Freemasonry is a community effort and yet a very personal decision.
Not everyone joins Freemasonry for the same reason .
Furthermore, the purpose one joins may not be the same as why one stays in Freemasonry.
The following are sharings from some of our members about why they are Freemasons in the
International Order of Freemasonry, for Men and Women, Le Droit Humain, American Federation™.
By Brother Filip of Louis Goaziou Lodge #1953
I did join Le Droit Humain for three distinct reasons that are intrinsically linked to the fundamental values of Freemasonry: Liberty (G is not necessarily a superhuman body), Equality (both women and men are allowed to join), and Fraternity (the international character of the Lodge). Although Freemasonry presents itself in different forms I felt that only Le Droit Humain could live up to my expectations to become a practicing Freemason in today’s world.
As in any Lodge, it’s of course crucial to work with others to better yourself. Joining Le Droit Humain has upon till now been the right choice at the right time in the right place (Lodge Louis GOAZIOU). Through my presence in the Lodge, impressions, exchanges with Sisters and Brothers, reading materials, and more, I have realized how Freemasonry can help to reflect and meditate upon life and its values in dialogue with like-minded Sisters and Brothers.
By Sister Sandy of St. Germain Lodge #1737
My husband, my father, two uncles, and a cousin were Masons, as was a son-in law, and a daughter. I loved my father’s ring with its raised gold square and compass with the letter “G” in the center which he gave to my husband when he became a Master Mason. My father's father and grandfather were Kabbalists and Rabbis in the mystical Hasidic group. I heard my father and uncles discussing, M’asah Berashis and asked what that meant. My father's answer was, “go in the kitchen and help your mother.” Had I been a male they would have brought me under their wings.
Although I did not understand it at the time, my dad would teach me things that, as I matured in my masonic work, I came to realize he had been inculcating in me some of basics of Freemasonry.
When my husband passed, my son-in-law led a Masonic service for him. The ladies of the Eastern Star asked if I wanted to join them. I decided to join feeling this would bring me closer to Bob. Mentioning this to someone I knew, I learned about women who were Masons. Eventually I attended a Theosophical Society meeting where a speaker referenced the great architect. He was a Mason in Le Droit Humain and he recommended me to his Lodge.
I joined; I rose through the Blue Lodge and went further. I began to see the changes in myself, who I am and how to be of service to others. Masonry has become a part of my everyday life.
By Sister A of Ojai Lodge #551
Being part of a family gives a wonderful feeling of belonging. Many members of my family were Freemasons and at an early age I too became a Freemason. Now I belong to a grand and large family of dear friends and all are brothers and sisters.
Le Droit Humain being an International Order has given me an opportunity to visit Lodges in Australia, England, France, India, the Netherlands, and, of course, my Mother Lodges in South Africa.
The knowledge of "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity," is for me a living realization.
There seems to be a magnetism that pulls Masons to each other. I have found, when in a group, that I gravitate to certain people and then find that they too are Freemasons. I have found that Freemasons not belonging to Le Droit Humain have opened their doors for me to visit. I remember with fondness members of a masculine order on the remote island, Mauritius, in the Indian ocean inviting me to meet with them. The fraternal kindness warms my heart when I think of it.
Masonry has helped me to communicate with more confidence and to listen to others with increased respect, kindness and sincerity, knowing that we are all unique beings in search of Truth. The diversity of rituals practiced here and in the world is rich with Wisdom, Strength and Beauty and is a guide to that Truth.
By Sister L of Amor Sapientia Lodge #592
I came to Freemasonry in my 30s when I learned for the first time that women could become Freemasons. I had always heard before that Freemasonry was only for men, like the priesthood. I asked my friend many questions and thought about it a while and then applied to the local lodge. I was initiated in 1989 and have been active ever since. I’ve never regretted it.
In Freemasonry I learned to look more and more deeply into myself. I have learned that there is always hope, that I can change for the better. I can become more of what I want to be. The person who has to forgive my mistakes and faults is me.
I have learned that the oneness of humanity is real and not just something nice to say. I have also learned that it takes our own work to free us from the ropes and chains with which we’ve bound ourselves. And I’ve learned especially that this work is easier with the tools Freemasonry offers and with the companionship of others who have the same goals and are working on similar problems. I don’t know whether my journey has been easier because of Freemasonry but my attitude is lighter and more positive because of my brothers and sisters traveling with me.