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Level 1 -Lesson 11A – Introduction to Egyptian Yoga – WB pg. 155 – 168

1. The Daily Worship Program consists of ________3________ worships during the day.

2. How should an aspirant think about their personal practice, how much importance to assign to it and what should they do about taking the time to make the threefold observances when at work, and home, around others who follow other traditions, or when nobody knows what they are doing?

An aspirant should think of their personal practice as disciplines to spiritualize their lives and as an offering to the Higher Self. Setting aside time to practice the shedy disciplines is important in the quest of knowledge of Self and the Divine, and this being the purpose of life means the practices are absolutely essential because it purifies the mind and body. By normalizing one’s life through being in control of one’s time, an aspirant can observe the threefold worship at the prescribe times with the help of perseverance, continued effort and patience. I think the observances should be private, so if an aspirant happens to be in a public setting during one of the worship times, excusing one’s self and finding a quiet place might be more conducive, in this context the outside circumstance would not affect one’s practice as much.

3. Choose an icon according to your spiritual ________inclination___.

4. Describe the “Hetep Slab”

The Hetep Slab or an offering table is usually made from stone slab and has images carved into it. The images consists of male thighs, female duck , Hetep symbol (which has a loaf of bread) , libation vessels and an offering mat. I gather that the use of the hetep slap implies the offering of duality, the opposites of creation.

5. You should try not to come in to the ______Temple_______harboring thoughts of anger, hatred, greed, lust, jealousy, envy, and so forth.

6. Write a brief essay on how to conduct oneself in the temple:

The Temple should be treated with utmost respect and reverence. This means one should prepare before stepping through temple doors by cleansing of the body, speech and the mind. One should be in a mindset of peace and positive vibrations through correct and meditative thoughts, action and speech. Upon entering the temple this preparation should manifest in following the temple conduct by prostrating before the altar/shrine, greeting your spiritual preceptor and taking a seat quietly. This manner of conduct should be maintained throughout the time spent in the temple. I gather the idea is to leave worldliness and its vibrations behind.

7. What is the meaning of the term Seba? Seba is the title of a spiritual preceptor, it means star, an illuminating force or a shining object. A Seba illuminates or shines light on the sebat, students that are female regardless of being male or female. The sebat represents the female capacity to receive.

8. Name the different ways one can sit in the temple.

1. The cross-legged posture 2. The lotus posture or the half lotus posture 3. Sitting on a chair with legs together and hands on both sides of your tights 4. Sitting on the ground with feet together as if you were sitting on a chair 5. Sitting on the floor grasping your legs side to side and holding your legs together 6. Sitting on your knees and your heels.

9. Hygiene of your ___body__, ____speech__, and of your ___mind__ are the three main concerns for an initiate.