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Howard Brown Lesson 6 Video Presentations Egyptian Mysteries Level 1 K101WT
According to the first video, the practice of complete religion involves knowing myths, practicing rituals and having mystic experiences. While a practitioner of Sema Yoga listens to the teachings, practices the rituals relating to a particular teaching, and meditates both practices lead to the same spiritual realization (Ashby, 2013).
Myths contain a language that provides moral education. They tell of journeys of spiritual transformation and should be lived in order to understand their true meaning. Rituals are (formal) ceremonies and virtuous living (informal) practices which eventually lead to a transcendental experience.
A ceremony was presented at the beginning of the second video presentation to illustrate the above. According to Dr. Ashby (2013), Shetaut Neter can be condensed into four “Great Truths.” These four truths can be implemented via the Shedy Disciplines:
1. The Neter, the Supreme Being, is one and alone manifesting everywhere in all things in the form of Gods and goddesses
2. Lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality, and these fetters cause ignorance of the Divine
3. Devotion to the Devine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set
4. Doing Shedy leads to knowledge of one’s self, of knowing one’s heart, and this is called being True of Speech (Ashby, 2013).
Three levels of consciousness (waking, dreaming and unconsciousness) and the planes of existence (Physical, Astral and Causal) were expounded upon. There is also a fourth level of consciousness within the unconscious level that is able to see the nature of the Devine. If the transcendental experience is long enough there will no longer be the illusion of time and space.
With respect to the Shedy Discipline of Devotion and Love, listening to the myths and traditions glorifies the various forms of the divinity, while the rituals serve the purpose of purifying the emotional impurities of the heart and harnessing the power of the emotions by effacing the ego. There are three means to practice devotion to the Divine: singing, chanting hymns, and offerings. The discipline of Devotion is the process of directing mental energies to the Divine to realize mystical union with the Divine, who is your Higher Self. Devotion opens the way to the practice of the other spiritual disciplines (Right Action, Wisdom, Meditation) which, in turn, leads to the experience of deeper devotion (Ashby, 2013).
The Neterian temple is not fully open to the public. Sections are reserved for different levels of spiritual practice and attainment. The three sections of the basic temple, the Peristyle court, the Hypostyle hall, and Holy of Holies, represent the areas where different levels of worshipers may enter and follows, generally, the nomenclature of the triads of spirituality (Ashby, 2013).
Ashby, Muata (2013). Egyptian Mysteries. Vol 1 Sema Institue