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    • #2270
      admin
      Keymaster

      Level 1 Audio Assignment Discussions for Level 1 Udja-Use this forum to post your Audio assignment work

    • #2547
      DavidWatson
      Member

      What are the main teachings?

      The main teachings I received were, transformation and integration.
      The teachings are like a set of tools and Shetaut Neter is a tool bag. These tools, principles are to be lived and applied in order for a holistic transformation to take place. As we integrate these various tools and cultivate these principles one at a time. The Neteru are expressed through our daily living as we submit to the divine.

      Are you/Am I currently implementing teaching?

      At present I am doing my best to implement the teachings. I read, reflect and meditate. And since I was trained and certified in the Tjef Neteru Sema Paut system by Asar Neter Aunk Aakhu in 2008. I have been using and still use the movements and meditations to cultivate the divine and liberate myself from the fetters of the world. This is a ongoing never ending process.

      • #2559
        admin
        Keymaster

        ANIMATED egypt_98eye

        Udja

        Welcome to the program and I hope this program will help you to expand on the teaching you have received through the Tjef Neteru and that this program will assist you in maintaining your spiritual practice. These definitely are tools and like any other tools they require expertise and virtue to be used successfully if not expertly. Throughout this practice the integration of the personality is an important feature to understand in order to be successful and this will be covered in the program.

        Indeed, as you do your effort to practice the teachings of Shetaut Neter consider that while there may be fetters and work to do in order to cultivate the divine, this process is best seen as a process first but also as an experience as well as a destination. First, a process in learning the teaching and how to practice it and then working to execute that practice and finally realizing it in fact, which is no different than realizing the wakefulness after a dream. Yet there are many intervening issues both psychological and otherwise; yet this is not a journey where the words “ongoing and “never ending” should be thought of as a light at the end of a tunnel that is always receding. Rather it is to be thought of as an experience that is close by and attainable when the right wisdom and character are allowed to emerge. And that process also need not take lifetimes.

        HTP

    • #2555
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 6 Video
      GREAT TRUTHS of SN chant.MP3

      1-What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording?
      2-Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?

      Yes, I’ve been conducting the worship ritual in my personal home and I participate in corporate worship at the temple of Amun

      • #2563
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        what do you mean by “corporate worship”

        HTP

        • #2571
          Nefertem
          Participant

          Udja,

          I should have used group worship. I was looking for a word to describe group and I thought of corporate.

          HTP

          • #2575
            admin
            Keymaster

            SAMSUNG

            Udja

            I see. I have not heard the term “corporate” used in this way for many years. There is a special effect that occurs when several people join with the same spiritual aim which helps each individual. It is a kind of positive energy of both psychic and psychological form that imbues the area with spiritual energy that encourages and sustains each individual. Naturally the more powerful the objective of the gathering the more powerful and dynamic the experience and path of the individuals can be. So continue with your efforts and be benefitted by the good association in purifying the Ka (mind) and Ab (heart).

            HTP

      • #2860
        Shems Ua Netert
        Participant

        Udja Charles,

        What is it like to participate in temple worship on a regular basis? I did attend last year’s conference, but other than that, I don’t have many opportunities to participate in group worship (other than online.)

        It must be uplifting to experience!

        Htp,

        Lindsey

      • #3843
        Seba Dja
        Keymaster

        Udja,

        We use the term Khnumt Nefer for Good Association…gathering in a group to practice the teachings with a spiritual teacher or preceptor, but also gathering with oneself to study and practice the teachings, and ultimately, having communion with your Higher Self…the highest Khnum Nefer.

        HTP,
        S. Dja

    • #2581
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 1, Level 1 Audio Assignment GS12- An Evening wSebai Maa and Dja Why in Shetaut Neter Important-Show_3576833

      What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      The main teachings are of Shetaut Neter. The teachings lead to fulfilment and an authentic spiritual path. Furthermore this leads to finding the source of abiding happiness throughout the chaos and maintaining peace and balance. As a result knowing what it is you want to achieve from the teachings is essential.

      Throughout the discussion it mentioned that. There will be some backward and forwards experiences, which links to parts of our self that has not been integrated. Personally I feel like I am experience this journey right now.
      It is worth pointing out that the teachings of Shetaut Neter is also Holistic and designed to work with your whole being. However the program also integrates a practice by purifying the personality. Through experience it is beneficial to purify the personality, which leads to higher fulfillment.

      In order to include the teachings as a righteous student, meditation, reflection, devotion, purification and diet will have to remain a consistent practice in my life to head towards being enlightened.

      Are you currently implementing the teachings given in the book and lecture? If so which one(s)?

      At present I am listening to the worship videos once daily. If I am honest I am trying to complement the teachings into my life. I find it difficult to remain consistent sometimes. However I am trying to incorporate seeing the divine in everyone and to not hold on to hard feelings. I really took on board from the audio that “negative egoism is like a disease constantly around us”. Also “the world is not the problem the problem is you. If you focus on everyone that will cause more of the problem” This is a very true statement and hits home in my being.

      If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

      It would be true to say, this will require a lot of focus will and discipline in my spiritual development. Furthermore applying righteous actions, being responsible, practice, study and communication.

      I am determined to implement the teachings of Shetaut Neter in my spiritual practice. To enhance, ALL growth and development towards enlightenment and abiding peace and happiness.

      • #2586
        admin
        Keymaster

        “Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon you. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou inflexible in the path of them.”

        “The word which appeared as a pillar of flame out of the darkness is the Son of God, born of the mystery of the Mind. The name of the Word is Reason. Reason is the offspring of Thought and Reason shall divide the light from the darkness and establish Truth in the midst of the waters.”

        -Ancient Egyptian Proverbs

        Udja

        It is important to note that the “backward and forwards experiences” are part of the journey and everyone experiences that on the way to personality integration; but it is important to know that this does abate and that at some point, even if some lower level remains it is less consequential and non-obstructive to the overall spiritual movement. The same can be said about consistency and moodiness. The important thing is to develop “mnu” (menu) or steadiness, to be firmly established, like a tree swaying in the wind but not blown away by it; which comes from study, Maatian works, devotional practices and practice of meditation; these render the personality stable amidst the cacophony of life. More is to be learned on the subject of developing positive aryu and overcoming the negative of the past which sustains ego consciousness and spiritual ignorance as well as obstructs the spiritual progress.

        HTP

    • #2595
      DavidWatson
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 2 Audio

      What are the main teachings?

      Main teaching is to practice meditation, chanting and breathing in a quiet place at least five minutes daily.

      Are you/Am I currently implementing the teaching?

      Yes. I usually go into a meditation as I move through the Tjef Neteru Sema Paut and I also meditate in the last posture Nehast and do the Om Asar Aset Heru chant after I rise up from Nehast.

      I will begin to incorporate Om Amun Ra Ptah into my chanting.

      Hetep

      • This reply was modified 6 years, 2 months ago by DavidWatson.
      • #2597
        Bastu Akhu
        Participant

        Udja Ausar NafaAnkh,

        Welcome to the program! Dua for joining. I look forward to interacting with you and our other classmates as we share our journey. Yes I agree the yoga postures are great in providing a meditative experience. I find that formally meditating afterwards like you added, and using a chanting technique, visualization and the breathe to be very beneficial as well.

        htp

        • #2609
          DavidWatson
          Member

          Give thanks for the welcome Akua. I too look forward to the interaction as we engage the teachings of Shetaut Neter.

        • #3487
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          The combination of Tef Neteru and meditative mindset, and then practicing meditation after, to be very profound. Especially when im reflection or realizing the myth and teachings while doing each posture. Really helps me calm the mind to enable meditation.
          HTP

      • #2604
        admin
        Keymaster

        IMG00151

        Very good
        Remember that for the general temple meditation it is exhorted to practice meditation at least 5 minutes per day and that that practice should be allowed to extend from there to 15 or 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. When practicing one of the more specialized advancing meditation systems that practice can be extended to a maximum of no more than 2-3 hours depending on the system that is practiced.

        HTP

    • #2602
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 1, Audio Assignment: Why is Shetaut Neter Important Show

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      • The purpose of life is to find fulfillment, the only fulfillment that is eternal is becoming one with the transcendental essence which is self. The only thing that is eternal is Spirit everything else ends. Spiritual enlightenment is the ultimate source of fulfillment.
      • There are 4 parts to the personality that must be integrated to reach ultimate fulfillment: mind, emotions, will power, and actions. (Asar: Soul; Aset: Intellect and Wisdom; Nebehet: Desire; Set: Ego (negative and positive); Heru: Spiritual Aspiration/Redemption of Truth) The practice is a balanced process. Not only the philosophy, but as we are n a bovey,
      • This integration is achieved by: meditation, devotion, living foods diet, and right/positive action/practice of the teachings.
      • We create our reality, and the process of rebirth is fueled by our karma/ari or our actions, the quality of our actions define the quality of our life.
      • Purification of the personality and the body is required for a balanced experience. To me this means that the food we eat affects the mind and our perceptions of our life experience, therefore, we must be conscious of the food that we eat. The thoughts that we have in our mind also affect how we experience the world, learning to distance ourselves from our thoughts changes how we perceive our experiences in the world. Purification of the body and personality is a tremendous benefit in mastering the mind.

      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so, which one(s)?

      •Vegetarian diet moving towards a green or raw diet
      •Meditation morning and night
      •Study and reflection on the teachings daily. Learning what how to reflect will help me in this process.
      •Daily monitoring of the practice and implementing the teachings in my actions. The structure and discipline involved in this process has assisted me in finding calm and peace on a daily basis.

      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

      •Adjusting my lifestyle to open up more time for the practice.
      •Searching out resources that will help me to integrate the practice of yoga
      •Continuing to monitor and move forward to achieve a green/raw diet
      •Developing a schedule that I can follow to implement all aspects of the practice in an organized and balanced way.

      I have joined the classes two weeks ago and although I want to do everything at once, I have consciously paced myself and am trying to create a plan of incorporating all the aspects as I need them in my practice. Yoga postures are difficult for me, not only because of my age, but because I am legally blind and cannot see clearly. I plan to purchase the Yoga vido and begin one posture at a time until I have incorporated them all.

      I have also found that the 5 minute meditation has helped me in my daily life. Whenever I feel emotions of fear, anger or worry, I begin to chant and allow those thoughts to move past without grabbing onto them and making them larger than they are. I mentally practice the chant throughout the day to keep me aware and not to go unconscious in my actions and speech.

      • #2605
        admin
        Keymaster

        Meditation Ancinet Egyptian Path

        Udja

        You have discerned many salient teachings from the recording and all would do well to review these as they move through other advancing assignments for there are many fundamental principles here that apply throughout the life of a Neterian spiritual aspirant.

        Certainly the food we put in affects the capacity for mental calm and of course the food is not only physical but also mental and spiritual and most people try to put in better physical and mental food but neglect the spiritual. The spiritual food is meditative silence, withdrawal of senses and best is complete removal from time and space and absorption in spirit.

        Your statement “Adjusting my lifestyle to open up more time for the practice.” Is on point as the invention of the western concept of work ethic coupled with the capitalistic ideal of working to achieve material goals are a combination for engaging the personality in an ultimately fruitless pursuit of an illusory end and in the meantime there is day to day concentration on worldly thoughts and feelings that crowds out the capacity to discover and experience the higher self and reinforces the egoistic nature (Set). Therefore it is right to do a job or career to the extent needed to sustain life but then it is enjoined to take time for spiritual endeavors as you have stated.

        HTP

    • #2610
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 3 Audio Assignment – GS13- Dr Muata Ashby interview About his work and philosophy by -theremix show_671694blogtalkradio.com.mp3

      1-What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      Many teachings were brought out in this interview. One of the main one that caught my attention immediately has to do with the importance of the revamping/remembering of African Culture and Philosophy (Maat, yoga posture systems, glorious light meditation, serpent power etc.), its underlying values are indeed the ethical foundation for self-discovery and is so needed in this time. These ethical disciplines allows the personality to be purified enough to be grounded in ethical conscience leading to self – discovery, harmony and peace in society. These values are attained by ‘living’ African proverbial wisdom which very foundation is based in Ancient Kemetic culture and philosophy. The follow up question by the host about the value of myth (transcendental truth) brought forth a response that not only expounded on Kemetic culture/philosophy but solidified its importance in creating a society that’s harmonious and peaceful. With the issues happening in our society today (racism, corruption, injustices etc.) this made me think of the use of these values in real ‘nation building’ or creating a ‘new society’ based on this philosophy (maat). Myths provide a foundation through a special language where individuals could be led by a preceptor/s to self-discovery/ direct experience of Self. However, a proper myth such as the Asarian resurrection is necessary. The understanding of the journey of the soul and the ability to live the myth is what leads to the inner movement necessary for freedom and peace. For us to experience just being. On the contrary a society without a proper myth will self-destruct as we can see in the United States due to a culture being led by greed, lust, violence, corruption etc.
      Another teaching had to do with a question about the tree of life concept of creation by the Anunian tradition of Ancient Kemet and some of the divinities on the tree (Asar, Nebahet &Set) and what they represent. The divinities on the tree of life embody different principles, five cosmic and five human. Through Nebahet, Asar(soul) experiences the physical/waking consciousness and through Aset (intuitional wisdom) he’s able to have experiences of the higher realms/transcendental.The goal of an initiate is to master both ends of the tree of life, heavenly (one with God/Ra) and physical (Heru-like). This is an example of the creation questions posed in the beginning of the recording. My understanding is that creation at a mythic level conveys that the body is vehicle for the soul to have a higher experience of the nature of being. At a metaphysical level, the mind is trained to experience the creator and creation as one in the same. Also on a metaphysical level, techniques such as meditation and the very proverbial and philosophical wisdom of Kemet, give rise to the capacity of the mind to reveal the higher Self/wisdom which is and has always been there and only need to me unveiled.

      2-Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?

      Ny. I am doing the postures, engaging in meditation daily, and listening to the wisdom teachings/philosophy. I also enjoy reading of the proverbs and have incorporated in into my daily life.

      3-If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

      I am constantly working on ethical conscience and sometimes I have challenges. I am still working on balancing formal yogic disciplines (Shedy) with informal yogic disciplines that present itself in the form of ‘life’ tests. I will continue as I have, listening, reflecting and meditating on the teachings, to gain tools necessary to meet these challenges and eventually transcend them.
      Htp

      • #2618
        admin
        Keymaster

        Anpu Asar and Amentet image

        “The laws of God are the first thing the seeker will find on the way to the truth.”

        Udja

        Thoughtful post reflections on a in depth recording. The important messages received from this class were well discerned. Prominent among them are the idea that ideally we as followers of the Neterian spiritual tradition are to work towards developing ethical conscience in ourselves and also in society; not just so that there will be peace in the world or at least our neighborhood but also so that we may have sufficient peace to allow us to calm the ever clamoring issues of the personality and open a way for ourselves to attain higher consciousness. There can be no enlightenment without peace and we are not speaking of absolute peace but a modicum of peace sufficient to allow the mind space and time for reflection and meditation. The work of finding or making peace is the informal meditative process. The finding and experiencing peace is the formal. Mythic wisdom facilitates peace as opposed to a society whose societal philosophy is based on greed, which will end in booms followed by busts and the next one that is coming will be greater than the last and that means strife, mental unrest and no peace.

        As to your statement: “My understanding is that creation at a mythic level conveys that the body is vehicle for the soul to have a higher experience of the nature of being. At a metaphysical level, the mind is trained to experience the creator and creation as one in the same.” Indeed, this understanding is correct for now, this may be thought of as Neberdjer, and as you reveal more of this reflection and progress in the training there is still Nehast and Neter an ren to be discovered. Your particular ”life tests” are specifically designed by you for you and if you apply the regimen of the wisdom philosophy to it what you have created eventually fades and happily so will the idea of them being your tests.
        A little cryptic feedback perhaps but in time it will hopefully make more sense.
        HTP

      • #2911
        AndrewGarrow
        Member

        I would have to agree that it is important that we remember the glory of our African Ancestors and the culture that was created. We have to acknowledge the truth of the origins of religion and philosophy because in these teachings we see the “road map” that was used to create a culture that existed for thousands of years. A culture based on Maat and on the discovery of ones essential nature as compared to this modern society that promotes sense fulfillment and limited understanding of the spiritual texts. At first it being totally a racial inclination that had my attraction rooted in studying the book series but through diligent studies I realized that true yoga isn’t rooted in anything physical such as birth or race but indeed is meant to transform your thinking from such limited aspects as to encompass creation as a totality finding your oneness with that. With the being who transcends all physicality.

        • #3021
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Dua Andrew for adding your insights to such a glorious philosophy and culture. Indeed I agree that the process of yoga is that of transformation – your statement…”At first it being totally a racial inclination that had my attraction rooted in studying the book series but through diligent studies I realized that true yoga isn’t rooted in anything physical such as birth or race but indeed is meant to transform your thinking from such limited aspects…” reminded me of one of our lesson on ‘truth’ where Sebai mentioned that when a higher truth is found we have to let go of the lesser one.

          htp

    • #2627
      DavidWatson
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 3 Audio Assignment

      What are the main teachings?
      Bringing facts of life in African and human history that have been stunted and atrophied.
      Innate African values, ethics, morals and cultural awareness have been forgotten.
      Reconstruction of African Cultural and values to elevate lower self.
      Creation brought into being and sustained by divine intelligence.
      Creation of the physical world is not an absolute reality.
      Created to experience being and to transcend the worldly desires.
      A proper Myth aids in self-discovery and move one away from self-destructive behavior.
      Principles of myth must be understood and lived.
      Deeper meaning of myth is about self.
      Training in Ethical consciousness and purification help one to attain Nehast.
      Ethical consciousness helps to gain access and mastery of higher levels via Aset and the world via Nebethet.

      Am I currently implementing teaching?
      Yes I am implementing some of them.

      Which one?
      I study African history and culture and use African morals and ethics to live by.

      If not how will you do so?
      The other teachings will take time to integrate into my being as I become maintain my studies via Shetaut Neter.

      • #2636
        admin
        Keymaster

        Maat

         

        Goddess Maat Daughter of Ra

        • Udja

        • in this post there has been a strong emphasis on ethical conscience and wisdom; These are areas that are of paramount importance especially in the beginning process of initiatic life; for without Maat there can be no order or peace in life and there will be the reverse instead. So Maat studies are important on the spiritual path. And rightly you have emphasized this in your post so keep up your efforts and steady movement towards improving and adding to your spiritual life.

        On your statement: “Bringing facts of life in African and human history that have been stunted and atrophied.” This is key to understanding what the correct histories are and the correct values that should be upheld. However, facts are only half of the equation of spiritual formula Wisdom + Devotion = Divine Revelation. So the feelings and emotions also need to be cultivated. All are invited to read the Feedback on the topic of emotions and feelings located in the General Discussion Forum.

        HTP

    • #2670
      Olapeju
      Participant

      Level 1 lesson 3 Audio Assignment: The Remix Blog Talk radio Interview on Work on Philosophy

      The main topics of this lesson came from the questions that were asked during the interview:
      Why is it important to do the work?
      What is “Egyptian” yoga? What is the distinction from yoga itself
      What is creation? Who created creation? What is the purpose of creation?
      How important is it to study the myth?
      What practices are/were a part of ancient Kemetic culture?

      Important Point
      Seeing the world as an illusion, a fleeting one at that can lead to the desire to escape it. Enlightenment is not an escape from the world but a way of being that transcends it. The same state of being and peace that existed before creation also permeates creation itself and is within. Aligning one’s self with this state of peace is being. The only purpose of creation is being, Nuk Pu Nuk.

      This state of being in supreme peace allows an enlightened personality to do the work in the world and remain in peace, doing the work then is a part of being…without identification of individual desires.
      A myth teaches a society its values, relationship with nature, the way to see self in creation and to understand the purpose of creation. The myth of Ancient African societies leads to self-discovery and enlightenment by cultivating ethical conscience, proverbial wisdom, living by divine laws, and alignment/mastery of the lower and higher forces. A society living in such a way can go beyond the cultural and even the mythical teachings to enter the metaphysical. That society would have lived the ritual, the first level, and would have enough qualified teachers and preceptors to give the subtler aspects of the teachings to those who have disciplined themselves.

      The goal of yoga is to unite the lower and higher self. Egyptian/Kemetic yoga does so using the iconographies and methods allowing access to a wealth of other tools for ethical purification practiced by these civilizations. Due to the fetters/ ariu we return with, ethical purification is necessary to accept fulfillment and remain in a state of peace.
      Interpreters of the ancient scriptures who have not develop ethical conscience may miss or fail to convey this in their works.

      This audio gave a glimpse of the mythical and metaphysical aspect of the teachings, the second and third level, but emphasized the first step is to purify, the ritual/material level. Culture is how the ritual is carried out, but to enlighten we must go beyond the exoteric expressions of culture.
      “The work” allows this process of purification to continue, to restore our culture and history, to enlighten, to transcend.

      Am I appying the teachings?
      I am doing the rituals: meditaiton, studying the wisdom teachings, selfless service, devotion.
      What needs work?
      Doing the above consistently and informally. I have times when I may meditate for extended periods only or read books after books only. The practice becomes lopsided and I may have a difficult time integrating it into my informal life such as at work. Following this format(this course) helps a lot.

      • #2675
        admin
        Keymaster

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        Udja

        I think you have done a good job in discerning what the philosophy of enlightenment is and how it is theoretically supposed to apply to the worldly existence of an enlightened personality: “Enlightenment is not an escape from the world but a way of being that transcends it.” This of course is easier said than done an in a way it is like telling someone who is swimming in the ocean “don’t be wet even as you swim”. The key is in the realization that what the swimmer things is water is not and if that were to be realized in fact and not just theoretically then the swimming could continue without any concern of wetness; therein lies the need for the teaching and the shedy practices for they facilitate the gradual understanding and higher experience and freedom from the illusions of life and this was the deeper message trying to be conveyed in this public talk.
        Indeed, in a society guided by sages the order of priority would be different and leading individuals to more balanced development. As it is, a society wherein the Neterians are struggling to follow the teaching, without a physical temple that is open 24/7, without ongoing programs daily, etc. an aspirant needs to create and use all means at their disposal to create a balanced life and ordered daily spiritual practice focusing on quality first and quantity later. As we proceed with the program we will hopefully add some more resources to assist with this necessity.

        HTP

      • #2720
        Bastu Akhu
        Participant

        Greetings Olapeju- Dua for your insights. I too have experienced times when my shedy practice is not balanced and consistent. What strategy, if any do you use when you are able to balance and be consistent? Is there anything you have done so far that seem to work ? If so please share as I’m sure some of us also experience this at times. Also if anyone else would like to share as well. For me I find that setting aside a specific time helps. Dua

      • #2833
        Sandra McMurray
        Participant

        Udja Olapeju,

        Dua for your insights. I am also struggling with balance in my practice. I have found that practicing in the early morning before my day starts helps me to remain consistent. In the evening I choose to study, listen to lectures or meditate or whatever I need to process my experiences during the day. I close my day with devotional worship. I also agree with you regarding the structure of this course, it has helped me greatly in gaining balance.

        Htp

    • #2682
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Leson 3, Audio Assignment – Dr. Muata Ashby interview about his work and philosophy by the remix show 671694

      1-What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words
      • It is important to bring back the Egyptian philosophy because it gives a way of life that is morally and ethically of the highest standing.
      • This moral and ethical standing supports the true purpose in life to experience our higher nature.
      • Smai is the Kemetic term for Yoga and although it is similar in its goal of uniting the higher and lower self, it is someway different in its myths, practice and philosophy.
      • From a metaphysical perspective creation is a dream and the mythical perspective teaches one the wisdom of understanding the mystical perspective, which is that the ultimate being (Nebejer) is creation and our purpose in life is to become one with Nebejer, which is who we truly are., there is nothing else.
      • Myths help lead one to peace and harmony. The myths help us to understand the aspects of our lower and higher self to be able to master them and reach the ultimate goal of Nehast. The myths give us guidelines of how to life with moral and ethical standards that help to purify the mind so we can commune with our higher nature even if we still have a physical body. As one becomes purified (living morally and ethically) one discovers a transcendental experience and meaning of the myths.
      • Myth of Asar: I am Asar (the soul) and Set (the ego) kills the soul by ignorance and Aset (wisdom) gives birth to Heru (aspiration) learning the wisdom conquers Set and you regain your soul by experiencing your true self.
      • Reincarnation has been established by experiments and studies, people who have had memories of past lives when they are very young and they go back to where they live and can describe their prior homes, and also people who are born with talents that they have not developed in this time and they are proficient in these talents.
      •A beginning aspirant must develop an ethical conscience not only from their perspective, but from the perspective of how their speech, actions and thoughts affect all of society. When that is developed one becomes worthy and may study the higher teachings.
      •Once one has achieved a higher consciousness and are living by the 42 Precepts of Maat, your lower existence dissolves and because you have become a person of higher morality it is as if it never happened. If you have obtained higher wisdom what you have done (good or bad) in the past never existed, never happened
      • Dual Consciousness – Aware of the physical and the higher consciousness. .

      2-Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?
      I am practicing my devotional worship daily.
      I am meditating daily.
      I listen to lectures and read daily.
      I am vegetarian now and moving towards raw vegan.
      I am becoming more conscious of my actions, speech and thoughts. Catching myself in the middle instead of realizing it afterwards.
      I am praciting the yoga postures and progressing slowly but practice daily.

      3-If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?
      I believe I have incorporated all of the practices in my daily schedule. I do not feel that my practice is “solid” but very shaky. I believe with consistent practice I will become more secure. Again I am aware of how an unpure mind confuses and creates ignorance.

      • #2717
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        Very good, continue making your efforts at practicing the teaching to the best of your ability and gradually you will improve automatically as you partake more and more in the teaching. In the temple of Aset we are given the secrets of success, which are two: khak ab and antet begag. khak ab means growing dispassion born of wisdom and antet begag means perseverance. An aspirant who has these two features fully developed in the personality will have success in attaining the goal. So continue moving forward.
        Indeed, on the issue of reincarnation there have been parapsychological studies that have positively and definitely discovered the existence of reincarnation. Here is a link to some modern day studies on the subject. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Brian+Weiss+reincarnation

        Nevertheless, this was known about in ancient times as we have outlined in the past and I have also spoken about this recvently in the Highlights of Shedy lecture series so be sure to review that as well. http://www.kemetuniversity.com/tv/

        The idea, however, is not to concentrate on past lives but to realize the truth of the process, then the task is to be free of the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. This is accomplished by the practice of shedy and again, khak ab and antet begag.

        HTP

    • #2733
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Audio Level 1 Lesson 7

      Nothing that is obtained from egoistic activity is abiding (they don’t last) they are not a guarantee for happiness. This is very profound for my journey because I used to believe happiness was in artifacts that I procured. I would have my goals set on specific material items but when I obtained them I noticed they never provided satisfaction. It’s almost like eating but being hungry directly after eating. It was not until I began following (Shedy)these three steps that I began to experience TRUE happiness
      a. Cultivating Virtues
      b. Day to day virtues
      c. Continuous spiritual practice

      What is necessary for Success in the Spiritual Practice
      “You must penetrate the mysteries with a Relentless Pursuit for truth” ~Seba Maa

      a. Cultivating Virtues
      b. Day to day virtues
      c. Continuous spiritual practice

      • #2747
        admin
        Keymaster

        Absolute Yoga vodka pix

        “There is no happiness for the soul in the external worlds since these are perishable, true happiness lies in that which is eternal, within us.”

        -AEP

        Udja
        This is a very important point brought up here. What is happiness and where is it to be found?
        Sba Dja and I saw this billboard advert along a Florida Hwy years ago and it typifies the cooptation of an Ancient Egyptian/Indian concept of sema/yoga [the attainment of higher consciousness and abiding fulfillment/happiness] and turns it on its head and makes people feel ok with the opposite of the definition of the word; and people get the joke as well as the dig of what the ad man (Mad man) said and accept that as they swallow to their ill-health; for such is seemingly nectar that dulls the senses and drowns the sorrows but leads to greater sorrows later on.
        Nothing in time and space can bring happiness because it is not abiding; only what is abiding can allow true happiness to emerge from the heart – everything else is a temporary distraction.
        Once this is firmly understood by an aspirant then they have achieved the teaching of khak-ab instituted by Goddess Aset and they may now seek after what is truly joyous, that which provides untainted abiding awet ab (expansion of heard-happiness).
        HTP

        awet ab -happiness-color

        awet ab

        [expansion of heart-happiness

      • #4717
        KaMaat-Amentat
        Participant

        Udja Charles,

        Really profound statement mentioned at the start.

        I went through the exact same thought process. I would buy a new TV but when the TV came the excitement seemed to be a sort of anti climax.

        Great post

        Dua

        HTP

    • #2736
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 3, Level 1 Audio Assignment GS13- Dr Muata Ashby interview About his work and philosophy by -theremix show_671694blogtalkradio.com.mp3

      What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      • Discussion of why Sebai MAA does the work he does
      • Egyptian Yoga and the meaning, methods techniques; also in relation to other cultures
      • What is creation? Who created creation? And what is the purpose of creation? – creation is no more real than a dream
      • Ignorance of self –Egoism creates separation
      • Maat Philosophy
      • The importance of studying the Myths – if you don’t have a proper myth/culture, it may lead to self-destruction, for example health, relationships and politics etc.
      • Asar Resurrection – how the story is played out in films etc.
      • Understanding the secret meaning of the myth – the myth is about me. I was Asar and will be killed by brother Set
      • Recantation
      • Ethical conscience and develop a framework of right and wrong (Maat Philosophy)

      Are you currently implementing the teachings given in the book and lecture? If so which one(s)?

      I am practising the mediation daily. I am currently reading The 42 Precept of Maat. I have been practising some yoga positions. I haven’t changed my diet yet. I am more aware of my actions, thoughts and desires. I can feel the teachings working through me and in sync with my life right now. I feel like am at a point where I am nearly ready to surrender. But my Ego (set) is strong and I am aware of my confused mind set and Ignorance of self.

      If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practising, in your life and spiritual practice?

      At the moment I trust the pace that I am going at is right for me now. I have to digest the teachings take them seriously. My mind is going through the purification stage at a fast but also slow pace. It’s like my minds ahead of me but my body isn’t. Reading and applying the Maat philosophy to my life is helping me to find inner peace and balance for short periods of time.

      • #2748
        admin
        Keymaster

        ANIMATED agancientegypt17
        “In all thy undertaking, let a reasonable assurance animate thy endeavors; if thou despair of success, thou shalt not succeed.”
        -AEP

        Udja
        A very introspective post.
        You stated: “I feel like am at a point where I am nearly ready to surrender. But my Ego (set) is strong and I am aware of my confused mind set and Ignorance of self.” And then also: “At the moment I trust the pace that I am going at is right for me now.”
        It is important for a spiritual aspirant to find a balanced movement; this does not mean that an aspirant cannot have dynamism and activity but there should be harmony even in the heat of action. Then the contradictions are minimized and the conflicts, internal and external, are neutralized so that the pace of progress can be steady and challenges can more easily be overcome. Seba Dja delivered a very much recommended lecture on integral process at the 2014 Neterian Conference and you are recommended to view it at http://www.kemetuniversity.com/tv/

        This will help you greatly in applying the teachings of Shedy that were discussed in that conference lecture series by me and during the current Saturday night classes series. http://www.kemetuniversity.com/tv/

        Keep in mind that balance and harmony, maat ary {righteousness/order/truth} and im hetep {walking (movement/action) in peace} are hallmarks of Maat philosophy and are important features of the personality to cultivate in order to have ultimate success on the spiritual path. Realized that if you have had sufficient maturity to join this classroom and progress through the lessons that you are and will receive the necessary wisdom and tools to move forward on the path. It took some time to create your personality and it will take time to transform it but it will happen and it will not take lifetimes.

        HTP

    • #2802
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1-Lesson 8

      This audio lecture reiterated consistency and commitment. Seba Maa explained the detailed requirements for consistency and how leading a life of yoga purifies and or eradicate negative past aryu. One major takeaway I received from this audio was the following statement “Focus on the action not the results from the action”. Seba Dja reinforced commitment and made very profound statements that help me refocus my attention. A couple of my favorite statements from Seba Dja’s were : 1) “The path of Joy is Joy and the path of Peace is Peace” 2) “Don’t stop keep moving forward” 3) “every bit of positive action helps”

      One minor technical challenge: The audio is not audible at 21:30 onward

      • This reply was modified 6 years, 1 month ago by Nefertem.
      • #2851
        DinahPemberton
        Participant

        Udja Charles

        thank you for sharing and the reminder.

        Htp

      • #2894
        admin
        Keymaster

        Maat

        GODDESS MAAT

        U
        These are very good take-aways from the presentation as they help to keep the mind on track and in focus on the higher spiritual goals of the teaching. This is a major part of the work of the spiritual teacher, to be there as a resource, example and conduit for understanding the wisdom and then application of the teaching. This allows the aspirant to be able to focus the thoughts on divine subjects instead of the personal or external worlds based on illusions born of egoism. Focusing on the actions and not on the fruits of actions is key to doing actions in a way that liberates instead of binding the personality. Also, focusing on doing actions in as pure Maatian manner as possible allows other personal, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of life to fall into place automatically; therefore the focus is on how to execute actions in a way that is wisest, most efficient, most selfless and that leads to harmony with the action, with the world, with the universe and with spirit and that is called Maa Kheru or truth of speech, i.e. spiritual awakening.

        HTP

    • #2831
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Leson 6, Audio Assignment – Great Truths of SN Chant

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words
      • “The Neter, Supreme Being, is one and alone and as Neberdjer, manifesting everywhere and in all things, in the form of Gods and Goddesses.” The Supreme Being (I am) is an energy or an essence that permeates everyone and everything in all dimensions. The mind (depending on its level) interprets these “energies” through our senses and more. I see these energies as vibrational levels from dense (matter) to subtle (cosmic forces). We create (whether it is through wisdom or ignorance) with this “energy” and interacting with the Gods and Goddesses. The Gods and Goddesses are Cosmic Forces or Universal Laws. Such as the solar system, how the systems in our bodies work in harmony or disharmony together, the cycle of the moon and the sun, intellect, wisdom, etc. The Supreme Being IS. One cannot describe what IS one can only experience.
      • “Lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality and these fetters causes ignorance of the Divine”. Lack of righteousness lowers our vibration or ties us to the physical. To know the Divine one must raise their vibration by righteous acts, thoughts and speech.
      • “Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set.” When we are devoting ourselves to the Divine we are expressing who we truly are. This means coming into alignment with order, righteousness and truth (in all areas of our lives and aspects of our personalities)
      • “The practice of the Shedy disciplines leads to knowing oneself and the Divine. This is called being True of Speech”. Pointing yourself in the direction of the Divine will not get you to the goal of Nehast. There must be movement (righteous action, speech, healthy diet, meditation to cleanse the mind and ari, etc.). We must “move towards the Divine as we “moved” away, we must correct our error and the Shedy practice assists us in doing that. Knowing oneself is knowing the Divine; they are one and the same.

      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?
      All of them, ‘to my capacity”. This concept was one I had to reflect upon several times. Although my desire is practice, study, etc. in an intense manner, I realize the tisdom of moving at a pace that does not create stress or tension.
      • Meditation: I enjoy meditating and wanted to do the Glorious Light meditation as well as the simple meditation. However, I understand that my mind needs to be trained in a new way so I am following instructions to the letter.
      • Listening to the Teachings: I enjoy the lectures and learn more every time I listen to one. In place of TV or “hanging out”, I listen to the lectures, watch the videos, and read the books.
      • Kemetic Diet: Here to I wished to move quickly and implement everything at once. I am following instructions again and listening to my body.
      • Devotional Worship: I am following instructions and making progress, my practice is consistent.
      • Yoga postures: This took some creativity on my part. I am visually impaired and seeing a video is challenging. I viewed a small part and then practiced each posture over and over again to my capacity. After 3 weeks of dong this I converted the video to an audio file and follow along audibly while I practice the postures.

      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?
      There is comfort in the structure and discipline of the Shedy practice. I am comfortable in my practice, being able to implement the yoga postures really gave me balance in my practice. I am able to give attention to the informal practice now. I am creating the habit of taking a deep breath before I speak. As I go about my day I reflect on the teachings and see where they apply in the activity I am in. At work I do not look upon a task as work, I am serving the Divine and when others need help I am there to assist them because I am serving the Divine. This is not automatic it is something I must be aware of constantly. At times it has become enjoyable and challenges have become opportunities. However, this process fascinates me now.

      • #2890
        Bastu Akhu
        Participant

        Udja Sandra,

        Dua. your insight of the Four great truths resonated with me, though I wait for augmentation from Sebai, I think that the ‘energy’ the Supreme Being and our interaction through the mind and senses leads to ignorance because we are neither mind or senses but what transcends, we are that essence itself. I particularly liked “When we are devoting ourselves to the Divine we are expressing who we truly are. This means coming into alignment with order, righteousness and truth (in all areas of our lives and aspects of our personalities)”, this is my feeling as well, my life itself is a devotion to the Divine. It also reminded me that the teachings must be lived and not just studied or revered which you mentioned is through being consciously aware of the Divine in everything that we say and do, practicing the Shedy disciplines. I also liked that challenges for you are now opportunities :-), it made me smile. Dua for sharing.

        Htp

        • #2916
          Sandra McMurray
          Participant

          Udja Akua,

          I appreciate your comments. I too waited to see if my reflections were in the right direction before I proceeded further. I appreciate the structure of this program and the process one must go through to clarify before progressing, it allows me to become stronger in my belief system and gives me a foundation to live my life.

          Htp

      • #2895
        admin
        Keymaster

        ANIMATED egypt_170hawk

        Udja

        This is a good summary of the Great Truths, which over time yields ever increasing depths. An important self-reflection you mentioned is “following instructions” which you mentioned several times. This is an important key, as many aspirants follow a pase based on their personal notions, which more often than not overestimates their attainment and capacities leading to frustrations and upset that leads to frustrations and failure on the path. Indeed it is a good practice to inhale first before speaking. Most people in the culture exhale even while others are exhaling, which leads to confusion and anti-validation of the other; of course this mangles communication, goodwill and positive feeling, all of which are necessary for understanding, peace and enlightenment. Keep growing in peace and poise that will open new inner worlds previously unknown, that allow the mind to be fascinated and desirous of the greatest fascination imaginable.

        HTP

    • #2842
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson #6 Audio Assignment: Great Truths of SN chant

      1) What are the main the main teachings brought out in the recording?

      Neberdjer is the formless, genderless being that sustains and encompasses the totality of the universe and everything in it. Emanating from Neberdjer are the Neteru, or aspects of the divine that are represented as gods and goddesses. Unrighteous thoughts and actions create mental impurities such as anger, hatred, greed, and jealousy that cloud a person’s ability to perceive the Divine. Dedicating one’s life to the Divine serves to wash away these mental impurities. Through integrated practice of the Shedy disciplines, or Rech-Ab (Wisdom,) Ari (Righteous Action and Selfless Service), Uashu (Devotion,) and Uaa (Meditation,) a person will ultimately experience oneness with the Divine.

      2) Are you currently implementing the teachings given in the book and lecture? If so which one(s)?

      I am actively developing my practice of each of the 4 disciplines.

      Study of the Wisdom teachings comes most naturally to me. I have always been interested in studying texts related to philosophy and mysticism, and I don’t find it takes a great deal of effort for me to spend some time studying the wisdom teachings every day.

      3) If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

      I have always been interested in Meditation, but have had difficulty sustaining a regular meditation practice. On about 60-65% of mornings I manage to meditate for 15-20 minutes. My morning meditation sessions are very helpful in terms of staying focused on the Divine throughout the day, instead of getting upset over or otherwise caught up in the details of daily existence. I think the key for me is being disciplined about setting my alarm and rising early. I have young children who often wake early, so I can’t get up any later than 4:30 am if I want to make sure I get a chance to meditate. Also, once I’m up, I have to make sure to do my morning worship & meditation immediately; sometimes I become side-tracked.

      I practice Devotional Love through my 3-fold worship sessions. Currently, it can be difficult to get all 3 sessions in every day (arranging a noon prayer time is the most challenging.) I try to make sure to, if nothing else, watch one of the recorded worship sessions on the Egyptian yoga website or at least say some of the prayers and chants in my mind in the morning, around noon, and in the evening.

      Until a few years ago, I felt good about the extent to which I practiced Righteous Action. But then, I became caught up in anger over things such as racism, sexism, and other unfair forms of treatment. As a result, I began to see everyone as the enemy, and became almost obsessed with trying to defend myself in every situation. I ended up causing a considerable amount of damage to my relationships with others. Having stumbled onto Shetaut Neter, my relations with others are becoming smoother again. Relating to the story of Hetheru feels very beneficial to me.

      • #2847
        DinahPemberton
        Participant

        Udja

        Thank you for sharing, i am finding it hard at the moment trying to discipline myself to stay focused to apply the teachings and meditations. In my mind i know i can do it, but doubt and finding excuses why i can’t seem to be my main problem.

        Htp

        • #2859
          Shems Ua Netert
          Participant

          Udja Dinah,

          I can relate to having times when I doubt myself. I have moments where I realized I should have just made use of a certain teaching. So, I try to remind myself that it takes time for thought processes to change…

          Htp,

          Lindsey

      • #2897
        admin
        Keymaster

        Book cover growing beyond hate

        Udja

        It is good to hear that the study of the wisdom teaching comes naturally to you as, due to the current circumstances, that is the primary manner for the dissemination of the teachings through our spiritual organization. Keep in mind though that the Ancient Egyptian proverb tells us that the path to enlightenment has two aspects, wisdom and devotion; so devotion, divine love, worship of the divine in its myriad of forms and non-forms, is crucial to the success of an aspirant.
        It also seems you are improving and working though scheduling issues as instructed and as well as possible at this time. In reference to the issue of handling the injustices of the world, if you are so inclined you may also consult the books “Growing Beyond Hate” and “Introduction to Maat Philosophy”, a source for resolving such issues and redirecting those energies towards constructive efforts and transcending the illusoriness of pleasure and pain, justice and injustice, love and hate, etc. and how to discover HETEP – the dissolution of all opposites.

        HTP

    • #2889
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 6 – Audio assignment: GREAT TRUTHS of SN chant.MP3

      1-What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      That Neberdjer is the Supreme Being, the ultimate essence of creation as well as creation itself. That Neberdjer as One manifest in everything in creation in the form of God and Goddesses. So Neberdjer is everywhere. Everything is Divine. Due to ignorance of this, the personality of human beings lack righteousness causing negative qualities (fetters of set) to develop in them. It is through devotion to the Divine that these negative qualities can be alleviated so one can be free from them. The Shedy disciplines is what leads to this liberation and the result is Nehast, which is knowing the Divine and knowing oneself. This is being True of Speech, being in one accord with all that is.

      2-Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?

      I am implementing the disciplines of Shedy more consistently than before. Even though I don’t always do the the full worship service three times a day, I remember the different worship times throughout the day and pay homage to my Higher Self at those times purposefully and try to complete it with the chant “ Amun Ra Ptah”. I find it easy to study the wisdom teachings but now I spend a little more time reflecting and pondering on them instead of moving on. I am also re reading some that I have already read which the teachings says to do and I am finding more subtle understanding from them than I did before. I am also practicing Maat Ari by being mindful of my thoughts and actions towards myself and others.

      3-If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

      Though I am practicing the discipline of meditation daily, I find that meditation is not one of the disciplines that I would opt to do naturally. I have to remember and make myself do it while the others my mind seem to now gravitate to naturally and like doing. I’m mindful of this. In regard to actions and Maat, just when I thought I had it figured out, that if I act with wisdom (Aset) my actions would automatically be Maatic, I was faced with a situation just last night where I didn’t know if I should act or not or what action to take if I do so I chose not to act at all. During the situation the wisdom teachings were coming to me but I think I spent too much time processing which one applied to the situation and the situation was over before I could act. Though I know not all situations require me to act, the fact that I wasn’t sure what action to take is something I want to work on which I think will increase the more I get to know the Neteru.
      Htp

      • #2899
        admin
        Keymaster

        Reflection Glyphs Mauy

        “Mauy “reflection”

        Udja

        On the daily worship it is important to remember to try to have a balance between quantity and quality in that it is important especially at the beginning to have more so as to counteract the constant barrage from the world of time and space and human ego interactions. Then as devotion grows the time and quality will increase and not just during the three fold times but at other times as well.

        Indeed, the pondering, the reflection time, is a step that is as important as the listening; many aspirants neglect this and think they will skip B and go directly to C and D (Listening, B-Reflection, C-Meditation, D-Enlightenment). It is an immature perspective that many do not grow out of, like the sodawater enthusiasm or fast food mentality, they apply that to the spiritual teaching as well; when that does not work they drop it and pick up another philosophy that seems fast but any authentic teaching requires time and patience, purity of aspiration and authentic preceptorship in order to work. Therefore, continue being mindful, reflective and active in balance and growing dynamism and you will succeed in time.

        HTP

    • #2910
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Audio Assignment LvL 1 Wk 3: GS13- Dr Muata Ashby interview About his work and philosophy by -theremix show_671694blogtalkradio.com.mp3

      1-What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      A. All forms of Yoga have a foundation in the same principle of uniting the lower and the higher self. Only the rituals and symbols may differ.
      B. Creation is not a physical reality in an abiding and enduring way that never changes.
      C. Neberdjer is the substratum or essence of creation unlike orthodox religions’ way of looking at it where God has created something outside of himself.
      D. We are one with the substratum or essence of creation and the realizing and continual experience of that is termed Nehast.
      E. True knowledge should lead you to freedom and peace. To discover the underlying of essence of creation and if not it is time and space knowledge that will eventually lead to a narrowing of the intellect, a constriction in the feeling of oneness and supreme peace.
      F. Myths are very important not only for the development of ones personal spiritual practice but for the society as well. Myths provide the foundation for how we relate to each other as well as how we fit into creation as a whole. Myths are more than stories but are based on a higher reality that should be understood and then lived in order to receive the maximum benefit.
      G. Your practice must contain all three levels (myth, ritual, mystical experience) of experience for true union to occur and anything else, one will fall short and still be ruled by ignorance.
      H. The higher self or the essential nature doesn’t have potential because from the higher perspective that is all that exist. Potential comes in on a relative level to discover but the supreme self is ultimately full and in reality that is all there is.

      2-Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?

      B. I am beginning to look at this world as a dream no more real then when I dream or don’t dream at night for that matter. I try to remember that I am the eternal witness and try to get less entangled in this life that I have created for myself.
      D. I try to keep that internal reflection going not only when I’m presented with a difficult situation but through peaceful times that I am one with Neberdjer. That my true self is one with something beyond this time and space reality but also one with it as well. In the knowledge of my true self is the supreme peace and love and the experience of that is the goal of my life.
      E. I now put more thought before I speak on spiritual truths more careful not to go over people heads. True knowledge is something that heals wounds (ignorance) and promotes peace internally which will naturally flow outward. It took me a long time to experience the truth of that on my initiatic level of practice. Knowledge of self as well as the way to reach Nehast, the way to clear up complexes, the way to begin to realize ones true potential should be used in a way to uplift oneself and others instead of a weapon to belittle and berate those who don’t follow an authentic spiritual discipline.
      F. Now knowing the importance of the myth I study in a more earnest and sincere fashion compared to when I first started reading the book series. Realizing the myth will begin to answer the questions I have when coupled with study and reflection on the teachings.
      H. I try and remain in a peaceful and content mind state in realizing that when associated with the higher self I am supremely full and realizing this world that I have created for myself through this reincarnation can be a great tool in aiding in my journey to enlightenment.

      3-If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

      G. The third level of practice which is the mystical experience is an area which I constantly try to build up. I do the basic practice of meditation most days but would like to lengthen it. I do try and keep my mind in a reflective thought process and that has made it easier to do a formal meditation.

      The importance of integral yoga can’t be understated and now I try and practice all the aspects daily knowing the weaker parts of the practice will get stronger with time.

      • #2963
        admin
        Keymaster

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        “The one who provokes others gets into trouble. Don’t be haughty lest you be humbled. But also, don’t be mute lest you be chided.”
        -AEP

        Udja

        I appreciated your candidness and sincerity as you describe your current spiritual practices.
        It is especially important to learn humility on the spiritual path and this means, among other things, honoring others when they want to do their own thing. It is natural for human beings to want to chare wisdom or any other thing they have found beneficial though others may not be ready or desirous to hear at the time. So it is important to share above all with others on the spiritual path (Khnumnt Nefer – good association). This allows a free flow of exchange in which the discussion elevates and augments the teaching and the spiritual practice. In so doing there is personal uplift and also when the time is right it is possible to share with others. Keep moving in your current direction.

        HTP

    • #2912
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Into to SN short part 1b –

      What are the main teachings brought out in the audio recording?

      – What is Neterian is
      – Who the Kemetic university are?
      – Who founded Neterianism
      – Elevated philosophical spiritual system
      – A righteous student is needed to comprehend teaching and in term elevate
      – Herumakhet – Heruakti – Sphinx
      – Oldest spiritual system documented
      – African spirituality
      – Nubians and Kamatians are the same race, you can identify them by their headress
      – Zoomorphic – Anthromorphic – Iconography
      – Both Gods and Goddesses are presented as principles in Kamatians spirituality, there is no one without the other
      – The purpose of life
      – 3 stages of religion
      – What is a shemsu neter/Neterian?
      – All teachings lead to and come from one
      – 4 great truths
      – Sema – Union
      – The union of higher and lower nature
      – 3 fold worship per day
      – Heka – Mantra – Words of power
      – Nehast – Awakening

      What stood out the most is the polarity forever present in Kamatian spirituality. The polarity between upper and lower Kemet, Man and Woman, higher and lower nature, teacher and student.

      • #2970
        admin
        Keymaster

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        Udja

        Good job on listing the areas covered. For more intensive study you may consider also including a brief statement of explanation for each item. This will help the teaching to be retained better.

        You are also recommended to visit the Archives Tab and go to L1 archive ending 3/31/15 since many of the beginner lessons are located there and you will gain much from my replies to them..

        In reference to Polarity you may also consult the new book MYSTERIES OF THE KYBALION —although this is a fairly advanced text still you will gain from it in reference to this important topic.

        Book Mysteries of the Kybalion

        Additionally, in the upcoming Neterian Conference (in December) and a currently proposed Fall Semester course the topic of polarity and depolarity will be discussed as it relates to another aspect of the Neterian teaching.

        HTP

    • #2918
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 1 – GS12 – An evening W/Sebai Maa & Seba Dja –
      Why is Shetaut Neter important? What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture?

      Shetaut Neter is an authentic religion based around living a life of devotion to the divine & in that devotion in the divine you will free yourself of worldly concepts, desires and lifestyles. It is a journey as such, that could help and aspirant to return to the divine. It is the full path to spiritual evolution.
      In understanding it you will be led to the ultimate mystic goal of life. You find happiness, fulfilment, peace & satisfaction in the divine which is not fleeting.

      Teachings that are spoken about –
      •Heruakti represents shed, meditation, devotion. Heru is the pathway to the divine in a sense that in encompassing Heru you could become a master of the Earth.
      •Set is a representation of ego, ignorance, lower nature. The opposite to Heru .
      •Nehast means Awakening. It means to be purified, morale, enlightened.
      •Sometimes it’s beneficial in life to go back to go forward. To go back in your life to make right all the thing that will hold you back in your spiritual journey to enlightenment. It is necessary to go back to aid you in your purification.
      •It is necessary to identify the true aspect in all things to help you remain detached from worldly situations, occurrence, circumstances & so on. In identifying the true nature of all things you remain constantly aware of the underlying reasons behind all their actions, whether good or bad.

      I am currently implementing daily worship, whether it is me meditating, chanting Heka or studying the teachings. I hae also taken on a vegetarian diet.

      Next steps are to complete 2 daily worships a day for at least 30 minutes and to become a consistent non meat eater.

      • #2971
        admin
        Keymaster

        “God sheds light on they who shake the clouds of Error from their soul, and sight the brilliancy of Truth, mingling themselves with the All-sense of the Divine Intelligence, through love of which they win their freedom from that part over which Death rules, and has the seed of the assurance of future Deathlessness implanted in him. This, then, is how the good will differ from the bad.”
        -AEP

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        Udja

        An additional nuance on the idea of moving backward to go forward.
        Indeed, if you are going on a trip and you forget a piece of luggage at home you need to go back for it so you can have what you need.
        In this case a person may have unfinished business in terms of subconscious issues that need to be resolved in order to move forward. This could be an issue blocking the capacity to feel rightly, see objectively, etc.
        Some kinds of aryu (unconscious impressions of the past and emotional issues of the past) can be dealt with not necessarily by going home to get the baggage but by moving forward but with the conscious realization that there is an issue and applying the maat (ethical conscience) teaching in life to address the issue(s). So here only a slight shift in the angle of vision is necessary.

        Therefore keep moving forward and face the issues of life head on and when necessary take the time to go back home and when possible recognize the issue and keep moving forward, relentlessly like Lady Aset when she discovered the faults of life and the world and relentlessly pursued an answer to the question of the illusoriness, insufficiency, frailty and folly of human existence. The important thing is to be honest with yourself and resolve to search for, act with and pursue truth to the best of your ability.

        HTP

      • #3506
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Ka-Maat I like how you wrote here, You find happines, fulfillment, peace and satisfaction in the divine which is not fleeting. This is truth and let it be our guiding light to overcome the delusions that propel pleasure seeking, which actually never leads to a permanent contentment.

    • #2946
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Leson 6, Video Assignment: Great Truths of Shetaut Neter.

      Important themes:
      • Devotional Worship – Prostration before the altar, uncovering the altar, lighting the candle (symbolizes the light of the divine self, aku, lighting the spirit in self), incense (fragrance is symbolic of the personality (burn the personality up through righteousness, truth), pouring libation (symbolizes the continuing practice of mental thought in the direction of the divine), food or astral offering.
      • Hekau (chant) – the spoken offering, words of power transforms the mind, creation, and the personality when uttered with understanding and feeling, offered four times NSEW, symbolizes creation.
      • Offering Hekau (1,000 beef and 1,000 geese): Astral offering table: rolled up map, loaf of bread, haunch of beef (male), and a goose (female), The libation is poured on the Hotep slab and the water of the two sides mixes and comes down the center (symbolizes the unity from duality, giving up the opposites).
      • Shetaut Neter : Ancient African for the term religion, the hidden way of the divine self, how to know the divine self.
      • Temple 3 parts: 1st room symbolizes aspiration/mortals, initial teaching; 2nd room high philosophy is taught/initiates; 3rd room those who have received the light.
      • Entering the first level indicates you have a certain level of attainment and the Spiritual forces have allowed you to enter, maturity allows you to enter.
      • Nothing in the world is permanent, put your energy into pursuing something that is enduring, Nehast.
      • True is defined as that which is unchanging.
      • Paut: primeval energy, the energy everything is composed of.
      • Spirit is the constant.
      • 4 Great Truths:
      1) Supreme is one, there is one divinity behind all creation, energy, there oneness behind all;
      2) Unrighteousness leads to ignorance and delusion (speech, actions and thoughts that are not in alignment with Maat/laws of nature);
      3) Devotion to the divine in your life causes freedom from ignorance;
      4) Practice the disciplines (listening to the teachings, devotion to the divine, Maat, meditation.
      • Three basic realms of existence: physical (waking); astral (subconscious); and causal (unconscious).
      • Anrutef is in the unconscious mind, transcendence, Nehast.
      • 3 stages of religion must be practiced: Myth (gives insight into origins, culture, relates you to that culture, insight into the purpose of life), ritual , mysticism.
      • Myth: Khepri – creator brought the teaching to the world; Djehuty – codified the teaching; Asar – instituted Shetaut Neter (teachings, ritual, etc.)
      • Ritual supports the myth, rituals of resurrection, offering the eye of inner vision.
      • If myth is understood and ritual is practiced correctly wisdom emerges (mysticism).
      • If all aspects of religion are not followed and practiced diligently and correctly, conflict develops in the person as well as the culture.

      What impressed me most in this presentation?
      That every “motion” we make (speech, thoughts, actions, meditation, listening to the teachings, reflection, what we eat, the hours that we sleep, etc.) is like a ripple effect and creates our lives and what we experience. Whether we are conscious or ignorant, it makes no difference; we are creating at all times. Shetaut Neter is a discipline that brings those “motions” into alignment with Maat by healing the mind. It is a practice that covers all aspects of the mind, therefore, it is a practice that affects all aspects of our lives.

      • #2968
        admin
        Keymaster

        Yoga integral pie disintegrated _Integral Shetaut Neter and Sema Tawi 2015

         

        “The heart of the hypocrite is hid in his breast; he masks his words in the semblance of truth, while the business of his life is only to deceive.”
        -AEP

        Udja

        A good job in listing the topics.
        Indeed, one of the remarkable things in the practice of Shetaut Neter lifestyle is its wholistic nature. Many followers of religions, especially but not exclusively, the faith-based religions, have a way of excusing aspects of life so in those systems one can go to church but then be unrighteous in other areas of life like in business.
        In Shetaut Neter the same ethics apply in the temple as in the workplace as at home.
        In this way of non-integral spirituality, as practiced in systems of religion that are unholistic or do not practice all three stages of religion, the chance of self-delusion and self-defeating, self-serving (to satisfy one’s own desires as opposed to serving truth), or even hypocritical spiritual practice of acting virtuous sometimes and not at others is more likely.
        Shetaut Neter (Egyptian Mysteries) and Sema Tawi (Egyptian Yoga) will tend to promote (depending on the quality of the instruction and the intensity of the student in their spiritual practice) positive and dynamic spiritual evolution instead of mediocre spiritual movement, 1 step forward and 2 backward, etc. Shetaut Neter applies a concept referred to as “integral” because it integrates all aspects of the personality.
        A very important point to be understood.

        HTP

    • #2948
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 7 – Audio Assignment 224A- What is necessary for Success in the Spiritual Practice

      1-What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      What is necessary to have a successful spiritual program?

      Spiritual practice, called Shedy in ancient Kemet is a great process which means to penetrate the mysteries, this means doing activities which allows you to gain insight into the nature of the teachings and yourself. This practice leads to transformation or resurrection from a normal human being (mummy, dead, without direction) to a true human being (awakened). To be a successful practitioner one has to;

      1. Cultivate virtues 2. Bring those virtues into daily life 3. Continuous spiritual practice 4. Truthfulness 5. Live life in accordance with truth 6. Be open and ready to hear truth 7. Attain purity of heart 8. Be humble always (combat pride and egoism) 9. Go beyond faith 10. Be Flexible 11. Selfless service 12. Forgiveness 13. Maintaining mental balance 14. Positive thinking

      Though there are many virtues in Maat Philosophy, truthfulness is the main one that need to be cultivated because all other virtues flows from truth. Since the teachings can be approached in an immature way (fanaticism- blind following), one should be mindful that the seeking of truth means to go beyond faith and concepts and seek proof through learning to understand it- this process occurs through purification and being humble. By being humble, one is open to hearing truth which comes in all manifestations of the divine, if one feels that they have found the ultimate truth, they have closed their ears because truth changes. They are found in steps or degrees – and the perception of truth is based on a person’s level of purity. When a higher truth is found the lesser truth needs to be left behind. There is no literal/absolute truth in books, tapes etc. or even teachings – they are guides to lead you to understand truth. Therefore authentic spiritual revolution has to do with purity more than words and teachings.

      2-Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?

      I am implementing the wisdom teachings through effort in reflection and action. I am more mindful of truth after listening to this audio and I am learning to understand it as my perception of it changes. I am beginning to understand what it is to let go of lesser truths as I take steps along the path of truth- as this is the process of purification – This particular lesson is one I needed, sometimes baby steps seems so profound that you can get complacent there which can intensify the ego which one might not be aware of- Like taking one step forward and two steps backward- I am also becoming more aware of my capacity through my thoughts and actions and have responded by making an effort to implement the teachings in a balance way.

      3-If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

      I am currently practicing most of the teachings to my capacity, I plan on gradually increasing the quantity of formal practice as I move forward.
      Htp

      • #2991
        admin
        Keymaster

        “The path of immortality is hard, and only a few
        find it. The rest await the Great Day when the wheels of the universe shall be stopped and the immortal sparks shall escape from the sheathes of substance. Woe unto those who wait, for they must return again, unconscious and unknowing, to the seed-ground of stars, and await a new beginning.”
        -AEP

        “Perils, and misfortunes, and want, and pain, and injury,
        are more or less the certain lot of everyone that cometh into the world. It behooveth thee, therefore, O child of calamity! early to fortify thy mind with courage and patience that thou mayest support, with a becoming resolution, thy allotted portion of human evil.”
        -AEP

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        Udja

        Your assignment post is essentially correct. This teaching of truth is important to be understood. Firstly, any knowledge that can be perceived by the mind in the realm of time and space is necessarily relative because time and space (the Creation, the universe) is itself relative; relative to what? –relative to the absolute which is beyond time and space. A human being needs mind in order to understand successive higher levels of truth in time and space and when ready, the human ceases to use mind and intellect (Djehuty) to understand things and instead uses intuition (Aset) to go beyond time and space and discover the ultimate, which is also known as the absolute, Neberdjer, neter an ren (divinity with no name or form), etc. Having discovered this level of consciousness then there are no more truths to learn and all that is to be known has been achieved.
        So just as a child in elementary school is taught arithmetic and one in high school is taught algebra and one in college is taught calculus and one in graduate school is taught quantum physics, in the same way there are levels of spiritual aspiration but the study is not all acquisition of higher knowledge, that is part of it; the other part is purification to clear the egoistic blockages preventing understanding. One who like worldly life, having more children, more money to travel and experience sense pleasures, more opportunities for sex, more feeling of pride in culture, political power, etc. will not allow their mind to contemplate issues that impinge upon or curtail their belief system and self-serving philosophy that allows them to pursue those egoistic goals.
        One who has reached a certain level of maturity to start realizing the folly of the aforesaid, well this person is called a maturing spiritual aspirant and is worthy to be initiated into the wisdom of the temple. So those who may read this brief essay and react in thought and feeling saying “yes right on”! Then they are aspirants worthy of the teaching! Those who say “well I have to think about this more” or “maybe I will adopt it later”, and the like; those who pursue “absolute vodka” instead of absolute and abiding higher consciousness, well those need more time with the partner of the preceptor: the school of hard knocks!
        (i.e. hey need more worldly experiences of pursuing desires only to experience frustration and ultimate loss in the end before they can settle and accept the truth of the human predicament and apply their energies to the solution of spiritual enlightenment)

        HTP

    • #2951
      RonaldCrawford
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 2 audio assignment gave me foundation to start meditating. It also realized how meditation creates the space to put my mind at rest.

      • #2992
        admin
        Keymaster

        “O praise the goodness of the Supreme Being with songs for thanksgiving, and meditate in silence on the wonders of HIS and HER love; let thy heart overflow with gratitude and acknowledgment, let the language of thy lips speak praise and adoration, let the actions of thy life show thy love to Universal Law.”
        -AEP
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    • #2954
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 2
      Simple meditation technique Level 1 Kemetic university

      This audio was speaking about a simple meditation technique where which you must breath in and mindfuly chant ‘Om Amum Ra Ptah’ & whilst breathing out audibly chant the same thing.
      We must commit to at least 5 minutes per day meditating.

      • #2994
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        as a followup also visit the Shedy monthly webinars archive as there is more on the simple meditation and practice sessions.

        HTP

         

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        • #4775
          KaMaat-Amentat
          Participant

          Udja Sebai MAA,

          I will definitely go through this and I will do these meditation techniques.

          Is there any other vice I can use to learn more meditative techniques such a video, voice recording like blog talk radio or book?

          HTP & due for your help

    • #2976
      RonaldCrawford
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 2
      Simple meditation technique Level 1 Kemetic university

      audio assignment gave me foundation to start meditating. It also realized how meditation creates the space to put my mind at rest and connect with the higher self.

      • #2995
        admin
        Keymaster

        U,
        see my previous reply

        HTP

    • #2996
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 8 – Audio Assignment 224B- What is necessary for Success in the Spiritual Practice

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      The teachings brought out in this audio lecture was a continuation of what is essential as a practitioner of the spiritual path. The path, the practice of yoga is a reflective and meditative one that needs to be practiced regularly (daily,) both formally and informally according to one’s capacity. This leads to the correct understanding of the source of pain and suffering, which is egoism. Once this is understood and the practices of purification are followed, then an aspirant will grow and develop spiritual strength and focus to be able to let go of past negatives and move on to enlightenment. In understanding the source being egoism, we aspirants must be mindful in thought, speech and action. In doing so we must be aware that it is a misconception that truth should just be blurted out at any time just because it is the truth, this could be egotistical if it causes conflicts with others and if it also creates mental agitation. Even though words should be used for the truth, the manner in which it’s delivered should be for the higher good, to create harmony. This is done through focusing on perfection in action and not the result of action because the ultimate focus is purity of heart, selfless service, maat ari.
      In addition, we should practice detachment at all times so as to not get caught up in the world. If we do we must understand that purification takes time so be forgiving of our self, patient and persistent. However, the moment we catch ourselves we have become aware which is an essential part of the process, we must then keep focused on moving forward, essentially get right back on track. Also, even if it seems that we are not going anywhere or the disciplines is not working it’s important to understand that every positive vibration have a positive effect in our life no matter how small.
      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)? I have implemented the alternate breathing exercise technique as suggested in the reading lesson titled “basic schedule of spiritual practice” in the mornings. I have also become more steady and consistent in keeping my minimum time for spiritual practice and sticking to it. I am also remembering the teachings during my daily activities and I am practicing them.
      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice? I am currently practicing most of the teachings to my capacity, however I would like to be more consistent in daily silent time. I will do so by making it a part of my schedule.
      Htp

      • #3000
        admin
        Keymaster

        “The delusion is believing that there are disunions. All things are one.”

        -AEP

        299044

        Udja
        Very good
        In considering truth of speech, indeed maa kheru (true of speech) represents a state of consciousness that has been achieved through living by truth. As for sharing or expressing truth to the extent one currently knows it, that is to be calibrated by a sense of harmony in the world so sharing with those who are ready to understand, as in the philosophy. However, a certain amount of disharmony is needed in the world to promote spiritual evolution and that means spiritual personalities can be, by their very existence, disruptive elements-but in a good way. It is also important to realize that this teaching is not absolute. For example, sometimes contradicting another person is unavoidable so harmony or peace cannot be maintained. Suppose if a friend wants you to go out and party when you had scheduled time for shedy and khnumnt nefer. You may say I can’t go with you as I have a spiritual practice to attend. The friend will get upset but that is your truth. So speaking, acting, thinking truth, any of these can “get you in trouble”. So, living by truth also sometimes may involve causing a ruckus but that is not your doing as a person of truth (if you truly are living by truth and not a delusion-such as faith-based religion, or self-directed aspirants). Rather, it is the fault of those who are not living by truth who are agitated by confronting truth which they are not able or willing to accept.
        The person of truth must have will power to resist blame, shame, guilt or ridicule, for friends or family who react in such ways are part of a world of delusion that should have no effect (theoretically) on the personality of a powerful aspirant [which you are working to become]. Even if a planet were to smash into the sun the planet would be consumed; likewise any calumnies or accusations based on untruth should fall on an initiate in the same way. Case in point is Lady Aset after merging with Ra (the sun Divinity), henceforth she is as powerful and glorious and elevated and as impervious to slander or depression over the miseries of life as he. So too the aspirant is to move towards that sun which is the glory of enlightenment which thereafter spits forth deadly rays from the cobra perched at the site between the eyebrows (deadly to iniquity, unrighteousness, untruth, etc.)

        HTP

      • #3295
        Sandra McMurray
        Participant

        Udja Akua,

        After I finish my study of a particular lesson i go to the forum and read Sebai Maa’s response and also the response of other aspirants. I find that your response to a lesson assists me in finding a deeper clarity, Dua.

        Htp

        • #3397
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Udja Sandra,

          Dua. I really appreciate our virtual “Khnum Nefer” as well because I also find it beneficial to read my fellow aspirants responses.

          Htp

    • #3085
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1- Lesson #7 Audio Assignment: Lesson 224A- What is necessary for success on the spiritual path?

      Questions
      1-What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      The term “Shedy” refers to the penetration of the Mysteries, through activities that give insight into the teachings. Through the perspective of Shetaut Neter, the ordinary human being is considered to be dead, or a mummy. Through spiritual resurrection, a human becomes truly alive.

      In order to succeed on the spiritual path, it is necessary to foster virtues, bring those virtues into daily life, and engage in spiritual practice on a continuous basis. There are multiple principles of Maat philosophy, but the most important is truthfulness, or living in accordance with the truth.
      Purity is necessary in order for the truth to be seen. Impurities such as anger, jealousy, and a life lived in pursuit of sense pleasures cloud the intellect, and prevent understanding of the higher teachings.

      An aspirant’s spiritual life should be steady, balanced, and flexible. An aspirant should think of his or herself as a conduit for the divine. Treating self and others in a virtuous manner promotes internal and external balance. Selfless service is good way to increase humility; humility allows an aspirant to be open to hearing the truth, no matter where it comes from.

      2-Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?

      I use chants throughout the day to remind myself of divine oneness as I interact with others. I am also learning to let go of my expectations, which would otherwise cause me a great deal of anxiety and distracting emotions. I am also refining my diet in order to increase its purity. I would say that my spiritual practice is continuous…

      3-If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

      …but my spiritual practice is not as steady as I would like it to be. I would like to be more consistent about the times of day, amounts of time, e.t.c. that I spend on my meditation and devotional worship. Also, I would like to devote more time to Smai Tawi in particular. To be more consistent with my spiritual practice, I think I need to find ways to bring more order into my life in general, which feels difficult with young children and a busy schedule. At the same time, I find that the more I focus on Maat in my spiritual practice, the easier it is to achieve order in my daily life. And that allows me to spend more time developing my spiritual practice. So at the moment, my main objectives are to keep Maat philosophy on my mind, and to push myself, while being patient at the same time.

      • #3323
        admin
        Keymaster

        Offering-of-Maat-color-copy

        “The wise person who acts with MAAT is free of falsehood and disorder.”
        -AEP

        Udja
        Very good. A few comments,
        It is interesting the synergy that occurred in your answers. In #1 you said: “Purity is necessary in order for the truth to be seen. Impurities such as anger, jealousy, and a life lived in pursuit of sense pleasures cloud the intellect, and prevent understanding of the higher teachings.”

        In #2 you said: “learning to let go of my expectations,”
        Impurities are the cause of unrighteous expectations and unrighteous simply means not right, not correct. Therefore, the study and practice of the teachings will lead to purity that in turn leads to righteous expectations, meaning expecting what is true and correct in life. What is correct may sometimes not be agreeable to the ego but a personality purified by maat has rendered the ego righteous meaning truthful, that acts in accord with truth and so such a personality effectively does not have expectations since what is right is true and what is not right is a deviation from truth and only a deviation causes anxiety, stress and upset, a stressful expectation of some bad consequence due to the deviation. What is true is normal and to be expected, understood and accepted, even death.
        Therefore, rightly, a focus on maat, with this expanded understanding, is key to success on the spiritual path.

        HTP

      • #3409
        AndrewGarrow
        Member

        Dua Lindsey
        The point of letting go of expectations is something I’m trying to practice as well. Letting go of what the ego wants and moving towards accepting what the divine brings into my life. As a parent it is easy to get caught in the expectation of how, and what I want my daughter to do but I am learning to let all of that go and let her actions be guided by the divine will and also for my life as well. I try to focus more now on coming into harmony with Maat so I won’t have to worry about the outcomes I just need to focus on my actions.
        Htp.

    • #3089
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 6: Audio Recording Great Truths of Shetaut Neter.

      1-What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words
      The 4 Great Truths of Shetaut Neter. The supreme being Neberdjer is one and alone and manifesting everywhere and in all things as the Neteru. This first truth tells us that Shetaut Neter is a monotheism albeit a more advanced concept than Orthodox Religion. Lack of righteousness towards the Divine causes fetters to the personality and these fetters cause ignorance of the Divine. This second truth gives us the reason for our ignorance when concerning the Divine and our ignorance about the world we live in as well. Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set. This third truth describes for us the pathway to get out of the ignorance. It gives us the ultimate guide on how to set ourselves free. Practice of the Shedy disciplines leads one to the desired goal of the teachings, to know oneself and the Divine which we call Maakheru. For me the 4 Great Truths symbolize the ultimate scientific formula for success that is broken down through the wisdom teachings / myths in various ways depending on which Divinity is being worshiped.

      2-Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?
      I am currently practicing the morning and noon time devotional exercises. I am trying to get a steady course of action for taking care of my responsibilities in the evening due to my daughter and getting home from work later than I’m used to so that I can finish the day off with the evening worship. I try and keep my mind flowing towards the divine either through wisdom reflections on the teachings, chants, or by observation of my surroundings trying to find some wisdom in that as much as possible with out any undue force.

      3-If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?
      I believe the more I practice and devote myself to the Divine my evening practices will fall into place and other things will loose the importance that I’m used to giving it.

      • #3324
        admin
        Keymaster

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        “One cannot force another to grow beyond their capacity.”

        “Mastery of self consists not in abnormal dreams, visions and fantastic imaginings or living, but in using the higher FORCES against the lower thus escaping the pains of the lower by vibrating on the higher.”
        -AEP

        Udja

        A good summary in #1
        Along with the practice and efforts you are very correct in being aware of the “undue force” issue. There should be some effort and some force but when the force becomes backed up by stress and anxiety it will be counterproductive. So meditating once per day with some normal force to make the personality do what you want but without undue force by being stressed because you were told to meditate twice, is better than meditating twice but with undue force and stress since that will preclude a Maatian (balanced) movement and thwart the overall plan of the rhythmic spiritual daily plan.

        HTP

    • #3143
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 6, Level 1 Audio Assignment GREAT TRUTHS of SN chant.MP3

      1-What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      Neberdger the all-encompassing divinity Supreme Being is one and alone and manifesting everywhere and in all things. This first truth unifies all the expressions of Kamition Religion. Lack of righteous brings fetter to the personality, which leads to ignorance of the divine.

      Truth Two leads us to negative qualities of mind and how the fetters of Set affect us in our daily lives as well as on a worldly scale, lack of righteous results in self ignorance and also to the Divine.

      Truth Three opens the door to freedom. Devoting yourself to the divine, being devoted to the divine means being devoted to Maat, meaning righteous, order, and balance. Maat is one of the most fundamental principles of Shetaut Neter.

      Truth Four completes the Great truths of Shetaut Neter. The practice of the Shedy Disciplines leads to knowing oneself and the Divine. This is called being true of speech.

      2-Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?

      I haven’t been practising all the teachings on a consistent basis, but I have been doing a lot of reading. I have been connecting to God more and the Divine. I do reflect and mediate, when I can. I listen to the evening worship at least 3 times a week. I am aware that I have seem to of slowdown, which was self-defeating at first, but I’ve notice the benefits of why. I feel like am a new aspirant starting over again.

      3-If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

      “Maat” Order and balance and routine are needed more in my life right now. The summer holidays are nearly over here in the UK and my son starts college soon. So I can start applying and putting the disciplines into being more. Life fits which I am starting to embrace more and trust.

      • #3325
        admin
        Keymaster

        RamsesIIinHisChariot1

        “Though all men suffer fated things, those led by reason (guided by the intellect), do not endure suffering with the rest; but’ since they’ve freed themselves from viciousness, not being bad, they do not suffer bad.
        -AEP

        Udja
        The responsibilities and entanglements of modern life are certainly a challenge for any aspirant. What is important is to at least hold on to Khnumnt Nefer – which you are doing. If life gets hectic at least hold on to good association and that will help to pull through the tougher times. That keeps you connected to the stream of wisdom; then when you get a better handle on the world that continuous stream which was he support then becomes an even stronger beacon to connect with and understand the mysteries of life. In the process of spiritual evolution sometimes it occurs that the forward momentum slows and inertia due to negative aryu coming to the foreground, has set in. That is part of the processing of the negative aryu; the key is to not allow that to stop you completely. Stay connected and that connection is the door that eventually allows the other disciplines to come back in a more desirable way when the time is right.

        HTP

    • #3195
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 8, Audio Assignment – What is necessary for success in the spiritual practice?

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      A person with an agitated mind reacts to life rather than making choices. This creates more aryu and degrades the quality of the person’s life. The Shedy practice helps to cleanse the agitated mind so that an aspirant can make choices in alignment withMaat. The Shedy practice helps an aspirant to release guilt and tension from past actions and to understand the dynamics of past behavior. With understanding comes forgiveness and wisdom.
      Truth should only be spoken when it does not do harm to anyone else. Truth should only be spoken from the perspective of the highest good.
      An aspirant’s focus should be in purity of heart and being meticulous with their actions. Focusing on the action and not the results of the action. The process of performing the action from a selfless perspective, the concentration that is needed, the quality of the action, is an aspirant’s reward and brings them in alignment with the divinity in them. Understanding that one is not doing the action, God is dong the action through them, God is doing everything, keeping them alive, their breathing. It is all God, is the highest understanding while performing actions.
      Aspirants should try to maintain a distance from those who are not spiritual aspirants. It is incorrect to think that one can be around anyone as long as they are focused on God. This way of thinking is a misconception.
      It is important to have regular Shedy practice. An aspirant should not go to extremes one day and nothing the next. It is more beneficial to do a small amount consistently and with quality on a regular basis.
      It should be an aspirant’s goal to develop a practice where the formal practice moves into the the informal practice seamlessly. An aspirant must reflect on the teachings and apply the teachings as they go through their daily activities.
      When a spiritual aspirant “stumbles” they should refocus on their practice and move forward with diligence and renewed determination.
      Success in life comes from spiritual focus. Developing spiritual focus allows an aspirant to apply that same focus to the world.
      It is incorrect for an aspirant to approach their spiritual practice from the perspective that they have plenty of time. The world is deteriorating quickly and although an aspirant may continue their spiritual path in a next lifetime, they do not know the condition the world will be in.
      Teaching is a great way to move your spiritual journey forward, however, one must practice what they teach.
      Although life may bring challenges and an aspirant may believe they are not moving forward they must continue to persevere and continue to practice. If an aspirant gives up they will be swept backwards and must recover what they have lost. As an aspirant gains wisdom and knowledge how they “judge” their momentum will change. Remaining disciplined, patient and steadfast in one’s practice is guaranteed to bring the reward of Nehast.
      “The path to peace is peace, the path to joy is joy”. An aspirant does not need a reason to be at peace or to have joy, we can choose it in the moment. No matter what we are experiencing in the physical universe it is illusory, we can choose peace and joy and allow the experience to move past us. As soon as we catch ourselves that is a moment of enlightenment.

      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?
      I am consistent in my daily worship meditation, chant and yoga postures. After studying the guidelines for Shedy practice in this lesson, I have adjusted my schedule accordingly. I am continuing to implement the Kemetic diet, i.e., no meat, no dairy, organic and the supplements. I am fine tuning my diet as I listen to my body.

      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?
      I am unfamiliar with the mythology in the practice. I have started reading Egyptian Yoga, Volume 1 to learn more about the mythology. Detachment does not seem to be an issue, my life experience taught me how to detach. I will continue my Shedy practice according to the guidelines set in the Lesson and continue fine tuning my diet.

      • #3327
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        sedjm (to hear)Sedjm-“Listen and Heed what has been heard”

        “Beware of releasing the restraints in you; Listen if you want to endure in the mouth of the hearers”

        “The house of God hates too much speaking. Pray then with a loving heart, who’s petitions are all in secret. God will listen and do thy business, and will accept your offerings.”

        -AEP

         

        Udja

        There were many points covered in the presentation.
        Indeed, as I was saying in the previous posts (to this one) –read those also. Sometimes it seems as though the spiritual practice is stagnant and for some aspirants it really is, and they move towards a worldly ego perspective and away from the teaching and its practice-as their personalities dullness has taken over. However, for others, sometimes a reflection time is needed to process what has been learned and to readjust the feelings in the heart (unconscious mind) . For such aspirants the readjustment has allowed the spiritual evolution to move up a few notches/degrees and they can come back to the teaching with more qualitative capacities to practice and understand the teachings.

        To some people the statements you have given (““The path to peace is peace, the path to joy is joy”. An aspirant does not need a reason to be at peace or to have joy, we can choose it in the moment. No matter what we are experiencing in the physical universe it is illusory, we can choose peace and joy and allow the experience to move past us.” ) may sound like platitudes and depending on the perspective they are; but they are also truths that need to be heeded (sedjm) but that heeding occurs when a certain level of purity is accessible in the personality. Until then they are aspirational but aspiration coupled with right action leads to attainment. Therefore, it is important to hold on to even the smallest piece of what one knows internally is the goal and that is why you are an aspirant. You may not know fully but you know enough to know that there is something real and attainable and so no matter what, that is the goal and the source of sustenance throughout the spiritual journey.

        HTP

      • #3587
        AndrewGarrow
        Member

        Udja Sandra,

        I really like your statement about being meticulous with your actions. I do understand now how important the foundation of Maat is in spiritual life. I used to let guilt from my negative actions torment me but now I use that guilt as a sign that I need to come into harmony with what I believe is true and righteous in my life. When one is in line with Maat no guilt can come from any action as one realizes that the divine is operating through them. I also like the post about having a reactive life. Practice of the disciplines gives you control of thought and action and in controlling your thoughts we begin to realize we are separate from those thoughts thereby reducing that reaction type of mentality and produces a more insightful and detached mind state.
        Htp

      • #3789
        Shems Ua Netert
        Participant

        Udja Sandra,

        I like that you begin your response with the statement, “A person with an agitated mind reacts to life rather than making choices.”

        It’s very true. I know for myself, when I am in a moment of agitation, my actions tend to be reactive and/or impulsive. And more specifically, they tend to be based on gratifying and/or protecting my ego. I try to remember that my true Self is not an ego, and that my choices should be based on love and necessity alone. And, to work toward refraining from actions that lead to agitation to begin with.

        Htp,

        Lindsey

        • #3827
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Udja Sandra, Andrew and Lindsey,

          Dua for all your insights. I would just like to add that as an aspirant, I notice that even with the goal in mind of applying the teachings, in the moment of ‘truth’ we sometimes forget the ‘how’ to part due to our emotions/feelings, which as Lindsey mentioned leads to a reactive response which end up agitating our minds further by us giving into the bruised ego and wallowing unnecessarily into additional negative emotions (egotistic self talk). As Andrew mentioned, such as the feeling of guilt from unmaatian actions. What I have found helps with realigning with Maat is a deep reflection on the root cause of the emotion itself. In essence, applying wisdom through intellectual reasoning. I process the emotion and why I’m feeling the way I am by first identifying it. I find in one such exercise that it was my attachment to the relationship that led me to the feeling of sadness when I realized that the relationship itself had ended as I knew it. Realizing this, gave me instant relief from the emotion and a deeper understanding of the meaning of ‘grief’ and how it applies to attachment which furthered my understanding of the importance of detachment and dispassion in dispelling illusion and ignorance. I also gained some awareness of being separate from my mind and senses. Again Dua!

          Htp

    • #3396
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 7 Audio Assignment – What is necessary for Success in the Spiritual Practice

      1-What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words
      Shet-t means mummy.* Sheti means spiritual discipline, to go deeply into the mysteries.
      *Initiation into Egyptian Yoga pg. 19
      A person is not truly a human being until they are on the spiritual path. If you are living life without direction, if you are living life without the benefit of spiritual knowledge your life will be bereft with downfalls, with adversities, frustrations. This state is actually worse than an animal. To say that someone is acting like an animal is actually putting animals down because human beings are actually worse with the degradation of life, wow!! But the flipside is that if the teachings are practiced correctly then one can be greater than animals, greater than other human beings. This made me think of the following proverb “Know thyself as the pride of creation, the link uniting divinity and matter: behold a part of God itself within thee: remember thine own dignity nor dare descend to evil or meanness.”*
      Ancient Egyptian Proverbs Mystical Wisdom Teachings and Meditations pg. 28
      There are three overriding principles: Cultivating virtues, bringing those virtues into day to day life and continuous spiritual practice.
      The main virtue from which all flow is truthfulness.
      Do not close your ears to the words of truth.

      One should not make major changes in their life when beginning the spiritual practice.
      The teachings are not fanaticism. Fanaticism is the blind reverence, just faith, following blindly. The teachings doesn’t ask you to believe but you must seek truth, to experience the teachings directly.
      You must go beyond faith, you must go beyond concepts you must go ever higher in the search for yourself.
      The truth is self evident however you must learn to understand it. Part of the process of learning is attaining purity of heart.
      The virtues purify you. Each virtue counteracts a vice.
      The vices cloud the intellect and prevent you from understanding the truth
      Spiritual evolution has to deal more with purity than with the teachings (words) although the teachings is a step in the process.
      You have to be willing leave the lower truth behind for the higher.
      You have to always combat the pride and egoism. If you are a yogic student you must remain humble even in the heights of spiritual progress.
      You have to be open, ready to hear the truth even if it is coming from a 7 yr old child.
      We must get rid of the misconceptions that plague the mind because of an ignorant view on spirituality such as I can’t attain enlightenment, or that you must go to a special place to attain enlightenment. Don’t fool yourself. The distractions of life will not stop. There is no perfect time to practice the teachings, The right time is now.
      Becoming senile, and dealing with other mental complexes or becoming insanity is not a normal progression of life and it is due to not having a spiritual anchor in life. It comes from the constant degradation of the mind throughout your life.
      Your spiritual life should be balanced, flexible, with the ability to be flexible. Living a life of virtue, keeping the balance internally and externally with your dealings in the world helps to accomplish this balance spiritual practice and life as well.

      We must spiritualize our lives by bringing the virtues into our day to day actions. Seeing ourselves as a conduit for divine action. As our higher selves working through us.

      What you are doing wrong now was cultivated by your past actions and your present actions will engender truth and righteousness for the future if you lead a virtuous life.

      2-Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?
      I am currently practicing the shedy disciplines as well as I am on a vegan diet. I try to live by Maat as much as possible and I bring the practice of Maat with me to work as this is extremely helpful in dealing with certain personality types. I also practice silence as a way to stay out of unnecessary conversations and this quiet time allows me to get a better grasp of the thoughts going through my mind, which helps me to combat the ignorant internal chatter. I also try to practice the above proverb and always watch myself so that I don’t develop a mean streak towards my coworkers or towards those that I feel have wronged me. I try and practice Maat when I deal with my daughter as well as she gives me ample opportunities being 15 years old…. I am beginning to see how my ignorant understanding of spirituality and of my connection with creation has caused many self inflicted wounds in my life but now I am repairing those wounds through the practice of the integral shedy disciplines.

      3-If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?
      I am working on developing the ability to leave the lower truth for the higher. One example is now I have a better understanding of the necessity of purity and the integral practice of the Shedy disciplines. Another example is now that I am learning what true spiritual life is I am trying to shed the ignorant views I once had. I strive to be more righteous when in work as sometimes I can get carried away with the conversation by other employees. I am remembering that there is no “perfect time or situation” in which to practice the teachings. The time is now in the present. I am also working on becoming more flexible with my spiritual practice so as to be able to cope with what life deals me trying to remember that what I experience is due to my ariyu.

      • #3481
        admin
        Keymaster

        DSC00337

        Image of the Temple of Aset at night during our visit last summer – a supreme monument to the wisdom of Shetaut Neter and its practice

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        “The greatest bounties given to us are, judgment and will; happy are they who misapply them not.”

        -AEP

        Udja

        This was an extensive post on an extensive lecture packed with much important teachings. The manner in which you listed what you learned is positive. Your applications in #2 and #3 are denoting progress in terms of understanding the teaching and then the next critical step, to be able to properly apply it. These are two critical steps that most aspirants fail in. Step 1 properly understand the teaching, and step 2, properly applying it in day to day life. Most aspirants want the teaching to be instantaneous and for the vast majority it is a toil, a slogging struggle that gradually becomes easier over time and finally effortless and joyous and supremely peaceful and etc. Therefore, this lesson and your interpretation of it demonstrates the importance of working through the teaching in a systematic manner, especially in our troubled and distracted times, so as to be able to properly assimilate the teaching and make proper use of it. And this is only the foundations! And this is where most aspirants are critically flawed and lacking the proper foundation there is lack of success.

        Now, in #2 you said “my connection with creation has caused many self inflicted wounds in my life…” In the higher studies you will find not just many but the proper term is “All” but that we will leave for future lessons in higher levels of study. In #3 you said “get carried away with the conversation by other employees.” In fact the issue of getting caught up or carried away by events of life in the world or in the mind is all part of the same original problem and the intensity of the spiritual practices in terms of deeper understanding and application, leads to greater detachment and dispassion; but unlike the understanding of most novice aspirants, that intensity does not occur overnight or by meditating 10 hours per day but over time of regular but effective application of a teaching that has been properly understood. This is the true practice of the mysteries and you have been associated with the teachings for years since your signed on to this course and that was a foundation just to have the level of success you are experiencing now. So imagine, even considering that all human beings are unique and their levels of evolution are different, that most people in this present day and age are extremely ignorant and therefore susceptible to “getting caught” in the illusory dramas of the world and therefore, those who seek a true path of spiritual evolution are few and far between but a laudable group and an honor to be in company with.

         

        HTP

        • #3496
          AndrewGarrow
          Member

          Dua Sebai Maa I will adjust my understanding that “All” my troubles arise from my ignorance of the divine.
          Htp.

          • #3565
            admin
            Keymaster

            HTP

    • #3398
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 1 An Evening With Sebai Maa and Dja, Why Shetaut Neter is important

      1.What are the main teachings brought out in the audio recording?
      – I really enjoyed what Sebai Dja had to share in regards to the human condition, the ego purification that defines what level a person is at spiritually. This society lacks those grounding spiritual principles and practices, so as aspirants we must create a way for ourselves and put the spiritual work as the most important factor in our life.
      – Sebai Dja also emphasized the importance of working with all aspects of the personality, whereas for one person the key practice may be meditation and they may emphasis meditation, in reality it is the total system involving all parts of the personality that will allow a person to wake up to the higher reality.
      – There was also a discussion on spiritual principles like dispassion and detachment, with the clouds being described as thoughts simply passing through the unchanging spaciousness of consciousness described by the sky. Sebai Dja gave many important metaphors regarding the nature of our existence and the need to understand and live with a higher wisdom that will allow us to live a spiritual life. I found it very critical that she mentioned that a spiritual life is a certain type of life and has to be approached correctly, same as you would expect to have a certain type of life as a professional athlete or mechanic. The spiritual path has specific knowledge and practice and we have to know what we want.
      Dangers of an imbalanced awakening, which can not be easily or quickly fixed.
      – The importance of a vegan diet, and connected to the green body and vegetation of Asar.
      We are conduits. This statement by Sebai Dja really brought home the teaching that we and all, are the divine manifesting itself.
      – Learn to love and recognize the divine in others instead of their egoistic actions.
      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and lecture? If so which ones?
      – I am very inspired to practice all aspects of the system holistically. I currently practice meditation and short but sincere devotional periods, but having had periods in my life where I practiced all aspects intensively I am not at that level. I have not been daily doing the postures, reflection on words of wisdom, structured three-fold daily devotion, and am still developing my Maatian action and letting go of old habits that do not serve higher spiritual practice.
      – Practicing Om Amun Ra Ptah as a Heka throughout my day while meditating and reflecting on the symbolism and teaching of each divinity.
      – starting with Level 1 requirements for meditation time.
      – Sebai Dja talked about recognziing the divine in others. Since then I have reflected on it and experienced it and it was liberating in so many ways. I currently have a lot of family over the passing of a family member and it shows a lot about how obstructed love can be and how we must overcome our base tendencies with a higher understanding.
      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?
      – I will implement the teachings firstly by adhering more precisely to the threefold daily devotion as a grounding anchor to allow me to incorporate reflection and meditation into the daily practice. I will also work with daily chanting the Maat Precepts as a way to strengthen my clarity of understanding and align myself with Maat to help me purify my ego and heal my actions.
      – I am on day three of the program and will clean up my space and create the shrine to focus my daily practice.

      • #3482
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        Ba-soul in color not drawing

        “The Ba” (Ancient Egyptian Soul)

        Udja and welcome to the program.

        As you move forward on the spiritual journey with the assistance of this program you will hopefully find much support and understanding and peace with which to face and confront the issues of life such as the troubles due to family life including deaths, agitations, distractions and issues on the job or personal psychological or physical illnesses, etc. In terms of getting a “Green Body” I also suggest you listen to the Kemetic Life Skills series which is accessible on the Blogtalk Radio archives (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/shetautneter). The issue of greening the body mind and soul is critical to success on the spiritual path. Indeed, the threefold daily worship is a positive way to keep connected to the teachings throughout the day and you should also become a member of the templeofshetautneterfollowers@googlegroups.com email group which received daily notices three times per day as reminder to practice or at least call back to the attention of the teaching during those times. Some aspirants add it and get the notices via their smart phones and also you can get a timer app for the phone to remind you at the appointed times. As part of your spiritual practice look closely at the images given to you in direct replies to your post and secondarily look at those given to others for additional insights that go beyond the specific issues related in the text of the feedback that you will receive.

        Neberdjer Amun Ra Ptah

        Om Amun Ra Ptah

        Om Amun Ra Ptahis a powerful Hekau we use generally for all temple programs and therefore there is much spiritual energy accumulated in this hekau that all aspirants can tap into for spiritual strength as well as wisdom insight into the teachings. Therefore, continue with that for now.

        Indeed, you can read the Maat precepts as they are also part of the Daily Worship Program as well which you can find in the Shedy Room page of this site. There also you can find recordings of the morning, noon and evening daily worship sessions that you can play and see other aspirants practicing as well to feel fellowship with them and bolster your personal spiritual practice.

        Clearing a space for your spiritual practice is also a metaphor of clearing mental and soul space as well. So its not just about the physical space as most people think and then wonder why there is no peace of mind or spiritual enlightenment, or wonder why there is so much strife and conflict in the world over religion or other egoistic issues. The clearing only of the physical still leaves obstructions that will eventually thwart the true spiritual evolution. When all three spaces are cleared then a passageway has been opened through all the planes of existence that need to be opened in order to have a successful spiritual evolution. Therefore, continue with the cleanup plan and access the suggested resources and keep moving forward with us.

        HTP

        • #3488
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          HTP Sebai. I will follow the resources and guidance you advise, and I know it will be fruitful.

          • #3564
            admin
            Keymaster

            HTP

    • #3408
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 11a Audio Recording 220 The etiquette and decorum for initiates

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words.

      In ancient time, you would wash yourself before entering the temple and the same conduct should be demonstrated today. You must be cleansed physically, spiritually, emotionally and in your speech.

      No distractions.

      Posture – there are several that are allowed – cross leg, lotus, half lotus, you do not extend your feet forward , lay down, slouch over – these will lead you towards slumber or sleep.

      You must greet your spiritual Preceptor with the upmost respect and adoration. All communications in the temple should be in relation to enlightenment.

      Intellect, Emotions, Physical Constitution, and Spiritual Life – yoga, ti chi help the body get align with the spiritual side

      Your movements have to be ordered and balanced (Maat). You have to allow the divine fire to grow within you… Shemsu a divine follower.

      Sheti group – the discovery of the mysterious, this will allow enlightenment

      Seba means star, illuminating voice, a shining voice

      • #3483
        admin
        Keymaster

         

        Aset-and-Baby-Heru-Maddona

        Statue of Goddess Aset Suckling baby Heru as she suckles aspirants at her temple with the wisdom teaching

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        “In all thy undertaking, let a reasonable assurance animate thy endeavors; if thou despair of success, thou shalt not succeed.”

        -AEP

        Udja

         
        In addition to this feedback to your post you should also read my reply to Akhua September 16, 2015 at 8:31 pm
        #3466

        This tape has been placed here at this stage now that you have gone through several lessons because after going through those intro lessons you should by now have gained a basic understanding of the importance of the teachings and therefore now also the importance of the approach to it; how should a spiritual aspirant approach the teaching and its purveyors so as to promote the most beneficial interactions and communications as well as the best psychological attitude in the aspirant to be most receptive.

        For those who may be taking this course for learning about the teaching it is fine to that extent. For those interested in seeing themselves as aspirants or initiates of the teaching then they need to apply further respect and reverence of the teaching so as to cultivate the deeper feelings towards the teachings and their source and goal (the higher consciousness).

        Therefore, this is a decision every potential aspirant needs to make; to be an interested person studying various teachings but remaining basically unchanged by those and carrying on with life essentially as before, if perhaps with a few tweaks here and there to smooth the rough edges of the personality (which is the path that most people follow), or to dedicate to more substantial deeper work that would lead to a real and profound transformation.

        This section of the program is approaching the end of Level 1 Part 1 of the program (lessons 1-19) and moving towards Part 2 which begins with Lesson 20; here the program begins a more religiously oriented part of the introduction to Shetaut Neter wisdom and philosophy. This is what part 1 is preparing the student for, to have a proper foundation for an advancing introduction to the temple wisdom and practice with which to carry on a viable spiritual evolution.

        HTP

    • #3466
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1- Lesson 11A – Audio Assignment – 220 The etiquette and decorum of an initiate

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      The main teachings brought out in the audio recording covered temple etiquette, how to become an advanced student of the teachings and how to relate to other initiates and non-initiates.

      Temple Etiquette

      Proper temple etiquette includes proper hygiene, proper clothing, proper greetings and proper posture. Hygiene goes beyond physical cleansing, an aspirant must also cleanse the mind through meditation and the speech through proper thoughts and divine chanting. An aspirant should also be properly clothe with white of light clothing without worldly logos or writings upon entering a spiritual temple. By leaving worldly vibrations behind and being properly cleansed, an aspirant is raising their own vibrations to be able to receive the teachings as well as contribute to the positive vibrations inside the temple. The aspirant is also honoring their Higher Self and the Divine. Upon entering the temple an aspirant should prostrate themselves before the shrine/altar and greet the spiritual preceptor by performing the dua posture and uttering “Hetep”. An aspirant should also greet fellow initiates by uttering “Hetep” and taking a bow then take a seat and be introspective/silent. In taking a seat, there are several sitting postures allowed, in all of them the back should remain straight which leads to attentiveness and wakefulness and the ability to better receive the teachings.

      Becoming an advanced student in the mystical philosophy

      A student (shemsu) has to be a sebat- be in a receptive female capacity, be prepared to receive the teachings, to impregnate the mind and give birth to spiritual enlightenment. This means a student has to practice integral shedy because the mind cannot be enlightened by intellectualizing alone. The student’s mind has to constantly turned towards the Divine in a balanced way. Wisdom, right- action, meditation and devotion has to be involved in this process so an aspirant needs to know how to handle their mind and its many manifestations in incorporating these shedy disciplines and practicing integral yoga. If the mind is quiet an initiate can practice meditation, If relax and just want to listen to music, an initiate can play devotional tapes, if able to be a vessel for the Divine an initiate can practice right action etc. A student should also take the initiative to read and re read books, re listen to lectures and follow up on teachings received by spiritual preceptor. A student should also be ambassadors of the teachings by reading and being familiar with the contents of the foundational books, The Kemet Diet, Egyptian Yoga Vol. 1 and the Initiation into Egyptian Yoga and as Seba Dja said “Becoming an action less actor” – a vessel for the Divine by always practicing the shedy disciplines with patience, consistency and perseverance.

      Relating to fellow initiates and non-initiates

      Relationships with fellow initiates should be cordial and friendly but not in a worldly sense where it is sentimental. It should be business-like and detached. Detachment and dispassion should be practiced in relationships with family and friends outside the temple as well. An initiate should aim to practice the virtues of Maat inside and outside of the temple. Initiates should have an understanding of the human predicament and also always be ready to forgive, freeing up the heart and allowing forward movement on the spiritual path.

      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one (s)?

      I am practicing integral shedy disciplines, yoga, meditation, listening to the teachings, right action and devotion. I do at least two of the three fold worship program most days, some days I am able to do all three. I chant (Om Amun Ra Ptah) x 4 for the times I am unable to do a full worship. I am also re listening audio lectures and re reading different section of the books.

      3. If not then how would you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice ?

      I will continue by following Sebai’s instructions to my capacity and adjust as necessary in a balanced way.

      Htp

      • #3485
        admin
        Keymaster

        Prostration Ancient Egyptian

        “HUMILITY is a greater virtue than defying death; it triumphs over vanity and conceit; conquer them in yourself first!”

        -AEP

        Udja

        Be sure in addition to my replies to you, also read the feedback to Charles from #3408 Level 1 Lesson 11a Audio Recording 220 The etiquette and decorum for initiates.

        Some important points you mentioned include: ” The aspirant is also honoring their Higher Self and the Divine. ” This is important because the issue of etiquette is not only important for showing respect to the temple, the teaching and the teacher, but it is also important to realize that one also needs to show those things respect because in doing so one is showing one’s own respect for one’s own higher self.

        If you want someone to like you, be close to you, share with you and love you, can you achieve that by dissing them? Even if we say that there are some people who are like animals who get beaten and mistreated but keep coming back to the owner, those people are suffering from codependency, the lack of self-respect and independence born of sanity and inner support. A relationship between two codependent personalities will tend towards setian (egoistic) and apepian (destructive) energies. So coming to the temple and having the goddess like one is important so she will want to be close to one and share her knowledge and feelings with the aspirant and thereby enlighten the aspirant. A teacher cannot teach one who is degraded, lacking self esteem, bitter, having fault finding nature, traumatized, seeking validation constantly so as to feel worthy, etc. That is not what we call a well adjusted ego; it is rather a troubled (imbalanced) ego suffering from internal turmoil, insecurity and ignorance of the knowledge of Self. This is far from an ideal of a spiritual aspirant and more like an ordinary troubled worldly personality albeit with delusions of being a spiritual aspirant-even though the delusion escapes them; they may even think they are model aspirants. Just as regular human being cannot have a balanced relationship with such a imbalanced person on a human level, what can we say of God being able to have a spiritual relationship with such a person? -not happening.

        Having said that, the spiritual journey has to begin somewhere. Some people who have worked through many issues are starting in a more balanced place and with less issues or with issues that can be handled, and through the practice of the disciplines of shedy the existing issues get resolved and sublimated. Others start in a more troubled place and their efforts and capacities are more imbalanced, intermittent and insecure. Nevertheless, it is true that such a troubled person should make the best effort through ritual, devotional and ethical (Maatian) practices so as to cleanse the gross aspects of the personality and bring the personality to a modicum of balance sufficient enough to be able to have a higher spiritual relationship which is facilitated through the temple that will work to cleanse the subtler impurities. If the gross impurities are too strong then the chance to move beyond them is limited; so they have to be worked on first, again, through through ritual, devotional and ethical (Maatian) practices and this is why these areas are so important at the beginning of the spiritual journey. Without handling those deep seeded impurities (aryu) and developing that health and balance of the personality, what the temple and all of its clergy and even the gods and goddesses can do, will be limited. So an aspirant needs to develop that self-esteem and resolve the gross psycho-spiritual issues if there is to be a pathway to spiritual enlightenment. The etiquette promotes respect and respect promotes will to do what builds ethical conscience and self-esteem and pure regard (devotion) for the Divine that cleanses the heart and is reciprocated by the Divine with true enlightening feeling and wisdom.

        This reverence demonstrated through proper etiquette trains the personality to have a higher respect for the temple and it also means -if practiced with the correct understanding and attitude, then there will also be respect for self as well since the temple and its teaching are reflections of one’s own higher existence. If people practice respect for the teaching in the form of outward genuflections and rituals but not for inner transformation, by honestly working to cleanse their personality and resolve issues as well as follow the recommendations of the teaching, then their respect in the temple is virtually hollow and their progress will be minimal if at all; and perhaps there may even be backward movement, the evidence of which is ample in the world around us from people who follow partial religions like Christianity and Islam and Judaism wherein there is outward ritual but no substantive following of precepts of ethical conscience in their religion which is why they can easily claim to be devout followers and at the same time make wars and live in constant fear and thereby rationalize their superiority and justify violence, slavery and financial malfeasance of all kinds to amass power to maintain their positions.

        An aspirant of any mystery teaching including Neterianism, should move away from such a degraded perspective, recognizing it as a failed spiritual effort in an incoherent spiritual path that is to be avoided, relinquished in favor of a path that is coherent, humble, and effective.

        HTP

         

         

         

        • #3828
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Udja Sebai,

          Dua for such an in depth response. I enjoyed reflecting on it and it reiterate what you said in an earlier post that essentially correct understanding of the teachings leads to correct application as well. We are to understand that ALL is Divine and in doing so apply that to ALL manifestations of the Divine inclusively, our Higher Self as well. Sebai, again dua for your preceptorship.

          Htp

          • #4624
            AndrewGarrow
            Member

            Reply to post#3466 Akua Nyarko and reply by Sebai Maa post#3485
            Udja Akua, being that I have never visited the temple before the points you made really stood out for me. Something that is very important and that is of hygiene of not only body but of mind and word as well. By doing this and other things we are honoring the temple, the teacher, and the teaching as well as our fellow initiates and our higher self. Sebai Maa in his response noted that this was important to realize that one is showing respect for the divinity in oneself and as stated in an earlier lesson that we too have a divinity inside that is worthy of veneration and worship.
            Htp.

    • #3577
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 8 224B What is Necessary for Success in the Spiritual Practice

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words.
      A. One can become so degraded that one can blackout due to extreme ignorance. But on the reverse we can use the shedy disciplines for that same energy to build up and move it in a positive direction and have the same effect of it building up and pushing us towards enlightenment instead of towards ignorance.
      B. The practice of Shedy helps one to unburden oneself from the past actions due to ignorance no matter what it was.
      C. The more we purify and let go we will realize that the person who did these things was not the real us but it was the ego.
      D. The parable of the yoga practitioner really brings home the point of the purpose of truth. To lift oneself and other up towards the heights of spirituality. It should be used in a manner that brings about the greater good and not for egoistic satisfaction.
      E. We should perform actions for the action itself and not the result. That enables us to discover the inner divinity and more importantly that we are doing nothing at all, that all actions are really performed by God which we are.
      F. Spiritual practice should be regular and balanced. It should not be fanatical. One can do a little of each discipline daily until one develops the flavor for it so that it increases naturally instead of a “soda water” type of practice. As we advance our practice should move to an informal as well as formal practice so that when we enter the world through our various daily activities we should be reflecting on as well as applying the teachings.
      G. The spiritual gathering is like a fulcrum playing an important role in the progress of the aspirant. It helps to accelerate his/her growth as like energies are multiplied as well as one can get the gross as well as subtle food from the preceptor.
      H. The idea of getting right back up after a fall. The concept of an infant who is trying to walk and is constantly urged to get back up once they fall is the same way that we as aspirants should approach the spiritual practice. We should get back up and remember that enlightenment is guaranteed as long as we have the correct understanding and practice of the teachings.
      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which ones?
      A. I am practicing remembering that my situation in life is due to my past ignorance of my true self but as well as keeping in mind that my prosperous situations are due to me realizing my true self and acting in accordance with that. It is said in the Neterian Creed that if I act with positive Ari then I will bring harmony and truth, discovery of the Divine into my life. Also I am practicing Maat and the application of Maat to every aspect of my life. I am ready to let go of the burden of egoism and individuality. It is actually beginning to be much harder to maintain the illusion of Andrew instead of just realizing I am Neberdjer and acting with how my conscience wants me to act. I’m focusing now on avoiding the kickback of an unrighteous life.
      B. I understand more now that attending the conference is of paramount importance in my personal growth. I have always had the attitude that I cant experience everything and that If I’m unable to participate in something then It just wasn’t meant to be but I realize that somethings you have to create in your life, you cant just sit back and say if it happens it happens. The yearly conference is one thing that I am trying to create in my life now as I feel it is very necessary to adopt this as a yearly event that I must attend.
      C. I practice more on the action while at work now instead of getting praises for my work being error free or being able to solve some problem that arises at work. It is much more peaceful as well to cut of the thought process once we finish the task and just move on to the next thing to be done.
      D. The example of a child not giving up on walking and just crawling for the rest of their lives really stood out to me as there have been some negative actions that have been ingrained in me for years but realizing that I will be able to eventually get up and walk away from them is very helpful and the more and more I see myself and creation as the divine this will aid in the process as well.
      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?
      The main practice I am trying to implement is not to have a soda water approach to my Shedy practices. Some days all I want to hear is the chants and watch videos that expound on the wisdom and some days I want to listen to Pandora. Now what I do is go with the flow. If I am moved to listen to the teachings outside of the formal practices I don’t stop it. I listen as long as I naturally gravitate to it. When the ego is more in control now I listen to just the instrumentals of egoistic music leaving the words out. This helps me because I can use the instrumentals as background music to reflect with. I have always had a strong desire to create and I have moved away from the creation of music and poetry that although may be leaning towards relative truths they still don’t move one towards the ultimate understanding of who they are in favor of contemplating ways to create poetry and songs that express my desires for enlightenment.

      • This reply was modified 5 years, 10 months ago by AndrewGarrow.
      • #3594
        admin
        Keymaster

        RamsesIIinHisChariot1

        “Mastery of self consists not in abnormal dreams, visions and fantastic imaginings or living, but in using the higher FORCES against the lower thus escaping the pains of the lower by vibrating on the higher.”

        -AEP

        Udja
        A very extensive post and reflective as well as evolving also.
        In your post you said:
        “H. The idea of getting right back up after a fall. The concept of an infant who is trying to walk and is constantly urged to get back up once they fall is the same way that we as aspirants should approach the spiritual practice. We should get back up and remember that enlightenment is guaranteed as long as we have the correct understanding and practice of the teachings.”

        Indeed, this little analogy of getting back up after a fall is another way of expressing the Neterian term “antet begag” which, among other things means “relentless pursuit”. An aspirant who is sufficiently mature and convinced of the teaching and its goals needs to learn to proceed regardless of the passing thoughts and emotions that sometimes lead to depressions, frustrations, depressions, as well as elations and “happy times”. Both good and bad times are deceptions of egoistic worldly existence and each leads to the other in an endless cycle of reincarnation (uhem ankh) that needs to be transcended.

        You also said:
        “B. I understand more now that attending the conference is of paramount importance in my personal growth. I have always had the attitude that I cant experience everything and that If I’m unable to participate in something then It just wasn’t meant to be but I realize that somethings you have to create in your life, you cant just sit back and say if it happens it happens”
        Definitely an important point has been touched on here. Certainly one must go with the flow but that does not mean pursuing the goals of the teaching with indifference. An aspirant should not be “wishy washy” about pursuing the goal of enlightenment- thinking they should accept whatever the world gives them. This teaching is given in one of the most ancient text, the Pyramid text of Unas where he bullies the gods and goddesses into doing his bidding as he asserts his Asar nature and self-mastery. The teaching is to be pursued with due diligence (Maat Ary) and relentlessly (Antet begag). Then whether or not there is apparent success or failure in some specific objective –the higher goal must be kept in view and also the real benefit is attaining purity of heart through righteous actions. This leads to maatian inner peace and harmony and enlightenment. So do the best you can to attend and after that if you can’t make it, then you accept that outcome but also knowing that your effort was itself a success in how it was pursued and look to the next opportunity to insist with the world for what you want to achieve and eventually there will be attainment of what the soul needs to gain for the spiritual journey.

        HTP

    • #3625
      RonaldCrawford
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 3
      GS13 Dr. Muata Ashby interview About his work and philosophy- theremix show_671694 blogtalkradio.com.mp3

      1). What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words.
      Level 1
      Lesson 3
      Audio Assignment

      Shatuat Neter brings back to the forefront human history that has been put aside. This history first began in what is being called Africa today. This history holds in itself African culture that promotes ethical values and wisdom. Western values have shifted our focus from the Kemetic value system, (which nurtures the individual to be an enlighten being) to placing their focus on worldly pursuits.
      Sema Tawi is apart of Shatuat Neter. Sema Tawi mean uniting the lower and higher self. This concept gets it origins in the uniting of the upper and lower lands of Kemet. The higher land represents Heru and the lower land represents Set. Sema Tawi I have come to understand is at foundation of human enlightenment. The two modern day systems that are closest to the Kemetic spiritual system is Hinduism and Christianity. Shatuat Neter has influenced the many different religions of the world, including the two I had mentioned. By it having the ideas that influenced other religions, it also has the ability to bring our world together.

      Within Shetaut Neter are mythical stories, which as I understand it can be seen as the blueprints of a culture. Each Religious system has a mythological story. These stories hold in them the ideas and wisdom of life that the culture is structured on. These Myths are also Called Creation Stories. From a mythical stand point we can only honestly understand creation from the perspective of experiencing life as a specific entity on this planet. In order for us to understand creation the culture must have a metaphysical standpoint. Coming from this standpoint we use philosophy and meditation as tools to help us come to the realization of what creation is and our relations to it. I got the understanding that creation can’t be a solid reality. Everything in existence is becoming. We all have within us the all-encompassing all-inclusive creative force of the universe within us. This also makes us apart of creation or creation itself. This experience is to lead us to our higher selves. The knowledge that leads us to our higher selves is to give us peace, happiness and freedom. It is not suppose to lead us to the point of unrest, unhappiness and frustration which comes about we you don’t a preceptor’s guidance.

      I have come to understand that the reason for all the destruction and self-destruction in the world today is because of the myth that we are taught in the western world. The ideas that have lead to so much destruction in the western culture are rooted in its Creation Story. Your myths are supposed to lead you to self-discovery. In order to embark upon the journey of self discovery your culture must have a myth that has in it all that is needed to accomplish this goal. There must also be skilled priests and priestesses who are able to make sure the society moves forward with the understanding of the realities, values and ideas in that myth and there relevance to the growth of that society. I understood that we must live by the values that are expressed in the myths. But to do that effectively we must relate the characters in the myths as our higher and lower selves and the realities that exist in an around us.

      I now understand that a legitimate religion will be made up of three steps. These three steps are ritual, myth and mystical (metaphysical). Western religions are made up of only two, ritual and myth. In the Kemetic Culture a person is trained in the myths, which gives the person an ethical consciousness. Having this ethical consciousness informs the individual of how their actions fit in with the society in which they live. The next steps are to have a philosophical and mystical understanding of the myths.
      I also learned that I have to shed from my consciousness all my past wrongs and not allow them to be apart of my personality. Having being trained in ethical consciousness one can be purified in mind and body and how we approach life.

      2). Are you currently implementing the teachings given in the book and the lectures, if so which ones?
      Yes. For many years I have considered myself to be on a spiritual path. This journey has led me to several organizations. These organizations and there leaders gave me an abundance of information. This information became what I understand as my ego. I did not have this understanding until after being led to Shetaut Neter. With the help of Seba Maa Dr. Muata Abhaya Ashby I am now getting a better understanding of the lower self, which is represented by Set. In having this understanding I am now practicing putting it in its proper perspective. I am also now become better at listening to the teachings as a source of purifying my heart (mind) instead of using the information to show how intellectual I am. I am practicing getting away from people, places and things as the source of happiness and freedom. These things only ties me to my lower self. The more of them I want (greed and lust) the more I need them for my happiness and the feeling of being free as an individual. When I can’t keep up with the constant need for them I become sad, discontent, angry etc… I understand true freedom comes when you have control of your lower self and merged it with the higher self.

      3). If not how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing in your life and spiritual practice?
      Never having a legitimate spiritual teacher and having consumed all of the information has surely become apart of my personality. This has led to the needing of exterior gratifications and distraction through constant activity. Never being disciplined in the practices of devotional, reflection and meditation I find it difficult for me to still myself to the point of practicing these important tools for my spiritual growth. I am going to implement these disciplines by slowing down the mental and physical activities. I am doing this to make way for me to concentrate on making these disciplines more apart of my personality.

      • #3701
        admin
        Keymaster

        Company of gods and goddesses of Amun

        Company of gods and goddesses of Amun

        “When therefore, you hear the myths of the Egyptians concerning the Gods – wanderings and dismemberings and many such passions, think none of these things spoken as they really are in state and action. For they do not call Hermes “Dog” as a proper name, but they associate the watching and waking from sleep of the animal who by Knowing and not Knowing determines friend from foe with the most Logos-like of the Gods.”

        -Plutarch

         

        Udja
        A very extensive and reflective posting and very appreciated in its honesty and forthrightness.
        A few comments:
        On your statement “The two modern day systems that are closest to the Kemetic spiritual system is Hinduism and Christianity.”
        Here I will also add Buddhism and Yoruba. Hinduism and Christianity are perhaps closest but Buddhism and Yoruba also deserve inclusion in the list as they display fundamental aspects of Shetaut Neter as well. See the book African Origins of Civilization for more on this.

        On the statement: “I got the understanding that creation can’t be a solid reality. Everything in existence is becoming.”
        Certainly this is correct from the standpoint of time and space though as the teaching proceeds you will also see how from another perspective the becoming part is as illusory as the solid part; more to come on this in future lessons and classes.

        On your statement: “I have come to understand that the reason for all the destruction and self-destruction in the world today is because of the myth that we are taught in the western world.”
        Indeed this is a crucial point that if misunderstood leads to untold human disasters, as we have seen throughout history. But not in Ancient Kemet. There, and perhaps in Bhutan, are two examples where humanity understood and as a society followed the correct purpose of myth which led to prosperity and longevity and enlightenment.

        In #2 you state; “I am also now become better at listening to the teachings as a source of purifying my heart (mind) instead of using the information to show how intellectual I am. ..etc.”
        Certainly, you have stated it rightly and if you maintain patience and perseverance that proper detachment will emerge. So no need for abruptness but rather allow this understanding to gradually deepen and become a mainstay of life; the freedom from worldly sentimental feeling and the development of healthy feeling towards the world will develop automatically from this way of applying the teaching.

        Htp

    • #3659
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 12 – 3511 How to Be a Successful Student Part 1A and 1B

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words.

      I found, in my current understanding that the teachings brought out in this audio recording covered the thought process a student should engender towards the teachings in order to be successful at penetrating the mysteries of Self and Creation. I gathered that a student should first understand what they are studying, how and where it is to be studied, and the purpose of teachings as well as they should know the necessary components to experience the teachings itself which are the Sebai/preceptor (authentic teacher), the Sebait (authentic whole teaching) and the Sebat (receptive student).

      The second thing I gathered was that a student should understand what it means to be an aspirant. Sebai said that being an aspirant is the key to a student’s success as it allows a student to develop will power which is what sustains self-effort. Firstly, a student should understand what they are aspiring towards, what motivates them and why. I understand the ‘why’ to be very important because this will give meaning to having devotion of purpose which Sebai mention is love for what you are doing. In addition, an aspirant understands the goals of life, which are the lower and higher mysteries and aspire to master both. An aspirant understands that mastering the lower mysteries will allow them to focus on the higher mysteries which will lead them to knowledge of Self and the Divine, this knowledge ultimately transcends all knowledge and mysteries both lower and higher. An aspirant understands that this is accomplished by having faith in the teacher, the teachings and their own ability to not only receive but heed the teachings. An aspirant understands that through ‘life’ the school for the mysteries are created and taught which can lead to an altruistic view of ‘life’ in which one sees the lessons as necessary in order to graduate from different ‘classes’ and move along the path of burning aspiration towards the goal of self-knowledge. Secondly, a student knowing what aspiration is should also know what it takes to be an aspirant. An aspirant should be self-reliant and practice self-effort. An aspirant should be secure and firm in understanding that they are Divine and as an expression of God they have the capacity to achieve anything they want if they cleanse themselves of distractions and vices. An aspirant should know that they are ultimately responsible for themselves and what they accomplish from and with the help of the teacher an teachings. An aspirant is one who believes in themselves and their ability to accomplish anything they want including the highest goal of aspiration, enlightenment.

      The third thing I gathered was that a student that practice self-effort in purifying themselves by turning towards Virtue is a true aspirant. An aspirant follows Maat, what is real, true and righteous. Once this is the focus, then an aspirant should concentrate on it through the continued practice of integral shedy. Concentration is what leads to realization of one’s Higher Self.

      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture?

      I am beginning to see this question in a different light. Before, I perceived it as asking about the ‘actions’ or ‘rituals’ of shedy such as the daily worship etc. only, but now, in addition I see it as asking how is the teaching transforming my thinking as well. In answering it from this perspective I will say that I have entered a place where I am ‘now’ JUST beginning to really understand through the foundations given in these lessons the reason for the teachings and I am fixing my misconceptions of it since I first started this class where I really thought ‘I got it’. Though things are not necessarily becoming ‘problem free’ or ‘easier’ as my first perception thought it would, it has however become more fruitful in the sense that I am a little more conscious of my existence than before. I do notice that understanding something correctly do relieve the burden of negativity that comes with wrong thinking. Though this might not be 24/7, I understand that ariyu plays a role and it is empowering enough to continue as I am sure more things will make sense as I move forward.

      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

      I will work on understanding and living the virtues of an aspirant.

      Htp

      • #3703
        admin
        Keymaster

        Sbait - books of spiritul teachings

        Sbait – books of spiritul teachings

        “Thou, alone cannot speak. Wonder at thy glorious prerogative; and pay to the Supreme who gave to thee a rational and welcome praise, teaching thy children wisdom, instructing the offspring of thy loins in piety.”

        -AEP

        Udja

        A very optimistic posting.

        You have arrived at certain realizations and consider how you got there, by applying yourself to a process that is not even as intense as the initiates of old though for our times is remarkable. Also it denotes what it takes to gain advancement as opposed to just reading books without guidance or not attempting to communicate with others on the path or failing to practice the rituals that go along with the wisdom teaching and its devotional exercises. If therefore, the progress has been thus and there is much more to the teaching then the expectation should be high and the transformation gradual but effective. More and more the relentless move to 24/7 and even before getting there the glory of being in divine space and awareness ensues and enfolds and enlightens as the incremental growth in self-awareness gives way to exponential growth commensurate with the capacity to understand and intensely live the teaching as described, explained and understood.

        HTP

    • #3663
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 3
      GS13 – Dr Muata Ashby interview about his work and philosophy by remix show

      Questions to Sebai MAA –

      – Why is your teaching & your work so important to you?
      Sebai MAA believes – & through extensive research – knows that we have all forgotten our way & our morals, our wisdom & our virtues. We have adopted western & ‘new age’ ways of thinking & going about our lives. Our believes turn us toward rather than away from ego. Preaching about all sorts of egoistic tendencies such as, greed, desire, superiority, ignorance due to the lack of awareness of their higher self.

      – Is there a difference between Egyptian yoga & western yoga?
      The difference is the postures. There are postures in the Egyptian yoga system that cannot been seen in western yoga. There are, though, some postures which are the same but may be called something different. The Nut pose can be seen as the Downward facing dog in western yoga.

      – Why do you believe the Ancient Egyptian philosophy is the ‘best’ spiritual or religious program?
      It is authentic. It is a spiritual program in which all the religions you see in the world presently have taken there philosophy and myths from. They, though, have been misinterpreted & fragmented & taken apart. This is why the spiritual systems today cannot elevate you spiritually. An ancient religion or spiritual system such as the Ancient Egyptian spiritual program is original, and in this case the most ancient and profound of all religions to date – that can be proven. This spiritual system is designed in such a way that it synchronises as well as incorporates itself into your life, body, heart and soul & purifies all the vices, personalities, etc.. Using knowledge of self, wisdom & righteousness to promote virtuous living.

      – What is creation?
      Mystic definition – One coming into being by means of a higher source.
      Metaphysical definition – The world around us – we can find using science or meditation – is not an absolute reality. Therefor there has be a an orchestrator or creator.

      – Who created creation?
      The all. The absolute One. The substratum of all creation.

      – What is the purpose of creation?
      To experience being. To be alive. To experience self. The All, the absolute One, differentiated itself which detail that that became all creation. The all wants to experience itself, the good the bad and the ugly. To expand its consciousness. But, it laid itself down in such a way to maintain the law. The law being Maat in this case. The law, principles, spiritual systems, wisdom, ritual, prayer, philosophy, knowledge & truth are there for all of us who are the droplets from he divine ocean to stay on a path of righteousness to avoid constantly reincarnating and forgetting self in the process while experiencing living & being

      – How do myths help us understand how to live?
      Myth definition- A Myth is an idealistic story that conveys a wisdom about the life and origin of a culture.
      Myths help a culture live a life of righteousness if the myth is correct and leads the culture to spiritual evolution. Having the right values, origin and virtue will lead a culture to harmony and proper living. Western culture do not lead you to spiritual elevation or wisdom. It does not entail any purifying of the heart. This kind of spiritual practise is not enough to find peace or immortality.

      – Is there proof of reincarnation or anything beyond?
      There is proof in meditation. There are also people who may exhibit gifts and certain flash backs of past life times.

      I found the question about polygamy quite interesting. Although I understand the implications towards a polygamous society such as Men can easily impregnate more than one woman at a time where as for a woman in the complete opposite. But I find that in societies where the matriarch as well as the patriarch ‘rule’ the men have respect and no ego when it comes to the opposite gender. They have no real reason to use polygamy. Even then, if there was a reason, such as war and there were less men the women would be in charge of marital duties and other subtle domestically appointed roles as the head in the tribes village. Then, you cross over to Islam, where the system is completely patriarchal particularly in the middle east, the men have enormous egos and act on that twisting versus in their holy book to justify their egos.
      Its quite interesting it was mentioned. I am very much for the preservation of the universe when countries are war stricken and the head count for men is very low. Polygamy is heavily needed, then. But when you can count as much boys as girls then the balance has been put back and souls can marry twin souls & fulfil their spiritual tasks in life.

      • #3706
        admin
        Keymaster

        good bad ugly

        The Good The Bad and The Ugly

        Book Story Asar Aset Heru 6-2002 C copy

        The Asar Aset and Heru —and Set

        Udja
        A thoughtful post with some aspects that made me chuckle.

        In your statement: “We have adopted western & ‘new age’ ways of thinking & going about our lives. ”

        The key here is integral versus disintegrated. Western and New Age thought is “disintegral” while true mystical traditions are integral and have all three levels of religion (Myth, Ritual, Mysticism).

        On the question: “Is there a difference between Egyptian yoga & western yoga?”

        The differences go beyond just the physical postures though as far as the postures the system of Kemet is older and more mythically based. The philosophy of Guru is different and there is no cast system in Shetaut Neter. There are other differences and for that go to African Origins Vol 3. Egypt and India.

        On your statement: “The all wants to experience itself, the good the bad and the ugly.

        This is where the chuckle occurred; I thought back to the famous movie that led to this term that has entered the lexicon. Indeed time and space is designed to -in an orderly way (Maat)- allow an aspect of divinity to become as if a mirror for itself though we cannot necessarily ascribe a reason, from our perspective the self-awareness is useful. Though, from the perspective of the absolute, there is no necessity; however, why not? If we ask a tree why -if he could speak he might say why not, and this is a poetic way of giving you feedback in such a way to understand the purpose of time and space and at the same time understand its illusoriness as when you look in the mirror. The image is not real and yet the person looking into the mirror is also not real. Yet there is something that is real in all that unreality and it is up to you to discover it with the help of the teaching and the teacher. And it is useful, along with avid studies and practice of the teaching, to face the good, bad and ugly of life so as to then be able to fix the unrighteousness that led to it and its hold over the soul, so as to let go and transcend that trinity and discover the glory of the divine trinity within and beyond…

        HTP

         

      • #3807
        Seba Dja
        Keymaster

        Udja,
        I appreciated Sebai’s post in response to your post, and wanted to elaborate a bit on some of his comments relative to yours, which were also very good reflections on your part.

        Re: October 8, 2015 #3663 post of KaMaat-Amentat

        Sebai Maa’s response to your post:

        “Indeed time and space is designed to -in an orderly way (Maat)- allow an aspect of divinity to become as if a mirror for itself though we cannot necessarily ascribe a reason, from our perspective the self-awareness is useful. Though, from the perspective of the absolute, there is no necessity; however, why not?”

        One of the aspects of the teachings that is impressed on aspirant is the idea of causation. Sebai Maa subtlety points out that even this idea…though an important aspect of the teachings and practices of mystical spirituality…is ultimately an illusion…that is also transcended in the attainment of Nehast.
        Kemetic Wisdom Teaching “Every cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is a name for Law unrecognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.” Essentially this teaches that the aspirant is the architect if her/his destiny.

        Sebai Maa here is discussing the exception to that “rule” or “law”, and that is, ultimately, creation is an illusion. Illusion does not mean that there is nothing there…but that it is not being perceived as it is. And therefore, any conclusion we make about why it is, or why it is as it is…though it may have value in helping us navigate our way through creation to discover its illustriousness in the attainment of Nehast…is also illusory.
        It’s like being caught up in a dream, so much so that your dream personality starts to ponder about the dream world, and how to wake up. It may come upon someone who has a discovered a method for waking up, and teaches you this method….in your dream. In your dream, the dream you apply the teachings and the you on the bed wake up. You reflect on your dream, and the teachings given by the dream you. Once awake…all that…the dream, the dream you, the dream teacher, the dream teachings were all illusory, and have no application to your waking state.

        So, within the dream, the dream teachings were invaluable for your waking up out of the dream. But once out of the dream…the whole scenario was illusory. The whole time it was only you asleep on the bed that was the abiding reality. So too, this relative world is a dream like reality relative to the state of Enlightenment. So…use the laws of causation and the teachings to wake up, but even then, still understand that they are not giving you an accurate understanding of your true essence. So applying the question of Why? And How? And then answering those questions are only valuable if the answer pushes you to Nehas…wake up from the dream of the world process…and attain Nehast.

        There is a Buddhist teaching about this, that one of his disciples was asking Why was the world created, and why was it created like this, etc. Buddha told the aspirant, if one’s house is burning down, the first thing to do is to get out. One’s physical “house” is as if burning down…the metabolism generates a physical heat that sustains the physical body…but only for a limited time. So, the encouragement is to get out of the burning house, that is, apply the teachings to attain Nehast., rather than to ask questions about the why and how of the world, and its set up, etc. This is because no answer can give the absolute answer. The absolute answer must be experienced in the state of Nehast.

        So, while what you stated is correct within the context of the dream world we call life and practical or relative reality: “The law, principles, spiritual systems, wisdom, ritual, prayer, philosophy, knowledge & truth are there for all of us who are the droplets from the divine ocean to stay on a path of righteousness to avoid constantly reincarnating and forgetting self in the process while experiencing living & being”, even as an aspirant holds fast to those realities, the aspirant must at the same time realize that there is something that transcends even these, that these are only the means to a transcendental end wherein there are no more questions or ponderings. But yet, one cannot reach this transcendental end without these means. They are like a vehicle that takes us to a house. But the vehicle cannot enter into the house. So the vehicle can only guess at what is in the house and tell the passenger what it thinks is in the house. But ultimately, the passenger must walk out of the vehicle and enter the house to discover what is the truth of the house…for himself/herself.

        So to realize as Sebai Maa put it:
        “The image is not real and yet the person looking into the mirror is also not real. Yet there is something that is real in all that unreality and it is up to you to discover it with the help of the teaching and the teacher. And it is useful, along with avid studies and practice of the teaching, to face the good, bad and ugly of life so as to then be able to fix the unrighteousness that led to it and its hold over the soul, so as to let go and transcend that trinity and discover the glory of the divine trinity within and beyond…”

        So, as Sebai Maa put it, all this…all the teachings, etc. are to take you to the point of letting go and transcending and discovering the one’s true essence in the attainment of Nehast.

        HTP,
        Seba Dja

        • #4444
          KaMaat-Amentat
          Participant

          Udja Sebai MAA
          Udja Seba Dja

          Dua Dua Dua for both of your extensive and insightful reflections. I will ensure I read over this many times to further engrain what was written into me.

          I took a lot from both of your post and have understood much more about the teachings.

          Dua & HTP

    • #3680
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 3, Audio, GS13- Dr Muata Ashby Interview About his work and philosophy, 2:00:00

      1.What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      •Why is this work important? A: Brings back a culture of life to African history and human history which has been forgotten or put aside. The African proverbial wisdom is a part of all African wisdom, similar to Confucianism of China or Dhamma of Buddhism. The issue with the wisdom is that its still known in Africa but many people struggle to actually live it.

      •Is Egyptian Yoga different then Indian Yoga in terms of its pursuit and goal ( union with individual and cosmos.)? A :Sema has the same meaning as Yoga; the union of the higher and lower self. In essence the goal is the same with every yoga system.

      •“What is creation?” A: According to Ancient Myth ( idealistic story that conveys wisdom on origin and culture), there are some fundamental correct ideas ( nothingness into something by an intelligence) for the purpose of having an avenue for human life to experience existence. From a Metaphysical perspective, if one goes into certain yogic techniques, meditation, and philosophy one will discover somewhat like what the Quantum Physicists are finding regarding the illusion of materiality. Creation is no more real than a dream, its longer and more protracted than an ordinary dream.

      •“Who created creation?” A: That intelligent and ultimate being that is the substratum of all creation.

      •“What is the purpose of creation?” A: To experience Being.

      •“How important is studying the myth?” A: It’s so important that a society without a proper myth to live by will self-destruct. The importance of the esoteric aspects of myth. To activate this you need a qualified teacher to go to the essence of the myth.

      2.Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? if so which ones(s)

      •I practice three-fold daily worship, glorious light, and tef neteru. I often only do 1-2 sessions. Through the online courses I am also strengthening my daily study and reflection.

      3.If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice.

      -I am focusing on being more consistent with the Three-fold practice and Tef Neteru, Glorious Light Meditation, and study and reflection on the teachings. An important piece for me now is aligning myself with the Precepts of Maat.

      • #3778
        admin
        Keymaster

        Book cover Matrix of African Proverbs

        “When sight and hearing fail the many, those who cannot speak will lead.”

        -AEP

         

         

        Udja

        Dua for your posting.

        About your statement: “The issue with the wisdom is that its still known in Africa but many people struggle to actually live it.”

        This is certainly true in an overall sense and it is a problem in most societies since is not the sole possession of African cultures. However, African cultures are perhaps more emphatic on humanistic ethics though the advent of colonialism, neocolonialism, imperialism and global capitalism have introduced so much chaos as to disintegrate the African cultural consciousness to such an extent that it cannot be implemented due to so much impurity of greed and overall egoistic tendencies all based in spiritual ignorance and lack of cultural guides (ethical leaders) and the ethical capacity in the populace to follow them.

        For more on this see the book MATRIX OF AFRICAN PROVERBS

        As for your statement: “An important piece for me now is aligning myself with the Precepts of Maat.”

        This statement is so true because being able to follow authentic Maatian life opens the doors to other virtues and the heights of spiritual wisdom; and it is the same antidote for African Culture, if it were possible to be adopted generally. Nevertheless, it is still available for the individual.

         

        HTP

        • #3788
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Udja Sebai Maa,

          Thank you for your response. I am still working to understand the precepts, through reciting them, reflecting on them, meditation on them I am gaining more clarity. My question on hair-shaving was actually part of my inquiry into what types of practical acts relate to whats expected of a practitioner of Maat. I have the Maat book, but am still interested in a broader discussion. I recently obtained “Conversations with God” and saw a response on there where you brought up a precept of “not ejaculating too much.” That is in the Maat book and precepts but not in those words from my recollection. For example the precept on not acting against our purity, I am still working to understand what all falls in this. In the text you broke it down into overall principles, should I use those for a clearer understanding of whats expected. Also, I saw there is an audio series available through the catalog, looks like an in depth discussion on Maat philosophy and precepts, should I obtain this and are the audio tapes bought individually or do they come as a complete package?

          Thank you

          • #3810
            admin
            Keymaster

            Udja

            Maat Philosophy spans a wide ranging area covering all aspects of life, the central point of being the action within these areas with ethical conscience. The study of the aforsaid is the extensive discipline of Maat Philosophy and would really require a separate course to treat with justice.

            There is some plan to add a course in Maat philosophy converting a correspondence course from the previous AA program into this new system and that may happen next year.

            The audio series you mentioned is the best place to start and it is possible to make it available as a series, something like 50+ audio tape files at 60-90 minutes each, a series of weekly talks lasting over a year period of time.

            if you are interested in this we can see how to set it up

            HTP

            • #3820
              ANTHONYBAHLIBI
              Participant

              Udja Sebai Maa,

              Thank you for the response. Placing the focus on “Ethical Conscious.” I will contemplate your words and inquire further as I continue.

              Dua
              Htp

      • #3813
        Seba Dja
        Keymaster

        Udja,
        Re: October 10, 2015 #3680 By ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Level 1 Lesson 3, Audio, GS13- Dr Muata Ashby Interview About his work and philosophy, 2:00:00

        Dua for your reflective responses to the questions,

        Re: The issue with the wisdom is that its still known in Africa but many people struggle to actually live it.

        Seba Dja comment: Udja, this is true not only for people in Africa, but universally. It is the human plight that is brought forth in our myths such as the Glorious Light Meditation and Asarian Myth. It is the human condition.

        The mystical wisdom is actually pervasive…in that is the true reality of all that is, much like the light of the sun onto the earth is pervasive. But it is only when it hits a specific surface, such as water, that we will get a special reflection of the sun. Similarly it is only when the student is ready…when the student’s mind develops the capacity to “reflect” the Divine Self, that the teachings will reveal themselves…the teachings that area already there…placed, according to our creation myth, by Lord Djehuty.

        This is why the teachings are referred to as Shetaut – Hidden or Secret and was/is also know as the “Egyptian Mysteries”.

        Snap_2015.10.17 17.19.57_001

        Thus, it is the individual who initiates the process of initiation into the teachings:

        Kemetic Wisdom Teaching

        “When the ears of the student are ready to hear, then come the lips to fill them with wisdom.”

        So, first the student must be receptive…then she/he will meet a preceptor to facilitate him/her on the path…that is the promise of the mystical path! It lies in the readiness of the student!

        Re: Is Egyptian Yoga different then Indian Yoga in terms of its pursuit and goal ( union with individual and cosmos.)? A :Sema has the same meaning as Yoga; the union of the higher and lower self. In essence the goal is the same with every yoga system.

        Seba Dja commentary: Ny, what you have said is correct, but for completeness, you can further add, “is the same with every other “authentic” yoga system.” This is important because yoga in the west has come to mean only the exercises, and many other things not necessarily in line with the authentic mystical yoga traditions. In our tradition, we use use the term “authentic” to imply that it is the complete practice of the 3 aspects of religion: myth, ritual, mysticism. So, if a yogic system is teaching all of these 3 aspects in an authentic way (teacher is versed in teaching these 3 aspects), then it can be said to be equivalent as Sema (Integral Sema).

        Re:
        An important piece for me now is aligning myself with the Precepts of Maat.

        Seba Dja Comment:

        This aligning of oneself with the precepts of Maat is highlighted in one of the verses of the Maat Ankhu song as: Ha sema Maat: Let every limb join with Maat.

        Maat Ankhu Maat – Maat is the source of life
        Maat neb bu ten – Maat is in everywhere you are
        Cha hena Maat – Rise in the morning with Maat
        Ankh hena Maat – Live with Maat
        Ha sema Maat – Let every limb join with Maat
        (i.e. let her guide your actions)

        Dua Maat neb bu ten
        Adorations to goddess Maat, who is in everywhere you are!

        MaatWingColor2300 B copy

        HTP

        S. Dja

        • #3821
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Udja Seba Dja,

          Thank you for your response. Your explanations as well as metaphors or analogies have been very enlightening and helpful for my understanding of mystical wisdom, the nature of the mind and the student, authentic yoga, and the quality of Maat. Dua Maat. That song has started to take hold in my heart as I chanted it earlier in the week and felt the power of it to draw me to Maat. I will chant that song regularly and remember/reflect on your words.

          Dua..Htp

          • #3992
            admin
            Keymaster

            Maat be true obverse copy

            Udja

            Indeed

            The Maat song is based on a papyrus now in Turin museum I believe. It is one of my favorites as it contains tall of the parameters of spiritual evolution and encapsulates all of the teaching in one beautiful short scripture that if understood intellectually, and sung for good feeling and acted out and meditated upon it would lead to the coveted goal of life.

            Here it is for other students to know what we are referring to-here is an extended version. (the song translation is in the Devotional Worship Manual)

            HTP
            https://www.asarucollege.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Muata-Ashby_Adorations-to-the-Goddess_Maat-Ankhu-Extended-version.mp3

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            • #4028
              ANTHONYBAHLIBI
              Participant

              Udja Sebai Maa,

              Thank you very much for this audio recording. This helps me develop the song side of the chant as well as reinforces the teaching and song.

              Dua..Htp

    • #3790
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 8 audio, What is necessary to succeed on the spiritual path, 224B

      1-What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words.

      Yoga and meditation can prevent what could be described as a “negative trance,” in which we lose control and find ourselves acting in a negative way. Furthermore, yoga and meditation can lead to purification of the guilt we suffer related to our past negative actions. The only way to rid oneself from the vices, and their consequences, is to transcend them through achieving higher understanding.
      The source of negative actions is egoism, or having personal desires. These ultimately degrade the mind. Release comes from recognizing that one is not actually the ego-personality that engaged in the negative actions.
      While it is important to speak only the truth, we should never speak the truth in a way that intentionally cause others pain. Hurting others causes mental agitation that prevents understanding of higher wisdom. We should only take actions with the intent of serving God. When we take actions with the intent of serving God, we realize that God is acting through us, and eventually, we realize that we ARE God.
      Essentially, our spiritual practice must include both informal and formal activities. Our informal spiritual practice should consist of applying the wisdom teachings to our everyday activities, practicing good association, and so on. Our formal practice should include the 3-fold daily worship practice including prayers, chants, meditation, e.t.c. We should be punctual in following a regular spiritual practice schedule.
      Additionally, we should recognize that not all of our efforts in moving along the spiritual path will be successful. If we do find ourselves caught up in the world, we should forgive ourselves, and continue with our efforts; we should continue regular contact with our spiritual preceptor, and ask for any additional guidance as needed. We must remember that with continued effort, we will eventually succeed on the spiritual path.
      As purification increases, our ability to focus also increases. Teaching others is a good way for us to develop spiritually, and there are others who could use our help at this very moment.
      We should recognize that every positive vibration we make has a positive effect on ourselves and others.

      2-Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so, which one(s)?

      I am implementing all of the teachings to the best of my current abilities.

      3-If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

      I sometimes find myself caught up in personal desires. In an intellectual way, I realize how futile it is to pursue worldly achievements. But there are still times when I find myself questioning my motivation for pursuing certain interests or goals.

      But overall, it’s becoming easier to base my actions on love and necessity alone. Reminding myself of my true goal of serving the divine/achieving Nehast seems to help. Being as diligent as I can about my meditation and divine worship practices also seems to keep me on the right path.

      • #3836
        Seba Dja
        Keymaster

        Udja,

        Reply to post from October 15, 2015 #3790 by LindseyHunnicutt
        Level 1, Lesson 8 audio, What is necessary to succeed on the spiritual path, 224B

        Re: Your statement: The only way to rid oneself from the vices, and their consequences, is to transcend them through achieving higher understanding.

        Seba Dja’s commentary: The first step in ridding oneself from the vices (grosser forms of egoism) is the practice of Maat…cultivating an ethical and righteous conscience and conduct and practicing righteous action in daily life, and also seeing oneself as the vehicle of the Divine…much like Goddess Hetheru, who was sent out by Ra to establish righteousness in the world (before she forgot her true essence).

         

        Hether the projection of ra in T & S

         

        But then Hetheru forgot her true nature and engaged in the vices of life. Lord Djehuty had to teach her, through Khnum Nefer, the Shedy disciplines (he gave several parable on Maat, etc.) and she had to practice the Shedy disciplines.

        GLM - Glory of Khnum Nefer

         

        As she did this began to remember her true nature, and underwent a change in her personality reflecting this emergence of her remembrance of her true nature, and this allowed her to practice the Glorious Light Meditation and Transcend worldly consciousness and attain Nehast, remember her true essence.

         

        GLM - Glory of Khnum Nefer - Hetheru Nehast

        I can’t recall if you were at last year’s conference…when I did the presentation & the play on the movement of the mind & the main 3 states of consciousness, dull, agitated and lucid in spiritual evolution.

        One of the points that was made is that in the states of dullness and agitation, one cannot really “transcend” because transcending implies one is detached, and the states of dullness and agitation are states of attachment (egoism still pretty intense).

        This is not absolute…even a dull and very agitated aspirant will have moments of lucidity…but these will be short lived, and unrecognizable as coming from the Self; more likely to be experienced as pleasure (which the general masses call happiness) related to the situation or circumstance (so still egoistic). It’s like living in a run down neighborhood, but driving through a very fixed up high end neighborhood; you don’t live in the higher end neighborhood, but you have brief visits there, and most of your time is spent in the run down neighborhood.

        So, the dull and agitated states by their very dullness and agitation do not allow the mind to “transcend” the negativity and agitation. This is where the Shedy disciplines come in. They purify the mind…taking it from dull to agitated and then from agitated to lucid. In the lucid state, now the purified (ego) mind has an opportunity to transcend.

        As you can see in the picture below (slide from last’s year’s Neterian Conference power point) Shedy Maat & Tjef Neteru purify the dull mind…leading it to the state of agitation…and if one is practicing Integral Shedy, the practice of Devotion and Meditation will quickly sublimate the agitated energies and facilitate the emergence of the lucid mind with practice of the wisdom teachings.

        Of course, with the practice of Integral Sema Tawi/Shedy, which is what we recommend, the movement towards the lucid mind is not a linear development (first purifying only dull, then purifying only agitated, then working only on lucid, etc.), because one is practicing all the Shedy disciplines in daily life. Thus, an aspirant is simultaneous working on dull, agitated and agitated tending to lucid and lucid states at the same time. But also, as one evolves further, one may notice that one’s focus or time spent on the different Shedy disciplines shifts, according to which state of mind is predominating.

        Understanding the states of mind and the role of the Shedy disciplines in each state can assist the aspirant to know what area of Shedy he or she needs to focus on more intently for a particular period of time (more Maat Ari, or more Devotion, etc.).

        dull agitated lucid relative to shedy disciplines

        So it is the ground work to “rid oneself from the vices, and their consequences” that is laid down through the practice of the Shedy disciplines. Then the mind is led to a space of lucidity, and from that state of lucidity, the mind now can have the opportunity to transcend itself.

        Imagine that there is a glass wall and on one side is you (your ego personality) and the other side is your Higher Self. But you can’t see your Higher Self, which is the Goal, because the glass is full of drawings of dark clouds (dull mind – very gross impurities), and white fluffy clouds (agitation) and then thinned out clouds (lucidity)…much like the types of clouds depicted int the picture above. In that situation, there is no way you can just see your Higher Self (transcend).

        You must first engage in “elbow grease”, that is, the hard work of getting a bucket and water and sponge and start to clean the glass. As the dark chalk is removed, you gain more “sight” of the Higher Self. As you continue to scrub the white clouds, you gain even more vision. And the thinned out clouds are not much of an obstructive issue…you can do a bit more cleaning, but at this point, you can gain pretty good sight of the Higher Self (transcending). So sublimation and purification of the vices (cleansing them) then allow the mind to transcend itself.

        Does this make sense? So one cannot just transcend the vices…because vices are just merely intense egoism, and to transcend the ego must be purified.

        However, in the integral movement, if one is practicing Integral Shedy, one may have some brief experiences of transcendental consciousness, for example through meditation, and those are indeed part of the purification of the ariu. And the practices of Maat & Devotion facilitates this experience.

        HTP,

        S. Dja

        • #4978
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Udja Seba Dja,

          Replying to Seba Dja post #3836

          Dua Seba Dja for your extensive response to Lindsay’s post. The reiteration that the process of purification is what rids us of the vices or intense egoism represented in dull, dull leading to agitated and the agitated state of minds and that the first step to this is living by Maat “…cultivating ethical conscience and conduct and practicing righteous action in daily life and also seeing oneself as the vehicle of the Divine.” was received. Also the realization that those three states of mind cannot be transcended only purified “…states of dullness and agitation are states of attachment (egoism still pretty intense) to transcend implies one is detached…” The Shedy disciplines allows the mind to be purified and reach lucidity which is the only state of mind where transcending the ‘mind’ can occur. The addition of the chart that indicate what shedy discipline to incorporate in the different states of mind was appreciated. Again Dua.

          Htp

      • #3840
        Seba Dja
        Keymaster

        Udja,

        Reply to post from October 15, 2015 #3790 by Lindsey Hunnicutt
        Level 1, Lesson 8 audio, What is necessary to succeed on the spiritual path, 224B

        Re: Your statement: Our informal spiritual practice should consist of applying the wisdom teachings to our everyday activities, practicing good association, and so on. Our formal practice should include the 3-fold daily worship practice including prayers, chants, meditation, e.t.c. We should be punctual in following a regular spiritual practice schedule.

        Seba Dja’s commentary: Ny, your expression of what the formal practice should include is very thorough.

        Usually we refer to it as not just formal practice, but “Formal Meditation” and “Informal Meditation” practice. The formal can include all that you listed.

        Generally for the informal, we also include Maat as well as Uashu, along with Rekh, Wisdom, because one must of course practice Maat in daily life, including the higher discipline of seeing oneself as the Divine as one engages in action, and also one must practice Uashu, Devotion, in daily life, it’s higher aspect being striving the see the divine in others as you interact with them…in everything…as the essence of everything.

        Kemetic Proverb:
        “Strive to see with the inner eye, the heart.
        It sees the reality not subject to emotional or personal error; it sees the essence.
        Intuition then is the most important quality to develop.”

        HTP
        S Dja

      • #3841
        Seba Dja
        Keymaster

        Udja,

        Reply to post from October 15, 2015 #3790 by Lindsey Hunnicutt
        Level 1, Lesson 8 audio, What is necessary to succeed on the spiritual path, 224B

        Re Your Statement: Additionally, we should recognize that not all of our efforts in moving along the spiritual path will be successful.

        Seba Dja’s commentary: One reflection is to understand that it is the ego making this judgement that one’s action is “not” successful.

        Consider a baby just learning to walk on its own. Consider a mom calling the baby to come to her. The baby takes a step and falls, gets up, takes a couple more steps and falls again, gets up and takes a few more steps and makes it int mom’s arms. Eventually the baby learns to walk without falling.

        So, were the falls “unsuccessful” or just part of the process of walking…and therefore, still a form of success.

        This is why we refer to the process at integral also…because it is a bit of a back and forth, and the back is often seen by the ego as “unsuccessful” but if you forgot your bags at home when going on a journey, is going back to pick it up before you board the plane unsuccessful towards your overall trip? or just something that you did not deal with previously that you now have to go back to deal with. So, both the back and forth movement, what the ego is calling “unsuccessful attempts” as well as what the ego call successful attempts are really just par for the course of spiritual evolution…both are involved in the overall forward movement towards the attainment of Nehast.

        If you did not achieve worldly success in a venture, any venture, then it merely means that you have to evaluate what the error was, and correct it. So rather than looking at it as unsuccessful it could be looked at as just an area that more work is needed.

        There is no real error in using the term unsuccessful depending on the meaning you ascribe to it, such as “an unsuccessful attempt”, which means one still has work to do in that area. However, most people in this culture have been conditioned and associate unsuccessful, consciously or unconsciously, with failure…with being somehow inadequate, etc., which brings in more egoism.

        HTP
        S Dja

      • #3842
        Seba Dja
        Keymaster

        Udja,

        Reply to post from October 15, 2015 #3790 by Lindsey Hunnicutt
        Level 1, Lesson 8 audio, What is necessary to succeed on the spiritual path, 224B

        Re Your Statement: I sometimes find myself caught up in personal desires. In an intellectual way, I realize how futile it is to pursue worldly achievements. But there are still times when I find myself questioning my motivation for pursuing certain interests or goals.

        Seba Dja’s commentary: I would suggest that you set a time to speak with Sebai Maa about these personal desires, to help you decide if and what and how they should or should not be pursued.

        Activities should not be shied away from, but those that lead to dullness and a lot of agitation should be avoided.

        As far as personal desires, if these can be pursued in a lucid manner, they can allow the ego a venue to sublimate itself from dullness and agitation to lucidity, since they are something the ego has an inclination for. They can be used to allow the ego to help the aspirant become ego-less.

        And some personal desires tie into one’s practical reality as well. So, I would suggest to speak with Sebai Maa about these to determine if they can be useful to your spiritual evolution, or should be not pursued.

        Also, if an activity is Maatian based, then it can become a spiritual practice by applying Shedy Maat and Shedy Uashu, seeing oneself as the divine performing the actions, and seeing the divine in others who one is serving with one’s actions.

        HTP,
        S. Dja

    • #3857
      BernadetteCollins
      Participant

      Level 1 audio assignment- File GS12-An Evening wSebai Maa and Seba Dja-Why is Shatuar Neter
      Important show-3576833

      What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words.

      The main teachings to me brought out in the audio lecture recording are:

      Shetaur Neter is the authentic wholistic spiritual path to follow for religion. This practice of religion focuses on all aspects of the person.

      In learning this, it helped me to understand as a child growing up, why some folks, say they’re Christians & following Jesus, don’t exhibit Christ like behavior. I never understood this. Shetaur Neter is a true lasting spiritual practice, in fulfilling one’s desire to seek peace and happiness, as oppose to seeking material things in life, which only provides a temporary or unfilled fix.

      Another interesting topic was the discussion of Karma or arye, (hope I spelled this correctly). How, at the time of death, one is judged by one’s action while they were living. Creating one’s own destiny, which ultimately becomes your fate. I was also interested in the discussion of being reincarnated back as a higher or lower form on earth.

      2-Are you currently implementing the teachings in the book and the lecture? If so, which ones.

      As of today, I’m currently practicing the Om Amun Ra Ptah meditation & journaling. I’m trying to discipline myself to meditate daily & journal at least once a week. I have missed a few days. This is something I realize I have to work on.

      3- If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life
      and spiritual practice?

      I’m currently trying to discipline myself to meditate every day & at least write in my journal one a week.

      In order to be consistent in mediating, I need to set a time to mediate in the mornings. This shouldn’t be difficult because this is the only mediation I’m doing @ this time. The challenge is for me to go to bed earlier. I usually like to write in my journal after reading or completing a lesson, so I can write down my thoughts & understanding.

      • #4025
        admin
        Keymaster

        Prostration Ancient Egyptian

        “The higher the sun rises, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honors.”

        -AEP

         

        Udja

        Dua for the posting.

        The term is “ari” or sometimes “ary” for singular meaning action, deed, etc. and “aryu” meaning actions {plural} etc.

        Continue to implement the disciplines without undue stress as you have been and keep on improving as time goes on; you will automatically start adjusting in all areas of life and when things become more propitious you will spend more time applying more aspects in a balanced and orderly manner.

         

        Meditating, journaling and OM Amun Ra Ptah are excellent core disciplines to start and work with. These are forming a foundation to build on so be pleased to this extend that you are doing something positive and valuable for your level of practice and know there is more to come.

        For more on the issue of why partial type religious practice like faith based or orthodox or fundamentalis religions fail, see the book “Limits of Faith”

        book limits of faith cover

        HTP

    • #4266
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 11A, Audio Assignment, The Etiquette and decorum for initiates – How to act in the presence of the Preceptor, The Deity, and each other.

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words.
      (a) When coming to the spiritual hall or Temple an aspirant must be cleansed physically, in their speech, and in their mind. An Aspirant must show respect for their spiritual hall or temple by cleaning the body as they would before they start their day in the practical world. There is also cleansing of the speech so that the aspirant makes sure not to speak harshly or disrespectfully while in the spiritual hall or temple. This also extends to the aspirants thoughts. Any resentment, anger, hatred, unkind thoughts, etc., must be released before entering the spiritual hall or temple. At the temple or spiritual hall an aspirant is communing with the gods and goddesses and must raise their vibration and show respect for the communion to benefit them. Hygiene is of the upmost importance for one’s physical, mental and spiritual health because it brings disease and will distract the spiritual practice. Shower for your mouth is uttering the divine singing/chants. Shower for your mind is meditation. Both should be done daily.
      (b) They must leave their worldly possessions, cellphones, beepers, etc., outside of the Temple. Either do not bring them or have a locker to place them in before entering the Temple. No sex or eating of meat before coming to the Temple, these activities have worldly vibrations. You leave the world outside of the Temple and do not distract yourself or others.
      (c) Several sitting postures (1) cross legged; (2) lotus posture or half lotus posture; (3) sitting in a chair with legs together and both hands on thighs; (4) sitting on the ground with the legs together to the side or as if you are sitting on a chair; (5) sitting on your knees and your heals. Do not sit with your feet facing forward especially towards the divinity or the sage. Do not slump or lay down it will tend to impair the reasoning and mental understanding and lead one to slumber. Spine must be straight up. These postures will lead you to attentiveness. Sitting postures usually last less than an hour. Preferable not to have a back on the chair.
      (d) The shrine is kept closed except during the times the program is being instructed, only open to initiates. Only initiates are allowed to see or handle the image of the divinity because people with impure hands may carry worldly vibrations of ignorance. The secrecy of the divinity is to develop awe and admiration from the masses. When the initiates are finally allowed to see the image they are instructed about the image and what the significance of the image of the divinity such as the clothing, ankhs, etc.
      (e) Special white or light colored clothes are to be worn in the Temple, worldly clothes are not to be worn in the temple. Clothing is specially made at a reasonable price and although not absolutely necessary it sets a “tone” for the practice.
      (f) Initiates are expected to play the morning worship tape and study and take the initiative to study during the week in addition to attending the Temple. An aspirant must learn how to “walk” with the mind. Sometimes the mind wants silence, sometimes it wants music, sometimes it wants study. The mind must be trained in a relaxed manner to seek the higher teachings and an aspirant must train the mind so that the mind will cooperate with the goal of enlightenment. The goal is to turn the mind to the divine so the mind is directed by the divine and the ego will come into alignment also. The body must also be brought into alignment with your spiritual consciousness, with diet and also the postures.
      (g) An aspirant’s home should be like a shrine to the divine. For instance posters, proverbs, images, items to point your mind to the divine at all times.
      (h) The teachings have been structured in a way that assists the aspirant in managing the mind by the practice of chanting, listening to the music, meditation, listening to lectures, postures, etc. The mind cannot be enlightened by reading only, reading books only will lead to failure. In addition to reading books an aspirant must also have a spiritual discipline which includes the postures, chanting, devotion, meditation and more. The system of integral yoga takes the entire personality into consideration and brings the body into alignment with the spiritual personality instead of the ego personality. The mind has to be constantly turned towards the divine in a balanced, insightful and relaxed way. The movement/practice has to be ordered and balanced so the divine power can grow slowly and steadily. Enlightenment is developed through the Shedy practice. The process is called Shemsu. Shedy means study of the mysteries.
      (i) Prostrate yourself with the heels together, toes curled in, hands in front of you resting on your elbows, forehead on the ground. It is called your face is kissing the ground. Even if the shrine is closed you will prostrate in front of the shrine and then take a seat.
      (j) The spiritual preceptor, Seba (preceptor, means singing star or illuminating preceptor) or Sehu (means spiritual counselor) is greeted with “Hotep or Hetep”) with both hands out facing upward (the Dua “adoration” posture). For greeting each other “Hotep” and a bow.
      (k) Seba means shining star or illuminating preceptor. The preceptor is “male” (Seba) and the initiates are “female” (Sebat). The preceptor, acting in the male aspect, shines illumination on the student who is receptive therefore they are acting in the female aspect. The student will receive illumination from the teacher. The student allows themselves to become “pregnant” with the teachings and achieve enlightenment.
      (l) The artifact “Sebai Ur” means the great illuminator. In the beginning a student will shift, sometimes they are focused, diligent, etc. and other days they have challenges with emotions, thoughts, worldly situations, they are changeable. As a student progresses they will begin to become more steady and less changeable. Seba Ur” represents that steadiness and unchangeability, cleansing and control over the mind.
      (m) Relationships with each other should be cordial and friendly from the perspective of the temple etiquette and not sentimental or “friendly” from a worldly sense. Interacting with fellow aspirants in a cordial, detached manner. Again, the main focus is learning the teachings. In the temple silence is appropriate rather than talking, keep your attention on yourself and the divine in you as you experience the teachings in the temple, introspection.
      (n) It is appropriate and necessary to read the books and listen to the lectures more than one time, even more than 3-4 times. Each time you do this you will understand more than you did the last time. As we purify the mind we open the mind to understanding at deeper and deeper levels.
      (o) It is not enjoined to isolate yourself from the world. A dispassion and detachment from the world is needed, however, it is unhealthy and it blocks your spiritual movement to become a fanatic regarding the teachings.
      (p) If a conflict develops between aspirants it should be discussed between them. If resolution is not achieved based on the teachings that are understood then it should be brought to the Sebai and the resolution from the Sebai should be followed and accepted without question, the wisdom of the resolution will reveal itself. The etiquette of the temple is prescribed so that these occurrences will be minimal.
      (q) An aspirant must realize that the body is not “real” it is illusory. The attention to the body such as special oils, clothing, jewelry, etc. is not encouraged in the teachings. Giving the body such attention actually goes against the teaching. Things that are focused on the body’s natural health are enjoined.
      (r) It is expected that negative things will happen in the world and as an initiate it is important how you handle those negative situations. In a body this is expected, as an initiate the teachings will assist you to have a detachment to these occurrences. On a practical nature the occurrences must be handled, however, the outcome does not determine the quality of an initiate. Everything happens for a reason. Following the teachings is a difficult journey, however, the difficulties are tools for the initiate to gain strength. The Maatian way is to quietly handle the obstacles. The quality of an initiate is determined by how the initiate handles the world.
      (s) Chanting is designed to elevate your feeling and meet the divine with it. Chanting raises your vibration, directs the mind in a positive way, purifies the mind and more. Chants should be memorized and learned by heart, the same with the drumming and cistern playing
      (t) Devotion without wisdom is blind faith. How can you love when you do not know the divinity? Develop a connection and a feeling towards the divine. The more you know the divinity the more the feeling of love will grow because it is being nurtured and fed.
      (u) Kemetic Diet and the Initiation books are foundational books. Egyptian Yoga Volume 1 should be read and understood so that you can be proper ambassadors for the teachings so that you can answer questions correctly.
      (v) Practicing patience and perseverance is important with the meditation practice. Slowly increase the time you are sitting in meditation do not over estimate yourself. Working with the mind in the area of postures is also important. The postures assist in quieting the mined and the releases the energy to allow the body to sit quietly. Chanting in meditation is beneficial at times so that there will not be fighting with the mind because fighting with the mind is a waste of time.
      (w) Action-less Actor: Allow your thoughts to flow to the divine as you perform the action. You are releasing egoism because the divine is performing the action. You are maintaining that calm and peace because the divine is doing it all!
      (x) Taking a proverb a day to reflect on the teachings. Reflect on that proverb throughout the day.
      (y) When you deal with others serve them as seeing them as the divine self, seeing the divine in others. This creates a sense of unity.

      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one?
      Yes. The more I learn regarding the teachings and how to practice I am amazed at how my life moved in this direction even before I heard about Egyptian Yoga. I lost a great deal of vision in 11/2000 and adjusting to the loss of my eyesight pulled my attention away from the world, it changed my priorities. Not being able to see more than a foot in front of you with any acuity will do that for you. I have been moving towards being vegan since 2009 when I was diagnosed with diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. My life experience has taught me that relationships do not bring happiness. Over the last couple of years I have been feeling “detached” from family and friends. After moving to Austin, TX about 18 months ago (knowing no one) although I have met people, they think me being detached is who I am and they are accepting of it, whereby longtime friends and family would not be and it would be difficult for them. Seba Dja’s poem “God’s Divine Plan” I have experienced and have a knowledge from that experience.
      (1) Three fold daily worship weekdays. I get up at 4:00 am to practice my devotional ritual, postures, chant and meditation. I only get 30 minutes for lunch so I follow along with the tape for the Noon Day Worship and then eat my lunch. In the evening I perform my devotional ritual, study the teachings and practice meditation and silence.
      (2) On weekends I devote more time to my Shedy practice and study of the teachings.
      (3) At work we are allowed to listen to books on tape or music so I listen to lectures as I work. My mind is constantly on the teachings and reflecting and applying them as I interact with others at work and commuting.
      (4) Selfless service: I joined a blind/visually impaired diabetic group and volunteer as secretary and assist where I can.
      (5) I use public/special transportation that is shared so sometimes I can ride for 1 1/2 hours before I get to work and another 1 1/2 before I arrive home. I listen to lecture tapes at this time also. I am exposed to mentally challenged, elderly, and disabled people on a regular basis which can be challenging. I have developed compassion, patience, and detachment.
      (6) I am totally vegan now and about 75% raw. I am taking supplements and no longer have any health conditions other than being visually impaired.
      (7) I am naturally an introvert, however, being criticized for this over the years I began to talk more. It is a relief to have permission to be quiet and reflective again.

      • #4953
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        Keymaster

        Udja

        A very extensive post so I see you have gone through the lesson in a detailed manner. First a few corrections and then some comments.

        On your statement: “An aspirant must learn how to “walk” with the mind. Sometimes the mind wants silence, sometimes it wants music, sometimes it wants study.”

        The word “walk” should be instead “work” meaning working with it such as using its mood to do what you want to to with it. Example. if your mind is agitated then do a yogic activity that is agitated like do postures instead of trying to meditate, etc. This statement goes along with further down you talk about “not be fighting with the mind”.

         

        On your statement: “Chanting is designed to elevate your feeling and meet the divine with it. Chanting raises your vibration, directs the mind in a positive way, purifies the mind and more. Chants should be memorized and learned by heart, the same with the drumming and cistern playing”

         

        The word “cistern” should be sistrum.

         

        About your statement: “Any resentment, anger, hatred, unkind thoughts, etc., must be released before entering the spiritual hall or temple.”

         

        It is important to understand that the entrance to the temple environment does not demand absolute mental purity or purity of feelings for otherwise nobody would have entry at least to the outer portions of the temple. What is needed is to have a life that engages the teaching so as to control those lower aspects of the personality. Then as training moves on then greater clarity and purity qualifies the aspirant to enter into the deeper recesses of the temple where indeed such higher purity is required.

         

        Make these corrections by replying to my feedback and acknowledging them and make any other comments and then move forward.

         

        Photo by Ammodramus / Wikimedia

        Aset veiled – the teaching veiled to the ignorant

        Some comments:

        About your statement: “The secrecy of the divinity is to develop awe and admiration from the masses. When the initiates are finally allowed to see the image they are instructed about the image and what the significance of the image of the divinity such as the clothing, ankhs, etc.”

         

        Secrecy is not just to promote awe and respect but to protect the aspirant from their own egoistic mundane-ness whereby if something is received too soon or too easily then it is taken as mundane and of less value and assigned to the egoistic value of their life as if it is something they fully understand when actually their understanding is only at the surface but the ego feels it has command of that teaching or wisdom so it is discounted and thereby they cannot progress with it due to lack of ego purity.

         

        About your statement: “Over the last couple of years I have been feeling “detached” from family and friends. After moving to Austin, TX about 18 months ago (knowing no one) although I have met people, they think me being detached is who I am and they are accepting of it, whereby longtime friends and family would not be and it would be difficult for them.”

        In the temple of Aset the goddess asks all aspirants to be close to her and direct their attention to the question of who is the foremost being. So those who are detached from the world can spend time with her, meaning with her books, in her temple, with her priests and priestesses, in prayer to her in their meditation rooms at home, in their hearts with feeling, and this enables the answering the questions and that is the purpose of life so what matters is detaching from the world and attaching to the goddess and her wisdom. The wisdom stays and the family and worldly relations will go so which is the better thing to do before death?

        HTP

         

    • #4267
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 11A, cont’d.
      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are currently not practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?
      This lesson was a challenge for me. Not in understanding the lecture and reading assignment but in working through the distractions. Many practical challenges have come up in the last 2 weeks that have taken my attention away from my lessons somewhat. I adjusted my practice accordingly as Seba Dja suggested in the audio lecture and felt frustrated and even guilty because of having to do so. Then when I heard Seba Dja’s suggestion it was validating to realize that I handled it correctly.
      (1) My biggest challenge is having the courage to step out of the box when it comes to my Shedy practice and my understanding of the teachings. It seems that I have challenges before I reach the lesson that gives me the answers. Through trial and error I am learning to trust my intuition and have more flexibility in my practice to gain harmony and manage my mind.
      (2) I have locks that reach almost to my waist. Since I am almost 6’ tall and blind, I attract a great deal of attention that is unwanted. I have been investigating shaving my head even before I began my studies. This will also open up more time for my practice.
      (3) I am working towards cutting back on my hours at work to 6 hours a day. This too will open up more time for my practice and also allow me to attend conferences and pilgrimages.
      (4) I have had a relationship with my higher self for a long time now. However, knowing my higher self from the perspective of the teachings is new to me. I realize over time I will learn more and be closer still to my higher self with the Shedy practice and understanding the teaching and have accepted that it will be a process worth the reward.

      • #4305
        Sandra McMurray
        Participant

        4. Level 1, Lesson 11A, Response by Sebai Maa to Akua Nyarko, September 17, 2015.

        “so she (the goddess) will be close to one and share her knowledge and feelings with the aspirant and thereby enlighten the aspirant. “ This statement touched me deeply on several levels. In my experience when one comes out of the world and realizes that the world (relationships, career, pleasures, etc.) is not the source of their happiness, there is a space to be filled. For me this realization changed me profoundly because it put into question everything that I had been taught by my family, culture, etc. That space can be filled with the love of the higher self, the divine’s purest expression. The idea that an ancient culture created a “path”, a disciplined path, of what to do to achieve and experience this has me in awe. Further, that Sebai Maa and Seba Dja have invested the time and effort to bring this to humanity amazes me. Further, that I am able to take part in this experience humbles me. I am also aware of my advancement and evolution to actually be able to understand and practice even at the beginners level.

        In your response regarding self-esteem upon reflection I see where that would be a deterrent to achieving enlightenment. Although the discipline is detailed and one must put forth the effort to bring one’s practice into alignment with the teachings, an aspirant must be able to apply the teaching to actually benefit from them. This requires initiative, the ability to reason even when under emotional duress, will to manage oneself and to arrive at a resolution, while managing the particular situations that life brings in the moment. To succeed at this an aspirant must know a level of their true worth and be able to make decisions in alignment with Maat in the moment, many times without hesitation.

        htp

      • #4955
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        Good reflections.

        About your statement: “(4) I have had a relationship with my higher self for a long time now. However, knowing my higher self from the perspective of the teachings is new to me. I realize over time I will learn more and be closer still to my higher self with the Shedy practice and understanding the teaching and have accepted that it will be a process worth the reward.”

         

        “Change is Lord of the Universe.”

        -AEP

        Indeed one of the important practices that many aspirants lack is sufficient maturity to have patience as well as self-forgiveness. Patience to realize that the mountainous aryu that has been allowed to accumulate is what you really have a relationship with and how to understand it, what to do about it, how to handle it. Therefore, work to remove the clutter in the environment and in your person like the initiates of the temple of Aset work to eliminate fatness; and in time the process of transformation occurs, but when it is approached with a viable teaching and teacher and with mature aspirant then the transformation can be dynamic.

         

        HTP

    • #4325
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 12a/b

      There were several key portions of this audio lesson that helped me tremendously. I’m going to point out to thought that were extremely helpful for me.

      Ask Qualitative Questions. In the beginning of my lesson 1 studies every question that popped into my head I asked without to much investigation and due diligence. I began to notice that Seba Maa and Seba Dja would not only answer my questions but would would provide references and show me how to find the answer. In many cases finding the answer has been more informative than the answer. I now (in most cases) try to ask questions only after I have done some research and due diligence on the subject matter

      Have faith in your own ability to accept the truth. AEP this lesson reiterated the statement that “I have what it takes” once we understand life’s true goal and that is to discover the divine self

      HTP

      • #4956
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        Indeed, the best way to receive, assimilate and integrate an answer to a question is to reflect before or after the question has been asked and answered but better before, and searching first for answers before asking the questions so that one has had a good chance to reflect on the importance and quality of the question and its implications. This helps appreciate the answer when given and also inculcates it better for better personality integration and transformation of the unconscious aryu.

        299044

        “The heart of the wise matches his or her tongue and his or her lips are straight when he or she speaks.”

        -AEP

         

        HTP

      • #5453
        Sandra McMurray
        Participant

        Dua Sebai Maa and Charles:

        The proper way to handle a question is very helpful. Putting this into practice has assisted me in gaining a broader understanding of many aspects of the teaching and how to incorporate the teachings in my life. This understanding has changed how I perceive life and my interactions on a daily basis. Dua.
        Htp

    • #4418
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 6, Great Truths of Shetaut Neter Chant Audio File

      What are the main teachings brought out in the audio?
      The chant of the Great Truths in Medu Neter
      The main teachings being conveyed are that of the Great Truths.

      Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the audio and lecture? Which ones?
      Chanting twice a day at least. I am reflect on the meaning of the Great Truths and am very inspired to realize their potential. I see the truth in the Great Truths. Still working to Know them through experience and intuitional realization.

      If not, then how will you implement the teaching you are not currently practicing?
      I am working to recite it three times a day during each session of Ra Neb

      • #4957
        admin
        Keymaster

        Great Truth of Shetaut Neter scroll B papyrus

        Udja

        The Great Truths are indeed a divine gift that if known in their formulaic form, recited daily; and then studied in depth and lived, then they encapsulate the entirety of the Neterian teaching and its purpose and destination.

        Therefore continue working on it and as time passes their meaning will become clearer through the living of them and their peace and wisdom will also open the pathway to the desired contentment and enlightenment.

         

        HTP

         

    • #4445
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 13 – Audio Assignment-3511 How to be a successful Student – Part 2A & 2B Q & A

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words

      The Devotional Chant Of Aspirants:

      Amma su en pa neter sauu – k su emment en pa neter au tuanu ma qeti pa haru
      Give thyself to GOD, keep though thyself daily for God; and let tomorrow be as today.

      This chant was one of the main themes brought out in this audio recording. My perception of this chant is that life itself is an offering to the Divine because the Divine sustains and is life itself and if aspirants remember this today then tomorrow can be just as today. In remembering this an aspirant should apply the teaching in some way everyday through becoming an excellent student by gradually developing their study techniques, memory, expression of the teachings, integral shedy etc. Striving for purity of mind, purity of heart, purity of understanding, spiritual strength and awareness of the highest goal of life which is enlightenment and sustaining this day by day.

      Another theme of this audio lecture that came out of the question and answer session had to do with asking the Higher Self for guidance. Though this is the ultimate goal an aspirant should understand that in the beginning of spiritual aspiration, the birth of Heru, one is dependent on the teaching and the teacher because aspiration requires protection from the world in its infancy, thus confirmation of one’s understanding (such as we are engaging in with our teachers in this class) is needed until an aspirant rely fully on one’s Higher nature as aspiration grows. This growth occurs gradually and over time as an aspirant purifies themselves of vices, egoism through a life of virtue (Maat) and understanding of the philosophy. It is also beneficial to know that some qualities of enlightenment are patience, control of the senses, balance, inner peace and the understanding of the oneness of creation. This is a reflection Maatian principles as well.

      Third theme had to do with Ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) History and the misrepresentation of it through popular media outlets and some Egyptologists etc. The misrepresentation causes speculative questions that are untrue and not needed at all but used to make their ‘programs’ more appealing to their audience. As truth seekers, aspirants should be mindful of this not only as a distraction but also as against the principles of Maat that speaks out against gossip which is what speculation is. Instead an aspirant should focus on studying what’s real and righteous, true reality and leave fantasies behind. It is indeed a waste of energy.

      In addition, though the Aton Hymn wasn’t a theme in the audio itself, Sebai briefly spoke of its importance in understanding the underlying essence of creation that resonated with me. He said that the Aton is the true and underlying life force that sustains the formation of life from the embryo, it sustain the coming together of the sperm and an egg. The Aton being the true source of life, is in essence Spirit. So Spirit is what operates and sustain matter in time and space. Sebai gave the example that when someone dies the body parts (matter) are physically intact but there is no life because the Spirit which supports life is beyond the body, beyond time and space. So ALL is and is sustained by this very essence, its the support of ALL life. As Sebai said “…the spirit operates through matter and support the activities of matter in time and space in order to have experiences but the underlying source is Spirit…” Listening to this part of the audio made me reflect deeply on Maat, in fact my mind told me that Spirit is Maat and this was not the first time. Sebai, is there a difference between Spirit and Maat, philosophically or otherwise?

      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture?

      Ny, though gradual, I am able to discern more of what’s true vs. untruth than I was able to in the past due to applying the teachings. I see where dispassion is a natural process of adhering to the teachings as well. However, some thoughts and actions I am able to let go easier than others. I find it’s not always easy to act on ‘truth’ but the awareness of the error in my thinking and action is now seen as something to put on my spiritual to do list, and I have faith that in time, as I continue with self-effort, I will be able to accept absolute truth with all my organs of action, thought,speech and deed. I also notice that some things are naturally just ‘falling off’ as well where I just no longer have an interest in or for them. I am now also beginning to get some insight into the human predicament and gross ignorance for what it is and it is humbling to know that the path of enlightenment exists and is the ultimate goal of life, this helps me in cultivating patience.

      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing in your life and spiritual practice ?

      I will implement the teachings by following them to my capacity through the shedy disciplines, striving for purity of mind, purity of heart, purity of understanding, spiritual strength, and awareness of the highest goal, knowledge of Self and the Divine and sustaining this day by day.

      Htp

      • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by Bastu Akhu.
      • #4959
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        One of the wonderful things about Atonism is discerning the love that Atonists have for the Aton but the philosophical discipline of Atonism when the scripture is read, reveals an in depth understanding of the transcendental nature of Aton which goes beyond the strictly external solar manifestation. So in Atonism the feeling is directed to the object of the wisdom leading to enlightenment with feeling and intuitional realization of the higher truth. Hopefully, the Aton lectures will be published next year perhaps.

        Aton shining on family Akhenaton2

        Aton shining on family Akhenaton

        About your statements: “I am able to discern more of what’s true vs. untruth than I was able to in the past due to applying the teachings.”…”However, some thoughts and actions I am able to let go easier than others.”…”I also notice that some things are naturally just ‘falling off’ as well where I just no longer have an interest in or for them. ”

         

        This is the process to be realized, this is the kneading that Goddess Aset talks about in her scripture, the rubbing and massaging of the personality and fashioning it into a proper vessel for the divine Serpent Power [taffy shepsy] to develop into a natural piercing through the veil of ignorance about the nature of time and space-Creation and blossom the mind into the glory of enlightenment.

        The encouragement should come in seeing that there has been and therefore it is possible to have incremental change -as you have proved to yourself and described; this means that if small changes have occurred in oneself and we see others who have made great strides such as sages, then it means the same is possible for oneself and thus the diffidence and misconceptions and lack of faith in self can start to be let go and then the shackles of Geb and Set, that hold the personality bound to the exclusively earthly consciousness become loosed. And of course this is the objective that leads to the goal of Nehast.

         

        HTP

         

         

      • #4979
        Bastu Akhu
        Participant

        Udja,

        Reply to post #4955 from November 20, 2015 by Sebai Maa, responding to Sandra McMurray “Level 1, Lesson – 11A -The Etiquette and Decorum for initiate” post.

        Sebai states “…one of the important practices that many aspirants lack is sufficient maturity to have patience as well as self-forgiveness. Patience to realize that the mountainous aryu that has been allowed to accumulate is what you really have a relationship with and how to understand it, what to do about it, how to handle it.” I found the exchange about the relationship we have with our aryu through the unpurified ego to be very profound as it relates to the relationship with the Higher Self that was answered by Sebai Maa in this lesson (Lesson 13). In depending on the Higher Self for guidance, my insight is that I have to be purified enough to clarify the voice of the Higher Self vs what is filtered through the unpurified ego. If the ego is not purified I can interpret things incorrectly which can further intensify the ego. This is why a forum like this (Dua Sebai Maa, Dua Seba Dja) that has authentic teachers and teachings is necessary in checking one’s understanding of spiritual growth and application of the philosophy. The lesson further reiterate that growth (maturity) occurs gradually which directly relates to the level of purification gained through a life of Maat and understanding of the philosophy and applying it through the shedy disciplines. I get the sense that the experience through the shedy disciplines leads to patience and self-forgiveness over time because as much time as you fall on the path ( I lost count) and have to get up it finally dawns on you, that the goal of Nehast is still ahead so you have to keep moving forward, keep doing shedy. So in regard to aryu I think “how to understand it” is listening to the philosophy/teachings, “what to do about it” and “how to handle it” is applying the teachings by reflecting and experiencing its wisdom.

        Htp

    • #4544
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 11a 220 The etiquette and decorum for Initiates – How to act in the presence of the Preceptor, the Deity and each other.

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words
      * You should be cleansed before entering the temple physically, mentally, and through your speech.
      * You shouldn’t distract yourself as well as others.
      * There are several sitting postures aloud in the temple which is the cross legged posture, the half and full lotus posture, sitting in a chair or sitting on the ground in the similar fashion of sitting in a chair all with the purpose of not extending your feet to the Sage or Divinity. These postures keep your back straight and help to keep you awake, attentiveness.
      * The image of the Divinity is only seen and handled by the initiate.
      * One should dress in no worldly and light clothing in the temple.
      * Hygiene is of the utmost importance in Kemetic Religion. One should practice hygiene for the body, mind, and soul.
      * One should also study outside of the Shedy group or the conferences. An aspirant should follow up on teachings given by the Preceptor.
      * If you want to become a sage an enlightened personality you have to do more than read. The books need to be augmented by an authentic spiritual discipline. A complete holistic discipline. i.e. Integral Yoga.
      * You must bring your body into line with your spiritual life.
      * If you want to succeed your mind has to be constantly turned towards the divine but always in a balance, non stressed way.
      * When you approach the preceptor you should prostrate before him/her with your toes curled in, hands in front of you with your face kissing the ground, next prostrating yourself in front of the shrine then taking your seat quietly.
      * The preceptor is greeting by saying Hetep and hands out facing upwards in the Dua “adorations” posture.
      * For greeting fellow aspirants a Hetep and bow will do.
      * Seba means star, an illuminating force. Preceptors are called Seba because they illuminate the Sebat which are the aspirants seen as females where the preceptor is seen as a male. The Seba impregnates the Sebat mind with the wisdom teachings and gives birth to spiritual enlightenment. The Sebat should be receptive to the teachings i.e. being a proper aspirant.
      * One should be friendly with fellow aspirants but not in a worldly way. The relationships should be business like and the learning of the teachings should be the main focus.
      * In the temple you want to be silent more than talkative. You want to be more introspective.
      * One should develop an internal detachment and stay away from fanaticism.
      * One should be always willing to let go of harbored feelings which work to block your growth on the path of spiritual evolution.
      * An aspirant should expect mishaps from worldly life. These things are going to happen but as a committed aspirant we should expect this. When encountering situations in life we shouldn’t fuss or quarrel about the negativities in life but approach them with a Maatian approach and we will realize that we have gained more will power, more resolve to handle the issues in life.
      * We should have a foundational understanding of the teachings, we should be proper ambassadors for the teachings.
      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which on(s)?
      I am currently practicing the Shedy disciplines and doing the postures, I’m trying to balance out my Shedy practices and working on purifying myself so that I can transform myself into a proper initiate. I focus on trying to spiritualize my life and keep the focus on the Divine throughout my day to day activities. Another important factor is what was mentioned by Seba Dja is that regardless of how I feel I’m trying to dedicated myself to at least the minimum of time to my spiritual practices.
      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?
      One major practice I’m trying to return to is re-reading the books and various papers I have acquired about Shetaut Neter knowing everything can’t be learned in just one or two readings of the teachings. I am also working on my internal detachment from personalities. I learning to focus on what I deem truth is and living by that and letting the Divine take care of the rest.
      In expecting there to be trials and tribulations when in the world also remembering that there has to be strife and drama, and a certain level of discontent with the world because how else would we strive to find the reality of life.

      • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by AndrewGarrow.
      • #4960
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        A good discourse of this lesson. A few points to consider: About your statement: “* When you approach the preceptor you should prostrate before him/her with your toes curled in, hands in front of you with your face kissing the ground, next prostrating yourself in front of the shrine then taking your seat quietly.”

        When approaching the preceptor a simple respectful acknowledgement with Dua posture with “Hetep” is sufficient. The fuller prostration may be reserved for the ritual adoration of the divinity at the altar.

        Prostration Ancient Egyptian

        About your statement: “Preceptors are called Seba because they illuminate the Sebat which are the aspirants seen as females where the preceptor is seen as a male. “

        The term “Sba” means star and to illumine, etc. The term Sba also means to teach or teacher. Sebai means preceptor which is a special kind of teaching related to sebait or philosophy. So the Sebai teaches sebait and the sebait is learned by the sebat or student.

         

        “Be chief of the mysteries at festivals, know your mouth, come in Hetep (peace), enjoy life on earth but do not become attached to it, it is transitory.”

        -AEP

        About your statement: “I am also working on my internal detachment from personalities. ”

        As Lady Aset learned the nature or reality and became dispassionate, so too every aspirant is to follow her example and in so doing we are not to forget that she not only discovered dispassion and detachment but also discovered attachment to something else, her higher self. So we are not to forget that dispassion is a tool, a means to an end, the tool for facing reality as it is instead of how the ego visualizes and then to be able to turn away from it and turn towards what is abidingly true and thereby discover the path that leads to attaining the goal of life.

        Acknowledge these issues and then move forward to the next assignment.

        HTP

    • #4589
      Jason W
      Participant

      LEVEL 1 AUDIO ASSIGNMENT
      File:Gs12- An evening w Sebai MAA and Seba Dja- Why Shetaut important

      1.What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? (Explain in own words)

      Answer: True fulfillment cannot be achieved through worldly accomplishments and only will come into fruition by a sincere desire to follow the spiritual path, which must be practiced with consistency in order to truly move forward in the process of spiritual evolution. The practice must go beyond reading books or just intellectualizing, it must be realized.

      The integral process allows the development of the mind, body, soul to be in union with one another, and allows one to become more balanced,(without having to move to the mountains to meditate all day) sublimating the ego/set, while living out the teachings in a society where ignorance & secularism is the norm, seeing the divine in all, and still remaining pure on the path to Nehast.

      2.Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)

      Answer: I currently practice my Hekau (Om Asar Aset Heru, Om Maat, Dua Maat Nuk Pu Maat mostly) & Formal meditation (focusing on object of devotion and concentrating the mind on it, being aware of the breath).

      3.If not than how will you implement the teaching you are not currently practicing in your life and spiritual practice?

      Answer: I need to work more diligently on creating more of a ritualistic practice of consistency, which i have lacked in. I still witness my mind drifting during meditation at times, though i have become more calm and focused than before. Distractions with daily life and a busy schedule, i have allowed to hinder my progress and i need to learn how to balance it. I will begin by directing more attention towards striving on those weak areas by listening, reflecting and actualizing the teachings instead of just hearing the teaching.

    • #4611
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 7, 224A- What is neccesary for success on the spiritual practice, 30:05

      1.What are the main teachings in the lecture

      a.Opened with Kemetic Chants.

      b.A brief talk on a successful spiritual practice because there is so many ramifications for this topic. This topic will be broken down into a few essential and easy points.

      c.Shedy = allows one to gain insight into self and the teachings, to penetrate the mysteries. Sheti= Corpse, that which is going to be transformed/resurrected. Shedy is form of resurrection in our life. As a normal human it is as if being dead, spiritual self-discovery (awakening) represents the resurrection of a true human being. True human being means a spiritualized human being, without this the human is no different than an animal or insect. This leads to being worse then an animal or insect when human ignorance leads to deeply wrong thoughts and actions. When a human lives correctly they can be better than animals or ignorant human beings.

      d.What does it take to be a successful spiritual practitioner?

      i.Cultivating Virtues: Ultimate virtue is Truthfulness.

      ii.Bringing the Virtues into ordinary day-to-day life

      iii.Continuous spiritual practice.

      e.acquiring material objects does not lead to true happiness. Truthfulness, living in accordance with truth, is true happiness. Truth as we know it today is not the same as ten years ago, and this will be the same in ten years from now because your understanding will become deeper and more profound.

      f.Why should a person not make changes in life while trying to learn and implement the changes? Because the desire to get out of the world will be done in a wrong and egoistic type of way and will lead to fanaticism and blind actions. yoga philosophy is not fanatic or faith-based, it is the serious search for truth that leads “ever higher in the search for yourself.” You are not asked to be faith-based but to search for experiential realization. Many come to spiritual lectures and want this to bring profound change, but the profound change comes from the personal purity achieved through the application of the virtues and teachings.

      g.Each virtue has to counteract a vice. The vice will cloud the intellect and not make it possible to understand the teachings, even if the teaching is taken tell blue in the face. When purified by the virtues, when pure, the teachings will immediately lead to super-consciousness.

      h.A paradox of spiritual practice. The lower levels are left behind when higher levels are attained. Initially the application of disciplines and devotion to a singular tradition or scripture is necessary and it is true that it is necessary for attainment, but this does not mean that any specific scripture, practice, or person is the truth. The ultimate truth is attained by using all things as guides including one’s own tradition and Shedy, and we must be humble in order to receive insight from life including from a child, etc. The personality should be ever-humble even at the great heights of realization and attainment.

      i.Misconception of spiritual practice is you have to travel somewhere. These are concepts of the mind that tie us to ignorance because they act as fetters and obstructions. The idea that we must do something such as traveling will hinder our attainment in the present.

      j.All the great spiritual figures were like us once. They looked at the same stars, breathed same air, and the remnants of these beings and their life is still here because of the recycling process of the earth. The belief that these personalities were the only ones who could achieve enlightenment is wrong.. These concepts of the mind that hinder us are impurities of the mind.

      k.Mental instability is unnatural and is caused by vices, seeking after sense pleasures, being angry hateful and jelous. This leads to depression, psychosis, etc due to the degrading of the mind, nervous system, and personality. The personality is like a machine or appliance and works according to natural laws. If you put in low quality energy or have a surge, it will damage the machine. This emphasizes that our spiritual practice should be steady and balanced. Virtues help this process by creating balance in mind, relationships, and experiences. Maintaining mental balance involves reducing mood swings, not indulging in mood swings. The ordinary person cannot have stability because they stir things up just to have excitement, this is a product of how they have been living.

      l.Flexibility in our spiritual practice. Have to be able to overcome the adversities of life. We have the have the vision that all difficulties/adversities are challenges to our mental instability and resolve. We have to meet challenges with this vision to act with virtues even when adversities challenge us. If you cant get what you want, you made effort, that is the discipline

      m.Spiritualizing our life. Bringing the virtues into every aspect of life. On a higher level, seeing yourself as a conduit for divine action. Seeing god(higher self) working through you in all activities including cooking, talking to others, working in the world, or doing our formal practice. In Prt M Hru, chapter 25…I have given to the needy, i have done selfless service. Selfless service is the way to bring humility and purity into our life.

      n.When you get the idea you want to follow spiritual practice. Initially all the old mental concepts and ideas about spirituality will distort the understanding and practice, and it takes time for this to lead to clear understanding to support serious and balanced shedy. We have to come to understand what enlightenment and spirituality is, readjust it, and this will lead to getting better and better. You have to learn to forgive yourself, all wrong actions have been engendered by our past. As we cultivate virtues our actions will start changing but challenges will continue until purity is attained, and this failures are worsened by repudiating ourselves. The mind will tell you that you cant do this, its too hard, and we should give up. Positive thinking is necessary to overcome these parts of the challenge. Positive ideas include asserting that you can purify yourself.

      2.Are you currently implementing the teachings given, if so which ones

      a.I am implementing this teaching by continuously seeking to understand and practice Shedy properly. With this I am also putting emphasis on properly understanding vices and virtues, how virtues can counteract vices, and most importantly learning to see body-mind and actions as manifestations of my higher self (god.)

      b.By seeking to understand the virtues I am also seeking to bring them into my ordinary day to day life. This has been a process, as mentioned, because past impressions arise and challenge new understandings and higher pursuits. The purification process of Ra-Neb truly helps this, and most importantly seeing difficulties as challenges instead of failures.

      c.Continuous spiritual practice is something I really desire and am working at. I have seen progress from 1 session of Ra Neb a day to two sessions and I really hope to do three sessions a day with virtue and consistency as I can see how powerful that is.

      d.Another very important key that I am trying to implement is to not repudiate myself too bad when I act un-virtuously because I can see it makes the process of “getting back up” longer and more drawn out. Lately I try and really do my daily Shedy and let go of all the setbacks that come up day to day or even minute to minute whether in the form of just thoughts or physical action.

      3.If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not practicing into your life and spiritual practice’

      a.I will reinforce the practice of the 3-key points of spiritual practice by writing them down, remembering them, reflecting on them, and working to implement them into my understanding of my Shedy.

      • #4976
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja
        A thoroughly studied lesson and an important message that needs to go with it. I want to comment in agregate on a few key statements you made and to show the keys to their implementation: “Misconception of spiritual practice is you have to travel somewhere…. Positive ideas include asserting that you can purify yourself…. how virtues can counteract vices, and most importantly learning to see body-mind and actions as manifestations of my higher self (god.) … how virtues can counteract vices, and most importantly learning to see body-mind and actions as manifestations of my higher self (god.) …Another very important key that I am trying to implement is to not repudiate myself too bad when I act un-virtuously because I can see it makes the process of “getting back up” longer and more drawn out… I will reinforce the practice of the 3-key points of spiritual practice by writing them down, remembering them, reflecting on them, and working to implement them into my understanding of my Shedy.”

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        “Put a bridle on thy tongue; set a guard before thy lips, lest the words of thine own mouth destroy thy peace…On much speaking cometh repentance, but in silence is safety.”

        -AEP

        These I think may be considered as the heart of your post and perhaps the most important key to making these work is first understanding about them which you are currently gaining, so you can know what needs to be done; then it is important to understand how that which is to be done should be done and finally to go ahead and pursue it and also realize how to handle the results. In the absence of experience these are simply aspirational statements. The thing with aspirational statements is that if pursued incorrectly they can lead to disappointments and confusion, frustration and stagnation. So the preferred manner is incrementally and with patience, self-forgiveness and as you have stated, with the realization that what has been implemented so far has been positive. So with continued effort there can be ultimate success. However along the way there can and will be bumps so expecting the iceberg of the unconscious mind to break down in a day or week or moth or year is not realistic but it will happen in time. Therefore, this is informed faith, faith in something that works and with some scientific basis but people are not machines but rather animals with minds working with sense but founded in feelings so devotional practice is important as wisdom studies are important. Thus the daily worship is key as well as the wisdom which helps growing clarity and dispassion to evolve. This process needs to be allowed to occur in a natural way, with intent but not force, with devotion but not fanaticism, with perseverance and not disappointment at not succeeding with every effort, with patience but not procrastination or relenting; this is the maatian way, with balance and intensity; this is a kind of art that needs to be learned also by watching those who artfully handle the world and the inner sebau “demons”. Then there will be eventual success, not the soda-water success that fizzes into nothing, the delusions of televangelists or the kemetic charlatan who can quote scripture while knowing nothing of the rearing cobra that devours from within (Apep-negative aryu).

        So imhotep -walking in peace, maakheru-speaking in truth, shemsu udja-burnig aspiration, rech-m-ab -knowing the heart (enlightenment). And that which is aspirational becomes execution to enlightenment.

        HTP

        • #5008
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Udja, Dua Sebai Maa!

          Thank you for the guiding words. I will implement the guidance and I look forward to continuing the learning process through the new lessons.

          Htp

    • #4655
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      UDJA,

      Level 1 – Lesson 7
      224A – What is necessary for success in the spiritual practise

      What are the main teachings brought out in the recorded lecture?

      – What is needed to be successful in your spiritual practise
      1. Cultivating virtues
      2. Bringing these virtues into your everyday life
      3. Continued spiritual practise

      – Virtues and truth
      There are many virtues in life, non violence, self control, no ego, but it is possible that there is one virtue that leads you to the rest and that is self truth. Nothing other than your true self is abiding. Living life in accordance with truth. Truth leads all to the correct paths, notions and concepts but even truth can change in a way that in 2017 I will not see the truth I see now in the same way. When we learn more we must let go of what we used to think is true. If we hold on we can become even more ignorant and steadfast in our ignorance.
      Being true to yourself gives you constant awareness of your true self encouraging you at all times to act with virtue. But you must be ready to hear the truth. You must have humility, be ever humble. Even in great heights of enlightenment you must be humble.
      Truth is something we must learn to understand. We do this by purifying ourselves through our shedy. Even the scriptures do not tell us the abiding truth but it leads us in the direction to find it. Until purification you can listen to the teaching 1000 times and not understand it. We must go beyond concepts and faith and go ever higher in search of ourselves.

      – Description and translation of Shedy/Sheti & Shet
      Shedy or Sheti means to penetrate the teachings or to study the teachings profoundly and in great depth.
      Shet means corpse of the Mummy. The corpse of Mummy symbolises the human mind before spiritual enlightenment. It symbolises that which is going to be transformed or resurrected. The human mind is not seen as Human until the mind has become enlightened, only then has that person become worthy to be called Human, before the spiritual path humans can not be seen as anything higher than an animal or insect as they have no aim or any course. They can even become lower than that of animals as humans can become begot with negativities and worries in life even animals do not suffer from.

      – Getting rid of negativity and the ego
      We should not feel that enlightenment is beyond our grasp. Or feel we are not good enough or we are not the kind of people who become enlightened. Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by the egoistic and solely sense perceptive part of your mind (Meaning we tend to base things and our reality and the people around us based off of our senses which is a delusion, we must base reality on the truth and nature, not illusive values we develop while on earth). Don’t allow yourself to be down trodden by negativities or unrighteous acts you may have committed. Give yourself your own forgiveness, understand yourself and give yourself a chance to change, evolve, become more aware and become a better spirit and person.
      The actions we do now engender our past and the actions we do now also engender our future and purifies it as if you are creating a way and a clear path for yourself to walk on in the future.

      – Selfless service
      Selfless service is a great way to put down ego and to become service. Its almost as if selfless service slowly seeps a humble like energy into your mind. Its like it tells you some how, probably could be said more scientifically but it tells you subconsciously that this is a good act and because you are doing it selflessly it helps your mind engender this non self like kind of complex where you stop looking at yourself for once and start looking at everything and the bigger picture. It rubs out the notion of self and the ego. Once we understand what spirituality really is we’ll re-adjust our concepts and notions of what things are and what life is thought to be or what life seems like and get to the part where we actually start to know what it is and what its all about.

      Are you currently implementing the teachings given? If not how will you implement the teaching?
      I do believe that when it comes to this particular lecture, because I have come to the 1st 3rd of this part of the course I have started to understand what an initiate is meant to do and I have started to bring virtue into everything I do and say as well as serve everyone and everything with respect, humility, virtue and patience. Like when I go to work, I work with students, 90% of them are 18-25 so I get a whole load of trouble and I got to the point where I couldn’t be bothered to do my job properly but now I’m understanding that I can use work as an opportunity to serve people selflessly, no matter how stressed, tired or fed u I get because I see the higher purpose in doing this. There are small things that I do within my day to help keep the virtue and truth in my everyday life.
      I do give myself an awfully hard time though, I have always given myself a hard time for not being the best, not being perfect, not being able to do something and I always get upset and annoyed and disappointed with myself and wonder why I am bothering in the first place. It is particularly hard nowadays because I am in a position where I have someone who constantly puts all my effort and my work down when I don’t get things perfect, whether I put my all into it or not I always get put down for not being able to do what they do or understand what they understand and that’s put me in a position where I’m even harder on myself because I’m now disappointing someone else.
      But that’s something that also needs to be worked on. I just have not quite figured out the best method to use to make myself not bothered about what this particular person thinks about me.

      HTP

      • #4977
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        Your reflections are going to the heart of your matters and it is good to see you have had the courage to face the issues in your environment and seek answers to the questions of life as opposed to turning away to a path of the ostrich.

        Firstly, about your statement: “Until purification you can listen to the teaching 1000 times and not understand it. “

        This statement is 1000 times true in my experience.

         

        About your statement: ” Its like it tells you some how, probably could be said more scientifically but it tells you subconsciously that this is a good act and because you are doing it selflessly it helps your mind engender this non self like kind of complex where you stop looking at yourself for once and start looking at everything and the bigger picture.”

         

        Indeed, selfless service opens the mind to consider that the world is about grandeur as opposed to me and what is happening to me; it is about a grand scheme not of necessarily a plan, though there is a plan of maatian order, but a plan of existence with a matrix of ethical conscience that has to do with the higher self and not with worldly folk; which takes us to your other statements: “I do give myself an awfully hard time though, I have always given myself a hard time for not being the best, not being perfect, not being able to do something and I always get upset and annoyed and disappointed with myself and wonder why I am bothering in the first place. It is particularly hard nowadays because I am in a position where I have someone who constantly puts all my effort and my work down when I don’t get things perfect, whether I put my all into it or not I always get put down for not being able to do what they do or understand what they understand and that’s put me in a position where I’m even harder on myself because I’m now disappointing someone else.”

        Ramesses-II-Temple-Touring--Aswan--Egypt Abu Simbel making offerings to higher selfKing Rameses worships his own higher self as a divinity

        “It is honour to thy nature when worthily employed, when thou directeth it to wrong purposes, it shameth and destroy thee.”

        -AEP

        Just as the AEP (Ancient Egyptian Proverb) says There is no happiness in the external worlds, so too there is no perfection either. Many times women suffer from a perfectionist syndrome (Men too but women more) for varied reasons and upbringing pressure of society, struggle to prove oneself, and 1001 things; However, these are based in the idea of the world and worldly folk as being abiding realities and our misconceived mind assigns them that value over us so we are the authors of our sufferings; Therefore work to relinquish the perfectionism, the importance of what others say and look for approval from Maat, and let her take care of the world from there. Do your part and be satisfied to that extent and no more and live your part of the world and let it live its own for its sake. So let your courage see the true you beyond the illusory search for perfection in the illusory time and space relative reality, so as to be able to see the true higher self in which you are already perfect in being. Thereby find Khak ab (dispassion/detachment) and hetep ab (inner peace) and nehast (enlightenment). Its a work in progress and that progress is through shedy daily and in antet begag (continuous) manner. This transforms the ab (heart/feelings) and ka (desires/mind) thus transforming the personality into the higher self you want to be; In this transformation the world changes too and that is handled by Maat. Do tend to your task and let Maat handle hers. Being a perfectionist means doing god’s part as well as one’s own. Who told us to do more than our part? Whoever told it, whoever agreed with it, no matter; now is the time to move on the right path.

        HTP

        • #5452
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Dua Ka-Maat #4655 and Sebai Maa. This discussion on giving over perfectionism in a wordly concept to Maat is profound and helpful. The world comes with so many unnecessary expectations and demands, which are really frivolous in light of the aspiration for Nehast. It is helpful to continue to hear this turn-from-the-norm supported by other aspirants.

    • #4661
      ElizabethWhite
      Participant

      Level 1 Audio Lesson 1- An evening with Sebai Maa and Seba Dja- Why is Shetaut Neter important?

      What are the main teachings brought out in the lecture?

      Although Shetaut Neter is not the only spiritual path, it is an authentic path providing tools in the form of teachings and integral practices to assist the seeker to balance and purify all aspects of the personality, and evolve spiritually towards cosmic consciousness, which can be reality in this life.

      Not all spiritual paths are as comprehensive in having ways to have an effect on the different aspects of the personality such as the will, the emotions, and the higher wisdom intellect to be able to do this.

      Shetaut Neter has these tools coming from the teachings of the Ancient Egyptians who developed them for the spiritual evolution of their society based on a deep understanding of the different minds and inclinations that people had. They were tried, tested and proven and still apply today.

      Purification and balanced integration of the entire personality is required for these higher levels of spiritual evolution and to be able to live as a master in this world, but not in an egoist sense. All humans have this potential as all have this divine essence. They just do not have the tools to help them and they get caught up in the illusion.

      The evolution and mastery does not happen automatically. The aspirant has to apply the teachings and the practices they are given.

      Some aspects of the personality are balanced quicker than others and until all are aligned the aspirant cannot move forward to the full spiritual experience of enlightenment. The practices directed specifically to each aspect of the personality allows the aspirant to target each aspect to bring it into alignment. Therefore there is a back and forth returning to work on each.

      This is the job of a sincere seeker, and only then will they see results.

      How am I implementing the teachings given in the book and the lecture?

      I feel compatible with these teachings and integrated disciplines and the emphasis presented on practicing these ‘tools’.

      Thankfully all the teachers I have had along my path have guided and inspired me from the beginning to be steadfast in disciplines such as rising early to do yoga and pranayama, to do a daily review, using the yamas and niyamas as guidelines, japa with mantras such as the ‪ Mahamrityunjaya and Gayatri Mantra, meditation, listening reading and reflecting on spiritual teachings.

      I have consistently tried to incorporate these into my daily life, and they are important to me because they are what help to keep me feeling connected to the Source.

      Therefore the time for these practices is already established morning and evening. I have not yet started practicing a third devotional time during the day.

      I appreciate the level of required reflection that is part of these teachings, and the interaction of a teacher. For the most part prior to this, much of that has been introduced to me I have then taken to work with on my own.

      I do have a private space available for me at the school where I teach. I have not familiarized my self fully yet with the devotional practices. I plan to do so.

      I have started practicing the new mantras, and reading and reflecting on these teachings and I will learn the particular poses related to Egyptian yoga.

      The question I have is..do I replace all the mantras I have learned and start from the beginning with what I am learning now? I realize it is not wise to have too much spiritual overload so this is what I am considering in the different areas of practices.

      Also I realize the importance of balancing all these practices with the time I need to devote to my work, family etc.

      Integrating other aspects such as selfless service – seva- have also been instilled, and practicing this over the years has taken different forms. Currently this centers on helping my dad who is 93 years old.

      The diet has been somewhat of a challenge for me. I was a vegetarian for over 30 years and then found that I was not absorbing /digesting the peas and beans well so I have included fish to supplement my vegetarian diet, and I do practice food combining. I plan to look more into the live food diet.

      Once a year I also practice the Hatha Yoga purification Technique Shankaprakshalana which I had learned though the Sivananda/Satyananda (Bihar School of Yoga) tradition

      I think the framework is there that will help me with this new direction, and I realize that at no point along the way can spiritual progress be taken for granted.

      • #5010
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja
        Audio feedback for Elizabeth White level-1-audio-assignment-discussions #4661

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      • #5638
        DamazALEXIS
        Participant

        UDJA Elizabeth,

        Your post included a succinct but comprehensive account of the audio assignment. I relate particularly to your experience in practicing as well as the one related to the vegetarian nutrition.

        I like your description of Shetaut Neter as an authentic spiritual path allowing the practitioner to purify all aspects of his personality for spiritual enlightenment, which makes it a well balanced approach compared to other paths. In that sense, it is true as you commented that it can be used universally as the divine essence is present in everyone. It is correct that the spiritual evolution does not happen in a straightforward manner but requires repetitive actions across one aspect or across many aspects often in a forward and backward line.

        I can relate to the fact that your previous experience with other spiritual paths have provided you with the discipline and mental attitude to practice at least twice a day with the consideration of moving toward a third practice. I find your question about re-using past mantras in current practice to be relevant as I was thinking among the same line and, in that sense, Dua for Sebai MAA, to have clarified that aspect in his feedback to the post.

        Regarding the vegetarian diet, my fist contact with the teaching has been through the book Kemetic Diet, which I tried to implement right away. This is still the basis of my nutrition but, had to supplement it with fish as tofu and other replacement for meat, did not suit me well. I am still trying to find the proper balance allowing me to avoid utilization of meat totally.

        I believe because of your early practices, you have passed some mental barriers as they relate to regular practice and study; the systematic approach of Shetaut Neter will certainly provide you with good opportunity for further authentic spiritual growth.

        HTP

    • #4710
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 8
      224B – What is necessary for success in the spiritual practise? Part 2

      What are the main teachings brought out in the recorded audio lecture?

      – Being unrighteous causes more unrighteous actions. These unrighteous actions cause more suffering and in turn more ignorance, delusion and ego. That is what is what is meant by “Lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality and these fetters cause ignorance of the divine.” Yoga helps you purify this unrighteousness and turns you in the direction of virtue and order.

      – People shouldn’t do things based on ego, especially when it comes to spirituality. You will find that some people only learn the teaching so they can feel above other people. Others learn it to get praise, and others learn for the right purpose. To evolve, which involves letting go of the ego-self.
      “Higher good is never served by ego.” You should be doing things to please God, not other people. You shouldn’t pretend to be righteous just for the sake of seeming a certain way to other people. You must be selfless and humble, only doing things for Gods approval and no one else. Doing things even if others are unaware of what good you have done because its not about what others think of you. You should feel good about helping others, not for personal gain but just for the fact that you love to serve humanity.

      – You must have control over sexual activities and in turn you will have control over your subtle life force energy/serpent power/kundalini power. It is easy to delude yourself when you have an ego mind. For instance, in modern day afro-centric/new-age spiritual trend that’s going on nowadays. Everyone is always quoting reference to kundalini energy and how it assists with tantric sex and all of this other sexualised idealism. These things just show me the immaturity and ignorance of people nowadays. Due to ego and ignorance they find any which way to jump on a band wagon that seems as though it fits their ideals so they can act in an unrighteous way and not feel bad about what they’re doing because they are using spirituality to excuse their behaviour an ignorance of knowledge.

      – Spiritual aspirants should detach themselves from all worldly things as much as possible so as to assist the mind and spirit into focusing on the divine rather than being distracted from it. Spiritual practise should also be regular and not fanatical, where you do intense study for 2 days an then for 5 you do nothing in relation to the divine. This will not help an aspirant become dead to the world and defeat ego if too much attention and interest in placed on it.

      – Spiritual practise is formal and informal, The formal part is the meditation, the prayers, the hekaus, the actual practise of the philosophy. Where as informal is when you are going about your day. You must not do all the informal parts and then just go about your day any which way, this will just diminish any formal practise you did. It is a 24/7, 365 process and you must be devoted and focused on the divine. It is as if the world a the school for souls. We are being tested in all parts of life, or rather we must stay aware of our divine essence at all times to approach life in a righteous way.

      -You must be 100% committed to the divine. You must not give up or let the tide take you away when the water gets to harsh. Adversary is a test. We may all think that we are so minute in this universe. Does my existence and will my enlightenment really make a difference. But Seba Dja gave a good analogy, if we imagine ourselves as marbles and imagine all of us marbles being in a big jar. If someone was to pick up one marble and throw it back in, it would affect the rest of the marbles in the jar. This is what life is like. Even us, when we are even a little bit happy, or positive, we affect the world.

      From minutes 20 and onward on the audio recording I couldn’t hear anything Seba Dja says due to there being too much noise.

      Are you currently implementing the teachings given in the recorded audio lecture? If so which ones? If not then how will you implement the teachings

      I am currently implementing all, but I need to get much better at doing my daily prayers and meditations. I d what the person Sebai MAA was describing. The person who always talks about doing it tomorrow. Always tomorrow, then never getting down to it. What I have done though, is right out a graph for myself which will enable me practise prayer, hekau, meditation and so on for at least 1 hour a day.

      HTP

    • #4954
      derralkeys
      Participant

      Lesson 1 audio assignment, Gs12- Why in Shetaut Neter- What are the main teachings. Ans. Shetaut Neter, the origin of ancient Egypt and Neterianism. 2.) Currently implementing the teaching in book. Ans. Yes. I am implementing Smai-tawi, studying the path of yogi discipline. Comment to student post. learning more about the purpose of life and to evaluate my spiritual enlightment. Through practicing sheddy I will be able to grasp more of ancient mysteries.

      • #5013
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        Dua-thank you for your post. Here is a proverb for your reflection today.

        “Do not disturb a great person or distract their attention when they are occupied, trying to understand their task. When they are thus occupied they strip their body through love of what they do. Love for the work which they do brings people closer to God. These are the people who succeed in what they do.”

        -AEP (Ancient Egyptian Proverb)

        Osiris-from Nile cartoon

        It is good that you have been able to find the forums and have been able to place your post in it. Some aspirants have difficulties up to that point. Your posting is appreciated and you will be able to draw more from the program as you make more detailed listings of the answers you provide. For example, try to add as much detail to the answer and that will let the teacher know if the teaching was correctly understood or if any correction is needed of if there is more to add for better understanding. This program is setup for that kind of interaction so that all students will benefit as a whole. View the postings from other students and you will get the idea. You may also ask general questions in the general discussion forum.

         

        HTP

         

      • #5613
        Olapeju
        Participant

        Udja, I was uncomfortable at first with posting my thoughts/reflections publicly. I either
        1. felt like I got it and didn’t need to “spell it all out”
        2. was unsure about some and didn’t want to sound/look foolish
        3. wanted to get through the lessons quickly because I thought I was ready for higher levels
        4. wanted to protect my thoughts from being changed by “someone else” to where I am not in control of my own way of thinking.
        it took me a long time to even accept that I needed a teacher for that reason.
        ….not sure if any of my reasons pertain to you in any way but reading your abbreviated post reminded me of times when I wanted to write just that much but looking at my other classmates’ posts gave me guidance. Also I grew to trust my preceptor and to understand that my thoughts could be ego driven and the importance of getting feedback to make sure the higher self is served.
        ……I took a lot of “unplanned” time off and read quite a bit, but without reflections and feedback on my correct understanding, it is like starting over again. This is a great forum to get strong foundation in teachings.
        DUA

    • #5298
      Jason W
      Participant

      AUDIO ASSIGNMENT File GS12-An Evening W Sebai MAA & Seba Dja – Why SN Important

      1.What are the main teachings brought out in the audio recording lecture?

      -True fulfillment cannot be achieved by worldly accomplishments and can only be brought about by a sincere desire to follow the spiritual path

      -Shetaut Neter is unique and differs from many other paths because it focuses on an integral practice, developing all aspects of one’s personality as opposed to focusing on just one like meditation, which may strengthen one area however neglect others. So the practice is designed for a development in all areas of the personality in order to become whole and complete to achieve enlightenment.

      2.Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which ones?

      Yes, i am currently practicing the morning & evening daily devotional worship,(Offering, Daily recitations, chanting, Divine singing, listening to lectures and reflecting, simple meditation of Om Amun Ra Ptah for at least 15-30 min twice daily) along with selfless service. I have not began the GLM, as i see that i must first follow the simple meditation for 6 weeks before i proceed.

      Similar to Elizabeth i can tend to procrastinate and tell myself “ill do it tomorrow” and get discouraged very easily. This is something that i have been working on, How to become more consistent in my daily practice.

      HTP.

      • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by Jason W.
      • #5426
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

         

        As you seek to improve the quality of your shedy spiritual practices be sure to receive the daily three fold worship emails so that this way you will be able to add the noon worship as an observance that will turn the mind towards the teaching even of you don’t have much time to do a fuller observance. The issue of consistency is a issue affecting most aspirants of all traditions and religions; the change comes when there is a fuller breakdown of the egoistic aryu impelling or compelling movement towards the world. So the philosophy helps to develop dispassion and what few physical shedy acts may be done reinforce that until little by little the shedy becomes stronger and the negative aryu weaker and then it becomes a force in reverse and Set and Apep (ego and worldly desires) do not have a chance from there on and there will be eventual victory by Heru (spiritual aspiration).

        Heru spearing Apep who is in the form of a manHeru spearing Apep who is in the form of a man

        HTP

        • #5429
          Jason W
          Participant

          Udja Sebai MAA

          I see that in order to breakdown the aryu that is attracting me to ego and worldly desires, will only come by more & more practice of the Shedy disciplines. The negative Aryu will weaken and the passion for worldliness, will turn into a deeper passion for the Teachings.

          Heru (The spiritual aspirant) spears Apep ( Worldly desires) and gains victory.. Remarkable.. That is something indeed to reflect on..

          DUA Sebai MAA for the wisdom!

          HTP!

          • #5439
            admin
            Keymaster

            Udja

            Very well, continue your reflections along these lines and you will be best served.

            HTP

    • #5428
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 12, Audio Assignment, How to be a successful student, Part A and B.

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words.
      a. The study of the teachings is the highest study because a person is studying the mysteries of creation of the world and our own being. These mysteries are more difficult because they transcend time and space, for instance you cannot use a tape measure to measure your progress or your understanding. As a person gains an understanding from the study of the teachings and then applies it in their daily life they can experience the teaching and discover its true worth.
      b. To have a proper learning experience to understand the teachings you must have:
      1) The Sba: an authentic teacher who understands the teaching and can impart the teaching in a way the student can understand it. The teacher is performing a male activity by imparting the teaching. The teacher can be male or female it is the activity of teaching that delineates the male expression.
      2) The Sabit: an authentic teaching that the teacher teaches, a whole teaching. The teaching is worldly as well as spiritual.
      3) The Sabat: the student/aspirant takes on the female activity of receiving the teaching. The student receives the “seed” (teaching) and applies it in their life. The student allows themselves to receive the teaching by relaxing and receiving, gain understanding, and create a new life for themselves with intuitive wisdom through the application of it in their lives.
      c. Being an aspirant means you must have faith in your ability to learn and understand the teaching. What makes you an aspirant is having the ultimate goal in life, to reach Nehast. The goals in learning in time and space will assist an aspirant in sustaining the body, however, the ultimate goal in life transcends the world.
      d. Having the understanding that the world is a venue for learning who you truly are, the divine being. As situations or circumstances come to you it allows you to understand the deeper meaning of life. By purifying the mind and developing virtue by following the Maat teachings. This prevents you from creating impurities in the mind and you begin to purify the mind and it fills you with positive feelings and thoughts that will raise your consciousness.
      e. Having the teacher, the teaching and aspiring for the ultimate goal will not help a student to reach that goal unless they are self-reliant. For instance, if a professional chef cooks a meal for you and adds all the ingredients to make that meal wonderful, and sits it before you and you do not eat it, you will die from starvation. This course of study is about discovering who you truly are and controlling your mind. No one can do it for you they can only teach you what is needed to do it. You must let the world go and rely on yourself and to do that you must begin to discover who you are.
      f. You are an expression of God therefore you have the capacity to achieve anything you want. Unless the teaching is applied with wisdom and understanding you cannot know this, it is only an intellectual concept. Applying the teachings in the world as you go about your day from the perspective of Maat and the divine expressing through you allows this concept to become a part of your being and an intuitive knowing develops.
      g. Life force energy is squandered when a person leads a life controlled by desire. Life force energy a associated with ones thoughts. If a person squanders their life force energy they cannot hold a thought in their mind. Study is difficult, concentration is difficult, understanding the teachings becomes difficult, etc. Knowing yourself means knowing who you truly are without judgment, but with honesty. The vices (based on Maat) that control you need to be managed or eliminated and becoming aware of them is the first step so that you can reach your goal.
      h. Have faith in yourself and faith in your teacher. Your spiritual journey should be virtuous and with an ethical conscience. There are no shortcuts. Approach the teacher and teachings with respect and it shows respect for yourself. Have the receptive female perspective when learning and have the male perspective when applying the teachings in your live.
      i. You must have devotion to the teachings and a love for them. This means finding time to study, managing the practical aspects of your life so there are no distractions, gradually changing your diet and bringing it into alignment with the teachings, etc. Maat is order, on a practical level organize your life. Learn about you, how long does it take you to get ready in the morning, how long does it take you to cook dinner and do homework with the children, learn what distracts you from creating a schedule to practice.
      j. The proper study technique is to make notes first of the things that impress you, second, make notes of the things you do not understand. Memorizing the words are not the key to understanding, you must understand the essence of the words to retain it in your mind. Understand the teachings as you can today, perform your Shedy practice, apply the teachings that you understand, virtuous living, and you will be able to understand more as your mind is purified and you grow.
      k. Listening, reflection and meditation is the formula for reaching your goal. Learning to express the teachings is another capacity that must be learned if you would like to teach the teachings.

      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one?
      Yes. All of them to my capacity. Some more than others, however I spend time on ll of the Shedy practices daily.

      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are currently not practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?
      I will continue my Shedy practice and the purification of my mind.

      • #5442
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

         

        This was a very satisfying post to read (and is recommended for all to read) because of the wholistic and comprehensive nature of how the points that are important for a novice AND advancing Neterian aspirant needs to understand BUT ALSO feel in order to first: become grounded on the importance of and necessity to engage the spiritual path of life and then also the understanding of what and how the path is to be tread; then what is left is comprehending the nuances of the philosophy of the teaching as well as the nuances of its application (shedy) in order to have sustained progress on the path. Among perhaps the most important statements of this whole important post are:

        • What makes you an aspirant is having the ultimate goal in life, to reach Nehast. The goals in learning in time and space will assist an aspirant in sustaining the body, however, the ultimate goal in life transcends the world.
        • Having the teacher, the teaching and aspiring for the ultimate goal will not help a student to reach that goal unless they are self-reliant.
        • This course of study is about discovering who you truly are and controlling your mind. No one can do it for you they can only teach you what is needed to do it.
        • Have the receptive female perspective when learning and have the male perspective when applying the teachings in your live
        • Memorizing the words are not the key to understanding, you must understand the essence of the words to retain it in your mind.
        • Listening, reflection and meditation is the formula for reaching your goal.

        And the answers to #2 and #3:

        • All of them to my capacity. Some more than others, however I spend time on ll of the Shedy practices daily.
        • I will continue my Shedy practice and the purification of my mind.

        If these are done the success is assured in time…

        ——————————————–

        “Complacency, regret and sorrow are the discouragers from evil; know that ye are Gods with a divine destiny, discouragers are transient distractions leading away from the path of light.”

        -AEP

        I wanted to comment on one statement: ” What makes you an aspirant is having the ultimate goal in life, to reach Nehast.”

         

        As a precursor to being regarded officially as a full fledged “aspirant” there first must come the maturity to even recognize there is such a thing as authentic aspiration as contrasted from just going to church or temple or mosque every week and thinking that is authentic spiritual practice. Some people know this and still turn away and towards the world. Some people think this idea is blaspheme and turn away and or turn hostile towards the notions. Others caught in the depths of their aryu do not have the capacity to overcome the negative aryu keeping them in the grip of suffering wrongs they should and have the power but not will to right in life. They may be caught in the midst of care-giving parents, children or community, a job, paying bills, locked into a life they grew up believing in, like being a respected professor, doctor, etc. even when those practices are recognized as shams, or otherwise unfilfilling; they live or rather, endure life, lacking visualization or imagination to see another way or take another way even if it means death on the present course versus life on the other; and they continue anyway even though they know they are living lives of what Henry David Thoreau called “quiet desperation.”

         

        “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

        Henry David Thoreau
        Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

        Why are some people caught up in this way? The reason is the force of aryu that keeps a person in a mindset that is locked to certain beliefs, certain inabilities to take certain actions even if those actions are intellectually understood and known by the person to be the correct action to take; the negative aryu constitutes a way of feeling that precludes certain actions and fulfillment of certain desires. This leads to what in modern parlance is referred to as “cognitive dissonance” which is a fancy psychology term for layered aryu or aryu of belief versus mountainous aryu feeling otherwise -all in the same mind. What is natures way of handling this? inflammation (of body and ego), disease, mental unrest, frustration, lack of fulfillment and death -which acts as a relief from the present hold and a chance in a new life to experience a different environment to work on those issues without the burden of the immediately preceding relationships. However, if the aryu is extremely negative the next incarnation can be as bad or worse in terms of circumstances. So the answer? Until there is a certain amount of pressure relieved from the negative aryu (which is forced by life’s challenges, disease, divorce, accidents, frustrations, disappointments, etc.) there will be no chance and the cycle of birth, suffering and delusion and death, continues indefinitely.

        “What is the source of sadness, but feebleness of the mind? What gives it power but the want of reason? Rouse yourself to the combat, and it quits the field before you strike.”

        -AEP

        Heru Behudet color copy

        Heru Behudet- Heru the warrior – form of Heru that fought and defeated Set.

        When that pressure is released sufficiently and there is a turning towards authentic aspiration, then there is a real chance. One who is wise takes that chance and develops spiritual strength to boldly live a life of maturity and conscience instead of aryu driven unconscious animal instinct. This is a life of a Heru, an aspirant schooled in the wisdom of his mother (intuitional wisdom), using the force of purified thought from his uncle (cosmic mind) moving towards redemption of his father (own soul). This is a life guided by wisdom and internal faith in self and teacher and confirmation of expansion (Aset). This is a life of a real human being and not a slave to the world (Set) or the vicissitudes of one’s own diffidence (Apep) trying to constantly drag one down. This is the life of an aspirant willing to search the world for the pieces of life that lead to whole feeling, thinking and seeing. This is the life an aspirant seeks to build, live and fulfill; this is the life of an Asar (initiate) and the experience of the meaning of life as it is meant to be. And glory to our Akhu Shepsu sages priests and priestesses, of old, who recognized these things and not only shared them but glory to the people (rekhyt) who allowed them to setup a whole society where this premise of life was the paradigm for all and a legacy we can partake in even now; such was their victory that it reverberates throughout history and will last as long as the pyramids.

         

        “Man fears time, but time fears the pyramids”

        -Arab proverb. The ‘learned Arab of the twelfth century’ (quot. 1923)

         

         

         

        • #5447
          Bastu Baket
          Keymaster

          Reply to Sebai Maa’s Post #5442 to Sandra’s original post #5428
          Dua Sebai Maa and Seba Dja for your generous wisdom and insights. While reading these Level 1 posts an ASPIRANT Anagram came to my mind which I’ve been encouraged to share with all:

          Acting in righteousness with
          Shedy disciplines
          Purposely
          Inviting
          Ra
          Aset and the
          Neteru to
          Transform and Transcend

          Hetep
          Shems Baket

          • #5501
            Seba Dja
            Keymaster

            #5447 Shems Baket

            Dua Shems Baket for giving deeper meaning to what it means to be an ASPIRANT! Just Nefer!

            Acting in righteousness with

            Offering-of-Maat-color-copy

            Shedy disciplines

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            european lady making egyptian offering to BAst

            ANIMATED agancientegypt30

            Purposely
            Inviting
            Ra

            Isis and Ra Aset
            Aset and the
            Neteru to

            ANIMATED egypt_58

            Transform and Transcend

            Serpent in the sky

             

            Hetep

            S. Dja

            • #5513
              Bastu Baket
              Keymaster

              Reply to Seba Dja’s post #5501
              Dua Seba Dja for adding the Nefer iconography which adds deeper level to the anagram!
              Hetep,
              Shems Baket

          • #5791
            admin
            Keymaster

            U

            A very positive reflection

            HTP

        • #5451
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Dua Shems Baket for the question and Sebai Maa for the comprehensive response!

    • #5455
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 8, 224B What is Necessary for Success in Spiritual Path, 30:23

      what are the main teachings brought out in the lecture recording? Explain in your own words.

      Reactionary life – degraded agitated state and leads to negative situations, negative actions, vices, and enjoins a process for these situations to increase. Yoga prevents this type of negative situations and engenders positive situations for the future. We release the burdens and guilt of the past, grow out of past negative karmic entanglements and vices, by transcending through understanding and yoga experience.

      The source of negative situations and personal actions: Egoism. The Ego is not the real you.
      Misconception to only speak truth 100% of the time. Truth can be used egoistically to shame or demean others and bolster our ego. This will support vices, conflicts, and adversity. “Truth should not be spoken in a situation which it will lead to adversity.”

      The Higher Good is never served by the ego and egoism. The Higher Good comes from a focus on purity and perfection, by the action without reliance on the fruits. We should not act in search of the approval of others, but seek to perform our duties to our greatest ability. This type of action brings satisfaction. This is true perfection. Worldly life always has error and imperfection but becomes perfect to the degree that our Shedy and spiritual attainments shine through our efforts in life.
      Divine Action: Understanding that god is working through you, try to do your best in all duties and endeavours, and the progress and satisfaction that comes from within is divine.

      Misconceptions on Sex-sublimation: Attempting to engage in lustful activities with the idea that all one has to do is focus on the divine. Spiritual aspirants should be our company. People who are degraded or do not practice or seek to live Maat, should not be pursued as company. When in those settings use the philosophy to overcome and act with detachment and dispassion to the best of our ability.

      Our Spiritual Practice
      -should be regular day-to-day. Not intense one day and weak the next day. Pursue regularity. Do not be fanatical but rationally progressive. Not like Soda-Water.
      -Formal and Informal Practice: Formal practice should carry over into Informal Practice. Remembering teachings, reflection on them, and seeking to live them.
      -Shedy Gathering: Very Important

      Sbea Dja:
      -Do not procrastinate your own growth and self-development. Teaching can strengthen the learning and practice, but it should not lead to a slackening of our own pursuits and efforts spiritually.
      When faced with adversity or “moving against the stream” in your spiritual practice and progress, Keep going! The minute you stop you are swept away but if you keep going you will keep breaking through!!
      Spirituality is the path of joy and happiness and Enlightenment is in the present moment. When you catch yourself and drop the thought, concepts, and desire – you are there! This is the way you want to keep going to move toward peace and fulfillment continually.
      -You can only be corrupted if you are corruptible. By practicing, reflecting, and constantly remembering the teachings we can overcome all changes in the world and our lives without being corrupted away from our spiritual practice and attainment of Nehast. The most important part of life is the purity of our heart.
      As the infinite Self there is nothing we cannot do in the direction of purity, and when it comes to developing a life of purity in all areas, that can be done and should be done with the strength of daily practice and the positive qualities of the Ntru behind our efforts.

      Are you currently implementing the teachings given in the book and lecture series? If so which ones.
      Yes, except my practice of smai Tawi and the song portion of Ra-Neb have not been as consistent. Now that basic Ra-Neb practice and its included parts are usually consistent, I will seek to be more dedicated to a complete and meditative morning session of Smai Tawi before Sunrise Ra-Neb and get a hand drum and shaker to implement the song aspect of daily devotion.

      How will you implement the teachings you are not practicing into your life and spiritual practice?
      The most important piece for me is the remembering process that happens while engaged in Ra-Neb, reflection, and the spiritual practices of Shedy. So I will continue seeking to develop my daily practice as the primary method to incorporate the teachings in my life and practice.

      • #5482
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        In addition to my lesson 8 submission #5455 I wanted to connect my answers to the third question to this audio more accurately.

        #3 Question: How will you implement the teachings

        Still experience a reactionary life. I am starting to understand my ego and the workings of my consciousness by reflection on the Asarian Mantu (myth.) Studying God Of Love: Path of Divine Love I am working to understand Divine Action. Reflecting on the deeper meaning behind sex-sublimation and working with different questions etc on that reflection. Working on being consistent in my practice instead of up and down and bringing the clarity and peace of Formal practice into Informal practice.

        • #5792
          admin
          Keymaster

          “Complacency, regret and sorrow are the discouragers from evil; know that ye are Gods with a divine destiny, discouragers are transient distractions leading away from the path of light.” -AEP

          Udja

          Good reflections. A key to the practice and success of shedy (the spiritual disciplines) is the continued application in an integral manner and over a sustained period of time. Ignorant human beings did not get ignorant overnight and so too we cannot expect to become enlightened overnight. Yet enlightenment occurs in degrees. Another key factor which you mentioned is honesty; the looking into one’s actions, thought and feelings and comparing those to the ideal of the teaching (Maat). When this kind of introspection and spiritual sensitivity dawn in the personality it is a sign of definite progress especially in dealing with the gross impurities of the personality. Then as more and more subtle issues are confronted the spiritual practice requires more refinement and concentration, which is what you are working on developing through even the current practices. So keep these issues (Antet begag -without becoming discouraged) and an chen (without stopping) in mind and you will continue progressing.

          Continue as outlined.

          HTP

    • #5487
      Jason W
      Participant

      LEVEL 1, LESSON 3 AUDIO ASSIGNMENT- GS13 DR MUATA ASHBY INTERVIEW REMIX SHOW 2:35:46

      WHAT ARE THE MAIN TEACHINGS BROUGHT OUT IN THE AUDIO RECORDING LECTURE?

      – Awakening and reconstruction of African Spirituality, which has been forgotten about through the course of time due to many factors.

      -How the philosophy is needed to achieve a higher moral & ethical conscience, along with a recognition of one’s true divine purpose/nature as opposed to being trapped in the lower forces/egoism, believing i am a seperate being, disconnected from others and God, full of sadness, frustration etc.

      -Many religions are limited due to the exoteric aspect/literalism and lack of mysticism, which in turn leads one to ignorance and through this ignorance, imposition of faith,(having to always convert others) wars, gender inequality etc. occur. One must learn to go deeper into the exoteric to discover the esoteric meanings, which ultimately (through proper guidance & understanding) lead to enlightenment.

      -The idea of Nebt het is one of physical nature and Asar witnesses this expression of physicality through her. Once Asar realizes his true divine nature and the illusion of the physical world, he than transcends it and becomes one with his true nature which is Asar/Neberdjer.

      -Ethical Conscience/Maat is the developing structure to obtaining true peace & harmony in the world.

      -Infusion of different cultures/faiths like Islam is contradicting due to literal interpretations, lack of mysticism and ethical conscience which creates unrest through ignorance of the divine.

      ARE YOU CURRENTLY IMPLEMENTING THE TEACHING GIVEN IN THE BOOK AND THE LECTURE? IF SO WHICH ONES?

      I currently am practicing devotional service as often as possible (Offerings, recitations, Chanting, divine singing, listening to teachings, reflection, & simple meditation) & i follow the devotional service videos to get a better comprehension of the ritual along with a better pronunciation of recitations, hekau and divine singing. I also make sure to chant Om Amun Ra Ptah 4 times when unable to do devotion. I also practice selfless service/developing ethical conscience in my daily practice.

      If not than how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing in your life & spiritual practice?

      I have been dealing with frustration with regards to work and the unstable schedule i have. Certain days i am able to do morning & afternoon devotion, some others only morning & evening and on the weekends only morning. I feel it has been a hinderance to my progression, though i still am putting action into it.

      HTP.

      • #5491
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Udja Jason, in response to post #5487.

        I thought this was a very clear post. Gave me a better understanding of ways I can improve my lesson posts. I can relate to your discussion of your practice being up and down on different days and this feeling like a hinderance. I have also been including Om Amun Ra Ptah 4x when I cant do a full session or I may do the devotional offering and the chant. I agree with your aspiration to get real balance and consistency n the daily three-fold practice to really get the benefits and guidance through all stages of our day..and end the day in Htp. !

        Dua
        Anthony

        • #5492
          Jason W
          Participant

          Udja Anthony

          It is good to see others that can relate, because the ego has me thinking sometimes that i am the only one who feels like this. Day by day, I realize more & more how important it is to continue trying our best to stay consistent, and remain willing to follow the practice. Dua for your reply Anthony as it is appreciated and is indeed a topic to reflect and grow on.

          HTP
          Jason

        • #5493
          KaMaat-Amentat
          Participant

          Udja Jason & Anthony,

          I am going through the same thing when it comes to the three fold daily worship. I always chant Amun Ra Ptah 4x when I cannot do the worship or the offering and chant also. Even this seems to not be enough by my own standards.

          I’m definitely working on this and making it a priority just like I make smoking a priority as I still have not quit the habit.

          HTP All

          • #5553
            Jason W
            Participant

            I think that the 4 min system designed, is a great way to start practicing the discipline (especially if one has minimal time) and not beat ourselves up so much. I appreciate your honesty and openness.

            Dua for sharing that Ka Maat

            HTP

        • #5494
          KaMaat-Amentat
          Participant

          Udja Jason & Anthony,

          I am going through the same thing when it comes to the three fold daily worship. I always chant Amun Ra Ptah 4x when I cannot do the worship or the offering and chant also. Even this seems to not be enough by my own standards.

          I’m definitely working on this and making it a priority and creating more time for it. I say to myself if I can make smoking a priority as I still have not quit the habit then daily three fold worship should be at the top of all these things because it is much more important by far, and healthy rather than totally unhealthy like smoking.

          HTP All

          • #5505
            Seba Dja
            Keymaster

            Udja,

            See response: December 5, 2015 at 10:15 pm #5504 Seba Dja

            This post is a general response to the conversations in the following posts:
            #5494 KaMaat-Amentat,
            #5492 Jason W,
            #5491 ANTHONYBAHLIBI,
            #5487 Jason W,
            #5482 ANTHONYBAHLIBI,
            #5455 ANTHONYBAHLIBI

            and as a response to Jason’s post with echoing sentiments from the aspirants above about similar struggles

            HTP,

            S. Dja

          • #5793
            admin
            Keymaster

            Udja

            This has been a very positive series of interchanges beginning with Jason’s #5487

            It is good to see such dynamic discussion and reflection on the nature of what religion is supposed to be and how other religions may compare to our own so that we may evaluate and appreciate the higher values of personal spirituality. Also importantly, this exchange has allowed its participants and onlookers to benefit from the discussion about what it means to confront the spiritual struggle and especially the personal issues and vices, how others have similar challenges and how through the discussion and camaraderie the group support and strength can bolster and augment the practice for all. Always remember that no effort is wasted and that the honesty and humility of an avid spiritual aspirant are pathways to clearing obstacles and opening up the path to positive spiritual evolution.
            May this proverb illumine and support everyone’s path.

            “On the journey to the truth, one must stay on the path of love and enlightenment, the heart filled with greed and lust will be overcome by its selfishness” -AEP

            HTP

      • #5606
        Jason W
        Participant

        Udja. In reference post #5487

        I just wanted to expound more on *NOT FULLY SURRENDERING TO THE TEACHINGS

        I feel that this is more in the context of non-mystical religions and and other forms of “spirituality”, that could contradict Shetaut Neter. I feel there are similarities to Buddhism and practices like Vedanta, however i see how they all point in the direction of Shetaut Neter being the very foundation, Root & origin. This is what mainly attracted to me Shetaut Neter, rather than just the physical aspect (pyramids, tekenu etc) of it which is great, however not as great as the profound Philosophy that shines even brighter. I feel one must stick to one path in order to exhibit any true growth.

        HTP.

        • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by Jason W.
      • #5607
        Jason W
        Participant

        Udja. In reference post #5487

        I just wanted to expound more on * NOT FULLY SURRENDERING TO THE TEACHINGS

        I feel that this is more in the context of non-mystical religions and and other formS of “spirituality”, that could contradict Shetaut Neter. I feel there are similiarities to Buddhism and practices like Vedanta, however i see how they all point in the diretion of Shetaut Neter being the very foundation, Root & origin. This is what mostly attracted to me Shetaut Neter, rather than the physical aspect (pyramids, tekenu etc) of it.

    • #5504
      Seba Dja
      Keymaster

      Udja,

      This post is a general response to the conversations in the following posts:
      #5494 KaMaat-Amentat,
      #5492 Jason W,
      #5491 ANTHONYBAHLIBI,
      #5487 Jason W,
      #5482 ANTHONYBAHLIBI,
      #5455 ANTHONYBAHLIBI

      and as a response to Jason’s post with echoing sentiments from the aspirants above about similar struggles: I have been dealing with frustration with regards to work and the unstable schedule i have. Certain days i am able to do morning & afternoon devotion, some others only morning & evening and on the weekends only morning. I feel it has been a hinderance to my progression, though i still am putting action into it.

      Seba Dja:

      Udja all,

      Just like when a fish jumps out of the ocean onto the shore, it will keep jumping around until it makes it way back into the water, there is a certain “jumping” type energy in aspiration…a pressure to find one’s way back to the ocean of consciousness. However, this has to be tempered with a cultivation of sentiments of “okayness” and calmness and peacefulness…in the present.

      In other words…as some point, one needs to/will be able to reach the point where one stops beating oneself up about what one is not doing spiritually well to attain Nehast…because at some point, one realizes that this is counter productive to the spiritual process.

      The path to peace is peace…not frustration.

      In other words, becoming angry or frustrated about not being able to not become angry or frustrated (what you are trying to achieve by practice of the Shedy disciplines) is counter productive to attaining a state of not being frustrated and angry, i.e., Hetep (peace).

      Yes, there needs to be diligence and striving, but this needs to be tempered with patience with oneself, and a focusing on the fact that Integral Shedy allows for a 24/7/365 practice, and thus, it is a dynamic practice.

      You have to work with the mind…trick it…until your will power is cultivated enough that you can direct it.

      Heru child master of nature

      So, if the mind is not cooperative to practice a particular discipline, or if your schedule or current lifestyle does not permit it, let the mind practice another discipline.

      If the mind wants to be active, say okay, let’s do some activity…let it practice Maat Ari, even just to do cleaning around the house, or laundry, or the dishes or helping someone with some task or spending time with an elder loved one you have not visited, or go for a walk, or go to the beach/ocean and reflect on your ocean like Self, etc., feeling that it is not you doing the action, but the Higher Self that is your essential nature.*

      1200px-Girl_with_styrofoam_swimming_board

      If the mind wants to be quiet, tell it okay…and put it to do repetition of hekau or meditation, or to rest or sleep.*

      If it wants to be loud, let it play (and even blast) or sing devotional songs or out loud hekau or prayers from the worship program (free ongoing KMT music available on http://www.egyptianyoga.com),*

      …and if it wants to watch TV or go to a movie, then find something that has at least an ethical maut (moral), or comedy that relaxes it, or satirical comedy that point out the flaws with the culture (helps build detachment),*

      …and if it wants to read, then read spiritual material or something of an ethical nature.*

      Writing journal 3

      …it is only has a few minutes to practice a discipline, as you all noted, repeat the Om Amun Ra Ptah 4 times as a minimum…BUT be okay with it, knowing that you are not “leaving” Shedy practice, but you are shifting to another type of Shedy, Maat Ari and Uashu for example, if you are going back to work.

      …if it wants to feel bad that it is not doing “anything” spiritual…that is it “not” doing its shedy disciplines, correct it–as even fighting with itself about not thinking of the Self/not allowing mind to flow to the Self IS IN FACT a flow of mind to Self/thinking of Self.

      Even when it is dark, the fact that one can see something, even if only shadows in the darkness, is because of the presence of light. So…even the dull or agitated mind recognizing the dullness and agitation in itself is only because of the light of the Self. So even when one feels far away from the Self (dull), it is the light of Self that is allowing one to experience the feeling of feeling far away from the Self. It’s like you are in the dark and someone is standing there shining a flashlight to show you the path, and you are instead crying out about being in the dark and being away from the person shining the flashlight onto your path for you. The Self is making you and your sense of being away from IT/HIM/HER possible…so, if you can reflect on this…that it is the very Self that you are seeking that is allowing you to feel that you are away from the Self…you can recognize the irony in this…and shift your focus…from feeling away and apart from the Self, to BEING the Self…that you are.

      Isn’t that better? Did you just try that? If not, try it now. How was that? Do it again. : )

      You can’t be without the Self…because you ARE the Self.

      So, even your fighting with yourself about not doing your practice is itself a form of practice…a form of the flow of the mind to the divine. You could be instead contemplating taking a trip to Hawaii…to be happy, or buying a nice car…to be happy. So, even though it seems that you are not doing actual spiritual work, you are…you are fighting with your mind about its not focusing on the Self, when in fact, it is focusing on the Self, by beating itself that it is not focusing on the Self. This is only a stage…

      So mental arguments with oneself about not practicing Shedy creates more mental agitation which means one is creating a larger obstruction to the light of Self flowing into the personality.

      In early spiritual practice, this is okay/normal…mind trying to get into the practices and be diligent about it (better than the mind thinking of other worldly egoistic desires)…but as one progresses, one has to understand that such chastising of oneself and frustration with oneself and one’s life is creating more agitation, which is sapping your spiritual energy, and this agitation is contrary to lucidity and serenity that bestows knowledge/experience of Self. So as one progresses, one understands that this type of practice is counter productive in the long term.

      Thus, one works with the mind..indulges its various moods…with a little shifting as described above which tricks it into actually practicing the Integral Shedy Disciplines * (just like how Aset tricked Set in the Ausarian Res myth)… all times, the mind is flowing to the Divine.

      And when these feelings and moods of frustration emerge…and they will for a while longer because of already established aryu, just allow them to pass on by…be detached from them, like you are the sky (Goddess Nut) watching the clouds of agitation float on by…and the “mood” will pass, and you can once again reflect on YOU: Nuk (I AM) Nut (Goddess Nut)

      I am the sky detached from clouds Snap_2015.12.05 17.04.58_009 Nuk Nut Poem Snap_2015.12.05 17.07.05_010

      HTP,
      S. Dja

      • #5512
        Jason W
        Participant

        UDJA Seba Dja.

        This has been very profound and enlightening feedback. “Becoming frustrated or angry about not being able to not become angry or frustrated”, (Indeed) truly stuck out for me & made me reflect deeply, along with the other portion of feedback about indulging in various moods until enough will power is developed, where you can cultivate it and how it is all a part of the integral aspect of practicing the Shedy disciplines..Now that is truly remarkable…This is a shift in thinking Seba Dja. There was indeed some reflection on this for quite some time after i got home from work last night.

        *I don’t have to beat up myself & truly realize that i am the Self.

        DUA Seba Dja for this very insightful feedback!

        DUA!

        HTP
        Jason

        • #5522
          Seba Dja
          Keymaster

          This post is a Response to Jason’s post #5512, and also #5508 ANTHONYBAHLIBI, which is a response to #5504 Seba Dja

          This post is a also continuation of the dialogue of following posts:
          #5494 KaMaat-Amentat,
          #5492 Jason W,
          #5491 ANTHONYBAHLIBI,
          #5487 Jason W,
          #5482 ANTHONYBAHLIBI,
          #5455 ANTHONYBAHLIBI

          Ny Jason & Anthony,

          Instead of beating oneself up about not reflecting on the Self, why not just reflect on the Self and skip the beating up part? I know…simple, but not easy! That’s the story of mystical practice…sounds simple..You are the Self! But it is not easy to attain:

          KMT Proverb: “The path of immortality is hard, and only a few find it…”

          This negative way of responding to oneself..by beating oneself up for what one is not doing…is negative conditioning learned over lifetimes…but it is not effective and even counter productive.

          KMT Proverb: “Virtues fail that are frustrated by passion at every turn.”

          So be aware to take note of which of the Shedy disciplines is your “in road”….most in line with your personality…easiest for you to do. (action/Maat Ari, Devotion/Uashu, Being quiet/Meditation/Uaa, reading/studying/contemplating/reflecting/Wisdom/Rekh.

          That Shedy that is in tune with your current personality will be your main focus; it’s your “way in”.

          While you are taking the course, Shedy Rekh may be your predominant Shedy practice.

          You will still practice the others in a formal manner, for some minimum designated time…because it is important to work on all the different aspects of the personality, cultivating each, so that no aspect gets left so far behind, that it pulls you down in the future. For example, some aspirants get heavily into meditation, only to find they are not progressing integrally after years of practice because they ignored their devotional practice. Some aspirants get so heavily into their action aspect, that they don’t take them to practice formal meditation, and find it hard to be still and to experience the type of transcendence that is experienced in formal meditation. So, this pulls them back and they have to work on this to build it up. Thus, it is good to try to work on all 4 Shedy disciplines…at the same time, but also realizing and understanding that some will have a greater focus at certain times.

          So, you can spend more time doing the Shedy discipline that is most in harmony with your personality…this is okay…this is your way into the deeper practice of the disciplines.

          Integral Yoga Snap_2015.12.06 14.55.05_003

          For integral practice Minimum:

          First: Pick a minimum time…that NO MATTER WHAT…you can achieve it:

          Think of your “worst/craziest” day….when you are the most tired and lack the most time. On such a day, what is the minimum time that you can commit to your Shedy practice?

          What is the time…that NO MATTER WHAT…you can ALWAYS…100% achieve it? Honesty with Self, not ego-talk, is important here. Don’t let ego tell you what it should be.

          1 minute (ny…don’t laugh…it could be 1 minute)? 4 minutes (one min per discipline?) 5 min? 7 min? 10 min?

          The idea is to pick a minimum for formal Shedy…1 minute/discipline = 4 minutes. Do it as described….every day. This is your very minimum…and set your will that you will not go below this amount regardless of your circumstances.

          The 1 minute formal Integral Shedy disciplines practice:

          Shedy Maui/Uaa – concentration/meditation: The 3 fold chanting of Om Amun Ra Ptah can also be done as a min for concentration/meditation…and if done with devotional feeling, would also fulfill the inner Uashu/Devotional worship practice.

          The minimum meditation time I have recommended is even shorter than the 3-fold daily worship…it is something that I feel should be possible no matter what is going on in life, and that is, to have one’s minimum Shedy practice be: simply sitting before your altar and chanting one OM…yes, one OM…as your minimum!

          Uashu: Devotion can be chanting your hekau for 1/2 minute (inner practice). 1/2 Min: The outer devotional practice can be a concentrated focus on serving someone in your family or at work with the thought I’m serving the Self in this/these person(s).

          Shedy Rekh: 1 min: Study of the teachings could be reading one proverb from the proverb book or reading a short paragraph in whatever text you are studying…then contemplating/reflecting on it for a few seconds.

          Shedy Maat Ari: 1 min: 30 sec: Outer practice: This can be a focused effort to do something for someone in your family, or at work, with the focused thought, I’m not the doer…it is the Self that is doing this action. 30 Sec: Inner practice: Maat Ari is also doing one of the Sema Tawi Egyptian Yoga Postures with the feeling of the divinity of the posture as the doer of the posture. Ex. Doing any of the Aset Poses, such as the Aset Embrace, while repeating hekau, Nuk Aset (I am Aset) feeling it is the divine in the form of Aset that is the doer of the posture.

          4 Minute FORMAL INTEGRAL Shedy Practice Check ListThe above is a 4 minute Shedy that is Integral…and doable….and should be doable no matter what is going on in one’s life.

          So…this seemingly minimum can be the seed from which your tree of Shedy grows…sprouting one leaf, then another, then a new branch, then several branches with more leaves, etc.

          However, you are NOT limited to this 4 minutes….these 4 minutes are just for your formal…NO MATTER WHAT…commitment.

          During the course of your day, you will continue to integrate the principles of informal Shedy (Maat Ari, Rekh, Uashu) to the best of your ability into your daily duties…cultivating a 24/7/365 practice.

          AND ALSO, when your time allows, you can have a longer formal practice for any one or all four of the Shedy disciplines…more than 1 minute each…up to any time you wish.

          When you do your KU work…this is Shedy [Rekh, Maat Ari (if you feel it is the divine doing the work though you)]…and definitely pushes you over your 4 min on those days.

          THE KEY IS…SET A TIME…SUCH THAT NO MATTER WHAT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES…YOU CAN ACHIEVE THIS GOAL. So if it needs to be 4 min, or 5 min, or 10 min…what ever…this is the min that you will NEVER go below…no matter what is going on in your life, but you can always go above and beyond this time; it is not to limit you when you want to do more. Create a schedule with a daily checklist such as the one I have above…email me if you would want a copy or the template to alter the times: hemuudja@gmail.com

          Then when you have consistently met the min time you set…say for 1 month…you were 100% successful in achieving your minimum, then you can decide to increase it a little…again, not much..maybe add 2 or 3 or 5 min…and again, you can always do more, but never less.

          If on the other hand, you were not able to be 100% successful with your minimal set time for formal practice, then reduce the time even further…whatever time it needs to be for now, for you to achieve 100% success.

          In this way, you are setting yourself up for success in your spiritual practice…and for ongoing growth with success, without the need for frustration, because you will ALWAYS be meeting your minimum…and at times exceeding it…and building on it.

          If you try this, let us know how it is working for you in a month.

          HTP,
          S. Dja

          • #5551
            Jason W
            Participant

            Udja

            This is a very brilliant way to implement the practice when one may have limited time. I see how the time can gradually increase from the minimum in due time and not just focusing on one area, however all areas of the discipline and as Anthony put we don’t have to “leave the practice” when we are not doing the 3 Fold Worship.

            I can see even more that i do not have to be so hard on myself and keep beating myself up with the pity bat because i am not being “spiritual” enough. This is a very brilliant system of the practices for ones like myself that have been struggling with the time factor and i give thanks. I can also see how the gradual process can initiate growth in the aspirant, so they become more like Heru strangling the serpents, sublimating and rising above the negative afflictions of the mind and becoming more confident in one self.

            DUA

            HTP!
            Jason

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          • #5554
            ANTHONYBAHLIBI
            Participant

            Udja Seba Dja, in response to #5522

            thank you very much for providing this helpful brief-Shedy practice. I will use it when I feel I am short on time and will report back the experience.

            One question. What is the procedure in Shetaut Neter if we miss a Shedy session? It may have been mentioned in an audio lecture but I also looked up the Muslim perspective on it. If we forget, do we start doing it if we have time even if is late? If we cant make it, should we make it up before our next Shedy session or focus on being present for our next session? What about if we dont practice at sunrise, noon, and sunset…like when I get out of class at 10pm is often when I do my evening shedy after coming home. Should we be acknowledging Shedy practice at the correct times, even if mentally or using this short shedy session? I know its a bit technical but it would help me better undersand the desirable format for practice in these moments.

          • #5559
            Jason W
            Participant

            Udja

            A question regarding the Integral Minimum Practice…

            Should the 4 min practice be done at the prescribed times (Morning, afternoon, evening) mainly? Or can it also be done at other times? and if i see further opportunity at work to practice more of the Integral disciplines, (4 min) in addition to the prescribed times is that ok?

            Dua
            Htp

            Jason

            • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by Jason W.
            • #5572
              Seba Dja
              Keymaster

              #5559 Jason W

              Udja Jason,

              Re: A question regarding the Integral Minimum Practice… Should the 4 min practice be done at the prescribed times (Morning, afternoon, evening) mainly? Or can it also be done at other times? and if i see further opportunity at work to practice more of the Integral disciplines, (4 min) in addition to the prescribed times is that ok?

              Seba Dja:

              Again, here…let it be simple and 100% doable. So, make it that you will just do it daily…anytime in the day.

              If you would eventually want to have one main time to do your main Shedy, you can strive to do it then. Most persons choose early AM while the rest of the world is generally sleeping and quiet.

              But if you have anytime during the day as your minimum…if you over sleep or went to bed late or had to go to work early, etc., you can not stress about it (increased agitation) and just do it later on….since your goal is to do it in the course of the day.

              At some point, you may be able to make your 100% commitment be for a specific time also…but work up to this…gradually, first becoming consistent in doing it at least daily.

              This is a “formal” practice. Ny, you can and should be doing more of the Integral disciplines through out the day…these will will be extra/bonuses, and will be preparing you to be able to increase your minimal time in the future.

              I also suggest re-reading the post again…since having had further reflections about it.

              Htp,
              S. dja

              • #5573
                Jason W
                Participant

                Udja Seba Dja!

                Yes Seba Dja, anytime during the day. I see how this should be the foundation where i can move up in time versus down. I have established a time in the morning for main Shedy (most of the time), to perform Devotional Worship. I also see how not to set limitations on the integral disciplines, so as to proceed in the process of time increase, along with transforming the personality fully. My main focus as far as the Integral disciplines are concerned, has been selfless service being that i work with those suffering with alcohol/substance abuse issues and assist the homeless. Now it is all about finding balance in integrating the other disciplines along with it so it can be complete. I have re-read your post until i felt that i could assimilate it and visualize myself actualizing it.

                I thank you very much Seba Dja, for further clarification regarding this very important issue.

                DUA!

                HTP!
                Jason

    • #5506
      Seba Dja
      Keymaster

      Udja,

      See response: December 5, 2015 at 10:15 pm #5504 Seba Dja

      This post is a general response to the conversations in the following posts:
      #5494 KaMaat-Amentat,
      #5492 Jason W,
      #5491 ANTHONYBAHLIBI,
      #5487 Jason W,
      #5482 ANTHONYBAHLIBI,
      #5455 ANTHONYBAHLIBI

      and as a response to Jason’s post with echoing sentiments from the aspirants above about similar struggles

      HTP,

      S. Dja

      • #5508
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Udja Seba Dja, In Response to Ppst #5504

        Thank you very much for this guidence on this topic of Shedy. I understand you are pushing us to give up mental arguments and showing that to do that we have to have a better understanding of Shedy, that it encompasses all aspects of life and we dont have to “leave the practice” when we are not doing three-fold daily worship but we are going into another form of Shedy. The aspects and application of Kemetic Yoga forms is something im really interested in learning. It seems we have to learn the forms and applications of Shedy intellectually in order to live the spiritual practice constantly and with awareness.

        On your statements on “cultivation of sentiments of “okayness””, this made me think of the parable of the two hyenas/jackels and the Lion in the Myth of Heteru and Djehuti. The principle of calm-truthfulness which can overcome the threat of mortality and egoism. This is how I have been thinking of it.

        When Heteru broke the back of the serpent, that almost represents giving up mental-egoistic arguments in order to unite with Ra?

        Dua..Htp

        Anthony

        • #5523
          Seba Dja
          Keymaster

          Udja

          See response #5522…as shared response to you and Jason.

          HTP
          S. Dja

      • #5510
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Udja Seba Dja, Response to #5504

        This meditation on Nut is profound! Really enjoyed the teaching and visual on it.

        HTP

        Anthony

    • #5511
      ElizabethWhite
      Participant

      Re Sebai Maa Reply #5010 to Elizabeth White #4661 Level 1 Audio Lesson 1- An evening with Sebai Maa and Seba Dja- Why is Shetaut Neter important?

      Udja Sebai Maa
      Again DUA for your insightful and thoughtful feedback to this lesson. i just wanted to reflect back some of what I understood.

      In response to my query re replacing the more Indian yogic tradition practices with the Neterian practices, you explained that for example the ‘Hekau’- Divine chants , words of power corresponded to doing Japa and the yamas and niyamas corresponded to aspects within Maat Philosophy.

      I had not read the 42 Maat Precepts at the time of posting but now having done so I can see this was the origin of those areas of personal assessments that became the yamas and niyamas in the Indian Yogic tradition. That helped me as I was feeling a little sense like I not being faithful to those teachings which have been the more predominant in my life up to this point

      You also noted that I would be transferring the ‘aryu’ energy I had developed with these practices to the Neterian path “but following a transiton to augment where I had been’.

      Yes I still feel in the ‘transistion’ phase and i thought of the term “neurons that fire together wire together’ both in terms of the practices that are ‘wired’ there, and also realizing that by ‘gently’ shifting my mind back and forth..looking at the words of the chants, , listening to the worship videos is gradually creating new links that will get stronger.

      You explained that(different) traditons/ philosophies lead to the same mystic destination but factors differ such as iconography, or if there is competent authentic guidance, and that ‘unneccesary reflection’ would result if the mind dwelt too much on mixing different factors within different traditions.

      This also helped, as I thought of all these traditions/philosophies at their highest complete level (myth, ritual, mysticism) being in harmony, so choosing one would not be disrespecting another.

      I wanted to clarify a point I had made that “I appreciate the level of required reflection that is part of these teachings, and the interaction of a teacher. For the most part prior to this, much of what has been introduced to me I have then taken to work with on my own”

      As you noted, this has been my ‘karma’ because it is not that I am in an isolated space away from these teachers.

      So as an example.. my husband who I was told by an astrologer two years before I met him, would be the ‘best person for me to marry’ is Jamaican of Maroon descent from the rural parish of Trelawny, initiated as Swami Hariomananda when he went to Bihar School of Yoga in 1974, and came back to Jamaica and started teaching yoga at the YMCA. He was the first and for many years the only person teaching yoga in Jamaica.

      His way of teaching me (not others) is more ..follow what you see..practice what you learn.(smile..I had also been told that my marriage would be like ‘ My Fair Lady’ so if you can imagine Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins..it is a particular dynamic) .so it is not that reflective interaction that is present here..and that is ok, as my coming from a very sheltered upbringing this helped to make me stronger…and ..as destiny would have it..my husband was the one who bought the Egyptian Yoga book which quickly led me here.

      He is also a herbalist, so I do have a lot of support around me even as i work out my issues like with the digestion which started when I returned from India, and I appreciate all the links you sent me.

      Now as you mentioned I have been led to the invaluable and neccessary guidance of a teacher among other things, to encourage, confirm or correct on the path.

      Dua for the encouragement to attend the conference. I will not be able to attend this particular one, but I look forward to attending others.
      HYTEP

      • #5516
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Udja Elizabeth, In Reply to post #5511

        I really enjoyed reading your discussion regarding adopting Shetaut Neter and Kemetic Yoga. I can relate as I come from a background of largely Buddhist Meditation ( Shamata and Vippassana,) but also a strong three year period of Shetaut Neter and GLM before getting back into the Shamata and Vippassana. In some ways my brain has clung to certain aspects of those techniques. I also have some experience in Indian Yoga teachings and ideas such as Pantajali Yoga Sutras and its methods. Some parts of it are helpful experiences and techniques that can be incorporated or may even be a part of kemetic yoga. I have contemplated it for awhile and I see huge benefits in Kemetic Yoga and things I cannot find in other systems, and so I have now made the choice to dedicate myself to Shetaut Neter whole heartedly. The years of contemplating paths was as you quoted Sebai Maa “uneccesary reflection” to a certain degree except in giving me faith that if any true system is practiced consistently it will lead to the same goal. I also am in transition phase, working with the Neteru and the teachings from a yogic perspective is one amazing thing that as I understand it more, it draws me in more.

    • #5537
      ElizabethWhite
      Participant

      Udja Anthony,in reply to Post 5516
      Dua for sharing. In the past year I had begun listening to some Buddhist teachers online, to try and understand that tradition more and see the links..and then I found this system with Sebai Maa and Seba Dja, and like you I am finding here answers to any question I could have..from whichever angle you look.

      There is a question I would like to ask Sebai Maa though..possibly in the Wednesday meeting..re the Buddha’s enlightenment as it relates to the Initiation system. Did the Buddha go through this? ..I have only heard of his choosing different approaches to self discovery on his own until he sat under the Bodhi tree ..but listening to the lectures by Sebai Maa i am questioning a lot of what has been taught us regarding anything as so much has been left out or selectively included
      Hytep Anthony

      • #5568
        Seba Dja
        Keymaster

        Response to Post: December 7, 2015 #5537 Elizabeth White – in reply to Post 5516 (Anthony)

        Re:

        There is a question I would like to ask Sebai Maa though..possibly in the Wednesday meeting..re the Buddha’s enlightenment as it relates to the Initiation system. Did the Buddha go through this? ..I have only heard of his choosing different approaches to self discovery on his own until he sat under the Bodhi tree ..but listening to the lectures by Sebai Maa i am questioning a lot of what has been taught us regarding anything as so much has been left out or selectively included

        Udja Elizabeth (and also Anthony via post 5516),

        Short answer…yes, the personality known as the Buddha (which means Enlightened one, like the word Christ) went through “this”….it’s the path for all incarnated humans…just a matter of if they are experiencing it in this lifetime or lifetimes past. No one is born a child prodigy with talents that emerge from “nowhere”. These are expressions of past life work…and the same for spiritual work.

        So, ny, Buddha may have had (seemingly) limited formal study and associations in this lifetime…but he still had some little residue of ignorance to overcome that made him incarnate. So, Ny…people look at the finished product and negate the efforts that went into that finished product, simply because it occurred in a past lifetime. Buddha studied Hindu-Vedanta philosophy, and like Akhenaten, he felt that the worship of the deities for the general population had lost its way/become ritualistic and perhaps even idolatry, and set about to reform the religion…not creating something new, but trying to adjust the system. Buddha developed an alternate approach to try to correct what he saw were problems in the practice of religion in his time. His teachings are essentially the same Yoga-Vedanta teachings…but without the gods and goddesses.

        Sebai Maa discusses this in the African Origins Series and also I believe Egyptian Yoga Vol 1.

        One issue within some of the Buddhist sects/groups is the over emphasis on intellectual development & technical practice of meditation, but the lack of devotional outlets for proper emotional development.

        And thus, is it not surprising that this system is popular in the West…where there is the a widespread lack of correct development of emotions…and people don’t really want to deal with their emotions. There is a lot of “emotional pain” in this society/world culture, and one must have a way to understand it, to work though it, to sublimate it, to purify it, before one can transcend it. So sometimes people go to Buddhist retreats, and then this pain emerges, and they are given an “intellectual” answer to deal with it, such as “be here now”, which does not often help them. What may help is the compassion they may experience from the teacher giving the answer, or other practitioners. But still, if the tradition does not have a system for transforming emotions to devotion, then the practitioners will be off balanced in the cultivation of this aspect of their personalities.

        This is why an integral approach is advocated…head (mind/intellect), heart (emotions), hands (action) and will (meditation)

        In some Buddhist traditions, there is a sense that the practitioners can “think” or meditate one’s emotional “aryu/mental impressions” away.

        Unfortunately, this is only true for those who have already worked through their emotions, previously…perhaps even in a previous life (lives)

        The removing of the deities from a traditional can limit the devotional flow of the heart in a manner/at the level that humans are able to relate to the sentiments of Divine Love.

        Akhenaten emphasized the Aten, which though more abstract, still provided a visual symbol of the Supreme Being for the flow of feelings

        Aton with hand rays and Ankh

        …but certainly…for most aspirants… not to the degree of being able to love Heru and Hetheru, and participate in their rituals, etc.

        Heru and Hetheru

        In some Buddhists teachings, there is no “circumscribed” Time and space (Paraclete) divinity to worship…and it’s hard for humans to have their feelings flow to “pure consciousness”. Easier to flow to Aset, or Aten, or Ra.

         

        KMT Proverb:

        “It is very hard, to leave the things we have grown used to, which meet our gaze on every side.

        Appearances delight us, whereas things which appear not, make their believing hard…”

        It can be done with someone who is quite advanced on the mystical path…like the Buddha in the lifetime where he attained Nirvana. He at this point, can relate to the Higher Self in the abstract…as Pure Consciousness.

        Some Buddhist groups do incorporate worship of Buddhist “deities” or and Bodhisattvas…or even just Buddha, which aspirants can allow their purifying feelings of devotion to flow towards…in a devotional way. Or sometimes, these feelings flow the their particular Buddhist teacher.

        Buddhist DeitiesAnd in Christianity, followers have Jesus to love…he is essentially a “deity” (read S. Maa’s book, Mystical Journey from Jesus to Christ). In Islam, followers have Muhammad to love. Etc Etc. Etc.

        The heart must have a way to flow to something higher…beyond the mundane world…something ultimately transcendental…Higher Self, Pure Consciousness, Rama & Sita (Hinduism) and also, Aset, Ra, Heru, Amun, etc., but understanding that these deities are one’s essential nature and that one’s true essence, is beyond Time and Space…….to be purified:

        HanumanThe above picture is of Hanuman a “monkey” Hindu divinity that symbolizes spiritual aspiration, devotion and strength to overcome all obstacles on the path, service of the Divine, and the power of the agitated (monkey) mind when it comes into the service of the Higher Self…revealing what is in his heart…his innermost essence. What is revealed in his innermost heart is the Divine Self in the form of Lord Rama (Higher Self) & Sita (Intuition intellect).

        And also, in our KMT system, if someone feels awkward about worshiping the gods and goddesses, they can simply approach the Neteru as “cosmic principles” rather than as personalities. But in our system, we do have a lot of emphasis on the divinities, their myths, etc. So, such a person can then gain insight into the deeper mystical understanding of the gods and goddesses, and overcome their reluctance (western conditioning, etc.).

        ANIMATED egypt_58

        The key is understanding the principles beneath the deities….and in our system, we work with both interchangeably. This does require a certain level of mental/intellectual and emotional/devotional capacity to do this, and thus, such systems are not for everyone, certainly not for those at the level where they can only follow a more simplified and dogmatic approach to religion. Do this. Don’t ask questions.

        Once you have this understanding, and are exposed to a Hindu-Yoga-Vedanta system that distills the teachings using the Hindu deities (like we do using KMT deities) OR a Buddhist system that does not, that speaks in terms of principles, you are able to follow along…and be “at home” in any authentic system. It’s like being multilingual…multimystical, or perhaps, panmystical.

        So for most people, the Divine Love must have a way to flow in its cultivation, otherwise it flows back into the world, and this is challenging, because the world is not “cuddly” and “lovable”…all the time…relationships are not easy as you all know. So it’s hard to build up Divine Love if one only has to world to interact with devotionally. This is why many people turn to spirituality to begin with…they can’t take the world/relationships any more.

        Then the devotional love that is cultivated and purified through worship of the gods and goddesses, is re-directed back to the world…through seeing and serving the Self in others. So, instead of having an adversarial relationship with the world and with others, one approaches interacting with others in a different way…striving to see with the inner eye, further cultivating and purifying one’s emotions and expanding in Devotional love.

        Utilizing the system of gods and goddesses, KMT sages through the story of Ra and Aset…when Aset poisons Ra

        Ra poisoned by aset Snap_2015.12.08 10.21.50_007

        …give the teaching…that the divinity that is being worshiped by the aspirant, is not the true essence of the aspirant…and that just worshiping this divinity is not the goal of mystical spirituality. One has to transcend time and space…and Discover one’s true Self, whether you call it Self or Consciousness, Brahman, or Neberdjer…attaining the state of Nirvana, Moksha or Nehast (respectively).

        So….all authentic systems lead to the same end…

        So…if one understands the essence of the teachings of the Gods and Goddess of KMT or in Hinduism and the practice of mystical spirituality, then there is no contradiction between the teachings utilizing the system of the gods and goddesses, or those that do not, such the teachings related to Aten, or the teachings of Buddha.

        …and important key is…for an aspirant to understand the necessity to cultivate all 4 aspects of the personality….and take the the steps to do so.

        HTP,

        S. Dja

         

        • #5574
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Udja Seba Dja,5568

          Dua Dua Dua Dua!
          Htp Htp Htp Htp

          I feel reverence for all the information and wisdom shared here. I am very inspired by the amazing world of devotion combined integral with the other yoga forms. What you say on Buddhism helps me better understand things I have seen and felt.

          Anthony

    • #5550
      DamazALEXIS
      Participant

      UDJA Sebai MAA and Sebai DJA.

      Please find below my audio assignment.

      IMPORTANT TEACHINGS PRESENTED
      1) Why Shetaut Neter?
      In general, every human being, either consciously or unconsciously, is looking for bliss, a permanent state of happiness, turning away from pain and sorrow. However, they are looking for it in the wrong way, leading to multiple disappointments, exposing them to many ups and downs in life, and they become to believe about the transient nature of happiness.
      Shetaut Neter offers an authentic path to assist people in their quest towards fulfillment. There are many reasons why someone should continue on this path.
      One of the main reasons is that it offers a teaching allowing us to attain a different kind of fulfillment, one that is transcendental and everlasting. It is a full path of spiritual evolution covering all three aspects of religion: from understanding of the myth to ultimate mystical experience. The type of fulfillment hereby expressed allows us to transcend the ups and downs in life not to go by them.
      A second reason relates to our ARIU, our spiritual make up, which may make us more attune to the type of teaching offered by Shetaut Neter. It is as if, unconsciously, we feel compelled to adopt a particular philosophy and, during the process, we feel passion and attachment. If the desire and attachment is not there, then it will be very difficult to follow the path and attain the highest goal.
      A third reason is related to the integrality of the teaching. It is a holistic philosophy addressing not only the mind but also, offers way of purifying all other aspects of our personality. It is a very balanced approach for spiritual disciplines. In our goal to attend abiding peace, we need to work on all aspects of ourselves to find the proper balance meaning, spiritual evolution is not done through a straight line but, implies going forward and backward. Sometimes, it is necessary to stop working on a particular aspect of ourselves to develop other aspects that are less spiritualized and if not addressed, will constitute a barrier to our growth. Sometimes, within one aspect of the personality, we can evolve and also face setback and at this point, we need to go back and correct what needs to be corrected to move forward. In totality, by penetrating the teaching, the spiritual path looks more like a spiral along the many forwards and backwards until we reach our highest goal, which is spiritual enlightenment.
      Another reason we can offer is related to its longevity. In fact, the physical evidence of the teachings goes as far as 10,000 BC making it the first and foremost among all mystical philosophies.
      The point is not say Shetaut Neter is the best path to attain the highest spiritual goal as this probably depends on cultural relationship and the person’s ARIU but, among other things, the main reasons for its consideration are based on its authenticity, its holistic aspect as well as its practices that have been traced as far as many millenaries.
      2) About the Pre-requisites for the teaching.
      The purification of the personality is a very important aspect of Egyptian yoga in order that we become a proper vessel for the study and practice of the teaching otherwise, our spiritual evolution will stall. Particularly, our spiritual evolution needs to be done in a balanced way, and shall encompass all aspects of the personality. According to the teaching of Shetaut Neter, we have the following aspects of our personality represented by the divinities:
      – ASAR which is the SOUL, our highest SELF that needs to be resurrected because of fetters of the personality
      – ASET, representing the Intellect and Wisdom, which needs to guide us along the path.
      – SETH, representing our Ego, ignorant to our higher nature as human being that leads to the feeling of separation with the rest of creation.
      – HERU, representing our spiritual aspiration, our redemption. It is the path toward harmonization and balance in time and space.
      – Nebethet. Desire to be human being, to be attached to worldly affairs.
      The integration and balance of the above aspects in a systematic way is required for us to dissolve the ego personality and attain NEHAST, which is enlightenment.
      3) How the integrated process works
      The teaching not only needs to be understood but, also needs to be practiced. That is the purpose of the process of personality integration leading to the spiritualization of all aspects of our personality. In that sense, Shetaut Neter includes:
      – Development and control of our WILL impulses through meditation.
      – Purification of the emotions through devotion to the divine, including in practicality, singing, chanting, etc. Another key aspect of the devotion, and which is more difficult, relates to the recognition of the divine in others and to learn to serve it.
      The purification of the emotions implies getting rid of the personal element and avoids feelings of resentment, developing instead understanding that most people are acting according to their ARIU and for that reason; we become projections of their emotions. The devotion is about developing our inner strength so that we remove negative emotions within ourselves instead of projecting them towards others. Generally, the expression of positive feelings such as love and compassion for example needs to be done without any desire for gratification.
      – Purification of our actions through MAAT principles of truth, virtue and order. We should consider the events of life as elements of practices and be aware to strive to apply MAAT principles for every action. More importantly, we need to raise ourselves so we become detached of outcome of our actions: we do according to the principles even when it is not convenient to us.
      – Control of our mind and reason faculty through WISDOM meditation. This includes two aspects:
      o A lower aspect involving control over our basic negative tendencies including anger, greed, passion, attachment to worldly things. In that capacity, we manage to have control over most of our personality.
      o A higher aspect involving the discovery our higher SELF, the causal aspect affecting the mind and to manifest it. In that sense, we become aware of the source of our thoughts and become master of those. In the lower sense, we can be a righteous person but not necessarily in control of the source of our thoughts. So, without awareness of the causal aspect of our thoughts, we can’t have full control over our mind.
      In essence, the purification of all aspects of our personality leads us to move from egoism to SELF less action and more importantly, to understand, we are not the DOER but the conduit. The key is not to develop more ARIU and be able to be detached in order to become better vehicle by progressively reducing and ultimately removing personal desire in the outcome of our actions.
      4) Importance of reincarnation
      Depending on our ARIU, we reincarnate in time and space. Therefore, our Karma directs our future actions. It has two aspects: an impulsive one driving us to do actions; also, a compulsive way whereby we become its slave and not able to control ourselves. In a more practical way, our ARIU directs us to type of friends, to our environment, type of activities we involved in. At the end of life, it becomes our witness based on the principle of we reap what we saw. Depending on our actions, we can either rise in the level of creation or go down. The ultimate goal however, is to be able to transcend our karma through following the path of MAAT and the practice of the Shedy disciplines, leading us to enlightenment.
      ABOUT HOW I AM IMPLEMENTING THE TEACHING
      One of the key important aspects of the teaching is the need to practice. Currently, I am trying to implement the following:
      – Daily meditation based on Om Amun Ra Ptah.
      – Purification of the emotions. Particularly, I am working on purifying ANGER in both aspects: one, when I am the victim of it, I am trying to remove the personal resentment and develop instead, understanding and compassion towards the other person.; secondly, when I feel anger, it is important I take the time to understand the main reason behind it and try to remove the personal resentment and express the key point that needs to be said. By doing this practice, we evidently feel the forward and backward aspect as said on the teaching. In fact, quite a few times, I feel having made progress to realize that I fall right at the beginning.
      In a professional environment with internal competition, I try as much as possible to rely on objectivity with open mind and avoid being too attached to a particular idea but be focus to the problems at hand for resolution.
      – Control of thinking and faculty of reason learning how to express myself without necessarily having a desire towards the outcome as well as not trying to seek for adhesion of others. It is learning about taking responsibility for my thinking as well as understanding that other people may have their own and that both can be right in their sense. It is learning to be detached in regards to the adhesion or agreement on the expression of my thinking. It is important in listening to others and has the detachment necessary to have proper understanding.
      – Practice Spiritual strength. Also, I am working among the awareness of the five obstacles to spiritual development and the way to develop the strength to overcome them. Basically, that includes reinforcing the will to practice the teaching, set daily routines to constantly learn about the teaching to reinforce my desire and attachment, at the same time try to understand worldly affairs in the context of the teaching and avoid as much as I can to see things among personal beliefs and desires.
      – Daily worship. I am learning about the daily worship particularly, how to pronounce the four great truths and the related songs so I can start practicing them soon. For now, I mentally repeat them every morning with the goal of moving toward full application particularly in the morning and at night.
      – Control of speech. One area I am trying to practice is the speech in a sense to avoid negative words as well as trying to respond in detached ways when having to deal with negative words from others. Some other times, in that sense, the option is just not to say anything at all.
      I would say the main practice among other things is to create an environment where I constantly have the teaching available particularly to balance when I see I am getting caught in egoistic tendencies. Overall, it is a process where I am learning to see the world in the light of the teaching and not particularly with my own desire. Reinforcing the devotion to the divine is an essential part of what I am doing at this point.

      • #5795
        admin
        Keymaster

        “It takes a strong disciple to rule over the mountainous thoughts and constantly go to the essence of the meaning; as mental complexity increases, thus will the depth of your decadence and challenge both be revealed.” -AEP

        escriba2

        Udja

        A very comprehensive posting. A few comments. Firstly when you said: “It is a very balanced approach for spiritual disciplines. In our goal to attend abiding peace, we need to work on all aspects of ourselves to find the proper balance meaning, spiritual evolution is not done through a straight line but, implies going forward and backward. Sometimes, it is necessary to stop working on a particular aspect of ourselves to develop other aspects that are less spiritualized and if not addressed, will constitute a barrier to our growth. Sometimes, within one aspect of the personality, we can evolve and also face setback and at this point, we need to go back and correct what needs to be corrected to move forward.”

         

        The issue with the back and forth movement is certainly true in a practical sense, the world of time and space sense. However, in terms of the deeper process of the heart, when an avid aspirant honestly and forthrightly seeks the path, even if there are apparent setbacks in the physical world, actually there is still forward progress at the level of the unconscious and that is the important key. So an aspirant needs to learn how to strive for success in the practical world but as you said later, not looking for fruits or attaching to the outcomes while also living more for the moment even if working on longterm plans.

         

        About your statement: “It is learning about taking responsibility for my thinking as well as understanding that other people may have their own and that both can be right in their sense.”

         

        This is also correct in a maatian and practical sense in that other people are entitled to their opinions and they should be respected as you yourself should be respected and accorded the same courtesy. Nevertheless, this does not mean that everyone’s opinion is correct and that it should be honored by adopting it simply because it is their turn, etc. The objective of maat is living by truth and one can acknowledge others actions while not adopting or agreeing with them and thereby not get confused about the correct path or caught up in the negative aryu of others.

         

        About your statement: “Another key aspect of the devotion, and which is more difficult, relates to the recognition of the divine in others and to learn to serve it.“

         

        The path of devotion can certainly be baffling but only when the spiritual sensitivity and humility are lacking. It is easier to “fall” in love with physical people rather than a divine icon but that is why the study of myth and the rituals related are to be practiced; that along with maat ethics and study of philosophy leads to the conclusion that spirit is inexorably THE only object worthy of veneration and giving oneself to and from there it is easy to surrender, to give oneself over to the Divine.

         

        About the statement: “For now, I mentally repeat them every morning with the goal of moving toward full application particularly in the morning and at night.”

         

        Try also to do a short reading and invocation just before bedtime and that will carry a positive and spiritual feeling into sleep and help to prepare you for the morning and beyond.

         

        HTP

         

         

    • #5571
      Seba Dja
      Keymaster

      December 7, 2015 #5554 ANTHONYBAHLIBI

      Udja Anthony:

      Re:
      Udja Seba Dja, in response to #5522

      thank you very much for providing this helpful brief-Shedy practice. I will use it when I feel I am short on time and will report back the experience.

      SEBA DJA: I would suggest not thinking of using this when you are “short” on time. This makes this “less than” and is not psychologically empowering. Make this your CURRENT PROGRAM…your foundation program, and when you can do more…when you have MORE TIME, you can do more. You can change the times to whatever MIN time you will STICK to, no matter what…but think of this as the foundation…PRACTICE THIS EVERY DAY…increasing the meditation time or reading time, etc. as your time allows. SO think if this as something you will EXPAND outward from (rather than as something that you will contract back to, which being short in time implies.

      One question. What is the procedure in Shetaut Neter if we miss a Shedy session? It may have been mentioned in an audio lecture but I also looked up the Muslim perspective on it. If we forget, do we start doing it if we have time even if is late? If we cant make it, should we make it up before our next Shedy session or focus on being present for our next session? What about if we dont practice at sunrise, noon, and sunset…like when I get out of class at 10pm is often when I do my evening shedy after coming home. Should we be acknowledging Shedy practice at the correct times, even if mentally or using this short shedy session? I know its a bit technical but it would help me better understand the desirable format for practice in these moments.

      SEBA DJA: So again, with this system, this question does not have a basis, because you will NEVER MISS a shedy practice…because this is your minimal foundation practice that you will do no matter what. Beyond this, whatever else you do…is extra. So if you do this 4 minutes and do not do the 3 fold Shedy…you are still okay.

      AS for the 3 times a day worship: Have as a minimum…I will just do a min of repeating Om Amun Ra Ptah (OARP) during the day…at any 3 different times. This way, you can relax in the practice. On days when you can keep a timely schedule…then that is fine…and extra. Times may fluctuate according to one’s schedule.

      It’s easier to plant a seed and let it grow forth, than to try to plan a fully grown tree that can topple in the process.

      HTP,
      S. Dja

    • #5575
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Udja Seba Dja, #5571

      Thank you for this clarification and instruction. It makes sense to really master this 4-minute Shedy program and I know it will be progressively what is needed. I will apply this instructions. The clarification on the “time” of practice is very helpful and reinforces Self.

      I am very inspired!

      Htp,
      Anthony

    • #5576
      ElizabethWhite
      Participant

      Reply to Seba Dja #5568

      Udja Seba Dja
      I too would like to add with Anthony Dua Dua Dua Dua! for explaining this and correlating all the different aspects.I appreciate this very much. I have not yet read Sebai Maa Book ‘Mystical Journey from Jesus to Christ’, which i intend to .. but reading here what you wrote about not negating the work that was done in past lives to reach to the level of Christ or Buddha in a particular lifetime, the thought did cross my mind that if Jesus in his lifetime as we know it, went through initiations in the temples in Egypt and Buddha had done his initiations maybe in lifetimes before..then maybe a little indication of their different progress on the path when they incarnated in this time..and showing the levels of attainments perhaps on the path as it winds higher and, as you said, still traces of some ‘residue to overcome’ even on these higher levels of the path

      Also as you mentioned ” One issue within some of the Buddhist sects/groups is the over emphasis on intellecutal development and technical practice of meditation but the lack of devotional outlets for proper emotional development” I had always felt this and was not drawn to Buddhism because of this..but then came across the videos Jonathan Foust and his wife Tara Brach and their inclusion of Mindfulness and reflection relating to emotions as part of their teachings on Buddhism.

      The idea too of the Dali Lama and his saying his is the last incarnation of the Bodhisattvas he represents. There is a really interesting film..Kundun which is the film the Dali lama collaborated with the writer Melissa Mathieson to authenticate..about his life and how as a little boy of 2 and a half years old..the way he was discovered by his recognition of certain items belonging to the previous Dali lama.
      Again Dua Seba Dja for your thoughtful time and sharing
      HTYP

    • #5590
      Seba Dja
      Keymaster

      December 9, 2015 #5573 Jason W

      Udja Jason,

      Re:
      Udja Seba Dja!

      Re: My main focus as far as the Integral disciplines are concerned, has been selfless service being that i work with those suffering with alcohol/substance abuse issues and assist the homeless.

      Seba Dja: This is a good foundation, but be mindful that there is a subtle difference between only doing good deeds and getting good mental impressions (“good karma”) and Maat Ari & Ushet…allowing those good actions to lead you to attain Nehast.

      The subtle difference is in addition to doing good deeds, there is an effort for removing egoism as well.

      The subtle difference for Ushet (Devotion) is having the flow of mind feeling that you are serving the Self in the persons, even as you are interacting with the ego-personality. The ego-personality is like a veil hiding the deeper essence. In practical expression, there will be no outward change. But within you, egoism (ideas of separation based on the idea that everything at its essence is separate) will be diminishing in a manner that will be leading you forward on the path to Nehast.

      You can combine this with the feeling also that you also are not the mind-body complex only. That your true essence is your Higher Self, working through your ego-personality doing all the deeds….this is Maat Ari. So, you are not the doer (it is I/me, the ego personality performing these actions), even though performing actions in a manner of high quality.

      This way…even though externally still performing your duties in the same manner…internally, you are doing spiritual work and integrating your personality.

      Of course these reflections will done by you before you begin the work…to set the mind in a proper mode….and during your actual work, they will only be reflected upon when the mind is not engaged in its duties.

      When the mind is really engaged in its duties…and it is not thinking of “I” or “me” as the doer…those times when one loses track of time because of being so engrossed in one’s work…egoism is not being engendered…and this is good.

      KMT Proverb: “Do not disturb a great person or distract their attention when they are occupied, trying to understand their task. When they are thus occupied they strip their body through love of what they do. Love for the work which they do brings people closer to God. These are the people who succeed in what they do.”

      Maat Ari & Ushet…essentially the flow of the mind to the Divine (both in oneself and the other person) are undercurrent movements, like the mind of a mother of a new born baby when she goes back to work and leaves the baby at home with someone else. Even when doing her duties with precision, there is an undercurrent of love for the baby that is flowing to the baby, yet not interrupting her performance of her duties. This is the idea with the flow of the mind to the Higher Self when performing Maat Ari and Ushet.

      So, while doing your work, you can certainly perform the Outer practices for the Maat Ari and Ushet…check and check (smile).

      HTP,
      S. Dja

      DUA!

      HTP!
      Jason
      Feature Bury

      • #5605
        Jason W
        Participant

        Udja!

        Thank you for this further feedback to reflect on.. I am not the doer, and recognize it is the Higher Self behind the ego/personality that is performing the deeds and how the ego will begin to more so dissolve is great reflection. I also work in a restaurant, where i am constantly serving people (salad bar.. lol) and i see how important it is to recognize how i am serving the Self in other people and not there egos. This will allow the integral process to develop further i see. Very profound feedback for further reflection Seba Dja.

        Dua Seba Dja!

        HTP!
        Jason

    • #5611
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 13, Audio Assignment, How to be a successful student, Part 2A and 2B.

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words.
      Chant of Aspirants: amma su en pa neter sauu – k su emment en pa neter au tuanu ma qeti pa haru (Give thyself to GOD; keep thou thyself daily for God; and let tomorrow be as today). The chant to aspirants is the perspective an aspirant must have in their practice and applied each day (the Shedy practice, good association, relaxing with the teaching, developing memory and study techniques, teaching those around you through example, applying the teaching through experience) then they will blossom into an excellent student which becomes an excellent teacher. This chant leads to purity of mind, purity of understanding and attaining the highest goal in life.
      2. When an aspirant has this perspective they have an awareness that everything that happens in their life is a movement on their path to enlightenment. The divine in each of us is directing our choices and our path when we have this perspective and apply it to our lives. This is the practice of detachment to the world and it give you peace on your path as you move through the world.
      3. Scientific research without mysticism develops questions even as they find answers because physicality alone does not give a complete answer.
      4. In the beginning there is a reliance on the teacher and there must be a “protection” from the world, however, as an aspirant becomes established in their practice and in touch with their higher nature that reliance decreases.
      5. Answers are within but in order to know what is within an aspirant must purify the mind through the teaching and, also an aspirant must know how to recognize what enlightenment is (patience, control, maintaining balance, inner peace, seeing one in everything, etc.) by having a working knowledge of the philosophy. If not an aspirant may be indulging in fantasies created by the ego and when the tests of life come they cannot pass the test.
      6. Speculation is gossip which is spoken out against in the 42 Precepts of Maat. An aspirant must learn how to study the things that are important. Fill your mind with things that are righteous and learn how to follow truth so you will be able to filter out the untruths.
      7. The Aton is the true source of life, spirit sustains all life.

      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one?
      I am comfortable in my Shedy practice now. I adjusted it so that I meditate first upon rising in the morning and then do my devotional ritual, postures and chants, listen to the teachings and then reflection. As situations areise during the day I am constantly reflecting on the application of the teachings. The disciplines are welcomed and bring me comfort and peace.

      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are currently not practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?
      I am applying the teachings more and more in my life as I understand them so far. I am amazed how understanding the teachings has changed how I experience life and handle situations brought to me. I am well aware that I have only scratched the surface, however, the benefits are encouraging and I will stay the course.

      • #5798
        admin
        Keymaster

        BennuAdoration of the Benu bird

        Udja

        A good rendition of this lesson.

        Perhaps one of the most important things you said in this post was “2. When an aspirant has this perspective they have an awareness that everything that happens in their life is a movement on their path to enlightenment.”

        This is so even for non aspirants but not having this perspective a non-aspirant loses the opportunity to recognize and use the adverse situations of life as springboards to introspection and development of khak-ab (dispassion and detachment). This quality is perhaps one of the most powerful tools available to an avid aspirant so that in “good times” (prosperity) they turn to the teaching and in “bad times) they also turn to the teaching and thereby move with alacrity towards the higher goal of life; as opposed to the non-aspirant who swings from running after more pleasures during prosperity and then when that ends they complain and wallow in the miseries of life, thus exacerbating and reinforcing the egoistic delusions and ignorance of life along with intensifying the physical experiences and thus dulling the capacity for spiritual sensitivity.

        About your statement: “I am amazed how understanding the teachings has changed how I experience life and handle situations brought to me.”

        Very good, allow this feeling to be the wind beneath your wings and allow Heru to soar to the heights of Aton and there merge with it, just like the Benu bird (phoenix – solar bird of Ra). The wonder and glory of the spiritual teaching, when recognized, is a powerful motivator and a source of great enjoyment for an avid aspirant and that enjoyment is a pathway to detaching from the world and attaching to the teaching and devoting oneself to the Divine and leaving worldliness behind.

         

        HTP!

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