Tall Cedars of Vinland

Throughout the ages, the pine cone has been used as a symbol for the Pineal gland and an activated Third Eye Chakra. You see this in ancient art from all over the world. In the East, it is the pine cone shaped top of the head of the Buddha, or Krishna. In the West, you see it in the sculpture of the Vatican and in Rome. All of the important cathedrals of the middle ages used pine or cedar wood for their woodworking and doors. We see an example of this in the Bible in the story of the building of King Solomon’s Temple. Solomon made contact with God and asked for assistance with building the temple. Solomon was granted help from a friend. Hiram, King of Tyre was sent to help with the building. He brought with him cedar and cyprus wood from Lebanon for the construction. This wood was abundant in Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Pine trees are thought to have certain powers and are a symbol of spiritual enlightenment. The Masons have an appendant organization that is known as The Tall Cedars of Lebanon, which is a reference to this sacred wood. The Christmas tree that we use today was chosen because if this mystical association. A tree that retains it’s color no matter the season. A symbol of immortality.

The area that I live in is a beautiful valley, nestled in between two ranges of hills. It’s just up the hill a little ways from the historical, unincorporated town of Vinland, KS. Since living in the area, I have seen my spiritual enlightenment grow ten-fold. I feel more at one with the higher powers in the universe. More at one with God. This feeling has been growing by the day. Right outside of the back door of my house are two giant Eastern Red Cedar trees. These trees are considered invasive and are all over the area. To me, they are magic and are helping me find my way down the spiritual path. The two in the backyard, are a male and female tree, standing side by side through all of the inclenmecies of weather. They are like my wife and I. Growing stronger every day. They are The Tall Cedars of Vinland.

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Stop Supporting Hatred and Fear

There are bad people out there. They are everywhere. At work, at school, in government, in religion, in secret societies. In every nook and cranny of every tiny crevice you can find. They are there. I am a Freemason and I am fighting for the power of good. Earlier in life, I would have NEVER DREAMED that I would some day become a Mason. I hated them with every bit of my being. I hated them because of what I thought they stood for. For what I had heard that they stood for. I really didn’t know the first thing about them, really. I only knew what I thought that I knew.

My curiosity grew over the years to the point where I just had to find out what was really going on. I decided to go out on a limb and find out first-hand. It was scary, quite frankly, but I had to know. What I am finding now in my life is a path that I never knew I was supposed to go on. One of spiritual awakening. My mind is hungering for knowledge. I am reading more books that I ever thought I would. I am trying new things that I would have previously written off. Frankly, this is the most exciting time in my entire life. Is it all because of becoming a Mason? Absolutely not. I may have very well found this path a different way, but it was the spark that started this fire.

The truth of the matter is, it’s the occult (from the Latin word occultare, which means to hide or conceal) knowledge that is passed on through the mystery schools that leads one to an awakening. The teachings of Masonry are not bad in any way. Just as occult knowledge is not a bad thing. It can be used for light or for darkness. We have been lead to believe that it is evil, but it’s just knowledge. Knowledge is never evil, inherently. It’s how that knowledge is used that can be an evil thing. I am not going to say that there aren’t bad people in Freemasonry, because I would be lying if I did. There are, however, many good people involved in it as well. And no, it’s not that lower level Masons are the good ones and the more advanced Masons are the evil ones. It’s how they choose to use the knowledge. If they horde it and use it as power over others, it is bad. If it is used to help enlighten those who are ready for the information, it is good.

I see conspiracy theory stories everyday blaming various groups for the worlds ills. I have myself, been a conspiracy theorist before and still question many of the stories that we are being told by the media. However, most of these conspiracy-based stories do nothing more than feed the fear and hatred that is plaguing our world. We are taught to fear the unknown and to hate the differences between each other. The people that post these stories are usually ones that claim that they are simply trying to inform the masses so that they will know why the world is in the state that it’s in, but in reality, they are feeding the hatred. Most often, these conspiracies are based solely on pieced together information with little real continuity.

Stop buying into this. The only way to change the problems of the world is to look within and work on changing ourselves. I am not trying to say that we should stop listening to what the alternative media has to say, just that we should remember that fear is something we must break away from. Even when the ones who are feeding the fear have good intentions. It’s the easy thing to do to blame someone else for our troubles, but the easiest path is never the path to wisdom.