Working Tools: A Book to Read and Easter!

The next meeting of the Working Tools Group will be:

When: Thursday, April 13th at 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Where: TBA, possibly the patio at Grana

What is the Working Tools Group?

Many of us were drawn to Freemasonry out of a strong yearning to seek a truth hidden in the ancient wisdom, which has been handed down to us through the teachings of several mystical and philosophical traditions.  Indeed, one could argue that this is the primary purpose of our Craft.  Part of the mission of the Masonry is to take good men and make them better.  Our lodge has brothers with an abundance of experience, expertise and wisdom.  This group is crafted to tap into that experience and wisdom. 

We get together on a monthly basis in order to help each other become the greatest version of themselves in our business / work / personal lives.  We are hear to provide you with an opportunity to discuss challenges you may be facing with ideas on how we can apply Masonic principals.  There is a synergy of energy, commitment, and excitement that participants bring. We are here to help fulfill a Mason’s mission to be a seeker of knowledge, truth, and Light.

Book to read:  “The Initiatic Experience: That Led to your Initiation into Freemasonry” by Robert Herd

From  “Freemasonry is an Initiatic Order teaching lessons of philosophy, morality, psychology, and spirituality. It contains elements of perennial wisdom, much of which has been handed down to it by other orders and cultures throughout the history of civilization. Many have searched, and continue to search, for a singular origin to our Fraternity. This book discusses similarities found in the Initiatic Experiences which have been practiced by people of different cultures from time immemorial. You will find that much of what our lessons teach today, was taught to initiates thousands of years before Freemasonry had even been formed, being passed from Master to Candidate. It shows that some of those Initiatic processes, methods, and lessons, which were passed down to us from ancient times, was done so by some of the most famous thinkers, philosophers, and teachers in human history. Sometimes this knowledge was lost by one civilization only to be rediscovered or rejuvenated by the next. The knowledge and lessons changed nearly as little as the methods of conveying them. It shows a lineage or pathway, so to speak, created by the sharing of knowledge and wisdom from Ancient Egypt and Greece, to Renaissance Europe and even the Middle East. It discusses how the process and impact of the Initiatic experience was used then, and is still used today, to promote and protect certain lessons and concepts throughout the ages, sometimes with deadly consequences. This book talks about some of the challenges certain Orders had in maintaining these lessons in times of social or religious turmoil such as the Knights Templar, Rosicrucians, and even the early Alchemists. For the new and old Freemason alike, this book can provide valuable insight into the meaning behind portions of the ritual, the history behind some of the traditions, and the spirit behind some of the lessons of our Fraternity. Those interested in history will find a concise, chronological order of events making study and familiarization of information quick and easy."


Robert Herd served as Grand Orator on the Grand Lodge of Colorado in 2012. He is the owner of Living Stones Masonic Magazine. He is a founding member of the Sanctum Sanctorum, on of the largest Masonic forums on the internet. He is a founding charter member of Enlightenment Lodge #198, a traditional observance lodge in Colorado Springs, CO.


You can obtain the book on at a very reasonable price for used copies, some as low as $13.

This is a convivial as well as an educational gathering so please feel free to imbibe in a favorite Easter beverage, and bring a bit of nibbles to share.  Even if you choose to not read the book come join the discussion and brotherly support.

Please RSVP by sending an email to Bro. Dean Fairbanks,

These are among the best discussions you’ll ever have with your Brothers!

We hope to see you there!