Summum and Freemasonry
The founders of the United States
of America had diverse backgrounds. Some of them were deists who believed in a creating force, but who didn't accept organized religion, maintaining that reason was the essential element in all knowledge. A significant number of them were members of Freemasonry, a fact that is documented in books, web sites, and television programs. This documentation does not support the idea that the United States was founded on the Ten Commandments. Rather, it presents evidence that ideals of Freemasonry were behind establishing a country founded on liberty, justice, and equality for all.
The Seven Aphorisms of Summum, which are also referred to as the "higher law," were inscribed on the first set of stone tablets Moses brought down from Mount Sinai. But because the Jews were not ready to understand or follow them, Moses broke the tablets into pieces. Moses went back up Mount Sinai and returned with the Ten Commandments, also referred to as the "lower law," which the Jews were capable of understanding. But the higher law, the Aphorisms of Summum, were still passed along via oral tradition by the few Jews who could understand them.
The Seven Aphorisms of Summum have been part of Jewish mysticism for over 2,000 years. The recorded esoteric teachings of Jewish mysticism are known as Kabbalah which is spelled other ways. The esoteric teachings would become part of Freemasonry. In America, the Seven Aphorisms of Summum were outlined in a book called The Kybalion by Three Initiates. The book was published in 1908 by a Masonic Temple in Chicago, Illinois. One of the authors is considered to be Paul Foster Case who was a Freemason.
The aphorisms continue to be taught and were taught by Summum Bonum Amon Ra starting in 1975 when he founded Summum. The aphorisms were once again outlined in the book, SUMMUM: Sealed Except to the Open Mind, published by Summum in 1988.
The Seven Aphorisms of Summum were also taught by Jesus, a Jew, who was initiated into the esoteric and mystic teachings of the era. The aphorisms were the basis of Gnostic Christianity, and the teachings of Summum are the same as those of Gnostic Christianity.
The Seven Aphorisms of Summum are not easily understood unless one is initiated into Freemasonry, Jewish mysticism, or Summum and has had the opportunity to study the Secrets of Geometry. The "(G)" in the center of the Freemasonry square and compass symbol represents the sacred geometry. Masonic and Kabbalistic symbols can be found in a map of Washington, D.C. Some of the founding fathers of the United States were initiates of Freemasonry and understood the Seven Aphorisms of Summum. They used these seven principles in the founding of the United States of America, as explained in the previously referenced documentaries from The History Channel.
Freemasonry believes in a Creative Principle or force from which everything emanates. This corresponds to the Summum Aphorism of Creation which establishes existence.
The Freemasons use architectural symbolism. One of their principal symbols is the square and compass, tools of the trade of masons, so arranged as to form a quadrilateral. The square is sometimes said to represent matter, and the compass spirit or mind. This symbolism represents the opposites in nature and the relationship between them and corresponds to the Summum Aphorisms of Psychokinesis, Vibration, Opposition, and Rhythm.
Alternatively, the square is said to represent the world of the concrete, or the measure of objective reality, while the compass represents abstraction, or subjective judgment, and so forth. Again, this corresponds to the Summum Aphorisms of Psychokinesis, Vibration, Opposition, and Rhythm.
The Square is also said to represent the female (passive) generative principle, the earth, and the baser, sensual nature; and the Compass represents the male (active) generative principle, the sun/heavens, and the higher, spiritual nature. This corresponds to the Summum Aphorism of Gender.
The compass straddles the square, representing the interdependence between the two. In the space between the two, there is optionally placed a symbol of metaphysical significance. Sometimes, this is a blazing star or other symbol of Light, representing Truth or knowledge. Alternatively, there is often a letter G placed there, usually said to represent God and/or Sacred Geometry. This corresponds to the representation that the Summum Aphorisms underlie all phenomena and existence and are the light, truth and knowledge.
In Freemasonry, the Creative Principle is the "Architect of the Universe," and the universe is held together by the laws that form its framework and design and govern its development, all of which comes under the Summum Aphorism of Cause and Effect. Because all comes from the Creative Principle, all is related, and by studying one phenomenon, we can apply the understanding to another, and concept is represented by the Summum Aphorism of Correspondence.
The first president of the United States, George Washington, was a Freemason, and inside the Washington Monument that was built for him is a symbol used by Freemasons and Summum. In the entrance, above the elevator door is a bas-relief of George Washington and above that is a stone relief of a winged disk. The winged disk is another symbolic representation of the Creative Principle and the Summum Aphorisms.
The same winged disk can be found painted on the ceiling of the Summum pyramid.
The winged disk has also been portrayed showing sacred geometry which is a trademark of Summum.
In 1967, a two volume book set entitled The Secrets of Ancient Geometry and Its Use was published. It was originally written in Danish by Tons Brunes, a Mason, (Den Hemmelige Oldtidsgeometri og dens Anvendelse) and was translated into English by Charles M. Napier from the original Danish manuscript. This book set is used as a reference worldwide by architects, designers, artists, doctors, surgeons, market traders, archeologists, and professionals. Chapter Three of the first book begins to explain the significance of the number Seven (7) and the Seven Aphorisms of Summum. Within the two volumes is discussed the esoteric teachings of these Seven Ancient Aphorisms, the Aphorisms of Summum, brought down from Mount Sinai by Moses to the mystic Jews, and found in the various publications of the Kabbala.
All state, county, and city governments within the United States of America fall under the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, documents that were signed by Freemasons who used an understanding of higher law to establish a country that guaranteed among other things the freedom of speech for all people, majority and minority alike; and it is the duty of all state, county, and city governments to uphold that right for everyone.