Book Review – High Meridian 

‘He writes courageously…’ I read those words in a review of Ben Zion’s first book ‘Whence Come You’, in which he wrote openly about his personal experiences of Freemasonry and spirituality. Having read the book, I can readily concur with the reviewer.

However, it is Ben’s new offering ‘High Meridian’, the second book in the ‘Light Series’, that made an even bigger impression on me; not only does he write courageously, but with authority.

This book contains a highly thought-provoking, or perhaps, more crucially a challenging narrative on the esoteric aspects of Freemasonry.

There is no cautious conjecture, no frivolous ‘woo-woo’ approach, Zion dives straight in and makes us think…hard!

In the Prologue (of which you can read here in this exclusive extract  ) Ben writes that:

This book is the second instalment in a series of works written for the purpose of assisting in the progress of the earnest seeker.

Although this publication may appear predominantly Masonic in nature, and admittedly to a large degree it is, its intended readership is much wider than that of an exclusive band of fellows, as it was written with all seekers in mind, whether or not they stand within the door of the fraternity.

In order to be a Mason, in the truest sense, one must first be properly prepared to embark upon the journey of Self-discovery.

Being a seeker, therefore, must be a pre-requisite.

I had to reread sections several times, not because I didn’t understand them, but that suddenly I did.

This book makes you read things again and again, to allow the premise and wisdom to sink in. Ben asks questions, then you digest it and then find another layer behind it.

This always reminds me of the concept that Freemasonry is like an onion – there are so many layers to it.

Something that really struck me – and I have read about this before ­– that the officers of the lodge represent not just archetypes but aspects of our own being.

I decided that if by page 10, I was already viewing things differently, then this text was doing what it promises. You will find yourself questioning…everything.

Who am I? What am I? What can I be? How do I achieve this? A poor candidate in a state of darkness, hoodwinked and blind – we are more than the sum of our masks.

We are all seekers of something on the eternal pathway that leads us back to our true selves, the internal labyrinth, the devouring ouroborus, the circle of life.

This book takes the reader to that next stage in a seeker’s journey, and using Masonic imagery and symbolism as a necessary backdrop against which a deeper spiritual understanding can be found, Ben Zion guides one through a spiritual labyrinth of some of the more hidden mysteries of Nature and Science.

A spiritual ‘labyrinth’ is a perfect analogy, probably better than my onion one! Although the book aligns more with the Second Degree of the Fellowcraft – the teachings of the ‘hidden mysteries of Nature and Science’ – it encompasses far more, taking us back and forth through that labyrinth to revisit lessons already learned but which can perhaps be viewed in a different light.

For me, Freemasonry has always held within it the ancient mysteries and history, which is not to say that is the path for everyone – we find what we need in the ritual and teachings.

And that is the beauty of the fraternity – it works for so many people, on different levels, and from all walks of life.

Within ‘High Meridian’, you will find one important aspect of Freemasonry – the esoteric.

But more importantly, you will find a way of critical thinking, of understanding nature and science; the labyrinth has many twists and turns but will eventually lead you to the centre…and back. The beauty of the book is that you need not be a Mason, or an esoteric adept to benefit from its wisdom.

There is a generous enough blend of psychology, cosmology, and just general Masonic knowledge to keep readers of all stages on their journey within the Craft engaged and learning.

‘High Meridian’ will not only cast light on the mysteries of Freemasonry, but it will also assist in removing our metaphorical hoodwinks and restoring us to the blessing of material (and metaphysical) light.

I believe this book will become a staple of every thinking Mason’s library.

This work offers an invaluable resource for those seeking an in-depth and explorative esoteric enquiry into concepts such as Reality, Mind, Soul, Duality/Non-Duality, the Fall of Man, Communication, Life, Light, Sound, the Meridian, Time, Verticals, Horizontals, Squares, Knowledge… and much more!

 

Article by: Philippa Lee. Editor

Philippa Lee (writes as Philippa Faulks) is the author of eight books, an editor and researcher.

Philippa was initiated into the Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons (HFAF) in 2014.

Her specialism is ancient Egypt, Freemasonry, comparative religions and social history. She has several books in progress on the subject of ancient and modern Egypt.  Selection of Books Online at Amazon

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