Monday, September 23, 2013
The Spirit of Freemasonry: Recapturing the Masonic Experience by WB John L. Hairston, reprint from Working Tools Magazine, 9/2013 Issue
Philosophically speaking, the spirit of anything is the essence or core existence of a thing; it is the hidden power that makes something LIVING. The spirit of a thing, which is living or moving, makes it able to be engaged. It is a tangible force actively present beneath the surface of our immediate surroundings, eluding our human sensitivities. This active force is constantly progressing, propelling, pushing, and evolving.
The spirit of Freemasonry is an active force that renders the Speculative art a progressive science. It is this power that has been sought after in the lodge rooms since the dawn of the Speculative Grand Lodge system. Masonic scholars and philosophers have spoken regarding its existence and imperative necessity to attain its embodiment.
When we became Entered Apprentices, we were asked about our reasons for knocking on the door of Freemasonry, and one of the reasons cited is to IMPROVE OURSELVES IN MASONRY. The author of the Masonic Lecture, whether he intended to or not, gave hint to the initiates need to tap into a PROGRESSIVE SCIENCE embedded in the system of Freemasonry. Progressive Science is a term that encapsulates the function of the spirit of Freemasonry, which is the harnessing of the spirit of Freemasonry and its effectual operation in our human progress.
The Second degree, introduces the candidate to the 5 vital parts composing his connection to the world around him (Senses), which also brings him into contact and interaction with the spirit of Freemasonry. As a Master Mason we are charged to preserve the oneness and brotherhood which is the vehicle for the force and power that permeates the Craft.
The spirit of Freemasonry is universal, meaning that the due, and suitable, confines to encounter the spirit of Freemasonry is a lodge room; but this doesn’t mean that the spirit of Freemasonry is confined or restricted to lodge meetings. On the contrary, even in the allusion of the three lesser lights we can see that they represent the light gained IN THE LODGE out into the world; and so, we carry with us what we attain in the Lodge room.
The 3 tools needed to invoke the spirit of Freemasonry is the oneness of the Brethren, Proficiency in the Ritual, accurate and harmonious symmetry of movement in the ceremonies.