Reply To: Kemet 101-Lesson 6 Discussion Forum

Alixa Villalobos

Lesson #6 
Video 1
Fundamental principles of African religion

A) Important themes discussed:

– God and Universe are One. Supreme being is One with Universal Creation.
– In other religions (western religions), God is separate from effect or creation 
– Point of Creation: single point where creation emanates, it is at least 10,000 yrs old principle from Kemet. Symbol represented as a circle with a central point. Circle’s circumference meaning time/space and central point meaning center of creation. Each one of us is the center of creation.
– Symbol of the house of Heru/Hetheru: meaning light, love, spirit living in the house. Hetheru means house and Heru means spirit. This principle was adopted by Hinduism and Judaism.
– All religions have three aspects:
1) Myth: stories that lead to discovery of mysticism. They should be looked at with respect and taken as truth. They are transcendental teachings that have teachings/wisdom about the origin of the universe, and the purpose of life. Myths are also sometimes entertaining and help people to overcome obstacles in life in order to grow spiritually. They make us remember the knowledge and to live a life of virtue.
Types of Myths:
a.- Myth that expands on the Creation of the Universe/express divinity. Explains the origin of creation and the purpose of life.
b.- Myths that talk about Heroes, ariu/karma. They contain teachings that explain how to attain spirituality and how to grow spiritually.
c.- Myths that help the person to attain Virtues. Parables/proverbs, contain moral teachings that lead the person to develop virtue by enacting the right action.
2) Ritual: Ceremonies: they are the key to understanding the myth. The myth must be lived through a ritual/ceremonial process in order to be influenced by it and to allow the personality to develop virtues. Meditating about the myth is also part of understanding the myth. Rituals carry a lot of power and energy. Through the ritual, myth is being reinforced in the mind, allowing the personality to come into a physical, mental, spiritual experience of the myth. Rituals purify the body.
There are two different types of Rituals:
a.- Formal: by attending services in the churches or temples.
b.- Informal: daily life actions and activities.
3) Mysticism: Transcendence, ecstasy. Is about experiencing something else than the physical experience. It is an ecstatic experience separated from the physical time/space existence. To transcend the mortal limited self and experience being one with the universe, as a living human being.

– All main world religions had, at some point in the past, a mystical side that is not advertised, not promoted by religion officials. Instead, only the Myth and Rituals are taught and promoted to followers, the mystical part of main world religions was disregarded and intentionally left aside, intentionally excluded from the actual teachings of the religion itself. But in reality, all religions have an original mystical side, meaning that all world religions are proper venues for a spiritual life, in order to develop and experience mysticism is practiced and taught as originally intended. Christianity’s mystical section is called Gnosticism, Islam’s mystic section is called Sufism and Judaism’s mystical section is called Kabbalism.
– Concept of Absolute truth, which can’t be quantified, can’t be measured or weighted.
– All religions concur that human beings are potentially the highest expression of spirituality.
-All gods from different religions represent the perennial philosophy, which is expressed by world religions.
-Religion’s secular view being separatist and separates us-followers from God.
-African common principles:
There’s One supreme being, that is One with the Universe (Monotheistic).
From there, different Gods and Goddesses emerge, as manifesting parts of the Whole One Supreme being. In polytheistic religions, different gods and goddesses represent divinities by themselves, not as part of a One supreme being, the African religion is not polytheistic. 
– The act of Eating the eucharist: as African religion teaches, is about consuming the gods, in the form of bread, wine and beer. “Unas has eaten back his power”, meaning that the Supreme Being who had diffused into the many, now has come back to the Oneness. By eating the Gods, the person is going back to the Oneness of all, the One Supreme being, the center of the creation, the center of the Universe.
-Every point of the universe is the center of the universe.

Video 2
Great Truths of Shetaut Neter.

Daily worship program and explanation of the rituals:
-Prostration before the altar
-Lighting the candle
-Lighting incense from Kush
-Pouring libation, purified water-Food offering/Astral offering
-Chants-Explanation of Hekau, words of power, offered 4 times to the four corners of creation.
-Offering table, its elements and meaning.
-Chants, great truth of Shetaut Neter, 4 times
-Instruments are played
-Explanation of Shetaut Neter
-Kemetic temple. Layout and sections. Meanings and purpose of first, second and third sections.
-How to implement the spiritual Kemetian discipline into our lives.
-What is happiness/desiring happiness and how to attain true happiness.
-Definition of Truth and the impermanence of the world.
-The energetic composition of all things. Physical body belongs to the earth, the soul belongs to the spirit. Energy is transcendental, constant.
– Kemetian proverb, “know thyself”.
– How to recover the forgotten teachings.
– Explanation of the origins of creation. How the supreme God created the lesser Gods and Goddesses and humanity. Humanity forgot the teachings and help was sent in the form of goddesses Hetheru to guide humans back to living a virtuous life, according to Maats precepts.
– Worshipping the divine causes the end of human struggle and our liberation by allowing us to break the circle of ignorance.
– Realms of existence: Physical realm, Astral plane, Causal plane, in this plane one can experience the transcendence into Oneness with the Universe/Supreme God.

B) The most important theme:
To my point of view, the most important is the fact that all world religions had, within their teachings a mystical side, which makes all world religions a means or venue to enlighten people and help everyone fulfill a spiritual life, if so desired. But the fact that the mystical side of the prevailing world religions is not promoted by the religion officials and was intentionally left outside of the actual teachings of the religion, is clear indication that religion, as established in the current system, serves different purposes than the ones originally intended, instead of uniting and enlightening people, most religions separate and bring conflict between different human cultures. All due to the fact that only the secular part of the religion, myth and rituals are the aspects practiced and promoted by religion’s officials. Furthermore, most world religions follow an agenda of domination, control, supremacy and separatism.