Freemasonry is unique, a deep-rooted mystery, defying exact description. It is concerned with the meaning of life, with truth, beauty, and the exercise of goodness.
It is neither a philosophy nor a religion though it promotes wholeheartedly the objects of both. Through entering into Masonic activity its members frequently find themselves becoming better people, more principled, understanding, and socially adept. Membership is expressed in fellowship and good works.
Freemasonry exists worldwide, often taking differing forms according to the cultural background of the region. While these appear similar, official recognition between national Grand Lodges depends largely upon key elements of their principles and practice.
The Grand Lodge of Western Australia follows the precedents set by the United Grand Lodge of England and requires belief in a central divinity, given expression in the phrase ‘the Great Architect of the Universe’. It otherwise makes no demands as to religion and maintains a firmly non-political stance. It expects members to endeavour to act morally at all times and to obey the laws of the land. While offering friendship and, when proper, kindly assistance to one another, members are not entitled to seek mutual favours. The benefit of members’ charitable activities are shared widely in the community, in accordance with the core value of universal benevolence felt in Freemasons’ hearts.
Freemasonry includes a rich symbolism and the performance of ritual in its progressive proceedings, but the effects of this cannot be appreciated except through trial, acclimatisation, and practice. Freemasonry harmonises all the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and mystical elements of human nature, and good men, to their surprise, have found delight and fulfilment in it over many centuries. There is always more for those that seek, and satisfaction for those who do not.