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.