We have all heard the term Light used in reference to the Masonic teachings, but seldom is a reason given. This word is taken by the conspiracy theorists and misconstrued to mean all sorts of outlandish things. They like to point out that Masonry is some sort of Sun-cult, or that Lucifer is somehow involved. They couldn’t be more wrong. I will admit, that Masonry has lost touch with it’s roots in many regards. In fact, many modern Masons have tried to distance the fraternity from these roots. This is yet another attempt to conceal the true teachings of the Craft and to keep people back from finding the truth. The most common description of speculative (philosophic) Freemasonry is “A peculiar system of morality veiled in allegory, and illustrated with symbols.” However, this description is about as vague as what most peoples understanding of the Craft is, even it’s members!
Freemasonry has been revered and hated since it’s inception. It truly is a paradox. It’s rituals have become watered-down and convoluted. It’s membership has gone from primarily intellectuals to extreme-conservatism. It’s focus has changed from a society of learning and self-exploration, to a dinner club. Despite all of this, there are still many well-meaning Masons out there who understand the importance of what the Craft has to teach us.
When we hear the term Light, many things come to mind, in particular “enlightenment”. The Age of Enlightenment took Europe by storm in the 1700’s and shook the foundation of the ruling class of the time. Illuminates such as Voltaire, John Locke, and Sir Isaac Newton were at the forefront of this movement. They were seeking more equality for the people, the opportunity for scientific work and exploration, and freedom of thought and religion. To the advances that they made, we all owe a debt of gratitude. What they were seeking was Light.
This Light emanates within everyone of us. With a renewed spirit of freedom, the individual has the opportunity to seek Light. This light is Truth. You have heard the term “inner-light”. This is the answer. The Light that we all seek is within. It just has to be activated, or turned on. This light is self-knowledge, and as we know, the path to all true wisdom begins within us. As an individual becomes more aware of their consciousness and place in the universe, a great change occurs. No longer is the individual trapped in their worldliness. They are free to seek and they have begun a spiritual quest. They are now headed up that spiral staircase to the Heavens of their own wisdom. This is the Masonic journey to Light. With this light comes true love, for when an individual understands their own psyche, they realize their connection to everyone and everything around them. They know that Love is the answer. Showing love to others, will ease the burden of all suffering. This encapsulates “Christ Consciousness”.
This is the true reason that Freemasonry was hated. It was hated because it gives the individual empowerment. It promotes equality between different social classes and freedom of religious belief and nothing could have been more dangerous to the ruling classes at the time. America was formed on these principles and was led by brave intellectuals, many of whom were members of the Masonic Fraternity. They were seeking a new opportunity for all of us to find our own Light.
America and Freemasonry have lost their way and are now embracing darkness. The darkness of dogma, corruption, and greed. We have given up our quest to find balance and inner-light and given into the pursuit of creature comforts. We are about as far away from the light as is possible. We live in pure darkness in these times, but not all hope is lost. Just as Freemasonry has survived the ages, so has the Light. It will never go out because it is part of the human soul. We must go within and re-light this Light. Let it guide us and help us find our way. Our way true care, love, and balance. This Light is still held in the Masonic ritual and is inherent to all Creation. We must bring forth this Light to the world!