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Throughout the month of August, we're sharing educational blog posts to equip brethren with the resources and knowledge to perfect their craft. Click to read some of our favorite Masonic podcasts for reflection and self-improvement.

"If you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk." -- Robert Baden-Powell, a British General who has a lodge named in his honor in Victoria, England

Listening is one of the most valuable ways to learn and understand varying perspectives on a wide range of topics. As Freemasons, we have devoted our lives to finding new avenues for understanding how to become the best that we can be and live up to our Masonic ideals.

Podcasts involve a unique kind of exploration. The best ones fuel curiosity and enrich our minds in a relatively accessible way. Podcasts also prompt a forum for reflection, allowing us to find new topics of interest, contemplation, and discussion.

Many of us have found ourselves with some extra time on our hands recently while stuck at home. We encourage you to take the time to explore diverse perspectives on Freemasonry using that newly gained knowledge to discover new ways to apply historical lessons and Masonic values to our daily lives. This month, try listening to one of these five podcasts to explore the principles and ideals of our craft further:

1. The Freemasons Podcast:

This podcast features members of various lodges in Connecticut discussing a variety of topics including esoteric Masonry, symbolism, and debunked conspiracies told from the eyes of Freemasons- not the uninitiated. The Freemasons Podcast dives into not so squared actions as hosts Brother George Mudry, Brother Joe Zannino, and Brother Ken Tarwood discuss a variety of topics over a few beers. Listen to their most recent podcast, which addresses how to approach Unmasonic conduct.

2. Historical Light Masonic Podcast:

With the goal of bringing Masonic history to modern light, historians and hosts Brother Alex G. Powers and Brother Robert W. Marshall delve into the rich history of the Craft as well as their own personal stories and reflections. Through the Historical Light Podcast, memories and life experiences are reflected upon, remembered and discussed to further the knowledge of Freemasons. From touring abandoned Masonic temples to providing insight on the 3 stages of initiatic spirituality, this podcast touches on a wide variety of interesting topics for those looking to expand their learning.

3. The Traveling Man:

Hosted by Brother Jim Hall, The Traveling Man covers all aspects of Freemasonry as each guest delves into their journey to, and through, Freemasonry. Structured as a friendly conversation between Brother Jim and each guest, episodes focus on topics such as bringing Lodges into the digital age, the value of Brotherhood, the history of Lodges, and more.

4. Craftsmen Online:

This 5-star rated, weekly half-hour program focuses on providing Freemasons with a resource for Masonic education, leadership development, and fraternal history with a focus on the experience of Brothers and the value of being a Freemason. Tune in and hear conversations with a variety of Brothers on topics such as the working tools of English Freemasonry, Masonic art, and more.

5. International Brotherhood of Freemasons Podcast:

Hosted by Brother Paul Hynes, this podcast features conversations with Freemasons from around the world. By addressing societal issues affecting communities all over the globe, the International Brotherhood of Freemasons Podcast aims to spread knowledge and provide unique perspectives for its listeners while living up to Freemasonry’s highest ideals of making the world a better place.

Let us know what you think about these five podcasts by tagging @ScottishRiteNMJ on social media! Do you have another Masonic podcast that you like to listen to? Share your favorites with us online!

Looking for more Masonic podcasts to reflect on? Read our previous blog here.

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