As a boy, I use to run around the woods surrounding my home. I was exploring, looking under rocks, under fallen trees, and inside of caves. I was searching for something. I didn’t know what it was but I knew in my heart and soul that it was out there and that I would find it. There was a mystical feeling to that search and a yearning that refused to let it die. Hours would pass in those woods and yet, I couldn’t find what it was until later in my life.
As it turns out, the solution was internal and not external. It’s strange, you could spend a lifetime searching on the outside for what’s inside. It’s so typical and instinctual, that we look for validation through external means, which is only a reflection of our internal dilemma.
“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein
Freemasonry helped identify what I was searching for. Freemasonry, like many orders founded on the ancient Mysteries, will show you the door but only you can open it.
If you’ve ever been to the House of the Temple, the headquarters of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in Washington, DC, you may have noticed a throne that says, “Know Thyself.”
Freemasonry led me to the understanding that it was myself and my own internal wisdom that I was searching for. That was the answer.
“Know thyself and thou shalt know the universe and god.” — Pythagoras