Robert G. Davis 33 Speaks at the University of FreemasonryDes Moines Scottish Rite members were given a rare treat on September 18, 2007. Illustrious Robert G. Davis of Guthrie, Oklahoma, gave an interesting and informative talk on various aspects of Freemasonry. There is no way that I can convey to you all of the material he covered but I was able to jot down some very interesting statements which he made. Anyone who was there is welcome to add their comments to the comment section below.
(Initiation) is fundamental to a man's process of growth.
(It) is done to convey that he has left one life and is entering another.
Men have to be initiated into manhood by other men. It is not a rite of puberty...it is a rite that incorporates us into society as adults.
Our (Masonic) values define us because they define for the outside world who we are.
Life is a study and our duty is to learn.
We need a Fraternal Association with other men. We need older men in our lives to teach us the magic of manhood.
(It) exists foremost to transform men. (This) occurs in the sacred and social space of Lodge.
(It helps them) to grow and achieve balance in their own personal and spiritual lives.
He spoke of the first three degrees as being:
1st - Death of the Ego. You see men as brothers, equal.
2nd - Death of the intellect. Everything we have learned is not enough in and of itself to transform us.
3rd - We have to deal with the worst ruffians of our lives. The things about ourselves that we like the least. (There is a) quest or perfection... the ruffians (are) within ourselves.
He spoke of the journey of the Scottish Rite and gave a review of the ritual of the Southern Jurisdiction and how it relates to our lives
It's about finding the spiritual connection deep within itself that is the path to mature masculinity.
It is about discovering who we are and what we are supposed to be doing in the world.
Following the speech he was presented with a certificate of appreciation from William L. Knoll (Bill); Personal Representative of the SGIG - Valley of Des Moines
Members were also able to visit the 2nd floor to get a preview of the new carpet in the tapestry lounge and had a wonderful (as usual) meal and a great time to socialize with their Scottish Rite Brethren.