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[PUBLIC] Serving the World: Ma'at In Action / Re: Do you Gratitude?
« on: October 17, 2015, 03:23:10 am »
I am thankful for:

1) My Gods being incredibly patient with me.

2) My loved ones understanding how hard I'm working right now and going out of their way to help me however they can.

3) My director and stage management mentor trusting me and working with me to make up for the things I missed by oversleeping this morning.

4) Warm blankets and money to pay for heating.

5) My therapist, psychiatrist, and primary care doctor, who have done so much for me and made things so much easier than they might have otherwise been. Whenever I hear about friends having bad experiences with mental healthcare in particular, I just wish I could clone mini versions of them to send to people in need. They are great and they are so much of the reason why I've gotten as far as I have.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Children of Serqet-Aset/ Set
« on: October 16, 2015, 02:05:04 am »
Yep, I am a pretty recent Serqet kid. Set and I interact only rarely, but I have dealt with Him before as well!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / I'm back!
« on: October 13, 2015, 10:27:18 pm »
Em hotep everyone,

This summer, I had a huge crisis of faith, in a non-religious sense--faith in myself, faith in my choices, and faith in my ability to achieve my goals. Getting back on my feet for the start of this academic year was a really difficult process, and one I barely managed in time.

My personal, professional, and academic lives are now going quite well! But my spiritual life is still suffering, and I need to remedy that. I feel like coming back to the forums is the first step in that process, so here I am. I've missed you all!

I tried to look at the calendar for upcoming chats, but my login (PhoenixJRising) doesn't appear to be working anymore. Is anyone around who can help with that?

Thank you and senebty.

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Shemsu Name as Username?
« on: June 15, 2015, 12:41:50 am »
Thank you all very much for sharing your personal experiences and advice!

I think I'm going to keep using my (nick)name, saving the full version for strictly spiritual/heka purposes.

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Shemsu Name as Username?
« on: June 12, 2015, 10:02:47 pm »
This is probably a dumb thing to be anxious about. But.

I play a popular online dragon breeding game called Flight Rising, and I'd be meaning to change my username for ages. Today I finally got around to it, and all my usual online names were taken, so I thought... well, why not use Ha'aut?

So I did this on a whim. And then immediately went "oh gosh maybe I shouldn't have done that."

Is it disrespectful, or... I don't know, wrong somehow, to use the name the Gods gave you in non-religious contexts? I didn't use my full Shemsu name, because that felt wrong, but should I not have used the nickname?

Sometimes I wish I was better at thinking things through before doing them...

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Coming out?
« on: May 31, 2015, 03:38:57 pm »
Personally, I told my "family" (not biological, but chosen family: my partner and our roommate, who has lived with us for five years and who we are as platonically committed to as we are to each other) straight away, as soon as I got interested, before I even applied to the beginners class. I knew they would both be chill about it, though I did have some worries with my partner since he is very much an atheist and tends to shy away from anything spiritual, but he's been absolutely wonderful about it.

Apart from that, my method has simply been not to hide it, except in situations where it could have serious negative repercussions (for most people, this is going to be work/school; I'm lucky enough to work in theatre where weirdness is much more highly tolerated than in other work environments, so it's not a huge deal for me). If religion doesn't come up, I feel no need to bring it up. If it does, I don't hide that I am religious and I answer questions about it if asked.

I do have a few close friends I've told simply because I like having a small group of loved ones to share holidays and special events with (when I got my RPD, for instance). I specifically asked each of them if they would be comfortable with it, so I've had no problems. I do have some friends who feel awkward around religious stuff in general, for a variety of reasons, so I just don't talk about it with them.

My overall experience has been that people are surprisingly chill. They might privately think you're weird or, you know, the spawn of Satan or whatever. But very few people will actually make a fuss, and as long as they don't cause issues for me, I don't really care what people think in the privacy of their own minds. Your mileage may vary, of course!

I think Tahai's advice about being selective is also very good.

I don't know for sure, but I imagine it probably has something to do with the fact that:

1) Shu is viewed as the atmosphere (or air) between Heaven and Earth.
2) The various Herus are generally seen as falcon gods, and the air between Heaven and Earth is where they fly; you could say it's their domain.

Not sure if it goes any deeper than that, though.

[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Emotional healing
« on: May 16, 2015, 01:43:12 pm »

I've used the James P. Allen book, and can vouch for its usefulness.

I'm so sorry you've had such terrible experiences with therapy. I got extraordinarily lucky with my therapist, and I wish you similar luck in future if you decide to try again.

Continued praying for better times for you.

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: 5 elements
« on: May 01, 2015, 01:56:43 am »
I don't know that Kemeticism really has a four/five elements thing, but that doesn't mean you can't use the concept anyway. I know I do, because it has meaning to me.

Like Ematsen, I am also a fire/water person. Which is kind of funny, now that I think about it, since looking at my two mothers Serqet is a very "fiery" goddess to me while Hethert-Nut has a lot of associations with water.

Oh my god, that is a terrible jumble of things to have happening all at once. I am so, so sorry for your losses and for all of the stress you are under! I am sure it's doubly hard for you when you're dealing with depression on top of that. Internet hugs if you want them.

Please take care of yourself--I know depression has a habit of making us feel like we're not doing enough or coping the "right" way, but our brains are lying jerks, and that's not true. You're dealing with a lot and it's okay if you need a lot of rest and time for yourself. Anyone would in your situation.

(And you may have done this already, but I'd feel remiss if I didn't mention it: you might want to see if you can find a therapist/counselor to talk to while all this is going on. This is a lot to deal with on your own.)

Please feel free to post here any time you need to talk! I'm sure I'm not the only person who doesn't mind listening.

Many prayers for you, your boyfriend, and your loved ones who have passed on.

If you'd feel comfortable sharing first names (or even just abbreviations) for the ones who have recently passed, I would be happy to pray for them also; I know having members of the community pray like that can be comforting for some people. If not, though, that's okay too!


My thoughts exactly!

I've already come to associate Hethert-Nut with blackbirds and starlings, and it's only been roughly a month since my RPD. I'm not even sure exactly how that one happened.

Currently, I'm focusing on the gods of my RPD, since I'm a very new Shemsu! However, I also regularly venerate Iah and Hapi, and recently I have started pursuing a connection with the Bawy as well.

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