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Ancient Egyptian Wisdom ... Daily Practice

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Welcome to The Udjat, the blog of the Center for the Restoration of Ma'at

Thanks for reading the first post of the new blog for the Center for the Restoration of Ma'at! I am ecstatic that you've found your way here. We believe that in the creation of our blog, we are attempting to fill a critical void in our public discourse. With so many indications that we have strayed far from our traditional values, it should be clear that we should be grasping for spiritual and ideological paradigms which can yoke us back from the brink of annihilation.

Why are so few looking to the example given to us by over two millennia of Ancient Egyptian civilization, the ideal of Ma'at? Unfortunately these teachings, when not maligned by the very spiritual systems that they spawned (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), remain in the monochromatic domain of "egyptology". The Center for the Restoration of Ma'at seeks to make the spiritual teachings of Kemet live once more. This blog and the accompanying website will continue to provide a practical, contemporary approach to living "The Legacy" as described by Chief Priest of the Shrine of Ptah, Heru Ankh Ra Semahj Se Ptah. Here is today's simple exercise to commence on this rewarding road. They will increase in complexity:

Try to schedule this exercise at precisely the middle of the day (12 noon). Think about how this time is an analogy for the balance and harmony that we must achieve in our lives. Find a quiet space for approximately 10 minutes. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and visualize an ostrich feather (or any other feather that might be easier to visualize). Imagine this feather and picture it's relative weightlessness as it is in free fall in a room without a floor and without definitive colors or boundaries. After 5 minutes of this exercise, clear this image from your mind and attempt to simply sit with a "quiet" mind. Try not to focus on any particular thought and attempt to completely distance yourself from the surrounding environment. Return to the great formless ocean which existed before creation, the Nun (pronounced like "noon" or "no-ooon"). After completing this meditative exercise, consider whether the balance (pun intended) of your day is more serene. More to come very soon! Shem Hetep!

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