If Masonic symbols have any meaning, it is only the meaning that the individual Freemason assigns to it. There is no Masonic index to the symbols of Freemasonry. A Master Mason may find his light in Lodge Masonry or a sublime Master Mason may practice esoteric Masonry.
Lodge Masonry vs. Esoteric Masonry
The ritual practice of Blue Lodge Masonry is only the most obvious practice of the Craft. The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, York Rite, Eastern Star and the Shriner’s are readily available ritualistic formats. However there are more rarefied and sublime versions of Freemasonry being practiced today. The adherents are just not practicing your grandfather’s Blue Lodge Masonry.
Ex-LAPD Deputy Police Chief David R. Doan
The image of ex-LAPD Detective sitting in the International House of Pancakes has become a powerful personal symbol of awakening for me. It is if I have been separated from myself but now I am whole.
For the past ten years I have had the feeling that I am being constantly interviewed and tested. The dynamic duo of Kojack Columbo were part of it. Fifteen years ago in Larchmont I told Paul Merrit Christiansen that it was my ten year sobriety date. Now exactly five years later her they are again in my life in the form of my realization about David R. Doan.
This feeling began immediately after I was raised to the sublime degree of Master in a duly tiled Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons.
Black suburbans stopping in front of my Larchmont apartment where there is no parking. Lawyers sending me on wild goose chases. Attorneys attempting to get me to engage in improper ex parte communications with the court. With David R. Doan, PGM smiling in the middle of it all. There was a time when I wanted to talk about it but now that is over. You didn’t want to talk to me and now I don’t want to talk to you. I don’t need anything from David Doan because God gave me everything I need. However Most Worshipful David R. Doan may need something from me now. I am actually rather sick of all of you now. I am disgusted and laughing at you at the same time.
My Masonic investigation has only just begun. I didn’t even start writing about Freemasonry until the 1st of this year. I was sick and tired of investigating Yogi Bhajan and his self-constructed Kundalini yoga belief system. Casting about for new topics I have judiciously settled upon the Free and Accepted Masons. Now after just a few blocks I am rather blase on the topic. Reviewing my photos of Kojak Columbo makes my stomach roil. Thinking about that woman laughing at me on Torrance Blvd. when I returned to Kojak’s “office” makes me want to tax you big style. I own you and you owe me.