Level 1, Leson 6, Audio Assignment – Great Truths of SN Chant
1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words
• “The Neter, Supreme Being, is one and alone and as Neberdjer, manifesting everywhere and in all things, in the form of Gods and Goddesses.” The Supreme Being (I am) is an energy or an essence that permeates everyone and everything in all dimensions. The mind (depending on its level) interprets these “energies” through our senses and more. I see these energies as vibrational levels from dense (matter) to subtle (cosmic forces). We create (whether it is through wisdom or ignorance) with this “energy” and interacting with the Gods and Goddesses. The Gods and Goddesses are Cosmic Forces or Universal Laws. Such as the solar system, how the systems in our bodies work in harmony or disharmony together, the cycle of the moon and the sun, intellect, wisdom, etc. The Supreme Being IS. One cannot describe what IS one can only experience.
• “Lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality and these fetters causes ignorance of the Divine”. Lack of righteousness lowers our vibration or ties us to the physical. To know the Divine one must raise their vibration by righteous acts, thoughts and speech.
• “Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set.” When we are devoting ourselves to the Divine we are expressing who we truly are. This means coming into alignment with order, righteousness and truth (in all areas of our lives and aspects of our personalities)
• “The practice of the Shedy disciplines leads to knowing oneself and the Divine. This is called being True of Speech”. Pointing yourself in the direction of the Divine will not get you to the goal of Nehast. There must be movement (righteous action, speech, healthy diet, meditation to cleanse the mind and ari, etc.). We must “move towards the Divine as we “moved” away, we must correct our error and the Shedy practice assists us in doing that. Knowing oneself is knowing the Divine; they are one and the same.
2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?
All of them, ‘to my capacity”. This concept was one I had to reflect upon several times. Although my desire is practice, study, etc. in an intense manner, I realize the tisdom of moving at a pace that does not create stress or tension.
• Meditation: I enjoy meditating and wanted to do the Glorious Light meditation as well as the simple meditation. However, I understand that my mind needs to be trained in a new way so I am following instructions to the letter.
• Listening to the Teachings: I enjoy the lectures and learn more every time I listen to one. In place of TV or “hanging out”, I listen to the lectures, watch the videos, and read the books.
• Kemetic Diet: Here to I wished to move quickly and implement everything at once. I am following instructions again and listening to my body.
• Devotional Worship: I am following instructions and making progress, my practice is consistent.
• Yoga postures: This took some creativity on my part. I am visually impaired and seeing a video is challenging. I viewed a small part and then practiced each posture over and over again to my capacity. After 3 weeks of dong this I converted the video to an audio file and follow along audibly while I practice the postures.
3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?
There is comfort in the structure and discipline of the Shedy practice. I am comfortable in my practice, being able to implement the yoga postures really gave me balance in my practice. I am able to give attention to the informal practice now. I am creating the habit of taking a deep breath before I speak. As I go about my day I reflect on the teachings and see where they apply in the activity I am in. At work I do not look upon a task as work, I am serving the Divine and when others need help I am there to assist them because I am serving the Divine. This is not automatic it is something I must be aware of constantly. At times it has become enjoyable and challenges have become opportunities. However, this process fascinates me now.