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International Order of Freemasonry for Men and Women*
Le Droit Humain

British Federation

seeing in a different light

What is Freemasonry

THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF FREEMASONRY FOR MEN AND WOMEN LE DROIT HUMAIN (International Order):

  • provides a path for personal spiritual growth

  • holds the keys to ancient secrets and mysteries

  • develops the mind, body and spirit

  • helps to connect us with who we really are – the real “me”.

The keys are experienced through a series of dramas and rituals designed to open up and deepen our awareness and understanding of the more hidden aspects of life.

Freemasonry is a not a religion, nor is membership based on religious beliefs; it is a fraternal organisation based on free-thinking, harmony and balance, tolerance and equality, admitting men and women equally.

The International Order promotes the following:

  • the universe was created for a purpose

  • freemasonry helps to develop that purpose by endeavouring to unravel universal truths

  • freemasonry is a force for good, with high principles and ideals, working to unify humanity but not to control it

  • spiritual experience and values without dogma

  • the use of symbols, to be interpreted according to wit, ability, vision and knowledge. Symbols are like words in a universal language

  • self-development. Participation in masonic work trains the mind, develops the personality and brings poise and confidence

  • fellowship – provides the opportunity to meet and work with others of like mind and spiritual aspirations

  • a broader understanding and belief in the higher nature of humanity

DEFINITIONS/USES OF WORDS IN BLUE

Keys opens, unlocks, allows access to something barred, not usually available. Specific keys for the right locks.

Ancient secrets and mysteries    Eleusian Mysteries, Ancient Egyptian Mysteries and others. Point us towards spiritual perfection (outside the context of religious dogma).

Experienced  involved, participation, presence. Active rather than passive. Use of more than one sense. Impacts at various levels, some little known or understood.

Dramas and rituals   -specially written playlets that convey different aspects of the ancient mystery traditions. Each stage or series is another part of the whole. One leads to the next

Open up/deepen– points to/indicates what was not previously apparent. Increase in knowledge and insight. Seeing something in a new light/seeing the same thing differently.

Awareness– gives the opportunity to become conscious of things above or below our normal sphere of consciousness.

Understanding– we can convey knowledge, but can’t teach understanding; that only comes from insight and intuition, applying what we learn, and all Masonic teachings help us in that application.

The more hidden aspects of life  mysteries of life and death, the universe, our position within the vast eternal plan. Evolution of the soul.

Freemasonry helps us to understand that the Big Bang was actually no more than a WHISPER.

Esoteric


(es-uh-ter-ik)    "adjective

1.    understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions.
2.    belonging to the select few.
3.    private; secret; confidential.
4.    (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group: the esoteric doctrines of Pythagoras."

* Previously known as the International Order of Co-Freemasonry.

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