Sage Amenemope Lesson 12
Lesson12 of the Sage Amenemope series carries with it some salient and important teachings regarding human behavior and the human heated personality that were elucidated upon by Sebai Maa, in the lecture.
Lesson 12 starts out with verse 17 of the text in which it is told to us to avoid the heated personality and not be concerned with their fate. The teaching states that the as the aspirant/initiate turns towards the Divine, the Divine will turn towards those who are not practicing an ethical way of life that leads to spiritual evolution and interpersonal maturity. We are to understand that every soul is connected to the Divine and that al creation is Divine, therefore to worry about someone’s fate, to hold a sentimental attitude towards those who are for the moment taking on the path of satisfaction of the animal passions is untenable from the perspective of the teaching and the reality of how things are. Therefore, we are not to take on the burden of trying to save people or trying to pull them in to the teachings beyond their will (ariu) to do so. Thus, we must practice detachment and the art of letting go so as not to get caught by the propensities within ourselves or to fall into heatedness and the delusions of life of who and what we are. In the lecture, Sebai Maa states with regards to this perspective that we are to, “exercise the teaching of khak ab, being able to let go, to recall the understanding of the teaching to be free from the illusoriness of life”.
The lecture goes on to chapter 4 where it talks about the issue of the heated person in contrast to the silent person and cool person. This aspect of the teaching points out that the heated mind is incapable of reflecting the glory of the teaching. Sebai Maa goes on to explain that their mind is agitated (Nesheshi) and therefore said personality can not feel correctly but they are beset by other feelings such as feeling bothered or troubled and thus the glory of the temple will not take root in that personality. And this is the result of a withered and weakened will, in such case the personality, even if they were to try to inculcate the mystery of the temple, will not be able to connect with the temple mystery because there are too much negative energies blocking or impeding the connection. Thus, there needs to be a period of purification before entering the temple. The point being that a heated person is not suited for temple work, but the silent person whose mind is calm and feelings purified is able to establish a connection with the temple mystery. It is told to us in the lecture that purity of mind intimates a purity of feeling and purity of thought. Therefore, a mind not agitated by negative ariu is well suited for the teaching because negative thoughts and feelings in the subconscious makes it way to the conscious mind. So for the calm of disposition and coolness of personality they will be able to go forth through the spiritual evolutionary process and is capable of handling an authentic spiritual process in as the such the temple will be a fertile ground for them.
Chapter eight verse 19-20 of the text is a very important teaching. It talks about doing jubilation to the Serpent Goddess Arat. We are told that the Serpent Goddess herself is Arat and she is the same Goddess who encircles the sun disc of Ra as Het Heru. Thus, the henotheistic concept of Neterian philosophy s apparent in within these two chapters once extrapolated upon. Sebai Maa goes on to say, “she is Neberdjert in another context.” As Araty she is the single Goddess who operates as the two (Uatchet and Nekabet; Aset and Nebt Het).
The lecture goes on to explain that she is the energy behind creation and operates the sekhem within the subtle energetic system of a human being. She is the Serpent Power who destroys ignorance, darkness and Ra’s power manifest through her. She thus destroys ignorance and illuminates the mind with the resultant factor of raising consciousness. To her is to be done the Henu pose.
The Henu pose, as is explained is a special pose not within the ordinary systematic Djef Sema Paut schema but appears as a posture of veneration and is a festivity type pose. So, from this context it means adorations and a pledge of unceasing honor. Thus, when we offer the Henu pose (kneeling down on the right knee with right elbow bent at 90 degrees and behind the body with closed fist and left arm coming across he body) to the Goddess it is an honoring of that power to dispel ignorance, illuminate the mind and raise consciousness.
In contrast to the positive serpent there is the negative serpent and the teaching explains that we are to spit on that serpent, offer no adorations and no honor for it Apep and its inclination is to stop the boat of Ra which causes ignorance to prevail. Sebai Maa gave the example that Apep stopping creation is like being knocked on the head, while stopping creation through the art of Shedy in accord with Arat is an illuminating process (event). Therefore, the Apep stoppage is in ignorance and darkness while the Arat stoppage is in realization and understanding. So, we are to spit on the negative serpent, cause to be ineffective so we can gain a true realization of the insubstantial and illusory nature of Ra’s creation.
In Chapter 9 part 1 verses 14-16 talks about not approaching or do not engage them for conversation. It is better to be quiet and reflective rather than engage in heated conversation with people who are incapable to altering their mis-notions and misunderstandings. So Sebai Maa spoke about keeping God in your mind and be quiet to protect yourself from negative associations with heated personality types.
I think this lesson (12) is extremely important and should be staple of every Hemu’s knowledge and base of action out in the world and within themselves. I do recommend that each Hemu (myself included) go through this lesson time and time again so as to be seated in these very important principles.