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Title: KEMET THIS WEEK, Episode 9, 08/28/2009
Post by: Senushemi on December 29, 2009, 09:48:26 pm
KEMET THIS WEEK – PODCAST #9



Hello everybody, and welcome to “Kemet this Week.”

So, how’s your Ka doing?  The Ka, that’s K – A, is a spiritual concept analogous to the Western concept of the soul.  In reality, the Ka is just one of many pieces including the Ka, the Ba, the Khaibit, and so on, that all go together to make a complete human soul, but I’ll save the heavy theology for another discussion.  Bottom line, it’s kind of like your heart, and everyone knows how important a light heart is to our people, especially when you’re standing before the gods and the scales come out!

What else do we know about hearts?  Hearts can get broken, hearts can ache, and hearts can get sick.  Most of us don’t exactly live in a healthy emotional environment when you get right down to it.  If you want reasons to be depressed about the world and the state it’s in, look no further than your radio, your television set, or just off your front porch.  The effects of Isfet surround us every single day and it can get overwhelming sometimes.  Even when things are going just right, sometimes we still need a little positive re-enforcement.  For example; me, I’m very light-sensitive, and out here by the Temple it has been raining; and I don’t just mean rain, I mean thunderstorms, flash-flooding warnings, the whole works for just about 3 days now.  I don’t know about you but 3 days without sunlight brings me pretty down low.

Our Faith has an important concept for times like this.  It’s called “feeding your Ka,” giving your soul the basic nourishment it needs to stay healthy and strong.  Your Ka needs the same things as your physical body does, like regular exercise and good nutrition.  If you let it lie on the metaphorical couch all day and fill it with junk food, well, you can imagine what you’ll end up with.  So, what should we feed our Kau with, and how?

At the simplest level, feeding your ka can just entail doing something nice for yourself, taking a rest, clearing your head.  It may sound funny in a way that our religion actually specifies that it is important to treat yourself nicely.  I mean, duh, right?  But think about it this way.  If you don’t take care of yourself, if you don’t respect yourself enough to nourish your own heart and soul, how can you possibly take care of the people around you?  Besides, life is filled with challenges, and if you’re not of sound mind and in fighting shape, a lot of opportunities to spread ma’at to others might very well pass you by.  People sometimes mistake feeding your Ka for self-indulgence.  It’s easy to understand the confusion, since the two concepts aren’t entirely separate.  I’ve indulged in a little retail therapy from time to time, most people have. The trick is, don’t let feeding your Ka become an excuse for materialistic excess.  If you’re acquiring stuff to fortify your soul, all you’re going to end up with is the same old blues, and a lot of stuff you don’t need.  In this world, everybody wants to sell you something to make you feel better.  Buy this shiny new junk, or pop this shiny new pill, it’s all the same song and dance.  But the right way to feed you Ka is to find out what will make you truly happy and fulfilled, not what some pitch man on T.V. says.

I apologize for the cliché, but more often than not, the best things in life are pretty close to free.  Me?  I’m going to finish this podcast and put on a B.B. King record.  I’m going to head out tomorrow morning with some of my fellow faithful, visit a local cemetery, and take some time to celebrate my Akhu; then I’ll be going out to dinner with some old, close friends to share some good food, good drink, and good conversation.

That’s the way to do it, and this has been “Kemet this Week.”  Take care, feed your Ka, and I’ll see you next Friday.