Yes, becoming a Freemason has been quite an experience indeed! I was in large part motivated by my uncle’s decision to join the Fraterntiy many years ago, and I have been interested in the Fraternity for almost 10 years now, but it wasn’t until I watched the videos at this wonderful ‘Ask a Freemason’ site that I actually got the courage to approach a lodge here in Virginia and ask, and the rest is history.
I would describe the benefits of becoming a Mason as near and dear to my heart, and different for each member, for me, I would describe my being initated into the Fraternity using two words common to many of the Christian faith, that would be ‘born again’, I cannot think of a better way to explain how I felt, and what I experienced the night I first approached the door of Masonry and knocked for the first time and entered in. By ‘born again’ I do not refer to a spiritual rebirth, as is used in the case of a Christian, but in a philosophical, esoterical way I was given keys and truly received light that I had not received before in all my religious associations from the past.
I found that becoming a Freemason gave me the symbolic tools that I needed, and the skills to use them , to mold myself into a better father, a better citizen, a better friend and brother and a better man. My wife even took notice and wholeheartedly supports my involvement with the Fraternity, as she clearly see how much of a profound effect its teachings have had upon my development as a man since I began my involvement therein. It’s truly amazing!
Freemasonry takes good men, and makes them better, or rather gives them the tools and skills needed to make themselves into better men if they are prepared to work towards such improvements. If you are ready to work at making yourself into a better man, while at the same time gaining friends you never knew you had, and becoming part of something greater than yourself and are willing to reach out to the community with charity, not only for your own family, but for all, and are willing to recognize the common Brotherhood of mankind, under the Fatherhood of God, then you are ready to approach the door of Freemasonry and knock.
Ask, seek, knock and the door shall be opened unto you. Best wishes to you as you begin your journey.