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    • #2266
      admin
      Keymaster

      Udja-Use this forum to post your Book reading assignment work

    • #2534
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1-Lesson 5 Reading Pg 51-58
      Many preachers use exciting methods?
      When life humbles the aspirant it is even more important that they should do what? it is even more important that they should trust in the teacher who will never rub their noses in it or turn them away
      How should a spiritual aspirant think and feel about humbling themselves to the teaching and their teacher?
      The aspirant realize that the teacher is a representative of the Divine on earth and should be accorded the same respect
      You must attempt to never lose your temper in the presence of the preceptor and never treat the preceptor unrighteously or with resentment.
      Kamitan spirituality there is more focus on the divinity as opposed to the personality of the preceptor as concerns reverence in the form of an incarnate divinity

      • #2543
        admin
        Keymaster

        Harper

        It is not possible to linger in Egypt ‑

        no one can escape from going west (end of life- Netherworld).

        One’s acts on earth are like a dream.

        -From , “The Songs of the Harper”

        Udja
        There is perhaps no more important element of personality character that an aspirant should seek to cultivate than “humility” for humility facilitates self-awareness, intellectual capacity and spiritual sensitivity. Self-awareness is being aware of ones actions and thoughts and feelings instead of being an automaton that acts based on animal instinct and later regrets things done. Intellectual capacity is the ability to think and reflect freely without having a mind tainted by feelings and emotions that skew the thought process about what is right or wrong in favor of the ego’s desires, regardless of truth. Spiritual sensitivity is the capacity to be sensitive to that which is beyond the strictly physical ream; the recognition that there is more even when it is not fully understood or yet experienced fully.

        However, humility is not the same as humiliations. This is taught by Maat philosophy, for you take insults while recognizing the insulter as immature, insensitive and caught by ego’s grip, but not take physical, psychological or psychic blows that might do real damage. Humility is also recognizing one has the magnanimity of forbearance and the wisdom of detachment and dispassion. And that is for the outer world; for the inner, humility is the effacement of ego and the recognition that one is more than this mortal and limited watery encasement. Humility protects from the delusion of human reality, physical power, vanity, pride and spiritual ignorance. These reflections and feelings are facilitated by humility which culminates in realization of the highest teaching.

        HTP

        • #3942
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Dua Sebai Maa,

          Thank you for this response to Charles. I am reflecting on what is said on humility, what is self-awareness and intellect, and detachment and dispassion.

          Htp

      • #3941
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Greetings Charles, Udja!

        I also just completed pages 51-58. What really stood out to me is the seriousness of spiritual life, the serious determination and understanding that is needed to let go of egoistic attachments, elation and depression, pain and pleasure, and pursue a higher life and experience. In this way I was also inspired by the humility of an aspirant and the initiative needed to seek out and follow the teachings of an authentic preceptor. What also stood out to me was the love related to the student-teaching-preceptor and how it should be more elevated then any other form of worldly relationship. This is so profound because it really makes sense…people say they love people and these people are also the #1 people who they get angry with, get on their nerves, develop resentments toward, etc. I have felt this in relation to family and friend relations and it always felt like something was really wrong here, and now this really makes sense that unless a community is based on the attainment of Nehast and a serious cleansing of the ego, then that level of love is not possible because the egoism and lack of desire to purify the vices and fetters results in an imbalanced relation.

    • #2572
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 6 Reading 59 -68

      The world did not come from nothing, nor is it sustained by nothing

      The term “Neterianism” is derived from the name “Shetaut Neter.” Shetaut Neter means the “Hidden Divinity.”

      Those who follow the spiritual path of Shetaut Neter are therefore referred to

      Four Great Truths
      1) God is One and in all things manifesting through the Neteru
      2) Unrighteousness brings fetters and these cause ignorance of truth
      3) Devotion to God allows the personality to free itself from the fetters
      4) The Shedy disciplines are the greatest form of worship of the Divine

      The afflictions of Set include: anger, hatred, greed, lust, jealousy, envy, gluttony, dishonesty, hypocrisy, etc.

      The term Nafu means freedom to breathe liberation

      The four disciplines of Shedy are:

      Rekh Shedy (Wisdom), Ari Shedy (Righteous Action and Selfless Service), Uashu (Ushet) Shedy
      (Devotion) and Uaa Shedy (Meditation)

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about their prospects to achieve the “Great Awakening”?

      As a spiritual Aspirant I think of my prospects of achieving enlightenment as positive and achievable in this lifetime. I believe I have the opportunity and that this time I will achieve spiritual enlightenment. I believe that thinking positive is the key. Once I believe in myself and know myself I can accomplish anything. Seba Maa states in lesson 6 video “if you have gotten this point you have already made great strides”. I think about this statement every step I take towards enlightenment.

      I believe thanks to Seba Maa and Seba Dja we have been provided with an amazing opportunity to realize the Great Truths. This exposure and perfection of the Shedy disciplines provides us with an great great opportunity achieve the Great awakening

      What teaching(s) of the Neterian Creed do you believe in currently, are working on believing, find hard to believe? Why?

      I view a creed as an assembly and in order for the assembly to work efficiently the sub parts have to function or be in sequence. Since I view the creed as a “whole’ its challenging for me to only believe parts of if and not the whole.

      Through studying and meeting with Priest Ra Tem I can confidently say I believe our Neterian Creed.

      • #2578
        admin
        Keymaster

        299044

        “The delusion is believing that there are disunions. All things are one.”
        -Ancient Egyptian Proverb

        Udja
        Dua for your kind words of praise for the work and the teaching and your respect for your mentor. I would also add that those who have made strides to take this course and engage in the teaching at this intensive a level are even more advanced than those who attended the lecture but were not able to progress from that level and to a level of practice such as is being offered through this medium. So all students in the Kemet University are to be commended highly on this point.

        Your statement: “I view the creed as a “whole’” denotes a crucial step in progressing on the spiritual path of the mysteries and particularly, mystical philosophy and mystic realization. So this is a very good reflection. First it is necessary to understand the teaching and accept it. With a cleansed personality that teaching can be transformed from an intellectual notion to an experienced fact and this is the goal as well as purpose of the shedy disciplines; as these foundational teachings become firmly seated in the heart you will in degrees discover what this wisdom really means.

        HTP

    • #2580
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 1, Level 1 Reading Book Assignment Pages 10-20

      What is the relationship between the Egyptians and the Ethiopians?

      They both hold the same meaning, but are placed in different geographical locations

      What is the Initiatic Way of Education?

      To begin, the Initiatic Way of Education is a system which educates the aspirant about the teachings of yoga and mystical religion. These teachings involve listening, studying and meditation on a consistent basis. Including the right environment, compassionate and authentic guidance are extremely important too.

      How does the Kemetic Yoga counsellor help the seeker?

      A Kemetic Yoga counsellor helps the seeker to work through feelings that may arise. Such as anger frustrations and pain.

      They will work together to channel and restructure ways to rise above the energies that maybe affecting the seeker.

      How should a beginning aspirant think about the different levels of aspirants?

      In the Shetaut Neter System there were 3 levels of aspirants
      1 Aspiration – This level is for aspirants who have not experienced inner vision. However the important factor of this level is, the aspirant will start to become conscious of the awakening of spiritual self and divine presence.
      2 Striving – This level is for aspirant with inner vision and received a glimpse of cosmic consciousness. This level is the purification of mind and body through spiritual discipline.
      3 Established – This level is for the aspirants who have become identified or united with god. The important factor about this level is experience and appreciation of the divine presence through reflection and mediation.

      To conclude, through reflection and experience it is important as an aspirant to be mindful to other aspirants and honour the levels that they are developing at.

      • #2594
        admin
        Keymaster

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        Udja
        Very good- for more information on the issue of initiation levels of aspirants go to these two links for review.

        https://www.asarucollege.org/important-points/em-level-1-discussion-forum-archive-ending-33115/

        http://www.egyptianmysteries.org/

        These are from previous posts that offer more insights into this teaching and will serve you as you move forward through the program.

        Indeed it is important to maintain respect and detachment from other aspirants even while observing and interacting. In observing other aspirants an aspirant should look on them for introspection purposes. Am I suffering from their shortcomings and if so how can I work on those? Do they have some virtuous quality that I do not have and how can I work on myself to achieve that virtue?

        An aspirant should refrain from jealousies, envy, etc. as all aspirants are different and have different aryu challenges to work through. However, there are some commonalities on the spiritual path that all must face and overcome at different times. Therefore, the world serves as a classroom whereby the teaching of the sages can be practiced and witnessed and learned from in order to improve and work towards spiritual perfection i.e. discover of the higher self and firm seating in that experience and self-awareness.

        HTP

        • #2612
          DinahPemberton
          Participant

          Thank you for your feed back on All Assignments. It is valued indeed. I am aware the majority use the term U, Udja and Hetep. Can you explain the meanings of these words please.

          • #2622
            admin
            Keymaster

            Udja spelled out copy

            Udja

            hetep (peace)

            Hetep

            Udja

            The syntax and protocol of using “Udja” and “Hetep” in conversations evolved out of a spiritual practice of maintaining decorum in conversation along with relating and maintenance of the Neterian spiritual conscience in communications. Udja, among other things, means greetings from a most benign and joyous perspective; as if extending glory and well-wishing to the one greeted. This establishes the tone of communications and even before we start it sets a spiritual tone which will help to bring the thoughts, ideas and feelings of the speaker out in the most peaceful, constructive and caring manner as possible. Then to conclude the message the signature is preceded with HETEP which means among other things supreme peace. By applying this protocol and before signing the message hetep is a final check on what has been said. Does the message mean well and does it come from the best part of me to thee? Will this message promote peace and heal any wounds or will it promote chaos or delusion? Is this message worthy of being preceded with Udja and is it worthy to be sent in a spirit of Hetep?

            When this protocol of communications is used, it helps the speaker train the personality to be in the space of udja and hetep and it helps the receiver look forward to, celebrate and bask in the positivity and peacefulness of the message as a welcome missive sure to add glory to the day, warmth of the heart to carry one the challenges of life and good feeling to pass on to the next receiver; in a community of support, peace and communal spiritual evolution.

            HTP

    • #2600
      DavidWatson
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 5 Reading Assignment:

      Personal Assessment:

      1. How would you describe your knowledge of religion and philosophy?
      My knowledge of religion and philosophy is limited but I am ready to advance that knowledge.

      2. What do you see as your greatest obstacle to your happiness and fulfilment in life?
      My greatest obstacle to happiness and fulfilment is my ignorance of the divine within.

      3. What do you see as the most important need you have?
      What I see as my most important need spiritual development and maintaining a Maatian life.

      4. What is your previous religious affiliation or faith and how do you think that relates to what you are following now?
      As a child I was raised as a Christian and since the age of 17 I embraced the Rastafari tradition until now. The only relation I can see is the connection to Africa.

      5. What role do you feel religion or spirituality play in your life?
      Spirituality plays a much greater role in my life now than it did years ago. I have learned that spirit and matter must be in harmony in order for me to develop my true self.

      6. Have you had any previous Yoga instruction? If so where and what is your experience?
      Yes. I was trained and certified in the Tjef Neteru Sema Paut system by Neter Asar Aunkh Aakhu in 2008. I practice Yoga on a daily basis not just the physical movements.

      7. Have you received any advanced religious instruction?
      No.

      8. How do you see your life?
      I see my life as a work in progress. Each day that KhepRa creates gives me the opportunity to improve my condition as I make subtle changes that move me closer to Neter.

      9. What do you think of your own potential to succeed in life?
      I have the potential just like anyone else to be successful and to achieve.

      10. If you could, what would you like to do with your life?
      I would spend my life doing the things that bring me closer Neter and share it with those who are seeking Neter.

      • #2623
        admin
        Keymaster

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        Udja
        This is a good personal assessment and you are to keep it saved in your journal as you will come back to it at some point in the future and reflect on your journey.
        You are perhaps by now reflecting on the idea that the depths of the teaching are vast and that your training in Tjef Neteru set you up for a positive foundation in your spiritual practice. Many yoga instructors, especially those who have learned Indian yoga in the west have taken it with more of an emphasis on the physical aspects and stress relieve etc., which are laudable to be sure; however they neglect the in depth studies both intellectual and introspective, that an avid and successful aspirant needs to engage in. Therefore, all who engage those studies and inner disciplines in a wholistic manner are best served by the spiritual practice and are the best servers of humanity as well.

        HTP

      • #2631
        DinahPemberton
        Participant

        Udja NafaAnkh Ausar

        Thank you for sharing. A need of mine also is to try and maintain a Maat life style. Which i haven’t applied in my personal assessment, but you have help me to remember.

        Hetep

      • #2834
        Nefertem
        Participant

        What a wonder way of stating that “Each day that KhepRa creates gives me the opportunity to improve my condition as I make subtle changes that move me closer to Neter.”.. It’s like you are speaking future into existence. I truly enjoyed

        HTP

    • #2601
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 1, Reading Assignment, pages 10-20

      What is the relationship between the Egyptians and Ethiopians?
      The Egyptians were a colony of Ethiopians who migrated from the south of Africa and settled in the north east part of Africa. The only difference was location.

      What is Yoga philosophy?
      Egyptian Religion

      What is the Initiatic Way of Education?
      An exact system that involves listening to, study of and meditation on the teachings in a proper environment with proper guidance. It is a proven and “defined” method of achieving and reaching the ultimate goal in life.

      What is Initiation?
      Initiation is more of an embarking on a journey of spiritual living which leads to spiritual enlightenment. It is a “lifestyle” that involves all aspects of one’s life.

      How does the Kemetic Yoga counselor help the seeker?
      The Kemetic Yoga counselor, through techniques and disciplines, helps the aspirant to rise above the pain they have experienced in the world by turning that energy into developing an attitude of healthy dispassion for the previous pain experienced. As one moves along their path, it is beneficial to have an experienced counselor to not only explain and help the seeker understand their experience, but also to give them guidance on how to move past those experiences that may hinder them in reaching their goal. Having a counselor who has the wisdom and knowledge from their own experience is like a welcome safety net to a seeker who is traversing new territory and experiences.

      How should a beginning spiritual aspirant think about the different level of aspirants?
      (1) Aspiration – Students instructed on a probationary status and have not experienced inner vision. Those that are seeking, searching and have not found an anchor in the self.
      (2) Striving – Students who have attained inner vision and who have experienced a glimpse of cosmic consciousness. Those who have found a glimpse of the self, however, are not firmly rooted in that knowledge.
      (3) Established – Students who have UNITED with GOD. Those who are connected and grounded in the knowledge of self.

      • #2624
        admin
        Keymaster

        ANIMATED agancientegypt7

        “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

        Udja

        It is important to understand what initiation is and how the initiatic process works. Many people have been initiated by various spiritual traditions and sometimes even pay thousands of dollars to be initiated into a spiritual tradition and there is so much emphasis on the physical ritual that the deeper meaning and process behind it more often neglected. It is important for mature aspirants to understand that the initiatic path is not an event but a process and the ceremonies of initiation along the way to enlightenment are milestones and not destinations. The degraded notion of initiations is a legacy of degraded culture and lost connections to the wisdom of the past.
        Additionally, you are advised to review the article and Q and A on the topic of initiation located on the Egyptian Mystery School orientation site.

        HTP

        • This reply was modified 6 years, 2 months ago by admin.
    • #2629
      DavidWatson
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 3 reading assignment.

      Who is Shetai?

      Amun, the hidden one.The Neter, Neberdjer. The Divine within.

      • #2642
        admin
        Keymaster

        HTP

    • #2633
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 2, Level 1 Reading Book Assignment Pages 21-22 (Personal Assessment)

      1. How would I describe your knowledge of Religion and Philosophy?

      I am still learning. I am aware that we apply Religion and Philosophy in everything we do.

      2. What do you see as the greatest obstacles to your happiness and fulfillment in life?

      My greatest obstacle is the negative aspect I hold about myself. Which I know is an illusion, but I find it hard to believe that it is an illusion. I feel sometimes like I don’t exist in this world.

      3. What do you see as the most important need you have?

      A need to belong.

      4. What is your previous religious affiliation or faith and how do you think that relates to what you are following now?

      For the past 13 years I’ve practiced faith in my higher self/ spirituality. I lived with my Nana as a child she was a Christian. My Dad is Rastafarian and his parents are Seventh Day Adventist. I have never adopted any of these religions or faiths that I am consciously aware of. As I have always asked the question whose is god? How can I believe in God if I don’t believe in myself? God is just a three letter word, how can we praise a word that can’t be seen. So I decided to study and practice self-development to discover more. I’ve slowly started believe that there is something greater or higher, which I am aware and see why others call the energy God. I trust the teachings will reflect what I already know and help me to remember who I am, and lead me to truth of existence.

      5. What role do you feel Religion or Spirituality plays in your life?

      Spirituality ”my higher self/intuition” plays an important role in my life. It’s the only thing that has never let me down.

      6. Have you had any previous Yoga Instruction? If so where and what was (is) your experience?

      My relationship with yoga has been on an intuitional basis. I have practised yoga for many years, but never took it seriously. Last year I did pregnancy-yoga and about 2 months ago I did African yoga. My sister has been trained by Pablo Imani in Africa. She puts on sessions here in the UK (Manchester) where I am from. I notice when I do yoga and after, I feel connected to the world, I feel bright and lighter. Also I would have strong sexual dreams in relation to my past too. Yoga can have a powerful effect on me.

      7. Have you received any advanced religious instruction?

      Not that I am aware of. Maybe in my dreams but I was not aware.

      8. How do I see my life?

      At present and in reflection I am proud of what I have achieved so far. I’ve experienced a traumatic childhood and I became a mother at 16. I later went to college and studied a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling as well as Reiki Healing 1, 2 and Masters. I then went on to university where I gained a foundation degree in Integrated Practice in Children and Young People. I top up my degree to a BA Honour in Leadership and Management in Children Services. I travelled to the Amazon Rain Forest on my own, and stayed out there for 10 days with the shamans; I’ve also been to Morocco, Turkey, Cypress and Jamaica. I am currently bringing up my children on my own. It’s been nearly a year since I’ve had my second child after such a long time, as my eldest is now 15. I feel like there is more I would like to achieve, but I am aware I need to appreciate my successes and accomplishments of what I have achieved so far. Spiritually in my being I feel I’ve accomplished a lot and I have. But I have this negative side to me that I allow to take over. This stems, from my past as I was always known as the rebellious child who would never succeed. This has always stuck with me.

      9. What do I think of own potential to succeed in life?

      I do believe my potential to succeed in life would be grand no words would be able to describe the level; I would be devoted to help others to transform and exist in this world.

      10. If you could, what would you like to do with your life?

      The first thing I would like to do is transform my life so I could help others to transform and feel like they belong and exist in this world. Simply by being myself.

      • #2643
        admin
        Keymaster

        muata-teaching-300

        “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

        Udja

        It is good to see that you have been able to process several issues about your experiences in this lifetime. The reflective process helps one to confront important issues that one is either ignorant about or in denial about. You have rightly reflected on feeling non-existent sometimes; In a certain context you don’t! and neither do I nor anyone else nor anything else but the metaphysics of that will be left to another day and level of study. However, for now observe the contradictions in your statements about sometimes not existing but yet needing to belong.
        This is not uncommon for those who can look at their lives more honestly instead of with denial or distraction. As to your statement about belief in God, here again, for one who is not caught up in delusion there can be no question that faith is a crutch most people use to make it through the drudgery and fears of life but not as a real and provable existence. This is what makes mystical religion and philosophy different; if anything the aspirant is asked to have faith in the science of the teaching and that following it will lead to not just more faith but the discovery of that self-existent being and most coveted goal of life. So indeed, one cannot truly love oneself or others or truly care without distortion when there is lack of self-knowledge. As the practice and understanding of the teaching improves, so too does the experience of the divine and faith is at that point not required.

        As it so happens on our way back from the trip to Kemet we will be passing through London an conducting a few talks so perhaps we will see you there? I have met with Pablo and support his work.
        As for your accomplishments in life, now is the time to turn your energies to concentrate on the teaching and its practice and allow the transformations that you seek, to begin; see yourself not as a “rebellious child” but as a misfit and in a good way, those who are advancing aspirants do not fit with the paradigm of the worldly human created world and that is a good thing, it means you are not down with insanity!
        Therefore continue your efforts and look to the reward that the teaching promises and rely on the inner vision which emerges that is based on Maatian insight.
        HTP

        • #2737
          DinahPemberton
          Participant

          Udja

          Thank you. I would be honored to attend one of your talks in London. Please will you forward me the information of the dates and time please.

          Hetep

          • #2749
            admin
            Keymaster

            U

            contact Bro. Sematawi for details
            44 7939 204919

            HTP

    • #2639
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Lesson 1, Level 2, Reading Assignment: Introduction Into Egyptian Yoga.& Neterian Spirituality Workbook
      Pages 21-22
      Personal Assessment Questions

      1. How would you describe your knowledge of religion and philosophy?
      Limited, spotty. Although I have been searching this lifetime for answers in the area of spirituality, no one could answer my questions in a way that I could apply teachings in my life. I see now that the people, books or lectures I was going to for answers could not help me because they did not know the answers themselves. The most important thing I have learned is that intellect does not lead you to truth. Intellect allows a person to interpret or perceive information filtered through their ari, polluted by the unpurified mind. Taking the responsibility that I polluted my mind and therefore I have the power to purify it, is the first step in my journey. It is extremely humbling to come face to face with one’s ignorance.

      2. What do you see as the greatest obstacle to your happiness and fulfillment in life? Staying on the path of righteousness as I interact in the world. I must work to survive. Although, interacting gives me an opportunity to find the areas in my mind I must cleanse, it is an effort to be diligent and aware at all times. The tool I must use to reach enlightenment (the mind) is the same tool that is attempting to stop me from reaching my goal.

      3. What do you see as the most important need that you have? Information and guidance on how to apply the teachings in my life.

      4. What is your previous affiliation or faith and how do you think that relates to what you are following now? I was raised as a Jehova’hs Witness and intellectually followed because that is what I was taught by my mother. However, I always had questions that were never answered. I practiced metaphysical techniques and teachings for the past 25 years and although the techniques helped me to keep my sanity (relative), it did not provide me with wisdom.

      5. What role do you feel religion or spirituality plays in your life? There is nothing else. I have the knowledge and through experience am aware that there is no other goal for me in life. Everything in my life is a means to reaching that goal. Experiencing me as I truly am is the only purpose in my life. As I write this I am beginning to become aware of the concept of illusion.
      What I thought myself to be is not who I am.

      6. Have you had any previous Yoga instruction? If so where and what was (is) your experience? I had a private class, twice a week for six weeks. It was a form of exercise only.

      7. Have you received any advanced religious instruction? Relative to this, no.

      8. How do you see your life? I see my life as being productive. As I look back over the years, through the teachings I understand that I have been working through a great deal of karma. It explains why now it seems as if I have a clear path. The entanglements of life are few for me. Although I have family and friends no one lives close to me, I am in a city where I have no close friends or family. No distractions. Although I work and commute 2 hours each way, I can devote the rest of my time to the teachings and my practice.

      9. What do you think of your own potential to succeed in life?
      I have the willpower and determination, all I needed was an authentic preceptor to guide me, my potential to succeed is extremely high.

      10. If you could, what would you like to do with your life? Set an example for others and share what I have learned. I realize this answer will change. As I learn more about true self I will learn not only what I would like to do with my life, but my life’s purpose.

      • #2644
        admin
        Keymaster

        egypt_58

        “Learn that the advantage lieth not in possessing good things but in knowing the use of them.”

        Udja

        Very well
        Keep these answers in your journal as you will be looking at them again in the future.
        In your answer to question 2 about the greatest obstacle you mentioned staying on the path. I would say that though there are many aspects to right following (Shemsu Neteru) as you may have noted in the current Saturday night talks, indeed your statement in #1 is a key to dismantling any and all obstructions. You said: “Taking the responsibility that I polluted my mind and therefore I have the power to purify it, is the first step in my journey. It is extremely humbling to come face to face with one’s ignorance.”

        Taking responsibility is huge and opposite to faith-based religion which is for the most part surrendering free will and shutting down th intellect so you don’t see contradictions or have to deal with inadequacies, delusions or fears; you just pass it on to the church and hope those issues never come to mind so there is constant thinking about egoistic and worldly issues, churching and never reflecting and “god-forbid” never any meditation practice; for these things lead to dispelling delusions but also many people know they cannot “handle the truth” so they maintain willful ignorance and ignore or even actively repudiate those who contradict their narrow vision of life which in turn keeps them from discovering that which would truly lead to peace, sanity, wholeness and fulfilment in life.

        Many people would like to be in your situation of not having relatives too close or too many friends or distractions so you should try to make use of that situation if you can make use of it. I say it like that, keeping in mind what I said above about people not being able to face their issues and because though many people say they would like that situation the reality is they cannot make use of it since their minds are filled with the distractions, relationships, habits and prideful ideas of what their life should or is supposed to be. This prevents them from simplifying life and concentrating on what is truly important.

        Sharing what you have learned-with those who can listen- is a noble cause and a dynamic way to practice the teaching; as you take the responsibility outlined above you will have much nefer (of what is beautiful) to share with others.

        HTP

    • #2652
      DavidWatson
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 4 reading assignment

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about good association should and what actions should they take to insure they will receive and benefit from it?

      Good association for a spiritual aspirant should be thought of as keeping company with those of like mind. Keeping company with ones who are making the effort to cultivate and apply the principles morals and ethical teachings of Shetaut Neter. Or seek out a qualified Sage, Teacher or Sebai who can not only impart the teachings but give guidance and support along the way.
      Keeping good associations alone will not aid in spiritual advancement one must get into the habit of listening, studying and meditating on the teachings. Then one must find ways of methodically implementing these teachings so that they may lead one away from ignorance of the divine and lead one towards the path of the Neter.

      What food does the preceptor provide?
      The preceptor provides the mental food needed to train and correct the mind and makes one fit and healthy for the mental and spiritual work that is to come.

      When can you as the aspirant choose those disciplines which suite your personality?
      You choose when you are ready and been introduced to the discipline.

      Week 3 Topic#1
      Who is a Teacher? (a) A true teacher is one who lives the teaching.

      Who is Sebai?
      The Sebai is a preceptor, spiritual teacher or an enlightened personality.

      Where was the largest priesthood?
      Temples of Amun, Asar, Ra Heru, Net, Aset & HetHeru had the largest
      Priesthoods.

      Topic #2 The role of a Teacher?
      The teacher makes him or herself a conduit and an instrument for the Divine through which the Divine may enlighten others.

      • #2678
        admin
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        Funerary mask of Amenemope from the 21st Dynasty

        “The wise person feeds the KA with what endures, so that it is happy with that person on earth. The wise is known by his or her wisdom. The great are known by their wisdom.”

        -AEP

        Udja
        Well done.
        An important point to add is that the teaching of “keeping company with those of like mind” means associating with those who are wise, righteous, Godward mined and the like. It does not mean that one does not contact those who do not fit into that category, for, in the modern world we must be in contact with many elements of society. However, having contact is not the same as hanging out. If you have a coworker who is degraded you may be forced to have contact but you do not go out after work for drinks with that person (of course you do not go out for alcoholic drinks with anyone- you get the point). So this is not a culture where you only talk to those who are in it but on the other hand on the spiritual matters, the teaching and questions of initiatic nature you would not go talk to an uninitiated friend just as you would not go talk to a plumber to fix an electrical problem in your house! Doing Maat is keeping the balance and balance is not extremism or fanaticism but living a life of Maat and increasing development of the initiatic insight inevitably leads to strong concentration and following and the wisdom desire for higher experience (shemsu udja) and a move away from the illusory nature of worldly life. And that might be taken by the worldly as fanaticism from their perspective but an aspirant only need care about the determination of the preceptor, the scripture, fellow aspirants and their own inner sense. Of course, since following Shetaut Neter neither requires not asks aspirants to sequester themselves from the world, which is a hallmark of cults, Shetaut Neter can neither be considered a cult or a fundamentalist religion and in a sense this is what makes it harder to follow; fundamentalist religions and cults are easy since they ask absolute obedience, relinquishment of personal decision-making and sequestration from the general population all of which makes it easier for the mind to fall into deluded notions, extremist views and fundamentalist feelings that shut down the intellect and lead to atrophied mental capacity. Shetaut Neter is a mystic religion and philosophy that promotes balanced development of feeling and intellect leading to integration of the personality and wholistic elevation out of worldliness and into the realm of self-knowledge.
        HTP

      • #3792
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Greetings. I am also on lesson 4. This reading was very enlightening for me and the work of cleaning ourselves up, pursuing good association, and true spiritual teaching was inspiring. I particulary appreciate the point of seeking out spiritual personalities and as we ourselves wake up we attract new levels of awakened beings.

    • #2656
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1-Lesson 7 Book Reading pgs 69-90
      1. How should a spiritual aspirant think about the prospect of “becoming godlike” and their capacity to live a life of virtue and cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge, practice and bodily discipline and is this possible for everyone? If so why so? If not why not?
      A spiritual aspirant should think of their prospects of becoming godlike as a mix between a journey and a mission. One should maintain the relentless energy to complete the mission, but understand and realize this is also a journey. Becoming godlike is possible and attainable for all human beings because it is ingrained in our DNA.
      2. What kind of text is Papyrus of Any?
      Mystical Philosophy and Ritual Scriptures
      3. The symbol of Neter is an Ankh? False
      4. What is the meaning of the term “Neteru”?
      gods and goddesses
      5. There 3 main traditions in Shetaut Nete. False
      6. The gods and goddesses who are whose thoughts?
      Supreme Being in the form of the god Ptah
      7. In what period did the Temple of Amun become important?
      early part of the New Kingdom Era
      8. The goddess as well as the female gender were respected and elevated as the male divinities in Kemetic religion? True
      9. The centers of Asarian Tradition tradition were the city of Abdu
      10. Teachings of the Aton Tradition are related to the Neter Aton and its main exponent was the Sage King Akhnaton

      • #2681
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        ba soulThe Ba (soul) hovering over the Mummy (physical body) holding the Shen (eternity) glyph

        “Salvation is the freeing of the soul from its bodily fetters; becoming a God through knowledge and wisdom; controlling the forces of the cosmos instead of being a slave to them; subduing the lower nature and through awakening the higher self, ending the cycle of rebirth and dwelling with the Neters who direct and control the Great Plan.”

        -AEP

         

        Udja
        These brief questions and answers hold profound insights. Firstly, the journey and the mission is a very apt way to look at the teaching at this level of study; in many traditions such as orthodox western religions it is all a mission, a destination, a reward for faith. In Shetaut Neter, from the perspective of a religious process, it is both an act of life (Maat) and a result (Nehast). And viewing the process in this way will be beneficial in facilitating the assimilation of the teaching and the practice of it with a balanced heart unburdened by pressure to achieve some far off goal but also offering the ability to apply the necessary and desirable intensity of spiritual practice now in the present.
        Becoming “godlike” is in the DNA but in the DNA of the soul for the body’s DNA has its own evolutionary process and purpose. The spiritual DNA is composed of conscious awareness or Akh so the individual soul (Ba) is actually composed of Akh (Spirit) and no matter how much the soul may come to believe it is individual the Akh always remains there and will be accessed when the externalized, ignorant and atrophied mind is corrected and redirected towards what is true as opposed to the falsehood of egoistic (Seitan) life. This is what this program of initiatic study was created for and what is dedicated to promoting.
        HTP

        • #2999
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Udja Charles and Sebai,

          Dua for highlighting that the process which is how life is supposed to be lived (maat) is important as the result or goal of life (Nehast).

          htp

        • #4739
          KaMaat-Amentat
          Participant

          Udja,

          I found this quite interesting. Because I am currently in a state where I and starting to go about my day with wisdom and knowledge of the wise. I do believe that this has helped me remain at peace while I further embody and become devoted to my spiritual practise.

          HTP

      • #4609
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Udja Sebai, Charles, and Akua on the post by Charles #2656.

        This lesson has been profound for me and very enlightening. Like Akua I always am helpful to get this instruction on Shedy (process, Maat action) leading to the goal(Nehast, Light Aryu). Thanks Sebai for your response here.

        Htp

    • #2686
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson #4 Book Assignment, pp. 35-50

      1) Why is keeping the company of wise important?

      • Since the mind naturally imitates what it is exposed to, keeping the company of the wise helps an aspirant develop spiritually.

      2) How should a spiritual aspirant think about good association and what actions should they take to insure they will receive and benefit from it?

      • A spiritual aspirant should think about good association as keeping company with wise teachers who will correct the aspirant’s misinterpretations, and influence the aspirant’s spiritual development in a positive way. When the aspirant is ready, the teachers will appear, so the aspirant should continue to push him/herself to develop spiritually in order to ensure they will receive and benefit from the company of the wise. This occurs through studying the teachings, and developing moral character and intuition.

      3) What food does the preceptor provide?
      • The food provided by the preceptor consists of the wisdom teachings.

      4) When can you as the aspirant choose those disciplines which suit your personality?
      • All four shedy disciplines must be practiced in an integrated fashion in order for nehast to occur.

      5) Who is a Teacher? A) A teacher is one who lives the teaching

      6) Who is Sebai?

      • Sebai is a Preceptor, an enlightened personality that serves as a spiritual teacher.

      7) Where was the largest priesthood?
      • The largest priesthoods were in the Temples of Amun, Asar, Ra, Net, Aset, and Hetheru.

      8) The role of a Teacher? The teacher makes him or herself _a conduit_____ an _instrument_____ for the Divine through which the _Divine may enlighten others when they are ready._________

      • #2728
        admin
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        slide from Shedy Wisdom presentation showing good association

        Udja

        The importance and benefits of Khnumnt Nefer cannot e overstated. Good association of any kind is positive for the personality and for developing positive aryu but good association with sages is best. One can have bad association with sages also by ignoring them, dissing them etc. all to avoid hearing what they have to say and avoid making changes in life so as to continue deluding oneself that the worldly path is correct and good.
        Good association leads to godhood. It is the loving embrace of mother Aset who resurrects the soul from its slumber of delusion and gives birth to heroic aspiration that will meet the challenges of egoistic life (Set) with sure resolve.
        Good association is often poopooed in western secular life since it is in direct contradiction with the western concept of individuality and self-determination which is usually meaning freedom to pursue worldly desires, regardless of how destructive or futile those may have been revealed to be. The western and generally egoistic tendency is to pursue staying away from real religion altogether or staying away from religions that have a full three stage process and instead gravitating towards those that facilitate egoism, like the major western religions that only demand faith but no ethical or moral improvement. This is why we can have Islam, Christianity or Judaism followers also supporting empire and exploitation of other peoples while we do not see that in Neterianism, Buddhism, Taoism, etc.
        So a person who recognizes the need for good association by facing their inadequacies, failings and the misery of life born of egoism and the possibility of leaving that behind and achieving the higher self by consciously choosing the path of advanced religion and philosophy–that person is lauded in the teaching and beloved of God. Those persons will grow in wisdom and devotion/love to discover their higher nature and the end of egoistic delusion!
        HTP

    • #2714
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Leson 3, Reading Assignment , Pages 23-34

      Who is Shetai?
      Incomprehensible God, Mysterious One, Secret One,

      Yoga in Ancient Egypt? The term Shedy is the spiritual discipline or program to promote spiritual evolution that was used in ancient Egypt.

      What is Egyptian Yoga? The term Smai Taui or Smai Heru-Set are Ancient Egyptian words which are translated as Egyptian Yoga.

      What is the path of nature and in light of that, how should a spiritual aspirant think about their path?
      When an individual discovers union of the lower with the higher self through repeated reincarnations and pain and suffering without the benefit of instruction with a religious or spiritual teacher. The teachings have subtle meanings and can be misunderstood when using intellect alone, initiatic teachings by a spiritual preceptor or senior student can assist the aspirant in understanding the teachings correctly. The aspirant should think of their path as a journey and along the journey wisdeom will be obtained with the help of a spiritual preceptor. Although the goal is Nehast it is not the final destination, the wisdom obtained on the journey will help the aspirant as they reach higher levels.

      The Qualities of an Aspirant? The Aspirant must have the initiative or primary interest in advancing spiritually.

      What pushes the aspirant to become super normal? Yoga

      Qualification of an Aspirant? One who is to rise above the pain and frustration from interacting in the world while practicing yoga must have a positive frame of mind. The ability to use one’s will power and to remain steadfast in the journey are some of the qualifications.

      • #2730
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        Slide from Intro to Egyptian Yoga - showing Sema tawi = Egyptian Yoga

        Slide from Intro to Egyptian Yoga

        Udja

        Very important teachings in this assignment.
        What is the difference between an aspirant who actively seeks to follow the teaching versus one who seeks intermittently or without much intensity and between that and a person who does not have interest and another who actively seeks to stay away?
        The difference is called maturity but in spiritual terms that maturity means the state of mind wherein a person experiences the level of wisdom they have based on their experiences; in other words the sum total of their aryu that creates the persons likes and dislikes. After some time of life the experiences leave residues in the unconscious mind (Ab) and if there are more negative than positive then there will be tendency to stay away. If the negative is much more than positive then there is tendency towards dullness and extreme repudiation.
        If there is more positive than negative there will be more willingness and interest and if there is much more positive than negative there will be intense desire for movement towards that object or perceived benefit. Therefore, having recognized the tendency in oneself, the task is to cleanse and improve the aryu in the mind and that is done through shedy and most importantly through khnumnt nefer –good association with more advanced personalities and of course the higher the personality the better. This process culminates in the discovery of higher consciousness for oneself wherein no more faith or trust in preceptors or scriptures is needed and that person becomes now a conduit of the wisdom teaching and a beacon for others to find the way to allow their maturing personality to reach full maturity and spiritual enlightenment.
        HTP

      • #5557
        Jason W
        Participant

        Udja Sandra

        What stood out for me mostly on this particular feedback was how spiritual maturity is more so based on a level of wisdom through one’s own experiences. I can’t think this practice into Nehast..It needs practice/action. How through one’s experiences positive or negative will attract or repel one towards or away from the teaching. I see how this determines the differences between one who practices with intensity versus one without much. Lastly i’d like to add from what else stood out is how a cleansing of the negative aryu through consistent, positive action/practice and association with advanced, higher personalities the better. I feel this is important on a development of the aspirant in reference to increasing intensity.

        HTP

    • #2731
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Leson 4, Reading Assignment , Pages 35-50

      Why is keeping the company of wise important?
      It is the most important way of promoting awareness and reflection. It is the primary way to accelerate spiritual development.

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about good association and what actions should they take to insure they will receive and benefit from it?
      It is the nature of the mind to imitate what it focuses on. A wise person or a spiritual preceptor will correct what the aspirant is doing incorrectly and clarify understanding of the teachings when the aspirant is misdirected by their own understanding. An Aspirant must become the best disciple they can while going about their daily life. Once an aspirant puts into motion their systical process they will meet teachers and sages along the way as they progress.

      What food does the preceptor provide?
      The preceptor provides the mental food in the form of the teachings.

      When can you as an aspirant choose those disciplines, which suit your personality?
      Once an aspirant learns the methods of correct spiritual discipline, they can choose the discipline that suits their personality.

      Who is a teacher? (a) A teacher is one who lives the teaching.

      Who is Sebai? An enlightened personality.

      Where was the largest priesthood?
      The Temples of the Gods Amun, Asar, Ra and Heru and the Temples of Goddesses Net, Aset and Hetheru.

      The Role of a Teacher? The teacher makes him or herself conduit and an instrument for the Divine through which the Divine may enlighten other when they are ready.

      • #2742
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        “Beware of falsehoods from misunderstood teachings.”
        -AEP

        Udja
        A critical point that was covered in the current Saturday night talks online was the teaching of Shems and this is covered in the current EM Level 1 course but it was done in the series in a very dynamic way and all are recommended to view this as it covered special teachings and scriptures related to following the wise, sages, elevated personalities.
        http://www.kemetuniversity.com/tv/

        A teacher is additionally not only someone who is advanced but someone who is adept at explaining the teaching in a way that the student can understand; otherwise the teaching process would be impaired.

        HTP

    • #2738
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 3, Level 1 Reading Book Assignment Pages 23-34

      Question 1
      Who is Shetai?

      Shetai is the hidden God Incomprehensive God, Mysterious One, and Secret One.

      Topic 1
      Yoga in Ancient Egypt? The term Shedy is the spiritual discipline or program to promote spiritual evolution that was used in Ancient Egypt.

      Topic 2
      What is Egyptian Yoga? The term Smai Taui or Mai Heru-Set are Ancient Egyptians words which are translated as Egyptian yoga.

      Question 2
      What is the path of nature and in light of that, how should a spiritual aspirant think about their spiritual path?

      The path of nature is not an easy road it requires incarnations of repetitive suffering and pain, this process will eventually teach you to find abiding happiness in the world rather than in yourself. The aspirant must have an interest in advancing spirituality; the aspirant also has to be willing and ready to be free from the world of pain, sorrow and ignorance.

      To conclude, in discovering this journey from within, the aspirant will be able to receive the right instructions from the guidance of a spiritual preceptor. The path of yoga has been known to be successful to discovering the self. The three key stages to yoga are listening, reflecting and meditating in a state of concentration on the divine.

      Topic 3
      The qualities of an aspirant? Aspirant must have the primary interest in advancing spiritually.

      Question 3
      What pushes the aspirant to become super normal?

      Yoga pushes the aspirant to rise beyond the mental conditioning of what normal is.

      Topic 4
      Qualification of an aspirant? One who is ready to rise must have a positive frame of mind.

      • #2743
        admin
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        ANIMATED agancientegypt9

        “It is not possible to give one’s Self to the body and the bodiless, things perishable and things divine. The one who has the will to choose is left the choice of one or other; for it can never be the two should meet. And in those Souls to whom the choice is left, the waning of the one causes the other’s growth to show itself.”
        -AEP

        Udja

        Very important teachings were imparted in this lesson.
        Firstly: About- “willing and ready to be free” –this occurs in varying degrees. The teaching of the temple of Aset gives the example of Lady Aset who achieved advanced “Khak ab” or dispassion/detachment/renunciation” and this afforded her the fortitude and spiritual strength to seek for the highest spiritual consciousness and to achieve enlightenment. There are three levels of aspirants, the mediocre, struggling and advanced. The mediocre is a dabbler, inconsistent, shows up for class once in a while – usually when in spiritual crisis- and then goes about their business when times are “good”. The struggling is sincere but caught in the entanglements and distractions of the world; the advanced or lucid sustains the duties of life but with a spirit of dedication to the divine in thought word and deed; maintaining ever-present the wisdom of the teaching and not allowing the muck of the world to interfere with their attention to the divine even when they are tending to family, work or personal needs, etc. The “will” in the “willing and ready to be free” occurs in relation to the spiritual maturity (freedom from distractions based on worldly delusions as these create conflict, angst, worldly yearnings and erroneous understandings about life and the nature of self that keep a person engaged and seeking fulfilment in the world of time and space and thwarts the spiritual movement.
        Indeed, in this process an aspirant needs to strive to maintain a positive frame of mind even when there is failure, for failure or success is in the realm of the world and that is relative and caused by past erroneous aryu collected from the past and now there needs to be focus on collecting new positive aryu in the present that will transform the mind eventually. What is important is to strive to correct errors and lead to correct understanding, feeling and action.

        HTP

    • #2781
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Leson 5, Reading Assignment , Pages 51-58

      Many preachers use exciting methods.

      When life humblers the aspirant it is even more important that they should do what? Trust in the teacher who will never rub their nose in it or turn them away.

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about humbling themselves to the teaching and their teacher? As if the teaching and the teacher were divinity, with complete respect, trust and gratitude. They must offer and pledge their support to the preceptor, mentally, physically and spiritually.

      You must attempt to never loose your temper in the presence of the preceptor and never treat the preceptor unrighteously or with resentment.

      In Kamitan spirituality there is more focus on the divinity as opposed to the personality of the preceptor as concerns reverence in the form of an incarnate divinity.

      • #2800
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        Aset cartoushe original MAA

        (Silver and Gold Aset Temple Cartoushe)

        “The lips of the wise are as the doors of a cabinet; no sooner are they opened, but treasures are poured out before you. Like unto trees of gold arranged in beds of silver, are wise sentences uttered in due season.”

        -AEP

        Udja

        Indeed, being loud and rude is spoken against in the teachings because it promotes extroversion and egoism and of course, delusion and mental dullness.
        The reverence for the teaching and the teacher is not for the sake of not offending the teaching or the teacher but it offends the spirit within oneself. One wants to have a good relationship so that the teacher may share all that is necessary that an aspirant can receive. When there is rudeness towards the teacher or the neteru, they as if clam up because their words are or may fall on deaf ears. A singular pleasure they have is sharing the teaching so it does not take much to precipitate glorious words; and also it does take something to stop the flow of wisdom but that is not their doing, it is the doing of the aspirant, by their egoism, shyness, rudeness, disrespect of the process, etc. So an aspirant should cultivate ethical conscience, courteousness and reverence but that only after vetting the teaching and the teacher. Then they can choose to humble themselves to the teaching and the teacher and receive the benefits therein.

        HTP

      • #3943
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Udja Sandra,

        I also just completed the reading for lesson 5, pages 51-58. What stood out to me is the serious effort and self-reflection of an aspirant in recognizing our own ignorance, egoistic tendencies, and fetters; and the beauty and preciousness of turning to an authentic teacher and teaching with the understanding that we will be able to attain Nehast and become one with Maat. As light as the feather of an ostrich even though it is quite a large feather. The gravity of our ignorance and egoism is intense, and shows that the relationship of teacher to preceptor and teaching is a form of love that can be very pure, true, ordered, and purposeful indeed.

        Htp,
        Anthony

    • #2786
      De’EddaPowell
      Participant

      Level 1 : lesson 2 reading assignment

      1. I would describe my knowledge of religion and philosophy to be like that of most westernized people. My openness and understanding of religion and philosophy broaden once I became more educated. After a class in anthropology we review religion. That class was truly the first step to my path of enlightenment. I wrote a research paper on the religious cult of Voodoo or Voudon. At that time I label myself as a Christian. So it was an eye opener to see how much Christianity (Catholic) is similar to Voodoo. The similarity was something that we would have never imagined based on what was taught to me as a child. From that day forth I knew that there was so much more that I didn’t know.
      2. I believe the great obstacle in my life is myself due to my passed iri, and cultural iri.
      3. The greatest need in my life is to understand who I am, where I come from, and where I am going, in the level of time and space and my spiritual level.
      4. Christianity is my pervious religion. I think the Kemetic teaching relates to what I am following now. Because of what I know now I am able to have a better understanding on what message the bible was trying to relay.
      5. Spirituality and religion plays a major role in my life It’s the vechile that guides me through my life journey.
      6. I have had pervious Yoga instructions through the Temple of Amun with Priest Ra Tem and Priestess Amunty of Charlotte N.C. The instructions I received assured me that the path of Shatuat Neter was the right spiritual path for my quest for Nehast.
      7. I’ve studied religion just briefly in my psychology courses but I wouldn’t call them advanced.
      8. I see myself in a good light. I’m educated, found a life partner, own a business, and have two children. As far as my spiritual life, I need more growth in that area.
      9. I feel that anything that I want to accomplish I will achieve as long as I am devoted.
      10. If there is anything that I could accomplish in this lifetime it would be Nehast. I would also like to help guide people in healing their physical body naturally. I am currently educating myself on the path for both.

      • #2811
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        ba soul

        “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

        Udja

        A good review of where you are as of now. Keep this in your journal as you will look at it later as you progress.

        Indeed there are many similarities between Vudun and Christianity. An important aspect that Christianity, Christianized religions and other African Traditional Religions do not share with Shetaut Neter is the third level of religious practice which is the mysticism. Yet, they hold important value for many people and to the extent that they help improve the personality to that extent they are positive and the personality eventually is led to more advanced forms of spiritual practice.

        HTP

        • #3944
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Udja Dua Sebai Maa,

          Thank you for this response to another student. “Woe to those who wait” really touched me in this proverb-teaching. The mystical level is indeed missing from so many of the pathways people use to pursue spirituality and religion, if only hearts could experience the mystical religion may represent socially what it really should be about. Growing up in a liberal community that respected certain universal and moral aspects of religion, the serious practice of religion was rarely spoken of in respectful terms. But, woe to those who wait, the mystical experience is the door-way to Life. Will reflect on your response here.

          Htp,
          Anthony

        • #4703
          admin
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          Additional comments:

          Udja

          Your studies in Voudon are similar to some formal studied that Sba Dja did on the same subject and indeed she also studied other African Traditional Religions as well. I covered this subject in the books African Origins and Mystical Journey from Jesus to Christ. So we are very familiar with other ATR’s and have seen first-hand the Africanization of Christianity throughout Africa and the Caribbean. Our dedication is going to the source of those traditions which was demonstrated in the Book African Origins go back to Kemet. So your studies will be helpful as you engage the myth and philosophy of Shetaut Neter through this course of study.

          Having worked through a search in life that involves family, career and having expanded your horizons so as to have pursued formal studies in psychology and religion, if you also attain peace of mind (HETEP) and philosophical detachment and dispassion (khak-ab) then you are poised to achieve the goal of life.
          HTP

          book cover African Origins Hard

          Book Mystical Journey Jesus to Christ 2002

    • #2801
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Reading Level 1 Lesson 8

      Akhus, are enlightened beings.
      The goal of the Neterian disciplines is t discover the meaning of Who am I
      How should a spiritual aspirant think about the diet of the initiates as espoused by the temple of Aset and is it a realistic goal to be achieved?

      “Have faith in your master’s ability to lead you along the path of truth”. Yes, this is a realistic goal in THIS life of time and space.

      The general population was considered to be one of the most healthiest groups of the ancient world.
      True

      The initiates ate the same diet as the common folk. False

      As part of your spiritual program, begin controlling your intake of food gradually.

      Whose favorite food is lettuce? Me. Nuk Pu Nuk Asar Asar

      If your family members are not interested or do not understand what you are trying to do, what should you do?

      Maintain your practices privately and try to keep the interruptions to a minimum

      Once you have established a schedule of minimal time to devote to practices, what should you do?
      keep your schedule. Relentless pursuit

      One should start your Spiritual Practice with Proper Breathing Techniques

      What is the minimum time for meditation? 10 min AM 10 min PM

      • #2813
        admin
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        Highlights of Shedy

        Udja

        There have been many questions about the shedy practice since the Blogtalk series ended. One is about the amount of time spent in Shedy during the day
        The idea starting out is that something is better than nothing and quality is better than quantity. So, The formal practice should be at least 5 minutes. In this five minutes one can read a section of text, utter a chant a few times and make a silent observance. This is what is exhorted in the daily emails. This requirement can be accomplished by reading the email and following the instructions therein.

        Of course if there is more time and inclination the time can be increased accordingly and the benefits will be greater.
        Now, the informal practice is next in importance; this means thinking and feeling the teaching as one goes about the daily tasks, not losing site of the teaching and getting caught up in worldly situations, relations or desires unconsciously. If this is done it is a powerful shedy movement and positive aryu creation.

        Now if there is spending time in Khnumnt Nefer good association then the benefit is multiplied manifold.
        Next if there is advanced success with meditation practice that is the ultimate benefit of all. BUT! An aspirant cannot move from A to D without going through B and C so starting little by little and building up is better and not doing a lot on one day then nothing for a week, etc..
        Shedy should not be a burden but it can be a struggle until the battle between the ego and higher self swings to the favor of the higher self; in the meantime do a little and stealthily buildup as the ego begins to enjoy and even help to its own subjugation.

        HTP

        • #3073
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Dua Sebai,

          I particularly appreciated the comment “Shedy should not be a burden but it can be a struggle until the battle between the ego and higher self swings to the favor of the higher self; in the meantime do a little and stealthily buildup as the ego begins to enjoy and even help to its own subjugation.” It reminded me that the ego is being sublimation/purified and not eliminated.

          Htp

    • #2806
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson #5 Book Assignment, pp. 51-58

      Many preachers use ___exciting__________________ methods

      When life humbles the aspirant, it is even more important that they should do what?
      It is even more important that they trust their spiritual teacher.

      How should a spiritual aspirant think and feel about humbling themselves before a teaching and their teacher?
      The aspirant should know that humbling him/herself before a teacher and teaching is necessary in order for spiritual development to truly occur.

      You must attempt to never lose your _temper in the presence of the preceptor___________________.

      In Kamitan spirituality, there is more focus on the __divinity__________ as opposed to the _personality of the preceptor_____________.

      • #2815
        admin
        Keymaster

        Teaching of balanced worship from 2014 Neterian Conference presentation Highlights for Blogtalk

        Udja

        Indeed, the injunctions about loud forms of worship is specifically handled in the Pert M Heru text and the reasons are many; primary is the issue that boisterousness and excitement in spiritual practice stimulates the physical nature of the personality instead of calming it so it will subside and allow a higher subtler reality to appear. True sages are not offended by anything since doing so would mean being offended by an illusion. Therefore, the admonition to aspirants is for their own sake since they can develop the notions based on worldly forms of relating and relationships, that once they have disrespected a person that person will resent them so they cannot speak to the person or they should feel bad when approaching that person. Those bad feelings (Negative aryu) are originated in the person’s own ego and that ego wants to prevent or stop the approach to the spiritual personality and thereby thwart the spiritual movement and remain in an egoistic state of life-Set, the ego- has defeated Heru in this instance! The sages forgive all but cannot teach all but those who are ready meaning balanced, sane and desirous of attaining higher consciousness (have attained maturity in terms of human existence) and now are ready to go beyond the ordinary human existence.

        HTP

    • #2844
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson #6, Book Assignment: pp. 59-68

      Question
      The world did not come from ___nothing_________________________.

      NOTES:
      Where did the term “Neterianism” derive from?
      The term “Neterianism” derived from “Shetaut Neter,” or “Hidden Divinity.” Neterianism refers to the philosophical and spiritual culture that gave rise to Kemet.

      Those who follow the path may be referred to as __Neterians______________________

      NOTES:
      Write out the Four Great Truths.
      1) Pa neter ua ua Neberdjer m neteru (The Neter, the Supreme Being, is one and alone and as Neberdjer, manifesting everywhere and in all things in the forms of Gods and Goddesses.)
      2) an Maat swy Saiu Set s-Kemhn (Lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality, and these fetters cause ignorance of the Divine.)
      3) s-Uashu s-Nafu n Saiu Set (Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set.)
      4) ari-Shedy rekh-ab e Maakheru (The practice of the Shedy disciplines leads to knowing oneself and the Divine. This is known as being “true of speech.”)

      Question:
      What are the afflictions of Set?
      The afflictions of Set are egoistic qualities of the mind such as anger, hatred, lust, and jealousy.

      Question:
      What is the meaning of the term “Nafu”?
      “Nafu” means “freedom” or “to breathe.”

      NOTES:
      The four disciplines of Shedy are:
      1) Rekh Shedy (Wisdom)
      _____________________________________________________________________
      2) Ari Shedy (Righteous Action & Selfless Service)
      _____________________________________________________________________
      3) Uashu Shedy (Devotion)
      _____________________________________________________________________
      4) Uaa Shedy (Meditation)
      _____________________________________________________________________

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about their prospects to achieve the “Great Awakening”?
      A spiritual aspirant should know that through practicing the Shedy disciplines regularly over time, and practicing good association (including receiving the teachings in the presence of the Sebai) he or she is ultimately guaranteed to achieve the “Great Awakening”

      Question
      What is the teaching of Shemsu?
      The teaching of Shemsu refers to following the path of Shetaut Neter through practicing the Shedy discplines which include: Rech-Ab (Wisdom), Uashu (Devotion to God), Acting with Righteousness (Maat), and Meditation (Uaa).

      • #2928
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        Keymaster

        Udja

        Very accurate and well done posting

        HTP

        • #3026
          Nefertem
          Participant

          LindseyHunnicutt

          Wonderful post. Especially

          “A spiritual aspirant should know that through practicing the Shedy disciplines regularly over time, and practicing good association (including receiving the teachings in the presence of the Sebai) he or she is ultimately guaranteed to achieve the “Great Awakening””

          During our temple gathering on Sunday Uab Ra Tem stated the following: “Your faith and ability in yourself cannot be solved by denial, reflection and frustration. It can only be done by being in the present with Amun and the applications of the wisdom teachings Rek Ab.”

          I know this seems very simple but this one parable seemed to apply to multiple situations in the lives of several aspirants in our group. There is positive energy in Khnumnt Nefer or good association

          HTP

          • #3070
            AndrewGarrow
            Member

            Dua for the post Charles. Really helpful for me.
            Htp

    • #2845
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 4, Level 1 Reading Book Assignment Pages 35-50

      Why is keeping the company of the wise important?

      Its helps to keep the aspirant in the development of awareness and reflection of the teachings, it also helps the aspirant to face worldly minded people on their journey.

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about good association and what actions should they take to insure they will receive and benefit from it?

      An aspirant should think about good association as important part of their journey and taken seriously towards Nehast. Insuring they keep good company with wise teacher, who will correct aspirants, journey positively. As a result purification of the mind and body and understanding the teachings, are extremely important. Wise teachers lead you to greater awareness.

      What food does the preceptor provide?

      The food that the preceptor provides is pure wisdom and teachings.
      When can you as the aspirant choose the disciplines which suit your personality?
      When the aspirant is purified and ready, to become a good student. The aspirant will be able to recognise or choose the right discipline suited for their personality ready for integration.

      Who is a teacher A true teacher? A true teacher is one who lives the teachings

      Who is Sebai?

      Sebai is a spiritual Preceptor.

      Where was the largest priesthood?

      In the Temples of Amun, Asar, Ra, Net Aset, and Hetheru

      The role of a teacher? The teacher makes him or herself a conduct and an instrument for the divine through which the Divine may enlighten others when ready.

      • #2930
        admin
        Keymaster

        Chatroom picture 1

        Udja

        A small correction: In the statement “The teacher makes him or herself a conduct” the word “conduct” should be “conduit”.

        The two main topics of this posting assignment

        1-Good Association
        2-choosing the disciplines which suit your personality

        These subjects were expounded upon in the Chatmeeting from July 29 and so that is worth a look in reference to these subjects.

        Well done

        HTP

    • #2848
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 -Lesson 4 – Introduction to Egyptian Yoga – WB pg. 35 – 50

      1. Why is keeping the company of wise important?

      Due to the nature of the mind to imitate what it focuses on, keeping the company of wise ones is important because sages and saints are enlightened and if they are imitated it’s a sure way the aspirant will achieve the same and this is the primary way to accelerate the spiritual development of an aspirant.

      2. How should a spiritual aspirant think about good association and what actions should they take to insure they will receive and benefit from it?

      A spiritual aspirant should think about good association as a means of proper augmentation of the wisdom teachings as to gain the correct interpretation of them. In spiritual development one needs guidance as to not fall to the ignorant perception of the mind. To benefit from great personalities an aspirant must exercise humility and honesty.

      3. What food does the preceptor provide?

      The preceptor provides food in the form of the wisdom teachings.

      4. When can you as the aspirant choose those disciplines which suit your personality? Once one learn what the spiritual disciplines are and how to apply them.

      5. Who is a Teacher? A true teacher is one who… LIVES….the teachings

      6. Who is Sebai? A Sebai is a spiritual preceptor/teacher.

      7. Where was the largest priesthood? The Temple of the Gods Amun, Ra, Asar and Heru and the Goddesses Net, Aset and Hetheru.

      8. The role of a Teacher? The teacher makes him or herself ……a conduit…. an…instrument…for the Divine through which the…Divine may enlighten others when they are ready.

      Htp

      • #2931
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        very good answers

        here too these subjects were expanded in the Chatmeeting of July 29

        I believe you were present there.

        HTP

      • #3071
        AndrewGarrow
        Member

        Dua for the post Akua. The contact of an authentic teacher is greatly needed so as not to fall prey to the ignorance we are trying to get rid of and books can only take you so far.
        Htp.

    • #2849
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 5, Level 1 Reading Book Assignment Pages 51-58

      Many preachers use exciting methods?

      When life humbles the aspirant it is more important that they should do what?

      Trust the teacher who will never rub there noses in it or turn them away.
      How should an aspirant think and feel about humbling themselves to to the teachings and their teacher?

      An aspirant should trust and respect the teacher as the teacher has been in the aspirants’ position before and understands the struggles that the aspirant is experiencing. It’s important that the aspirant continues the relationship with the teacher even if they know longer feel they need their help, as this is also a part of the teaching as well.

      You must attempt to never lose your temper in the presence of the preceptor and never treat the preceptor righteously or with resentment

      In Kamitan spirituality there is more focus on the divinity as the opposed to the personality of the preceptor as concerns reverence in the form of an incarnate divinity.

      • #2932
        admin
        Keymaster

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

        -AEP

        Udja

        One correction in your assignment posting.

        In your statement:
        “You must attempt to never lose your temper in the presence of the preceptor and never treat the preceptor righteously or with resentment”

        This should be You must attempt to never lose your temper in the presence of the preceptor and never treat the preceptor

          UN-

        righteously or with resentment.

        This admonishment is for the sake of the aspirant. If an aspirant causes disruption in the relationship with a teacher that can have profound psychological effects related to guilt, inadequacies, fears, etc. such as are experienced in worldly relationships but magnified due to the fact that deep down an aspirant knows the higher truth and the importance of such relationships. So this is a backlash from the unconscious of the aspirant and not coming from the teacher. That backlash can even be an emotional conduit for negative feelings of self denigration that can lead to shame that prevents an aspirant from engaging the relationship and thus prevent themselves from receiving the teaching, a kind of self punishment of sorts. From the teacher’s side the disruption causes them to place their efforts where they can better be served as the aspirant needs more maturity or purification time; though when the aspirant is ready to humble him/her self to the teaching the relationship may be resumed.

        HTP

    • #2857
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 -Lesson 5 – Introduction to Egyptian Yoga – WB pg. 51 – 58

      1. Many preachers use __exciting___methods.

      2. When life humbles the aspirant it is even more important that they should do what?

      It is important for an aspirant to trust the teacher who will in essence help them get through it and not reprimand them for their an-maatian actions. The teacher/preceptor is forgiving and understands the struggles of the ignorance of the Higher Self.

      3. How should a spiritual aspirant think and feel about humbling themselves to the teaching and their teacher?

      An aspirant should think of humbling themselves to the teachings and the teacher as a surrender to the Divine. Surrender in the sense of giving up one’s unrighteous ways (egoism) for wisdom and truth. This is done by having faith and trust in the teacher and the teachings. The teacher is a conduit of the Divine in time and space and an aspirant should honor and respect them for the privilege to be led by them on the spiritual path. In doing so an aspirant should support their teacher mentally, physically and spiritual by supporting and being a devotee of the teachings/path exemplified through Divine Love. Devotion to the teacher is devotion to the Divine.

      4. You must attempt to never lose your temper in the presence of the preceptor and never treat the preceptor unrighteous or with resentment.

      5. In Kamitan spirituality there is more focus on the Divinity as opposed to the personality of the preceptor.

      Htp

      • #2933
        admin
        Keymaster

        Aset-and-Baby-Heru-Maddona

        Goddess Aset and the child Heru (Preceptor and aspirant)

        Udja,

        I think this statement of yours put things very succinctly:

        “Surrender in the sense of giving up one’s unrighteous ways (egoism) for wisdom and truth.”

        The surrender to the divine is a relinquishing of ego, so an aspirant is giving up something that is illusory in favor of something that is true and real from a higher perspective.

        The focus on Divinity is to be understood as a focus on truth. An advanced teacher, having discovered divinity has also “as if become divine” yet the direction of reverence is not towards the ego personality of the teacher albeit purified through the teachings, but rather the reverence is due to the divinity that has been discovered by the teacher and which to the extent is operating dynamically in that personality.

        HTP

    • #2881
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Reading Lesson Level 1 Lesson 9 pg 107-124
      1. What is MAUI?
      “to think, to ponder, to fix attention, concentration” – Reflection

      2. Name the process in the practice in the Yoga of Wisdom.
      a. Listening to the wisdom teachings on the nature of reality (creation) and the nature of the Self.
      b. Reflecting on those teachings and incorporating them into daily life.
      c. Meditating on the meaning of the teachings.

      3. What are the steps in practicing the Yoga of action?
      a. Learn Ethics and Law of Cause and Effect-Practice right action
      b. Practice cultivation of the higher virtues
      c. Devotion to the Divine
      d. Meditation

      4. How should a spiritual aspirant think about ego based feelings and how does the Action Path affect them as an aspirant transforms through time?
      “In the beginning stages of practicing yoga when you are not very attuned to listening to your spiritual voice, you may not experience much peace. However, as you choose to listen to that voice more and more, and indulge in prayer, hekau and the other disciplines of yoga more than you indulge yourself in egoistic practices, you will notice within yourself a river of peace, faith, security and devotion which will eventually overflow and wash away all ego based emotions from your personality. This is the victory of Heru (Horus) over Set within your personality.”

      5. If you do not learn the spiritual lesson that the situation is here to teach you, what happens?
      If you do not learn the spiritual lesson that the situation is here to teach you, you are setting yourself up to have the experience repeat itself again

      6. By acting and moving like the gods and goddesses one can do what?
      By acting and moving like the gods and goddesses one can essentially discover their character, energy and divine agency within one’s consciousness and thereby also become one of their retinue, i.e. one with the Divine Self.

      7. Yoga postures began in India. True/False
      False

      8. Many enlightened personalities from time to time indulge in ___________activities.
      Recreational

      9. The stagnation of the flow of energy through the body has what effect?
      The stagnation of the flow of energy through the body has the effect of grounding one’s consciousness to the physical realities rather than allowing the mind and body to operate with lightness and subtlety.

      • #2934
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        “O people of the earth, men and women born and made of the elements, but with the spirit of the Divine within you, rise from your sleep of ignorance! Be sober and thoughtful. Realize that your home is not on the earth but in the Light. Why have you delivered yourselves unto death, having power to partake of immortality? Repent, and change your minds. Depart from the dark light and forsake corruption forever. Prepare to blend your souls with the Eternal Light.”

        -AEP

        Udja

        Well done assignment

        A further comment:

        The stagnation of the flow of energy through the body has what effect?

        In addition to “grounding consciousness” this pathology can manifest misdirected ego afflictions, self-destructive behaviors, misplaced aggression, feelings of spiritual bankruptcy, low self-esteem and a host of other psychological ailments which in turn can cause detrimental physiological changes including cancer and other severe illnesses leading to early death or a miserable painful long life.

        HTP

    • #2905
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Lvl 1 Reading Assignment 3

      Who is Shetai?

      Shetai is the Hidden God, incomprehensible god, the Mysterious One, Secret One.

      • #2935
        admin
        Keymaster

        HTP

    • #2907
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 -Lesson 6 – Introduction to Egyptian Yoga – WB pg. 59 – 68

      1. The world did not come from _nothing_.
      2. Where did the term “Neterianism” derive from? Shetaut Neter
      3. Those who follow the path may be referred to as Neterians
      4. Write out the Four Great Truths
      A. “Pa Neter Ua Ua Neberdjer M Neteru” – “The Neter, the Supreme Being is One and alone and as Neberdjer,
      manifesting everywhere and in all things in the form of Gods and Goddesses.”
      B. “an-Maat swy Saui Set s- Khemn” – “Lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality and these
      fetter leads to ignorance of the Divine.”
      C. “S-Uashu s-Nafi n saiu Set” – “Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set.”
      D. ari Shedy Rekh ab m Maakheru – The practice of the Shedy disciplines leads to knowing oneself and the
      Divine. This is called being True of Speech.

      5. What are the afflictions of Set? The afflictions of Set are anger, hatred, greed, lust, jealousy, envy, gluttony, dishonesty, hypocrisy, etc
      6. What is the meaning of the term “Nafu”? Nafu means freedom, to be able to breathe
      7. The four disciplines of Shedy are:
      A. Rekh – The Shedy of Wisdom
      B. Ari Shedy – Righteous Action and Selfless Service)
      C. Uashu – The Shedy of Devotion
      D. Uaa Shedy – Meditation

      8. How should a spiritual aspirant think about their prospects to achieve the “Great Awakening”?

      An spiritual aspirant should think of “Great Awakening” as the Four Great Truths intuitionally realized through perfection of the Shedy disciplines, unveiling the truth about their existence. Therefore, the “Great Awakening” is achieved through effort that an aspirant put in the practice of the Shedy disciplines, so an aspirant should think of their prospects of achievement as a direct result of their efforts and practice.

      9. What teaching(s) of the Neterian Creed do you believe in currently, are working on believing, find hard to believe? Why? I currently believe and have faith in all the teachings of the Neterian Creed because it encompasses the Four Great Truths of Shetaut Neter, the foundation of the spiritual path of experiencing God.

      Htp

      • This reply was modified 6 years ago by Bastu Akhu.
      • #2937
        admin
        Keymaster

        ANIMATED egypt_30

        “Truth is but one; thy doubts are of thine own raising. It that made virtues what they are, planted also in thee a knowledge of their pre-eminence. Act as Soul dictates to thee, and the end shall be always right.”
        -AEP

        Udja

        well done

        I particularly appreciated your #9 in that you recognized the convergence of the teaching and its integration as opposed to seeing them as separate albeit complementary teachings; indeed this is the higher perspective.

        HTP

      • #3130
        Seba Dja
        Keymaster

        Udja,

        Re: Akua: B. Ari Shedy – Righteous Action and Selfless Service)

        We also refer to this Shedy as: Maat Ari.

        HTP,
        S. Dja

    • #2917
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 1 – Intro into Egyptian yoga and Neterian spirituality
      Pages 10-20

      Egyptians and Ethiopians are one people.
      Ethiopians came from the South into Egypt. Both languages describe the race of the people in the names of their countries/Land.

      Egyptians were a colony of Ethiopians from the South who came to the North East part of East Africa.

      Yoga philosophy is Egyptian religion.
      It is the path of Spirituality that can lead to Nehast when devoted and disciplined.

      The initiatic way of life is the temple system of education. Initiation is an introduction into the path of Spirituality. It is an aspirant embarking on a journey to lead to spiritual Awakening.

      Yoga councillors initiate the seeker/student into the spiritual teachings based on the students ability.
      Aspirants may be on different levels due to knowledge, experience and ability. Whether you know a fair amount you should start on level 1 to be guided throughly through things you may already know.

      • #2939
        admin
        Keymaster

        Races-of-Diop-Tomb-of-Ramses-3-web

        Four main ethnic groups recognized by the Ancient Egyptians
        (Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Libyans, Ancient Nubians, Ancient Middle Easterners)

        Udja

        well done

        One correction relates to the use of the word “race of people”. In a higher sense the Neterian teaching preeminently but not exclusively in the statements of Sage Akhenaton instructs that all human beings are of the same ethnicity even if they may appear differently on the surface. In this context we may refer to different ethnicities for color of skin is only one factor denoting a persons background, heritage, etc. within a total conception of culture. In other words we can have peoples from different ethnicities following western culture so the idea of race is a misconception and or fabrication to deceive humanity as to the common origins and underlying kinship of all humanity. So in ancient times different ethnicities were recognized but never was there an assignment of them to different or separate races of humanity; in other words there is only one human race.

        HTP

        • #3131
          Seba Dja
          Keymaster

          You are The Supreme Being, who did create beings endowed with reason; you make the color of the skin of one race to be different from that of another, but, however many may be the varieties of mankind, it is you that make them all to live.
          AEP -Sage Akhenaton

          Udja
          Re: Sebai Maa’s response: “One correction relates to the use of the word “race of people”. In a higher sense the Neterian teaching preeminently but not exclusively in the statements of Sage Akhenaton instructs that all human beings are of the same ethnicity even if they may appear differently on the surface.”
          I believe S. Maa meant to to use “race” instead of ethnicity in the above sentence.
          Ex. In a higher sense the Neterian teaching preeminently but not exclusively in the statements of Sage Akhenaton instructs that all human beings are of the same RACE even if they may appear differently on the surface.
          HTP,
          S. Dja

      • #3132
        Seba Dja
        Keymaster

        Udja KaMaat-Amentat

        Re: Yoga philosophy is Egyptian religion.

        Can you explain your statement a bit more?

        HTP,
        S. Dja

    • #2949
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 -Lesson 7 – Introduction to Egyptian Yoga – WB pg. 69 – 90

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

      An aspirant should think about the prospect of “becoming godlike” as the purpose and goal in life. My current understanding of becoming god-like means one have to act, think and feel godlike. The capacity for an aspirant to accomplish this and live a life of virtue comes from actively practicing and cultivating the virtues and qualities of the neteru. I think this is possible for everyone because it is our nature, who we are essentially but it depends on when this is realized by the person and there effort in the practices to move with the path of spiritual evolution to be awakened. So Ny, I think it is possible for everyone just a matter of when.

      2. What kind of text is Papyrus of Any? A Papyrus Text

      3. The symbol of Neter is an Ankh? False

      4. What is the meaning of the term “Neteru”? The term “Neteru” means “gods and goddesses.” They are cosmic forces that pervade the universe. They are the means by which Neter sustains Creation and manifests through it.

      5. There are 3 main traditions in Shetaut Neter. False

      6. The gods and goddesses who are whose thoughts? They are Ptah’s thoughts.

      7. In what period did the Temple of Amun become important? The early part of the New Kingdom era

      8. The goddess as well as the female gender were respected and elevated as the male divinities in Kemetic religion? True

      9. The centers of Asarian Tradition tradition were the city of Abdu, Pilak and Edfu.

      10. Teachings of the Aton Tradition are related to the Neter _Aton.

      Htp

      • #3041
        admin
        Keymaster

        DSC02022

         

        rolled up papyrus-PAPYRUS OF NESITANEBTASHRU -greenfield papyrus

        Lecture priest with feather crown - Book of the Dead, Egyptian Museum,  London, British Museum

         

        U,

        the Papyrus of Any is indeed a papyrus text but specifically a Pertmheru text – Book of Enlightenment. In the pictures above there is a Pertmheru text when the roll is completely opened-to give an idea of how long they can be. The picture in the middle is when found rolled up. The bottom picture is of Lector priest with feather crown ( Book of the Dead, Egyptian Museum, London, British Museum)

        The lector priest performs the readings from the scroll as the ritual takes place.

         

        HTP

      • #3086
        Shems Ua Netert
        Participant

        Udja Akua,

        I like your statement, “An aspirant should think about the prospect of “becoming godlike” as the purpose and goal in life.” It can be easy to get caught up in some situation or another, and to forget what it is that we’re trying to achieve. I think that remembering our purpose of becoming godlike makes it much easier to remain virtuous, and to be continuous with spiritual practice.

        Htp,

        Lindsey

        • #4270
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Udja Lindsey,

          Dua, Indeed, and from another perspective, knowing that we are already the Divine Self but it’s the veil of ignorance (egoism) that’s preventing us from experiencing this knowing is humbling and do make it easier to live a life of virtue to our capacity as we grow and evolve in the teachings through our spiritual practices (Shedy).

          Htp

    • #2950
      RonaldCrawford
      Participant

      udja,
      there wasn’t any book reading for level 1 lesson 2. Answering the question was a necessity for me. It allowed me to reflect on 30 yrs of my life. having this reflection has given me more of a awareness of where i am now in my life and how important guidance will be for me to move forward.

      • #3042
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        That is fine, this is the purpose. You can also post general thoughts or questions in the general forum.

        HTP

    • #2953
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 4 Reading Assignment pgs. 35-50

      1. Why is the company of the wise important?

      It is important because it is seen as one of the most primary ways to promote awareness and constant reflection. It is a primary means to speed up spiritual growth because it is the nature of the mind to imitate what it focuses on. When in the company of the Sebai the initiate can learn much more in terms of subtle nuances gained only through the experience that cant be gained by reading.

      2. How should a spiritual aspirant think about good association and what actions should they take to insure they will receive and benefit from it?

      An aspirant should regard good association as the best relationship one could endeavor to join. It should be approached with humility and a willingness to learn.
      What is learned should be reflected upon as much as possible to receive even deeper meaning and benefit from it. Also in a group setting because of the different personality types present different aspects of the teachings can come out based on everyone’s Ari. Another aspect of receiving the maximum benefit is to be prepared to be a good aspirant by purifying yourself so that you will be able to actually use the teachings given.

      3. What food does the preceptor provide?

      The preceptor provides mental food in the form of wisdom teachings.

      4. When can you as the aspirant choose those disciplines which suit your personality?

      Once you learn the correct methods of spiritual discipline then you may choose the one(s) that best suit your personality.

      Week#3 Topic 1 Who is a real teacher? (a)A true teacher is one who ______lives_____ the teaching?

      5. Who is Sebai?

      A preceptor.

      6. Where was the largest priesthood?

      The largest priesthood belonged to the temples of the Gods Amun, Asar, Ra, Heru and the Goddess Net, Aset, and Hetheru.

      Topic#2 What is the role of the teacher?

      Having discovered the source of pain and suffering the teacher seeks to eliminate it wherever it may be. But this is only done out of free will because ultimately the aspirant must be the one to want to reach enlightenment. The teacher having transcended the pain and sorrow of human existence can now express true compassion for humanity making him or herself a mooring post for the wayward aspirant who is ready to become secured to a spiritual doctrine.

      The teacher makes him or herself ___a conduit_______an______instrument__________ for the Divine through which the _______Divine may enlighten other when they are ready_______.

      • #3043
        admin
        Keymaster

        slide from Shedy Wisdom presentation showing good association

        Udja

         

        a good post.

        A few words on the concept of guidance. In the scripture presented in the 2014 Neterian Conference the instruction from the scripture talked about being in the company of the pure and the priests and priestesses. This may be understood, by extension, as keeping company with positive people, those who are seeking to better themselves generally and of course those who are practicing the disciplines that purify the personality which includes those who are spiritual aspirants at the varied levels and going from there to the higher initiates.

        Recalling the teaching of sage Imhotep, about wisdom:

        “Do not be proud and arrogant with your knowledge. Consult with the ignorant and wise. Truth may be found among maids at the grindstones.”

        -AEP

        Therefore, we are to keep in mind that the higher initiates may be seen as more ideal sources though since all is connected to the Divine there can be certain teachings that may come even from nature, animals and the elements or people who do not know they are saying something wise that actually may be a special insight just for you alone out of all the beings in the universe. Therefore be concentrated on the more ideal sources but also be open to the possibility of divine insight available from all sources.

         

        HTP

         

    • #2977
      RonaldCrawford
      Participant

      Level 1 Level 2 Reading Book Assignment Pages 21-22

      Answering the question was a necessity for me. It allowed me to reflect on 30 yrs of my life. having this reflection has given me more of a awareness of where i am now in my life and how important guidance will be for me to move forward.

      • #3044
        admin
        Keymaster

        HTP

    • #2997
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 -Lesson 8 – Introduction to Egyptian Yoga – WB pg. 91 – 106

      1. Akhus, are ____enlightened ___________beings.
      2. The goal of the Neterian disciplines is to discover the meaning of _Who am I
      3. How should a spiritual aspirant think about the diet of the initiates as espoused by the temple of Aset and is it a realistic goal to be achieved? An aspirant should think of the vegetarian diet of initiates of the temple of Aset as a necessary step in the pursuit of knowledge of self or to experience Self beyond the mind and senses. Ny, I think it’s a realistic goal to achieve with patience and effort.
      4. The general population was considered to be one of the most healthiest groups of the ancient world. True
      5. The initiates ate the same diet as the common folk. False
      6. As part of your spiritual program, begin controlling your intake of _food gradually
      7. Whose favorite food is lettuce? Set and Heru
      8. If your family members are not interested or do not understand what you are trying to do, what should you do? You should maintain your practices privately and try to keep the interruptions to a minimum.
      9. Once you have established a schedule of minimal time to devote to practices, what should you do? keep your schedule
      10. One should start your Spiritual Practice with a) exercise, b) prayer, c)breathing or d) meditation
      (c) Breathing
      11. What is the minimum time for meditation? 10 minutes

      • This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by Bastu Akhu.
      • #3045
        admin
        Keymaster

        egypt_54

        “O praise the goodness of the Supreme Being with songs for thanksgiving, and meditate in silence on the wonders of the love of the Divine; 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

        Udja

        Ideally, it has been enjoined to start the practice of meditation with 10 minutes and certainly if the practice is a guided meditation that is very doable. Many people starting out, if they do so with self instruction such as a book or being taught and then asked to do it on their own, have much trouble in doing the practice and sustaining it. For this reason the minimal starting time has been reduced to 5 minutes if it is unguided. If following along with a recording then it is easier. Doing a short meditation in a live setting would be most optimal. Yet everyone must start if they can, with the resources and time available and the idea is that if there is any start it will develop more capacity, in terms of inner peace and mental concentration, to extend the practice and draw more and more experiences of peace that will continue encouraging the personality to increase the practice to an increasingly effective level over time.

        HTP

    • #3013
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Lesson 1 Level 10 Pg 125 -140

      1) The Kemetic term ‘uaa’ means ____________________ (a)Meditation
      How should a spiritual aspirant think about their capacity to control “Externalized consciousness” and their ability to rise above their conditioning of the past? This is a critical step in the journey of an aspirant because externalized consciousness causes distractions and allows the aspirant to lose energy.

      “you must strive to rise beyond your conditioned mind and senses in order to perceive reality as it truly is.”

      2) The practice of meditation allows one to create what? (a)Higher Awareness

      3)The “normal” state of human consciousness cannot be considered as “_______________(a)WHOLE” or complete.

      4)When you fall asleep, you “believe” that the dream world is “_________________(a)REAL”. but upon waking up you believe it was not real

      5)Do not eat for at least _________ (a)2 hours before meditation.

      6) When you feel anger or other negative qualities, what should you do?(a) Recite the hekau and visualize its energy and the deity associated with it destroying the negativity within you. Example Om Amun Ra Ptah

      7) As intuitional vision of your all-encompassing nature dawns in your heart, you will be able to look beyond what? (a) all the different sizes, shapes, sexes and colors of people and recognize your Higher Self as the basis for their existence.

      8)What is the Kemetic term for Devotion? (a)Ushet

      • #3047
        admin
        Keymaster

        Book Mysteries of the Kybalion

        “To change your mood or mental state, change your vibration.”

        “To destroy an undesirable rate of mental vibration, concentrate on the opposite vibration to the one to be suppressed.”
        -AEP (from the Kybalion)

        Udja

        a good posting

        Some additional words on negative moods and feelings.
        In handling negative moods and feelings some helpful techniques are first breathing deeply, removing oneself from the immediate source of anger if one’s own personality is out of control. When the mind is calm applying reason based on the philosophy and with that devotional chant. This has the effect of breaking the physiological cycle of feelings and emotions that has been setup in the aryu (pushing your buttons) so you can take control of the personality instead of being guided (controlled) by the negative aryu of the past. This practice improves in degrees and is to be applied with continuous effort daily.

        HTP

      • #3133
        Seba Dja
        Keymaster

        Udja,
        Re: Charles” 6) When you feel anger or other negative qualities, what should you do?(a) Recite the hekau and visualize its energy and the deity associated with it destroying the negativity within you. Example Om Amun Ra Ptah.

        In addition to S. Maa’s post, each of the Shedy disciplines provide tools to overcome egoistic feelings and actions…including going for a walk in nature (neteru), breathing, chanting, Tjef Neteru, reflections, engaging in righteous actions, even ones such as doing practical righteous actions (laundry, cleaning, etc), reading a proverb, or recalling at teaching, reflecting on the teachings, deep breathing, meditation…it depends on the degree of egoism being experienced, the environment one is in (work versus home versus social gathering, etc), and one’s prior efforts in this area, how far one has already advanced.

        In general if the mind is in a dull state, it would engage in actions to shift it to a more lucid state, where the teachings can be effective and deeper reflections and meditation can be practiced.

        HTP,
        S. Dja

    • #3016
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 1
      Intro into Egyptian yoga and Neterian spirituality
      Pages 21-22

      Answering the questions in the work book allowed me to give myself a small evaluation. I was able to be asked questions that brought out responses I wouldn’t normally come out with. It helped me to understand where I am at & where I want to end up. I now have small list of negative traits I wish to work on to become more pure.

      • #3018
        Nefertem
        Participant

        Udja,

        There is a section in our studies that speaks on re- defining your understanding or perception of normal. This is a crucial step (self reflection) on the journey of enlightenment.

        Htp

      • #3048
        admin
        Keymaster

        IMG00151

        “If Mind and Divine Speech are used as meant, you will not differ from the immortals in any way.”
        -AEP

        Udja

        Indeed, the questions throughout the course program L1-L2-L3 have been formulated in a special didactic format based on initiatic principles so as to stimulate the reflective process and draw out the deeper reasoning capacity of the aspirant. Therefore, the experience which you describe is the one desired. It is not to be forced though, rather, is more of an organic process based on the engagement of a qualified aspirant with the righteous teaching and competent guidance. This is the work of the “process” of spiritual evolution, which most people cannot engage and which the valiant aspirant [Heru] moves towards. In the beginning it is not easy for most people [facing one’s unconscious issues (fears, misconceptions, negative feelings, desires and delusions, etc.)] but when a certain amount of purity of heart [living by maat] and understanding [saa] are achieved this overcomes the fears and lack of disposition to look within to cleanse the impure aryu. So the more an aspirant can engage the process the more qualified they become to advance further and surmount future obstacles and in fact the obstacles get easier until the personality becomes so strong, centered, purified and enfolded by Divine grace through shedy, that the obstacles have no chance in the face of the avid aspirant.

        HTP

        • #3052
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Sebai,

          Dua. In facing one’s unconscious issues as you described, I gathered that one becomes aware of the fetter/s of their own personality, if this is so, what in addition to what you mentioned can one do when one come face to face or become aware of an affliction of Set? Can you please expound on engaging the process of cleansing the fetter/impure aryu ? Dua
          Htp

          • This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by Bastu Akhu.
          • #3134
            Seba Dja
            Keymaster

            Udja

            Sebai Maa’s & My Post to Charles (above & reposed below) addresses this question. In addition, realize that the awareness of Set is not a Setian experience, but a Heru experience. In other words, it is because of your growing Heru-consciousness that you now can become aware that your actions/behavior/thoughts/feelings, are in error. Further, before, those egoistic expressions were you and there was no separation to be able to objectively notice them…separate from You. Just being able to identify them as Set, as something other than you (Heru), is a great achievement in the practice of detachment, the beginning stages of seeing the sky separate from the clouds, and awareness that you are the sky like self, and they are the ego like clouds, which only SEEM to condition you. However, this awareness and the detachment is not easy to practice when the mind is dull and agitated…so the practical steps below can assist with shifting the mind/mood.

            Sebai Maa: ‘Some additional words on negative moods and feelings.
            In handling negative moods and feelings some helpful techniques are first breathing deeply, removing oneself from the immediate source of anger if one’s own personality is out of control. When the mind is calm applying reason based on the philosophy and with that devotional chant. This has the effect of breaking the physiological cycle of feelings and emotions that has been setup in the aryu (pushing your buttons) so you can take control of the personality instead of being guided (controlled) by the negative aryu of the past. This practice improves in degrees and is to be applied with continuous effort daily”

            Seba Dja:

            “In addition to S. Maa’s post, each of the Shedy disciplines provide tools to overcome egoistic feelings and actions…including going for a walk in nature (neteru), breathing, chanting, Tjef Neteru, reflections, engaging in righteous actions, even ones such as doing practical righteous actions (laundry, cleaning, etc), reading a proverb, or recalling at teaching, reflecting on the teachings, deep breathing, meditation…it depends on the degree of egoism being experienced, the environment one is in (work versus home versus social gathering, etc), and one’s prior efforts in this area, how far one has already advanced.

            In general if the mind is in a dull state, it would engage in actions to shift it to a more lucid state, where the teachings can be effective and deeper reflections and meditation can be practiced.”

            HTP,
            S. Dja

            • #3136
              Bastu Akhu
              Participant

              Udja,

              Dua Sebai Maa, Dua Seba Dja,

              These responses are extremely helpful. Seb Dja your response “..realize that the awareness of Set is not a Setian experience, but a Heru experience. In other words, it is because of your growing Heru-consciousness that you now can become aware that your actions/behavior/thoughts/feelings, are in error. Further, before, those egoistic expressions were you and there was no separation to be able to objectively notice them separate from You. Just being able to identify them as Set, as something other than you (Heru), is a great achievement in the practice of detachment” was indeed profound in helping understand a little more about the battle between Heru and Set.

              Htp

              • This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by Bastu Akhu.
    • #3022
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      LESSON 9
      Level 1 -Lesson 9 – Introduction to Egyptian Yoga – WB pg. 107– 124

      1. What is MAUI? “to think, to ponder, to fix attention, concentration” – Reflection

      2. Name the process in the practice in the Yoga of Wisdom-

      A. Listening to the teachings B. Reflecting on those teachings and incorporating them in everyday life
      C. Meditating on the teachings

      3. What are the steps in practicing the Yoga of action?

      A. Learn Ethics and Law of Cause and Effect-Practice right action – (42 Precepts of Maat)
      B. Practice cultivation of the higher virtues
      C. Devotion to the Divine
      D- Meditation

      4. How should a spiritual aspirant think about ego based feelings and how does the Action Path affect them as an aspirant transforms through time?

      An aspirant should think of ego based feelings as clouds that are passing by and being purified through the path, yoga of action. This is done by practicing Maat informally throughout normal everyday activities as well as formal practices. Over time, as an aspirant continues spiritual practices such as hekau’s, chants, prayers etc. they will discover less agitation of the mind that is associated with egoism and more peace that is associated with the wisdom and voice of their higher self.

      5. If you do not learn the spiritual lesson that the situation is here to teach you, what happens? The lesson will repeat itself.

      6. By acting and moving like the gods and goddesses one can do what?
      One can discover the very character, virtuous qualities and energy of the gods and goddesses within themselves (consciousness) and therefore become one with the Divine Self.

      7. Yoga postures began in India. False

      8. Many enlightened personalities from time to time indulge in __recreational_activities.

      9. The stagnation of the flow of energy through the body has what effect?
      Stagnation in the subtle vital energy channels causes physical and mental diseases. The stagnation of the flow of energy through the body has the effect of grounding one’s consciousness to the physical realities.

      htp

      • #3049
        admin
        Keymaster

        Maat

        Udja

        Many important aspects of Maat philosophy were covered in this reading.
        In addition here are a few more points. The informal practice of Maat philosophy cannot be underestimated because it is this aspect that rectifies external life and which renders it “true” meaning righteous so that the actions of such a personality do not create negative aryu and to the contrary create positive aryu – and thus purity of heart (unconscious mind). Another important aspect is that they lead to HTP or peace and balance which produces a life free of anxiety since such a person lives for truth and not for acquiring objects or in fear of losing objects; not living to prove anything to others or to ridicule others; not living to create entanglements but only to have those that are needed for life; not desiring what is egoistic but only what is within the bounds of order and truth. Such a mind is able to have peace and mental balance for deep meditation and no impinging thoughts derived from an agitated life. So Maat has two aspects, a secular aspect and a non-secular aspect. This is why it is important to pay attention to the secular aspect and not be neglectful thinking only of the inner life. This understanding brings balance between the outer and inner experience leading to HTP or canceling out of all opposites leading to transcendence of time and space and the awareness of cosmic order and truth. This is what Maat philosophy is really all about. The song Maat Ankhu is based on an Ancient Egyptian Scripture that demonstrates the all-encompassing nature of Maat.

        HTP

        Maat Ankhu— 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

        Composed in the traditional Ancient Egyptian style, Maat Ankhu was inspired by the text of the Ancient Egyptian text now referred to as the Berlin Papyrus. As a long time student of Maat Philosophy from Ancient Egypt this song evoked the wonder and glory of knowing that the goddess (Maat) is everywhere and in anything and that if we live our lives in harmony with her by acting righteously and acknowledging the divine in every aspect of our lives we will discover the glory of spiritual enlightenment. This song is for anyone in need of support from the source of truth, righteousness and harmony. For more on the philosophy of Maat see my two books The Wisdom of Maati and The 42 Precepts of Maat.

    • #3024
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 7, Reading Assignment , Pages 69-90

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

      A spiritual aspirant is a person who wishes to experience Spirit, the essence of everything and is everywhere. To experience Spirit at its truest essence is to become godlike because when you can experience the Divine and become one with it you are in control of your true nature. This means you have purified the mind and have reached the goal of Nehast.

      If one has reached the goal of Nehast one has followed an authentic religion. A person has gained control over the ego. They are living their lives in complete accordance with Maat and have an understanding of the wisdom teachings. The person has followed and sustained a diligent Shedy practice and as they experience the physical reality they have been able to remain focused and pointed in the direction of the Divine. If a person has reached Nehast the person has reached a high level of accountability in that they are aware that all of their actions, thoughts, and speech create their reality from the past and into the future, therefore they are aware of the ability to create their future in alignment with achieving the ultimate goal of Nehast.

      It is everyone’s right and privilege to make the choice and to follow through with their choice. A spiritual aspirant find a Spiritual Preceptor who can teach and guide them, however, the work must be done by the spiritual aspirant. If a spiritual aspirant remains focused on this goal every part of their live will become in alignment with Maat eventually.

      2. What kind of text is Papyrus of Any? Mystical Philosophy Literature

      3. The symbol of Neter is the Ankh. False

      4. What is the meaning of the term Neteru? Gods and Goddesses

      5. There are 3 main traditions in Shetaut Neter. False

      6. The Gods and Goddesses are whose thoughts? Ptah

      7. In what period did the Temple of Amun become important? In the early part of the New Kingdom era

      8. The goddess as well as the female gender were respected and elevated as the male divinities in the Kemetic religion. True

      9. The centers of Asarian Tradition were the city of Abdu, Pilak and Edfu.

      10. Teachings of the Aton Tradition are related to the Neter Aton.

      • #3050
        admin
        Keymaster

        Heru holding sba ur instrument to mouth of mummy

        “Salvation is the freeing of the soul from its bodily fetters; becoming a God through knowledge and wisdom; controlling the forces of the cosmos instead of being a slave to them; subduing the lower nature and through awakening the higher self, ending the cycle of rebirth and dwelling with the Neters who direct and control the Great Plan.”

        -AEP

        Udja

        On the whole a good assignment posting. However here you have a circular statement:

        ” If a person has reached Nehast the person has reached a high level of accountability in that they are aware that all of their actions, thoughts, and speech create their reality from the past and into the future, therefore they are aware of the ability to create their future in alignment with achieving the ultimate goal of Nehast.”

        A person who has reached Nehast level of consciousness has already “achieved the ultimate goal of Nehast.” So they have done what was needed to be done in order to achieve Nehast and their journey is over no matter at what age that occurs. They do not die but there is no higher goal to be achieved in life. From there the meaning of life is expressing the glory of what has been discovered, wherever and to whomever wants to listen. Nehast means “spiritual awakening”. Just as you wake up only once in the morning no matter how many dreams you may have experienced during the night, in the same way the spiritual awakening of Nehast requires no other awakening, discipline or responsibility – it is true freedom from human experiences–which is after all, in the end, only a mental perception, limited by ignorance and human limited senses. Those who have achieved Nehast do not Create anything nor do they destroy anything; they operate in accordance with the wisdom derived from the higher self and thus ow no allegiance to anyone or thing except to the truth of who they are which is like the sun which benefits all and shows favoritism towards none. Those who come into the light are benefited by that person and those who stay in the shade remain in ignorance.

        please revise your statement and re-post again [AS A REPLY TO THIS REPLY). You may ask any questions you need to.
        HTP

        • #3065
          Sandra McMurray
          Participant

          Dua Sabai,

          Dua for assisting me in becoming aware of my misconception. After reading your response and reflecting, my statement should be:

          ” If a person has reached Nehast the person has reached a high level of accountability in that they are aware that all of their actions, thoughts, and speech created their reality, which was an illusion.”

          My prior incorrect statement was very telling. Being diligent in monitoring and controlling my speech, thoughts and actions has been a tremendous task. In my perception I see this as ongoing and never ending, which is incorrect. Even before I began the Kemetic studies on some level I knew this. however, I did not understand it or how to correct it.

          I am not the same person I was and I have grown under your guidance. Now I am more aware of why this is so important and I have my Shedy practice and an opportunity to understand more. Again, Dua

          Htp

          • #3348
            admin
            Keymaster

            “Those who hath learned to know themselves, hath reached that Good which doth transcend abundance; but they who through a love that leads astray, expend their love upon their body; they stay in Darkness wandering, and suffering through their senses things of Death.”

            -AEP

            HTP

    • #3025
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1-Lesson 11 Pages 141-154

      If religion and yoga are practiced at the lower levels only, what is the result? they will not yield spiritual enlightenment but dogmas and intellectualism.

      The Egyptian Yoga Book Series has been put together in such a fashion as to offer what? Every individual a specific discipline as well as an integrated method to practice all forms of yoga while at the same time advancing through the three stages of religion

      How should an aspirant think about their prospects to follow an integral path of Sema Tawi -Kemetic Yoga? In a positive perspective and also realize that as you grow in one area you grow in all areas if practiced correctly.

      The 4 aspects of the personality are (Emotion Reason Action and Will)

      The Yoga of Devotional Love enhances and harnesses the _________(emotional) aspect of the personality.
      Integral Yoga gives you the opportunity to practice Yoga at all times. True.

      Describe the 4 main paths of yoga practice.
      1) Yoga of Devotion [Reason]: This process involves having control over your feelings and throughout the day taking time out to Direct love towards the Divine.
      2) Yoga of Wisdom [Reason]: Learning to Understand the purpose and spiritual meanings of the myths and aspects of the gods and goddess
      3) Yoga of Righteous Virtue [Action]: Selfless Service – Purity of Heart
      4) Yoga of Meditation [Will]: The study and strengthening of the mind

      • #3051
        admin
        Keymaster

        Goddess Aset-not sure

        “The extension of the intellect which we possess for the survey of transcendent things, is very narrow; but most ample when it shall perceive with the felicity of self-consciousness.”
        -AEP

        Udja

        This is a good concise posting. One point on “If religion and yoga are practiced at the lower levels only.” In this case they most often lead to either dogmas which are believed on faith (Faith based religion) or can lead to intellectualism whereby those of strong intellect create self-serving philosophies around their chosen system of belief-which serves their desires or political ends. Since these are not based on truth but rather on intellectual argument, they are supported also by faith but an empty faith, without substance of right feelings derived from true (righteous) devotion to the divine derived from the complete practice of religion. So this is dry intellectualism. Dry intellectualism is based on ego-consciousness instead of self-consciousness [consciousness of the higher self]. On the other hand devotion without right reasoning based on an accurate higher truth derived from the mystic experience as related by authentic sages, is blind faith as it lacks true intellectual insight to illuminate the faith. So that blind faith in dogma instead of proven truth can lead to atrocities, hatred and fear even as the dry intellectualism which can develop into self-serving ideologies, can manipulate the ignorant faith-based masses. Dry intellectualism and blind faith are strong obstacles to enlightenment and powerful sources of human suffering and degradation. The key to avoid dry intellectualism and or blind faith is complete religion and authentic preceptorship in an atmosphere of balance and free of undue stress (political-economic-medical-social).
        Let me know if you have any questions about the distinctions being drawn here.

        HTP

        • #3067
          Nefertem
          Participant

          Sebai,

          So blind faith and dry intellectualism are in essence the same? Blind Faith and intellectualism represent different aspect of the ego-self?

          HTP.

          • #3078
            admin
            Keymaster

            Udja
            A better way to think of it is they lead to the same result: misconception, rigidity and inflexibility in understanding, manifesting as fanaticism, etc but they reach hat through different mental deficiencies. Blind faith is a deficiency in intellectual capacity and dry intellectualism is a deficiency in healthy feeling (feeling without mental complexes, guilt, fear, ignorance)

            The answer is that when there is healthy feeling and healthy thinking -together, then you have sanity, peace and intellectual capacity with spiritual sensitivity – this is the recipe for positive spiritual evolution.

            HTP

    • #3068
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Level Lesson 5: Introduction Egyptian Yoga and Neterian Religion a Workbook for New Aspirants pgs. 51-58

      1. Many preachers use__exciting____ methods?

      2. When life humbles the aspirant it is even more important that they should do what?
      That they should trust in the teacher that will never rub their noses in it or turn them away.

      3. How should a spiritual aspirant think and feel about humbling themselves to the teachings and their teacher?
      It’s of paramount importance to approach the teachings and teacher with a humble mind set. You have chosen the teacher because you recognize your ignorance and the elevation of the teacher. You have chosen the teachings because you recognize at least innately that this is for you and in a way that is already an acceptance of the teacher. Without humility we cannot truly see our ignorance I believe. Also sincerity is a needed quality for an aspirant to have when approaching a teacher who they feel can lead them on the path.

      4. You must attempt to never loose your __temper in the presence of the preceptor and never treat the preceptor unrighteous or with resentment.___

      5. In Kamitan spirituality there is more focus on the ___divinity_____ as opposed to the personality of the __preceptor__.

      • #3079
        admin
        Keymaster

        SAMSUNG

        “Be not carried off by the fierce flood, but using the shore-current, ye who can, make for Salvation’s port, and, harboring there, seek ye for one to take ye by the hand and lead you unto the gates of self-knowledge.”

        -AEP

         

        Udja

        Very good

        Just a small clarification related to the question #4

        This admonition is not because the preceptor will think less of or be cross with an aspirant but because the aspirant wants to prevent any disruption in the relations with the preceptor so as to maintain the energy flow of psychic positive feeling and wisdom. Sometimes the aspirant may lash out and create feelings of regret, guilt, hurt etc. within themselves and thereby shield themselves from the grace. That is part of the spiritual journey but knowing the issue may help to avoid a disruption that could cost the aspirant years or lifetimes of spiritual seeking.

         

        HTP

      • #3394
        Sandra McMurray
        Participant

        Udja Andrew,

        Your response re humility helped me to gain clarity on this point. It gave me a perspective I had not thought od, Dua.

        Http

    • #3074
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 -Lesson 10 – Introduction to Egyptian Yoga – WB pg. 125 – 140

      1. The Kemetic term ‘uaa’ means ___Meditation___

      2. How should a spiritual aspirant think about their capacity to control “Externalized consciousness” and their ability to rise above their conditioning of the past?
      The capacity to control agitation and distractions that come from externalized consciousness will increase over time causing one to discover the source of their own consciousness. This is possible with the practice of meditation and the other shedy disciplines. As this occurs, an aspirant will naturally rise above past conditions.

      3. The practice of meditation allows one to create what? Higher awareness which affects all aspects of one’s life, but most importantly, it gives the aspirant experiential knowledge of his/his true Self.

      4. The “normal” state of human consciousness cannot be considered as “____Whole______” or complete.

      5. When you fall asleep, you “believe” that the dream world is “_______real_____”.

      6. Do not eat for at least ____2_____ hours before meditation.

      7. When you feel anger or other negative qualities, what should you do? recite the hekau and visualize its energy and the deity associated with it destroying the negativity within you.

      8. As intuitional vision of your all-encompassing nature dawns in your heart, you will be able to look beyond what? Beyond different sizes, shapes, sexes and colors of people and recognize your Higher Self as the basis for their existence.

      9. What is the Kemetic term for Devotion? Ushet

      Htp

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      • #3080
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        55971650.NileFeb061173

        “The purpose of all human life is to achieve a state of consciousness apart from bodily concerns.”
        -AEP

        Udja
        Very good.
        I want to give a little clarification on your answer to #2. In your last statement you say: “As this occurs, an aspirant will naturally rise above past conditions.” In understanding philosophy it is very important to be precise with the words used and to have clear understandings of the words that are being used so the exchange of knowledge may be correct and bear the desired fruit of enlightenment. The term meant is “conditioning” and not “conditions. Conditioning relates to the effect that past experiences have had in forming the personality. Past conditions might have been part of the situations that led to the current conditioning of the personality. Shedy and correct understanding of the philosophy lead to breaking the conditioning of the past and allows the discovery of un-conditioned consciousness. When consciousness is conditioned it is called “individual soul”; when consciousness is un-conditioned it is called “Spirit”. The conditioning is due to experiences that have conditioned the mind into the finite and limited form of an individual personality but the conditioning itself is illusory and not abiding, just as when the a clear sky is seemingly “conditioned” “constricted, “formed” into the shapes of the cloudy or stormy days; therefore the process of shedy causes the illusory conditioning to be dismantled, thereby allowing the true personality, the higher self, to emerge.
        HTP

        • #3087
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Dua Sebai

          I really appreciate you pointing this out and clarifying it as well. Dua
          Htp

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    • #3084
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1- Lesson #7 Book Reading: pp. 69 -90

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

      I think it is possible for everyone to “become godlike.” We are all God, so becoming Godlike would only involve remembering who we really are. I think that no matter where a person is in life, steps can be taken toward achieving the purity that allows the true Self to shine through. From this lesson, it seems like living a life of virtue and cultivating the spirit through scientific knowledge and the Shedy disciplines are what lead to that purity.

      Question
      What kind of text is Papyrus of Any?

      Papyrus of Any is a Mystical Philosophy and Ritual Scripture.

      NOTES:
      The symbol of Neter is an Ankh? True/False

      False. The symbol of Neter is a wooden staff, wrapped in strips of fabric like a mummy.

      NOTES:
      What is the meaning of the term “Neteru”?

      The “Neteru” are the gods and goddesses that emanate from the one Supreme Divinity.

      NOTES:
      There 3 main traditions in Shetaut Neter. True/False

      False. There are 5 main traditions in Shetaut Neter: Shetaut Anu, Shetaut Menefer, Shetaut Waset, Shetaut Netrit, Shetaut Asar, and Shetaut Aton.

      Question
      The gods and goddesses who are whose thoughts?

      In the Memphite tradition, the gods and goddesses are the thoughts of the Supreme being in the form of Ptah.

      Question
      In what period did the Temple of Amun become important?

      The Temple of Amun became important in the early part of the New Kingdom Era.

      Question
      True or False
      The goddess as well as the female gender were respected and elevated as the male divinities in Kemetic religion?

      True.

      Question
      The centers of Asarian Tradition tradition were the city of _Abdu_(Great Temple of Asar,) the city of Pilak (Great Temple of Aset,) and Edfu (Great Temple of Heru.)___________________

      Question
      Teachings of the Aton Tradition are related to the Neter ____Aton__________________________.

      • #3109
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        Bilboard - dog in lotus posture

        Udja,

        “As the moon retaineth her nature, though darkness spread itself before her face as a curtain, so the Soul remaineth perfect even in the bosom of the fool.”

        -AEP

         

        Very good

        It is important to realize that though all human beings have the POTENTIAL of “becoming godlike” actually the POSSIBILITY is dependent upon varied factors and the major one is the content of aryu. Therefore, this is why many people feel disconcerted when they share the teachings with others and find that sometimes people listen and seem interested but then turn around and pursue worldliness. Others may even become violent and reject what they hear; others may even be interested and work towards initiation and then fall by the wayside, all due to different levels of aryu and some negative aryu that may come out at different times. This last can occur when a person is inclined towards the teachings and then when the evolution comes to a certain place they are confronted with some issue they do not want to face so they cannot progress and in order not to face the issue they leave the teaching and take up something else that does not require the facing of the issue. Many people fool themselves into thinking they are practicing the teaching and some may even be sincere but in reality they were still under the delusion of supporting their worldly existence and its values-they were not ready to give those up. This is human nature; yet in the end all issues must be faced, either in this lifetime or a future one and no worldliness can be retained, not even a grain of sand worth.

         

        HTP

    • #3088
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 6: Introduction Egyptian Yoga and Neterian Religion a Workbook for New Aspirants pgs. 59-68

      1. The world did not come from nothing nor is it sustained by nothing.

      2. Those who follow the path may be referred to as Neterians.

      3. Write out the Four Great Truths.
      Pa Neter ua ua Neberdjer m Neteru.
      an Maat swy Saui S-Khemn
      s Uashu s Nafu n Saui Set
      ari Shedy Rekh ab m Maakheru

      4. What are the afflictions of Set?
      The afflictions of set are greed, jealousy, anger, hatred, hypocrisy, lust, envy, gluttony, dishonesty etc.

      5. What is the meaning of the term “Nafu”?
      It means freedom – to breathe

      6. The four disciplines of Shedy are?
      Ari Shedy – Righteous action and selfless service /Uashu Shedy – Devotion/Rekh Shedy – Wisdom/Ua Shedy – Meditation

      7. How should a spiritual aspirant think about their prospects to achieve the “Great Awakening”?
      I feel that an aspirant should be very confident with the prospect of achieving the “Great Awakening” The more we increase in purity and understanding this concept shouldn’t seem as hard I feel. The teachings always speak of the fact that we are that same divinity that we worship. The song Nuk pu Asar, where the teachings are telling us that we are indeed Asar and just need to realize this through the spiritual disciplines. In one of the classes that came on a previous Saturday night one of the Shemsu was saying that there was a hieroglyph that showed the initiate making an offering to the higher self which was the same image as the initiate. Again I feel that is another example of how the teachings in a way assure you of your success if the teachings are practiced correctly. So I feel that an aspirant should be confident as well as enthused at the prospect of the “Great Awakening”

      8. What teaching(s) of the Neterian Creed do you believe in currently, are working on believing, find hard to believe? Why?
      I believe in all aspects of the Neterian Creed. One definition of the word creed is “a set of beliefs or aims that guides someone’s actions.” This is what our Neterian Creeds means to me. It explains our belief in who and what God is. It tells you of the human predicament and a way to overcome it. It more importantly tells you the aim of our beliefs as well as our direct relationship with God who we call Neberdjer.

      • #3113
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        DSC000972015 Pilgrimage to Kemet

        Ramesses-II-Temple-Touring--Aswan--Egypt Abu Simbel making offerings to higher self

        Image of Rameses as King (far left) making offerings (worshiping) an image of his deified Higher Self

        Udja,

        Dua for your post and your interest which has extended to the saturday night shows and opens the opportunity to entertain an expanded discussion.

        Indeed, this is a special temple relief that we pointed to while visiting the temple. It contains an image of the Peraah (king Rameses) in his royal garb and he is holding two jars. He is offering those to his Higher Self, who is seated on the divine throne (Aset) and holding the Uas scepter and Ankh instruments of the gods and goddesses. This is a recognition not only that Rameses is recognizing that he has a higher self but that he as king is not higher than his higher self. If the highest ranked person recognizes this, about himself, what is there to say about what everyone else should do?

        Many people are shamed by this kind of idea. When we first discussed this during the trip some people scoffed at the idea; and a person who wants to follow Neterianism but unable to follow a well defined and expressed teaching of Neterianism is a manifestation of internal disharmony, misunderstanding or incapacity in accepting the teaching. In reality they might not have been able/ ready to face the reality that they do not or did not really regard their higher self as something real/actual and laudable. One reason is that they are so in touch with, or embarrassed by, or ashamed of, etc. with their lower self that the idea that there can be anything so lofty that is related with their degraded feeling and understanding of themselves was hard to take. This process of movement from the degradation to higher consciousness is a process that takes time but that will not occur if the aspirant is not confronted with the issues and or is unable to face and accept the higher reality of the self beyond the degraded human existence. Therefore, here it is being put to you as it was to the students on the trip; the challenge to recognize your faults and worldly ego thoughts and feelings, that is your Set, your ego. Ok, now realizing that that is not all of you and so what else is there? There is Heru, Aset, Asar but also you yourself have a higher self that is in your personal name and on the same plane with them, so if your name is John or Malika there is a Higher Self aspect of John or Malika and that higher self Malika, Goddess Malika is beyond the egoism and degradation of worldly (ego) Malika. Mind you when we say goddess Malika it means that ego Malika has left the room so Malika would not go to a party and tell everyone to call her Goddess – if that were the case they should be calling her Set.

        This is a little different approach of the teachings, and somewhat advanced and really for Level 2 studies but you should be introduced to it now so you can start working with it. Usually, people are cool with thinking of their higher self as Aset or Asar or Heru, as something other than their degraded, and disgusting‡ ego self! So they can discount the ego (and not face up to it) and just focus on Aset or Asar, etc.

        Yet it is that same degraded, disgusting, and repulsive‡ ego self that needs to be faced. And facing the ideal of making this degraded, disgusting, repulsive, and hideous‡ lower self pure and elevated -this is a direct and valiant movement in the teachings, taking on the direct responsibility for your evolution and enlightenment.

        Nevertheless, if this perspective is too much right now then stay with worship of Asar, Aset or Heru or any other tutelary; until one day the divinity of self, may be possible to be accepted and accessed so that one day not only will there be worship of Asar, Aset or Heru but seeing oneself as deep down being not just a worshiper but also their kin, an entity worthy of sitting next to them, worthy of the same respect and adoration by other gods and goddesses and by regular people (rekhyt) alike.

        Who is ready to accept the non-ego realization: “Wow, the proverb: “Men and women are to become God-like through a life of virtue and the cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge, practice and bodily discipline.” its not wishful thinking, this is real; the teaching really means we are gods and goddesses.”?

        HTP

        PS

        ‡I hope you all noticed my deliberate escalating references to the lower ego!!!

        • #3128
          AndrewGarrow
          Member

          Dua Sebai Maa for the higher perspective of how we should see ourselves and what becoming God like is. It is true I have never thought of me as having a higher self that was on level with the other divinities that was worthy of the same worship and veneration. It does bring a different perspective to the quote. I will continue to reflect on its meaning. Dua!
          Htp

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    • #3090
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 -Lesson 11 – Introduction to Egyptian Yoga – WB pg. 141 – 154

      1. If religion and yoga are practiced at the lower levels only, what is the result?

      If religion and yoga are practiced at the lower levels only, the result will be dogma and intellectualism. What I have gathered is that the experience/mysticism which occurs in the third stage of religion would be missing if practice is at the lower levels.

      2. The Egyptian Yoga Book Series has been put together in such a fashion as to offer what? To offer every individual a specific discipline as well as an integrated method to practice all forms of yoga while at the same time advancing through the three stages of religion.

      3. How should an aspirant think about their prospects to follow an integral path of Sema Tawi -Kemetic Yoga? An aspirant should think of it as a goal that can be achieved with proper guidance, self-effort and repeated practice.

      4. The 4 aspects of the personality are ___Emotion, Reason, Action and Will____

      5. The Yoga of Devotional Love enhances and harnesses the __emotional___ aspect of the personality.

      6. Integral Yoga gives you the opportunity to practice Yoga at all times. True.

      7. Describe the 4 main paths of yoga practice –
      Yoga of Devotional Love – enhances and harnesses the emotional aspect in a human personality and directs it towards the Higher Self
      Yoga of Wisdom – enhances and harnesses the reasoning aspect in a human personality and directs it towards the Higher Self.
      Yoga of Righteous Virtue – enhances and harnesses the movement and behavior aspect in a human personality and directs it towards the Higher Self.
      Yoga of Meditation – enhances and harnesses the willing aspect in a human personality and directs it towards the Higher Self.

      8. The Process of Yoga? a) Integral – Is to harmonize the four factors of the personality, reason, will, action and emotion.

      9. The Yoga of Meditation controls the feeling directed towards the Divine. False.

      10. What one critical factor every aspirant should understand? An aspirant should understand how to balance the day to day reality with the teaching that is being learned. How to balance inner and outer life. An aspirant should use the day to day activities of life to work out the mysteries of life by putting the teachings in action.
      Htp

      • #3115
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        noon day worship picture from video

        Image from the Noon-time Devotional Worship session video

        Udja

        A well comprehended lesson.

        A comment about your answer in:

        1. The Yoga of Devotional Love enhances and harnesses the __emotional___ aspect of the personality.

        The Yoga of Devotion not only enhances and harnesses but first heals and empowers. Many, well most people are thwarted by their emotional dysfunctions, regrets, shames, pains, etc. This occurs due to negative aryu that contain negative feelings from the past. Feelings are more powerful than intellect in directing the course of life, behavior and reasoning. This is why advertisers work more to evoke emotional response than intellectual arguments when making advertisements.

        The path of Devotion helps by tapping into higher feeling, the feeling of being the Higher Self. So worshiping that in the form of a tutelary or by other means and forms taps into correct (wise), that is true (ethical) feeling that is beyond the limited (albeit powerful) ego based feelings that control the ignorant human personality. This helps cleanse the negative feelings, correct them or sublimate them towards a higher perspective. So when we say an aspirant needs to develop “saa” saa means understanding with feeling. So it is not just intellectual understanding but also feeling the truth.

        Therefore, an aspirant should never think that all they have to do is study the wisdom and that worship is not important. To the contrary, both are as important to the development of the enlightened mind. which is why the proverb goes:

         

        “If you seek GOD, you seek for the Beautiful. One is the Path that leads unto GOD – Devotion joined with Wisdom.”

        -AEP

         

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        • #3144
          DinahPemberton
          Participant

          Udja

          Thank you for sharing.

          Htp

    • #3129
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Lvl 1 Lesson 7 Introduction to Egyptian Yoga and Neterian Spirituality A Workbook for New Aspirants pgs 69-90

      1. How should a spiritual aspirant think about the prospect of “becoming godlike” and their capacity to live a life of virtue and cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge, practice and bodily discipline and is this possible for everyone? If so why so? If not why not?
      Under the guidance of a true teacher the spiritual aspirant will soon know, if not already that they have the capability of becoming godlike and in becoming godlike one must be virtuous through practicing the disciplines. The teacher is there to remove the clouds of ignorance that obscure this reality. It is our true nature and an aspirant should always know that this prospect is indeed a reality.

      2. What kind of text is Papyrus of Ani?
      Papyrus Text
      3. The symbol of Neter is an Ankh?
      False
      4. What is the meaning of Neteru?
      Gods and Goddesses
      5. There are 3 main traditions in Shetaut Neter?
      False
      6. The gods and goddesses who are whose thoughts?
      They’re Ptah’s thoughts.
      7. In what period did the temple of Amun become important?
      In the early part of the New Kingdom Era.
      8. The goddess as well as the female gender were respected and elevated as the male divinities in Kemetic religion?
      Yes the goddess path was so important that special temples were created around certain divinities and just like the male divinities the goddess was seen as the author of creation giving birth to it as a great cow.
      9. The centers of Asarian tradition was the city of Abdu , Pilak and Edfu.
      10. The teachings of the Aton Tradition are related to the Neter Aton.

      • #3146
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        muata and dja teaching -conference atlantaA Shedy Class in progress

         

        Hail, Åmen, let me make supplication unto thee, for I know thy name, and thy transformations are in my mouth, and thy skin is before my eyes. Come, I pray thee, and place thou thine heir and thine image, myself, in the everlasting underworld… let my whole body become like that of a neter, let me escape from the evil chamber and let me not be imprisoned therein; for I worship thy name..
        -AEP

        Udja

        Good post.

        A brief comment on the statement: “The teacher is there to remove the clouds of ignorance that obscure this reality.”

        Indeed the teacher is there to remove clouds but cannot do that independently. Surely everyone has met people and perhaps the example is in themselves at some point in time, where a truth is given and yet the mind does not accept it or better said, cannot yet accept it because the force of the momentum, the compelling energy of past aryu is preventing a person from making changes even they know are necessary. Yet they cannot make those changes and will have to suffer the consequences because they are not able to follow the path laid out by the teacher. Until such time they will have the burden of knowing what they should be doing but at the same time experience the incapacity to do it. The remedy is more shedy and diligent work to cleanse the unconscious mind by putting in new positive aryu by acting with Maat. This cleanses the gross impurities and eventually renders the mind pure enough to allow it to control the personality and then the subtle teachings can be studied and followed so that there may be a full and permanent transformation of mind into a self-mastered mode instead of being led by the ego to perdition and suffering.

        HTP

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    • #3138
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

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

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

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

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

      3. Choose an icon according to your spiritual ________inclination___.

      4. Describe the “Hetep Slab”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      • #3153
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        Slide From 2014 Neterian Conference presentation hieroglyphic texts and teaching of Shedy 17 Summary Highlights for Blogtalk G 5-30-15--Pray in silence

        Slide from Highlights of Shedy presentation 2015

        Udja

        Overall a good post.

        Some comments and one correction.

        The question of: “or when nobody knows what they are doing?” related to how an aspirant should feel when only they are witness and responsible for their spiritual practice and evolution; when there are no onlookers and it is up to them to be true to themselves and face their diligence or negligence or in-between. Sage Ani says the prayer should be in silence and not with revelings, boisterousness, showing off to others or doing so thinking that God wants loudness. Actually God wants the opposite, that is to say the communion occurs in a place beyond silence but the silence leads to that place. Loud external rituals are for lower levels of practice of religion, a kind of kindergarten stage – in other words, and it is ok for those who are in that level to practice in that way but for the advanced temple practice it is a different story.

         

        As for the answer: “7. What is the meaning of the term Seba? Seba is the title of a spiritual preceptor,”

        The “Seba” is a teacher, a illuminer, just as any teacher illumines the subject at hand for the willing and able student. And there can be Seba’s of different levels of teaching from elementary to advanced and a Seba can be of lower mysteries or of higher. The Sebai is the preceptor and also an illuminer but a illuminer of high mysteries philosophy who has also advanced on the spiritual path.

         

        Make the necessary corrections to your post and move forwards.

        HTP

         

         

        • #3404
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Udja,

          Dua Sebai. I have made the corrections, “Seba” is a teacher and Sebai is the preceptor that show the light of the higher mysteries. I have seen the word “Seba” in the devotional worship book (The Hymn to Ra-Tem) in this context “Grasp ye your weapons and overthrow ye the fiend Seba on behalf of Ra, and repulse the fiend Nebt on behalf of Asar.” Does this mean then that in addition to teachers of different levels, there are also teachers of darkness or unrightiousness ?

          Dua
          Htp

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    • #3141
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 6, Level 1 Reading Book Assignment Pages 59-68

      The world did not come from nothing, nor is it sustain by nothing.

      Where did the term “Neterianism” derive from? The name “Shetaut Neter”

      Those who follow the path may be referred to as? Neterians.

      Write out the Four Great Truths
      1. “Pa Neter UaUa Neberdjer M Neteru” – “The Neter, the supreme Being is One and Alone and as Nerberdjer, manifesting everywhere and in all things in the form of Gods and Goddess”.
      2. “an-Maat swy saui Set s-Khemn” – “ Lack of righteousness bring fetters to the personality and these fetters leads to ignorance of the Divine”
      3. “S-Uashu s-Nafi n saiu Set” – “Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set”.
      4. “ari Shedy Rekh ab m Maakheru” – “The practice of the Shedy leads to knowing one’s self and the Divine. This called being True of Speech.

      What are the afflictions of Set?

      The afflictions of Set include: anger, hatred, greed, lust, jelousy, envy, gluttony, dishonesty, hypocrisy etc.

      What is the meaning of the term “Nafu”?

      The term “Nafu” means Freedom – to Breathe.

      The four Disciplines of Shedy are?

      1. Sedjm REKH Shedy – Listeng to the wisdom of the Neterian Traditions
      2. Ari Maat Shedy – Righteous Actions and Selfless Service – Purifies the GROSS impurities of the heart
      3. Ushet Shedy – Devoution to the Divine – Purifies the EMOTIOANAL impurities of the heart
      4. Uaa m Neter Shedy – Meditation experience the Transcendental Supreme Self

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about their prospects to achieve the “Great Awakening”?
      The disciplines of Shedy is designed for the spiritual aspirant to achieve the Great Awakening “Nehast”

      What teaching(s) of the Neterian Creed do you believe in currently, are working on believing, find hard to believe? Why?

      The Neterian Creed speaks of truth, just like the four great truths of Shetaut Neter. I don’t feel am in a position right now to say that I believe, but I do have faith, am here still learning and practising the teachings to the best of my ability.

      • #3154
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        299028-1800 X 1200

        (4)”Have faith in your master’s ability to lead you along the path
        of truth,”

        (5)”Have faith in your own ability to accept the truth,”

        (6)”Have faith in your ability to act with wisdom,”

        -From the Ancient Egyptian 10 Virtues of the Initiates

        Udja

        Believing or having faith in the wisdom of the teaching is a requisite for progressing on the path. Faith that is sane and righteous (Maatian) is born of trust in that which is not fully understood but which has a sound basis. This is like having faith in an electrical appliance; the person may not know how electricity works but they have faith in its effectiveness as it can be seen working. In the teachings we are to have faith in what works in accord and harmony with truth and in our own experience that we can discern. So the faith eventually is to give way to experience of the truth and not just faith as in trusting what is not seen because somebody said it was there; otherwise that would be called “Blind Faith” as in what is practiced in “Faith Based Religions”. In the “Mystery religion” we are to have faith in that we will be able to experience higher consciousness even before death and not faith that after death somehow we go to heaven. We have the faith because we see its effects in people and in the magnanimity of their accomplishments, i.e. the colossal temples such as Karnak and towering personalities such as Imhotep.

        So once a aspirant has vetted the teaching and the teacher intellectually they can allow themselves to have feelings of faith towards them and work to cultivate the feeling and intellect more until there is no need for faith; that state where faith is no longer needed is called Nehast – or Enlightenment.

        With this feedback reply to this post with any new reflections you may have on the issue of faith and your perspective on faith as applies to your studies.

        HTP

        • #3183
          DinahPemberton
          Participant

          Udja

          Beautiful Picture the sky is a crystal clear blue. The pathway makes me feel welcomed. Dua for the words.

          After reading your feedback. What came up for me was ignorance of self. My dad has always told me not to believe, belief limits you, which i have taken on. Even when i say the words believe or faith, i can feel a blockage in my stomach, the word scares me, but also i do feel a slight tenderness in my heart. Believe and faith have a deeper meaning within my being which i haven’t even looked upon, till now. In relation to Shetaut Neter and my studies, if my ego Set is against believing, Set will also be against believing in Shetaut Neter and my studies and seeking the truth. So i see why believing is requisite for progressing as it is aligned with Maat truth, balance, order and also my heart. Maat is one of the most fundamental principles of shetaut Neter and must be applied to move forward, or i will remain in the battle or the struggles of Set and Heru, good and bad, lower self and higher self, right and wrong.

          Thank you, i am beginning to see things clearer

          HTP

          • #3341
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            Udja

            Very good
            An important key is that when we talk about belief in Mystic religion and philosophy it is not “blind faith” or dogmatic belief in a economic, political or social philosophy disregarding evidence and proof. Therefore, it is “informed faith”, a faith the aspirant has vetted and is not just trusting because the parents told them to or because that was the religion or belief system they grew up with. If belief is carried forth in this higher way it serves as an impetus but not a constricting mental delusion that leads to holding on to ideas with no proof or possibility of proof. Mysticism leads to proof in a personal way and not in some ideal to be attained in a future lifetime or heaven. Practicing in this way makes one a true mystic and not just an ignorant follower of orthodox faith-based religion or faith based belief in capitalism or faith-based belief in science, etc.

            HTP

    • #3197
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson, Reading Assignment , Pages 91-106

      Akhus, are enlightened beings.

      2. The goal of the Neterian disciplines is to discover the meaning of “Who am I?”

      3. How should a spiritual aspirant think about the diet of the initiates as espoused by the Temple of Aset and is it a realistic goal to achieve?
      An aspirant should view the diet of the initiates as part of their Shedy practice. The purified diet will assist the aspirant in their perception of the wisdom and understanding of the teachings. The goal is to experience “the divine nature” and diet is part of the process. As we implement the aspects of the Kemetic diet we move towards health and purity of mind which is needed to reach the ultimate goal. It is an aspect of the “process” and should be implemented with perseverance and patience. Yes, it is a realistic goal to achieve.

      4. The general population was considered to be one of the most healthiest groups of the ancient world. True

      5. The initiates ate the same diet as the common folk. False

      6. As part of your spiritual program begin controlling your intake of food.

      7. Whose favorite food is lettuce? Heru and Set

      8. If your family members are not interested or do not understand what you are trying to do, what should you do? Practice privately and try to keep the interruptions to a minimum.

      9. Once you have established a schedule of minimal time to devote to practices, what should you do? Keep your schedule.

      10. One should start your spiritual practice with c) breathing

      11. What is the minimum time for meditation? 10 minutes

      • #3342
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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
        Keep in mind that these are guidelines for shedy and all must negotiate their time to see how and which disciplines they can fit in. It would be counterproductive to try to fit 5 hours of spiritual practices in a lifestyle that only has 2 available. It would be unduly stressful. Therefore, there should be a minimum but that can be much less than the guideline suggestions but with the intent to build up to a dynamic spiritual practice that will effectively lead to spiritual advancement.

        HTP

    • #3335
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 11a pg 155 – 168

      1) The Daily Worship Program consists of (3) worships during the day.

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

      4) The Aspirant should regard their personal practice as the top priority because enlightenment is our top priority. We are supposed to take every opportunity we have to commune with the divine self or higher self.
      Choose an icon according to your spiritual (inclination).

      5) Describe the “Hetep Slab”
      a)Stone Slab
      b)Female and Male Representations
      c)Libation Representations
      d)Supreme peace symbol

      6) You should try not to come in to the (temple)harboring thoughts of anger, hatred, greed, lust,jealousy, envy, and so forth.

      7) Write a brief essay on how to conduct oneself in the temple:

      The temple is to be thought and treated with the highest respect. This is done because the temple has grace and power associated with it especially during chanting or wisdom teaching. As a aspirant you should aspire to receive these teachings from the temple preceptor and should know that in order to receive the teaching fully one needs to be cleansed of the mind and body.

      8) What is the meaning of the term Seba? Teacher that provides the seed of enlightenment.

      9) Name the different ways one can sit in the temple.
      a) On the ground\floor legs crossed
      b) Sitting on a chair legs together
      c) Half lotus and full lotus
      D) On your knees\heels

      10) Hygiene of your (body),(Speech), and of your(Mind)are the three main
      concerns for an initiate.

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      • #3344
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        ANIMATED agancientegypt8

        “The worst things: To be in bed and sleep not, To want for one who comes not, To try to please and please not.”
        -AEP

        Udja

        A straightforward posting so not much to comment on except to remember the key word in your #6 “try ”

        Especially in the beginning of the spiritual journey but also moving forward through the spiritual journey it is important “not to let perfection be the enemy of the good” and the good is coming to the teachings and not allowing the stream of wisdom to dry up. This means doing one’s best and forgiving the failings of life with an honest effort towards improvement. No need for fanaticism or undue stress. Maatian balance couples with positive effort and facing the challenges of life and the teaching is key.

        HTP

    • #3395
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 9, Reading Assignment , Pages107-124

      1. What is MAUI?
      To think, to ponder, to fix attention, concentration – Reflection

      2. Name the process in the practice in Yoga of Wisdom.
      a) Listening to the Wisdom teachings especially under the instruction of a Spiritual Preceptor will increasingly develop an aspirant’s ability to understand the teachings; b) Reflecting on the teachings and incorporating them into one’s daily life will bring greater wisdom from the experience of applying the teachings; c) Meditating on the teachings will change an aspirant’s perception and understanding of the teachings from inside and they will gain a deeper and more expansive consciousness.

      3. What are the steps in practicing the Yoga of Action?
      a) Learn Ethics and Law of Cause and Effect – Right Action by following the 42 Precepts of Maat and controlling one’s body, speech and thoughts. a) Practice selfless-service to purify one’s mind of subtle impurities. c) Devotion to the Divine – see Maatian actions as offerings to the Divine. d) Meditation – see oneself as one with Maat.

      4. How should a spiritual aspirant think about ego based feelings and how does the Action Path affect them as an aspirant transforms through time?
      Ego based feelings are not an aspirant’s “true” feelings. The Shedy practice will assist an aspirant in releasing ego based feelings and applying the wisdom they are learning. The more an aspirant practices hekau, meditation, right action and the wisdom teachings their mind will move to these “tools” to help them to traverse the situations the impure mind creates. Over time the Shedy practice will take over and the egoistic feelings will decrease and eventually disappear.

      5. If you do not learn the spiritual lesson that the situation is here to teach you, what happens?
      You set yourself up for the experience to happen again.

      6. By acting and moving like the gods and goddesses one can do what?
      One can discover their character, energy and divine agency within one’s consciousness and also become one
      with the divine self.

      7. Yoga postures began in India. False

      8. Many enlightened personalities from time to time indulge in recreational activities.

      9. The stagnation of the flow of energy through the body has what effect?
      The effect of grounding one’s consciousness to the physical realities rather than allowing the mind and body to operate with lightness and subtlety.

      • #3558
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        299044

        “Make your life the subject of intense inquiry, in this way you will discover its goal, direction, and destiny.”

        -AEP

        Udja
        A good and concise posting.
        Be sure to write in your personal journal how you will work to incorporate these points into your spiritual practice. Example: how does point #4. The issue is theoretical as a perspective of the teaching that you are being instructed; but how do you think about that as applies to your own personal spiritual practice? Do that for all the points covered in this reading.

        HTP

    • #3401
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 1 pages 10-20

      1. What is the relationship between the Egyptians and the Ethiopians?
      – The Egyptians were a colony of ethiopians who established themselves in the north. Ethiopia, Egypt, and Nubia were all the “black lands”. Ancient Egyptians referred to the Ethiopians land as Kush, and Ethiopians at a term Kiishi which meants silt and soil. Ethiopia was the southern black lands and Egypt was the northern black lands.
      2. Who were the Ancient Egyptians
      – A colony of Ethiopians from the south who came to the north east part of egypt, qamit, the black lands.
      – Yoga philosophy is Egyptian Religion. It is a practice.
      3. What is the Initiatic way of Education?
      – Listening to the teaching, reflecting on the teaching, meditating on the teaching.
      4. What is Initiation?
      – Initiation is more of an embarking on spiritual living which leads to spiritual enlightenment.
      5. How does the Kemetic Yoga Counselor help the seeker?
      – turns the anguish of life and facing the truth into a sincere aspiration. Redirects the energies of the personality to overcome the challenges with the aim being to develop a viable personal spiritual program ( Shedy.)

      • #3559
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        ANIMATED egypt_94boat

        “When emotions are societies objective, tyranny will govern regardless of the ruling class.”

        -AEP

        Udja

        I know some of what was covered in this part of the lesson may be already known but it is worth recalling and also proving, not for ego or political purposes but because of standing up for truth of history. That standing up also strengthens the character of the practitioner and also solidifies a foundation for building upon further wisdom both secular and non-secular. In this context you are to begin adding these facts yo your understanding and make any adjustments to your current knowledge-base about Ancient Kamit and the ethnic and cultural basis of the people whose life and philosophy we are studying and moving towards practicing to have a deeper understanding of their mindset, a paradigm which is radically different from that of modern culture – which we must move away from in order to assimilate and understand theirs.

        HTP

    • #3499
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Lvl 1 Lesson 8 Egyptian Yoga and Neterian Spirituality A Workbook for New Aspirants pgs. 91-106

      1. Akhus are enlightened beings?
      2. The goal of the Neterian disciplines is to discover the meaning of Who am I?
      3. How should an aspirant think about the diet of the initiates as espoused by the Temple of Aset and is it a realistic goal to be achieved?
      An aspirant should be positive about his/her ability to change to and maintain a Kemetic Diet. A slow and steady course is always best as well as gaining knowledge about the food that you eat can help you to change and be more positive about that change. Changing to a Kemetic diet is therefore very realistic. The quote on page 98 has always inspired me to change my diet. Plutarch reports “…..strive to prevent fatness in Apis as well as themselves(1), for they are anxious that their bodies should sit as light and easy about their souls as possible, and that their mortal part (body) should not oppress and weigh down their divine and immortal part… It was a very inspirational quote at that time and I have never forgot it when it comes to food.
      4. The general population was considered to be one of the most healthiest groups of the ancient world. True
      5. The initiates ate the same diet as the common folk. False
      6. As a part of your spiritual program, begin limiting your intake of food gradually.
      7. who’s favorite food is lettuce? Heru and Set.
      8. If your family members are not interested or do not understand what you are trying to do, what should you do?
      Maintain your practices in private and try to keep the interruptions to a minimum.
      9. Once you have established a schedule of minimum time to devote to practices, what should you do?
      Even if it is just 5-10 min per day you should keep to your schedule it at all possible.
      10. One should start there Spiritual Practice with breathing.
      11. What is the minimum time for meditation? 10 min in the AM.

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        ba soul

        The Ba (Soul) hovering over the Khat physical body) with symbol of Shen (Eternity)

        (5)”Have faith in your own ability to accept the truth,”

        (6)”Have faith in your ability to act with wisdom,”
        -From Ancient Egyptian precepts for initiates

        Udja

        A good posting. A key point is contained in your statement: ”
        An aspirant should be positive about his/her ability to change to and maintain a Kemetic Diet.”

        Specifically: “ability to change to and maintain”

        This is key for if an aspirant consciously goes through motions but does not deep down think they have the “ability to change to and maintain” the teaching then there is failure at the outset. It means that the unconscious is so full of negative opposing aryu that the person’s outer actions will not have the desired effect and perhaps even quite the opposite for there will be frustration and anguish.

        HTP

    • #3502
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 2, Course Workbook, Pages 21-22

      Personal Assessment Questions:

      1. How would you describe your knowledge of religion and philosophy?

      I have read and studied many religious texts including Bible, Koran, Bhagavad Gita, Kebra Negast, One Thousand Songs of Milarepa, Tibetan book of the Dead, etc. As for Kemetic texts I have read Sebai Maa’s translations of the Prt M Hru, Harpers Songs, Wisdom Texts. I have also read the writings on Egypt by Manetho, various Greek texts on Egypt, A Hermetica translation, I have electronic copies of a number of translated hymns, The Region of Night and Thick Darkness, 12 Divisions of the Duat, The Book of Gates, online copy of a section of the Pyramid Texts. When I began practicing Smai Tawi I would use the analytical and philosophical analysis and apply it to my readings/reflections on cryptic texts like the Pyramid Texts, and much more understanding and realization came from that study then studying any intellectual analysis of Egyptian scripture by other so-called Egyptian spiritual practitioners of other systems that did not have an integral yogic application.

      I understand that religion is originally and in its true essence a yoga system for spiritual enlightenment and because the mystical is not experience or pursued by many so-called followers of religion it has been able to become a cause of dogma, oppressive propaganda, cultural destruction, violence and war. I have always been driven to religion since childhood by an internal inspiration, I have always admired and highly esteemed a person who displayed a level of existential wisdom and renunciation. I resisted the religious side of yoga teachings until I experienced the mystical through Smai Tawi and then began to understand.

      As for philosophy I am not especially well versed in the philosophical literature tradition or the education or academic level analysis of philosophy. I understand that the solely intellectual form of philosophy is a misguided tradition, true philosophy is born out of inquiry, meditation, and mystical experiences in order to describe the levels of existence and experiences of awareness, the problem of existence, and how to return our nature to its purest form.

      2. What do you see as the greatest obstacle to your happiness and fulfillment in life?

      My deep ignorance and intense attachment. Attachment to my mental conditioning and how it plays out in scenarios of sensory experience. Not being able to appreciate good things in the present without holding on to them, not being able to detest unrighteous things and let go of them, indiscipline to moving away from my patterns of egoism whether it be uncontrolled speech (venting, gossiping), pleasure seeking, dull or agitated mindset. My attachment to people, objects, experiences, and thoughts takes concentration away from the teaching and awareness formally and informally. The attachment is born out of a much deeper ignorance and its very apparent. The deeper ignorance is beyond my conscious awareness much of the time and I will be compelled to think or act in a certain engraved manner and there is a lack of understanding on why the limited experience is all I know or have knowledge of at any given time and also why making a change from that pattern or waking up beyond the patterns requires the yogic work and kemetic philosophy.

      3. What do you see as the most important need that you have?

      Mystical Experience. The space externally and internally to dedicate myself unmolested and get over some humps into a cleaner spiritual state of body mind spirit.

      4. What is your previous religious affiliation or faith and how do you think that relates to what you are following now?

      There is a long heritage of liberal christian pastors on my European mother’s side of the family, but most of them I did not meet. On my Eritrean father’s side they are Tawhedo Coptic Christians and I also heard there have been a number of priests or monks in the family in the past. I was raised in a household that respected the altruistic type of experience talked about in christianity, but we only went to church for a short time( fine with me!) and many of my family members are also intellectuals who take a more atheistic materialist approach to life. As a child I openly asked about god and religion. At 13 I considered myself a Wiccan after hearing they believed trees had souls. Then at 16-17 considered myself a type of Rastafari. Then at 17+ got into meditation, yoga, buddhist ideas of enlightenment, etc. At 21 came across the integral system of Smai Tawi and practiced consistently for three years and the profound experiences that I was seeking in any of the other religious concepts I explored. Up until now I never truly dedicated myself wholeheartedly to a single teaching and studied many religious/spiritual ideas, texts, etc no matter what particular form I was interested in at that time. I now feel that I am making a rational decision after many years of seeking to use the Kemetic Spiritual System through the Lens of Sebai Maas analysis and teachings of the myth, scripture, and goal.

      5. What role do you feel religion or spirituality plays in your life?

      Religion and Spirituality play a main role in my life. It plays an instructive and guidance role, and provides a platform for me to enter a deep contemplation of life, the deeper problems and solutions, and it provides techniques for having experiences which guide my consciousness to a sharper reasoning and contemplation. Like an unending circle of contemplation> Experience Contemplation > Experience. I would like to attain something in which all levels of awakening would be attained and a supreme goal is reached.

      6. Have you had any previous yoga instruction? If so where and what was (is) your experience?

      On a serious level only from the books of the Sema Institute beginning in 2009. My earlier practice of yoga and meditation came first from Pema Chodron’s book Things Fall Apart where I learned a meditation technique which I applied for years, I also have studied various works by people such as Yogananda and B.K.S. Iyengar.

      7. Have you received any advanced religious instruction?

      No.

      8. How do you see your life?

      My life is as yet a deeper mystery. Some things are apparent like sensory experiences and gross thoughts, but the subtle and sublime comes and goes depending on my state of mind. The most fundamental thing I think I can deduce is that the purpose of my life is to cleanse and eliminate waste, baggage, fetters. Everything else of life whether it’s wealth, family, fame, comfort, even negative experiences like pain suffering or disease; these things come and go but they never define the true essence of a person’s life; the true essence is really have we done cleansing work and gone down the path that it reveals, transitionally letting go of instead of continually consuming thoughts and old-pleasures that are simply waste products, obstructions, and fetters. My life is a journey to get clean and be a pure and righteous being and vibrational state.

      9. What do you think of your own potential to succeed in life?

      I know that my highest intention and vision for myself is possible when it’s not based on the world of duality but the inner journey. I have faith optimism and a fairly consistent inspiration that true enlightenment or Nehast is a real possibility, a complete perfection. Sometimes it’s like 1 day will be very lucid and wise but then the next day may involve major fetters, selfishness, childish emotional reactions. Sometimes I am willing to go through the fire of looking at myself and other times its like i’m running from it and trying to get myself to return to Self. For that purpose the techniques especially Tef Neteru, breath work, combined with meditation; really help cut through the agitation and allow me to return to the path with clarity. Sometimes even days will pass without me using those techniques to help me get into a clear state. Issues with work, school, familar relations, etc sometimes are not fettering and other times are very base and uncomfortable. I have optimism but I see serious and long-term challenge ahead.

      10. If you could, what would you like to do with your life?

      I would like to wake up completely beyond the awake, dream, and deep sleep state and realms. Materially I am in grad school studying history and would like to be a professor at a community college or potentially university but would like to situate my life so I have the least and necessary interaction with society in order to do some good works and make income to support a sacred space for using my life for spirituality and culture of a higher order.

      • #3562
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        Heru child master of nature

        “They who began to benefit from words of wisdom while they were children shall prosper in their affairs.”

        -AEP

        Udja

        An extensive and reflective posting.

        Keep this handy as you will review it in the future.

        Indeed, those who take to the teaching when young are greatly benefited. This of course means an authentic teaching with the three levels of religion. Pema Chodron is a renowned teacher and very positive which further credits your spiritual aspiration to have sought insight through such a personality and others similar. You have no doubt by now found that your previous spiritual practices were not in vein but are finding higher fulfillment in your present studies, and there is more to come – leading to the goal you seek, as you currently understand it and as you will even more deeply in the future as you progress.

         

        HTP

         

         

    • #3591
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 12 – Introduction to Egyptian Yoga WB pg.169-179

      1. Sdjm means ___heeding__ the teaching.

      2. After practicing for many years and not becoming enlightened the recourse an aspirant should take is:
      1. Repeated effort – practice strict adherence to spiritual practices 2. Dispassion (becoming free from delusion about the world and desire and hatred) which clouds the intellect. 3. Devotion with form (this secures divine grace)

      3. When does maturity to succeed in the teachings occur? When there is sufficient frustration with the pursuit of worldly desires.

      4. The desire for worldly attainments should be replaced with desire for __spiritual__ attainments.

      5. Those who want to practice salad bar ___spirituality__ or seek the advice of oracles or create their own independent classes should do so on their own.

      6. How should an aspirant think about their spiritual path when they encounter failure to meet the instructions of the teaching or they fail to execute their own desired level of practice?

      An aspirant should try to understand that the spiritual path is not without bumps, ups and downs etc. due to one’s ariyu so failure is expected until enough cleansing is done through living a maatian life. When these failures occur an aspirant can try to ride out the storm, and when able continue with their practice by picking oneself up and continue with the shedy disciplines as instructed. Over time as an aspirant continue to practice shedy they will also develop the will to combat these failures which with perseverance and effort will lead to the goal of nehast.

      Htp

      • #3599
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        I really enjoyed the information in this post, especially number 2 and 4.

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        • #3660
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Udja Sebai,

          Acknowledging that I reviewed your feedback on the teaching of meditation. I understood that meditation is a state/experience that expand ones consciousness of their existence and identity beyond time and space. It is a state where there is no object, no thoughts, no feelings, no identity etc. and beyond this lies enlightenment. I gathered that the process that leads to this experience includes the different levels of concentration in the discipline of meditation as well as the other disciplines of shedy as it is the burning of egoism (ariyu) that leads to this state of being.

          Dua
          Htp

    • #3601
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 10, Reading Assignment , Pages125-140

      The Kemetic term “uaa” means meditation.

      2. How should a spiritual aspirant think about the capacity to control “Externalized consciousness” and their ability to rise above their conditioning of the past.
      Consciousness flows through the mind and sustains life. “Where the mind goes, energy flows”. A person who has externalized consciousness is distracted and loses energy. Focusing on the divine is a movement towards internalized consciousness. Conditioning implies that focusing externally is learned, therefore a spiritual aspirant can learn to focus internally and overcome their past conditioning. It does not mean you are not aware of the external world, however, it does mean that if you stay focused internally as you interact in time and space you are aware of the Self at all times. If you practice internalized consciousness you are able to control your thoughts, your actions and make choices based on wisdom and not your emotions. You are also able to detach and not identify with time and space. To discover who you truly are is the ultimate goal.

      3. The practice of meditation allows one to create what?
      The practice of meditation allows one to create a higher awareness which affects all aspects of one’s life and gives the spiritual aspirant an experiential knowledge of his/her true self. This changes your “window of perception” so that you see yourself based on truth rather than the values the world sets for you. The higher awareness also helps an aspirant to be aware so they can make choices that supports their spiritual growth.

      4. The “normal” state of human consciousness cannot be considered as “whole “ or complete.

      5. When you fall asleep you believe that the dream world “is a reality in itself“.

      6. Do not eat for at least 2 hours before meditation. Ideally one should not eat for 12 hours before meditating and the best time to schedule meditation is between 4-6 am and 6-8 pm.

      7. When you feel anger or other negative qualities, what should you do?
      Recite the hekau and visualize the deity associated with it destroying the negativity within you.

      8. As intuitional vision of your all-encompassing nature dawns in your heart, you will be able to look beyond what?
      Look beyond all the sizes, shapes, sexes and colors of people and recognize your higher-self as the basis for their existence.

      7. What is the Kemetic term for devotion?
      Ushet

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        • #3682
          Sandra McMurray
          Participant

          Udja Sebai,

          This is a reply acknowledging your feedback. Dua, this has given me needed clarity for my practice of meditation. As the impure mind can give a person false impressions of what they are experiencing, knowing what to expect as my meditation practice continues helps tremendously. Because of my “imagination” and sensitivity to aspects other than the physical in the past I am being extremely careful about my perception and understanding when it comes to altered states. Focus and concentration is difficult for me, rather I should say the concept of having a single focus and single concentration is something I am practicing and becoming more aware of. In our culture the idea of multi-tasking is seen as positive, as I gain better understanding of the teachings this leads toan agitated mind. I am working on developing a higher level of concentration and focus in my daily tasks as well as in my Shedy practice.

          Htp

      • #4131
        AndrewGarrow
        Member

        Dua Sandra for the post. As we grow spiritually our consciousness will become more and more internalized realizing the truth about ourselves as well as being able to see the truth in creation.

    • #3626
      RonaldCrawford
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 2
      pg. 23-34

      On the pages that answers the question of “what pushes the aspirant to become “super normal”. It is stated that Sema Tawi pushes the aspirant to rise beyond his/her current level of so-call normal mental conditioning to conquer anger, hatred, greed, impatience, sadness, discontent and improper use of words within him/her self.

      My question is does the use of improper words within ones self has to do with living a dishonest lifestyle, a life style that is based on conditioning, uncontrolled emotions and assumed knowledge?

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        • #3707
          RonaldCrawford
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          Duwa, Sebai Maa for your insights. I will work towards promoting harmony within myself and with others. I will be more conscious of the negative feelings within me and work to discipline my mind (heart) not to put unnecessary energy towards the negative by using words and actions that will cause disharmony. I will do this by transforming my consciousness to be motivated by the positive in myself and others. I also made a mistake when i said level 1 lesson 2. It is actually level 1 lesson 3. HTP

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    • #3676
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 12 Reading Pg 168 -178
      Sdjm means: Heading the teaching.
      After practicing for many years and not becoming enlightened the recourse an aspirant should take is:
      Repeated effort and
      2. Dispassion (becoming free from delusion about the world and desire and hatred) which clouds the
      intellect.
      3. Devotion

      When does maturity to succeed in the teachings occur? When there is sufficient frustration with the pursuit of the world.

      The desire for worldly attainments should be replaced with desire for spiritual attainments.

      Those who want to practice salad bar spirituality or
      seek the advice of oracles or create their own independent classes should do so on their own.
      How should an aspirant think about their spiritual path when they encounter failure to meet the instructions of
      the teaching or they fail to execute their own desired level of practice? The aspirant should be diligent in the teachings and refocus their efforts in attaining enlightenment.

      • #3692
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        egypt_58

        “Men and women are to become God-like through a life of virtue and the cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge, practice and bodily discipline.”

        -AEP

         

        Udja

        A very important message in this lesson

        Many aspirants encounter lack of success over many years because of complacency. This complacency is due to becoming comfortable with a certain level of attainment and/or secondly due to incapacity and/or unwillingness to intensify their dispassion and detachment from worldly habits and comforts. So to the solutions listed below we may add intensification of practice by spending more time in good association and producing positive aryu like through attending conferences and local classes on philosophy and general shedy and meditation and trips to holy sites like Kemet if possible. Another issue is impatience; the modern society wants all now or through a magic pill and no magic pill can cure the ill of contaminated unconscious mind with negative aryu. It takes time, diligence, purity and virtue. These are big problems for most aspirants in modern times and the reason for failure on the path or stagnation on the path. This is reeducating the unconscious mind and fully cutting off the umbilical cord of egoistic worldly attachments and becoming a full human being who is qualified to become a god or goddess.

         

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    • #3679
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Lvl 1 Lesson 9 Egyptian Yoga and Neterian Spirituality A Workbook for New Aspirants pgs. 107-124

      1. What is Maui?
      Maui means to think, to ponder, to fix attention, to concentrate.
      2. What is the process in the practice of the Yoga of Wisdom?
      A. Listening to the wisdom teachings on the nature of reality (creation) and the nature of the Self.
      B. Reflecting on those teachings and incorporating them into daily life.
      C. Meditating on the meaning of those teachings.
      3. What are the steps in practicing the Yoga of Action?
      A. Learn the ethics and Law of Cause and Effect-Practice right action to purify gross impurities of the personality. Control body, speech, thoughts
      B. Practice cultivation of the higher virtues to purify mind and intellect from subtle impurities.
      C. Devotion to the Divine seeing Maatian actions as offering to the Divine.
      D. Meditation-Seeing oneself as one with Maat i.e. united with the cosmic order which is the Transcendental Self.
      4. How should a spiritual aspirant think about ego based feelings and how does the Action Path affect them as an aspirant transforms through time?
      An aspirant should understand that these ego based feelings will never bring you any happiness and will actually lead you towards more misery in life. The more you practice Maat the more peaceful you will become which happens in stages and you will eventually in stages be able to go beyond these thoughts and feelings and see the correct action to perform. We will be able to understand that these ego based thoughts that we have been taught that are so real and abiding are self created and act as chains that bind you the negative results of those thoughts. An aspirant should be confident that in time they can wash away all the ignorance with the liquor of Maat. Through the practice of Maat in time we should be able to see that we can become one with Maat and all of creation through a life of righteous action in thought, word and deed.
      5. If you do not learn the spiritual lesson that the situation is here to teach you, what happens?
      You are setting yourself up to have the experience repeat itself again.
      6. By acting and moving like the gods and goddesses one can do what?
      One can essentially discover their character, energy and divine agency within one’s own consciousness and thereby also become one of their retinue i.e. one with the divine self.
      7. Yoga postures began in India?
      False
      8. Many enlightened personalities from time to time indulge in -recreational- activities.
      9. The stagnation of the flow of energy through the body has what effect?
      Grounding one’s consciousness to the physical realities rather than allowing the mind and body to operate with lightness and subtlety.

      • #3683
        Sandra McMurray
        Participant

        Udja Andrew,

        I have been reflecting on this lesson for some time now and your response in No. 4 allowed me to broaden my reflection and begin to apply this teaching on a practical level more effectively, Dua.

        Htp

      • #3693
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        “IF THOU WILT ATTENTIVELY DWELL (MEDITATE) AND OBSERVE WITH THY HEART’S EYES, THOU’LT FIND THE PATH THAT LEADS ABOVE; NAY, THAT IMAGE SHALL BECOME THY GUIDE ITSELF, BECAUSE THE DIVINE SIGHT HATH THIS PECULIAR CHARM, IT HOLDETH FAST AND DRAWETH UNTO IT THOSE WHO SUCCEED IN OPENING THEIR EYES, JUST AS, THEY SAY, THE MAGNET THE IRON.”
        -AEP

        Udja

        A well listed posting of the facts of the lesson. An important comment especially on items 1-3 is that these are teachings and concepts that are to be learned but an aspirant should expect no result from learning them.
        What do I mean by this?
        There is no benefit from learning these facts of the wisdom teaching if they are not deeply understood and then practiced intensively and relentlessly. For this purpose the sages give classes and there are conferences etc. all to continuously remind the aspirant and give venues for the practice and also for the time and purity to develop so that the deeper intuitional aspects beneath the surface level of the teachings, may be discerned and the teaching may come to its fruition…

        HTP

        • #3765
          AndrewGarrow
          Member

          Dua Sebai Maa for your posting. That is the key point to remember that once understood the teachings must be practiced.
          Htp

    • #3681
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 3, Reading Assignment page 23-34

      1.What is Shetai: The hidden incomprehensible divinity.

      2. The term shedy is the spiritual discipline or program that was used in Ancient Egypt.

      3. The term Smai Tawi or Smai are terms that translate as Egyptian yoga

      4. The path of nature is the school of hard knocks, slow learning through repeated incarnations. An aspirant to think of the futility of trying to find happiness in the world instead of within.

      5. An aspirant must have the primary initiative in advancing spiritually.

      6. An aspirant is pushed to become “super normal” because much of “normal” behavior is really Nehesh and UnMaat.

      7. One who is ready to advance spiritually must have a positive frame of mind.

      8. Why is keeping coming of the wise important? Promotes awareness and constant reflection

      9. Good association is seen as a primary way to advance spiritually.

      • #3695
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        “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
        Dua for the posting
        Just a comment on one of the statements: “An aspirant to think of the futility of trying to find happiness in the world instead of within.”
        This teaching is not meant –especially for beginning aspirants—to all of a sudden through out their worldly relations and situations. It is however a fact of the wisdom teaching that is to be realized in a sober and considered manner which eventually leads to psychological dispassion and detachment and perhaps also physical detachment as necessary – as well. So an aspirant is to give themselves, with humility, patience and reverence, to the full study of the teaching and then its practice and allow the maturity of the personality, purified by wisdom and Maatian ethical conscience, to automatically dictate the destiny of life on an inevitable path to freedom and enlightenment.
        HTP

    • #3689
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 11, Reading Assignment , Pages144-151

      1. If religion and yoga are practiced at the lower levels only, what is the result?
      You cannot reach spiritual enlightenment when practicing religion and yoga at the lower levels, all you will achieve is dogma and intellectualism.

      2. The Egyptian Yoga Book Series have been put together in such a fashion as to offer what?
      The Egyptian Yoga Book Series is put together in a way that offers every individual a specific discipline that appeals to each ofthe four personality types, an integrated method to practice all forms of yoga, while at the same time a method to advance through the three stages of religion which are mythology, ritual and mysticism.

      3. How should an aspirant think about the prospects to follow an integral path of Sema Tawi – Kemetic Yoga?
      An aspirant should have the understanding that with the proper guidance, self-efffort and repeated practice Integral Yoga is a discipline that will lead them to enlightenment. Integral Yoga is the most effective method to practice mystical spirituality.

      4. The four aspects of the personality are Emotion, Reason, Action, and Will.

      5. The Yoga of Devotional Love enhances and harnesses the Emotional aspect of the personality.

      6. Integral Yoga gives the aspirant opportunity to practice Yoga at all times. True

      7. Describe the four main paths of yoga practice:
      (1) Yoga of Devotion – This path develops the emotional aspect of the personality. An aspirant directs their love to the divine instead of externalizing it in the world towards objects or other people. This path also assists the aspirant in controlling their emotions and experiencing divine love and contentment.
      (2) Yoga of Wisdom – This path develops the reason aspect of the personality. Following this path an aspirant will gain understanding of the mystical psychology of the divine.
      (3) Yoga of Righteousness and Virtue – This path develops the action aspect ofthe personality. An aspirant will develop the ability to control their actions through the practice of self-less service and gain purity of heart.
      (4) Yoga of Meditation – This path develops the will aspect of the personality. Through this discipline an aspirant will study the mind, and gain control of the cosmic forces that are aspects of the personality. Through this practice an aspirant also gains fulfillment.

      8. Topic #3 The Process of Yoga? a) integral

      9. The Yoga of Meditation controls the feeling directed towards the Divine. False

      10. What one critical factor every aspirant should understand?
      How to balance the day to day reality with the teaching that is learned. An aspirant must fulfill their responsibilities and honor their agreements. Practicing the teachings and transcending the world does not mean leaving the world behind. The world is a venue for the aspirant to practice the teachings and to purify their mind and how an aspirant manages themselves while having these experiences in the world determines their progress on the journey to enlightenment..

      • #3697
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        “The wise person who acts with MAAT is free of falsehood and disorder.”
        -AEP

        Udja

        A short but comprehensive posting containing concise answers that demonstrate understanding. Well done.
        A comment on #10:
        “10. What one critical factor every aspirant should understand?
        How to balance the day to day reality with the teaching that is learned. An aspirant must fulfill their responsibilities and honor their agreements. Practicing the teachings and transcending the world does not mean leaving the world behind. The world is a venue for the aspirant to practice the teachings and to purify their mind and how an aspirant manages themselves while having these experiences in the world determines their progress on the journey to enlightenment..”
        It is true that an aspirant should honor agreements and their word but this is not absolute and literal- just because you said you would take a friend to a store and later you discover he wants to use you as a getaway car, this does not mean you must honor your agreement to take him to the store. Just because you signed an agreement with a bank and later you find out they were defrauding you does not mean you should pay the loan anyway, etc. So it is qualified by Maat and the higher Maat in a situation, the higher ethical justice is the path that should be followed if the situation allows. There is much more implied in this feedback but this is all for now and other issues and applications will come up in time that will clarify the practice of maat.

        HTP

        • #4133
          Sandra McMurray
          Participant

          Udja Sebai Maa,

          Dua for your response. As I continue my studies and put the teachings into practice in my daily life I am beginning to understand that what I have been “taught” programs the mind not to discriminate but to follow indiscriminately. Learning the teachings and putting them into practice is one issue, however, learning to use discrimination guided by Maat is another aspect which must also be learned. Integral yoga – in its application also.

          Htp

    • #3709
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 3
      Reading assignment
      Pages 23-34

      – Who is Shetai?
      Shetai is the name for Amun, meaning “The hidden one”. Sheta in itself means that which is hidden, unknown or cannot be seen.

      Week 2 Topic #1: Yoga in Ancient Egypt?
      The term yoga is the spiritual discipline or program to promote spiritual evolution that was Sema Taui in Ancient Egypt

      Topic #2: What is Egyptian Yoga?
      The term Sema Taui or Sema Heru-Set are Ancient Egyptian words which can be translated into Egyptian Yoga. Meaning the union of two lands or the union of Heru and Set. The two lands are the upper & lower land of Egypt which is represented as the higher and lower self (Heru and Set).

      The Path of nature is – I believe – the path of Maat. The path of law and balance. We must adhere to all the spiritual disciplines in order to unite our lower self to our higher self, our Set to our Heru, Our physical to our transcendental. We must look at life as an experience, an expression of the divine self to be learnt from not just lived mindlessly or ignorantly. Not knowing, not being aware. Aspirants should be interested and want to elevate state of consciousness.

      Topic #4: The qualities of an aspirant?
      An aspirant must have the primary interest in advancing spiritually. We must having a certain motivation, will and wanting to elevate spiritually.

      – What pushes an aspirant to become super normal?
      An aspirant must elevate themselves out of societies constraints, boundaries and what they define as normal. Aspirants must conquer and change their own mental condition through purification of the heart, mind and body.

      Topic #5 – Qualification of an aspirant?
      One who is ready to seriously seek spiritual development, one who’s ears are open to the words of wisdom and eyes are open to the awareness of wisdom. They must have a positive frame of mind that is directed towards spiritual realisation.

      • #3760
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        Udja
        Dua for your posting.
        One issue of consistency is the use of the term “Sema Tawi”. For consistency we use the “w” instead of the “u”.
        On your statement: “The Path of nature is – I believe – the path of Maat.” In the context of Maat philosophy the path of nature can be seen as the path of instinct and the animal self. Maat, as a contrast is a path of truth that goes beyond animal desires.

        “There are two roads traveled by humankind, those who seek to live MAAT and those who seek to satisfy their animal passions.”
        -AEP

        In a different context, especially in “New Age” spirituality, the path of nature is often referred to as a path in harmony with the universe and in that context it is applicable there. In our Shetaut Neter Maatian studies though the context of the proverb is our anchor.
        HTP

    • #3710
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 4
      Reading assignment
      Pages 35-50

      – Why is keeping company with the wise important?
      Good association is seen as a primary way to accelerate and elevate the spiritual development of an aspirant. It is in the nature of the mind to imitate that which it focuses on. It promotes awareness and constant reflection of ones self. Without a preceptor the ignorant mind can make subtle mistakes leading it astray.

      – How should a spiritual aspirant think about good association and what actions should they take to insure they receive and benefit form it?
      An aspirant should see good association as a doorway into spiritual elevation, they should take comfort in being around good people with good moral standards and virtues. They provide an aspirant with a basis, a foundation as well as a structure to live by, as it was said before it is the nature of the mind to imitate that which it focuses on and if you’re always around good people/good association then you will always have that to focus on. A spiritual perception cannot force us through the door though, we must take the steps to practise the teachings and in turn purify our hearts and elevate our consciousness. We must have the motivation to want to become enlightened.

      – What food does the preceptor provide?
      The spiritual preceptor provides spiritual food or brain food if that explains if better. By this I mean that they feed us knowledge and wisdom to assist us towards spiritual evolution. Like Nut, they provide is with subtle food once we’re ready to receive it to lead us to greater knowledge and comprehension.

      – When can you as an aspirant choose those disciplines which suit your personality?
      Once we have learnt the correct methods of spiritual discipline we can then choose which methods suit our personality. This person leads to happiness and peace in life.

      Week 3 – Topic #1: Who is a teacher?
      A teacher is one who lives the teaching. They are also someone who has achieved a high degree of understanding and personal spiritual emancipation. The teacher can also act as a refuge for people who may need them, or need peace of mind or help.

      – What is Sebai?
      A spiritual preceptor, an enlightened personality

      – Where was the largest priesthood?
      The temple of Amun, Asar, Ra and Heru, and Goddesses Net, Aset and Hetheru.

      Topic #2: The role of a teacher?
      The teacher makes him or herself a conduit an instrument for the divine through which the divine may enlighten others when they are ready.

      • #4033
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        Udja
        A post with two important issues for every aspirant to consider.

        First, about your statement: “A spiritual perception cannot force us through the door though, we must take the steps to practise the teachings and in turn purify our hearts and elevate our consciousness. We must have the motivation to want to become enlightened.”
        As feedback for this I will provide one proverb from the Egyptian Proverbs book:

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

        Certainly an aspirant needs to have “gumption”, but not arrogance or conceit; the aspirant who wants to be considered and initiate must have initiative to pursue a path in life that leads to that goal. No one can do it for them. True aspiration comes from a burning desire from within and not from outside influences or fanciful notions or romantic ideas of what the initiatic path is all about.

        About your statement: “The spiritual preceptor provides spiritual food or brain food if that explains if better. By this I mean that they feed us knowledge and wisdom to assist us towards spiritual evolution. Like Nut, they provide is with subtle food once we’re ready to receive it to lead us to greater knowledge and comprehension.”

        Here another proverb is instructive:

        “If you seek GOD, you seek for the Beautiful. One is the Path that leads unto GOD – Devotion joined with Wisdom.”
        -AEP

        This proverb relates the factor that the teaching is not only knowledge or information; it is wisdom that occurs when the teaching is properly understood but then practiced, experienced and felt. So there is a devotional aspect and therefore alkso a feeling aspect. So the teacher strives to provide more than information since if that were all that was needed there would be millions of enlightened people everywhere because all we need to do is print books! And we do not see that result; therefore something more is needed and that is why singing, ritual, dedication to the divine in the form of the tutelary, respect and honor if the teacher and desire for the teachings, rituals, pilgrimages as well as a devotion to the teaching in daily life are all necessary for ultimate success.

        HTP

    • #3791
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 8, Book assignment pp. 91-106

      Question
      Akhus, are _enlightened______________beings.

      Fill in the blanks:
      The goal of the Neterian disciplines is to discover the meaning of __Who______ ___am______ ____I?____

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about the diet of the initiates as espoused by the temple of Aset and is it a realistic goal to be achieved?

      The diet of the initiates, combined with Smai Tawi, is designed to lead to physical purification. Physical and mental purification combine to allow the initiate’s true Self to shine through.
      For some, the diet of the initiates it is realistic to achieve, whereas others are not ready.

      NOTES:
      The general population was considered to be one of the most healthiest groups of the ancient world. True/False
      True

      The initiates ate the same diet as the common folk. True/False
      False

      Question
      As part of your spiritual program, begin controlling your intake of _____food______________gradually.

      Question
      Whose favorite food is lettuce?
      Heru and Set

      Question
      If your family members are not interested or do not understand what you are trying to do, what should you do?
      We should continue privately with our spiritual practices, and try to keep the interruptions to a minimum.

      Question
      Once you have established a schedule of minimal time to devote to practices, what should you do?
      We should make sure to follow the schedule.

      NOTES:
      One should start your Spiritual Practice with a) exercise, b) prayer, c)breathing or d) meditation
      One should start spiritual practice with breathing.

      What is the minimum time for meditation?
      5 minutes

      • #4034
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        Udja

          About this question:

        “How should a spiritual aspirant think about the diet of the initiates as espoused by the temple of Aset and is it a realistic goal to be achieved?”

        The intent was more for you to reflect on what you understand about how you should feel as an aspirant about this issue. So post a reply to my feedback just on this one question as to what an aspirant’s and your attitude should be about this regardless of if there is capacity to successfully apply it right now or not.

        HTP

        • #4303
          Shems Ua Netert
          Participant

          Level 1, Lesson 8, Book assignment, pp. 91-106, cont.

          How should a spiritual aspirant think about the diet of the initiates as espoused by the temple of Aset and is it a realistic goal to be achieved?

          Initiates should view the diet of the Initiates as a means of purification. Achieving purity is essential, because when the mind and body are pure, the Spirit can shine through.

          I think adopting the diet of the Initiates is a realistic goal, but that it takes time to achieve. Giving up our intake of certain foods, beverages, e.t.c. can feel like a loss at first, but in reality, the diet allows us to gain spiritual awareness.

    • #3793
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 4, Course Book, pages 35-50

      Why is keeping the company of the wise important?

      Its one of the most important ways to maintain awareness and constant reflection, seen as a primary way to accelerate the spiritual development of the aspirant, because the human mind imitates what it focuses on. The nature of the unenlightened mind allows it to make subtle mistakes which can lead the aspirant astray from the correct interpretation of the teachings.

      How should an aspirant think about good association and what actions should they take to ensure they will receive and benefit from it?

      what food does the preceptor provide? Mental food in the form of wisdom teachings which its up to me to take the food, consume, digest, absorb, and become one with it.

      When can you as an aspirant choose those disciplines which suit your personality?

      Once you learn the correct methods of spiritual discipline, you can then choose those displines which suit your personality and then gradually increase the intensity of the practice while maintaining daily duties. This process leads to peace, enjoyment of light, and spiritual enlightenment in a balanced way.

      Who is a Teacher?

      One who is well versed in The Teachings, indifferent to positive and negative circumstances, not desirous of objects of the world.

      Who is Sebai?

      Priest in the role of preceptor leading the initiate to understand the teachings , to purify the mind and body, and inutitional realization through the practice of mental exercises and application of the wisdom teachings. A spiritual teacher who may or may not have the function of Guru or spiritual guide proper.

      Where was the largest priesthood?

      Belonged to the temples of Amun, Asar, Ra, Heru, Net, Aset, and Heteru.

      The role of the teacher?

      The teacher makes him or herself a conduit, an instrument of the divine, through which the divine may enlighten others when they are ready.

      • #3801
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

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        How should an aspirant think about Good-Association and what actions to take to benefit from it?

        Everywhere and in all traditions there are beings of a more righteous nature as well as enlightened personalities. They should be sought after and conversed, to build a positive association to be able to study and practice the teachings. Sometimes a person may be more advanced in some areas, and these good traits should be learned from and the bad ignored. When someone leaves your path, let it happen. We attract beings like unto us.

        • #3844
          Seba Dja
          Keymaster

          Udja,

          We also use the term Khnumt Nefer for Good Association…such as gathering in a group to practice the teachings with a spiritual teacher or preceptor, or just aspirants gathering to study the teachings, also 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

          • #4029
            ANTHONYBAHLIBI
            Participant

            Udja Seba Dja,

            Thank you for this term. I actually spent some time earlier searching for that correct term after listening to the video for Lesson 5 and hearing the term but not being able to find the proper spelling. Will integrate this term.

            Thank you,
            Htp.
            anthony

    • #3914
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Lvl 1 Lesson 10 Egyptian Yoga and Neterian Spirituality A Workbook for New Aspirants pgs. 125-140

      1. The Kemetic term Uaa means?
      To think, to ponder, to fix attention, meditation
      2. How should an aspirant think about their capacity to control “Externalized consciousness” and their ability to rise above their conditioning of the past?
      An aspirant should know that they have the capacity to control the flow of consciousness. With a little practice of meditation one can see that they can begin to gain control over the flow of thoughts in ones mind and direct it to what her/she chooses to. Through the continued integral practice of Shedy one will begin to see that they can rise above and beyond the concepts of oneself that were held on to so tightly to embrace ourselves as being one with as well as the divine itself.
      3. The practice of meditation allows one to create what?
      Allows one to create a higher awareness which affects all aspects of one’s life, but most importantly, it gives the aspirant experiential knowledge of his/her true self.
      4. The “normal” state of consciousness cannot be considered as whole or complete.
      5. When you fall asleep you “believe” that the dream world is “real”.
      6. Do not eat for at least 2 hours before meditation.
      7. When you feel anger or other negative qualities what should you do?
      You should recite the Hekau and visualize its positive energy and the deity associated with it destroying the negativity within you.
      8. As intuitional vision of your all-encompassing nature dawns in your heart, you will be able to look beyond what?
      You will be able to look beyond all the different sizes, shapes, sexes and colors of people and recognize your Higher Self as the basis for their existence.
      9. What is the Kemetic term for Devotion? Ushet.

      • #4035
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        “The lips of the wise are as the doors of a cabinet; no sooner are they opened, but treasures are poured out before you. Like unto trees of gold arranged in beds of silver, are wise sentences uttered in due season.”
        -AEP

        UDJA

        Well done answering the questions.
        All aspirants are to keep in mind that in order to embark properly on the spiritual path it is necessary first to understand what the path is and then how to correctly apply the teaching on the path. So in learning the specific factors such as these, the aspirant is not expected to master them just by reading about them. But this is a first and important step start the preparation of the field of mind so that the seeds of the teaching can grow into trees of wisdom.

        HTP

        • #4130
          AndrewGarrow
          Member

          Dua Sebai Maa for the post. One of the things I have gained the most by being in this class was gaining the correct understanding of what spiritual life really is about. As in the past I haven’t understood and gave myself enough time to get the proper foundation to have a balanced and successful spiritual movement so this level of practice I am really enjoying now as I understand more than ever that nothing of value can be built on an improper foundation.
          Htp.

          • #4272
            Bastu Akhu
            Participant

            Udja Andrew,

            Dua. I have also gained a level of correct understanding of the teachings through this class forum and I can only imagine what my understanding of the teachings would have been without it and the guidance of our spiritual preceptors, Sebai Maa and Seba Dja. It was a blessing that the course became available a year after I picked up my first book by Sebai. So Ny, I also think the foundation is to first correctly understand the teachings and know what the path really is in order to correctly apply them through the shedy disciplines in order to experience a balanced spiritual movement towards nehast. To have the teachings in this particular structure with augmentation from Sebai Maa and Seba Dja and in addition, the reflections of my fellow aspirants is a true blessing of which I’m grateful beyond words. Dua Sebai Maa, Dua Seba Dja, Dua Neteru, and Dua to all my fellow aspirants for all that you share. Dua for all the manifestations of the Divine inclusive of the Higher Self.

            Htp

    • #3917
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 13 – Introduction to Egyptian Yoga- WB pg. 179 – 192

      1. Keep a __spiritual___ diary.
      2. How should an aspirant think about their spiritual checklist and how diligent should they try to be with it?

      The spiritual checklist encompasses all the shedy disciplines that an aspirant have been learning to practice in previous lessons. It includes everything an aspirant should be doing, when and also what to do if any area of practice is missed. This list is important to have as a daily guide because it promotes a regular balanced integral yoga practice which is necessary for spiritual transformation. An aspirant should be relentless in being consistent with their checklist as to not degrade their practice to where it becomes ineffective in purifying the mind and heart. In addition, it is the spiritual practices which allows protection from worldly entanglements while simultaneously promoting movement towards spiritual enlightenment. If an aspirant is committed to Shetaut Neter, they are essentially committed to their Higher Self, so adhering to their checklist is the ultimate indication of this. This seem to be where the practice intensifies as well.

      3. All of life’s activities are __ritualistic__ to some degree.

      4. When you approach a teacher bring an ____offering___.

      Htp

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        Sunshine

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        Udja

        about your statement:
        “An aspirant should be relentless in being consistent with their checklist as to not degrade their practice to where it `becomes ineffective in purifying the mind and heart. In addition, it is the spiritual practices which allows protection from worldly entanglements while simultaneously promoting movement towards spiritual enlightenment. If an aspirant is committed to Shetaut Neter, they are essentially committed to their Higher Self, so adhering to their checklist is the ultimate indication of this. ”

        Certainly antet begag (relentlessness) is a necessary and important feature of successful spiritual aspiration. How is it to be achieved? gradually. The spiritual practice IS THE refuge from the predicaments and insanities of life – no doubt. SO the path is not mathematical but rather cyclical and helical, meaning you have ample opportunities so no need to fret if one is lost so keep striving to eventual success. Heliacal relates to the sun and when the solar aspiration force (Heru) rises, then there is eventual victory. There are many areas where success is demonstrated and following the self-checklist can be one of them.

        HTP

        • #4307
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Udja Sebai,

          Dua for the further clarification on antet begag. As I move through the lessons, its becoming more and more apparent to me what the qualities of a true aspirant really are and also the intensity engendered in their efforts in spiritual practice (shedy), however like you mentioned this happens gradually, over time and as I understand, also as ariyu is reduced. As more insight into these practices are revealed in each lesson, I tend to think I also have to raise my capacity as well, but not because I am on a particular lesson intellectually means that I have the capacity to practice with the intensity recommended. I understand now that the checklist is not ‘absolute’ as I seem to have indicated in my response by saying it was the ‘ultimate’ indication of commitment to the Higher Self. Dua for eluding to this in your response by saying “There are many areas where success is demonstrated an following the self-checklist can be one of them.” I have also reflected on your reply post#2813 June, 14th, 2015 where you mentioned quality of practice is better than quantity and for us not to undermine the importance of informal shedy as well. You also mentioned the following “Shedy should not be a burden but it can be a struggle until the battle between the ego and higher self swings to the favor of the higher self, in the meantime do a little and stealthily buildup as the ego begins to enjoy and even help to its own subjugation.” I am now seeing that being relentless means continued self effort to one’s capacity but not to become complacent in doing so. Again Dua.

          Htp

          • #4377
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            Keymaster

            Udja

            Very good reflections. You are starting to understand as well that the teaching is scientific but it is also an art. Because human beings are not machines and do not change as if by switching a light on and off, there needs to be understanding of the teaching and then relentless pursuit of its perfection. The pursuit itself is the shedy and there is no need for perfection in disciplines. What is the goal is perfection in experience and that takes time to restructure the obstructing aryu and thus wepwat open a way to spiritual enlightenment.

            HTP

    • #4027
      BernadetteCollins
      Participant

      Level 1-book assignment-pages-10-20

      What is the relationship between the Egyptians and the Ethiopians?

      The Egyptians were originally a colony of Ethiopians from the south
      that came to the north east part of Africa.

      Topic 3-Who were the ancient Egyptians? A colony of Ethiopians
      from the south who came to the north east part of Africa.

      Topic#4-What is yoga philosophy?

      Yoga philosophy is a way to look at life, religion, the discipline of
      psychology & the way to spiritual development, which leads to spiritual enlightenment.

      What is the Initiatic way of education?

      The initiatic way of education involves, reading the material, listening to the videos, practicing shedy & interacting with other aspirants & the teacher, providing feedback.

      Topic 6-What is initiation? Initiation is more of an embarking on a journey
      of spiritual living which leads to spiritual enlightenment.

      How does the Kemetic yoga counsel help the seeker?

      The kemetic yoga counsel helps the seeker to rise above the pain,
      anguish & disappointments of the world.

      How should a beginning aspirant think about the different
      levels of aspirants?

      There are 3 levels of aspirants.

      1. Aspiration: The awakening of the spiritual self. This means
      to become conscious of the divine presence within one’s
      self by having faith that there’s a spiritual essence beyond
      human understanding.

      2. Striving-Cleansing of the mind & body through spiritual discipline.
      Totally surrendering the ego or personal identity to the divine inner universal self.

      3. Established- To experience & appreciate the divine presence during reflection & meditation.
      To be united with the divine self.

      • #4039
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        In your answer to this question:
        How should a beginning aspirant think about the different
        levels of aspirants?

        You replies:

        “There are 3 levels of aspirants.
        1. Aspiration: The awakening of the spiritual self. This means
        to become conscious of the divine presence within one’s
        self by having faith that there’s a spiritual essence beyond
        human understanding.
        2. Striving-Cleansing of the mind & body through spiritual discipline.
        Totally surrendering the ego or personal identity to the divine inner universal self.
        3. Established- To experience & appreciate the divine presence during reflection & meditation.
        To be united with the divine self.”

        Now explore how you think and feel about these three levels of aspirants as this concept pertains to you. How should you think about these issues for yourself and your spiritual path?

    • #4132
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 11 Introduction to Egyptian Yoga and Neterian Religion pgs. 141-154

      1. If religion and yoga are practiced at the lower levels only, what is the result?
      It will not yield spiritual enlightenment but dogmas and intellectualism.
      2. The Egyptian Yoga Book Series has been put together in such a fashion as to offer what?
      It has been put together in such a fashion as to offer every individual a specific discipline as well as an integrated method to practice all forms of yoga while at the same time advancing through the three stages of religion.
      3. How should an spirant think about their prospects to follow an integral path of Sema Tawi- Kemetic Yoga?
      An aspirant should be positive that in time they will be able to practice the teachings in an integral way. At first one may be attracted to a particular path such as the wisdom or devotion but in time one will practices all the
      paths in a balance manner. As wisdom with no devotion ends up as intellectualism or meditation with out wisdom will be experiences rooted in the ego instead of leading one to experience their true nature. Likewise ones
      spiritual practice must be rooted in Maat so as to have a proper foundation for understanding and feeling of the teachings. So an aspirant should stay positive and know that in time they will eventually lead themselves to
      an integral practice of the teachings.
      4. The 4 aspects of the personality are emotion, reason, action, will.
      5. The Yoga of Devotional Love enhances and harnesses the emotion aspect of the personality.
      6. Integral Yoga gives you the opportunity to practice Yoga at all times. True.
      7. Describe the 4 main paths of Yoga Practice.
      The Yoga of Devotional Love – Enhances and harnesses the emotional aspect in a human personality and directs it towards the Higher Self
      The Yoga of Wisdom – Enhances and harnesses the reasoning aspect in a human personality and directs it towards the Higher Self
      The Yoga of Action – Enhances and harnesses the movement and behavior aspect in a human personality and directs it towards the Higher Self
      The Yoga of Meditation – Enhances and harnesses the willing aspect in a human personality and directs it towards the Higher Self.
      8. The Yoga of Meditation controls the feeling directed towards the Divine. False
      9. What one critical factor every aspirant should understand?
      The critical factor to be understood is how to balance the day to day reality with the teaching that is being learned.

      • #4392
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        This assignment was straightforward and covered several important topics. Additionally, in #9 the task is to balance as well as “integrate” the teaching day to day, meaning to make the teaching part of life so that it is applied in all areas of life. Integrating the teaching into your personality,handling the different aryu, handling the different disciplines, and setting a schedule to practice them and handling the frustrations and successes and keeping motivated and moving forward; all this is integral shedy practice and it is a vary important aspect of correct application of the teaching and staying effectively on the spiritual path that leads to success. Seba Dja delivered a lecture presentation based on this concept of integral shedy and it is worth reviewing. A special page with the video has been setup for KU Students click here to view.

        Sebadja Workfile_Snap_2015.11.01_00h58m31s_002_

        “Everything flows out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure to the left; rhythm compensates.”

        -AEP

        HTP

        • #4443
          AndrewGarrow
          Member

          Dua Sebai Maa I will study the presentation. Htp.

      • #4542
        AndrewGarrow
        Member

        This is a reply based on Sebai Maa’s reply #3051 to Charle’s post #3025

        The point that was made by Sebai Maa when he said that dry intellectualism leads to self serving philosophies. I feel that at one point and time I saw myself turning my spiritual practices into something that was serving my ego instead of leading me towards a higher outlook and experience of the teachings and life. I had realized that I had become so egotistical about the knowledge I had gained it actually pushed me away from the teachings as I was in a spiritual slump. I finally awoke from it and began to seek the teachings out again which I had already started reading Sebai Maa’s books but this time it had a different feeling to it. As devotion to the divine is a concept I at first thought was rooted in orthodox religion I have since then learned what true devotion is and where it is derived from and in turn learned what true knowledge is and how it should be handled. I continue to water the seeds of devotion and knowledge in my life and in time I know through the integral practice of shedy the goal is assuredly mines.
        Htp.

        • #4606
          admin
          Keymaster

          HTP

    • #4167
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 5
      Pages 51-58

      Question 1
      Many preachers use exciting methods to talk about their scriptures.

      Question 2
      When life humbles the spiritual aspirant it is even more important that they should do what?

      When life humbles the aspirant it is important that they trust in the teacher who will never rub their noses in it or turn them away.

      Question 3
      How should a spiritual aspirant feel about humbling themselves to the teaching and their teacher?

      Every aspirant must offer their ego, pride and ignorance on the divine alter of wisdom. They must pledge their service to the preceptor and sacrifice the egoistic notions and vanity in order to attain insight and wisdom. An aspirant must not feel shame or proud when submitting to their teacher. They can trust the teacher enough not to take advantage of them and lay down all of their pride, ego and ignorance in order to elevate spiritually.

      Question 4
      You must attempt to never lose your temper in the presence of your preceptor and never treat the preceptor unrighteously or with resentment. You must learn to receive whatever the teacher says and apply it in life.

      Question 5
      In Kemetian spirituality there us more focus on the divinity as opposed to the personality of the preceptor. As concerns reverence in the form of an incarnated divinity.

      What interested me
      I gained more insight toward the code of conduct when it comes to interacting with a spiritual preceptor.
      I also grasped the fact that although some people may see certain words in the book like when it was said that an aspirant should even be ready to beg for forgiveness when they have done something wrong toward the preceptor. People would see that and immediately challenge it without realising what the deeper meaning is behind it. Submitting in a way such like that shows a real lack of pride and ego. You also must see that an enlightened personality/person would not be moved or shaken by praises or having someone submit to them.

      • #4628
        SEBAIMAA
        Keymaster

         

        Udja

        Indeed, in the issue of relating to a preceptor/teacher many of the injunctions, if not all, are for the benefit of the aspirant. Thou an authentic teacher may not be offended by rants or egoistic outbursts, those events can deeply affect the aspirant in terms of shame, guilt, etc. that cause them to feel unworthy, shy, etc. and bring up aryu from the unconscious mind that is negative, that pushes the personality to self-sabotage and even self-punishment by moving away from a preceptor, the person that could bring solace through understanding and acceptance.

        ANIMATED egypt_170hawk

        In a psychological way this is a tactic of the ego to deceive the conscious mind into retreating into further egoism and away from sources that could bring enlightenment and the demise of the ego. So the respect and honor to the preceptor is, from another perspective, a protection of the spiritual aspiration, of the Heru within. Therefore, that respect for the preceptor is respect for Aset, the higher self within that is calling to the aspirant to come towards wisdom and enlightenment. And from even another perspective, it is a respect for the aspirant that the aspirant is showing to him/herself, a respect the bolsters the ethical conscience and strengthens the feelings and emotions and toughens the mind against the crafty ego self (Set).

        “Every parent teaches as they act. They will speak to the children so that they will speak to their children. They will set an example and not give offence.”
        -AEP

        HTP

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    • #4235
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 5 Reading, Course Workbook, Pages 51-58

      1.Many preachers use drama and exuberant Methods

      2.When life humbles the aspirant it is even more important that they should trust in the teacher who would never rub their noses in their fetters or turn them away.

      3.How should a spiritual aspirant think and feel about humbling themselves to the teaching and teacher? An authentic teacher is and should be treated as a precious resource better then a billion dollars in the bank, should be considered as the divine on earth with the ability to enlighten you ( in that way they are even better than god in the form of the path of nature/hard knocks), You have come to that person because you recognize your ignorance and their elevation, approach with a spirit of service and humility and not insolence, learn how every moment is dedicated to the divine, love the teacher in a greater way then other forms of relationships, complete dedication to the spiritual life, reverence and service toward the preceptor, The aspirant who hopes to be an initiate needs to initiate the contact with the teacher and have initiative to make good use of the teaching. Develop a keen understanding about what it means to be an aspirant, become familiar with the practices and disciplines of Maat, Present yourself to the teacher with a clean body, mind, and soul to the best of your ability

      4.you must attempt to never lose your temper in the presence of the teacher and never treat the preceptor unrighteously or with resentment. Receive what the teacher says and apply it in your life…Question for deeper understanding and not to challenge.

      5.In Kamitan spirituality there is more focus on the divinity as opposed to the personality of the preceptor as concerns reverence in terms of an incarnate divinity

      What interested me

      I was inspired by this reading very much. I can understand the important role of a preceptor especially as it was related to being greater than god in the extent to enlighten the student more expedient and less painful than the path of nature, also to the importance of such a relationship where worldly relationships of all kinds cannot reach that level. I can say that I am genuinely inspired by the spiritual world and have reverence for it and a desire to enter into it. The readings up until this point along with the lectures have shown me that spiritual life is truly a different life, it is not an “addition” to a “normal” life.

      • #4342
        Nefertem
        Participant

        Udja,

        Great post. I enjoyed the statement “It is not an addition to a normal life”. In one of the lessons Seba Maa explains that once we (i’m summarizing) begin to walk towards enlightenment we have to rebase line our perception of “normal”, because our old perception of normal is skewed. I’ve realized that the new understanding of normal has allowed me to appreciate the teachings even more and has diminished my judge-mental personality towards specific factions of society.Judgement has been overtaken by compassion.

        HTP

        • #4634
          SEBAIMAA
          Keymaster

          Udja

          very good reflections Charles

          HTP

      • #4632
        SEBAIMAA
        Keymaster

        Udja
        A couple of important points: About your statement: “You have come to that person because you recognize your ignorance and their elevation,…”
        Indeed, this is correct though another way of understanding also provides a nuance of insight. The term “elevation” can be replaced with “advancement” as in a person who is farther along on the road. This connotation suggests that the person one is following is not up in the sky and aloof but just like one, but though more advanced. And this is actually the case. If that advancement elevates them it also elevates one and this is a healthy way of understanding while not assigning undue fantastic attributes that are unnecessary and though they can inspire also can lead to delusions of admiration of the person and delusions of inferiority of oneself.

        Aset Black Head On
        “Beware of falsehoods from misunderstood teachings.”-AEP

        On your statement: “The readings up until this point along with the lectures have shown me that spiritual life is truly a different life, it is not an “addition” to a “normal” life.”
        Here is certainly a major realization, for the high attainment of spiritual experience is certainly different from the ordinary waking human reality, like the difference between a dream and waking up. So this message was certainly received by you and very well. Oftentimes aspirants try to “add” the spiritual life to their egoistic life, like adding oil to water, not realizing that true advancement on the spiritual path means leaving the worldly ego and egoism behind and when the spiritual attainment is effective that ego is transformed into the identity of a divine entity: the true higher self you as opposed to the false lower ego you. Without this understanding and application of the teaching with this understanding, the spiritual evolution is stunted regardless of the number of scriptures that can be memorized quoted, regardless of the regalia or rituals or yoga practices and meditations that may be engaged.

        HTP

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    • #4269
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 11A, Reading Assignment, Pages 155-168

      1. The daily worship program consists of three worships during the day.
      One at dawn, one at noon, and one at sunset.

      2. How should an aspirant think about their personal practice, how much importance to assign to it and what should they do about the time to make the threefold observances while at work, at home, around others who follow other traditions, or when nobody knows what they are doing?
      An aspirant should understand that their personal practice is a number one priority. Ordering ones life on a practical level allows this to happen. The threefold observance should be practiced with as few distractions as possible. If possible the lunch hour can be changed so that an aspirant goes to lunch after or before the majority does, eating lunch in their car, etc. At home they should also practice with as few distractions as possible. The spiritual practice of any person should be respected even other traditions. If possible an aspirant should practice in private. If they are asked questions they should answer according to the person asking’s capacity to understand.

      3. Choose an icon according to your spiritual inclination.

      4. Describe the “Hetep Slab”.
      A stone slab with male, thigh, and female, duck, symbols carved into the top, along with the symbol of Supreme Peace (Hetep) which consists of a loaf of bread and an offering mat (which was composed of women reeds), and two libation vessels. The top of the table has grooves which channel the libations around the offering towards the front and center of the table and out through the outermost point of the protruding section.

      4. You should try not to come into the temple harboring thoughts of anger, hatred, greed, lust, jealousy, envy and so forth.

      5. Write a brief essay on how to conduct one’s self in the Temple.
      An aspirant should cleanse the body and dress in the special clothes for the Temple. Their speech and their mind should also be clean so that they can be at peace to receive the vibrations in the Temple. Cellphones and beepers should not be brought to the Temple. No sex or meat before coming to the Temple. The aspirant should prostrate before the shrine and greet the preceptor in the proper manner. An aspirant must show respect for the divine self so that the divine self will be accepting of them and assist them in their journey. The aspirant should take the proper posture in the Temple when being seated. They should not be talkative and be introverted and reflective in the Temple. They should interact with their fellow aspirants in a courteous and detached manner showing respect for their fellow aspirants as well as themselves.

      6. What is the meaning of the term “Seba”?
      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 gives birth to enlightenment.

      7. Name the different ways one can sit in the Temple.
      (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.

      8. Hygiene of your physical body, mouth/speech, and of your mind are the three main concerns of an initiate.

      • #4623
        AndrewGarrow
        Member

        Reply to post# 4269 Sandra McMurray
        Udja Sandra, I really enjoyed the point you made about our spiritual practices being number one and that we should order our lives in a way which allows this to happen. This is a great reminder. I am always trying to fine tune my evening worship working to make that portion of my shedy practice as constant as my morning worship. I am getting better at it and know that there will come a time when it is effortless.
        Htp.

      • #4635
        SEBAIMAA
        Keymaster

        Udja
        Well done post.
        Here are some actual images of the HTP offering table. There are many variations but we use the typical and classical form.

        ALtar image1

        On your statement: “You should try not to come into the temple harboring thoughts of anger, hatred, greed, lust, jealousy, envy and so forth.”

        It is important to emphasize that it is easy to have an injunction say against bringing cell phones or wearing a t-shirt that says “Go Mets”. But it is more difficult to successfully follow an injunction against negative feelings and thoughts. Therefore, this is an aspirational injunction and not an absolute rule, otherwise hardly anyone would be allowed in! So it is a wisdom teaching for awareness and when there is awareness then steps can be taken to abate the issues that trouble the mind, by remembering the teachings, being in a peaceful and friendly environment, breathing rhythmically, uttering the recitation of wisdom proverbs and or scriptures, listening to enlightening lectures, uttering (chant) the tutelary hekau (words of power), practicing postures that channel and sublimate errant energies, etc. So all that is expected is honest effort and that hones effort eventually yields the fruit of purified mind and balanced (Maatian) heart.

        “Those who are agitated all day have no happy moments, but those who amuse themselves all day can’t keep their fortune.”
        -AEP

        HTP

    • #4341
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 13 Pg 179 -192

      1)Keep a Spiritual Diary
      2)How should an aspirant think about their spiritual checklist and how diligent should they try to be with it? The spiritual Map is a roadmap on our journey of enlightenment. I personally am keeping a copy in visual site at all times. For me this acts as a reminder.
      3)All of life’s activities are ritualistic to some degree.
      4)When you approach a teacher bring an offering

      • #4637
        SEBAIMAA
        Keymaster

        Udja

        A brief note to point out that the spiritual checklist is a list of options and not that every single item needs to be incorporated. However, there are certain fundamental items that should be incorporated if nothing else, like the three fold worship, daily meditation, etc. etc. If there are any questions about which are the essential ones this is an important issue that should be followed up by an aspirant so as to be sure of having the proper ingredients for a successful spiritual practice daily.

        maat

        “Follow your heart throughout your life. Do more than is required of you. Spend no more time on daily cares than required by your household, when wealth ultimately arrives, then too follow your heart for wealth does no good if you are downhearted.”
        -AEP

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    • #4417
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 6, Coursepack, 59-68

      The world did not come from nothing nor is it sustained by nothing. Rather it is a manifestation of that which is beyond time and space which at the same time permeates and maintains the fundamental elements.

      Where did Neterianism derive from. Shetaut Neter, the hidden divinity,

      Those who follow the path may be referred to as Neterians

      Write out the four great truths

      Pa Neter Ua Ua Neberdjer M Neteru ( The Neter the supreme being is One and alone and as Neberdjer, manifests everywhere and in all things in the form of gods and goddesses.)

      An-Maat Swy Saui Set S-Khemn ( Unrighteousness brings fetters to the personality and these fetters cause ignorance of the divine.)

      S-Uashu S-Nafu N Saiu Set (devotion to the divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set)
      Ari Shedy Rekh Ab M MaaKheru ( Practicing the Shedy disciplines leads to knowing oneself and the divine, and this is called being true of speech.)

      What are the afflictions of Set. when human beings act in ways that contradict the order of nature, negative qualities of the mind will develop within that person’s personality. These are the afflictions of Set. Set is the neteru of Egoism and Selfishness. The afflictions include: anger, hatred, greed, lust, jealousy, envy, gluttony, dishonesty, hypocrisy, etc.
      What is the meaning of the term Nafu. “Freedom” and “ To Breath.”

      List the four disciplines of Shedy

      Rekh Shedy – Wisdom
      Ari Shedy – Righteous Action
      Uashu (Ushet) Shedy – Devotion
      Uaa Shedy – Meditation

      How should an aspirant think about their prospects to achieve the Great Awakening?
      Good!

      What teachings of the Neterian creed do you believe, working to believe, find hard to believe
      Believe all. Working to understand more clearly the processes of the after-life in relation to the teachings.

      • #5546
        admin
        Keymaster

        REPLY TO:#4417 ANTHONYBAHLIBI

        On the issue of the Neterian Creed also see post #5545

        You related the assignment questions well

        As for you final query: “Working to understand more clearly the processes of the after-life in relation to the teachings.”

        This is a relative and overarching question that needs to be clarified more. The first step in understanding is realizing there is ignorance about a subject; then the task is to ask the right questions that will yield an answer that can be understood. Additionally, the proper framing of the question helps order the mental understanding based on the parameters of the questioner. The answers can be general or specific and in detail very long for this level of study though some has been given already. So in relation to what teaching -assuming Neterian, which teachings, reincarnation, the heavenly plane? the causal plane? the cemetery plane? the Anunian theology, the Asarian, the goddess??? what aspect of the after life? Are we talking about the death of a new aspirant or an avid aspirant? Which process related to which aspect of the afterlife? Which lifetime are we talking about? etc. etc.

         

        HTP

    • #4458
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 6
      Reading assignment pages 59-68

      The world did not come from nothing nor is it sustained by nothing.

      Where did the name Neterianism derive from?

      The term Shetaut Neter.

      Those who follow the spiritual path of Shetaut Neterianism are termed Neterians

      The 4 great truths of Shetaut Neter
      – Pa Neter ua ua Neberdjer my Neteru (The Neter, the supreme being is one and alone and as Neberdjer manifesting everywhere and in all things in the former of the God’s and Goddesses).
      – An-Maat swy saui set s-khemn (Lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality and these fetters cause ignorance of he divine)
      – s-Uashu s-Nafu n said Set (devotion to the divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set).
      – Arit shed rekh ab m maakheru (the practise of the shedy discipline leads to knowing oneself and the divine. This is called being true of speech.

      What are the afflictions of Set?

      Anger, hatred, greed, lust, jealousy, envy, gluttony, dishonesty, hypocrisy.

      What is the meaning of Nafu?
      Nafu – Freedom – To breath

      Four disciplines of Shedy
      Sedjem rekh shedy – Listening to the wisdom
      Arit Maat Shedy – Righteous action and selfless service
      Shedy ushet – Devotion to the divine
      uaa m Neter shedy – Meditation experience

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about their prospects to achieve the ‘Great Awakening’?

      A spiritual aspirant should feel proud to be on a path of spiritual awakening. They should feel good within themselves that they are serving a higher puporse for them self and for humanity.

      What teachings of the Neterian creed do you believe in currently, are working on believing, finding it hard to believe? Why?
      I believe all of the Neterian creed. I do not find it hard to believe any of it. I have become wise enough to know within myself that what is said in the creed is all true.

      • #5545
        admin
        Keymaster

        REPLY TO: #4458 KaMaat-Amentat

        Udja

        “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. Evils are the more apparent things, whereas the Good can never show Itself unto the eyes, for It hath neither form nor figure.”

        -AEP

         

        About your final statement of this post on believing the Neterian Creed, “I believe all of the Neterian creed. I do not find it hard to believe any of it. I have become wise enough to know within myself that what is said in the creed is all true. “

         

        end of story signpostIt is important for an aspirant of the mysteries to realize the essence of belief and not to be content with faith alone. an aspirant on a path of initiation begins with faith and ends with wisdom. In Faith-based religion people begin with faith and end with faith and since that is not enough to fulfill the soul they need to go back for more faith and to reaffirm faith and since their idea of reality and self-worth is based on the faith, as a salvation for the downtrodden and or guilt ridden flawed personality they know themselves to be, the faith is the support holding up the personality above the waters of mental breakdown and to maintain that grip those who contradict the delusion are denounced and attacked. So, like a drug addict that cannot get enough so it is a self-reinforcing feedback loop of delusion and pain unless it is grown out of through spiritual maturity. The drug of faith, when not supplied with elevating truth, is a circle of ignorance so what they get never heals the pain of loss of the knowledge of self and so that it expresses in self suffering and causing the suffering of others. So it is helpful and beneficial to have faith but also allowing that faith to be nurtured with wisdom and tended with ethical and healthful living, all of which grows into a tree of life that is awakened and vibrant with roused elements of time and space and cosmic forces (neteru) and this allows perception of expanded consciousness. So it is important for initiatic aspirants to keep in mind that the Neterian Creed is a starting point and not an end as in faith-based religion. It is a signpost for mystic aspirants as to where the path has brought them and the pathway forward and upward, as opposed to a stop sign as goal of the path which is in reality a roundabout that never ends.

        Mystics forward - Faithbased go around

        HTP

    • #4543
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Lvl 1 Lesson 11a Egyptian Yoga and Neterian Spirituality A Workbook for New Aspirants pgs. 155-168

      1. The Daily Worship Program consist of 3 worships during the day.
      2. How should an aspirant think about their personal practice, how much importance to assign to it and what should they do
      about taking the time to make the threefold observances when at work, and home, around others who follow other traditions,
      or when nobody knows what they are doing?
      The threefold observances serves as the foundation for your practice as it is the formal practices that help the most in purifying ones heart so your daily worship should be thought of as the most important practice that one can do. You should assign the minimum time to practice in the beginning but always trying to steadily build up the practice where time is available. When at home if you have a wife and kids you should try to keep the disturbances down as much as possible, while at work or in the company of other people who practice other traditions or when no one knows what you are doing you should try and keep to yourself and practice in solitude.
      When at work one can go to a quiet room or sit in your car and just say the Four Great Truths and chant Om Amun Ra Ptah four times if that is all the time one has.
      3. Choose an icon according to your spiritual consciousness.
      4. Describe the “Hetep Slab”
      The Hetep Slab or Offering Table is an important tantric symbol and ritual artifact composed of a stone slab with male (thigh)
      and female (duck) symbols carved into the top, along with the symbol of Supreme Peace or Hetep, which consists of a
      loaf of bread and an offering mat, which was composed of woven reeds (in Pre-Dynastic times), and two libation vessels.
      5. You should try not to come in to the temple harboring thoughts of anger, hatred, greed, lust jealousy envy, and so forth.
      6. Write a brief essay on how to conduct oneself in the temple.
      7. What is the meaning of the term Seba?
      Seba means Spiritual Preceptor.
      8. Name the different ways one can sit in the temple.
      One can sit cross – legged, in the full or half lotus posture. One can also sit in a chair with your legs together and your
      hands on both sides of your thighs. One can also sit on the ground with your feet together as if you were sitting on a chair
      with your feet together or the same posture grasping your legs side to side and holding your legs together.
      9. Hygiene of your body, speech, and of your mind are the three main concerns for an initiate.

      • #5586
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        You have listed the important items of this reading section. Item #2 was well thought out. Proceed from here to complete the rest of the assignment for this lesson.

        HTP

    • #4607
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson #9, Book Assignment pp. 107-124

      What is MAUI?
      Maui means concentration, or to think, ponder, or fix attention.

      NOTES:
      Name the process in the practice in the Yoga of Wisdom.
      Listening, Reflection, Meditation

      NOTES:
      What are the steps in practicing the Yoga of action?
      1) Learn the ethics of Cause & Effect: Practice right action
      2) Practice cultivation of the higher virtues (selfless service)
      3) Devotion to the Divine
      4) Meditation

      Question
      If you do not learn the spiritual lesson that the situation is here to teach you, what happens?

      The situation will repeat itself.

      Question
      By acting and moving like the gods and goddesses one can do what?

      One can discover the divine energy within, and thereby become one with the Divine Self.

      NOTES:
      Yoga postures began in India. True/False

      False

      Question
      Many enlightened personalities from time to time indulge in ___________activities.

      Recreational

      Question
      The stagnation of the flow of energy through the body has what effect?

      The effect is that one’s consciousness is grounded into physical realities rather than the mind and body operating with lightness and subtlety.

      NOTES:
      The Kemetic term ‘uaa’ means ____________________

      Meditation

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about their capacity to control “Externalized consciousness” and their ability to rise above their conditioning of the past?

      A spiritual aspirant has the capacity to control “externalized consciousness” and to rise above past conditioning. Past conditioning tells us to search for truth and meaning outside ourselves. However, through practicing the disciplines of yoga, we can reverse the flow of consciousness and develop internalized consciousness. Through internalized consciousness, the Self is revealed as the aspirant’s true identity.

      • #4608
        Shems Ua Netert
        Participant

        Sebai,

        I found your reply (post #3049) to Akua’s post #3022 on this lesson to be illuminating, in particular when you wrote that living by Maat takes the form of actions that “lead to HTP or peace and balance since such a person lives for truth and not for acquiring objects or in fear of losing objects; not living to prove anything to others or ridicule others; not living to create entanglements but only within the bounds of order and truth. Such a mind is able to have peace and balance for meditation and no impinging thoughts derived from an agitated life.”

        I need more peace in my life.

        We’re taught by society that living life amounts to desperate attempts to acquire objects and to cling to them, to impress others, e.t.c. All the effort put into living life that way is exhausting, and seems to lead to only more problems instead of solving them. Instead of continuing to live that way, I am grateful for the opportunity to develop peace of mind through practicing the Shedy disciplines, including righteous living.

        Htp

        • #4641
          SEBAIMAA
          Keymaster

          udja

          Indeed, your statement “We’re taught by society that living life amounts to desperate attempts to acquire objects and to cling to them, to impress others, e.t.c. ” is what we see of the world when we are able to grow out of being caught in the matrix of consumerism driven by an ego idea based in a mechanistic, left brained idea of reality. This school and its environment constitutes an alternative “society” harkening back to the one of ancient times that conducted itself in a manner befiting true human existence that lives life in balance and sustainably for all instead of for the few. That sustainable society is also an ideal foundation for all in the society to have a chance to discover spiritual enlightenment.

          Htp

    • #4610
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 7, Courspack, Pages 69-90, 30:05

      1.How should an aspirant think about becoming “god-like” and the capacity to live a life of virtue and cultivation through scientific knowledge, practice, and bodily discipline and is this possible for everyone? If so why so and if not why not? An aspirant should understand that it is possible by practicing Shedy and applying the teachings to ones life. This will purify the Ab and will eventually lead to Nehast. This is possible for all who endeavour to practice but the weight of the heart ( Aryu ) cannot be overcome by wishful thinking or faith alone it has to be pursued through spiritual disciplines and virtues.

      2.what kind of text is papyrus of Ani? mystical philosophy and ritual scripture.

      3.The symbol of Neter is the Ankh? false

      4.What is the meaning of the term Neteru? gods and goddesses

      5.There are 3 main traditions in Shetaut Neter? false, 5.

      6.The gods and goddesses who are whos thoughts? Ptah

      7.In what period did the temple of Amun become important? New Kingdom Era

      8.The goddess as well as the female gender were respect equal to the main divinities and gender in Kemetic religion? yes

      9.The centers of Asarian tradition were the city of Abdu ( Asar temple), Pilak (Aset temple) and Edfu ( Heru temple.)

      10.The teachings of the Aton tradition are related to the Neteru Aton

      • #4642
        SEBAIMAA
        Keymaster

        Udja
        Very important: becoming god-like is a matter of cultivation through practice of (application) scientific knowledge (sebait-spiritual philosophy) and not just by hoping and praying. In order to have proper application there needs to be proper instruction and proper effort and when all ingredients come together there is success on the spiritual path.

        european lady making egyptian offering to BAst

        “Men and women are to become God-like through a life of virtue and the cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge, practice and bodily discipline.”
        -AEP

        HTP

      • #4716
        KaMaat-Amentat
        Participant

        Udja,

        Great post, to both Sebai MAA and Anthony.

        It is great to see that someone came up with close to the same idea as me when it comes to how an aspirant should feel about becoming God-like.

        Dua

        HTP

    • #4626
      Jason W
      Participant

      LESSON 1, LEVEL 1 BOOK READING ASSIGNMENT- Pgs 10-20

      1.What is the relationship between the Egyptians and the Ethiopians?

      Egypt was a colony of Ethiopia. The names Qamit/Egypt and Ethiopia ( also known by kush, nubia, sudan) have the same meaning, referring to the “Black land” or “Land of the Blacks”. Ethiopia being the southern part and Egypt the northern.

      2.Topic #3 Who were the Ancient Egyptians?

      A colony of Ethiopians From the south who came to the Northeast part of Africa.

      3.Topic #4 What is Yoga Philosophy?

      Egyptian Religion and a new way to look at life, religion, the discipline of Psychology and the way to spiritual development, leading to spiritual enlightenment.

      4. Topic #5 What is the Initiatic way of education?

      Listening to, study of, and meditation upon the teachings in a proper environment and with proper guidance.

      5.Topic #6 What is initiation?

      Initiation is more of an embarking on a journey of spiritual living, which leads to spiritual enlightenment.

      6.How does the Kemetic Yoga counselor help the seeker?

      The yoga counselor helps the individual to somehow turn the anguish, disappointment and pain experienced as a result of interaction with the world into a desire to rise above it as the lotus does from the muddy waters.

      7. How should a beginning aspirant think about the different levels of aspirants?

      1.ASPIRATION- Students who are being instructed on a probationary status and have not experienced inner vision.The important factor at this level is awakening of the spiritual Self, that is becoming conscious of the divine presence with one’s self and the universe by having faith that there is a spiritual essence beyond ordinary human understanding.

      2.STRIVING- Students who have attained inner vision and have received a glimpse of cosmic consciousness.The important factor at this level is purgation of the self, that is purification of the mind and body through a spiritual discipline. The aspirant tries to totally surrender “personal” identity or ego to the divine self which is the Universal Self of all creation.

      3.ESTABLISHED- Students who have become IDENTIFIED with or UNITED with GOD. The important factor at this level is illumination of the intellect that is experience and appreciation of the divine presence during reflection and meditation, union with the divine self, the divine marriage of the individual with the Universal.

      I feel it is important to reflect on the 3 levels of aspiration to gain a better understanding, so that when one may progress they will have more of a realization of just where they are at the Aspirant level.

      I want to also give thanks to you Sebai MAA and Seba Dja for this most profound university that you have developed. It is truly an honor and i have learned that in order to progress on the path, that i must have a spiritual preceptor leading me as i can only go so far by doing this without guidance. The feelings of joy and gratitude that i get when i think about having the opportunity to take this spiritual journey, makes my life complete and with less negative thinking, though some doubts about my capability may arise.

      DUA, DUA SEBAI MAA & SEBA DJA!

      HTP!

    • #4644
      SEBAIMAA
      Keymaster

      Udja
      Your post answers are complete and succinct. As for your statement: “I want to also give thanks to you Sebai MAA and Seba Dja for this most profound university that you have developed. It is truly an honor and i have learned that in order to progress on the path, that i must have a spiritual preceptor leading me as i can only go so far by doing this without guidance. The feelings of joy and gratitude that i get when i think about having the opportunity to take this spiritual journey, makes my life complete and with less negative thinking, though some doubts about my capability may arise.”
      DUA, DUA SEBAI MAA & SEBA DJA!”

      cl5

      You are very welcome and I also appreciate and salute you and all students who have recognized the importance of the teaching and have taken the opportunity to engage it at this level – which I consider to be unique and unprecedented in our times; That I am aware there are no other opportunities in the world to engage the study of Neterian philosophy and spirituality in this manner. For anyone to develop spiritual aspiration to such a degree as to not only recognize its importance in their life, but pursue it is – well, remarkable and laudable and respected even by the neteru and they surely assist the process. And of course my own thanks go to my lady, the calmer of storms, the remover of doubts, and the abode of Asar! (Aset)

      HTP

      • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by SEBAIMAA.
      • #4650
        Jason W
        Participant

        Udja

        Dua Sebai MAA for the reply as it is much appreciated.

        HTP

        • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by Jason W.
        • #5018
          admin
          Keymaster

          Udja
          Very well.

          hetep (peace)HETEP

    • #4652
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 11A, Reading Assignment, Pages 155-168

      The daily worship program consists of 3 worships during the day.
      One at dawn, one at noon, and one at sunset.

      2. How should an aspirant think about their personal practice, how much importance to assign to it and what should they do about the time to make the threefold observances while at work, at home, around others who follow other traditions, or when nobody knows what they are doing?
      An aspirant should understand that their personal practice is a number one priority. Ordering ones life on a practical level allows this to happen. The threefold observance should be practiced with as few distractions as possible. If possible the lunch hour can be changed so that an aspirant goes to lunch after or before the majority does, eating lunch in their car, etc. At home they should also practice with as few distractions as possible. The spiritual practice of any person should be respected even other traditions. If possible an aspirant should practice in private. If they are asked questions they should answer according to the person asking’s capacity to understand.

      3. Choose an icon according to your spiritual inclination.

      4. Describe the “Hetep Slab”.
      A stone slab with male, thigh, and female, duck, symbols carved into the top, along with the symbol of Supreme Peace (Hetep) which consists of a loaf of bread and an offering mat (which was composed of women reeds), and two libation vessels. The top of the table has grooves which channel the libations around the offering towards the front and center of the table and out through the outermost point of the protruding section.

      4. You should try not to come into the temple harboring thoughts of anger, hatred, greed, lust, jealousy, envy and so forth.

      5. Write a brief essay on how to conduct one’s self in the Temple.
      An aspirant should cleanse the body and dress in the special clothes for the Temple. Their speech and their mind should also be clean so that they can be at peace to receive the vibrations in the Temple. Cellphones and beepers should not be brought to the Temple. No sex or meat before coming to the Temple. The aspirant should prostrate before the shrine and greet the preceptor in the proper manner. An aspirant must show respect for the divine self so that the divine self will be accepting of them and assist them in their journey. The aspirant should take the proper posture in the Temple when being seated. They should not be talkative and be introverted and reflective in the Temple. They should interact with their fellow aspirants in a courteous and detached manner showing respect for their fellow aspirants as well as themselves.

      6. What is the meaning of the term “Seba”?
      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 bgives birth to enlightenment.

      7. Name the different ways one can sit in the Temple.
      (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.

      8. Hygiene of your physical body, mouth/speech, and of your mind are the three main concerns of an initiate.

      • #4890
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        About your statement: “Ordering ones life on a practical level allows this to happen.”

        This is one of the most important messages in this lesson. An aspirant needs to prioritize in order of ethical conscience (Maat) dictates. So this is a practical as well as virtuous issue and practice that eeds to be engaged in a thoughtful but patient manner. Everyday doing the best and planning on how to implement the necessary changes. Some can be done right away and others take longer and need more energy behind them.

        Heru leading female initiate2

        About your statement: “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.”

         

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

        -AEP

         

        The Sba is teacher and the “teaching” is a male activity but women can also be preceptors and in carrying out that duty they are carrying out a “male” function. Likewise, a male student when listening to the teaching is carrying out a “female” function. Therefore, we are not to confuse the gender or sexual issue as it is thought of in modern times, with the Ancient Egyptian concept of learning. We are to gain insight into the nature of learning and the process of developing wisdom so as to gain for ourselves the natural development to wise and enlightened human beings.

         

        HTP

        • #4980
          Sandra McMurray
          Participant

          Udja Seba Maa,

          Dua for the clarity.

          Htp

          • #5019
            admin
            Keymaster

            Udja
            Very well.

            hetep (peace)HETEP

    • #4659
      ElizabethWhite
      Participant

      READING ASSIGNMENT
      LEVEL 1 Lesson 1
      Pages 10 – 20

      1.What is the relationship between the Egyptians and the Ethiopians?

      They were one and the same.
      As recorded by the Ancient Egyptians themselves they were originally Ethiopians who lived in the South of Africa and migrated to the North East part of Africa.

      Topic #3
      Who were the Ancient Egyptians? A colony of Ethiopians from the south who came to the north east part of Africa.

      Topic #4 what is Yoga Philosophy?
      Yoga Philosophy which was part of the Ancient Egyptian mystical religion Shetaut Neter, is a system of integrated disciplines for the balanced unfolding physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, towards Spiritual Enlightenment and Union with our Divine nature.

      What is Egyptian Religion?
      The Ancient Egyptian Religion was known as Shetaut Neter and inherent within it were the unique disciplines and practices of Yoga for the accessible, systematic and mystical unfolding of human beings divine nature.

      What is the Initiatic Way of Education?
      The Initiatic way of education must have been a highly regarded..inspired system of education, as it was the system used to initiate and educate those we consider enlightened beings on this earth, such as Hetheru, Rama, Jesus.

      It was the tradition of an authentic teacher guiding and instructing a student who qualified by being receptive.

      It was a system of education that was carefully developed to oversee the student’s development in an environment conducive for learning, listening and studying the teachings and the important deep personal reflections to absorb the teachings internally into the different levels of the mind, so that those seeds would flower in an inherent mystical way and transform the personality from within..I think of the words “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”

      Topic #6 what is Intiation
      Initiation is more of an embarking on a journey of Spiritual Living that leads to spiritual Enlightment

      How does the Kemetic Yoga Counselor help the seeker?
      By first being qualified by virtue of his own spiritual understanding, development and wisdom, the Kemetic Yoga Counselor is able to help the seeker..be the catalyst for the seeker to rise above the chains of life that are clouding the clear vision and keeping the seeker lost in the world.

      The Kemetic Yoga Counselor is able to introduce different techniques and disciplines that have been proved over thousands of years to be effective in refocusing the different levels of the personality leading to freedom.

      The Kemetic Yoga Counselor instructs, encourages and inspires the seeker to make these practices an integral part of his/her journey through this life.

      How should a beginning aspirant think about the different levels of aspirants?
      There are three levels of aspirants
      • Aspiration- Awakening of the spiritual self-becoming conscious of the Divine presence within
      • Striving -purgation of the self – purifying through the practice of spiritual disciplines
      • Established- illumination of the intellect- experiencing the Divine Presence

      Each of these levels have their own steps to be taken before the aspirant can reach the next level, just as a baby cannot rush to the level of walking when it is just born.
      Therefore the beginning aspirant should know that once the process starts, if sincere effort and attention is given to understanding and completing the steps in each level, then they would progress to the next level.
      It is not a process that can be forced by as it is said, “ you cannot storm the gates of heaven”, and there is no set time line. It is just important for the beginning aspirant to be sincere and consistent in practicing and growing where they are on that particular step of spiritual evolution.

      • #4985
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja
        A very good posting for this assignment. In it you have discerned the teachings that were imparted and that need to be kept in mind while approaching the teaching in order to become and avid aspirant. I see you have made some comparative religious parallels. This is good for the purposes of understanding, though recognizing that there are also some differences in specific aspects.
        In this lesson the topic of initiation came up and I wanted to direct you to the archives from the first 6 months of the program where that issue was also discussed. Go to the following link and look for the post #’s below for optional further review. Also keep in mind that this earlier archive can be visited to complete the interaction requirement.

        EM Level 1 Archive ending 3/31/15


        #1338, #1354, #1420, #1425, #1451, #1459, #1593, #1829, #1894
        About your statement response to the question: “How should a beginning aspirant think about the different levels of aspirants?”
        For this I was thinking more in personal terms like how should you thing personally about this issue as it applies to yourself.
        The rest of the post is quite good in listing the points covered in this lesson.
        HTP

    • #4713
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 7
      Pages 69-90

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about the prospect of becoming “God-like” and their capacity to live a life of virtue and cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge, practise and bodily discipline and is this possible for everyone? If so why so? If not why not?
      – A spiritual aspirant should see the prospect of becoming God-like as the meaning of life. We are all here learning, experiencing and being put in situations by the universe to become God-like. That is the purpose of life and that is how it must be viewed by an aspirant. Aspirants are to se becoming God-like as a source of real happiness, peace and harmony.

      What kind of text is the papyrus of Any?
      – Mystical/Ritual text

      The symbol of Neter is Ankh? True of False?
      – False

      What is the meaning of the term Neteru?
      – The company of Gods and Goddesses

      There are 3 main traditions in Shetaut Neter? True or False?
      – False, there are 5 main traditions

      The Neteru who are whose thoughts?
      – Ptahs thoughts, They go to form the elements of nature and the cosmic forces that maintain nature.

      In which period did the temple of Amun become famous?
      – Early part of the new kingdom era

      The Goddess as well as the female gender were respected and elevated as the male divinities in Kemetic religion? True or False?
      – True

      The centres of Asarian tradition were the city(s) of?
      – Abdu contain great temple of Asar
      – Pilak containing great temple of Aset
      – Edfu Containing great temple of Heru

      Teachings of Aton tradition are relation to which Neter?
      – Akhnaton

      HTP

      • #4986
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        Most of the answers were correct except for the last. Please return to the book and look that one up again.

         

         

        “Men and women are to become God-like through a life of virtue and the cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge, practice and bodily discipline.”

        -AEP

        One of the most important questions in this lesson was “How should a spiritual aspirant think about the prospect of becoming “God-like” and their capacity to live a life of virtue and cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge, practice and bodily discipline and is this possible for everyone? If so why so? If not why not?”

        Ramesses-II-Temple-Touring--Aswan--Egypt Abu Simbel making offerings to higher selfPharaoh Rameses sees his Higher self as one of the Neteru

        What is really behind this is the idea for students in Level 1 studies to see what the attitude and opinion is supposed to be for an initiate and then check oneself to see if one agrees with that. That agreement can be surface like and at that level it does not transform the personality. If is truly agreed with, accepted and adopted in day to day life going forward, then eventually, gradually, in increments, it leads to a transformation and to the goal of life. So it is a reflective question for all aspirants to consider now and also later as the spiritual studies continue.

        HTP

        • #5398
          KaMaat-Amentat
          Participant

          Udja,

          Corrected answer
          Teachings of the Aton tradition are related to which Neter?
          – Aton

          Dua for pointing out the mistake.

          HTP

    • #4714
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 8
      Pages 91-106

      Akhus are ______ beings?
      – Akhus are light being or enlightened beings.

      The goal of Neterian discipline is to disover “Who Am I.”
      – To unravel the mysteries of life and fathom the depths of eternity and infinity.

      How should an aspirant view the diet of an initiate as espoused by the temple of Aset and is it a realistic goal to be achieved?
      – An aspirant should see the diet as a way to further purify the body and to cleanse all parts of him/herself. The diet is a way of becoming lighter and more healthy. This facilitates the aspirant in their spiritual journey. Anyone can become a vegetarian. I have become one, although it took me some time, and even then I still have to stop eating the fist an drinking dairy, only then will I feel comfortable with my diet. But it had to be taken in steps, and I found a way to assist myself make that transition.

      The general population was considered to be one of the most healthiest of the ancient world. True or False?
      – True

      Aspirant ate the same as common folk? True or False?
      – False, they had a more strict diet

      – As part of your spiritual program begin controlling the intake of food gradually on a daily basis.

      Who favourite food is lettuce?
      – Heru and Set

      If your family members are not interested or do not understand what you are trying to practise what should you do?
      Simply maintain your practise privately and try to keep interruptions to a minimum.

      Once you have established your schedule of minimal time to devote to practises, what should you do?
      – Try your hardest to keep by your schedule if at all possible.

      One should start your spiritual practise with?
      A) Exercise
      B) Meditation
      C) Breathing
      D) Prayer

      – C, Breathing, using proper breathing techniques

      What is the minimal time for mediation?
      10 mins in the AM and it should be done after exercise, prayer and hekau chants.

      HTP

      • #5427
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        This is a good report on the lesson contents of the workbook for this lesson. If you do not have any questions about the items in this lesson proceed from here.

        in reference to vegetarianism see post#5010

        HTP

    • #4733
      Jason W
      Participant

      LESSON 1, LEVEL 2, READING ASSIGNMENT (PGS 21-22)

      PERSONAL ASSESSMENT

      1.How would you describe your knowledge of Religion & Philosophy?

      I would say that it is fair due to many years of studying different religions/philosophies, which i had an interest in since a young age.

      2. What do you see as the greatest obstacle to your happiness & fulfillment in life?

      Attachment and lack of acceptance.

      3.What do you see as the most important need you have?

      Sublimating my ego to achieve Nehast.

      4.What is your previous Religious affiliation or faith and how do you think that relates to what you are following now?

      I grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness, however ventured later on into Non-denominational Christianity, Voodoo/Voudon, Sunni Islam, and Rastafari/Metaphysical Bible studies in my lifetime. I think the metaphysical studies in the Rastafari teachings i received, relates in the Metaphysical sense to this path, as in discovering the deeper meanings behind the myths. I feel that discovering the origin and deeper mysteries of the bible, led me closer and closer to the Kemetic path.

      I do comprehend now however the importance of sticking to one path/teacher and not mixing with other spiritual traditions so that the teachings can lead to enlightenment rather than a limited knowledge.

      5.What role do you feel religion or spirituality plays in your life?

      It plays a major role. For me religion/spirituality gives me more purpose for living and answers the questions to mysteries of existence.

      6.Have you had any previous Yoga instruction ?

      No

      7. Have you received any advanced religious instruction?

      Apart from some biblical metaphysics, no

      8.How do you see your life.

      I see it as an everyday test and purification process, a battle between my higher & lower self that must be mastered and brought into union.

      9.What do you think of your own potential to succeed in life?

      I see alot of potential and room for growth in areas like the spiritual path (now that i have more guidance), along with achieving the more mundane goals in life.

      10. If you could what would you like to do with your life?

      Besides reaching my more mundane goals, Achieve Nehast & teaching this path someday to as many ones possible.

      • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by Jason W.
      • #4993
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        This lesson facilitates important aspects of the spiritual path for reflection so that going forward the aspirant may have a firm foundation from which to discern the progress on the path. I suggest you do your interactive assignment by looking at the Lesson 2 Reading assignment postings from other students to gain insights from their feed-backs but also to see the transformation of their newer postings in future lessons that you will also experience.

        Your answer to #4 was interesting as a typical response based on common experiences of many people:

        4.What is your previous Religious affiliation or faith and how do you think that relates to what you are following now?
        I grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness, however ventured later on into Non-denominational Christianity, Voodoo/Voudon, Sunni Islam, and Rastafari/Metaphysical Bible studies in my lifetime. I think the metaphysical studies in the Rastafari teachings i received, relates in the Metaphysical sense to this path, as in discovering the deeper meanings behind the myths. I feel that discovering the origin and deeper mysteries of the bible, led me closer and closer to the Kemetic path.

        Book Mystical Journey Jesus to Christ 2002

        I suggest you read the book MYSTICAL JOURNEY FROM JESUS TO CHRIST as it is designed, among other things, to address the experiences, thoughts and feelings of people who grew up in some Christian denomination but always wondering about issues the church could not answer but which finding Shetaut Neter fulfills. This book perhaps also offers some other insights that may be helpful as you transition to the more advanced aspects of Ancient Egyptian (and in particular -Asarian Resurrection) mythology and metaphysics studies and engage the EM Level 1 teaching further as well as insights that will help EM Level 2 studies.

        HTP

        • #5020
          Jason W
          Participant

          Udja Sebai MAA

          Dua for the profound reply. I always had this intuition that there was something more to what these religious organizations were trying to teach. Following that intuition has lead me here and i am delighted that i finally found the great teachings of Shetaut Neter to apply to my life for true fulfillment.

          Yes, DUA Sebai MAA. I will indeed look into the book recommended as i know it will be very enlightening, shed a brighter light upon the topic of Mystical Christianity and assist in my path into the more advanced levels.

          DUA HTP

    • #4736
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 9
      Pages 107 – 124

      What is Maui?
      – To think, to ponder, to fix attention, concentrate.

      Name the process in the practise of yoga of wisdom?
      – Listening to the teaching on the nature of reality and self.
      – Reflecting on the teachings and incorporating into daily life.
      – Meditating on the meaning of the teaching.

      What are the steps in practising the yoga of action?
      – Learn ethics and the law of cause and affect. Practise right action (42 precepts of Maat) to purify gross impurities of the personality.
      “Control body, speech and thoughts.”
      – Practise cultivation of higher virtues, selfless service, to purify gross impurities from subtle impurities.
      – Devotion to the divine. See Maatian actions (Acting with and in accordance to Maat) as offerings to the divine.
      – Meditation. See ones self as one with Maat. I.e. United with the cosmic order which is the transcendental supreme self.

      How should an aspirant think about ego based feelings and how does the action path affect them as an aspirant transforms with time?
      Righteous action and acting in according to Maat keeps the mind occupied and uplifts the mind with positive thoughts. It calms the restless mind-set directing thoughts away from worry. Ego feelings or feelings based off of or on ego debilitate the mind. They do not assist you to do anything other than create a bigger hole for yourself and lead you further into the path of ego and ignorance. You will attain peace as time goes on when acting with Maat as righteous action purifies the mind and heart. It becomes easer to deal with worries when the mind is not clouded and/or deluded by ego. An aspirant should turn his or her back away from ego based feelings as it does nothing but cloud judgement and awareness.

      If you do not learn from the spiritual lesson that the situation is here to teach you, what happens?
      – You are setting yourself up to have the same situation repeat itself.

      By acting and moving like Gods & Goddesses one can do what?
      – One can essentially discover their character energy and divine agency within ones consciousness and thereby also become one of their retinue. I.e. One with the divine self.

      Yoga postures began in India? True or False?
      – False. They were seen in Kemet before India.

      Many enlightened personalities from time to time indulged in _______ activities?
      – Recreational activities

      The stagnation of the flow of energy through the body has what affect?
      – Physical an mental diseases. It grounds ones consciousness to the physical realities rather than letting the mind and body operate with lightness and subtlety.

      HTP

      • #5490
        admin
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        Smai Heru Set with Papyrus copy

        Udja

        This was a good report on the main points being imparted in the reading. Here is a comment on one point that affects all others and is critical to be understood. Saying that an aspirant should turn away from ego based feelings is true but easier said than done. Why? Because the mountainous feelings setup in the unconscious mind (Aryu) over lifetimes, will force a path regardless of the desires of the conscious vows. The vows are important but they need to be followed up with understanding, forgiveness when there is early failure, and also with action path. The action path is the path of Maat philosophy for understanding the right path and then knowing what should be done and why followed by practicing doing that truthful path. Then over time the personality creates aryu of truth path while it is working on cleansing the negative aryu pushing towards the negative path. As this process goes on the will aspect of the personality gets stronger meaning that the force of aryu begins shifting from negative to positive and at some point the negative, even if it remains, cannot compel the personality to negative actions anymore and from there the battle between Heru (aspiration) and Set (ego) will be won. So patient, gradual and forbearing attitude are keys to success.

         

        “do not Think evil of or slight THE god in your native town.”

        -AEP

        HTP

    • #4994
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson #10, Book Assignment, pp. 125-140

      NOTES:
      The Kemetic term ‘uaa’ means ____________________

      Meditation

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about their capacity to control “Externalized consciousness” and their ability to rise above their conditioning of the past?

      Conditioning of the past, which leads us to focus on concerns of the ego, can be overcome by an aspirant. Over time, practicing meditation and other forms of yoga will allow the aspirant to rise above externalized consciousness and into internalized consciousness, and the realization that one is the Self.

      Question
      The practice of meditation allows one to create what?

      The practice of meditation allows one to create a higher awareness, which affects all aspects of life, and most importantly, it gives the aspirant experiential knowledge of his/his true Self.

      Question
      The “normal” state of human consciousness cannot be considered as “_______________” or complete.

      Whole

      Question
      When you fall asleep, you “believe” that the dream world is “_________________”.
      Real

      Question
      Do not eat for at least _________ hours before meditation.
      2

      Question
      When you feel anger or other negative qualities, what should you do?

      You should recite your chosen hekau and visualize its energy, and the deity associated with it, destroying the negativity within you.

      Question
      As intuitional vision of your all-encompassing nature dawns in your heart, you will be able to look beyond what?

      You will be able to look beyond the illusory differences between people, such as gender, skin color, size, shape, and to recognize the Higher Self as the basis of our existence.

      NOTES:
      What is the Kemetic term for Devotion?
      Ushet

      • #4996
        Shems Ua Netert
        Participant

        Response to Sebai Maa’s Post #3080- Reply to original post #3074

        Like Akua, I appreciate the clarification on what is meant by “rising above the conditioning of the past.” In this society, we tend to see and define ourselves as the product of our genetics and our life experiences; however, the truth is that we are much more than this. I found it especially illuminating when Sebai Maa wrote “…the conditioning itself is illusory and not abiding…therefore the process of Shedy causes the illusory conditioning to be dismantled, thereby allowing the true personality, the higher self, to emerge.

        Htp

        • #5014
          admin
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          HTP

           

          Shedt and Shedy and Shedd

        • #5507
          Seba Dja
          Keymaster

          Udja Lindsey,

          Re:
          Response to Sebai Maa’s Post #3080- Reply to original post #3074 . Like Akua, I appreciate the clarification on what is meant by “rising above the conditioning of the past.” In this society, we tend to see and define ourselves as the product of our genetics and our life experiences; however, the truth is that we are much more than this. I found it especially illuminating when Sebai Maa wrote “…the conditioning itself is illusory and not abiding…therefore the process of Shedy causes the illusory conditioning to be dismantled, thereby allowing the true personality, the higher self, to emerge.

          Seba Dja:

          Ny…and if “…the conditioning itself is illusory and not abiding…” what does this mean about aryu? That it too is illusory…this is why this too ends when Nehast is attained…because one no longer is holding on to any of the illusions.

          These are powerful reflections…that the conditioning, the aryu…is illusory and not abiding! Thus, that which is being given credit for binding one…for constricting one…is illusory!

          HTP,
          Seba Dja

    • #5079
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 12, Reading Assignment, Pages 169-178

      1. Sdjm means heeng the teaching.
      2. After practicing for many years and not becoming enlightened the recourse an aspirant should take is:
      (1) repeated effort; (2) dispassion; (3) devotion of form.
      3. When does maturity to succeed in the teaching occur? When there is sufficient frustration with worldly desires.
      4. Desire for worldly attainments should be replaced with desire for the teaching.
      5. How should an aspirant think about their spiritual path when they encounter failure to meet the instructions of the teaching or they fail to execute their own desired level of practice?
      They should pick themselves up and begin again, repeatedly. They must be determined to reach their goal and continue trying until they do so.

    • #5080
      ElizabethWhite
      Participant

      DUA Sebai Maa for the feedback for the posts. I will review, listen, reflect and continue on to the next step with the summarizing and update some of the points you felt I did not fully understand.
      HTP
      Elizabeth

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    • #5297
      BernadetteCollins
      Participant

      Reply for #5002

      Dua, Sebai Maa for your feedback. I will read the book, The Mystical Journey from Jesus to Christ. I was reflecting on this, when I read Jason’s W’s posts & your response #4733/#4993. I was viewed as being confused because I wasn’t committing to Christianity religion & I joined Jehovah Witness, etc but now I know I’m on the right path. This alone has brought me a sense of joy & peace. Htp

      • #5437
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    • #5454
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 8, CoursePack pages 91-106

      Akhus are ENLIGHTENED Beings

      The goal of the spiritual disciplines is to discover the meaning of Who Am I, and become a “knower” of Neter ( pg 94.)

      How should an aspirant think about the diet of the initiates as espoused by the Temple of Auset and its realistic goal to be achieved? It is more than possible! This is not easy as the desire for food is strong and related to the first Sefech Ba Ra, practice progressively even if it’s a small change or a teaspoon reduction in over-eating each day. (pg98)

      The General population was considered one of the healthiest of the ancient world? TRUE
      The initiates ate the same diet as the common folks? FALSE

      As part of your spiritual program, begin controlling your intake of food gradually
      Whose favorite food is lettuce? Set and Heru

      If your family members are not interested or do not understand what you are trying to do , what should you do? Maintain practice privately and seek to keep interruptions to a minimum.

      When you have established a schedule of minimal time to devote to practice, what should you do? You may spend more time according to capacity and inclination. Practice all forms in an integrated fashion, do not skip some practices for others even when certain ones are more predominant.

      One should start your spiritual practice with? Deep Breathing

      What is the minimum time for meditation? 5 mins

      • #5530
        admin
        Keymaster

        REPLY TO: ANTHONYBAHLIBI–Level 1, Lesson 8, CoursePack pages 91-106

         

        Udja

        a brief comment on the statement: “This is not easy as the desire for food is strong and related to the first Sefech Ba Ra, practice progressively even if it’s a small change or a teaspoon reduction in over-eating each day. (pg98)”

        Hetep Slab line art

        “To change your mood or mental state, change your vibration.”

        -AEP

        This injunction relates to the idea of incremental and piecemeal change but that alone will not work without an integral inclusion of the other elements of shedy. This among other reasons is why many people fail; due to the continued life being lived according to worldly goals and ideals which do not substitute the negative but rather continue it. The negatives should be substituted with positives such as for example if the goal is to eradicate meat eating then apply wisdom about the dangers of meat but also supply tasty veggie burgers at the same time; while also including an emotional appeal to the harm caused to living creatures. All this as opposed to saying “stop eating meat by eating a little less each week, etc., etc. Where possible any change is positive but to make it sustainable and permanent all the aspects of the personality need to be included so as to transforms the created paradigm (aryu) and habits based on it to a new one.

         

        HTP

         

         

        • #5534
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Udja Sebai Maa, #5530

          Thank you, that is a more whole understanding of the nature of change by position reinforcement and substitution for the goal of permanent change.

          Udja…Htp

          Anthony

    • #5470
      ElizabethWhite
      Participant

      Re Sebai Maa Reply #4985 to Reading Assignment Level 1 Lesson 1 Elizabeth White #4659

      Udja Sebai Maa,
      DUA again for you feedback and thoughtful insights regarding this and my other Level 1 Lesson 1 posts.

      I wanted to update some particular points you highlighted for me to review , listen to, and look further into, which I will do in the relevant forums.

      In this feedback for the Reading assignment, you noted “in this lesson the topic of initiation came up” and you directed me to several posts, which have helped broaden my understanding of different aspects of intitiation.

      In one of the posts Seba Dja wrote “Initiation is a ‘contract’ with your higher self to strive to attain Nehaast. Initiation through a preceptor is a formal manifestation of that (contract) relative to a teacher and teaching.”

      This made me think of the ‘contracts’ we have with other souls, for example when we decide to come to particular parents, or for particular experiences with others during a lifetime.

      We give so much attention to these relationships and here we have a ‘Higher part of us which‘ oversees’ to ensure we move through all of this to a greater attainment..that of enlightenment..Nehaast..and we sometimes have to make a conscious effort to devote a portion of our day to commune with this part of us.
      It would be the wisest thing to accept this as the norm for our daily lives.

      At the same time I was reading a section in Egyptian Yoga Vol 1- “Common features of Mystical Experience: The goal of Mystical Philosophy’ and you wrote that “ Common features which seem to characterize the mystical experience have been noted in the philosophical and religious scriptures of many countries. “..and that “ they may occur spontaneously once in a lifetime, or several times, and may remain as a permanent feature of one’s own consciousness”

      This led me to think that this is the ‘language’ the High Self uses, and that just as Elisabeth Kubler- Ross did research on the near death/dying experiences of people and found the similarities of experience that created a whole body of knowledge, there is a body of knowledge of how the High Self guides and initiates these experiences.

      In this post you also commented that re question” How should a beginning aspirant think about the different levels of aspirants”, you were thinking more in personal terms like how should I think personally about this issue as it applies to myself”

      From a personal viewpoint I think the issue of being a beginning aspirant also relates to the concept of a ‘contract’ with my Higher Self, which knows the true meaning of why I am here..knows the fullness of who I Am and knows the necessary steps to get there stage by stage

      That is where I think the point that “ Initiation through a preceptor is a formal manifestation of that (contract) relative to a teacher and teaching..” is important, because I have come to trust various ways in which I am alerted to directions I should take in my life, and so far it has proved true even when at the onset I would question.

      Therefore to be a beginning aspirant means to me, to do the integral practices that allow me to grow in awareness of the guidance of my inner teacher – High Self, and to be receptive to the ‘teacher and the teaching’ that I have been directed to.
      Hytp

      • #5535
        admin
        Keymaster

        REPLY TO: ElizabethWhite–Re Sebai Maa Reply #4985 to Reading Assignment Level 1 Lesson 1 Elizabeth White #4659

        Udja
        Very good reflections. As with many things, the context and times of use are relevant and to that extent if useful then helpful. Certainly the term “contract” can be used to characterize a exchange between teacher and student and in ancient times the kind of view might have been more appropriate and useful for, in modern times most people have trouble sustaining a contract to pay the phone bill, let alone meet a contractual obligation to come to attend classes and meditate on time daily or apply the teaching regardless of personal disposition or preference to do something more immediately satisfying as is enjoined in the initiatic process. Most people have difficulty agreeing on what needs to be done for their own well-being and spiritual fulfillment and this coupled with lacking will power to proceed in any defined direction, without faltering, without being tripped by having to pay bills or be concerned for the errant offspring or the persecution of society or the torment of unresolved personal desires and feelings. All of this emphasizes the individuation of awareness and thus self-willed spiritual seeking that is less harmonious to a contractual arrangement even as it may be defined by initiatic wisdom. Therefore, in our times the capacity and quality of aspiration is markedly different and thus requiring different considerations. and adjustments to the spiritual journey. Therefore, the factors of entanglement with the vicissitudes of time and space duality, the socialization in a world of empires and deluded family, citizens, for our profane and corrupt times, of which we all partake in, to some degree, perhaps the better term might be “relationship; for the term relationship implies something personal, caring, understanding, forbearing and internally compelling as opposed to something contractual, forced, intellectual or literal.

        HTP

    • #5514
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 10
      Pages 125 – 140

      The Kemetic term Ua means?
      – Meditation

      How should an aspirant think about their capacity to control externalised consciousness and their ability to rise above their conditioning of the past?
      – Aspirants should know that control externalised consciousness is doable. We are all capable of doing so and in time we will be able to control it. The mind goes where energy flows. So as we continue to turn toward the divine more and more we will be less inclined and less caring toward the world of time and space and more concentrated on the divine and what we truly represent.

      The practise of meditation allows one to create what?
      – Allows one to creates a higher awareness which affects all aspects of ones life. But most importantly it gives the aspirant experiential knowledge of her/his true self.

      The normal state of human consciousness cannot be considered as _____ or complete?
      – Whole

      When you fall asleep you believe the dream world is _____?
      – Real

      Do not eat for at least ____ hours before meditation?
      – 2 hours

      When you feel angry or any other negative qualities what should you do?
      – Recite the hekau and visualise its energy and the deity associated with it destroying the negativity within you.

      As intuitional vision of your all-encompassing nature dawns in your heart, you will be able to look beyond what?
      – All the different types of sizes, shapes, sexes, and colours of people and recognise your higher self as the basis of their existence.

      What is the kemetic term for devotion?
      – Ushet

      If religion and yoga are only practised at the lower levels what is the result?
      – It will not yield spiritual enlightenment but dogmas and intellectualism.

      • #5587
        admin
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        Udja
        You have listed the important items of this reading section. Proceed from here to complete the rest of the assignment for this lesson.

        HTP

    • #5538
      ElizabethWhite
      Participant

      Udja
      Dua Sebai Maa, I will read this through more than once to get the full understanding of what you have said
      Hype

      • #5588
        admin
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    • #5547
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 11
      Pages 141 – 154

      If religion and yoga are practised at the lower levels only, what is the result?
      – They will not yield spiritual enlightenment but dogmas and intellectualism.

      The Egyptian yoga book series has been put together in such a fashion as to offer what?
      – To provide for the needs of various personality types.

      How should an aspirant think about their prospect to follow and integral path of Sema Tawi – Kemetic Yoga?
      – An aspirant should think that being able to practice this integral path of Sema Tawi is very doable. An aspirant should always strive toward making their practise even better and more continuous and lucid. Following this path will only lead to enlightenment which is the only abiding purpose of life. The prospect of following this path should make a aspirant happy and at peace and should make them have this divine loving feeling in their heart.

      The 4 aspects of the personality are?
      – Emotion
      – Reason
      – Action
      – Will

      The yoga of devotional worship enhances and harnesses _______ aspects of the personality?
      – Emotional

      Integral yoga gives you the opportunity to practise yoga at all times? True or False?
      – True

      Describe the 4 main paths of yoga practise
      – Having control of your feelings and emotions as well as being able to direct you love toward the divine. This is the yoga of devotional love which leads to love and contentment. This is the aspect of the personality relating to emotion.
      – Understanding the divine and having knowledge of the mystical psychology. This is the yoga of wisdom which leads to understanding. This is the aspect of the personality that relates to wisdom.
      – Selfless service, purity of heart and self control as well as discipline. This is the yoga of righteousness and virtue. It leads to peace and is related to the aspect of the personality ‘Action’.
      – Study of the mind and the development of the inner powers. This is the yoga of meditation and it leads to fulfilment. This relates to the aspect of the personality ‘Will’.

      The process of yoga? Integral?
      – 1.Integral
      To enlighten the intellect
      To enlighten the body
      To enlighten the emotions
      To enlighten the unconscious mind

      The process of meditation controls the feeling directed toward the divine? True or False?
      – False. The process of meditation develops your inner power and the study of your mind. To control the feelings you must do the yoga of devotional love.

      What is one critical aspect every aspirant should understand?
      – We must simplify their lives and get rid of all unnecessary possessions and worldly things. This is so we do not have so many things to worry about and fuss over. The key to self discovery and success is allowing the inner gifts of the soul to unfold in simplicity.

      • #5640
        admin
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        REPLY TO: KaMaat-Amentat Level 1 – Lesson 11 Pages 141 – 154

        Meditation Ancinet Egyptian Path

        Udja

        Very well. On your answer to the questions: “The process of meditation controls the feeling directed toward the divine? True or False?

        Your answer is correct but I need to add a few points.
        Meditation practice, along with bolstering will-power, affords the opportunity to gain higher insight into the nature of higher reality of existence. But this occurs when there is wisdom study, devotional perspective and ethical conscience. Meditation works best in that environment. Otherwise it will promote mental concentration but not enlightenment so much. Therefore, meditation is more than only for mental power and the study of mind in meditation is allowed to go to subtler distances when the other ingredients are present. Otherwise another detrimental possibility is that that mental power and concentration ability might be directed at negative goals or ways of understanding, or negative desires and feelings and thoughts of the ignorant ego.

         

        “IF THOU WILT ATTENTIVELY DWELL (meditate) AND OBSERVE WITH THY HEART’S EYES, THOU WILL FIND THE PATH THAT LEADS ABOVE; NAY, THAT IMAGE SHALL BECOME THY GUIDE ITSELF, BECAUSE THE DIVINE SIGHT HATH THIS PECULIAR CHARM; IT HOLDETH FAST AND DRAWETH UNTO IT THOSE WHO SUCCEED IN OPENING THEIR EYES, JUST AS, THEY SAY, THE MAGNET THE IRON.”

        -AEP

        HTP

         

    • #5555
      Jason W
      Participant

      LEVEL 1, LESSON 3 READING ASSIGNMENT (PGS 23-34)

      1.Who is Shetai?

      The Hidden God, incomprehensible, God, Mysterious One, Secret One (The name of Amun itself signifies “The Hidden One)

      Topic #1 Yoga in Ancient Egypt? The Term Shedy is the spiritual discipline or program to promote spiritual evolution that was used in Ancient Egypt.

      Topic #2 What is Egyptian Yoga? The Term Smai Taui or Smai Heru Setare Egyptian words which are translated as Egyptian Yoga.

      2.What is the path of Nature and in light of that, how should a spiritual aspirant think about their spiritual path?

      Yoga, the union of the individual human consciousness with the Universal Consciousness, can occur without any special instruction from a religious or a Spiritual Preceptor.

      Through repeated incarnations, pain and suffering, to learn of the futility of trying to find abiding happiness in the world rather than within yourself.

      Topic #4 The qualities of an aspirant? An aspirant must have primary interest in advancing spiritually

      3.What pushes the aspirant to become super normal?

      Yoga pushes the aspirant to rise beyond the mental conditions of what normal is.

      Topic #5 Qualification of an aspirant? One who is ready to rise above the pain and frustration from interaction with the world while practicing Yoga must have a positive frame of mind.

      • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by Jason W.
      • #5652
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        You have listed well the topics covered though I would like you to provide a more expanded explanation of Topic #2 because the terms “The Term Smai Taui or Smai Heru” are translations but not explanations.
        So add this to your posting for Egyptian Yoga and any other terms.

        HTP

      • #5689
        Jason W
        Participant

        LEVEL 1 LESSON 3 READING ASSIGNMENT (Pgs 23-34)

        *Expanded explanation of Topic #2

        Udja

        What is Egyptian Yoga?

        In Ch 4 & 17 of the Prt m Hru (which Yoga teachings are at the heart of), the term Smai Tawi is used, which means “Union of the Two Lands of Egypt” (upper & lower Egypt) or “Egyptian Yoga”. “Smai”(union) is also the equivalent of the sanskrit term “Yoga”. “Tawi” means “Two Lands”. The Hieroglyph “Sma/Sema” which is represented by the union of the two lungs & the trachea, symbolizes a union of duality (Higher & lower self) which leads to a non-dualistic, singular consciousness- The One.

        Dua.Htp Sebai MAA

        • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by Jason W.
    • #5610
      DamazALEXIS
      Participant

      UDJA Sebai MAA and Sebai DJA,
      Below the assignment for class 1 Level 1 reading assignment.

      WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ETHIOPIANS and EGYPTIANS?

      The historical record says the Egyptians were a colony sent out from the south of Ethiopia who came to live in North East of Africa. So, Egyptians and Ethiopians are the same people. The Egyptians went on to build a very advanced civilization with the cultural basis of Ethiopia. A lot of cultural traits remained similar between both people including: the beliefs in their King as God, importance of burial ceremony, sculpture, and writings…The other countries in the same area including Kush, Nubia have the same origins and share the same appellation of “land of the blacks “ with different name related to their geographical position.

      NOTES:
      – Kiji, Nubian modern, Nubia, Kamit Kusch all have the same meaning: Black Lands or land of the blacks.

      WHO WHERE THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN?

      Ancient Egypt was a colony of Ethiopia from the SOUTH who came to the NORTH EAST of AFRICA. It said at the beginning, the area where they live by Nile river was only water and that the mud coming from Ethiopia over time, transformed part of this area into a living environment and that is where they first migrated from Ethiopia. The ancient Egyptians were blacks as attested by the name given to their land KMT which means land of the blacks. They developed an indigenous religion called Shetaut NETER with historical evidence found as far as 10,000 BCE. They built strong architectural structure called pyramids that defies most modern way of construction. The level of civilization attained by Ancient Egyptian continues to impress up to these days and it is proven that their religion have influenced all major western and eastern spiritual philosophies including Christianity, Muslim, Buddhism and others, as well as all African religions such as YORUBA, DOGON, FON, etc…

      WHAT IS YOGA PHILOSOPHY?

      YOGA philosophy in general includes a set of teaching that can lead the practitioner to spiritual enlightenment or UNION with his higher SELF. In Egyptian Religion, the term Yoga is equivalent to SEMA TAUI and is recorded as the first with historical evidence related to such practices aiming at helping the follower to rise from individual SOUL to union with universal SOUL or consciousness. It is an integral teaching for the spiritualizing all aspects of the personality and comprises physical, mental and spiritual practices for SELF discovery through the purification of body, mind and spirit leading to spiritual enlightenment. In kemetic yoga philosophy, the following are part of the integral system that leads to enlightenment:
      – Yoga of devotion helping the aspirant to develop awareness and union with the divine and to purify the heart and feelings.
      – Yoga of Intuitive wisdom for knowledge of the divine.
      – Yoga of virtuous living to purify our actions along MAAT principles
      – Yoga of serpent power or tantrism to cultivate the latent life force Energy (Kundalini)
      – Yoga of Meditation to develop and purify the mind.
      For a balance spiritual development, the aspirant is required to practice all aspects of kemetic Yoga philosophy and the path is not usually a straight one but, can be one of forward and backward steps.

      WHAT IS THE initiatic way of Education

      The initiatic way of Education involves first and foremost a relationship between a teacher and a spiritual aspirant. That is the main characteristic of this way of instructing as spiritual progress requires hard personal work and guidance. Because of the nature of the teachings being provided, it is easy for the aspirant to become confused and get lost in the path particularly if relying solely on books, videos and related. The spiritual teaching needs to be practiced as it does not have any sense without experience. In that sense, the need for the teacher is extremely important to provide guidance and measure progress. It is only through practice, a spiritual aspirant can properly become the channel for transcendental experience. Therefore, the relationship between teacher and seeker is important to convey the knowledge and experience required for a successful advancement. Such relationship is based on humility toward the SEBAI and honesty.
      A second aspect of the initiatic way of Education is to ensure proper continuity along the tradition of the teachings. The teacher has received his teaching from a preceptor and, along the same line, he intends to pass on the teaching and that way, the tradition is conserved. This proximity of the relationship between master and pupil is important for the preservation of the teachings.
      A third aspect relates to the characteristic of the teacher. He or she needs to be himself/herself spiritually enlightened with extensive knowledge on methods of teaching as it applies to character of each aspirant. As a consequence, he/she also needs to have practice on different aspects of the philosophy. On his part, the aspirant needs to be humble, trustful and honest to ensure the validity of the relationship. The above characteristics need to ensure the solidity of the relationship. More than that, the teacher offers a living example espousing the character that the aspirant needs to integrate for purification and through the devotion to the master not as a physical person but, as an enlightened being, the aspirant learns to rise his vibration as to enter into higher spiritual reality.
      Another important aspect of the initiatic way of education resides in the method itself involving first the listening to the teaching; in a second phase, reflecting on the teaching and finally, the meditation leading to the transcendental experience. It is well to be noted that every step leads to different degree of consciousness along the path.
      In summary, an intitatic way of education implies first a relationship between a master and an aspirant. The proximity of the relationship is important to help ensuring not only the aspirant is well guided but, also that the tradition is well transmitted and integrated. It is also required that the teacher possesses strong knowledge and life skills among the path of practice and for the aspirant to be humble and honest. Finally, a typical initiatic education follows usually a period of self-preparatory steps where aspirant prepares himself to meet his master: it is said that when the student is ready, the master will find him.

      WHAT IS INITIATION?

      Initiation is of more than an embarking on a journey of spiritual living which leads to spiritual enlightenment.
      It is a beginning step or a conscious choice to follow a spiritual path. Although the spiritual teachings in reality include several levels of initiation associated each to a level of consciousness, the first step is commonly understood as the Initiation. The initiation usually follows a decision and some preparatory steps in order to lead someone to begin a spiritual path. The process by which the aspirant following a successful period of probation is formally accepted to be given the teaching of the spiritual path and the related commitment to abide by the principles of this teaching, is the initiation.
      How does the Kemetic yoga teacher help the seeker.
      The seeker is an individual who has been involved in the word having experienced many disappointments resulting in an overall dissatisfaction with the worldly way of life. From that standpoint, he/she is looking for a more meaningful way of living and embarks in a journey to look for a deeper meaning of life. In that path, after many steps and probable disenchantments, he/she finally meets a philosophy that suits him and a teacher or a guide, Sebai in Kemetic terminology, to guide him. The teacher, depending on the philosophy, implements several disciplines to help him find his way.
      In kemetic yoga, the disciplines used by the yoga teacher to guide the seeker in his initial steps have been in place for thousands of years and that makes them well established, universal as well as transcending time and space. In practical terms, the Kemetic yoga teacher is looking to change the mental perception of the seeker originating from his disenchantment in life. He progressively helps him/her transforming his/her attachment to the word, which has been objects of many disappointments, into a healthy detachment of worldly affairs. At the same time, he attempts to redirect above energies to help the aspirant to use them instead, to build a personal and strong spiritual life. In other words, the teacher leads a process of mental transformation allowing the seeker ceasing to see the word through his own desires and passions but to develop an understanding that the world is indeed the way it is based on the law of cause and effect. Such mental transformation will help the seeker to look for developing a spiritual understanding of the phenomena. Essentially, in the first stage, the teacher helps the seeker by leading him to the path of knowing there is an order in the phenomena of the word despite the apparent chaos and about his essential role to understand the underlying order behind the apparent chaos as well as the governing laws. This initial mental shift is necessary for the aspirant to reach higher level of spiritual experience.

      What should a beginning spiritual aspirant think about the three levels of aspiration?

      The three levels of aspiration provide a clear and systematic path on the way to attain the highest goal of the spiritual study. They provide the steps that are required in order for us to successfully attain our goal. So, the aspirant should think of them as the ladders that will help him/her rise gradually to spiritual enlightenment. He should think of them as blueprint and guided measures of progress along the path. More importantly, the beginning spiritual aspirant should meditate on the deep meaning of each level and the underlying characteristic he should integrate into himself. He or she should not think of them intellectually but, develops intuitional understanding of their deeper meaning. This will provide the beginning aspirant with the proper mental attitude to persevere and sustain the hard work required to success on the path. He should think that the path toward spiritual enlightenment implies a mental transformation whereby, we cease to consider ourselves as the doer but, instead as a channel for the higher SELF and this type of surrender will lead to dissolution of the ego and the UNION of individual SOUL to universal consciousness.

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      • #5653
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        A very comprehensive post and essay on this lesson about the initiatic process. Just a comment and one correction.

        On your statement: “Finally, a typical initiatic education follows usually a period of self-preparatory steps where aspirant prepares himself to meet his master: it is said that when the student is ready, the master will find him.”

        The more accurate rendition is “when the student is ready the master appears”. This means that a spiritual aspirant is not always ready to receive and understand a teaching even if it came directly from Goddess Aset herself in person. Similarly, if an aspirant is not ready they might not even be able to recognize that she is in the same room with them! However, if there is certain maturity, readiness, then that person who is wise and or of advanced practice will be recognized and sought out for their guidance, mentor-ship or spiritual coaching and the teacher student relationship would have a greater chance of being more fruitful.

        Aset-and-Baby-Heru-Maddona

        Elsewhere in the essay you have used the term “word” many times where I believe you really mean “world” and I would not want others to read and think it means word when it in reality is referring to “World”.

        1. The seeker is an individual who has been involved in the word
        2. He progressively helps him/her transforming his/her attachment to the word
        3. At the same time, he attempts to redirect above energies to help the aspirant to use them instead, to build a personal and strong spiritual life. In other words, the teacher leads a process of mental transformation allowing the seeker ceasing to see the word
        4. Essentially, in the first stage, the teacher helps the seeker by leading him to the path of knowing there is an order in the phenomena of the word

         

        The connotation in one versus the other is totally different as one leads to understanding of the issues and one misdirects to a totally different understanding and perspective. This affects mostly those who are novices on the path. So please add a correction to this essay.

         

        Otherwise a very good essay and keep up the good work.

         

        HTP

        PS-also try to remember to place the lesson number at the tope of your post

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        • #5670
          DamazALEXIS
          Participant

          UDJA Sbai MAA,

          DUA for the enlightened clarification about the relationship between the Master and the aspirant. That helped me better understand and appreciate the importance of the preparatory work from the student so that the relationship with the preceptor can be fruitful.

          For the corrections needed on the post, please advise how it can be done.

          HTP

    • #5612
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 13, Reading Assignment, Pages 179-192

      1. Keep a spiritual diary.
      2. How should an aspirant think about their spiritual checklist and how diligent should they try to be with it? The checklist should be utilized as a gauge to determine if an aspirant is practicing Shetaut Neter to receive the full benefits of the practice. The checklist should be adhered to daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. If an aspirant does not perfom as the checklist describes in some way they should make up the activity so that they will receive the full benefit in transforming their mind.
      3. All of life’s activities are ritualistic to some degree.
      4. When you approach a teacher bring an offering.

      2. Reply No. 4038:
      Dua Sebai Maa and Akua Nyarko,
      The reply and response to this lesson, after reflection, brought me to the understanding of how a spiritual practice for me should be understood. I see “effort” as of the body and “movement in a steady relaxed pace” as coming from my Higher Self. Upon reflection I realized that my goal of enlightenment is not ultimately predicated on what happens in this lifetime. This lifetime is a cycle, however, I am immortal and the lifetimes in time and space are illusory. I see myself as having one existence and growing and learning for eternity. Each lifetime in time and space is full of experiences that assist me in dong that, however, that is the limit of a lifetime’s significance. My spiritual practice is a process that does not end with this lifetime even if enlightenment is achieved. I see the process and life’s experiences as giving me insight into the many facets of my Higher Self. As I grow with understanding and begin to incorporate more and more of the teachings in my daily life I will discover even more according to my level of spiritual evolution. Having this perspective removes the stress from my practice. However, I still have the enthusiasm and relentless focus to discover more in each moment and in each experience.

      • #5655
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        A very succinct and meaningful post.

        About #4 an offering need not be anything costly or even physical but something useful that will sustain the teaching and learning process. One of the best items to offer is respect and devotion to the teaching, assistance in helping the classes to go on smoothly, others, patience, perseverance, self-forgiveness and initiative.

        About your statements on your outlook for initiatic progress, I thought it was very peaceful and yet dynamic, expansive as well as goal oriented, and these are ideal perspectives and balanced mindsets in which to practice the teaching of authentic spirituality; an environment of good disposition, looking forward to the prospect of positive spiritual evolution and an inner knowingness that it is not only possible for me to succeed but that there will be success one day that goes on even as time and space comes to an end.

        Akhenaton B

        “I have made an end of my failings, I have removed my defects. What then is it? The separation of the corruptible matter, it is the initiate, triumphant before the Gods all. Driven away are all of the defects which belong to him. What is this then? This is the purification on the day of his new birth.”

        -AEP

        Very good

        HTP

    • #5615
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 9, Coursepack pgs 107-124

      1. What is Maui?

      “To think, to ponder, to fix attention, concentration” – Reflection

      2. Name the process in the practice in the Yoga of Wisdom:

      Three-Fold Listening Reflection Meditation

      3. What are the steps in practicing the Yoga of Action

      1. Learn Ethics and Law of Cause and Effect – Practice Right Action
      2. Practicing cultivation of higher virtues
      3. Devotion to the Divine
      4. Meditation

      4. How should an aspirant think about ego based feelings and how does the Action Path affect them as an aspirant transforms through time?

      The practice leads to the “spiritual voice” and voice of wisdom within that encourages one to practice, in time spiritual activities will overcome worldly activities and the path of Action will peace-faith-security-devotion and the washing away of ego-based emotions.

      5.If you do not learn the spiritual lesson a situation is here to teach you, what happens?

      You set yourself up for the experience to repeat itself.

      6. By acting and moving like the gods and goddesses one can do what?

      Essentially discover their character, energy, and divine agency within ones own consciousness and thereby become one with their retinue; one with the Divine Self.

      7. Yoga postures began in india: False

      8. Many personalities from time to time indulge in recreational activities

      9. The stagnation of the flow of energy through the body has what effect?

      Grounding ones consciousness to the physical realities rather than allowing the mind and body to operate with lightness and subtlety.

      10. What does Uaa mean? Meditation

      • #5656
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        Concise answers to the questions covered.

        Proceed

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    • #2832
      Sandra McMurray
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 6, Reading Assignment , Pages 59-68

      The world did not come from nothing, nor is it sustained by nothing.

      Those who follow the path may be referred to as Neterians.

      Write out the Four Great Truths.
      1. “Pa neter ua ua Neberdjer m Neteru “ – The Neter, the Supreme Being, is One and alone and as Neberdjer, manifesting everywhere and in all things in the form of Gods and Goddesses.

      2. “an-Maat swy Saui Set s-Khemn” – Lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality and these fetters leads to ignorance to the Divine.

      3. “s-Uashu s-Nafu n saui Set” – Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set.

      4. “ari Shedy Rekh ab m Maakheru” – The practice of the Shedy desciplines leads to knowing oneself and the Divine. This is called being True of Speech.

      What are the afflictions of Set?
      The afflictions of Set include: anger, hate, greed, lust, jealousy, envy, greed, gluttony, dishonesty, hypocrisy, etc.

      What is the meaning of the term “Nafu”?
      Freedom – to breath

      The four disciplines of Shedy are:
      1. Rekh Shedy (Wisdom) Listening to the Wisdom of the Neterian Traditions
      2. Ari Shedy (Righteous Action and Selfless Service) Purifies the Gross impurities of the Heart
      3. Uashu (Ushet) Shedy (Devotion) Purifies the Emotional impurities of the Heart
      4. Uaa Shedy (Meditation) Experience the Transcendental Supreme Self

      How should a spiritual aspirant think about their prospects to achieve the “Great Awakening”?
      A spiritual aspirant should always think positive and with focused determination about their prospects to achieve the “Great Awakening”.

      What teaching(s) of the Neterian creed do you believe in currently, are working on believing, find hard to believe? Why?

      Believe: The entire Neterian Creed. (the Supreme Being; Maat, the laws of nature; Ari and it defining the quality of my life and what happens in my life; following the Shedy disciplines, etc.

      Working on believing: I understand the Egyptian words intellectually. However, as I read the English words I have a true understanding. I am learning the Egyptian terms so that when I read or speak them their true meaning is understood at a deeper level.

      Find hard to believe: There is nothing in the Neterian creed that I do not believe in.

      Why: What I am learning by studying Neterianism is something I have “known” my entire life. It has always been a knowing I could not put into words or explain. The discipline and structure of the practice makes me feel safe and secure. When I take a deep breath and reflect on what I am learning or examine what I am feeling when practicing devotional worship or practice the hekau, I feel I am finally home. I am no longer wandering lost in the forest. I have found a path I can follow that will lead me out of the darkness. For the first time in this lifetime, I can reflect, analyze and look at the teachings from different perspectives and still see the truth in them. Believing the Neterian creed is not difficult, practicing what I believe is the challenge.

    • #4398
      BernadetteCollins
      Participant

      Introduction into Egyptian Yoga & Neterian Spirituality Workbook Pages 21-22

      1. How would you describe your knowledge of religion and philosophy?
      I describe my knowledge of religion as being limited. I would also describe it as being on a seeking journey for the past 8-9 years. I haven’t really studied philosophy.
      2. What do you see as the greatest obstacle to your happiness and fulfillment in life?
      My greatest obstacle to my happiness & fulfillment in life is myself. This includes having discipline, not getting caught up in worldly affairs.
      3. What do you see as the most important need that you have?
      My most important need is to heal myself, remain focused & disciplined in my religious & spiritual studies.
      4. What is your previous religious affiliation or faith and how do you think that relates to what you are following now?
      I have joined different religious organizations searching for a true spiritual religious practice. I was baptized in the Baptist faith I grew up in, joined Jehovah witness and a unity church. I’m only studying Shetaut Neter at this time.
      5. What role do you feel religion or spirituality plays in your life?
      Religion & spirituality have always played an important role in my life. I knew it was important but in the past I’ve found it difficult to practice or join a religion or spiritual organization which resonated with me.
      6. Have you had previous Yoga instruction? If so where and what was (is) your experience?
      No, I haven’t had any yoga instructions.
      7. Have you received any advanced religious instruction?
      No, I haven’t received any advanced religious instruction.
      8. How do you see your life? I see my life as a journey of self healing, and a continued journey of obtaining knowledge & spiritual practice to understand & cope in this world.
      9. What do you think of your potential to succeed in life?
      I have the potential to succeed in life as long as I remain disciplined, focused & keep my priorities straight.
      10. If you could, what would you like to do with your life?
      I would like to heal my body towards good health, have inner peace & help others towards that path that choose to seek it.

    • #4995
      admin
      Keymaster

      Reply to #2832of Sandra McMurray

      Udja

      This was a good report on the contents of the lesson. Your answer to “Working on believing” was descriptive of the process of assimilating and making the teaching yours. Through khnumnt nefer or good association, the culture and varied aspects of the teaching grow one you naturally and the use of at least some Kemetic terms is useful in developing the feeling of Neterian spirituality to ever deeper levels. This relates to your answer for “Find hard to believe:” where you said “Believing the Neterian creed is not difficult, practicing what I believe is the challenge.”

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      “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. Evils are the more apparent things, whereas the Good can never show Itself unto the eyes, for It hath neither form nor figure.”

      -AEP

       

      The process is the same, through good association, and working intelligently and worshiping meaningfully, the practicing becomes easier and more rewarding. Therefore maintain these three and the result takes care of itself.

       

      HTP

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