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The essence of Ancient Egyptian mysticism

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The essence of Ancient Egyptian mysticism lies in the double soul. The two souls emanate from the absolute, which is itself ineffable and 'unknowable' but is sometimes understood as a kind of core or centre around which the universe rotates. But care has to be taken not to conceptualise the absolute and so this core should be thought of as being everywhere simultaneously and not as a distinct place.

 

Being, in the sense of 'a being' like you and me, or in the sense of 'being as such' arises from the interaction of the two souls. One soul can be said to be awareness and energy – or more precisely energy that is aware. Energy, or motion or vibration which has sentience. This soul is solar. In fact the sun itself is called the Great Eastern Soul. The other soul is substance/power which like water has no form itself but is capable of taking up all possible forms of existence. As 'substance' it lies behind all existence, it is what remains if all the veils of form are stripped away or dissolved.

 

When these two souls meet, they embrace, and their interaction is life. While the energy of the first soul is also awareness or light, when it embraces the second soul it becomes reflexively self-aware, it revives or wakes up whatever is latent in the substance soul and allows it to express or come alive.

 

Also as a result of this embrace two other 'fledgling' souls come into being. These two new souls are the result of awareness looking in two directions. One looks forward to the sun-soul as its origin and is said to face the East - towards the sunrise. The other soul looks back to the substance being – which is symbolically the West the direction of embodiment and death. The result of these two souls it to stabilize the embrace of the sun and water souls.

 

This has the effect of placing the moment of embrace in the flow of the two types of time understood by the Egyptians. One flow is continual re-presentation of eternity in the 'now' moment of the embrace and the other is the present moment seen in the context of a 'snake' of history stretching back to the 'first time' or beginning.

 

From this comes the idea of a journey – a movement from place to place over time. The type of this journey is the sun's movement from East to West during the day and from West to east at night. The fledgling souls who look East and West respectively not only can represent eyes but also boats (as the principal method of travel). One takes you to the East, to the origin – the beginning, and the other to the West, to death, the end.

 

This journey is the one we must all undertake, either in life or after death. It traverses both the earth and sky and involves terrains of all kinds, obstacles, dangers as well as places of rest and ease. While this journey occurs naturally of itself, for a being, such as ourselves, there are risks of getting bogged down, lost, obstructed, attacked by negative entities and so on. And even the so called second death where we as a being simply cease to be. This is why the Egyptians wrote guide books, maps, protective spells and so on to help guide and protect us on the way.

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4 minutes ago, Apech said:

 

The essence of Ancient Egyptian mysticism lies in the double soul. The two souls emanate from the absolute, which is itself ineffable and 'unknowable' but is sometimes understood as a kind of core or centre around which the universe rotates. But care has to be taken not to conceptualise the absolute and so this core should be thought of as being everywhere simultaneously and not as a distinct place.

 

Being, in the sense of 'a being' like you and me, or in the sense of 'being as such' arises from the interaction of the two souls. One soul can be said to be awareness and energy – or more precisely energy that is aware. Energy, or motion or vibration which has sentience. This soul is solar. In fact the sun itself is called the Great Eastern Soul. The other soul is substance/power which like water has no form itself but is capable of taking up all possible forms of existence. As 'substance' it lies behind all existence, it is what remains if all the veils of form are stripped away or dissolved.

 

When these two souls meet, they embrace, and their interaction is life. While the energy of the first soul is also awareness or light, when it embraces the second soul it becomes reflexively self-aware, it revives or wakes up whatever is latent in the substance soul and allows it to express or come alive.

 

Also as a result of this embrace two other 'fledgling' souls come into being. These two new souls are the result of awareness looking in two directions. One looks forward to the sun-soul as its origin and is said to face the East - towards the sunrise. The other soul looks back to the substance being – which is symbolically the West the direction of embodiment and death. The result of these two souls it to stabilize the embrace of the sun and water souls.

 

This has the effect of placing the moment of embrace in the flow of the two types of time understood by the Egyptians. One flow is continual re-presentation of eternity in the 'now' moment of the embrace and the other is the present moment seen in the context of a 'snake' of history stretching back to the 'first time' or beginning.

 

From this comes the idea of a journey – a movement from place to place over time. The type of this journey is the sun's movement from East to West during the day and from West to east at night. The fledgling souls who look East and West respectively not only can represent eyes but also boats (as the principal method of travel). One takes you to the East, to the origin – the beginning, and the other to the West, to death, the end.

 

This journey is the one we must all undertake, either in life or after death. It traverses both the earth and sky and involves terrains of all kinds, obstacles, dangers as well as places of rest and ease. While this journey occurs naturally of itself, for a being, such as ourselves, there are risks of getting bogged down, lost, obstructed, attacked by negative entities and so on. And even the so called second death where we as a being simply cease to be. This is why the Egyptians wrote guide books, maps, protective spells and so on to help guide and protect us on the way.

Any original (i.e., translation of some original Egyptian work, not new age stuff) reading material on this subject? Sounds very interesting. 

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36 minutes ago, dwai said:

Any original (i.e., translation of some original Egyptian work, not new age stuff) reading material on this subject? Sounds very interesting. 

 

 

Not really it is based on my own research.

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