The Shadows of Great Men


This is a great article, thought I would re post it!


The Shadows Of Great Men



by Midnight Freemason Guest Contributor
Bro. Brian Schimian

“I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider
the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” ~ George Washington

     In the journey of becoming a Master Mason, one is Initiated, Passed and Raised along their path of Enlightenment. But what about the time one spends going on during their life before they decide to fill out a petition to join a Masonic Lodge? It would be wrong to say one simply fumbled around in the dark before seeking the light. After all, if you are fumbling around in the dark, and a you see a beacon of light, you would be automatically drawn to it. Thus all men would seek to be better men by petitioning the Craft. But this does not happen.

     Perhaps a better analogy would be that, before seeking enlightenment one is shrouded by the shadows of other men. Those that are blessed by the shadow of Great Men can be considered to be, in a way, protected, watching, following and learning from their words and actions until one day, the student takes the steps to become a Master. But even then, once a seat of equal stature is attained, do we really ever leave the shadows of these great men?

     Undoubtedly, the quest for one to blaze his own trail and leave his own mark on the 
world is felt by most, if not all as we grow. But at what point do we cease to live in the
shadows of other men and begin to venture truly into the light on our own, thereby
casting our own shadow for others to seek refuge in until they are ready to go on about
their own search for enlightenment? Are we truly ever on our own, fully in the light? Or
do we tend to remain shadowed, ever so slightly by those great men that have come
before us, and the men before them?

     Even after great men are called by the Supreme Architect of the Universe, can we not
still learn from their teachings? Are we not still molded and in some ways continue to be
etched by their imparted teachings? And what of the pain when these great men pass
on? Shouldn’t we be happy for them, that they are not suffering worldly pains? Is the pain of
our grief from the sadness of a loss or is it because we subconsciously fear being on
our own in the light without that shroud of protection and guidance or sense of a

     Personally, I do weep for those Great Men that I have lost in my life. Not because I
selfishly want them suffering here in life, more so because they will not be here to share
in the evolution of my enlightenment, or the experience of those whom may step out from my
shadow one day. And, I feel I still had so much more to learn from them. I certainly can
and will continue to use their examples as a compass throughout my life, as well as that
of those great men that have come and passed before my time in this world. 

     I do not know of any words that can adequately express the love, respect or thanks I owe to the memory of the Great Men I have lost in my life. But perhaps by carrying on their teachings, by passing down what I have learned, I can honor their memory and in 
some ways, they aren’t really gone. Maybe a bit of their shadow can be passed on to others through me.

“Virtus Junxit – Mors Non Separabit” ~ Whom virtue has united, death shall not


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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

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The Secrets of a Mason

Non-Masons! Here is what you need to know!!!

Dear Non-Masons,

You might be here to
– learn more about Masonry,
– learn secrets for personal reasons
– learn secrets to expose to the outside world
– find someone to vouch for you.
– collect the list of Masons to expose them to public.

Whatever your reasons are, there is not much you can get here.

You will not find a magic secret that will make you rich or important person. It won’t even make you a good or better person either instantly.

The so-called secrets, words, passwords, rituals are sadly publicly available.

Do you know why this is not good?
– Not because it is a secret. Freemasonry is a great organization that consists of good people.
If you learn more of the craft more and if you are a good person, you would like to become part of it.
Knowing those so-called secrets and rituals will ruin your once in a life-time experience.

Would you like someone to tell you all the details of an upcoming movie?
Your masonic experience would be better than the best movie you will ever watch! Do not ruin it!

So, What is the secret?
The secret is in your heart! To be a good person,a better man for yourself, your family, your neighbor, your country, and also for the world. To help without expecting anything in return. To learn and  e
yourself and others. Love is the secret! That’s it!!!

What is the Lodge?
The Lodge is a place to meet good people like yourself. You  have to worry if the person you meet on the street is  evil or not. When you go to the Lodge, you know everyone shares some sort of standards you can relate to.

Can you find an evil person in a Lodge?
Of course. They come and go. They do not stay for long though. They see that there is nothing for them to gain, nothing
interesting for them. For example; we work on how we can help children
in hospitals, etc. This is waste of their time since
they want only to make themselves  rich.

If you are interested to know more about Freemasonry and want to talk to someone about it: search the Grand Lodge of your contry or state in the search engine.
Call them! They will tell you what you need to know and will try to answer your questions.

If you are still not satisfied, then may be this is not a good match for you.
You can still be a very good person without being a Mason!