Masonry Tomorrow


Masonry Tomorrow

Masonic Spring Workshop 1990 Part Three 

Bro.  David A. McCormick

I Have a Dream, A Song to Sing
To Help me Cope with Anything
If You See the Wonder of a Fairy Tale
You Can Take the Future, Even if you fail,
I Have a Dream, A Fantasy to Help Me Through Reality
And my Destination makes it Worth the While
Pushing through the Darkness still another Mile
I Believe in Angels, Something good in everything I see,
I Believe in Angels, when I Know the time is right for me,
I Will Cross the Stream, I have a Dream.

Some of you may know this song, I Have a Dream.  It was made
popular by a group known as ABBA in the early 1980s. I have used a
portion of it to introduced some ideas about Masonry Tomorrow or
Masonry in the Future.

First, we know Masonry is a living and growing entity. It prepares
us for the future.  Lao Tzu has said, "The journey of a thousand
miles begins with one step." But where do we begin? The answer is
simple, you begin just where you are. "If thou but settest foot on
the path thou shall see it everywhere." This is a quote from Hermus
Trismegistus.
     
Preparing this paper has been extremely exciting for me.  It has
stimulated my unworked brain cells into action.  It has stirred and
awakened my imagination.

Something I would like to share with you, this weekend, we have
heard about our past our present and now our future.  Has anyone
noticed how the speakers were placed.  Our past and our present
were talked about by two very experienced and seasoned Masons.  I
would like to thank both Jack and Myron for giving us some further
light, and giving us encouragement to search for more light with
their excellent presentations.

I have "Dared to Dream" - Stan, does this sound familiar? Our dream
is to seek further light in Masonry.  Our dream is to make the
future and also live the future.  A very beautiful lady said, "I
touch the future, I am a teacher." This was Christa MaCauliffe, a
grade school teacher and an Astronaut who was on the Challenger
Mission in 1986.  Her words are so true for us in the Masonic
order. We too are teachers. Our first step into Masonry is as an
Entered Apprentice. This, as we know, is where we take a Ca ndidate
and introduce him into our order. By teaching him, and tutoring
him, not to just the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason, but beyond.

This is where I would boldly like to go where no man has gone
before, on an Educational Adventure into the future, and add some
more light to the coming light.

Knowledge is attained by degrees. Wisdom dwells in contemplation;
there we must seek her.

This is the start of the recipe for success, this is where we take
our dream, mix it with motivation and action, add long hours of
practice, dedication and discipline, finally  giving us our dream.

Through the lectures we are taught and then finally participate in:
by teaching them to others, deal with the future. The Scriptures
lay the foundation upon which we build a righteous life.  Our
lecture about the lambskin talks about the future.  And, of course,
the North East Corner, this above all lectures, I believe, sticks
out in all Masons minds.  It, too, deals with the future. "...and,
from the foundation laid this evening, may you raise a
superstructure perfect in its parts..." Perfection is here. I t is
attained by a process of taking away; no stroke of gavel or chisel
can add anything to a rough ashlar; it may only remove.
Perfection, then is already within.

The famous sculptor, Gutron Borglum (a Freemason), asked how he
carved stone into statues, answered, "It is very simple.  I knock
away with hammer and chisel the stone I do not need and the statue
is there - it was there all the time."

In the Volume of the Sacred Law we read, "The kingdom of heaven is
within you." Images are made by a process of taking away.  The
perfection is already within.  All that is required is to remove
the roughness. "...divesting our hearts and consciences of the
vices and superfluities of life..." to show forth the perfect man
and Mason, and to find the kingdom within.

Masonry is also a progressive science.  Continuing further, as we
advance in stages, we are continually learning and being taught.
One of the seven liberal arts and sciences, we are taught, is
Astronomy.  This is a "sublime science which inspires the
contemplative mind to soar aloft and perceive the wisdom, Strength
and Beauty of the great Creator in the heavens."

I attended a workshop last fall to do with my work and our
Instructor, Dr. Jim Reubian, talked about the future and how we
were in the precolonization age.  That is, we are now building
space stations to take us further out into space and start
colonizing.  The drawings on the boards are now being built; the
technology is advancing at an ever accelerating pace.  A new
computer chip has just been developed called the fuzzy chip.  It
has the ability to judge and reason, in that the old technology or
binary sy stem which is very basic, is either on/off: yes/no.  The
fuzzy chip can judge and will either slow down, speed up, or be
incremental. These things have come from dreams, from ambitions,
from planning and I will go so far as to say as being from Masons.
Our dreams will take us into the future.  Our initial beginnings in
Masonry came from within.  Therefore our future will come from
within.  Within everyone of us, the future comes from building
faith.  The first step being dreaming.  This is faith taking the
first cautious step.  Mountain moving faith begins with a dream.
Unquestionably, the greatest power in the world is a creative idea.
All success begins with a dream.


Scientists at the Brain Research Institute at the University of
California at Los Angeles believe that the creative capacity of the
human brain approaches infinity.  Your brain can store, combine,
create, more bits of information and imagery than thousands of
videotape recorders, tens of thousands of computers and millions of
microfilm cartridges. There are no limits other than the
self-imposed.  So, don't censor your dreams - give them free reign.

A potent quote from Woodrow Wilson, a former President of the
United States of America, says:

We grow great by our dreams.  All big men are dreamers.  They see
things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a
long winter's evening.  Some of us let these great dreams die, but
others nourish and protect them, nurse them through the bad days
till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always
to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.

Dreams and imagination go hand in hand. The Aluminum Company of
America coined a wonderful word: "Imagineering." It means letting
your imagination soar and then engineering will make it happen.

Another word I would like to introduce to you was once lost and now
is found.  It came to light when I was asked to present this paper.
Why are we here this weekend? And what are we doing? We are sharing
thoughts.  This word will give a new meaning to the Banff Springs
Workshop and will probably be introduced as its new Logo.  I
learned of it from the Canadian Bible Society. A minister who was
in Africa, spreading the good word in one of the back regions
needed a word for Church, or gathering of people.  Th e word that
the Villagers gave him was this "Haimunsheeigungakhetigwagfiya".
It translates into this - A place where people habitually and
reciprocally come to hear one another's thoughts.  So next year
when the posters come out, they will read - 26th Anniversary
Haimunsheenigungakhetigwaguya, Banff Alberta.  One important thing
about this word, is the placement of the accent.  It must fall on
the next to the last syllable, or it takes on an entirely di
fferent meaning.

Another ingredient to the future is enthusiasm, which we get from
living Masonry.  True enthusiasm, however, has very little to do
with outward exuberance and very much to do with an inner fire.
The word enthusiasm stems from the Greek word Enthous, meaning
inspired, and the word enthous is derived from an even more ancient
Greek word that combines Theos, which means God, and Entos, meaning
within.  So the original use of the term "Enthusiasm" literally
means "The Spirit of God within you."

The Supreme Architect of Heaven and builder of the Universe created
all the beauty of this earth; is the source of all goodness, truth
and love; is the Spirit who energizes us, encourages, truth and
love; is the Spirit who energizes us, encourages us, enriches us
with the fervour to excel. When we come to understand that God's
spirit is always within, we will be surprised by the joy and
unbounded enthusiasm we have burning inside.

The great writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, "We do not yet
trust the unknown powers of thought," No matter who is or what job
he holds, it is the man who uses his brain who will gain the most
power.

How can we harness this power? Let's look at what power is.

P - Power is Purpose. Ideas, dreams, goals - any product of the
mind's eye harnessed to a purpose will produce a storehouse of
power.

O - Power is Open-mindedness.  It is having a mind open to new
ideas.  It is thinking unfettered by preconceived notions.

W - Power is Wisdom.  It means strength tempered by good judgement,
combined with learning and knowledge.

E - Power is Energy.  It is the engine of work, the force of human
expression.  The capacity for action.

R - Power is Responsibility.  The greater the power the greater the
responsibility.  Power united to responsibility is the source of
good works and the increased well being of all. The definition of
power is not force or manipulation or domain over others.  Power is
the ability, the vigour, the strength to influence others and to
control our own density.

This brings up two important questions that I must ask. With what
you have heard not only tonight but in the two other papers, Can
man become a Master of his Destiny? If so, what is the Destiny of
Freemasonry?

The time has come to close my Brother but before I do I would like
to do a quick summary.  My topic was Masonry Tomorrow, which was
introduced by a dream. Masonry is 'a - living' program, coming from
within.  I introduced you to some science, a little Astronomy, some
technology, taught you a new word, talked about the Great Architect
of the Universe, enthusiasm, power - all being presented as an
Educational Adventure in Masonry Back to the Future - and closed
with two questions.  I have also tried to call u pon the three
essential senses peculiar to Masonry, hearing, seeing and feeling.
You have heard a small portion about the future.  Just look around
this hall, you see the future and best of all, with every brother
we greet this weekend with a handshake and a smile, we touch the
future and will continue to do so.