Initiation ~ Awakening
ART : ‘Bast’ ~ Susan Seddon Boulet (Right)
Chapter – ‘Mist and Re-Awakening’ :
‘Do you remember what I told you in Egypt before your initiation?’ ‘if you fall, you have to experience all your initiation dreams in reality on earth, for dreams are nothing other than realities in the non-material, vision-forming energy world of mankind. And what you call ‘reality’ is also only a ‘dream’ … only a projection of the self which has been dreamed into the material plane, into the atmosphere of the earth. And all the tests which you failed to pass once, or even several times, come again and again in your life so that you can again become an initiate, a useful co-worker in the great plan.’
ART : ‘Maat’ ~ by Ptah Bey @ Fine Art America (Left)
And I jump up, from one to the next, easily, happily, and joyously … ‘I know the way’ … I remember … Oh God! I remember! All these events I’ve been experiencing several thousand years ago in my initiation in the pyramid. At that time all these events were lying in the depths of my soul as unconscious, still latent energies, still pure cause. This is because everything that happens here on earth is the materialisation of a complete, accomplished cause waiting on the spiritual plane for materialisation. When one achieves the ability consciously to reach the depths of the self where those energies are awaiting their realisation, one experiences cause simultaneously with the effect – the future – as a complete and perfect present!
And the present, our life, everything that happens to us is merely an opportunity to relax the tensions and dissolve away the stresses we have stored up within ourselves, for aeons and aeons of time, by our thoughts, words and deeds . . . The tensions and stresses that are the cause of our destiny, our future. To the extent that we are able to become conscious of these tensions and overcome them, we free our human consciousness which is tied down by these energies and limited because it is tied down, and we identify our consciousness with the true divine self waiting behind every personal feeling of ego ~ we identify ourselves with God.
ART : The daily journey of Ra during the hours of the day, the IV and the V hour (from the Ceiling of the Hypostyle Hall of the Temple of Hathor at Iunet/Dendera, first strip east):
In the middle register ~
–at left, the IV Hour: Ra is represented inside the Sun, ram-headed, holding the Ankh and the Uas-scepter of Power and Dominion, and is flanked by Thoth (ibis-headed) and Bastet making adorations to Him; behind Bastet, on the stern, is represented a Falcon-headed God steering the Sacred Bark; behind Thoth is represented Montu (falcon-headed) spearing the cursed apophis (the enemy of the Gods, here depicted as a man with asiatic features); on the bow is represented a human-headed bird (the Ba/Soul), and in front of Him the Goddess of the fourth hour of the day, wearing the Solar Crown;
–at right, the V hour: Ra is represented inside the Sun, falcon-headed, wearing the Solar Crown with the Uraeus, holding the Uas-Scepter, and is flanked by Thoth (at right), Isis and Bastet (at left) making adorations to Him; behind Bastet, on the stern, is represented a God steering the Sacred Bark; behind Thoth is represented Montu (falcon-headed) spearing the cursed apophis; on the bow is represented a sacred Black Bull, and in front of Him the Goddess of the fifth hour of the day, wearing the Solar Crown.
In the upper and in the lower register ~ the Divine Souls and Blessed Spirits (the four sailors holding oars, serpents with human legs and arms, serpent-headed birds, and human-headed birds) Who worship. assist and protect Ra during His Daily Journey
And that is INITIATION!
‘The self is life and the only reality, and whoever is initiated into the self – and in this way has come to know himself completely – loves everything and everyone equally, for he is one with them’.
ART : Amulet of the Goddess Bastet enthroned, holding an Hathoric sistrum on Her lap; each side of the throne is decorated with twin figues of Nehebkau.
ca. 1070-664 BCE; now in the Houston Museum