Kemetic Orthodoxy and Kabbalah
Rooted in the ancient Egyptian Mysteries, three different versions of essentially the same teachings of KMT can be identified by three different spellings: Kabbalah, Cabala and Qabalah. …their origins? Africa.
The Tree of Life is a Cosmo gram which graphically depicts the order of the universe. It is a graphic compliment of the cosmology of the universe. The Tree is also a guide for creating any event and a guide for thinking and understanding the myriad things in the universe which illustrates the manner in which they all interrelate. The Tree highlights the steps a prospective initiate must take and the experiences she must undergo in order to achieve the apex of enlightenment.
TREE OF LIFE
The greatest error that can be made at this point is to interpret this diagram as an arbitrarily created conceptual or theoretical explanation of the ordering system underlying physical reality. It represents the nine emanations [note: spheres 0 and 10 represent different realities outside of the nine emanations discussed here —editor] that are the shaping factors of all physical structures and events. They underlie, direct, and integrate all physical realities, from the subtlest sub-electronic forces, to the complex galaxies, to the organ systems making up the physical body of Man…. from the most primitive instinct of a slime mold to the most divine manifestation of the spirit of Man. They are what the Kamitians call the Neteru; Yorubas call the Orishas, and Westerners have translated as dieties, Archangels, angels, etc.
It is very important to understand, that contrary to popular opinion, cosmology does not attempt to explain how physical things, on the atomic and molecular levels, come into being. It concentrates on the coming into being of the metaphysical factors that will function as the vehicles through which the physical things will come into existence, as well as the means of regulating their structural and functional components, hence external behavior. In other words, a cosmogony deals with the “generation” (from “gonus”) of a “system”. Properly understood, the terms “System” and “Cosmos” are synonymous; an assemblage, or combination of things or parts, working in unity, as a whole, cooperating to carry out the same function, to achieve the same goal, etc.
It was said that the emanations, one to nine, are parts of a “system” through which Subjective Being, represented by zero (the absence of things, but not of Being) creates and administrates physical reality; “10”. These nine “DEITIES” – the PAUT NETERU – compose the “organs systems” making up the spiritual bodies of all physical things. They link them with their source of being and subsistence, and direct their functions. African religion, better comprehended as a Way of Life, is based on the understanding of the functioning of these nine metaphysical vessels of creation and administration. As they are shaping and governing functions, their activities carry the force of law.
For example, you wouldn’t attempt to feed on hay because the functions that govern your digestive mechanism can’t digest it. It is in this manner that the attributes of the Deities (Neteru, Orishas, etc.) represent the laws governing our lives on Earth. Observance of these laws allows them to fully bring forth their powers through our being. According to our chronological age, state of health, and level of spiritual development, the manifestation of these “powers” will range from our basest urges, to the commonly evolved “mental abilities”, to the psychical abilities held by a few, to the attainment of divine perfection, i.e., Man-Godhood on Earth.
Amen means “concealed”. It is the Kamitic counterpart of the term “Subjective” as we have used it in this book. It corresponds to the essential nature of the Supreme Being, which is the same as the essence of Man’s being. It is our unmanifested, unmanifestable, unconditioned Self – That which is the ultimate source of life and consciousness. It is the unseen and unseeable that looks out into the Objective Realm of spirits, thoughts, feelings, and physical phenomena. We must return our focus of consciousness back to it by the cessation of all thought activity. Once we have established this innermost point as our place of being – i.e., living beyond emotional influences – we will attain to the state of Hetep. This is a state in which we are able to fully ignore all emotions that may rise into our awareness, and thus attain to a peace that cannot be disturbed by any challenge in life. In the Hindu tradition it is called Parabrahm Sarvikalpa Nirvana. This state of inner peace is the prime foundation for the functioning of the healing functions of the life-force (Ra), and is the source of all spiritual power.
The most important accomplishment in your life, which you must pursue with the utmost urgency, is the experiencing of that part of your being that directs and coordinates the activities of the billions of cells that make up your physical body, and directs the activities of your spirit and subconscious. This indwelling intelligence that is obviously in possession of the knowledge of the workings of the universe, is God’s consciousness itself. This is Ausar, your true Self. Your true, entire, only, and ultimate purpose for being on earth is the resurrection of this indwelling intelligence, that it may guide your endeavors in life with the same omniscience that it uses to guide your physiological and subconscious mental activities. Identification with, and living by the guidance of this indwelling intelligence is the true worship of God. It is the true process of religion.
As omnipresence is an attribute of this indwelling intelligence, its resurrection, i.e., the extension of its function from the subconscious to the conscious sphere of Man’s life, or the doing of that Glory on earth that is done in heaven, if you prefer, is the only way to bring about the unity that is the prerequisite for peace on earth and prosperity for all. Viewed from another perspective, omnipresence means that there can only be one Being dwelling in and as all creatures. This is the basis of unity in the world. Most important, we must understand that this is the real meaning of monotheism, which does not denote a one God, but the Unitarian reality that is the life of all creatures, and the source of all the metaphysical intelligences through which the activities of the world are administered. Understand this and you will know that in killing others, you are destroying a vessel through which God expresses Itself.
TREE OF LIFE MEDITATION SYSTEM (TOLM),
Avoiding and resolving conflicts is one of the chief functions of Tehuti, the faculty of wisdom. It is the total antithesis of the intellect. While the latter derives its information from Man’s worldly experiences, the wisdom faculty gets its knowledge from God dwelling in Man’s spirit. In other words, for wisdom to manifest itself, we must shut down our intellectual and imaginative thought processes, in order to receive the intuition from God, dwelling within. In this state where there are no thoughts, consciousness enters into the same state of Hetep (Nirvana) as described by the ogdoad. There are, therefore, no thoughts as in the syllogistic logical process that we can follow. All that can be given are instructions leading to the shutting down of the thought processes making the mind blank, Satori which is the requirement for the functioning of the wisdom faculty.
Since this faculty is not really of Man, but belongs to God dwelling in one’s spirit, the procedure can be explained as the stilling of the thought processes of the intellect and the imagination, in order to receive instructions from God. It is of interest to note that the ‘Hu’ in Tehuti is the mantra (word of power) of the wisdom goddess Chinnamasta of Black India (Indus Kush), and of the Guru (wisdom) chakra. It operates by suppressing the formation of thought processes by cutting the mind off from the senses.
This ties in with Kamitic spiritual science. ‘Hu’ is metaphorized as Ptah’s tongue which utters the word of power that initiates the process of creation. It is also the ‘deity’ of the senses, in which capacity it plays the same role as the mantra Hu(ng) of the Guru chakra. In other words, to shut the mind down, it must be cut off from its ports (the senses) to the outside world. This is of course, a brief account of the process. The most important point to understand is that ultimately, the most important part of the deity’s name is ‘Hu,’ understood not as a word with meaning, but as the word of power which leads to the manifestation of wisdom in the initiate.
Seker (the 3rd sphere of the Tree of Life) is the divine faculty that is in charge of the life-force (Ra), which is the formative base of all things in the world. Although the source of life is infinite, each entity is allowed to share in its infinity through a series of cycles of births. Each entity is thus allotted a finite portion of this life-force at a time, for its adventure in the world. This recycling principle governs the cycles of birth, growth, decay, death, rebirth and so on. The life-force behaves in this manner in conformity with the divine intention of guiding man to the realization of his divinity. Would most people bother to develop themselves, and exert themselves if they were to be born with full functionality (as many reptiles and lower creatures are), external youth and indestructibility? We are thus spurred on to exert ourselves in our youth to provide for the days that will surely come when we will be incapable of doing so, and of course by the ultimate, which is death.
The subjection of the existence of all things to cyclical revolutions, which is governed by the “deity” (divine faculty) Khepere, divides their life term into two fundamental phases. Birth (rebirth)/growth, and decay/death (rebirth into the plane of origin!). Thus we achieve an infinitude of experiences through an infinite chain of finite existences.
The phase of birth (rebirth) is under the dominion of Khepere (Aima, the fertile mother in the Canaanite tradition), while the phase of decay and death is symbolized by the Hennu or Af (dead flesh) boat in which travels the “aged Ra” (Ama, the dreaded sterile mother, and Kali).
Khepere or Aima brings all things into manifestation through the 50 sound units of power residing in the 3rd sphere. These sound units, which are the basis of all hekau, are metaphorized as the eggs of the beetle symbolizing Khepere, the 50 gates of Binah, the 50 skulls strung as the necklace of Kali (the Indus Kush Seker), the 50 oarsmen propelling the boat of Ausar, and they are analogous to the 500,000 or so eggs that every woman is born with. At this level, these spiritual powers do not manifest the things of which they are the germs, but the underlying structure (divine plan) that provides the order governing the harmonious interaction of the forces shaping the formation of things, and their interaction. These structures appoint the places in space and time ordering all manifestations. Incidentally, because it’s creative function corresponds to the female gender, which the Canaanite tradition supports (the Goddess Aima), this deity often appears (possesses) in its female form when invoked. As such, her name is Sekert.
The male side of the Deity rules over the death process. Seker was the Deity of the necropolis at Sakkara. Allied to it in this function was the “monster” Aum-mit or Aummaum, whose functions was to destroy the Ab (part of the spirit housing the conscience and will) of the deceased who failed to live in harmony with the laws of Maat (divine laws). During life, its activities are felt as the pangs of conscience, guilt, self recriminations, etc. These are warnings that we are on the path to a failed destiny.
This is to be expected as Seker governs our destiny. The Kamitic term for “destiny” is Skher”, and for “plan” is Sekher”, which are clearly etymologically related to “Seker”. No two things can occupy the same place at the same time. Divine law, therefore, guarantees all things their day in the sun. Our coming into being, and the unfolding of all events in our life are controlled by the spiritual forces (Ptah) at the Seker level for the sake of maintaining order in the world. Destiny, therefore, is nothing more nor less than the expression of the structure, the plan that governs the unfolding of people’s lives in order to guarantee them success. It is amazing to see how people are aware of the confusion and disorder that follow from the lack of planning and structure yet fail to realize that the same would happen in nature and in the world, if the Supreme Being had not laid a plan to guide the lives of men and nations. As above, So below!
When we die or transcend the way of life in which earthly pleasure and personal interests are the motivating factors of our actions and undertakings, we come under the governorship of the Deity Seker. In either case, we have died to the earth-physically or spiritually. The doctrines of Seker, represent then, the teachings that kill. We must remember that this does not mean a joyless life. Quite the contrary, it is one, as we will later see, that leads to greater ecstasy. When we keep in mind that the spirit is essentially unconditioned, it will be realized that our spirit is ever receptive to be reprogrammed to express joy and pleasure in response to any situation or stimulus. We can therefore transcend a way of life in which our will is lead by what gives us pleasure, and change over to a way in which pleasure follows our will to live new truths.
Allied with the idea of dying to the things of the world is the host of symbols used to explain the domain of the Deity. In the “Book of that Which is in the Underworld”, the Fourth Hour which represents the domain of Seker is described as a region in which there are no cultivation fields to be distributed to the faithful followers of Ra. It is full of thick darkness, its floor is covered with sand, and it is lacking in water (hence, barren). This region is called Ta (land ‘of’) Sekri. Note that “kri” in the name conceals the heka—Kring—of the Deity.
The truths that we must live at this sphere of the Tree of Life corresponds to the cycles governing natural phenomena. These were discussed in previous chapters. The point to note here is that the times for eating, exercising, having sex, performing certain types of work, meditating must not be dictated by our feelings, cravings, social or economic factors, but by the cyclical mechanisms governing nature.
The discipline of adhering to the cycles governing life that this sphere imposes upon us is for the sake of enabling us to succeed in the use of words of power, as their manifestations are ordered by the law of cycles in order to keep them from conflicting with each other. All hekau (plural of heka) are based on 50 single sounds units which are symbolized in the Phoenicial Kabalistical system as the 50 gates of Binah, or the Goddess Ama through which all things in the world come into being, and are recycled. In India she appears a Kundala or Kali, the Great Mother who wears the necklace of 50 skulls. As mistress of the words of power, and mother of all living things, she is depicted traveling in the boat of the star Sepdt (Sirius), which is propelled by 50 oarsmen. These sound units are distributed throughout the 14 chakras making up man’s subtle body. As this sphere corresponds to the highest manifestation of man’s spiritual power, it is the dwelling place of the power aspect of his spirit. In the Kamitic tradition it is the Shekem (Sahidic Coptic “Shkum”); in the Kabalistical, the Shekinah; in the Indus tradition, the Shakti.
Men who wielded this power were given the title of “Shekem”. In fact, this is the true title for the Kamitic king of kings. The term found its way into the Arabic where we find that the great royal leaders are called Sheik. In India the kundalini yogis are called shakta, and their counterpart further up north are called shamans. It is important to note that all of these cognate terms all begin with the letter “Sh”. Egyptologists commonly render the term as “Sekem”, even though many words written with the hieroglyph for “S” appear as “Sh” in the Coptic, Hebraic, and Phoenician. We see the same in the Hindu rendition of many Dravidian words. For example, Shakti and shakta are also rendered sakti and sakta.
Maat, pronounced “Ma-aut”, corresponds to the faculty within man wherein is intuited and experienced the urge to live truth (according to the laws of the indwelling self). The name and the meaning derived from the hieroglyph that is the phonetic symbol of “Maa”-the measure of a cubit. The connection of measurement with Truth is one of the most profound achievements of the African mind. We saw that the name of Maat’s compliment (brother/husband), Tehuti, is also based on the idea of measurement. When something, one side of an equation is known, it is because we have an objective standard, the other side of the equation, against which to measure it. Hence the “double measure” or “Tehu-ti”, the “utchau metut” (Weighing of Words) and the Weighing of the Heart judgment, etc.
The construction of all things and the unfolding of all events are based on universal patterns underlying the activities of all natural forces. While some of the patterns underlying physical phenomena have been discovered and codified by Western scientists (E.g., chemistry, physics), Africans and other Nonwestern people have discovered and codified the patterns governing our day to day existence and spiritual development. In other words, the quality of life, the destiny of men and nations are ruled by forces that are as measurable and subject to codification into immutable laws as are the factors governing physical and chemical phenomena. In the esoteric tradition, the branch of study governing these laws is Cosmology. The embodiment of these laws (moral canon), against which the actions and beliefs of Man are weighed/measured, is Maat.
By extension, the term ‘maat’ has several denotations in the everyday language of the Kamitic people; straight, rule, law, canon by which the lives of men is kept straight, real unalterable (“it, the law, hath never been altered since the time of Ausar”), upright, righteous and steadfast or consistent. The last correspondence, “steadfast or consistent”, is of extreme importance. In the Kamitic tradition, a person cannot claim that he is living truth if he has not been consistent in the observance of the spiritual laws at each and every crossroad situation. This is why it is said, “Today as Yesterday, Tomorrow as Today, is Truth!”
We have seen that the basis of Truth is living by a standard imposed by our essential divine nature. This leads unavoidably to the question of where does man find the strength to rise to a moral standard of which God is the standard of measure. In the Kamitic tradition the answer has been concealed in their metaphoric (so-called mythologic) mode of communicating spiritual scientific information. Maat is the daughter of Ra, we are told. But its meaning has been clouded by the popular belief that Ra represents the Sun, or the Sun God. “Ra”, pronounced Rau, and not Re (hence Aur-light; Aurum-gold, oro, Aura, Aurora, RAdiation, ARdent-fiery, etc.) corresponds to the solar energy or life force stored in physical bodies. It is the kundalini of the Hindus, the chi of Chinese metaphysics, Aganyu of the Yorubas, Dambadah Wedo of the Fons, etc.
An abundance of life force, which is required through proper diet, adequate exercise and the avoidance of sensual excesses, is required for developing the strength to live truth. The implications of this fact are that as long as people are kept ignorant of how to cultivate their life force, and worse, kept indulging in a lifestyle characterized by wrong diet, sexual excesses, etc., they will never intuit, understand, or find the strength to live truth. Society must then be doomed to ever deepening decadence. Salvation, they teach, can supposedly be achieved by asking for God’s forgiveness after a life of debauchery.
Maat is generally depicted as a woman holding the Ankh cross, symbol of the heka Aung, in one hand and the Papyrus scepter, representing the book of the law, in the other. On her head rests the feather—her main symbol— which is the standard against which the will (the heart/ab) of the initiate is weighed. In one pan of the scale is placed the heart and in the other, the feather, which symbolizes the lightness of truth, that is the absence of emotional force that characterizes the action of truth. A fact little known to Egyptologists is that in her furrow (a wrinkle in her face) lays concealed the scepter of flint which she confers upon the initiate after he has been found to be “true of heart” (to have lived truth). That it is to be used to kindle the fire of Ra, is a hint regarding the life force (kundalini) arousing power of living truth. This is the key of the supreme mantra caitanya (mantra awakening) secret that has eluded many yogis for millenniums.
Herukhuti, also called Heru-Behutet, is the divine principle that safeguards our existence from the injustices of others. It works sternly through the law that states that you reap what you sow. Be consistent in being just with others, and you will be spiritually protected by this divine power.
Its aggressive power is also the foundation of the temperament of natural athletes, warriors, business executives, and so on.
In the Kamitic tradition, it is the form in which Heru fights against Set in order to regain the throne (control over one’s life) that the latter usurped. The seeming contradiction that arises from considering Heru-Behutet “a form of Heru” is cleared up when we realize that ultimately there is only one Deity in the world, with different faculties. While Heru corresponds to the steady supply of noradrenalin that enables us to carry out all activities of externalization, Herukhuti (Heru-Behutet) corresponds to the extreme surges of adrenalin that support our aggressive, sexual arousal and immune responses.
There are a great deal of misunderstandings that have gained permanence in the thinking of the majority of “egyptologists”. Leading these is the popular misconception that Heru is the sun god. It is damaging on two counts. For one, it is a perversion of the true meaning of the deity, and for another, it perpetuates the slur that African people worship material things (sun, rivers, lakes, animals, etc.).
In a qualified sense we can say that the sun is used as a metaphor to lead thinking to the understanding of the set of phenomena under the control of the natural force labeled “Heru”. Specific to our present consideration is the division of the human metabolism into two phases; one is characterized by the rise of bodily temperature, and the other by its decrease. Each phase has its set of temperature (temperament) dependent or related physiological and psychical functions. Those that are directly related and dependent on the rise in temperature above the mean, can be metaphorized as “solar” (the very extreme stages, as martial). The opposite phase is assigned to “the moon”, “mercury” and “saturn”. The mean between those two extremes is assigned to “venus” and “jupiter”. Heru corresponds, therefore, to the “solar” phase of the psycho-physical metabolic cycle, which is mediated by noradrenalin and other chemicals of the sympathetic nervous system. It enables us to become and remain awake (Pert em Heru!), to externalize our focus of consciousness, to reason, pay attention, to carry out our will, to utilize the organs and faculties of external activity (eyes, frontal part of the cerebrum, hands, legs, etc.).
Heru corresponds to our will, which is the freedom to follow or reject divine law, and our emotions. This freedom is the crux of our divinity. Without it, man would be compelled to follow the structural shaping forces of order which manifest in the 10th sphere as the “instincts” that compel all other creatures to obey the law, in which case he could not be held accountable to law, human or divine, let alone be considered the “likeness of God”. Hence, spiritual growth occurs only when behavior and actions are initiated independent of emotional impulses (i.e., one ignores them). Many people are ignorant of the intrinsic freedom of their will, or are so habituated to acting out of emotional impulsion, or seeming compulsion, that they voluntarily renounce their intrinsic mastery over their spirit. This defaulting to the emotions is represented by Heru Khenti an Maati, or “Heru the Blind”.
The other common misconception about the will is the belief that “power” is an attribute of it. The ability to achieve one’s will is, therefore, spoken of as “strength of will”, etc. But the very factors that make the will intrinsically free of emotional (the power part of our being) influence, also denies it of power as its attribute. A major correspondence of Heru (Shango, the “sun”, etc.) is the king (and all people in authority). His function is to command the people and the army to carry out works. He does not have the power to do it himself. Similarly, when we declare our will to achieve a goal or carry out a behavior, we are commanding another part of our being which possesses the attributes of power. This is Ra, our life-force. It is of interest to note that the symbol of Ra is a serpent surmounting the solar disk, and all of its creative functions are carried out through the agency of hekau (words of power). We should not be surprised that the most primitive, hence most powerful part of our brain, the “reptilian brain” or R-complex, is responsive to sound waves and rhythm and not ideas.
Perhaps some day, Western psychologists will realize that this part of the brain is the doorway to the root shaping factors of our behavior, as well as the powers of nature. The supreme way, then, of willing events is through the chanting of the heka controlling the physical manifestation. This manner of declaring our will is symbolized by Heru-Pa-Khart (Harpocrates), i.e., “Heru, the child”. He is depicted emerging from a lotus wearing the red and white crown, holding the flail and crook (see Appendix A) in one hand, while making the sign of silence and of chanting hekau. The lotus, which is a flower that requires a great deal of sunlight (it closes with the setting sun, opens with its rising) is a symbol of the psychic centers (chakras) wherein manifest the forces represented by the words of power. The “sign of silence and chanting hekau,” which is made by pointing the index finger to the mouth, symbolizes chanting combined with the cessation of ideation as the supreme means of expressing the will.
Our willingness to carry out our will, as we all know so well, depends greatly on our state of vitality. Heru is assisted in his work of protecting the work of Ausar on our behalf by his four children; Hapi, who represents a northern force and protects the small viscera of the body; Tuamutef represents the eastern, and protects the heart and the lungs; Amset represents the southern, and protects the stomach and large intestines, and Qebhsennuf represents the western, and protects the liver and gall bladder.
There is more than just mere symbolism at work here. But the heart of the teaching is that by observing order, regularity, and the cycles governing the body’s functions, the health of the vital organs were insured, and thus the vitality. It is thus that we secure and preserve the ability to maintain the clarity of mind that is necessary for the practice of Men Ab, and the sense of vitality that supports our willingness to carry out our will. Compare this with the common belief, even among psychologists and “mind power experts”, that “will power” is developed through “mental exercises”.
All that strikes us as being “beautiful” – harmoniously juxtaposed forms – in the world is the work of the deity Het Heru. In human life this natural intelligence manifests itself as an artistic expression, social grace, charm, artistic as well as scientific invention, pleasure seeking, etc.
Het Heru has its seat in the gonads. Its Kamitic name is an indication of this fact. Het Heru literally means “house” (het) of Heru. Heru corresponds to those “solar” metabolic phase factors responsible for the virilization and masculinization of the adult male of the species. I.e., the metaphysical forces behind the production of androgen. In the Yoruba traditions, Heru is Shango, the patron of kings, who wears pants with exaggerated crotches to show that he “out-mans” all other men. With Het Heru, the emphasis is not on the hot gonadal expression of Heru, but on the cool, peaceful, joyous, refined charming, sexual arousal and seductive behavior that stimulates the production of estrogen and the female reproductive system.
Concealed from the knowledge of the majority of people is the fact that the sexual arousal is an expression of the arousal of the life force – Ra. In fact, during the earliest times in Kamitic history, Het Heru was considered the principle female counterpart of the “deity” Ra, and therefore the mother of the deities. Her dominion over the imagination is the rational for this association. The sensations of joy, pleasure (or negative feelings) are expressions of the arousal of the life force, and the images that form the content of the visualization or daydreams (dhyana) are the spiritual moulds (bodies of the deities, and energized thought forms – the “elementals” of European occultism) that guide the physical forces to the realization of their goals.
In her role as the imaginative faculty she is Nebt-Het, the Lordess of the House. This house, of course, is the spirit. This can be easily understood from the fact that all spiritual must be carried out through the concentration on images in a state of trance. Images + aroused life-force (Ra) + trance (mediumistic or waking) = spiritual realization (mundane or spiritual). Whoever remembers this formula, observes Maat, follows Tehuti, identifies with Ausar, will achieve all his needs in heaven and on earth.
In her role as the imagination she is also the “Eye (utchat) of Heru”. That is, the eye of the will, or simply, our ability to visualize what we want to achieve. When the Kamitic texts say that the deities whose bodies are composed of light nourish themselves on the celestial light supplied to them by the Eye of Heru, they are referring to the subtle luminous matter out of which our images are formed.
Sebek is the name given to the planet mercury by the Egyptians during the Greco-Roman time. Earlier it was called “Sebku.” In astrology, mercury is styled as “the messenger of the gods.” This is because it corresponds to the language verbalizing centers – Broca and Wernicke – that are located in the left hemisphere of the cerebrum. We must take note of the fact that all of our other faculties are only able to communicate sensations and images. Verbal thinking is a process of putting into verbal form (informing) what is felt, imaged or already known nonverbally. This will become very clear if you were to practice clipping your thoughts as soon as they begin to appear.
You will realize that even though you suppressed the completion of the sentence or paragraph, you are still able to know what the words were going to indicate. This is because the knowledge of what you clothe in thoughts precede the mental verbalization of such knowledge. Sebek translates these nonverbal messages into words. If the names, definitions, and logical activities concerning these nonverbal messages are in harmony with reality then the “way is open for the indwelling intelligence to extend its operations to the outer – career, marriage, etc. – part of our lives.” Otherwise, it is closed.
It is important to note that Western psychologists have overrated the value of this faculty, obviously for the fact that it is the foundation of their technological and commerce oriented culture. Their unqualified statement that it corresponds to language cannot be accepted. To be precise, it corresponds to verbalizing aspects of language. It does not have the ability to process meaning (to understand) which is the function of the right side of the brain, a fact that suggests how, and why the left side of the brain is the chief source of mischief in the world. Long before Western scientists even suspected about the dualization of the brain, the Kabalistical tradition had an extensive knowledge about it. Quoting from the Zohar in the Kabbalah Unveiled, S. L. MacGregor Mathers states that:
7. When the inferior man descendeth (into this world), like unto the supernal form (in himself), there are found two spirits. (So that) man is formed from two sides – from the right and from the left.
8. With respect unto the right side he had NShMThA QDIShA, Neschamotha Qadisha, the holy intelligences; with respect unto the left side, NPSh ChIH, Nephesh Chiah, the animal soul.
9. Man sinned and was expanded on the left side; and then they who are formless were expanded also. (That is those spirits of matter, who received dominion in the inferior paths of the soul of Adam, whence arouse concupiscence.).
There are few things that can rival the possession of a great deal of information without understanding.
Sebku, Sebek and Sobek are etymologically related to “Seb,” from whence “Seba” and “Sebau” are derived. As “Seb” (Geb) is a name for the Earth God, Sebek or Sebku corresponds to information derived from earthly experiences (from outside of our self, as opposed to the spiritually intuited wisdom). We also have “Sba,” to educate; “Sbau,” school; “Sbat,” pupils; and “Sbai,” teacher.
Sebek is the faculty that enables us to separate and label parts of a whole, or members of a group on the basis of their external differences. Without this faculty we would look at an event or thing, and not be able to distinguish its parts or phases. Yet, because of it we segregate things and events that belong together into air tight compartments, based on their superficial external differences, and thus create a host of problems in the world. This is the source of all the hypocritical acts, contradictions, and the failure to transfer what is learned in a situation to analogous situations.
The segregating function of Sebek is chiefly supported by the verbal functions of language; definitions, descriptions and naming. To define a thing is to explain what it is, and is not. I.e., to segregate it from other things. Few people know that verbal thinking, with its definitions and names, is an obstruction to acquiring the knowledge of reality. When most people look at a thing, or event, they fail to see what is really there because the Sebek faculty interposes the definitions and formulas that have been fed us via the educational process. Even where the definitions are useful and correct, there is still a process of substituting the symbols representing reality for the reality itself. Thus, to know reality, the thinking process must be stilled.
The Sebau (plural of Seba) are therefore all individuals whose lives are determined by earth-borne information, as opposed to spiritual teachings, and the intuitions from the wisdom faculty, Tehuti. This is why the Sebau were considered the enemies of Ra and of Ausar. I.e., earth-borne information closes the way to the development of our life-force and our spiritual growth.
Sobek corresponds to the side of Sebek as the guardian of the threshold. Sobek symbolized the crocodiles which closed the way to Arabians attempting to smuggle themselves into Kamit. We find the same throughout Africa where cognate deities like Elegba, etc. are also the guardian at the entrance of shrines, homes, etc.
Anpu – called Anubis by the Greek – and Ap-uat (opener of the way), two aspects of the mercurial principle Sebek, shared the duty of guiding the deceased in the underworld to Maat’s Hall of Justice, where the heart (will) is weighed. The deceased in this case are symbols of the person undergoing spiritual initiation, as it results in dying to certain things in the world, as well as to the personality (see Seker). This is why “reformed” Christians say that they are “born again.” The “underworld” (tuat, Amenta, etc.) corresponds to the “subconscious,” to which the focus of consciousness is transferred during trance.
Anpu and Ap-uat are depicted as canine headed men, because the faculty of cleverness, among others that they represent, is the dominant trait in dogs, foxes, jackals, etc. The ability of canines to learn to respond to a large number of verbal commands is also well known.
The Goddess Auset is the embodiment of those intuitive and instinctive faculties that lay deep within our psyche, governing our ability to care for and nurture others. People in whom this faculty is strongly developed are very protective, caring and nurturing. These qualities, amongst the Kamitians and other Africans, were most desirable in mothers and wives.
In traditional African culture, social role models are based on organized laws that take in and integrate all aspects of man’s being. It is an indisputable fact that women, as a whole, have a lower metabolic rate, and a higher para-sympathetic output than men. Among many functions, the para-sympathetic nervous system governs reproduction, gestation, and the trance states. These are the principles upon which women’s roles in traditional African culture are defined. Activities that over stimulate the sympathetic (military, hunting, those requiring psychic aggressiveness), or diminish the capacity of the para-sympathetic functions were discouraged in women. The toll to be paid is in the reduction of the quality of childbearing, social peace and harmony, and spiritual inspiration.
The latter is to be understood from the intimate relationship between the para-sympathetic and trance. As religion concerns itself with the inner realm of being, its main means, therefore, is the process of trance. It is a state in which an individual’s externalizing faculties are “detached from the will,” allowing the focus of consciousness to be internalized. Proficiency in this state of internalized consciousness gives the individual full acquaintance with the metaphysical realm. On one hand, communication becomes possible with the two classes of entities dwelling therein-the “living dead” (ancestors), and the spirits or natural intelligences (angels, deities) that administer the phenomena of the world.
On the other hand, first hand knowledge of man’s metaphysical vehicles (the deities of the tree of life making up his spiritual being), and his true relation with God, the divine laws, and the world is attained. Participation in African and Oriental rituals will reveal that women in general can enter into the states of trance with greater ease than men. This is why societies that utilize trance working in their religious practices have a greater appreciation and respect for women, and protect their capacity for prophetic inspiration by safeguarding them from such activities as soldiering, policing, etc.
Auset as “Mother of all living things,” corresponds to the stage of conception of the will to achieve a specific goal. This conception, the uniting of the will (an image of what is to be achieved) to the life-force, (Ra) is achieved through mediumistic trance. It is interesting to note that in the Kamitic language the word “Tut” means “to clothe”, Image, “to beget”, etc. Out of ignorance, most of the time that people declare the will to achieve a specific goal they are in a state of externalized consciousness (non-emotional state), or verbalize it, and therefore fail to impress the idea upon the life-force.
The same name, “Mother of the Gods and the living”, is made for Het-Heru, but her function deals with the gestation of the impregnated idea (daydreams in which we are enjoying the objective). In our discussion of Ausar above, we discussed the origin and meaning of Auset’s name. We must add that her “special name” as Khenemet Aunkhet, also conceals the fact that she is also to be invoked through the heka “Aung” (Aunk-note that g and k are interchangeable). In this role she shares many of the attributes of the Dravidian White Tara Goddess who combines both the qualities of Ausar and Auset. This name Khenemet Aunkhet which denotes the Water of life and fertility" is also applied to Het-Heru. As such she corresponds to the Dravidian Green Tara. The healing and fertility giving powers of this heka “Aung Tang” has been proven many times in the Auset and Het-Heru shrines of the Ausar Auset Society.
It has just begun to dawn, in the past decade or so, on Western scientists that the manner in which the earth maintains the equilibrium in the fluxes, and utilization of water, heat, carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, and the myriad of substances necessary to maintain life, resembles so much the picture of the homeostatic functions in living creatures, that the science of geology is best redefined as physiology, and the earth looked at as a living entity. This emerging science, which considers the earth a living being, is called Gaia. Over 6000 years ago, our African ancestors called it Geb.
Not only did they consider the earth to be alive, they noted that it played a major role in man’s spiritual development. As Seb, the divine goose, the earth God broods upon the egg within which man’s earthly experiences unfold. I.e., our earthly life is the embryonic stage of our spiritual development. The earthly demands, rewards (carrot on the stick!), and pressures of existence prod us toward the awakening of our spiritual talents and powers. Recall what was said about our mortality and vulnerability in the discussion of Seker. In this role as divine oxgoad, Geb is called the Erpau of the Gods. That is, it has inherited the role of the deities as the initiator of man’s spiritual evolution.
This is important as most people think of the earth in terms of its imprisonment of man’s consciousness, without considering the fact that at the same time it provides the stimulus for escaping it. According to the Pert em Hru (The Book of the Dead), the righteous were provided with words of power that allowed them to escape the earth, while the wicked (materialists) were held fast by Seb. It must be noted that inherent in the function of the earth as the imprisoner of consciousness, and oxgoad toward spiritual development, is its role as verifier of spiritual development. A proof of spiritual development is the ability to rise above the emotional and sensual influences, which after all, are expressions of the animal (earthly) part of being; the ability to learn independently of externals, i.e., from within; the ability to control, or influence earthly events (in our bodies and environment) through the power of our life-force at the command of our will.