Brethren,

The days have become shorter and the nights longer as goes my tenure in the east. With 2 meetings left in the year for me I would like to accomplish a few more things. Firstly is get everyone together for our holiday party which the invitation will be included in this mailer, second is to give out 25 year pins in the next meeting so if you can make it brothers I look forward to the presentation; and lastly to help any of our master builder candidates fulfill their requirements.

In this message I would like to discuss words. Words play a significant role in our daily lives and vocations but are only a means to describe or express feelings to others and can sometimes confuse their original intent. When you were hoodwinked prior to receiving the first degree you made it known to the Worshipful Master and lodge what it was that you sought. While it was made known to the brethren at that point using words, in yourself it was already known as well or you probably wouldn’t have ever been there in the first place. Consider for a moment the course of how you were brought from Darkness. You entered the temple in the west, the place of the setting sun, and therefore the place of darkness. You were led round the temple once, proving yourself to the Wardens and Master as you progressed, but you did not stay in the east – you returned to the west, because you we’re not yet ready to approach the light. Because you were blindfolded, you didn’t know that in the east, the place of the rising sun and therefore of life, the three great lights are placed, those symbols whose allegory will be of most importance to you on this Masonic journey you’ve undertaken.

The wisdom and understanding of our own divine essence is like a beacon that invites us inward toward ever deeper connection with ourselves and with all around us. That connection you had at that moment in time was to yourself and the lodge recognized it and assisted you in entering into Masonic light. It is complete within itself even without words, and has a singular purpose of demonstrating the collective potential of all life within the universe. It is the archetype of perfection or perfect Ashlar that we look to instill within ourselves and the tools were laid out before us and shown as the 3 great lights. The essence of the Divine is far beyond mental conception, yet humanity’s tendency is to resort to the limiting language of the hierarchical paradigm to define and understand. It is here, at the very core of existence that the Divine is bursting forth with its creative energy while simultaneously reintegrating with its invitation to wholeness; for my brother it is here to be understood that words by themselves hold no bearing on your hearts true will and that of God.

“God hides some ideal in every human soul. At some time in our life we feel a trembling, fearful longing to do some good thing. Life finds its noblest spring of excellence in this hidden impulse to do our best. “

-Robert Collyer

Sincerely and Fraternally,

W.M. Erik W. Krogstad