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Bastu Heryt
Report Assignment for Book: Egyptian Mysteries Vol: 3 – Hemu
Due Date: October 3, 2021
pp. 34-35

The leading question for consideration in this segment of the text is “Who is qualified to be taught the teaching?” Firstly, Sebai Maa explains: “People who are reasonably well adjusted in life (who can cope with reality without undue stress) are ready to and should face new challenges to their closely held notions.” Ashby p. 34
Further, those who suffer from mild anxiety and emotional upsets, as long as it does not effect their basic cognitive functions, may benefit from the teachings as well. However, the text cautions: “A person who is borderline psychotic or severely mentally afflicted will not be able to make good use of the higher knowledge…” Ashby p. 34

When it comes to the well adjusted personality, one should be willing to adjust to the spiritual teachings, as well as to challenge their “closely held notions.” Those who hold on to, rather than letting go of previously held non-mystical spiritual notions are too invested in their egoistic tendencies and will not reap the full benefits of a mystical spiritual experience.

As for those personalities that are troubled with anxiety and emotional upsets, the spiritual teachings could be the answer if they can develop cognitive dissonance. The text reveals that this dissonance should be reflected upon, thusly, the new information can be assimilated.
Sebai Maa quotes: “This process constitutes adjusting and adapting to the challenges of life, but more importantly it is a process by which the spiritual teaching is adopted and through which the spiritual teaching is assimilated in a way that renders it “integrated” into the personality.” Ashby p. 34

with regards to the “borderline psychotic or severely mentally afflicted” the best one can do is try to normalize such behavior as much as is possible i.e., “normalize before you spiritualize.” Such a personality is not qualified for the teachings due to their delusional nature and, therefore, would be unable to integrate the teachings. The text quotes: “Integration, from a spiritual perspective, means developing a higher vision being transformed by the new knowledge and changed psychologically so as to in fact become a different personality.” Ashby p. 34

In summary, the Hemu should be able to ascertain who is qualified for the teachings based on the three examples of personalities highlighted within the text. The most qualified being the well adjusted, stable personality with a willingness to let go of any previous spiritual indoctrination, particularly non-mystical spiritual traditions and other egoistic traits. Those who suffer from mild anxiety may also be qualified for the teachings if they are capable of demonstrating cognitive dissonance and reflection that could lead to a transformation in their personality toward higher spirituality. Finally, those who suffer mental afflictions should be encouraged to seek professional counsel to normalize delusional behavior before engaging in the teachings.

Htp,
Bastu Heryt