Friday, 13 April 2012

Gnosis (and sacred purpose)


“I love that wonderful picture of the statue of Set. Magnificent! Do you feel particularly drawn to Set and if so, what draws you?”


The above was asked of me in an email written me recently from one of my teachers, whom I had just provided with the link to this blog. I had been deliberating over the reply, and I guess it has eventuated in this post.


Set and the Egyptian Pantheon represent to me the closest expressions of “god” that resonate with my frequency. My “soul”. My being.


I mentioned in a post earlier this year :


When trying to articulate the absolute I reference Netjer. That I know of the existence of Netjer is a better statement for me in contrast to saying that I believe that Netjer exists.


I mentioned in that post that I didn’t want to go into the mechanics of the “knowing" that I referred to at the time - this current post serves that purpose.

Gnosis is defined by Wikipedia  as “spiritual knowledge”,  and best summed up: “Gnosis itself is and was obtained through understanding at which one can arrive via inner experience or contemplation such as an internal epiphany for example”


Many years ago when I was studying as an actor, I remember having a heated discussion with a self-professed atheist.


He was convinced that there was “nothing” beyond the physical reality of what our 5 senses revealed. (I steer away from “debates” like this now and prefer to interact with those on a similar wavelength of understanding to mine  – otherwise it is like arguing with a blind man about the nature of color and whether it exists or not).


The point I kept returning to in that discussion was this: Who / What breathes us? Why are we animated with life and from whence does that Source come? In my mind, the fact of our very existence presupposed a Divine Presence of some sort, and at the time I was tearing apart every metaphysical and theosophical book that I could get my hands on to find out What!!


That I know is one thing, and my “Kemetic practice” is a continued exploration and deepening of that knowledge and understanding. But then I came across this guy whose life goal is to meet the gods in person. And that got me to thinking, “why don’t I have the same goal?” I wondered then, just how deep my gnosis really is, and if in this light, it might need to be redefined as faith, which I balk against.


Why don’t I seek to meet the Netjeru "in person" also? I do believe that They could manifest as Their images in flesh bodies if They wanted to, but the fact that They do not means something also. I could go into how They can be found in nature, in every person you meet etcetera but that is not, I suspect, what Mr. Rogue Priest is after either.


Perhaps we can only know and understand so much when it comes to the Divine? Like if we stare at the sun too long, we burn our retina. Ra reveals Himself at a distance and with Great Presence but will not allow complete and direct contact like that.


The theatre of our lives depends on a large degree our not being aware of the fourth wall and the mechanics of the backstage technicians. But exploring the sacred indeed does mean a peeping behind the curtain either for confirmation or pure curiosity satiation. I think learning this information comes at a price.


To answer the very original question at the beginning of this post: yes, I am drawn to Set but as yet can not say exactly why. Why He has taken place at head of my personal approach to deity I am only beginning to suspect, and I think that that has something to do with why Ra chose Him to man the prow of the Divine Barque: because he is the only One strong enough for the task.


The knowledge I possess is finding its way into the world now through my paintings, music (I am half of an electronic duo), and my writing. Every step further into these artistic realms brings me closer to Netjer, and closer to my Sacred Purpose.

This post represents my second “G” submission for The Pagan Blog Project.


The very first manifestations of the Sweet Goddess Of Truth on my easel, Lady Maat









1 comment:

  1. Mikhael, thank you for mentioning my journey. The gods can without a doubt be found in nature and in each one of us but you're right, that's not what I mean. I mean a good old fashioned nigh-impossible Gilgamesh style ends-of-the-earth quest to meet them.

    This often raises eyebrows, so I explained it in more detail here if you're interested:
    http://roguepriest.net/2011/08/15/what-do-you-mean-meet-the-gods/

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