My Dear Brethren,
We’re nearing the half-year mark in our Masonic calendars,which means the summer solstice is almost upon us. This is when we transition to that season when we get to enjoy outdoor activities with our family and friends. Studies show that 64% of Americans prefer summer to the other seasons. In these studies, psychologists conclude that our overall emotional status tends to be abundantly joyful. From a scientific perspective, it’s been found that this feeling of elation is due to increased serotonin levels caused by the longer exposure to sunlight.
As evident as this may sound, sunlight offers many a benefit to the body and mind. As you may already be aware, sunlight helps our body synthesize vitamin D. It also helps with memory retention, and it lessens or slows the effects of Alzheimer's Disease as well as helping to fight depression. The effect of the sun offers a deeper and more abiding interest. In all nations of antiquity; the sun, fire, light and other cosmic bodies were adorned by many as the earliest form of religious expression. One example comes from a study of ancient Egypt where Ra was worshipped as the god of gods. The chosen symbol used for Ra was the all-seeing eye. It does not seem to be mere coincidence that the all-seeing eye closely resembles the pineal gland located at the base of our brain. In point of fact, scientists and philosophers believe the all seeing eye symbol was employed to demonstrate that god was within us as well as around us.
In many religious text, belief systems and cultures it express a belief that the Grand Architect knows all things and is in all things. Freemasonry employs the oldest tools of antiquity to demonstrate and pass on great truths and the wisdom of the ages. It also reminds us of the duality of all things physical and celestial. It is important that each of us stay on our correct path even when life proves difficult, meaning it is always important to do good when we may not be feeling good. With that in mind, I hope this summer brings joy and prosperity to each of you and that you always remember you are with God and God is with you!
Sincerely and Fraternally Yours,
Nicholas B. Di Dolce ∴