My Alchemical Romance: “Parallel Lines”

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For the second installment of My Alchemical Romance: A Primer on Esoteric Freemasonry, Bro. Bryan Godwin provides a brief lesson on an example of a geometric principle’s use in Freemasonry and our everyday lives. Please enjoy!

Bro. Bryan Godwin is the Emmy nominated owner and CEO of shade visual effects, the worlds leading invisible visual effects facility. As a serial entrepreneur and tech investor, he has built and managed teams and companies in the creative technology space for two decades. His newest venture, Viraxis Virtual Prototyping, is leading the way in rapid, virtual, prototyping and analytics using virtual reality and augmented reality to test consumer products, goods and services.

Bro. Bryan’s Masonic career began in 2012 at Culver City Foshay No. 467 where he now holds the office of Tyler. He is 32nd degree Scottish Rite mason, Cryptic Mason and active member of Santa Monica Bay Royal Arch Chapter #97. He is also a leading member of Culver City Foshay’s Esoterica committee, and he writes the monthly Esoterica column in CCF’s trestle board. Bro. Bryan, his wife Jennie and daughter Liberty live in Venice Beach California.

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Parallel Lines

Bro. Bryan Godwin

Culver City-Foshay Lodge No. 467, F&AM

Culver City, CA

Esotherica Group, March 2015

Parallel lines are a common visual theme throughout Freemasonry. Whether they are represented by two pillars, our patron Saints John standing side by side, or a portion of one of the first symbols introduced to new Masons; there are many overt, exoteric references to this geometric ideal.

Mathematically, parallel lines are two vectors traveling on the same plane that never intersect. In many ways this construct esoterically alludes to something deeper; a concept of perfection that can not actually exist in this world. It is impossible for man to create two actual parallel lines, but yet the concept somehow can exist in our minds or in the elegance of an equation. Truly parallel lines are not only an impossible pursuit of man, but they do not even occur in nature itself.

I personally identified with the concept of parallel lines long before I was a Mason. I considered parallel lines evidence of how two people can travel together in life, providing each other with strength and support, moving towards the same goal and destination without colliding or becoming hopelessly intertwined, I felt this was the ultimate expression of a successful relationship.

Esoterically speaking, these impossible parallels have a profoundly deeper meaning that reminds us that the perfection of the universe can not be obtained by mankind, only pursued. However, I feel that there is still something missing from that explanation. I propose that the real underlying meaning of the symbol of parallel lines is not only its reference to the perfection of a geometric and mathematical ideal. Symbolically, parallel lines also represent the only true parallel in nature that surrounds us all. Time. Time is the only constant that progresses forward, unwavering, without change of speed, angle or persistence. To paraphrase Shakespeare’s Hamlet; “we are all traveling on the level of time, towards that undiscovered country, whose bourne no man returns.”  Indeed, mankind is traveling on a constant course in parallel towards the same inevitable end. Time and it’s relation to humanity is the 4th dimensional expression of a two and three dimensional concept.

In Masonry, we have a concept of “being on the level” or “meeting as equals.” The parallel course of time and its inevitable conclusion is the hidden message secreted between parallel lines that should endeavor us to pursue the perfection of their ideal.

Fraternally,

Bryan Godwin

Thank you Bro. Bryan Godwin for helping me put this new column together and providing a wonderful essay to set us in the right direction. 

If you would like to be a contributor to My Alchemical Romance: A Primer on Esoteric Freemasonry, send me an email. 

I hope you will.

S&F, J

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