Lesson 19 Audio
What is necessary for spiritual practice
When I think of what the term spiritual practice means, I think of doing something to discover my true essence (Spirit), explore it, understand, and allow it to be my guide rather than my Ego Personality.
Spiritual practice takes a level of discipline considering what it is and its purpose. Sebai Maa in this video, provides teachings on what a spiritual practice/discipline entails. Below are two terms discussed in this audio that stood out. They were Shedti/Shedy and Shed.
Shedti – this term means to penetrate the mystery teachings; doing things that allow you to gain insight on the teachings. When I reflect on the word “penetrate” what comes to mind is being intensely focused on something. One of the things I have learned regarding Shedy is that it must be integral and done in a formal and informal manner. So an aspirant can benefit from seeing every moment in their life as an opportunity to engage in Shedy, hence having to focus ones attention on what is going on within one self at all times.
Shed – corps; SM further explained that it means: that which is going to be transformed/resurrected/resurrecting, come to life, have spiritual self-discovery. Human beings not on an authentic spiritual path is worse than an animal. We have discussed this topic several times in class and it is such an eye opening and true statement. Over the past few years, I have done a lot of observing of myself and others and nature/animals to be exact and I humans tend to do a lot of things against themselves just to fulfill a desire, while animals do what is necessary to survive. So, without a spiritual path, one is a corps; dead, meaning unaware/asleep to one’s true nature, therefore a Spiritual path can provide one with salvation from this.
What one needs to be undergo the transforming process to discover nehast:
Cultivate virtue, Maat’s virtues, bring virtuous in day-to-day life, Continue spiritual practice of the Ma’at virtues.
Nothing obtained through egoism is abiding – matter, physical; not because you have things means you will be happy.
Truthfulness: Do not close your ears to the words of truth. Truth a year from now is different due to gaining deeper understanding. This path, Egyptian Yoga seeks proof and truth, it’s a path that goes beyond faith and concepts, but instead seeks the highest truth of Self.
A few other strong teachings about Spiritual practice were:
• Shedy, should be steady, balanced, living a life of virtue helps to do this; it is important to keep balance in the mind, treating others and self in a virtuous manner, maintain mental and emotional balance, no mood swings.
• It is important to be mindful of mental agitation, when something needs to be on or one engaged in doing something to occupy mental space, not being able to tolerate peace in the mind.
• One can benefit greatly on this path if flexible; being able to adapt to different situation. The idea is that you have to be flexible and be able to overcome the adversity in life, no matter the adversity, as long as you made the effort to overcome and resolve the impact of the adversity, spiritualize life – bringing virtues in every aspect of one’s life.
• Seeing self as conduit of divine actions, God working through me in everything I do. God is doing things through me. Reflecting on these teachings, further dissolved the idea of “me or I” because if something is working through me or manifesting through, the power that is permeating allowing me to think feel, tastes, smells, move, that is ME, hence the teaching, “I am one with God,” the first great truth, Pa Neter ua ua Nebedjer m Neter.
• Chapter 125 in PMH talks about selfless service, Maat Ari is the greatest way to put down the ego and bring humility. Humility opens up with purity of heart.
• Spirituality refers to being able to adjust the mind and concepts one has been conditioned to, one learns how to forgive more easily after this.
• Present actions engender purity for the future. This was a powerful teaching, as when reflected upon, I had to think what type of actions can create purity for the future: pure and righteous actions. Shedy is the tool used for purification, hence when one practices Shedy one is creating purity for the future. Another reason why it is so important and I appreciate the scientific nature of the teachings.
The mind gives negative ideas, must be counteracted with more positive ideas, and as this process goes on, one will be able to notice more and more purification, which in return leads one to Nehast. Hence, to conclude, Shedy is the tool/formula that allows for the transformation of one’s mind and actions to take place.