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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Devotion and Creation
« on: May 04, 2020, 05:00:36 pm »
Those are lovely!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Not a reintroduction
« on: May 01, 2020, 06:50:57 am »
Welcome, Selene!

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: I can’t communicate with the gods?
« on: September 24, 2019, 06:50:39 am »
Em Hotep! Everyone here has had some great advice. I can't necessarily help you with improving your ability to "hear" Them, since I'm not particularly good at communicating with the Unseen. But I did want to say that it's okay if you are not as good at that as it feels like everyone else is. It's easy to get the impression that everyone else is having casual conversations with the Names all the time, but I don't think that's really true. I'm sure there are plenty of other people out there like me for whom it's more like the Netjeru are yelling and frantically waving and I'm just hearing a whisper. Maybe it is something that improves over time, but there's also value in connection with them even if you don't get an obvious response. It probably doesn't mean they're upset with you, and I don't think you're at all alone and not getting frequent, obvious, and clear communication.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Reality Check?
« on: September 20, 2019, 10:02:26 am »
It's okay! I was anxious today anyway about something else, so it wasn't you don't worry. I do think discussions about this are important to have sometimes. I'm thinking that we might actually be on the same page and just describing it differently, actually  :)

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Reality Check?
« on: September 20, 2019, 09:41:32 am »
I guess my concern is that if we use subjective morality basically anything could be justified? For example, I feel that oppression is inherently wrong, but if morality is subjective than nothing is inherently wrong because someone out there thinks it's right? And that stresses me out a lot.

That's not specifically a spiritual issue though - it's something that I get anxious about in other moral discussions too.

I guess I also struggle to understand what Ma'at is, if not the force of balance in the world that brings us back to Zep Tepi. And Zep Tepi is good, so Ma'at is also good by extension, and anything that hurts is only hurting because it needs to happen for our future wellbeing, like setting a broken bone.

As opposed to things like oppression, abuse, and so on, which just hurt people.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Reality Check?
« on: September 20, 2019, 06:36:21 am »
I see a lot of "Ma'at is not inherently good, so the Netjeru can do Ma'at without being good" or "good and evil are human things and the Netjeru are above that"

But I don't know if I can agree with that? If someone, even a Netjer, is abusive or cruel, that seems wrong to me no matter what. I know morality is tricky and full of biases, but I don't think it's a good idea to say that gods are above moral standards because that implies that they could hurt people as much as they want and it would be fine? I don't know.

I guess I feel like if Ma'at is not goodness, than being in Ma'at is not sufficient- one also has to be good. If Ma'at is just "the universe continues to exist, the laws of physics exist, etc" it feels like kind of a low bar for something to be in Ma'at, I guess?

I don't know. I guess I'm just trying to say that i think abuse and the like are wrong, no matter who perpetuates them?

I'm sorry if this is offensive to say.

Anyway, I tend to view myths as metaphors or human interpretations of things. I think they can have significance, but I think it's on a different level than the Netjeru themselves. So despite the myth of the pacification of Sekhmet, I don't think Sekhmet wants to or would commit genocide, for example. I don't know, maybe the ancients did believe that, but I don't want to worship out of fear.

I hope this makes sense? It's something I struggle with too.

[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Prayer request
« on: September 10, 2019, 05:48:25 am »
Prayers that your money comes in quickly and easily, and that you and your family have safety and shelter!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Returning...
« on: August 28, 2019, 08:18:06 pm »
Welcome! It's nice to see someone else with connections to the Maritimes. I also feel you on the pronouns - correcting people can be super hard.

I hope you have a good experience returning here, and that you found or learned what you needed in your time away.

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Beginners class?
« on: June 29, 2019, 09:07:42 am »
I've never heard of anyone failing the beginners class. There are some quizzes to take, but as long as you've done the reading material provided in the lessons you should be fine. Just do your best and pay attention to the class and to the lessons within it

I also had anxiety about whether or not it was possible to fail the beginners class, but it worked out well  :)

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Returning
« on: June 13, 2019, 08:46:11 am »
Em hotep! It's nice to meet you

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: What do you wear?
« on: May 13, 2018, 03:56:15 pm »
I wear a small feather pendant and a small ankh, both on the same chain. The feather isn't in the style of the feather of Ma'at, artistically, but that's what I use it to represent. I wear them outside my clothing, both because that's just how I wear jewelry and because wearing them under makes my dysphoria worse.

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