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I preferred that the discussion started with post #17681 continue on the Asaru college discussion forum for ease of communication and recordkeeping. The assignment is to entreat a discussion about the issues and leaving problem solving of the issues for a later time. This follows the conceptualization of the relationships communication and conflict resolutions model whereby the issues are discussed in an environment seeking understanding first and honoring the perspectives while following an ethical format seeking to avoid creating a communications environment whereby the those affected by previous forms of dysfunctional interactions could fall into negative patterns preventing them from examining issues needed for their spiritual evolution and cooperative service and growth of the community. Therefore, the parsing of the process into problem facing, discussion and honoring those involved comes first and then, expectantly, there can be an environment that is more free of the personal feelings or preconceived notions, pre-learned dysfunctional communications patterns or pressures to resolve issues before a full “hearing” (as Ptahotep suggested) and reflection. That is the model based on the Gottman and Univ of Denver concepts to be applied in this assignment as best possible; and it is compatible with the Maatian injunctions as we have seen from the beginning of this process by your study of and selections of the appropriate Maatian injunctions that predate and form the foundations of the Gottman and Univ of Denver theories.
Therefore, the idea is to try to get into the mind of the complainer and understand what they are saying and why and then also seeking understanding about our culture, ourselves and the nature of the times we are living in.
All this pre-reflection fact finding work is to then be able to reflect upon the specific issues being raised in the context of what it means for ourselves and the clergy studies in general. All of that is before problem solving which would be the next stage of discussion that we are not necessarily going to engage. The clergy studies course as you all have seen, has developed so far as a foundational issues (at least as those issues are being brought forth through my reflections) oriented course dedicated to understanding the foundational basis for becoming a viable human being, understanding the depths of importance of ethical conscience, the power of aryu impressions driving every moment of human existence, the meaning of temple practice from the perspective of our spiritual ancestors, and then possibly being able to consider becoming a clergy of Kemetic spirituality, that honors their work and the transcendental wisdom they (the Anciient Egyptian clergy) experienced and lived by.
Without engaging such reflections and confronting of issues, that may sometimes be hard or even painful, and going forward into ritual studies, histories, philosophy of the Ancient Egyptian clergy and acting as clergy in the community, the way some practitioners and traditions do, would be to move forward without confronting social, psychological, personal, political, etc. Those issues, unhandled, as we have seen, can diminish, degrade or even derail the physical, mental, emotional health of practitioners, and their communities as well as thwart the higher goals of the studies and the spiritual work of those who would engage their life and communities only having gained externalities while not confronting and successfully handling, working through and sublimating personal, cultural, political, etc. issues that directly impact the capacity to be a viable spiritual aspirant and servant of the community. The idea is to build the personalities who have chosen to engage this process from a more foundational level so as to engender a more solid footing from which to possibly go forward in a realistic, mature and dynamic spiritual process to benefit themselves and their communities. Therefore, this assignment has been put forth not as a problem-solving task but as an opportunity to engage a process that may help to enter into considerations that can allow the mind to notice and analytically contemplate the issues that most members of the population will or cannot. In this way those who may engage this process could have the opportunity to fathom the depths of sagely wisdom and devotion from its core as opposed to the general community who may not engage such a deep process of introspection and philosophical thought on the problems of life of oneself and that of the community in the context of the paragon of human achievement that was displayed in ancient Kemet.
The statement above may be considered as a philosophical guide for this assignment.