What is an A-Hah moment????
There is no question in my mind that, as Spiritual Beings, we must be always aware of that inner voice giving us “Options” in our lives.
You will note that I have high lighted “Options” because I do not believe we receive Directions, rather GAOTU places alternatives before us and then allows us to make the decision for ourselves.
It is in this way we learn to appreciate the guidance we are being given. As and when we ignore that guidance we must also learn to realize and appreciate that the end result was probably our own making.
A few weeks ago I was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at a District Education Day and in preparing for that opportunity I recalled my personal commitment to myself that, in “The Educator” and in personal presentations, I was never going to adopt a lecture or sermon format but concentrate on the sharing of experiences. It was as a result of this decision that I ventured into sharing Masonic Education – in an email format since 2003 – and have ended up with “The Educator” website.
What is the difference between these two styles?
I think we have all experienced sitting in Church or Lodge and being talked at by way of sermon or lecture as the case may be. Many times I would come away upset because I did not totally agree with the presenter but there was never an opportunity given for me to voice my opinion.
In Freemasonry we present that learning opportunity primarily by way of allegory, and role playing with the intention that the listeners and observers will understand the message, store if for future use, and become better persons as a result of it.
But truthfully, never in my years as a mason of observing ritual work, have I ever seen a candidate exclaim, A-hah, now I get it. Or wow, this is great stuff!
So how do we measure understanding, how do we know that all our work and effort has paid off.
From my experience the only truly effective way, I have witnessed, is by Mentorship, with a more experienced Brother taking the newer Mason under his charge and, should he not have the answers being posed, making certain that he seeks them out and shares same with his charge. It is in such a situation that teacher and pupil both learn and grow.
Another thought, in support of Mentorship, is to bring a small study group together, (irrespective of Masonic development and/or experience), who agree to engage in an open sharing environment on an agreed topic. This provides the opportunity for sharing experience. Experience tells that there will usually be at least one A-hah moment for one or more of the participants.
At the Education Day, mentioned above, I decided to toss into discussion the following piece of ritual, which is not secretive in any way shape or form, but because of where it appears in our degree structure, it does not, get the attention it so deservedly demands.
On many occasions I have truly wondered if the Brother who was presenting this Charge really understood its esoteric significance. This partial quote comes from Emulation Ritual:-
Brethren, I ask you, if you have not already contemplated or meditated on the message being conveyed in this small piece of ritual, you should take the time to do so.
A Master Mason, of some years service and experience, openly indicated that during our sharing he had that A-hah moment and now saw and understood the significance of the Charge. A Magical Moment indeed.
From the feedback I receive through “The Educator” I know that the large percentage of those receiving this message are educationally minded and do seek the opportunity to share as and when possible. That being the case, may I ask a personal favour from each and every one of you? Before you begin you next presentation, request that if anyone, during the presentation has such an A-hah moment that they share it with you personally or with the group at large.
~ The Educator – May 2012