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November 8, 2015 #4615
Shems Arit – TOAset Meditation Lesson 1
Udja, I appreciated your mythic-metaphysical expression of summary of the myth.
It would be nice to see you also do this for the other questions as well. : ).
2. What are the main take aways from this myth the Maut?
Never Give Up, especially not on Family.
Listen to Inner Voice.
Trust Self above all else, and above all others.
There are no mistakes, there is no Deception in Eternity.
All is in Divine Right Order, even the battle of “Good over Evil” MUST take place.
Adversities MUST be overcome.
Spiritual Progress does not go by any schedule. All is forgiven if one loses their cool for a moment, as long as you get back to reality quickly.
Seba Dja: S.Maa already commented on the aspect of never giving up on family. In a way, you did the opposite of what you did for question # 1 where you focused on the teaching that the myth gives in metaphysical terms…and instead here brought it down a mundane expression in time and space…where it is being applied literally in time and space.
Never Give Up, especially not on Family.
At our level of study, Heru and Asar and Asar and Set and Nebehet do not represent a family unit…they are elements of the aspirant’s psyche. So Aset is not just running after a man, as the un-initiatied may determine…nor did she go after Asar to demonstrate to aspirants that they must keep running after spouses or family members gone astray, but the myth is to demonstrate the aspirant’s spiritual journey to resurrect (through Heru) and “re-member” her/his soul (Asar) to realize her/his true essence through intuitional realization (Aset)
Listen to Inner Voice.
Seba Dja: This is a good practice…but also, it needs to be tempered with seeking advice and confirmation in certain areas, because the inner voice is mixed with the Setian voice, and thus may be directing you in a way that seems in a positive spiritual direction, but in reality is a continued perpetuation of the ego agenda. So, An aspirant needs guidance from the teachings and teacher on the path…until they are advanced enough to have a purified inner voice from a purified ego. In the meantime, it is okay to listen to the inner voice, but realizing and accepting it will lead one astray from Maat at times…but disguising the astrayness as Maat…and this is still okay, to a degree…to learn the lesson, and also to gauge one’s growth (purity of the inner voice).
Generally, mystically we reserve the use of the term intuition to mean when intuitional realization dawns on a person….and Nehast is attained.
This society uses the terms intuitional more “loosely”.
Mystically we would use the term “insight” [in-sight….inner-sight] for the inner voice and inner feeling when one has not yet achieved intuitional realization of the Self. Insight implies there are some ego-taints..which could range from dull ego, to agitated ego, to lucid ego, the latter being most pure/least egoistic. Recall the play I did last year at the conference…for the dull mind and the agitated mind, each time the aspirant believed she was speaking to the Higher Self and getting wisdom from the Higher Self, it was being filtered and altered by the dull or agitated mind….by the time it got to aspirant’s conscious mind [lower right…Aspirant (Heru) feels speaking to her/his Heru Self but really speaking to Set.]
The mind, and thus insight [inner sight] (what this society calls intuition) is not trustworthy when the mind is in dullness or agitation…and even lucidity when the mind is attuned to externalized (egoistic) happiness.
Based on video lecture and current understanding at this time:
A. What have you discovered about the role of Aset in the Resurrection myth. The one with the most pain, the most trauma,the greatest loss is the most gifted healer, the most powerful in this myth. Aset is the one that everyone benefitted from her actions. Djehuty has the knowledge, but it is Aset that has the experience, which gives her the greatest wisdom, the greatest potential for compassion, for healing, for resurrection. Aset is the one that continued to seek for the deep hidden meaning of the realities of life. The gift of all of her adversity is her strength, and the ability to teach, guide and protect her son Heru and all of her Children. To raise him to become a great leader that is needed by the community. Her power to heal came from her love for her family. She is the ultimate Mother. Sister. Wife. Student and Teacher. This tremendous source of power comes from of love of the Divine, and the need to KNOW the Divine.
Seba Dja: Here your response was more mythical and also poetic, rather than metaphysical. This okay…as the myths are understood at different levels for different levels of aspirants.
But the caution here is that then it is easy to shift from mystical practice of Uashu to “idolatry” worship of a circumscribed, time and space deity.
This is what had occurred in India within Hindu-Vedanta mysticism, and why Buddha turned away from worshiping deities, not that anything was technically wrong with the teachings (Buddhist teachings are essentially the Vedanta teachings minus the Hindu divinities), but that people were worshiping incorrectly. Same with Akenathon, he was trying to re-elevate the religion because worship (Uashu) was degenerating into idolatry.
As we know, henotheism means there is one supreme being…and that was the foundation of religion in KMT. But it is said that Sage Akenathon brought forth “monotheism” because his focus was on worshiping one Supreme Being, Aton. But this was not because Uashu of lower divinities was wrong…just that people were not maintaining that level of worship. So he tried to do away with all the different gods and goddess in his theology and focus on only one…to simply the system of worship for the time.
So, for example, when you said:
Her power to heal came from her love for her family.
I would suggest to paraphrase in metaphysical terms (as you did in first paragraph/answer).
It would sound like this: Intuitional realization’s power to heal came from its love for its family.
…which does not really fit…
So romanticizing Aset…is okay to do in a poetic and devotional sense…but not to the point of ascribing qualities that are not in keeping with the metaphysical and mystical aspects of the myth because this moves her worship out of the realm of Uashu, which implies mysticism. So, then, her power to heal comes from her Higher Self (Ra…in myth of Ra and Aset). In other words, intuitional realization power is realized (comes from) when one unites with the Higher Self.
Because, from a metaphysical point of view, her family constitute You! Aset, Djehuty, Asar, Heru…are elements of an aspirant’s psyche.
Sebai Maa addressed the other points of the post…I had similar comments, so not repeating here.
Dua for your extensive reflections and post!