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EdwardStephenson
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Reading Assignment Level 1 WK 7

How should a spiritual aspirant think about the prospect of “becoming Godlike” and their capacity to live a life of virtue and cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge, practice and bodily discipline and is this possible for everyone? If so, why so? If not why not?

An aspirant should first embrace and then ground themselves in the Four Noble Truths of Shetaut Neter the first truth being that the Divine exist everywhere and in all things manifesting as Gods and Goddesses. This means that each individual has an innate capability to resurrect, realize, manifest and express the divine dimensions of themselves. The desire for self realization and transcendence lies in the heart of each person and thus each individual has the potential to fulfill their purpose of remembering their true identity as divine beings. To do so however, requires that we live a life of virtue and cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge, practice and bodily discipline. While this may be possible for everyone, only a few possess the character, initiative, knowledge, will, courage and perseverance to do so. For many, the allure of worldly desires and demands of fulfilling obligations in the physical world takes us off our redemptive path and away from our true selves. For many of us the barrier that hinders our redemptive journey has to do with the second great truth of Shetaut Neter which is that lack of righteousness makes us ignorant of the divine. And so for many, access to the realization of selfhood (divinity) is prohibited primarily due to not having a moral or ethical foundation as reflected in Maatian principles. To pursue a redemptive path requires that we devote ourselves to the divine which is the third great truth of Shetaut Neter. To do so however requires sacrifice in terms of the time and energy that we devote to worldly activities. Many of us are engaged and entangled in the world to the point of not having nay time or energy for self inquiry, self reflection, and self exploration. To successfully pursue a redemptive path requires that the meaning we give to our lives comes from the desire for self realization and not from fulfilling worldly desires. Being devoted to the divine involves being devoted to the process of self realization which leads to the Fourth Great Truth of Shetaut Neter which is that the practice of the Shedy disciplines leads to knowing oneself and the divine. And so, we must elevate our will through meditation, our emotions through devotion to the divine our intellect through the wisdom teachings (mysteries), our actions through self less service and by grounding ourselves in the laws of Maat.