|A Masonic Moment
(Chips Off the Ashlar) October 2022
R.W. Bro Richard Lacoursiere
Our Masonic Journey is Often Unclear
As Autumn sets her tendrils into us and paints the landscape into a collage of reds, brown and orange, our Masonic journeys are once again in full swing, where does that journey leads us is anyone’s guess.
I just got back from a trip through NW Ontario where one early morning driving East to Marathon from Thunder Bay, Autumn had hung fog across the morning sky for as far as one could see. Made driving difficult and the trip longer that I wanted. It was during this morning excursion that I reflected on my journey within Freemasonry. I know that I have at times found myself down a path that did not resonate with me and something along that path sent me off in a different direction. Other times the path was fogged in, making one unaware of what laid ahead withing and beyond the fog.
The wonderful thing about Freemasonry is that indeed each of us can travel a different path yet arrive at the same junction and travel a spell together and then again travel our separate way with the goal of perfecting our Ashlars, finding that divine spark that resides in each of us. I find that as I read various books on subjects peculiar to Freemasonry that often what your intentions where for reading that book, it will on its own send you down a rabbit hole on to other avenues of pursuit and thought.
Four books that I have read or am in the middle of reading are:
· The Kabbalistic Tree of Life by Z’ev ben Shimon Hailev
· The Path of Freemasonry (The Craft as a Spiritual Practise) by Miles Stavish.
· A Path to Providence by: Benjamin Wallace and P Shaun Bradshaw
· The Contemplative Lodge by C.R. Dunning Jr.
Each of these books send you down a spiritual path that is both uplifting and unnerving as they tend to cause, or perhaps allow a person to self reflect. Not sure about the many of you but I for one hesitate when it comes to self reflection; yet it is that exact exercise that allows each of us to chip away and polish our imperfect ashlars.
Freemasonry is a journey, for some individually and for others in a group setting. I don’t believe it matters how one journeys in his Masonic life, the importance is the continuation of that journey. Lastly, if any of you have papers, ideas for a Masonic moment do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in the Craft
Remember, Freemasonry = Yours to Discover
The opinions and thoughts written here are not of any Grand Lodge , but rather those of my own.