Freemasonry: Closeted Mental Illness?

Written by Jim D. Ray

Thousands belong to it. Hundreds of cities host it. But what isrepparttar secrecy surroundingrepparttar 144695 practice of Freemasonry, and is it safe for our communities?

Operating underrepparttar 144696 assertion of promoting "mutual assistance" between its members,repparttar 144697 Society of Free and Accepted Masons is a fraternal organization, comprised primarily of men from various walks of life. Criteria for membership includes belief in a supreme being, as well as "birth in freedom," or that outsiderepparttar 144698 bondage of slavery.

Many other fraternal organizations such as Moose, Elk, and Kiwanis have assembled a network of member-driven chapters throughoutrepparttar 144699 world, however none have generated criticism as that of Freemasonry. Multiple, profound incidents involving members ofrepparttar 144700 organization lead to a singular question: is Freemasonry a haven forrepparttar 144701 mentally ill?

In this article, we’ll explorerepparttar 144702 emotional payout behind participation in Freemasonry, and incidents that have led torepparttar 144703 perception of Freemasonry as a terrorist organization meant to obstructrepparttar 144704 legal system.

Masonic Psychology

Freemasonry is a ritual-based organization, meaning each activity, from closed meetings to new member induction, is a performance of specific actions with value assigned by its membership.

From a psychological perspective, individuals who feel compelled to participate in elitist ritualistic activities do so to affirm self worth. It is for this reason that Freemasonry attracts individuals who lack a sense of unconditional acceptance within mainstream society, identifiable byrepparttar 144705 desire to be "free" and "accepted" individuals within a private "society."

A group of individuals seeking affirmation of self value is likely to share other related emotional disorders, therefore resulting in, even if unintentionally, patterns of unhealthy behavior or actions that are accepted byrepparttar 144706 group.

Interaction with peers outside of traditional work and family environments can be an enriching, rewarding way to improve quality of life while promoting unity andrepparttar 144707 fulfillment of worthwhile community causes. Though Freemasonry’s marketed organizational construct conveys this,repparttar 144708 goals and objectives integrated into its following reflect an obscure secondary motive: to ensurerepparttar 144709 well-being of its members through mutual assistance. Providing a support network of mutual assistance to an emotionally deprived group of individuals seeking affirmation of value may berepparttar 144710 aspect of a seemingly typical fraternal organization that has associated Freemasonry with a spectrum of malicious activities including organized crime, pedophilia, and murder.

Those who engage in criminal activity do so for a myriad of reasons. Psychological fulfillment of a crime is generally defined byrepparttar 144711 previous experiences or emotional status ofrepparttar 144712 perpetrator. While not all criminals are considered mentally ill, many exhibit psychological traits or characteristics that may lend to a mindset more conducive to criminal behavior.

Relative to Freemasonry, traits such as self esteem issues and a desire to feel "understood" by similar individuals within a peer group may create and perpetuate an environment accepting of otherwise traditionally inappropriate behaviors. In seeking to "self medicate" through interaction with like-minded individuals,repparttar 144713 organization may actually be increasingrepparttar 144714 participants’ desire to engage in inappropriate behaviors deemed acceptable byrepparttar 144715 group.

The Incredible Human Psyche

Written by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

The intriguing Human psyche - more complex thanrepparttar metamorphosing cocoon, and more phenomenal thanrepparttar 143375 human brain could ever imagine. Deep withinrepparttar 143376 realm of your subconscious isrepparttar 143377 centrifuge, or cerebral core of all Human possibilities. Therein, liesrepparttar 143378 key torepparttar 143379 supernatural, heightened spirituality andrepparttar 143380 unique potential of overcoming obstacles, large and small.

Human psyche is one of life's most bizarre and unparalleled traits withinrepparttar 143381 physical being. It enables our extrasensory perception, encourages drive and motivation, feeds our emotional balance and at times, permits us to undertake feats that our conscious being would never allow.

It controls impulses in our brains that activate our dreams, instills our fears and isrepparttar 143382 driving force of our physical stamina. The deity within of which all life transforms intorepparttar 143383 wakened being - thus isrepparttar 143384 Human psyche.

Interestingly, we never notice its presence, as it is always with us. Spiritual and emotional awareness arerepparttar 143385 elaborate, invisible compounds of it. As we wake each morning, oblivious torepparttar 143386 ensuing day, it isrepparttar 143387 psyche that jumpstarts our will to conquerrepparttar 143388 light, to tempt our nerves and even directs our hopes and dreams.

Stories ofrepparttar 143389 impossible made possible through incredible feats of strength and psychic-kinetic energies released through channels of our internal beings;repparttar 143390 mysterious force that empowers mind over matter .

Through our psyche, boundaries are nonexistent betweenrepparttar 143391 parallel planes of all inter-human, spiritual connections. By means of meditation, we permit our bodies to become one with our multifaceted world. When we absorbrepparttar 143392 spiritual energy around us, molecular transformations incur within. Self-healing, radical phenomenon, and psychic interactions are all aspects of this wonderful charge.

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