"So HARMONIZE and ENRICH OUR HEARTS with Thine own Love and Goodness, that the Lodge AT THIS TIME may humbly REFLECT THAT ORDER AND BEAUTY which reigns forever BEFORE THY THRONE."
I envision the Order and Protocol of Heaven as I read it in the collective Volume of Sacred Law as an elegant display of Beauty. Seeming effortless movement and symmetry. The angelic host in constant rotation, with breathtaking order, and consistent dialogue.
And suddenly, it dawned. The Altar is representative of the heart as well, on it (or in it) is the Principles of faith and the Emblem of Morality and Conscience. If we so harmonize our hearts and minds, as well as our lodge with the those Principles, then there will open for us a window in the heaven that will connect us to spiritual and applicable wisdom. We will find our lives and minds in ASCENSION, and Light and Providence DESCENDING upon our assemblies.
How important is the symmetry of our movements in the Lodge? in a study by Fogassi & Ferrari (2011) and Rizzolatti &Craighero (2004), it was found:
"Underlying this gesture watching effect might be the activation of brain areas (i.e., the human mirror neuronsystem [hMNS]; Fogassi & Ferrari, 2011; Rizzolatti & Craighero, 2004) that are typically used to observe, understand and imitate the actions of other persons. In a related line of research, a current hypothesis that has recently received considerable attention (e.g., Ayres et al., 2009; Van Gog et al., 2009) is that the stimulation and involvement of this hMNS might be beneficial for learning about complex continuous aspects with dynamic visualizations."
What this is saying simply is that gesture watching (watching MOVEMENT) taps into a part of our brain and mind that unlocks learning about dynamic and complex concepts. Could this be the key to understanding why the Opening and Closing are important? that they both open the mind and unlock certain potentials, so that whatever we can provide in the way of education and impartation in between the two will be deposited and embedded in the heart of the observer?
I mean if we believe in a Supreme Being, can we not expect him to communicate to us and through us? is God's presence restricted from the Lodge room? If so, then why Pray His presence in the meeting?
Freemasonry is a PROGRESSIVE SCIENCE, and all science doesn't have to be EMPIRICAL, it needs to just have a definable result and influence.
I am now, very zealous to have J. C. Logan's proficiency elevated, I believe that when we take seriously our Science, we will see a defined shift in the dynamic of the Lodge, and began to witness observable encounters with the Divine. We will be able to retrieve the deposit of the Light generated in the lodge room, and apply it to our personal lives and find all of the REAL WAGES: Love, peace, happiness, contentment, balance, etc.
I truly believe that the right environment will open the heavens and merge the two worlds together, and we will be able to access our fullest potential. the purpose of the Lodge will be truly realized: TRANSFORMATION.
1. Watching Gestures during Learning about Movements with Dynamic Visualization Activates the Human Mirror Neuron System: A fNIRS Study, http://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2013/papers/0471/paper0471.pdf