Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Masonic Monastery In France

WARNING: If you believe that Freemasonry is just a men's social club, read no further. You will find the contents of this blog post disturbing in the extreme!

One hears mention of swingers clubs, fraternities, several types of Mopses, and fraternal Arc lodges, all of which are mentioned in his books by Pierre Yves Beaurepaire... of Toland and his libation and toast society, and we mustn't forget either Crowley or his Wharton Abbey Thelema; all of which had different purposes, but who has ever written or proposed an idea as unique as this: a masonic monastery.

We know of Obediences and structures very close to the mystical practices, and very inclined to all kinds of eternal contemplation with a mix of esotericism, Rosicrucians, and many other mystical mixes, but then to propose the establishment of a Masonic Monastery, there is silence.

And this is the idea that Alain Subrebost, author of Petit Manuel d'eveil et de pratique maçonnique broaches, and he proposes the following:

The first Masonic monastery

Many brothers and sisters are looking for a place to rest, relax, a place where silence and tranquility reign, these numerous masons who may thirst for a unique path, a unique practice such as meditation or to stay for a while in a communal fraternal space, are heading mostly to places and practices that usually fall into the streams of traditional religions (Christian monasteries, Buddhist retreats, therapeutic groups and others ...) while Freemasonry itself contains all the tools that we are tempted to look for elsewhere and often in more dogmatic structures.

The first observation that must be made is that for many, Masonic practice seems insufficient for their spiritual needs to an extent that some feel obliged to turn to a variety of religious institutions and systems to find meaning in their existence or to reach a serenity that can not be acquired at the lodge. If we look at results we must acknowledge this as evidence of a flaw in our practice and in our system.

The second point to make is that there ought to be a Masonic space to fill this gap, a place where all Masons can meet regularly and practice the art of transmutation and brotherhood that is all their own. How can we not be dismayed by the realization that there is no such place?.

Masonic practice is a way of life and a form of personal awakening that has survived for centuries. This practice is based on reception, visibility, reflection and action, and are all parameters that govern monastic life.

The Apprentice is under the sign of perception through meditation practice, the partner in the action directed by the Master. The Master knows that those two poles are both active and passive combining serenity, meditation and action. Although the action of the Masonic body is effective over the long term, it seems logical to think that a consistent and daily immersion in a Masonic practice in its different phases may induce a significant change in personal and spiritual development of the practitioner. Recall that the Freemason is primarily a practitioner and that this practice should be used regularly to symbolically transmuting lead into gold, or make us a better version of ourselves, the best version of what essentially are and with full freedom.

We know that the Masonic tool is used only a few hours a month and is not a substitute for total immersion with the idea of  a Masonic monastery that would be the site for daily practice, a practice that could be pragmatic and not as is the usual case, a mere intellectual exercise. The monastery would be an integral meeting point , recreating itself in direct contact with community as a social institution. Certainly, back to my earlier assessment, this practice leads to a perceptible unity of thought and action.

Everything in our Lodges, as in the monasteries of the world and of all religious persuasions, should have a rule in the etymological sense of the term, that is, a mesh, framework, skeleton, or base on which the practitioner can build. Note that a lattice is a guardian,, a support. It is only a stable base on which to grow plants of their own volition. The plant tends to develop in the direction imposed by the gardener...but in the Masonic spirit, no dogmatic gardener existsThe garden will be constructed and will be as free as the sum of the individual buildings.

The Masonic monastery would have to be adaptable to any approach and should only suggest ways of doctrine and practiceof  traditional symbolism. The rule is a practical implementation, physical and socialized (even if the social structure is the dimension of the monastery), according to the first three stages of initiation we know. What is the essence of home practice will become the essence of monastic practice, but lived and intensified daily. This is the message that is contained in its new Facebook page THE FIRST MASONIC MONASTERY.

But who is Alain Subrebost? He is a 45-year Master Mason, a member of the Grand Lodge of France who develop his work in a lodge of the Perigord Noir France. He is moreover an excellent writer on esoterism and spirituality, as well as a musician and composer.

And through their works published by Editions Dervy proposes a pedagogical approach to the transmission of useful and everyday transdisciplinary way for the reader while allowing Masonic knowledge through such diverse and useful ways such as meditation, alchemy, esotericism, psychology or using tarot . The basis of the proposal contained in one of his books, which is the master, and as he says in task of "sowing the scarlet", has so far created an association " Institute for the Study of Masonic Awakening "(IEEM) with intent to federate all the ideas and projects around the goal of articulating the said monastery, and starts as it exposes us visiting Masonic structures and financial ...

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MassoneDiCartone said...


Beviamoci sù...prosit!

E C Ballard ஃ said...

Unknown said...

Many thanks for sharing the information !!!!
All the best of the life !
From France, Alain Subrebost

E C Ballard ஃ said...

It is totally my pleasure. May your efforts prosper, brother Alain.

John Slifko said...

It is good to see Alain and Eoghan sharing some creative spark! It is a good omen. Frat. John