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A memory craft is the collection of knowledge and skills that a person or group possesses to speed up memorization, create easy to search mental databases, and store important information longer. Masonic memory craft is the use of memory skills for Masonic tasks.
Teaching Masonic memory craft is a lost art. It never occurs to many that better memory is the result of a craft. For many others memorization is sometimes viewed as “a waste of time” or only possible for those blessed few with great memories.
Masons use memory craft for a variety of purposes. The most well-known purposes are to pass degree proficiency or deliver ritual. However, those who understand the whys, and how-tos of memory can develop their own memorycraft’s and reap many benefits. For them, learning the Masonic work happens fast like the below scene from the Matrix.
These Master Builders delve deeper into Masonic Lore and build a wealth of knowledge that they use to create genius ideas. The truly enlightened Brothers put their new abilities to their daily lives to obtain profit and pleasure.
Here are a few examples of ways that memory craft is used by Masons to achieve honor, profit, and pleasure for the craft and themselves :
|The Worshipful Master uses memory craft to build a mental Rolodex in his mind to remember the names, faces and interest of each person he meets. He also memorizes his agenda, and to do list, so he stay on track during meetings but not be confined to a paper. This was one of the reasons his year had high attendance.|
|An Entered Apprentice versed in memory craft quickly memorizes his catechism and is able to teach it to his fellows. He can say the questions and answers, and easily passes his degree proficiency. He even delivers a paper on his understanding of the degree from memory.|
|The Senior Deacon eager to prove himself and give all attending the next fellow craft degree a great experience, spends 2-3 months using his memory craft to master his complete part of the second degree. He is able to overcome numerous interruptions during the degree leads the candidates through a amazing experienceand is word perfect.
|The Past Master uses memory craft to quickly develop proficiency in the language, cooking, and history of three countries before visiting on his work trip. At meetings he is always well-informed and provides quick and sound responses to objections. Memory craft helps him learn more in less time so he develops expertise in his field fast, leaving him with more time to fill his mind with tons of interesting information and experiences which improves his social intelligence and moral judgement. He is considered a genius and a true Renaissance man.|