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Jasmine Barber

Lesson 9 – Intro to Shetaut Neter Atlanta Aug 2005 Neterian Conference Tape 1 Neterian Ancient Egyptian Philosophy and Wisdom

Main Themes
Neterian Culture comes first in Ancient History. The cross symbol in Christianity is actually based on the Ankh, a Kemetic Symbol. There were 10,000 years of religious practice in Ancient Egypt prior to the beginnings of other world religions. Shetaut Neter is the original point of most of the worlds religions. Yoruba religion acknowledges the ancestral relationship with Kemit. There are parallels with the Yoruba Orisha system and the Neterian System. In ancient times, there was a colony of Buddhists that lived in Ancient Egypt. Nubians, Egyptians, and Indians were seen as the same people. Crook and the Flail concept of Ancient Egypt is paralleled by the “good shepherd” concept in Christianity.

Asar and Aset were tasked to come to the world and show how to build civilization (farming, etc) by Khephera. Asar developed the religion: how to do divine worship, how to worship the gods and goddesses. Goddess Aset gave the hidden mystery philosophy that was contained within the teaching of Shetaut Neter. Heru is the epitome of the soul embodied with wisdom.

Neter means Supreme Divinity. Neterianism is not idolatry or polytheism. It is a way of understanding divinity in the form of cosmic powers (also seen in Hindu religion and Native American religion). Worshiping the manifestations of the divine lead us back to understanding of the supreme and primordial being.

Goddess Hetheru – in full bovine form, Heru in full hawk form, Goddess Aset in winged form: Neteru can be depicted anthropomorphically or zoomorphically.

Three Stages of Religion: If any stages are missed, you will have a disjointed practice of religion.
1.Myth (Matnu) – legend, story myth – if you adopt a religion (not born into it/inherited) you receive the myth first then practice the ritual
2.Ritual (Aru) – when you are born into a religion, you will first receive the ritual
3.Mystical – truth of the myth, myth is given through Sdjedt (storytelling, proverbs) – answers the question, Who Am I?

Most people receive the myth and practice the ritual of a religion, but they do not receive mysticism and philosophy of the religion that will allow them to grow spiritually and discover inner peace. Myths are usually received in a political context that allows them to have conflicts with other people. If you do not grow to have mystical experience with your religion, you will have conflict…spirituality will descend into conflict, dogma, intolerance. Mysticism will lead to joy and peace and you will discover that all human beings are one with the divine and deserving of your caring and love.

Myth is not a strictly historical rendition of a cultural story or religious story. When you try to make your myth strictly historical, you will find that you will lose the mysticism of your myth. Mysticism – the myth occurred in the beginning, occurs now and will continue to occur.

Philosophy of complimentary opposites: Tying the not of the lotus and papyrus plant (two plants that represent upper and lower Egypt). Sema represents the union of the higher and the lower self. Philosophy of spiritual mysticism – you must unite your higher self with your lower self. If you remain as your lower self you will have a miserable life, pain and sorrow, conflict and wars. Heru is the uniter of the two lands. Heru is the uniter of the higher and the lower self.

The image of Heru Set iconography – the battle between the higher and the lower self is in a single individual. You are that individual. All this religion is about you! This goes to the spiritual aspect of men and women (gender does not apply to this iconography). The Eyes of Heru symbolize the sun and the moon. Neterty represents Set and Heru, two individuals in one.

Shemsu Daily Observances:
– Daily Worship 3 Times Daily – Dawn, Noon, Dusk – Ra neb
– Formal – complete instructions are in the daily worship book
– This worship practice follows the creation teaching – birth, adulthood, old age – cycle that continues perpetually until you become enlightened – like the lotus that rises to meet the sun.

Egyptian practice of worship – private worship (like a temple set up in their own house), public worship (festivals), temple worship (private reserved for priests and priestess).

Goddess Maat – represents the cosmic force related to ethics, righteousness, order and truth in life. She is the first and foremost step in the practice of an aspirant. It is important to practice Maat to have a proper spiritual evolution. It would be counterproductive to not have a spiritual ethical nature, a pure personality. There are two Goddesses of Maat. Maat is so subtle that she is intertwined in all temple traditions (Asar, Aset, etc).

Shedy Disciplines:
1. Temple of Aset – institutional wisdom (listen, reflect, meditate) – Book: Mysteries of Isis
2. Path of Maat – act, live and, think with an ethical culture that allows you to be one with the universe – Book: Introduction to Maat Philosophy
3. Uashu – worship & devotion – Book: The Path of Divine Love
4. Meditation – UAA path – Book: Meditation the Ancient Egyptian Path of Enlightenment

These 4 practices allow you to have a fully developed personality.

Kemetic Diet – gives you purity of body, purity of your mind.

The Great Awakening – the goal of all the spiritual practices. Resurrect now in this lifetime! Use your best abilities now, to obtain spiritual enlightenment. You are to awaken. Nehast means to have a spiritual awakening.

Theme I Felt Was Most Important
The theme that resonated the most with me was learning that practicing and integrating Maat philosophy is the first and foremost step in the practice of an aspirant. Goddess Maat bring balance and order, righteousness and truth into my spiritual practice. I was born into the protestant christian religion (southern baptist) and over the years have become disillusioned by the way practitioners of Christianity have supported or committed multiple unrighteous acts. It is comforting to know that there is a cosmic force that protects and preserves true righteousness and true order that leads to true inner peace and balance in life.

1. Is there a chart available that shows the parallels between the Orishas and the Neteru?
2. Is Shemsu Neter the term for both male and female followers of Shetaut Neter?