ASSIGNMENT ON WISDOM TEXTS OF SAGE AMENEMOPE
Udja Sebai, this assignment covers lecture #1 of the Sage Amenomope series of presentations presented by Sebai Maa. As Hemu, we were asked to select what we felt was important for us to understand as initiates, also what we considered was important for beginning students to understand and grasp about their behavior and how it affects their spiritual development.
In the beginning minutes, I couldn’t help but to keep going back to the opening dialogue at minute mark….., where Sebai makes the comment about “not recognizing one’s own ego”. Having a blind spot with regards to our own ego,
Essentially, this is not just a burgeoning students dilemma, but for all on the spiritual path and journey. In Sebai’s words, he had always wanted to do a presentation on this topic, but wasn’t moved to do so until recent issues within our circle that pushed this topic to the “front of the line”, so to speak. So in that regard I was motivated and drawn to this aspect of the teachings, as I also felt the need for self-reflection, as this whole series so far has done.
Understandably, we within the Temple of Shetaut Neter/Sema Institute, as receivers of the teachings through our preceptors, who definitely are doing their utmost to present the teachings in a way that emulates their/our forbearers. They are short-handed in the sense that infrastructurally speaking and otherwise, living in a-mystical society, they do not have the control over our immediate environs, or having systems or personnel in place where they can offer more advise or where observatory measures are in place. So as students, a systematic approach needs to be present where we are structurally “normalizing before spiritualizing”.
In observation of one’s ego, it takes honesty and practical insight into one’s everyday behavior to make a correlation between effects or lack thereof between our success in spiritual practice and a ego that is accustomed in having its own way, as Sebai related at around the 46 minute mark, where for the most part we accept anxieties and stressful occurrences as normal and we tend to not be too mindful of their effects, but which combines with other maladies that the ego presents, that we accept as normal or ok, however overtime if not acted or worked on, can balloon into a formidable opponent to our spiritual quest.
Around the 36.00 minute mark, Sebai Maa makes the comment that we do not want to accept certain realities of our existence, however to have strength in the teachings, we must also have strength in human life and everyday existence as well. For us to have this strength, it requires a modicum of dexterity for honesty, patience and an unending quest for the purification of ones personality. As this quest is an ongoing odyssey in search of a higher truth, it behooves one to be very strategic in this endeavor, for if it is overlooked and taken for granted it can have a deleterious effect on an advancing student. It’s like getting to the 12th grade and can’t graduate because we didn’t grasp the fundamentals of math or science, or a boxer who enters the ring and didn’t study his opponent or specifically we did not normalize before spiritualizing. Pragmatically speaking, we did not do due diligence on the adversary we are trying to subjugate – the Ego.
Would like to do a part 2 on this assignment. Htp.