Time to catch up with the questions. I do not have time to do all your fine answers justice, but even if I do not always mention them all this in no way diminishes their worth. Any light which is shed here will touch the hearts and minds of those who are ready.
What do you suppose this new platform will be? What is needed today so that ceremonial magic will appeal to the masses?
Some of your answers drifted toward some of the differences expected during the Aquarian age in the coming approach and teachings as a whole.
What we were looking for in the answer however, has more to do with the changes in ceremony in the coming age as compared with the past.
To understand what the changes may be we must examine what it is that will be changed. These fall in two categories.
The principles behind these are eternal and will always be used in some form.
One of the main differences that will be used in the new age is the proliferation of those who will administer these ceremonies.
In the Piscean Age you had to be an ordained minister or Priest - in other words, a recognized authority to administer rites of any kind. Not so in the coming age. When the principles behind the ceremonies are realized it will be seen that your friend, the janitor next door, has as much authority as a priest to baptize you or hear your confessions of concern. You can meet with a small group of friends and partake of the sacrament of bread and wine, seeking for the injection of the Christ, or soul energy.
New rites and ceremonies will be created with appeal to all philosophies, yet staying true to the principles behind them.
Since Aquarius is an air sign we can expect to see more ceremonies arising using the breath, accompanied by meditation and visualization.
DK tells us that these are out of date because their teachings and ceremonies are patterned after Jewish lore from thousands of years in the past of which the majority of humanity do not respond.
Another reason they are out of date is because of their secrecy. Although there is a time and place for all things, including secrecy, the Masonic type orders of the past had to take great pains to maintain secrecy because of the threat of persecution, imprisonment and death.
They therefore developed secret handshakes, oaths, ceremonies, passwords etc. In addition to this the situation forced an exclusiveness upon them to insure their survival. They were committed to help fellow Masons in any way possible, even to the ignoring of justice and the needs of the innocent non masons.
Because of the forced secrecy strong penalties were attached to those who violated the secrets.
All these things seemed necessary to the teachers of the past, but the forced secrecy also provided much fodder for the Dark Brothers to work. Consequently, the secret organizations of the past never achieved the goal of being a consistent force for good. There were cycles where some good was achieved, but others where evil prevailed.
The new platform will fulfill the prophecy of Jesus wherein he said:
"For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops." Luke 12:2-3
The new platform will be much more open than has been the case in any time in recorded history. This can only happen because of the power of the First Amendment of free and protected speech. After thousands of years of suppressed speech we finally live in an era where much or the world can speak and teach what they want without fear of reprisals.
Now some are so touchy as to feel they are being persecuted when others merely disagree with them, but arguing and friction are necessary ingredients in freedom and openness. The important thing is to be able to speak your mind without fear of being tortured or hauled off to jail.
The truths of Masonry will be presented in a new and more universal format. Secrecy will be kept to a minimum whereas the principles will be promoted for the benefit of all men and women.
DK says that Christ will be responsible for the new format, but this does not mean he will handle it all in person after he arrives in the physical. It is quite possible that he will direct disciples to do preparatory work in laying foundations before he comes.
A book can be written on this subject and may be, but for now this is a good seed thought for all of us to contemplate.
The only force powerful enough to stop the rise of tyranny and terror, and replace hatred with hope, is the force of human freedom. G W Bush, State of the Union Address 2/2/05
Copyright 2005 by J J Dewey