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Our Brief History

 

History of Amen Ra Lodge #584 LDH Milwaukee Wis   by Theresa Wysocki 33’ Nov 2017

Amen Ra Lodge was founded in July 1043 by members of Sirius Lodge #556: Helen Palmer Wycherley,

Annette Schmitt (mother of Marcella Lord) Elizabeth Anholt, and Marjorie Hurd Dawn. Elizabeth

Anholt introduced Co Freemasonry to Caroline Ross, Joy Mills,and  Vera Bruce, Jack Bruce and Clara

Bruce, as well as Kathleen and John Hitchcock at the Theosophical Society in Milwaukee, Wis.

Meetings were first held at the Schmitts’ home, then at the Oddfellows Hall. Request for rental from the

Oddfellows resulted in  the Male Masons of Milwaukee  finding Co Freemasonry to be clandestine and

An effort to stop Amen Ra from meeting was taken to court. However the judge determined the suit

Unfounded and dismissed the case. The male masons tried to claim that we were unlawfully using

Masonic symbols. Meanwhile meetings were held above a bowling alley until the Oddfellows  agreed

To rent to Amen Ra Lodge at a church on Hilda St. until it was sold. For several years four of us, Vera

Bruce, Joy Zick, Martha Long and I kept the lodge active by meeting at the home of Vera Bruce.

Finally the Oddfellows built a kitchen in anticipation of building a new temple. We met in the

kitchen, which was the size of the carpet, until membership grew.  During this time, Sirius lodge

members  assisted us with ceremonies.  Geneva Rice found the next Meeting place at Marian Hall.

It too was sold in 2016.  However we found our current place in the hall of the Elks Club.

Amen Ra members held strong during trying times of unrest in Larkspur and Illinois.

In 2005,2008, and 2010 and again this year 2018, Amen Ra and Sirius Lodge hosted the Federation convention at the DeKoven center in Racine Wis.

We look forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of our beginnings at the Convention.

 

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The Number 3

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Esoteric Freemasonry

Is Esoteric Freemasonry for everyone? First, let us  find the true sense of the word esoteric, so we can get a clearer view. Esoteric was birthed from the Greek word esoterikos “belonging to an inner circle” from esotero “more within,” also found in the doctrines of Aristotle and Pythagoras.

With that understanding, it is only for a select few (e.g. Inner Circle) but it doesn’t mean everyone else is eliminated. Outer participants can become the “Inner Circle” as they unfold the degrees within themselves.

It is everyone’s duty to develop and unfold their entire being physically and spiritually, but most people are not ready to tackle the expansion of their own consciousness. Most people don’t know how to communicate with or don’t know they have their own venerable elder inside of them.

Sacred dramas are keys to esoteric knowledge. This knowledge has always taken care of or guarded itself, for, the populace have different levels of consciousnesses, and as for the lodge members, each member has to master their own chemistry, psychology etc. and unfold specific attributes to enter into these ancient and sacred teachings.

In Closing, “esoteric or inner knowledge is no different from other kinds of human knowledge and ability. It is a mystery for the average person, only to the extent that writing is a mystery for those who have not yet learned to write.” Rudolf Steiner

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3Minutes


What can we learn about ourselves in 3 minutes if we’re focused?
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Reflection


As early as six months the child will gaze into the mirror and mimic expressions. The child is fascinated at an early age by “WHO’S LOOKING BACK?” When we’re in meditation, shouldn’t we still ask this question? And always keep this wonder our entire lives?

We know when we reflect on ourselves this practice requires a consciousness to focus our attention during the reflection period, also known as reflective self-consciousness, which is at least a second-order cognition. It is the basis for a report on one’s
experience.

Socrates asked questions and said “something in people resists self-examination; they do not want to answer deep questions about themselves.” Socrates thinks all but a few people will strikeout against those who try to stimulate serious moral reflection in them. That is why he thinks his trial was not a mere misunderstanding, but the outcome of “psychological forces” deep within human nature and added with a heart that is buried, you will get a dangerous recipe.

Furthermore, the ability to train the consciousness to become completely self-transparent and continuously aware of its own presence and nature is a life-long attempt. The art of reflection is a useful tool for spiritual contemplation, although, it is a difficult path; when our passions begin to obscure the mirror or reflection of our higher divine consciousness, we then become blindfolded and our hearts will be covered with debris.

In Sufism, its called ‘Cleaning your Mirror,’ which is the only way to get a clear reflection. In Freemasonry, we look toward the rough ashlar to remove what is flawed.

A mystic in the 12th century Al-Ghazzali (Abū āmid Muammad Ibn Muammad al-Ghazālī) once wrote: “Your heart is a polished mirror, you must wipe it clean of the veil of dust that has gathered upon it, because it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets.”

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Governing Yourself

Unzip the lower ego.

Unzip the lower ego

The Soul should govern who you truly are and not anything else. Currently, we see the lower ego zipped up, in a protective mode, the ego is clearly the ruler of the majority of us. The first step is to recognize its attributes and then get to know ourselves.

To KNOW THYSELF is a science, i.e. systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. All of the great teachings have taught us to unzip the layers that are not truly us, to reveal our true Nature.

God Most Sublime, however, has given us not only our two eyes with which to perceive the external world, but also a third ‘eye’ which can scan the invisible realities which lie beyond the horizons of perception.* The only way to experience truth directly is to look within, to observe oneself. All our lives we have been accustomed to look outward. We have always been interested in what is happening outside, what others are doing. We have rarely if ever tried to examine ourselves, our own mental and physical structure, our own actions, our own reality. Therefore we remain unknown to ourselves. We do not realize how harmful this ignorance is, how much we remain the slaves of forces within ourselves of which we are unaware. The inner darkness must be dispelled to apprehend the truth. We must gain insight into our own nature in order to understand the nature of existence.

The entire universe and the laws of nature by which it works are to be experienced within oneself. They can only be experienced within oneself. The path is also a path of purification. We investigate the truth about ourselves not out of idle intellectual curiosity but rather with a definite purpose.**

The more we know, the more tools we have at our disposal to remove the excrescences that prevents us from governing our own states of consciousness.

Fiat Lux

*Book: Man Know Thyself By Maulana Waihiduddin Khan

**Paper: Self-Knowledge and Understanding,Author Unknown

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Don’t Burnout!

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With the quick pace of the 21st century, being busy is a job all by itself. Burning ourselves out is almost a profession! We should always find moments to be still and silent for occasional reflection. To bend our thoughts back to our ‘First Cause,’is a lifelong process that gets easier the more we practice Freemasonry,for, it will train us to attune intimately with our Being. Our Inner Ruler, that was never born and have been with us and will continue to be with us, after this material experience, as electricity rules the cosmos; likewise,the Right Worshipful Master rules the lodge. This lodge is our physical body, which is our temporary habitat or our interim sleeping quarters.

In Conclusion, what causes a bulb to burnout in the first place? The filament oxidizes and oxidation is the process when oxygen combines with an element, changing the appearance of the element, which becomes more and more brittle, until it breaks apart and the bulb goes out.The physical world has the power to change our true appearance and make us brittle,so make sure you’re always in tune with and reflect on, your true nature, as this will keep your light on!

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Are You Ripe For Freemasonry?

Grim Reaper

Grim Reaper

We’re all familiar with the personification of death, the Grim Reaper! An imagined force as a skeletal figure, carrying a large scythe or sickle and clothed in a black cloak… which first arose in 14th century England. But there’s another analogy; death also represents being born a new person, being able to see clearly and to transform all the attributes that keep us from elevating our energies.

When the inquirer knocks at the door of the temple, get ready for reaping. Grain is cut-down when it is ripe, the VSL states: “And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud,thrust in thy sickle, and reap:for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”  So, I ask again, are you ripe for Freemasonry? Are you ready and mature enough to face yourself? Are you ready for some action or effect to show itself to you? Are you willing to work on your own harvesting?

Grim Reaper

Grim Reaper

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Halliwell Manuscript, or Regius Poem c.1390

The Old Charges of the masons’ lodges were documents describing the duties of the members, part of which (the charges) every mason had to swear on admission. The poem begins by describing how Euclid “counterfeited geometry” and called it masonry, for the employment of the children of the nobility in Ancient Egypt. The manuscript was dated to 1390.

Two extracts are of particular interest: Yn that onest craft to be parfytte; And so uchon schulle techyn othur, And love together as sister and brother In that honest craft to be perfect; And so each one shall teach the other, And love together as sister and brother. Articulus decimus. The thenthe artycul ys for to knowe, Amongst the craft, to hye and lowe, There schal no mayster supplante other, But be togeder as systur and brother, Yn that curyus craft, alle and som, That longuth to a maystur mason. Tenth article. The tenth article is for to know, Among the craft, to high and low, There shall no master supplant another, But be together as sister and brother, In this curious craft, all and some, that belongeth to a master mason.

However, it should be noted that not everyone agrees with these interpretations of the Regius Manuscript.halliwell-manuscript-or-regius-poem

I suggest, reading the translation from The Very Wor. Bro. the Reverend Neville Barker Cryer Past Grand Chaplin, a Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Surrey, Past Master and Past Secretary of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No 2076 E.C.

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The Science of You

The science of yourself is a very important part in Freemasonry. There is a plethora of knowledge inside of its walls, but the most important part is the contents of your own temple. If you look at the etymology of the word “SCIENCE,” we will find that it is “knowledge (of something) acquired by study, (12c.), from Latin scientia ‘knowledge, a knowing; expertness,’ from sciens (genitive scientis) ‘intelligent, skilled,’ present participle of scire ‘to know,’ probably originally ‘to separate one thing from another, to distinguish,’ related to scindere ‘to cut, divide,’ from PIE root *skei- ‘to cut, to split,'” so, what are we splitting, dividing and knowing? ONTOLOGY!, metaphysical science or study of being, from the physical body to the invisible (spirit/soul) parts of our real nature. The study of yourself is a science in systematic observation, experiment, and reasoning*. Our rituals serve a purpose, and this is just one of them. This study is a life-long research, unlocking the doors to who and what we truly are.
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Science, since people must do it, is a socially embedded activity. It progresses by hunch, vision, and intuition**. You are now probably thinking about metaphysics, which is defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica as “a philosophical study whose object is to determine the real nature of things. From the ancient Greek language it means ‘what comes after physics.’ Metaphysics therefore, deals with matters falling beyond our present understanding of science***.” It also examines things falling outside the scope of the physical senses; things such as intuition, psychic experiences, spiritual healing, and wherever possible, it provides plausible though not scientifically rigorous explanations as to how these processes work, as well as what their ultimate nature and purpose is. It was the phrase used by early students of Aristotle to refer to the contents of Aristotle’s treatise on what he himself called “first philosophy.” A common set of claims on behalf of metaphysics is that it is an inquiry into what exists; its business is to subject common opinion on this matter to critical scrutiny and in so doing, to determine what is truly real***. While you are studying YOUR OWN UNIVERSE (Y.O.U.) you will need curiosity and imagination just to name a few. The most important thing or subject/entity to study in this cosmos is YOURSELF, because you will be with yourself, for eternity.

Source:
*–www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=science
**–Stephen Jay Gould, introduction to “The Mismeasure of Man,” 1981
***–https://www.britannica.com/topic/metaphysics
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Did You Know?
The oldest Masonic organization for both men and women is the Int'l Order Of Freemasonry For Men And Women: Le Droit Humain, which was founded in Paris in 1893.