Marketing So-Called “Secret” Knowledge Can Lead to Disappointment
There is much talk in Freemasonry about how to entice non-dues paying Masons to come back to Lodge. Many Masons are concerned about the lack of new blood and the possibility of Freemasonry dying out. In my opinion the marketing of secret Masonic knowledge to the public may be part of the problem. Promising too many secrets and under delivering with the end product can be a reason for Freemasons to drift away from Lodge.
I became a Freemason because I wanted the cosmic secrets of the Universe at my beck and call. When I was not ordained with life-altering secret information after being raised to Master Mason I was disappointed. I wanted to be God. The Truth is, we are already God to the extent that we can embody the actual experience of God Consciousness. You and I already have all the secrets we need. We only need to meditate and experience Oneness with the Universe.
The secret is that there is no secret and so maybe Freemasonry should stop promoting itself as uber secret. The “secrets” of Lodge Masonry are kind of a let-down in my opinion and that is why I prefer self-identify as an esoteric Freemason. I am a chaste man of God. My pursuits are purely spiritual in nature and I am no longer all that interested in the material world.
Marketing Masonic Secrets
The email header for the Ninth Annual International Conference on Freemasonry at UCLA stands out in my in-box by advertising a tantalizing “Masonic Secrets at UCLA”. My lifelong personal quest for secret knowledge, truth and God were the three main reasons that I became a Freemason. The secret to Freemasonry is that there is no secret. The secret cipher book of Freemasonry is meant to test a man’s ability to keep a secret. Keeping the cryptic secrets of Freemasonry is a test of a man’s good character. Therefore you will have to kill me before I will divulge the doctrine and dogma of the secret rituals of Freemasonry. The purpose of this article is to illustrate the marketing of so-called secret information.
Many Entrepreneurs Have “Secrets” For Sale
The Real History of Secret Societies taught by Professor Richard B. Spence of the University of Idaho makes a lot of promises but in my opinion is best used as a reading list.
There are many people who want to sell you secret information about Masons, Rosicrucians and the Illuminati. Most products don’t really deliver much. One exceptional source of information that stands out is the film 33 & Beyond, produced by the Brethren at Santa Monica-Palisades (307).
33 & Beyond: The Royal Art of Freemasonry is a very good place to learn about Freemasonry. Nobody legitimate is going to give you the real secrets of Masonic ritual, however this film goes about as far as you can without violating Masonic secrecy.