What is a Mason...

Been truly prepared, found worthy and well qualified, has been admitted to the fraternity of builders, been invested with certain passwords and signs by which he may be enabled to: work, receive wages and travel in foreign lands in search of that which was lost: "The Word"... Down through the misty vistas of the ages rings a clarion declaration and although the very heavens echo to the reverberation, few hear and fewer understand: "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God." Here then is the eternal paradox. The Word is lost yet it is ever with us. The light that illumines the distant horizon shines in our hearts... The average Mason, as well as the modern student of Masonic ideals, little realizes the cosmic obligation he takes upon himself when he begins his search for the sacred truths of Nature as they are concealed in the ancient and modern rituals.

He must not lightly regard his vows, and if he would not bring upon himself years and ages of suffering he must cease to consider Freemasonry solely as a social order only a few centuries old. He must realize that the ancient mystic teachings as perpetuated in the modern rites are sacred, and that powers unseen and unrecognized mould the destiny of those who consciously and of their own free will take upon themselves the obligations of the Fraternity. The Mason must realize that his True initiation is a spiritual and not a physical ritual, and that his initiation into the living temple of the spiritual hierarchy regulating Freemasonry may not occur until years after he has taken the physical degree.

The true Mason realizes that the work is of an inclusive rather than an exclusive nature, and that the only lodge which is broad enough to express his ideals is one whose dome is the heavens, whose pillars are the corners of creation, whose checker floor is composed of the crossing currents of human emotion and hose altar is the human HEART.