What we will do in the Lodge

The question that I would like us to think together tonight is this : « What we will do in the Lodge ? »

Not one of us, after years of practice, escaped of this.

Who did not asked for a day or another what fly had well have prick that he finds himself dressed in gaudy tinsel, evolving in a setting of cardboard ?

And I already invite you already a debate on this subject just now, not asking me questions, but each expressing your vis-à-vis personal feeling on this issue.

The system of questions and answers ritual that we know comes from a dialectic and the dialectic is a key.

This system is used since the times of night by any initiatory said Society, Frederick Tristan, I have known, who was a former speaker of the Lodge of Research Villard and former editor of the eponymous magazine, has written a book on Houng company in China where he shows that this system was already in use at the time of Lao Tzu. We have not invented anything.

To this question, therefore, certain rituals have naturally given an answer. EBITDA in the ritual words of 1802, practiced in some lodges in the GLNB the answer is this : « Conquer our passions, submit our will and make new progress BM ». Very inadequate response to me. Indeed, the term « submit our will » ready to bail. I will come back.

But this answer can vary. Thus in the ritual practiced at G\L\ B\ is : « Seek the Light ». But then again what light ?

Is it from that discussed in the Prologue of John's Gospel, this « light of men » of which the evangelist was testified, that « true light that enlightens the world and that the world does not known », but which, I remind you « was given to those who have the power to become children of God ».

So we are children of God ? I do not venture to give you an answer RER Willermoz, is the question of the economy, which naturally calls for a reply.

But there is a ritual response or not does not change the problem. The question we are asked : « what the devil do we come to the Lodge ? ». And the ritual answer to this question is not, contrary to what one might think, the use of « wooden language ».

It opens in effect that pose a wide field of reflection, because every answer is never final since it induces personal reflection of the person who enters the dialectic which it proceeds.

When I decided there almost 27 years, to « knock on the door of the Temple », I do not have asked me that question.

Over time, I allowed myself to drift slowly in the course of the experience that I lived, gradually becoming aware of a slow transformation of myself attended the men with whom I worked, but not really me question.

And it was only later, much later, I made a step backwards.

I then tried to analyze as objectively as possible what had, at one point in my life, take me to make that decision and, then, proved to me gradually after much thought, much as would the negative of a photograph in an acid bath, obvious.

« I still know nothing ! »

Or sooner if !...

There are some years Sigmund Freud coined the term : libido.

What is it ?

Pascale Marson, in a little work extension to psychology, libido compares to « a raw piece of wood compared to the masterpiece fashioned by a fellow craftsman ».

Libido is an unconscious force, we are told, who lives in each of us distinct from the conscious ego, that is to say, of our personality, that is what we built deliberately to introduce us to the middle where we live and we comply.

This personality is itself distinct from our instinctive essence, but complementary to it.

So libido is perhaps the desire that reflects the energy that is in us. And the word energy has a major significance in the initiation phenomenon.

Freud, as we know, sees libido all unconscious impulses generated by sexuality.

But Jung, which I am an admirer, he goes much further. He does not deny the importance of sexuality, but back to a fairer measure. Putting aside the sexual aspect of libido so it's just considered a « life force ».

It was then that seems to appear filigree another concept, that of sublimation. Sublimation strict sense is not only the « passage from a solid state to a gaseous state without passing through a liquid state », as everyone knows, but - depending on Litter - « a mechanism through which impulses Primary unconsciously diverted from their original purpose and carried on more socially useful and noble destinations ».

Sublimation is a mental process, a psychic mechanism, and it is this aspect that I intend to remember...to finally know what I came to do in the lodge.

Sublimation proceeds from a desire, certainly... ...But a desire to understand...and creating.

What is a desire ? I will remember the definition in Spinoza : « This is the appetite, the fact of trying to achieve with self-consciousness. This is the essence of man ».

So we go to the state of unconscious drive to that of a conscious state control.

Desire is a conscious energy that lives in us and will allow us to free indeed what there is in us creative forces, like a detonator. This produces a kind of substitution, transfer of our instinctive impulses to the higher levels of the soul towards an idealized goal (noblest destinations).

Thus the artist or scientist will create. And creating, it will create itself, it will sublimate.

A painter, a composer, a writer will express the unconscious energy that inhabits as an artifact of a work, which in itself had little importance, the important thing is the phenomenon dynamic creativity. Artist and if there is, it is indeed an art, and in Freemasonry, this art we call the Royal Art.

The scientist, he can manifest creativity in the form of an intuition expressed as equations.

At the top athlete, it will be a record.

But in any case, it is a form of sublimation, that is to say the intuition that something that is in us than us, and we feel the need to reach.

In the individual seeking an initiation occur simultaneously in the creative phenomenon intellectual activity and a spiritual quest desire. It is this aspect - one being the vector, the other purpose - which manifests itself in the initiate as we seek to become never be certain of achieving completely.

This process - essentially individual - can only be achieved if we work in groups, because it proceeds from a form of capillarity between the members of this group.

At this point, my brethren, I would remind you of the thesis psychiatrist Jacob Moreno on the importance he gives to the collective psychodrama. Because obviously we're not only spectators but also actors in the psychodrama of the death of Hiram.

Moreno, who died in 1974, offers the « social or psychological group » in order to introduce us to ourselves, to understand ourselves by bringing an « interaction » between man and permanent society.

Here the Lodge is in this case a microcosm of society. Individual living space is melted in an interactive set, whose members are in constant interaction. In a Loge, drank the difficulties of his own individual research, torn between aspirations, requirements blows his desire for freedom, and the mold of the societal norm, the Mason is trying, through its adaptation to group to find the right balance.

Psychodrama of the death of Hiram lived in Lodge aims to research yourself. This psychodrama played Lodge by actors such as Brothers, as we have seen, has a liberating effect on them. Playing the third degree, we enter into the skin of the characters.

We are living a tragedy.

Aristotle saw the tragedy a « catharsis » or deliverance notion that Racine resume to as « purging », that is to say a « cleansing » of the passions, instincts watching a fictional character played by becomes itself.

In psychodrama, the actor must become the creator of his own role. His commitment is thereby deepened. He wakes up « the kid in him » as each member of the group.

Certainly, we are not all equal before this. Freud is emphatic on this point : « sublimation is reserved only for the elite ». This can be understood by « elite » those predisposed naturally to this type of experience.

Simply put, everyone can not be started, everyone can not become a Freemason. This is not desirable.

The answer to the question posed earlier ritual becomes clear :

What were we doing in the Lodge ? Searching our own sublimation.

This initiation by our individual sublimation in a community of men pursuing the same goal : « hidden stone find in us, correcting », is an alchemical process of turning lead into gold.

That of the emergence of the « new man » as we seek to be invitation that appears in all its clarity from the Reflection Cabinet where VITRIOL acronym us whispered in the ear without that no one of us then do understand the meaning. This is what we call « self-knowledge ».

However do in passing some reservations : the birth of the « new man » is not always correspond to the death and disappearance of unconditional « old man », which also has the qualities and we must remain vigilant not to « throw the baby with the bath water ».

« Knowledge of ourselves » is the knowledge of our subconscious, our inner being with power of its own immanent in nature.

We're down to « submit our will » as we saw in the beginning, but to affirm this commitment in the mastering, and that's exactly where lies the concept of « control ».

But let us also remember that this sublimation, the alchemy of ourselves, this slow transformation also stems from our work. All this does not occur after a single snap.

The completion of the work takes years we know. Again, everything is provided: The word perseverance joined to V\I\T\R\I\O\L\. We breath the road will be long...

The presentation process is not monolithic.

Indeed, the Masonic Institution, which is only part of the expected initiation embodiment is diverse.

And I come to the diversity of paths available to us, diversity manifested in the form of different rites. This diversity is naturally influenced by the collective unconscious of those who are engaged in the practice of this « Royal Art ».

Thus we see often profiled in our secular institutions in countries where Freemasonry is practiced.

Swiss Masonic practice, for example, is not the same as the French practice, because Switzerland is not France, even though Geneva is culturally closer to France than it is in Zürich. Moreover, we see an evolution of the spirit of Freemasonry in years.

Originally Freemasonry, that of the eighteenth century, is aristocratic. Otherwise, it would no royal Art.

This is a form of « initiation pure » as conceived by Rene Guenon, something not to « put all hands ».

And to clarify this point, I would like to read an excerpt from « Foucault's Pendulum ».

I am far from unconditionally share the design of Umberto Eco, as well to understand, read the watermark, you realize that it is heavily inspired by Julius Evola's ideas, which, as everyone knows adhered to Mussolini's fascist ideal.

« Agliè realized my discomfort and asked me to go sit in an open Copa-Cabana bar all night. I kept silent. Aglié waited until I began to enjoy my batida and then broke the silence and embarrassment. Race or culture, if you are a part of our unconscious. And another part is inhabited by archetypal figures, equal for all men and for all ages. Tonight, the climate, the atmosphere, have weakened our vigilance at all ; you felt about yourself. Amparo discovered that orixàs, she thought she had destroyed his heart still lived in her womb. Do not believe that this fact is positive for me. You have heard me speak respectfully of these supernatural energies that vibrate around us in this country. But do not think that I see with particular sympathy of possession practices. Being an insider and be a mystic is not the same thing. Initiation intuitive understanding of the mysteries that reason can not explain, is an abysmal process, a slow transformation of the mind and the body, which can lead to the exercise of superior quality and up to the conquest immortality, but it's something intimate, secret. It does not show on the outside, she is modest, and above all it is made of lucidity and detachment. This is why the World Lords are insiders, but they do not abandon the mystic. The mystic is a slave to them, place a demonstration of the numinous, through which one watches the symptoms of a secret. The initiate encourages the mystic, he uses it as you are using a phone, to establish remote contact, such as the chemist uses litmus paper to know that a certain place is a substance. The mystic is useful because it is theatrical, it exhibits. Insiders, for against, recognize only among themselves. The insider control the forces suffers the mystical. In this sense, there is no difference between Teresa of Avila and San Juan de la Cruz. Mysticism is a degraded form of contact with the divine. Initiation is the fruit of a long asceticism of mind and heart. Mysticism is a democratic phenomenon, if not demagogic, initiation is aristocratic ».

Duly noted. You think what you want. So if the original Freemasonry is hierarchical, it has to be centralized around an authority than obedience. And the word obedience, there is the word obey.

The sublimation as we have seen can not be achieved only within a community, which has its rules.

This notion of obedience is not peculiar to the so-called speculative Masonry. It existed in Fellow Guilds where hierarchy was based on experience, knowledge of the business and trust them devoted themselves masons and carpenters grouped around the architect. Now it is clear that the notion of obedience is not the same in Switzerland than in France or England, and the historical and political institutions of these countries have had an influence on that of their national Freemasonry. This obedience, this discipline is practiced here rather than at the Lodges of the Obedience.

France is a centralized country, Switzerland is not.

And it is interesting to look at how these two institutional modes diametrically opposed relative to the other, could affect the operation of the Masonic Institutions respectively in Switzerland and France.

I said at the time, the English Freemasonry, at the base, is aristocratic in the mind as in form. Let us remember the composition of the Lodges in London in the early eighteenth century when rubbed is noble and learned.

The choice of French for the Republic - insidiously supported by a famous Geneva I will not mention the name of discretion since one of the most illustrious of his followers took up tonight on your columns - so this choice will color the French Freemasonry a republican tone.

Therefore, the Lodges will become, in the role that is theirs, vectors of new ideas, republican and democratic. I'm not saying that it is bad, but I'm not sure that this is their first destination.

For if every builder is free to express his opinions, it does not seem useful Freemasonry as an institution to be mixed.

Atheism will also find its place because it is fashionable to « eat the priest ». And so until you delete the GODF the main Masonic lights : the VDLS

We are moving there more of sublimation.

The French Freemasonry will then be ostracized heretics by London until is is under the influence of another Switzerland - a Vaudois this time, the brother of Edward Ribaucourt - which contributes significantly the recognition of the GLNF by the English authorities in 1911 allowed that he was recognized « regularity », a word which changes still a lot.

Switzerland, during that time, respects his credo as a sentence without appeal : « free Mason in a free lodge » where applying the highly ambiguous concept of freedom that continues forever to tickle the subconscious of peoples.

Indeed, what Liberty ?

Freedom seemingly implies the notion of free will and free will is ultimately an illusion of freedom. Let me explain : To act according to our pleasure or according to our will is not freedom. Also according to Spinoza, « the impossibility of free will is that everything producing any effect is necessarily determined by an immanent God in nature ».

In the fourth century BC Democritus stated : « Everything in the universe is the result of chance or necessity ». (Jacques Monod). No room at Liberty. Duly noted. Nothing has changed.

Understanding the chain of causes and effects can sometimes change their estate and to initiate the sequence of events in a direction that nature would not have spontaneously followed. Nothing more. If you look for a moment on particle physics for example, you soon realize that our individual wills of human beings are reduced to the absolute need our immediate survival. Let us have no illusions.

But if Democritus establishes a polarity Chance Need Epicurus, he - I love - it introduces the concept of initiative...

We are saved from the horrors of the restlessness of the soul and distressing conjectures about why chance and of necessity.

This epicurean initiative has nothing to do with free will, but the virtue of giving humans the means to intervene in their destiny, giving him hope. And sought sublimation invites us in this initiative. Some may say that Hope is the poetry of utopia.

Why not ?

Indeed, there are not a form of poetry in the glare of the researcher who after years of work is the key to the problem he is studying at the same time feels a form of vertigo when he discerns behind the answer he brings...another question he must answer ?

The initiation, the way to Knowledge, is a form of poetry and, to quote Leopold Senghor : « Poetry should not die, then where would the world be ? »

Kabbalah in its many allegories also takes the form of a poem when it states, for example, this parable : « the ultimate knowledge is like a house to the ten thousand doors each possess their key. All are for the human being, but a lifetime is not enough for him to find the right key to every door ».

Self-sublimation is the major concern of the human being. There is nothing worse than being nobody. There is nothing worse than the failure of the human person. Everyone is entitled to his own sublimation, but in return, everyone has a duty of responsibility to the Company.

The philosopher Hans Jonas, a disciple of Husserl, in his book « The Principle Responsibility » draws our attention to the futility of eternally renewed sermons that invite humanity to become aware of his blindness and invites us to « take responsibility ».

Suburban youth burning cars only express the despair of their marginalization. Their crime is worthy of our indifference. What are they looking, these young people but their own sublimation, but unfortunately in the wrong.

« What are you doing else, I ask you, than making yourself thieves then hang you ». I invite you, my brethren, to consider this phrase from the Utopia of Thomas Moore.

Our responsibility, I would even say our mission, we, Freemasons, is to participate in the construction of a world that would not be a utopia, but a reality, that of a company that we would offer the values ​​we soaked for a lifetime and that have been handed down to us by our elders.

« Our lodges are laboratories in which we make of men ».

Here the answer to the question : « What did we just do in the Lodge ». I tell you this because I sincerely believe. I speak here of course apprentices but also to Master Masons who reasoned within themselves can ask these questions.

The pessimists who fear the end of Freemasonry, I want me encouraging. Freemasonry, that's life. And life is eternal palingenesis, a succession of cycles which follow and reproduce, permanent and appropriate progression. Tradition - Progress - Adaptation. John Steinbeck wrote : It is in the nature of the aging man...to resist change, especially those leading to progress.

Remain attentive, Brothers !

I said.

Translated from French by P\ B\ - Date 03/04/2015

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