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Em hotep! Welcome to the House, and I hope you are enjoying the Beginners’ Class.  :)

As you can see from my profile, I am a Remetj, not a Shemsu - not yet at least. So what qualifies me to reply to this thread? I want to share something that Hemet (AUS) told me when I graduated from the Beginners’ Class. The gist of it was [please excuse my poor paraphrasing] that there is so much to explore when you become a Remetj, don’t miss it by being overly focussed on becoming a Shemsu. It’s a really, really important decision: give yourself time to let the implications sink in. So perform Senut, wait as required, find ways to contribute and serve, and enjoy every moment of being a Remetj! That’s what I’m doing. And yes, my intention is to apply for RPD in February, but I don’t regret taking Hemet’s advice.

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello!!!
« on: November 15, 2019, 10:39:28 am »
Em hotep, Adriana, and welcome! I hope you have fun learning here.  :)

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep!
« on: November 15, 2019, 10:33:44 am »
Em hotep, Vitor, and welcome! We’re happy to have you here.  :)

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep!
« on: November 15, 2019, 10:30:55 am »
Em hotep, Sev, and welcome! I’m sure you’ll find the Beginners’ Class thoroughly worthwhile.  :)

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello!!
« on: October 31, 2019, 02:28:48 pm »
Em hotep, Sunny, and welcome!

I’m sure you’ll enjoy the Beginners’ Class. I’ve not long graduated from the last class, which finished last month. I loved it!

Senebty,
Storm

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em hotep all!
« on: October 18, 2019, 10:53:10 am »
Em hotep, Zuni, and welcome! An interesting story that’s brought you here. :)

You and I are at opposite ends of software engineering: student and retiree! Yes, I’m one of the older people here, but one of the newest House members as I only completed the Beginners’ Class last month. I’m sure you will love the class and learn a lot from it, including about yourself!

Enjoy your stay here.  :D

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Bad dreams
« on: October 03, 2019, 02:51:16 pm »
Em hotep, Senneferet!

I can’t help you with the dream, but I did recently finish the Beginners’ Class. I can highly recommend it! The teachers are good, the information is good, the quizzes are good, the exercises are useful, and the fellowship with one’s classmates can be fun.

It’s not an induction course or an indoctrination. At the start, you don’t necessarily know whether Kemetic Orthodoxy is right for you. When you graduate, you and you alone get to choose whether or not to be a more full member of the House of Netjer. And even if you choose to join, you’re still not a convert to the religion until later if you choose to become a Shemsu.

It’s all about exploring, exploring, exploring - exploring both Kemetic Orthodoxy and yourself. We can’t tell you if this path is right for you. But nor, I humbly suggest, can you, until you take that first step and apply to join the Beginners’ Class! I think doing that will tell you more than any dream or interpretation. What do you have to lose except a modicum of time?  :)

Senebty,
Storm

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Aset-Wadjet?
« on: September 26, 2019, 11:01:36 pm »
I'm really grateful this thread should bubble to the service - an amazing coincidence for me right now.

Yesterday, in Senut, I was approached by a presence that puzzled me. At first I felt it was Aset, whom I thought I would recognize, but She said She was Wadjet, whom I also thought I would have recognized! I thought I knew them both (I certainly know Wadjet's taste in whisky!) and I thought I must have erred and was sensing a little fuzzily.

Whomever it was though, She presented quite distinctly, and was 'lighter' than I was used to. Yet shortly after, She referred to Set (who had turned up earlier) as "Old Black Dog" - a term I've also (and only) heard from Aset before when she was aspected as Tayet!  ;)

This is all UPG, and I apologize for that. But this thread sheds some light on my conundrum, even if it does not entirely solve it. Thank you to all who have contributed!  :)

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: I can’t communicate with the gods?
« on: September 24, 2019, 02:15:45 am »
Em hotep, Omen!

Forty-five years ago, when I started working with deities, I yearned for communication, just as you do. I thought I had good advice, though sadly I didn’t have access to the kind of wisdom you will read here in these forums. I meditated and I did visualization. I learned many forms of divination. I kept myself ‘clean,’ which in those days meant abstaining from marijuana. I trained in healing, and I exposed myself to situations, places, and rituals that I thought would be conducive to getting some kind of direct ‘message.’ Nothing.

Of course with all the talk around at the time, I assumed everyone but me was doing it, and that I was in some way abnormal, or a failure, or unworthy, or unwanted by the gods. Wrong! I was completely typical, but I didn’t know it. I was just an average seeker, an average devotee who was absolutely treasured by the gods, but who didn’t realize it at the time.

It was only after more than ten years of ‘trying’ that I pretty much let go and just accepted that it wasn’t going to happen, at least not according to my schedule or desires. But then something odd happened. I was climbing a steep hill in England with colleagues and, probably because I was unfit, I was struggling. I remember crying out for help, and I remember being answered - by the Heathen god Thor. It all began from there.

Thirty years on from that, I find I almost never talk about communication with gods now, because I don’t think it usually helps - not me nor anyone else. If I do talk about it, people get depressed or frustrated like I did during those first ten years (“It’s all very well for XXX,” I would say then, except now I’ve become the XXX). Or they become irrationally skeptical or even hostile. Or, more often than not, they simply find a way to disappear from my life. So I keep my (what are now daily) experiences to myself. I’m in no way better than anyone else, but I know I’m no longer typical, and being labeled a crackpot gets in the way of my helping anybody!

So in that case, why I am telling you all this? :) To say just four things really - largely what others have already said above, more eloquently than I ever could - but to assure you I’ve walked a long and similar road. Firstly, I do suggest trying to clear your mind of expectations - of what will happen, how it will happen, and with whom. It’s hard, I know, but there are many ways, some subtle, some obvious, that gods communicate, and hopes can get in the way. Secondly, please do have the confidence that you’re being heard and that you are absolutely worthy. Thirdly, whatever happens may take time, like in my case it took many years, and I couldn’t foresee when all my life circumstances would come together to make it the right time. And lastly, what others have written above is pure gold: please do take it to heart!

Senebty,
Storm

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Important Holidays
« on: September 20, 2019, 11:44:05 am »
Or if you prefer an electronic copy (like a PDF, and which is also less expensive), take a look here:

http://www.egyptiandaybook.com/  :)

Senebty,
Storm

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Reality Check?
« on: September 16, 2019, 02:18:11 pm »
There are many stories about the Netjeru. Are they all true? Are any true? For example, there are (at least) four different Kemetic creation myths, some seemingly contradictory, depending on which city you were close to in ancient Kemet. Perhaps all of those myths are true, and all of them are false!

I suspect the purpose of myth was not to provide biographies, or reporter-on-the-ground documentaries, but rather to give insight - attempted explanations of the inherently unexplainable. And I don't think Kemetic religion is alone in this; you will surely find this in many religions, past and present, throughout the world, although - yes - you will also find devotees who prefer to interpret their myths and scriptures verbatim.

To judge Netjer, I would suggest one would have to be standing in the place of perfect Ma'at oneself, in order to know what ma'at truly is.

And personally, I wouldn't go on hearsay - for that's what all myth is: a handed down story from someone else. I would ask the Netjeru directly and find out for myself! For how many of these stories are told by the Netjeru themselves? And even true stories have more than one side, more than one point of view, and I'd like to hear those too!

I don't think one necessarily has to believe in all the old stories in order to believe in Netjer, or to work with the Netjeru, or to benefit from their influence, or to see benefit in the lives of one's family, or the world in general. Ma'at is ma'at, and one can surely work to bring it into the world, stories or no stories.

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello
« on: September 15, 2019, 11:23:24 pm »
Em hotep, and welcome from a beginner on the current class - it's well worth it!  :)

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Returning to the Netjeru
« on: September 14, 2019, 10:23:57 pm »
Em hotep, Ume, and pleased to meet you!  :)

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Returning...
« on: August 23, 2019, 09:37:05 pm »
Em hotep Nesi - welcome back! Just to say I'm a beginner here and I found your story inspiring. I hope our paths cross again soon!

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I am an immigrant. Through the hand and intervention of Sekhmet, I arrived here in the United States ten years ago last week, after a fraught two year personal, emotional, legal and bureaucratic journey in the UK. Nearly four years ago, I became a United States citizen and I celebrated. I still celebrate, and the daily offering by a tall Sekhmet statue is a small token of my gratitude.

And yet, under this administration, I do not feel safe or secure. There is no reason for me to look over my shoulder, but I do - and I am one of the lucky ones.

I am a beginner here, only just about to do my first Senut, yet I will incorporate Piri’s powerful prayer into my practice. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you all on this.

May Ma’at Prevail!

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