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 What is Kemetic Spirituality?

 

The Two Roads to Kemetic Spirituality

It is important to understand that Kemetic Spirituality is not just about learning the history or the Kemetic people and then imitating their way of life.  True Kemetic Spirituality recognizes that there is only one God whom they may call Neter, Netchar or Nebertchar (the Supreme Being), who is the Creator of Everything. However, to distinguish us from animals the Creator gave human beings a soul, which we must develop spiritually by uniting it with our Higher Self, to avoid animalistic/egotistical behavior. Therefore, the purpose of Kemetic Spirituality is to be less ego-centered by raising our consciousness and aligning it with our Higher Self. This can be accomplished in several ways and the methods used determine the actual Kemetic paths, which can be grouped into two categories: Kemetic Reconstructionists and Kemetic Shamans.

Kemetic Reconstructionists (KR) are usually individuals who focused on reconstructing the Kamitic/Kemetic religion of old. As a result, most KRs rely heavily on the Kemetic spiritual texts such as the Pert em Hru (so-called Egyptian Book of the Dead), the Pyramid Texts, the 42 Laws of Ma’at (the model for Moses’ Ten Commandments), etc.  Most KRs may have one shrine will a host of Kemetic icons on it to demonstrate balance, which in this sense is very similar to the original Roman Catholic religion prior to the Council of Nicaea.  The various divinities or so-called gods and goddesses are archetypes or emissaries of God like how the saints are representatives of God in Roman Catholicism.

The central theme in most KRs practice is the worship of the Kemetic Asar (Osiris), Aset (Isis) and Hru (Horus) who are viewed as the first and original divine trinity.  However, unlike the Christian trinity which was created thousands of years ago after the Kemetic trinity.  Asar, Aset and Hru are not worshipped in the literal sense but are contemplated upon from a metaphysical perspective. 

This is based upon the understanding that the Kemetic Hru (Heru, Hrw or Horus in Greek) is the original prototype or avatar of Jesus who was born of virgin birth, identified by a star in the east, adorned by three kings, a teacher at 12 years of age, performed miracles, baptized at 30, crucified, rose from the dead, etc. 3000 years before the birth of Jesus. As a result, Hru is worshipped like Jesus is worshipped with the distinction being that the Kemetic hero is not seen as the literal savior of humanity, but rather as a divine energy or divine archetype that exists within everyone. In other words, everyone has this divine heroic energy within them and by learning how to tap into this divine energy. They can use it to save themselves.

Therefore, most KR practices revolve around meditation and meditative practices that focus on aligning one’s consciousness with their Higher Self to become the living embodiment of Hru or Asar-like, hence Christlike.  The reason most of the KR practices focus so heavily on meditation is because meditation is one of the most powerful techniques used to overcome one’s ego (or lower self). Because spiritual development or the elevation of the consciousness cannot occur through just the recitation of scriptures but through actual living. Meditation is used as a tool to connect the divine power within and unite it with our soul.  Through KR meditation a divine awakening occurs, which is equivalent to receiving the Holy Ghost in Protestant Christianity, but to maintain this divine energy one must regularly practice being Asar-like.

Kamitic Shamans or Kemetic Shamans (KS) are individuals who use the Kemetic philosophy as the core of their spiritual tradition and combine it with other practices (e.g. prayer, meditation, herbology, magic, crystals, rituals, etc.) and adopt and borrow from other cultural influences - particularly  Diasporic African practices since Kemet is recognized as the Cradle of African Spirituality- to transcend the ego to achieve a tangible goal. Most KS believe they are called to this path and as a result, learn particularly through trial-and-error. Many believe that Kemetic Shamanism is the path that was created prior to the creation of organized dogmatic religions, therefore it is free of religious fundamentalism and dogma.

   

Unlike KR who focus on regular spiritual practices to transcend the ego, KS focus on transcending their ego whenever they cannot accomplish a tangible goal. By theory, whenever we have extinguished all our resources and cannot achieve a physical goal, we must reach out to the spiritual realm to acquire positive change. The inability to achieve a tangible goal after extinguishing one’s resources reveals the limitations of the ego and therefore requires one to rely upon the more unlimited Higher Self.

Spiritual development in Kemetic Shamanism occurs when the adherent sees the limitations and shortcomings of their ego and, must transcend their egotistical behavior to achieve a goal. For instance, if a person is ill and having problems recovering after taking medication and supplements.  A KS may reveal that the reason the individual is having difficulty recovering is because they have a negative outlook, are selfish, they disrespected their ancestors, and/or some other reason.  The physical problem, obstacle or difficulty is a ploy to get them to tap into their Higher Self and discover the power within them. 

Kemetic spirituality is growing in popularity because it focuses on knowing God and not upon the belief in God.  As a result, followers can experience God for themselves and change their lives using the power of God, instead waiting for some religious official to do so. In other words, Kemetic spirituality delivers what is promises now instead of waiting for it in the hereafter, which is an improved relationship with the Divine.  Overall, Kemetic spirituality delivers peace of mind. 

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