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Posted: 30 March 2017 05:33 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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Hello I have been meeting with my local blue lodge ,and I’m going to be petitioning soon .  Before I had decided to petition. I did a lot of reading and came across the chamber of reflection. I’ve always been involved in the study of symbolism and I do meditate regularly so this practice sounded intriguing to me . But from what I see everywhere else online this piece of ritual is missing in the US, is that entirely true or if I continue on to Scottish rite ,which the building I e been going to is Scottish rite might they have the. Chamber ?

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Posted: 30 March 2017 05:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Sideshowthomas - 30 March 2017 05:33 PM

Hello I have been meeting with my local blue lodge ,and I’m going to be petitioning soon .  Before I had decided to petition. I did a lot of reading and came across the chamber of reflection. I’ve always been involved in the study of symbolism and I do meditate regularly so this practice sounded intriguing to me . But from what I see everywhere else online this piece of ritual is missing in the US, is that entirely true or if I continue on to Scottish rite ,which the building I e been going to is Scottish rite might they have the. Chamber ?

Some lodges use the Chamber of Reflection, others do not, and some use a modified version thereof.  My lodge, for example, uses a modified version of it for degrees.  We arrange the preparation room in such a way that the candidate does sit by himself to contemplate prior to the degree.  We do not simply put him in there and say wait, we explain what he should do and approximately how long he can expect to wait before he is involved in the ceremony.  He is also told that if something should delay the ceremony, someone will inform him and explain what is going on.  That is how my lodge does it.  We also have an annual remembrance program where we set the lodge up similar to a COR and we have a program that one of our “more seasoned” members developed.  So the real answer to your question is, it depends.

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Posted: 30 March 2017 07:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Some traditional observant lodges use them, and a few non-TO lodges, but not many. Also, if you join the York Rite you will experience a variant of the Chamber of Reflection.

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Posted: 30 March 2017 09:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Thank you both for your answers

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Posted: 31 March 2017 11:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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I’m not sure what state you are in, but in MA, the Chamber of Reflection is not widely used in blue lodges.  We do have one in Boston (shown here: https://static01.nyt.com/images/2009/08/21/arts/21anti_500.jpg) that is used for York Rite purposes.

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Posted: 31 March 2017 12:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Bro DHoward - 30 March 2017 07:14 PM

Some traditional observant lodges use them, and a few non-TO lodges, but not many. Also, if you join the York Rite you will experience a variant of the Chamber of Reflection.

Also the AASR SJ.

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Posted: 31 March 2017 01:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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If I am accepted and do become a MM would I be able to visit lodges that do have them?

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Posted: 31 March 2017 01:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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Sideshowthomas - 31 March 2017 01:32 PM

If I am accepted and do become a MM would I be able to visit lodges that do have them?

As a Master Mason you have the right to travel and visit any lodge that is recognized by your Grand Lodge.  You merely need an up to date dues card and be able to pass an examination to prove you are a Mason.

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Posted: 31 March 2017 02:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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Ok wonderful,thank you.

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Posted: 14 April 2017 11:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]  
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My suggestion is not to do any research about the degrees because it will spoil it. You will have a much better experience knowing nothing prior to the ceremonies.

Also, as other brethren said, the Chamber of Reflection is not always used, it depends of the ritual used by your Lodge.

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Posted: 14 April 2017 11:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]  
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Sideshowthomas - 30 March 2017 05:33 PM

Hello I have been meeting with my local blue lodge ,and I’m going to be petitioning soon .  Before I had decided to petition. I did a lot of reading and came across the chamber of reflection. I’ve always been involved in the study of symbolism and I do meditate regularly so this practice sounded intriguing to me . But from what I see everywhere else online this piece of ritual is missing in the US, is that entirely true or if I continue on to Scottish rite ,which the building I e been going to is Scottish rite might they have the. Chamber ?

Just to correct you a little, it isn’t “missing” as it wasn’t actually a part of the original Freemasonry but something that was added (in France) to the practises of antient Lodges. The French were a great bunch for innovating Freemasonry (during the late 17/ early 1800s), deciding that they didn’t like the original and modifying it to make it “better”.

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Posted: 14 April 2017 11:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]  
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Thank you for the correction.

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