Understanding the Masonic Pillars of Boaz and Jachin
The wilderness calls forth the mysterious challenge upon which the weight of the world rests its hopes and dreams. The Hebrews were lost in the wilderness for a longtime. Within its rankness and thickness the hopeless wander in savage and stupefied abandon. There is but one path which leads out of the wilderness. This path is seldom discovered and even less seldom traveled by the weighted and weary.
The wilderness has mineral, vegetable and animal parts. Man, the personification of the wilderness, is the physical accumulation of mineral, vegetable and animal. It is in our blood and kidney’s. It is in the plant like nature of our circulatory and nervous systems. It is the meat of our flesh and the marrow of our bones.
Man, the animal, is the wilderness. It is both savage and surreal. The material embrace of the wilderness allows for the existence of the one path. This path is marked by two pillars. One is strength and the other is love.
The wilderness is ignorance from which the path provides the only escape. The opposing forces which are represented in the pillars are wanting a reconciliation and unification. There are tools which can achieve this but first one must want to enter between the pillars and lay the cornerstone of a new temple.
Leaving the wilderness behind and passing through the pillars is the greatest challenge. The Hebrews passed through the pillars and entered Solomon’s temple. All temples are entered by passing through two pillars.
The material world has become so condensed that the weight of the wilderness has crushed and hidden the path beneath a savage and ignorant existence. But the world was not always as condensed and restrictive.
Man can remember the freedom and lightness of a material world which was built on air and pastel paintings. This world still exists but is outside the constraints of the wilderness.
The pillars of strength and love are merged within as we pass through and enter the land upon which our temple is built. The path of truth followed can only lead inward and through the space in between the pillars. This space is your potential and your dream.
Find yourself within yourself. Find yourself in the wilderness. Do not wander as a savage. Pass through your pillars and place the cornerstone. The wilderness is ignorance and the temple is truth. There is only one path which leads between the pillars. It is your own journey inward towards self-discovery and self-realization. The pillars are the opposing energies within which need to be unified or brought down, like Hercules and Samson.
We are all savages wandering in the wilderness. – JC
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