Presented here are descriptions and explanations of what to expect as part of your membership experience in the Order of the Temple of Solomon. It provides comprehensive guidelines on what members should do for the most effective and fulfilling participation. All Templar Brothers and Sisters should focus on these general directions of activities.
OVERVIEW OF THE AUTHENTIC TEMPLAR MEMBERSHIP EXPERIENCE
he Order of the Temple of Solomon is a non-territorial Principality, representing and supporting cultural Templarism worldwide. Very different from fraternities which focus on local social interaction, the Order is an international institution advancing humanitarian projects and missions of global scope. (This tradition is demonstrated by the key role of the Knights Templar in advancing the Magna Carta, widely considered the foundation of civil liberties and human rights.) Templar members are a special type of rare personalities, driven by historical passions, traditional values and timeless principles, with multi-generational perspective, which they are highly motivated to pursue through unique talents and skills. As a result, it can be difficult to find authentic Templars concentrated in any particular local area, as they tend to be scattered throughout many regions of various countries.
For these reasons, the Templar Order does not depend on any local “lodges” or gathering places, and is not based on any centralized geographical areas. Its operations are truly multi-national, constantly reaching out to diverse people around the world, wherever the best talents and most dedicated people can be found. The purpose of the Order as an institution is to provide unified infrastructure for the collective good works of that international network. Accordingly, most interactions and group collaboration are conducted by telecommunications and video conferencing.
The Templar membership experience does include a degree of social interaction. As traditional aspects of a Templar life, the Order provides opportunities for spiritual training, attending special events such as induction or investiture ceremonies, meeting Brothers and Sisters living within the same region by referral, and pilgrimages to Templar sites throughout Europe and in Egypt. The Order maintains and develops Commanderies in locations where active work on missions must be conducted, where members are encouraged and welcome to visit. However, all such opportunities generally require travel, and thus depend upon the economic circumstances of each member.
Beyond the inherent limitations of personal social interaction and travel, the predominant forms of active participation of Templars are guided by various basic directions of ongoing core activities of the Order:
The Temple Rule of 1129 AD requires that “in this Order… no Brother [or Sister] shall fight nor rest… but according to the commands of the [Order]” (Rule 41).  The significance of this key Rule is that during times when there are no specific ‘action orders’ from the Grand Mastery, Templars do not “rest”, and thus do not wait. Instead, they independently engage in the daily disciplines and practices which are established as permanent ‘standing orders’ from the Temple Rule itself. These are the spheres of activities which constitute the general everyday membership experience.
All Templars of the Order thus commit themselves to the primary activities and means of participation – all rooted in the ‘standing orders’ of the original Temple Rule of the founding Knights Templar – which constitute the following Seven Pillars of Templar Membership:
1. Support the Global Projects of the Order furthering Templar missions
2. Represent the Order as a “Knight Errant” through Local Charity work
3. Exercise Leadership by example by creating your own Projects
4. Continue Templar Studies and support ongoing Restoration
5. Remain Patiently Available while practicing Prayer and Meditation
6. Develop Networking to actively Recruit new members into the Order
7. Contribute Donations and Fundraising efforts to the Order as possible
The following are detailed descriptions of the Seven Pillars of Templar Membership:
1. SUPPORT THE GLOBAL PROJECTS OF THE ORDER FURTHERING TEMPLAR MISSIONS
s a sovereign historical institution, the Order of the Temple of Solomon intensively works on many projects of global impact, for the benefit of humanity and civilization, in furtherance of the historical missions of our 12th century ancestors. These major projects of the Order, managed by the Grand Mastery and its Government, draw from the network of Brothers and Sisters with relevant skills, experience and capabilities.
The Grand Mastery and its Crown Officers cannot take time and efforts away from the compelling and all-consuming projects and missions of the Order as an institution. It is also important to remember, that the Templar Order relies on unpaid volunteer staff for its operations. While continuing to achieve major historic accomplishments advancing Templarism for the benefit of civilization, the Order may or may not have sufficient volunteer staff for managing membership requests or satisfying member expectations at any given time.
Because of these practical realities, the Templar Order cannot “entertain” the Brothers and Sisters, and cannot create “busy work” for members to artificially create a sense of “participation”. Unless the Grand Mastery or Office of the Crown Registrar knows about the skills, capabilities, opportunities and Quests of its members, it has no apparent reason to call upon those Brothers and Sisters to participate in current active projects of the Order.
All Brothers and Sisters of the Order are responsible for pursuing their own activities of living a Templar lifestyle. This is supported and guided by the ancient and medieval teachings which are continually researched, restored and provided by the Grand Mastery.
All Templar members are responsible for finding their own ways to participate in projects and missions of the Order, by offering their capabilities and potential contributions. This is facilitated by Website upgrades and Email distributions with updates and periodic improvements, which are continually developed and provided by the Grand Mastery as and when possible.
The best way to experience meaningful participation in the Templar Order, the satisfaction of supporting its projects and missions, and a level of social interaction with fellow Templars, is to periodically notify the Office of the Crown Registrar (the central email through the Website Contact Page) of one’s own Quests, opportunities, and capabilities. By doing so, while keeping current and effective channels of communication open, Brothers and Sisters thereby enable the Order to introduce them to like-minded members, and to call upon them when relevant stages of related projects would benefit from their participation.
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