I belong to an International Masonic order called Le Droit Humain (Human Rights in French). It was founded in 1893 in Paris France and had Lodges all over the world. Le Droit Humain practices and performs all of the regular Masonic rituals and ceremonies from the 1st through the 33rd Degrees including many of the side Degrees. What makes us different from the Masculine Lodges is that we admit all qualified individuals without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or lifestyle. Hence our order is rich with diversity and appreciation for various philosophies, beliefs, and learning styles.
Since we are an esoteric Masonic organization, we take the edification of our history and symbolism very seriously and meet often to study and exchange ideas about the imagery and allegory imparted in our rituals. And speaking of rituals, I have been a member of various orders throughout the years but none can come close to the spiritual high I have felt during the Masonic rituals. There is something so magical about those experiences, time just stands still and I can literally feel all the brethren who came before me. I can feel them stepping where I step and saying the words I am saying. There are times when I can actually see them with my mind’s eye; but it is not at all eerie. It feels natural and right to experience these things, as if we were meant to connect with our ancestors and take the lessons we learn out into the world in order to make it a better place.
I have been a member of LDH for 9 years now, and have never lost interest in the study of the Craft as it just keeps getting more interesting and I keep getting closer to my sisters and brothers in the order. We may not all have the same beliefs or walk the same path, but there is a level of love, integrity and respect that I can find nowhere else. I am truly humbled to call these honorable people my brethren.
Update: These days I’m a member of a new Triangle in Atlanta, Georgia and some of my Brethren come from as far away as North Carolina to do the Great Work. We also have some who have affiliated with us for various reasons, the main one being that they want to learn more about the symbolism and sacred geometry of Freemasonry. Together we share and learn about the deeper spiritual mysteries.
If this message resonates with you and you feel compelled to connect or reconnect with your Masonic family, don’t hesitate to leave me a message. If you live in a different part of the world, chances are we have a Lodge in your country/city, so if you want to be a Mason, ask a Mason!