Sunday, April 8, 2012
The True Chamber of Reflection
In those forms of Freemasonry that hold true to their spiritual foundations, a new initiate is led to a small room dark but for the light of the moon or a small candle. Here, amid symbols meant to cause one to ponder the purpose of life, the aspirant is meant to begin the inward journey of self discovery which Freemasonry is intended to be.
While mainstream Freemasonry may arguably be said to have virtually abandoned this endeavor, even many Obediences who wish to pursue the original purpose of Freemasonry do not necessarily have the tools with which to do so much less materials which will assist the modern seeker of light. With that in mind, The Hedgemason hopes to offer from time to time a glimpse at some materials that Masons of any order may find useful in the practice of the Hermetic Science. These may include traditional materials familiar to the elders of the craft, and newer materials which benefit from recent research and discoveries.
Mario Beauregard and Denyse O'Leary, in their work entitled The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul, note that "neuroscientists have not discovered that there is no you in you; they start their work with that assumption. Anything they find is interpreted on the basis of that view. The science doesn't require that. Rather, it is an obligation that materialists impose on themselves." These authors go on to argue, with some convincing evidence, that far from pointing to a materialist answer, the science points to a different conclusion.
To that end, consider the following titles, and set aside some time away from your computer.
"The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul" by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O'Leary
"The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain: A Neurologist's Search for the God Experience" by Kevin Nelson
"Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not" by Robert N. McCaule
"The Lost Key: The Supranatural Secrets of the Freemasons" by Robert Lomas
"The Secret Power of Masonic Symbols" by Robert Lomas