Mark Stavish discusses his book The Path of Freemasonry – The Craft as a Spiritual Practice.
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In this practical guide, Mark Stavish details the spiritual lessons and rituals of Freemasonry as a step-by-step path of spiritual development and self-improvement for both Masons and non-Masons, men and women alike. He explores the history and meaning of Freemasonry and its symbols – from its origins in the Temple of Solomon to the Medieval craft guilds to the Renaissance – and explains how the Craft promotes personal growth through the symbolic building of self and an inner Temple of Wisdom in much the same way that Masonry’s rituals symbolize the building of Solomon’s Temple in accordance with mystical architectural instructions.
Drawing on esoteric doctrines, including the Qabala, alchemy, sacred geometry, and the secrets of the Gothic cathedral builders, each chapter addresses an area of the Masonic experience, paralleling them with experiences each of us find in our own lives. The author provides simple practices to help internalize and personalize the lessons presented, including dreamwork, journaling, meditation, prayer, and understanding sacred architecture. Providing the tools to make the Craft an initiatory experience of self-improvement, Stavish shows that, ultimately, the Masonic experience is the human quest for self-realization and self-expression, so that we each may find our place in the Temple of Wisdom.
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