The Lost Symbol

Posted: June 1, 2016 in Book Reviews


The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

639 pages

Robert Langdon’s 3rd adventure happens right in his home land America. He is lured to Washington D.C. to be a guest speaker and what he believes to be a conference but soon learns that he was brought there under false pre-tenses.

Robert’s Good friend Peter Solomon is missing, his severed hand found, tattooed with masonic symbols and messaging soon leading him on a desperate search to find his friend and decode the long-lost Masonic Pyramid and end the crisis before the secrets get out to the world.

The Lost symbol is heavly focused on Masonic rituals and symbology deep within the roots of the Free Mason brotherhood. This secret society has long been the center focus of conspiracy theories ranging from conspiracy theories to illuminati to secret satanic demonic devil worship.

While not a Free Mason myself I loved how this book played on Free masonry. This is because I find myself familiar with the free mason style ceremonies that I myself has taken part of with the LDS church of which I am a former member. The LDS Temple ceremonies, since the church started are basically Free Mason ceremonies and are mimicked almost perfectly. These ceremonies were introduced to the LDS faith only 6-7 weeks after Joseph Smith’s initiation into free masonry. The description of some of the ceremonial aspects within this book I found to be quite similar to the things I have experienced in my former church temple ceremonies.

This book while focusing on Free Masonry secrets and conspiracies however is not all about free masonry. One of our characters, MS. Solomon, is a scientist who is researching in a field of science that is far from mainstream science. This field is noetics. This field as defined by Wikipedia is

“In philosophy, noetics is a branch of metaphysical philosophy concerned with the study of mind as well as intellect. Noetic topics include the doctrine of the agent/patient intellect (Aristotle, Averroes)[1] and the doctrine of the Divine Intellect (Plotinus).[2]

The unaccredited Institute of Noetic Sciences describes noetic sciences as “how beliefs, thoughts, and intentions affect the physical world”.

This idea being that our thoughts have literal mass and have the ability to physically change the world around us. We could morph the physical reality of objects, through force of thought we can move objects just by thinking about them. Noetics studies the vast un-tapped potential of the human mind to become the creators of worlds, rather than being the created. In effect we can become God’s by tapping into the full potential of the human mind and shape and created the universe to our own desires. This ultimately, this book suggests, is the secret encoded messages within all religious texts.

I love Dan Brown’s take on religion and I am finding his perspective within his writing to be refreshing. His view-point, for me at least, is like shining a light in the darkness and opening up an entire new world of religious understanding and philosophy that I have not had in a long while. Who would have thought that religion could make such interesting reading in any fictional sense?

Every writer has a key theme that they use within their books. The one littler quirk that I am finding within his writing is his character Robert Langdon’s claustrophobia. Every book he finds himself in a situation that gets his claustrophobia agitated. It seems since his first trip to europe he can’t help but get himself trapped in some sort of confined space. It will be interesting to see what confined space he finds himself in next time.

Overall I give this book 9/10 book worms and highly recommend this, especially if you find secret brotherhoods and hidden coded messages within religious text of interest.

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