“Freemasonry’s Hidden Brain Science” by Michael Schiavello. Reviewed by Cathy Giaimo, Librarian, The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania.
Brother Michael Schiavello has written “Freemasonry’s Hidden Brain Science” in two parts: the first section on the esoteric aspect of the rituals and symbolism, the second section on the moral science found in the rituals. In the first section, Brother Schiavello devotes much of the book to explaining how to begin to search for the hidden meanings, the “hidden brain science” or metaphysical and neurological meanings found in Masonic ritual.
Brother Schiavello freely admits that a brother may take as much or as little as he wants from Freemasonry. His aim is to entice the reader to truly begin to examine what is found in the rituals on a much more deep and meaningful level. Throughout the first section, he finds ways to connect Masonic ritual and symbolism to the neurologic aspects of the brain. The stories told in the degree work are pathways to a higher consciousness. It is not apparent to the initiate at the time, but as he learns the degree work, he begins to see how it fits together, how to begin the journey of self-improvement that Freemasonry promotes.
The second section explains how the Masonic symbols are important in everyday living. Why is it important that the candidate knock at the lodge door and what does it mean to be a “free man”? The 24-inch gauge represents time management, the plumb not only measures uprightness but also the importance of following the moral law. One may be familiar with many of these symbols, but they also hold a much deeper meaning. Gaining this understanding also leads to a greater spiritual knowledge.
The rituals of Freemasonry were written over 200 years ago, the authors using stories, symbols and ancient philosophies to awaken the initiate to the possibilities of a higher self-awareness. This book opens the reader to these possibilities as well.
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