who dropped the ball, or picked it up and ran with it for a touchdown.

Bro. Greg Stewart is a Renaissance Mason with a ravenous curiosity for all things  Masonic.  I have had the honor and privilege of knowing him for the last few years and  know him to be a man of integrity and sincerity.  His writings in this book are thought-provoking and reflect the conscious of a True Mason, one who is endeavoring to
fulfill his quest for “further light.”

Tim Bryce, PM, MPS, MMBBFMN
Palm Harbor, Florida, USA
October 2009

Once, when thought came to me of the things that are and my thinking soared high and my bodily senses were restrained, like someone heavy from sleep from to much eating or toil of the body, an enormous being completely unbound in size seemed to appear to me and call my name and say to me:

“What do you want to hear and see?  What do you want to learn and know from your understanding?”

Hermetica


Study what thou art,
whereof thou art a part,
what thou knowest of this art,
this is really what thou art.
All that is without thee is also within,
thus wrote Trismosin

Alchemical Wanderings


Chapters:

Introduction
Foreword
I What is Freemasonry?
II Digging
III The Beehive
IV Anno Lucis
V Esoterica and Freemasonry
VI Education, Light, and where it’s hidden
VII Do our oaths matter?
VIII Freemasonry, the religion of not being a religion
IX Freemasonry and Modern Art
X Loss of symbolic meaning
XI The Hermetic Tradition of America
XII Freemasonry and the Kybalion
XIII So what?
XIV King Solomon’s Temple – A Symbol to Freemasonry
XV Saint John the Baptists Day
XVI Saint John the Evangelist
XVII The First Degree Masonic Tracing Board
XVIII    Faith in Freemasonry
XIX Hope in Freemasonry
XX Charity in Freemasonry 171
Footnotes 181

Chapter I – What is a Freemason?
A Freemason is a man who in searching for life’s ineffable questions, finds his way into the company of fellow seekers. Comprised of men from every nation, races, social and economic level, all hold similar ideals and beliefs. The uniting idea is a faith in the divine founded in the certitude in an afterlife. This “belief” is grounded by certain landmark tenants and virtues which ultimately lead in exploration of those invisible questions, leading ultimately to the betterment of all mankind….

Chapter XIV – King Solomon’s Temple

Solomon’s ancient temple was built a top Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem between 964 and 956 B.C.E. It’s construction is chronicled in the First Book of Kings, which begins at the end of King David’s reign and the crowning of Solomon.  As king, Solomon continues the task his father began which was to build the temple.  The text tells us that God restricted David, having collected the materials to construct the temple, from building it because of the blood he shed at the conquering of Israel.  Ultimately, Solomon completes work on the temple, which was built to house the Ark of the Covenant, and become “a glorious temple for which God was to dwell”. (1 Kings 8:13).