Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Random Building Thoughts - 2022-08-16

 

-------------- HUMOR -------------- 
 

(Hat tip for inspiration to Bro. Mason Pratt!)
 
-------------- DIVEST --------------  
 
 
 
Divestment Demands 
That One Removes One's Head 
From Within One's Ashlar.

-------------- SOUL --------------  
 
 
 
 The Development
 of a Brother's Square 
Cultivates his Soul.
 
-------------- EXAMPLE! --------------   
 
 
-------------- INSANITY --------------  


Please don't talk to me about the insanity. 
 
 I saw it when I joined an organization 
that espoused personally transformation, 
and soon discovered there were no
 overtly understood steps practiced within it 
 that I could consciously take to transform, 
all this while being met with 
swift and poignant 
dismissals, sabotages and general disinterests 
by those who were supposed to support 
my transformation. 
 
So, please, 
don't talk with me about it
 unless you are willing 
to do something about it.

 -------------- ENCOURAGE... --------------  


“The meeting of two personalities 
is like the contact of two chemical substances: 
if there is any reaction, 
both are transformed.”
―C.G. Jung

Embrace them as if your world 
depends upon this one simple act, 
for in doing so, 
it will.
 
-------------- SHARING -------------- 
 

-------------- MYTH --------------  
 
"Mythology opens the world
 so that it becomes transparent 
to something that is beyond speech,
 beyond words
––in short, what we call transcendence. 
Without that you don't have a mythology. 
Any system of thinking, 
ideologies of one kind or another, 
that does not open to transcendence 
cannot be understood 
or classified mythologically."
 -- Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey
 
It sounds like Freemasonry 
is Mythologically based!
 
-------------- WELLSPRINGS... --------------  
 

Those who 
Endorse, Encourage and Support 
Undone Work, 
Passed Over Work 
and Dishonorable Work 
are the Greatest Wellsprings
 of Problems.
 
-------------- WELL? -------------- 
 

Alone
Together
Any Questions?

 
-------------- END --------------

 Be Well and Travel Light!
-- Coach Nagy ;-)

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Random Building Thoughts - 2022-08-15

 

-------------- HUMOR --------------  
 
 
 
"It is an obvious truth, 
that the privileges of Freemasonry 
have long been prostituted for unworthy considerations, 
and hence their good efforts 
have been less conspicuous"
-- Bro William Preston
 
-------------- CHARACTER --------------  
  

The Foundation 
that Masonry points men toward 
is found within their Holy Scriptures, 
if only they take the time to look. 
 
-------------- CHALLENGE --------------  
 

I've learned 
again and again that 
too much fertilizer 
kills common sense.

-------------- ALLEGORY--------------  
 
 
FILED UNDER: 
For those members 
who might have missed the point.
 
The Working Tools of the Fellow Craft 
are Developed by your Apprentice Work.
 
-------------- DECODE! --------------  
 

A truly dismaying discovery for me 
was that it took me a solid decade of research,
 intense study and decoding 
to figure out that the Code hidden within Ritual 
only points to the Work that needs to be done 
and that Ritual was not this Work. 
 
The exciting revelation though was 
that I had done a solid decade of this Work 
to figure this out. 
 
For Further Light:
 
-------------- THE CODE --------------   
 
 
 
FILED UNDER: 
When it's not making you Better, 
you're following the wrong Code.
 
"The Code of Masonry" 
is collectively those Principles that,
 when Recognized, Understood and Practiced 
without waiver, 
 
 -------------- SABOTAGED --------------  
 
 
The more you allow yourself 
to be distracted from your Work,
 the more your Work shall remain sabotaged 
by your own consent. 
 
  -------------- THE ROCK! -------------- 
 
 
 THE ROCK 
-- Are You Ready 
To Work On Yours?
(at a Lodge near you)
 
-------------- DO? --------------  
 
 
It's amazing 
how many Brothers
 respond to this 
ignoring the first question.
 
-------------- KNOW BETTER! --------------  


Do not fool yourself into believing that 
Knowing Better Transforms Brothers toward Betterment. 
The Craft's Track Record shows conclusive evidence to the contrary. 
This Evidence is very clear:
 it's definitely not enough just to Know, 
one must also Properly Apply what one Knows 
to make any Better difference whatsoever. 
 
Should the Craft take due notice thereof 
and govern themselves accordingly, 
both their efforts 
and results would be Bettered.
 Should they not, 
you'll see its decline continue.
 
-------------- KNOW SOMEONE! -------------- 
 
 
 
You don't have to join any formalized organization 
to Build a Strong Foundation. 
You just need to know what you want to Build 
and how you plan to Do it. 
 
In those moments, 
it sure helps to know someone 
who already has
 and who has done so 
Masterfully. 
 
-------------- CHARACTER --------------  


 ...and so shall what you criticize 
if you do no more than that.
 
-------------- MYTH --------------  
 
 
"If all of these stories boil down into one map, 
we can use that map 
because all human beings are the same 
whether they're going through a war,
 like World War Two 
or going through a war inside. 
It’s basically the same kind of process. 
In other words 
we’re not separate from the characters 
we see in our movies and in our novels. 
They are us. 
It’s one journey."
-- Alan Cohen, 
Finding Joe / #HerosJourney
 
I know that map well.
 
 -------------- FOCUS --------------  
 
 
FILED UNDER: 
When you're offered a map reading course, 
accept the offer and show up with pen in hand ready to learn!
 
Rituals are Maps Created by Travelers.
 Before you Make Effort
 to Navigate Their Respective Territories, 
Learn How To Read them Properly
 or you may just be Forever Lost
 in what you Do.

For Further Light:
 
-------------- TOLERANCE --------------  
 
 
Toleration: 
To experience any degree of discomfort 
without reacting or responding 
negatively toward it 
or its perceived source.

For Further Light:
 
-------------- THIS TIME AROUND -------------- 


Be suspicious of any person 
who doesn't believe in reincarnation 
this time around. 
 
-------------- OPEN -------------- 
 

cyclops (pl. cyclopes), 1510s, 
from Latin, from Gk. kyklops, lit. "round-eyed," 
from stem of kyklos (see cycle (n.)) + -ops (see eye (n.)). 
One of a race of one-eyed giants 
who forged thunderbolts for Zeus, 
built the walls of Mycenae, etc. 
 
To have a round-eye, 
one must have that eye 
entirely open.
  
-------------- END -------------- 

 Be Well and Travel Light!
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