1. Level 1, Lesson 17 Video Assignment, Kemetic Diet Class Parts 4-6
2. Most people identify as a physical body. However, in reality we are transcendental; we exist everywhere and in everything as God. As beings of light, our health is achieved through the intake of pure substances, including sunlight from sunbathing. Initiates must be vegetarian, and should abstain from meats (including fish, poultry) and drugs (including alcohol, prescription drugs, and marijuana.) Initiates should abstain from producing children, and control the sex urge. Initiates should also wear clothing made of natural fibers, and promote balance through living in a moderate climate.
Through the Hetep offering, we offer our individuality, affirming that duality does not exist and that we are one with all.
Ukhedu is a disease condition in the form of an imbalance which causes the body to become more acidic. Mucous is the result of ukhedu, as opposed to ukhedu itself. Impure foods such as meats and alcohol are mucous-forming, while fruits, vegetables, herbal teas, and water are non-mucous forming. Gluten is acid-forming, therefore consumption of gluten-free cereals such as spelt and kamut are recommended.
An important factor in maintaining health is “udja,” or vitality. Udja can be likened to fire. Cold showers, and drinking too much water while eating will dampen the fire. Moreover, agitation of the mind through activities such as overeating, oversleeping, too much sex, and losing yourself in the world diminish udja/vitality. Intake of substances such as meats, added sugars, and alcohol adds gasoline to the fire, leading to gases and related issues. Research shows that a diet of primarily vegetables and fruits leads to the lowest rates of disease. It should also be noted that unhygienic living quarters, sexual practices, and exposure to toxic chemicals are influential in promoting disease, as seen in the AIDS epidemic in parts of Africa. Lifestyle factors such as vegetarianism and healthy sexual practices are thus key factors in promoting health. Moreover, righteous living promotes positive kharma, which also promotes health.
While it is difficult to say what each person specifically should eat is difficult, because it depends on a person’s individual state (physical and mental condition, living environment, e.t.c.) However, it should primarily consist of raw vegetables and fruits, as these are inherently cleansing.
Meanwhile, diseases of the mind can be treated through the law of opposites. Anger, hatred, and greed, for example, can be treated through forgiveness, love, and generosity respectively. A person who practices the teachings will become free of mental illness including depression, schizophrenia, and the temptation to use drugs.
Diseases of the soul such as an inability to change for the better, anguish, end egoism can be treated with meditation (which engenders will-power,) faith, and altruism.
Positive kharma can be promoted through teaching others. The first step in teaching others should not be to tell them that the world is an illusion. Instead, people should be brought into awareness through dietary changes, breathwork, and yoga postures. People should be taught that through acting righteously, they will become peaceful and better able to practice the higher truths.
One example of bringing another into awareness can be found in the story of Hetheru, who was sent to Earth to destroy unrighteousness as Sekhemit; however, Hetheru became deluded by the world and lost her way. Djehuti helped Hetheru back into awareness through a process that involved satisfying her bloodlust, humbling himself, and use of words and stories that led her mind to righteousness.
3. What impressed me the most is the discussion of how to prevent and treat diseases of the mind. As a therapist, I see mainstream psychology beginning to integrate concepts such as awareness (mindfulness,) forgiveness, and compassion for self and others into treatment. It is not surprising to see that the importance of these concepts in promoting health and healing was recognized thousands of years ago in Kemet.