In my article, “Freemasonry And The Lodge Within The Lodge And The Light Of Enlightenment” (please check it out if you haven’t read it) I explored Freemasonry’s roots and connection to Rosicrucianism in the Age of Enlightenment in Europe.
In this article, I’m going to discuss Rosicrucianism, Alchemy and Symbology and how the ideas and practices from them are, in my opinion, one the most important practices and teachings in Freemasonry today.
Rosicrucian’s believed in Christianity but they were also free thinkers and men seeking higher knowledge. They realized that the stories in the Bible were important but that they also realized they were symbolic myths and metaphors that held secrets and were not meant to be taken literally. They met in secret groups and separated themselves from a Christian church that was taking the stories in the Bible literally and teaching a dumbed down, literal version of Christianity to the masses. The Christian church is still doing this today because it’s worked for centuries, although, it’s slowly losing its credibility and rhetorical influence, especially with the younger generation.
For example, the story in Genesis and the Garden of Eden, is a mythical story of how human consciousness came into existence in a simulated reality. This is a very advanced idea and it is even compatible with current science and quantum mechanics.
The way that the Rosicrucian’s were able to understand these symbols, myths and metaphors of biblical stories was through the use of Eastern meditational, contemplation methods and most importantly, alchemy.
Many people think that alchemy simply relates to someone in the past trying to turn a worthless or unvalued material into gold. While this is true in some cases, it’s not really what alchemy is all about, especially the alchemy that the Rosicrucian’s practiced.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;” 1 Corinthians 6:19
“Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16
I will let you interpret what this God that dwells within you is, but the answer is not as simple as a literal, non-symbolic interpretation would give you. Also, what does it mean that your body is a temple?
In Freemasonry, the symbolic mythical stories of Solomon’s Temple and the Holy of Holies and the murder of the architect of the temple, before the temple was finished, have a deep meaning which has a great deal to do with Freemasonry.
If any of this is taken literally, then you have missed the whole point of it and the great lessons within it.
I have already established that the most important part of Christianity is inside the temple of man. This is also an idea that predates Christianity and was formed in ancient India and Egypt. Once you figure it out, as the Rosicrucian’s did through alchemy and Eastern meditational contemplation practices, the light you’re seeking will burn brightly. I’m not going to say any more about this because I don’t want to spoil the adventure of enlightenment should you choose to pursue it, but as a Freemason, what are you supposed to be seeking?
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In my next article, I will explain what real alchemy is and how it works. Also, how you can use it to explore symbols just as the Rosicrucian’s did. This will be something that most people, including Freemasons, have never heard before, no matter how many books you have read. It’s some amazing and powerful stuff and really relevant in today’s world. In my opinion, it’s what many young men come to Freemasonry to find and explore but they are not finding this knowledge in most of our lodges.
What I will discuss are the real ways to explore symbolism and uncover occult secret knowledge within yourself. How to brighten your temple and create a place for the Holy of Holies. The process of enlightenment. Remember this alchemical formula,
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
Again, taken literally, you have missed the message.
Also, as I discussed in my article, “Freemasonry and the Lodge within the Lodge and the Light of Enlightenment” the search for the light of truth and wisdom can take one into ignorance and darkness, especially in today’s electronic, technological world controlled by and feeding negative, parasitic energy on a mass scale.
“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” ~ Isaiah 45:7
There is a lot of great truth in this statement if not taken literally, it’s too bad that so many newer biblical versions have decided to hide it by changing its meaning.
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