Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Kemetic transformation and more from Awakening Osiris

The next excerpt I am previewing from Awakening Osiris is from Chapter 6, The History Of Creation:

I make my changes in secret like an insect in its chrysalis, like lead into gold, the man in his mummy, the sanity in madness. Transformation is intellect, will, purpose, desire. Die. Be born. Bring forth labors and love. Let the invisible be in the visible. Name yourself in your heart and know who you are.

This strikes a chord for me as I am absolutely certain that the Ancient Kemetics knew about the secrets of our soul in relation to birthing and dieing and metamorphic processes that occur therein. The mummy image and the images that were painted or crafted on coffins and sarcophagi suggest that the insect world is not the only kingdom that experiences this. The Lion Path, which I mentioned in my very first blog post, also brings this fact to the fore.

Were the great adepts of the time locked away in meditation / transformation in the "sarcophagi" of pyramids for this reason? If indeed we do metamorphose, how is the process initiated and how did we lose knowledge of this if it meant immortality?

2 comments:

  1. I just finished "Temple of the Cosmos." It's been very interesting to see a lot of my thoughts and impressions show up there.

    The whole "corn mummy" theme, and the images of wheat sprouting from the body of Osiris also relates, and goes far beyond the "gotta get the crops to grow this year".

    One thing that's become clear to me- all the esoteric knowledge should be worked out before you die. Putting the funerary literature (Pyramid Texts and the rest) in the tomb is just a bit of extra insurance. It's like you are making a trip to somewhere you are already familiar with, but you have a map or nav device in your car anyway, just in case there's construction or an accident.

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  2. On the "How did we lose knowledge of this?"

    You've got to admit, it's pretty esoteric. I suspect that in Egypt most people just picked it up by basking in it their whole lives. But it's a lot of work- you need to pass through gates, know the names of things, etc.

    When Christianity first showed up, it certainly looked easier- just believe and get dunked in water, and you're in. And it wasn't tied into the whole social hierarchy, with everyone's salvation depending on table scraps from the King.

    The esoteric knowledge went underground with Hermeticism, but there just weren't enough people to keep the knowledge of how to read hieroglyphs going. And the texts were purged and destroyed...

    One of the interesting things these days is that the whole "believe and banish all doubt" thing has become increasingly difficult for people. So they are cut out of the whole Christian thing. It's not so easy any more!

    Ironically, the NTR never seem to have put a great value on blind faith.

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