Level 1, Lesson #6 Video Assignment: Great Truths of Shetaut Neter
The main themes I noticed in the video were:
People have been fascinated by Kemetic religion for 1500 years. “Shetaut Neter” is the ancient African term for religion, and can be translated as “hidden divinity.”
Many people come to Kemetic religion in search of higher truth; however, there are those who are not mature, and therefore, their search is not mature either.
Ancient Egyptian temples were composed of 3 courts: the outer, middle, and inner. These sections of the temple represent the 3 forms of aspirants: the mortals, the initiates (those who are striving), and those who have received the Light. Having the capacity to enter the temple at all is an achievement. Spiritual forces prevent those who are not ready from entering. Most people do not care to move beyond the physical realm, or that which is perceived by the senses.
An ancient Kemetic proverb reads “Seeking happiness in the world is the pursuit of an illusion.” Everything in the world is perishable, and therefore not real. Ultimately, the universe in its entirety will dissolve and return to its original state. Therefore, one should not make life about obtaining things in the world.
Everything is actually composed of “paut” or primeval matter, which is the only substance that is real and unchanging. The different forms we perceive are actually only differences in vibration of the paut. Our earthly existence is temporary, while the spirit within us is constant. The Shedy disciplines are designed to reacquaint ourselves with our transcendent nature.
The complete practice of religion includes myth, ritual, and mysticism. Most modern-day religious practice is incomplete. If we do not actively work toward cleansing ourselves of the fetters of Set, they will pull us down. The 4 great truths of Shetaut Neter allude to elevating ourselves through the Shedy disciplines in order to experience oneness with the Divine.
3) What impressed me the most was the idea that we will be pulled down unless we actively elevate ourselves. It is easy to become complacent.