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Title: My name is Sesbetisenu.
Post by: Sesbetisenu2 on September 14, 2020, 03:53:40 pm
Em Hotep!

Okay. Here goes nothing.

A very long time ago, probably around 2003, I was divined as a child of Wepwawet-Yinepu and Sekhmet-Hethert. I drifted away. Now, I hear my Parents calling me back. I'm hesitant, because I don't know how receptive the community will be to someone who abandoned the temple for so long in favor of other deities. I won't say it was a mistake, per se, because the journey was necessary to my spiritual growth. I am just unsure as to how to proceed now. I have forgotten so much, and my life is in shambles.

Dua Netjer!
Dua Wepwawet!
Dua Sekhmet!
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Post by: Bastmuttepta on September 14, 2020, 03:56:38 pm
Em hotep and welcome back, Sesbetisenu!

Everyone’s journey is personal and many of us have taken time away to pursue other paths or just deal with life. There’s no shame in that. <3 I joined the temple back in 2010 and have spent periods of time away attempting to deal with life, delving into Wicca, etc. Somehow I’m always led back home in the end ;)

It’s good to meet you. Sekhmet is my first Beloved so She holds a very special place in my heart.

Senebty,

Tepta
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Post by: Rev. Ma'atnofret on September 14, 2020, 04:10:31 pm
Em hotep and welcome back!
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Post by: Iau on September 14, 2020, 04:11:53 pm
Welcome back!

I first came to the temple around 2016 or 2017 and had to duck out shortly after Wep Ronpet of 2017 due to real life stresses and just generally going through an intense fallow period. I just came back a couple of months ago myself. The absence perhaps wasn't as long as yours, but all this to say drifting in and out can be quite normal I think. Our life paths are all different, and that's a beautiful thing!
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Post by: Asetmehheri on September 14, 2020, 04:21:18 pm
Em hotep and welcome back. :) As others have said, drifting away and returning is pretty common. <3
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Post by: Rev. Tjesi on September 14, 2020, 05:15:47 pm
You are most welcome back! I'm the assistant webmaster, please let me know if you need any help with anything!

Tjesi
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Post by: Padememheru on September 14, 2020, 05:17:53 pm
Em hotep Sesbetisenu and welcome home.  :)
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Post by: Senuwierneheh on September 14, 2020, 05:56:57 pm
Em hotep and welcome back, Sesbetisenu!

I'm glad Wepwawet and Sekhmet led you back home!

Senebty,
Neheh....
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Post by: Nesiwepwawet on September 14, 2020, 06:10:02 pm
I understand that hesitancy, I was gone for 18 years. I've been back just over a year now and sometimes it feels like I never left. There is no judgment here, and a person's path can take them far and wide before they finally return home, I think we all realize that.


Welcome back!


~ Nesi
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Post by: Rev. Shezatwepwawet on September 14, 2020, 06:34:39 pm
Em hotep and welcome back Sebetisenu!
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Post by: Tjemsy on September 14, 2020, 06:48:48 pm
Em hotep, Sekhmet sibling! I'm Tjemsy, good to meet you. I am glad you are here. <3

We get returning members, including those who have been gone for long periods, fairly regularly, including

- people who left for another path/other deities, and then came back when they found out that wasn't for them after all
- people who left for another path/other deities, came back, and continued to practice the other paths/work with the other deities
- people who left for another path/other deities, came back, and continued to practice only some of the other paths/work with only some of the other deities
- people who left for another path/other deities at Netjer's behest, came back, and may or may not continue to practice the other paths/work with the other deities
- people who left for another path/other deities and came back more than once, for any number of reasons

Whether or not people stop practicing Kemeticism entirely or just leave the House while continuing to work with Netjer during these times seems to vary, as well.

We also have a number of members who are multi-trad. Sometimes people were already pursuing other paths/working with other deities when they came to the House. Sometimes the other paths/other deities happened while they were already Kemetic/with the House, but they never left Kemeticism/the House. Sometimes people were already doing multiple things at the same time from the very beginning, and continue to do multiple things now.

What I'm meaning to say is, you're not alone, and these things happen. Netjer understands and wants what's best for us. Sometimes that does involve leaving and coming back, or doing multiple things while here. <3
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Post by: Sedjosrysekhmet on September 14, 2020, 07:43:45 pm
Em Hotep Sekhmet-Sibling! I'm so pleased to meet you! Welcome back !
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Post by: Shaseni on September 14, 2020, 07:49:08 pm
Em hotep! It's lovely to meet you, Sesbetisenu. You are certainly welcome, or welcome back again! Like Zep Tepi, it sounds like a chance to renew.

How to proceed now? I'd make sure that your email address is current with the House so you get the nightly event announcement email. I also send out monthly newsletters to those addresses. You can read the current one here: https://www.netjer.org/forums/index.php?topic=24449.0

We still have IRC going, though official Duas are also simulcast in a special Discord channel. So if forums aren't your thing, but more conversational chat is—albeit religion centered—and you like a sense of community, you might like to consider the Official House of Netjer Discord server. You can find out how to join here: http://www.kemet.org/members/discord-info

I look forward to meeting you again online!

Senebty,
Shaseni


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Post by: Tatuayinepu on September 14, 2020, 08:31:18 pm
Welcome back and nice to meet you!
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Post by: Sesbetisenu2 on September 14, 2020, 08:57:18 pm
I understand that hesitancy, I was gone for 18 years. I've been back just over a year now and sometimes it feels like I never left. There is no judgment here, and a person's path can take them far and wide before they finally return home, I think we all realize that.


Welcome back!



Wow, 18 years? That's about as long as I've been gone. I've just submitted an application to take the beginner's class again because I have forgotten so much. Do you think that's a good idea?
~ Nesi
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Post by: Bawysudjawi on September 14, 2020, 09:00:20 pm
Em hotep & welcome back!
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Post by: Shukheperas_ankhi on September 14, 2020, 09:29:46 pm
Em hotep and welcome back!

I don't think I have anything new to say - just echoing everyone else - we all have our paths, and it usually isn't a straight line.  I think I see that you've asked if you should re-take the beginner's class - I say yes!  Go for it!  And if you want to take a peek at things, you can find the lessons on the forums as well. 
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Post by: Nesiwepwawet on September 14, 2020, 10:13:34 pm
Wow, 18 years? That's about as long as I've been gone. I've just submitted an application to take the beginner's class again because I have forgotten so much. Do you think that's a good idea?

I was in the class of 2001 (went to retreat that same year) and yep I came back just before Wep Ronpet last year :)

I think if you feel called to or more comfortable with re-taking the beginner's class, absolutely go for it! It's a great way to re-familiarize yourself with everything, and it definitely can't hurt, so why not!

I decided not to re-take the beginner's class because I felt I'd kept fairly current on my Kemetic practice, even when I was severely wandering for a chunk of years (including other paths) I always tried to stay current and it was always calling me back / pulling at me. I actually found I remembered quite when I came back which was quite a feat for my brain :)

When I came back, I did speak with Hemet via email and just kind of gauge 'how' I could/should come back so to speak just so I could have feedback, it was mentioned I could come back at any level I felt comfortable with -- from the beginning all the way up to the level I was at when I left -- so that was very helpful. I came back as a Shemsu at first and after several months "re-upped" to Shemsu-Ankh. I did definitely run my own refresher through the beginner's lessons in the member's area.

It's been quite the experience over the last year and I'm glad to be back! Being at a completely different stage of my life (nearly 20 years, woo boy) brings an incredible new perspective on being a part of this community.

By the way I see your username has a "2" on it, if you need help with that, if you need help to re-gain access to your old account (if it still exists), Rev. Tjesi could probably help with that.

~ Nesi
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Post by: Sesbetisenu2 on September 14, 2020, 10:25:32 pm
Nesi,

Wow, Thank you so much for your insight. I really appreciate it. I have emailed Hemet and told her my tale of woe.  ::) I will defer to her what I should do, but I think taking the beginner class again will be good for me. I need to feel accomplished at something and that will help.

What other paths did you follow, if you don't mind me asking? I was working with the Norse pantheon for 10 years (especially with one particular trickster god who kind of helped me ruin my life.  :-X)

My cat keeps jumping on my keyboard

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Post by: Kesitepwysenu on September 15, 2020, 12:38:14 am
Something must be in the air! I was divined in 2005 and have kind of drifted in and out since then. My parents called me back hard this year. I’ve found that  Netjeru in particular are very nurturing, caring, and protective: things I think we all have needed in this strange climate we find ourselves in. I wasn’t expecting it, but they have proven themselves to me many times this year when I really needed it, and I’m feeling pulled to where I’m being fed. You aren’t alone!
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Post by: Ra'awyserqet on September 15, 2020, 01:26:14 am
Em hotep and welcome back!
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Post by: Sobekemiti on September 15, 2020, 06:08:52 am
Em hotep and welcome back!

As someone who was away from the House for a decade before also being called back this past year, I feel you. <3 I did a lot of wandering through different paths in that time, but all necessary to get me to where I am now. <3
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Post by: Temimensenu on September 15, 2020, 11:15:11 am
Em hotep and welcome back!
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Post by: Sesbetisenu2 on September 15, 2020, 01:30:35 pm
Thanks everyone! I feel so at peace right now. I feel my Father's energy wrapping me in a protective shroud, and I know I'm going to be okay, for the first time in a long time.

I told my partner about my decision today at breakfast. He fully supports me and wishes me well. :-) I can't wait to start studying and interacting again. I'm eager, but not frantic. I know I have time. You know, like, the rest of my life in this body, maybe more. Heh.

The Way has been opened!
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Post by: Hakenensenu on September 15, 2020, 03:53:42 pm
Em Hotep!

Welcome back, please reach out if you need anything! I'm happy to be an ear, or a sounding board!!!

I'm always glad to see people explore themselves and grow, and I find people come back when they feel it's time if they want to! <3

Much love,
Hakenensenu

Dua Wepwawet!
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Post by: Asethepetwi on September 15, 2020, 04:00:32 pm
Em hotep and Welcome back! <3
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Post by: Yinepuemsaes on September 16, 2020, 06:14:33 pm
Welcome back!
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Post by: Senushemi on September 17, 2020, 10:10:41 pm
/waves the "senu" flag

Welcome back Sesbetisenu!
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Post by: Tanebet on September 19, 2020, 02:08:01 am
Em Hotep and welcome back!
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Post by: Rev. Raheri on September 19, 2020, 06:04:55 pm
Em hotep and welcome back.
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Post by: Rev. Sehedjef on September 19, 2020, 07:37:21 pm
Em hotep and welcome back!  ^_^