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You may remember this post that I wrote on Monday about my religious crisis and not being able to feel Bast’s presence in my life despite repeated attempts to understand her and what role she should play in my life.  Although I had been concerned about this for quite some time, it had always stayed on the list of “things I need to take care of just as soon as I stop having too much stress from current life concerns” which includes things like working so that I could put food on the table and clothes on my family’s back since my husband is unemployed.  That blog post was sort of a last ditch effort to assimilate and try to digest what it was that was happening to me, because the religious lack in my life was only part of the problem.  Well, I’m happy to say that just one day later, I received an answer in the form of messages embedded in articles I found online.  Once I realized she had listened, I was filled with a peace that I hadn’t known in a long time.  Bast didn’t give me peace- she led me to it.  She showed me the door, and waited for me to walk through.  She shows me the path and I walk ahead in joy, in thanks.

I think the catalyst was particularly this post found on Fanny Fae’s blog.  It talks about how relationships take work, and it’s the same with a relationship with Netjer.  It also mentions how many people only try to speak with the gods when they need something.  This is an immature way to approach the netjeru and I realize this is what I’ve basically been doing.  I mentioned before that I’ve changed and grown as a person but unfortunately my relationship with Bast didn’t reflect this.  She led me to see that post in order to communicate this to me. 

I asked myself before what kind of relationship I wanted.  Fanny Fae talks about why she works with her gods:

Relationships take work. I am willing to do the work, make the effort, not just because I want something, or that I hope to get anything out of it except a clearer sense of myself and where I am going, the world and how I can be in it and assist others, not just myself.

Remarkably this is exactly the reason why I do Reiki, and am interested in developing myself spiritually further than where I’m at right now (I’ve also found a very useful guide on how to maintain the body of one who practices magic or uses energy).  The relationship I have with Bast is part of this process.  I don’t usually come to Bast with something I want her to fix or want her to give me.  It’s mostly a matter of “I’m stuck.  I don’t know how to move forward.  Show me the way so I can help myself.”  And from Fanny Fae’s post I found another post speaking from a Christian p.o.v. but no less useful.  I found particularly helpful the questions included at the bottom of the post.  It’s as if Bast is showing me that she understands my analytical mind, and even went so far as to provide me the questions I need to ask myself in order to have a good idea of what I want from our mutual relationship.

But I think the most important takeaway message that she’s given me was that relationships take work- something I’ve always been rather dim witted with even with just other humans, let alone divine beings.  She wants me to include her in more of my every day life concerns.  Because even though it’s clear that I am to respect her, that doesn’t mean that she can’t be a part of my daily life.  And I heartily agree.  From here I will be taking small steps to commune with her, appreciate her influence in my life, and let her know how I’m doing, while providing offerings of food along the way.  I think what she’ll value the most, however, is my offering of time.  I dedicate very little of it to myself compared with all the demands that outside influences make of me, so this, for me, is a difficult thing for me to do.  But I’m just glad that I’ve gotten somewhere.  Now the real work begins.

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December 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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Spiritual To-Do List

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1. Cleanse ALL the house.  Make natron spray bottle.

2. Install reiki power symbol / harmony symbol in all rooms and on top of all doors, windows, mirrors, vents, etc.

3. Install reiki sleep button for dream travel.

4. Dream journal…?

5. Ask Bast if she’s cool I do some Shadow Work with Set.  Lavish her with love, praise, and chocolate.

6. Figure out personal shielding?  Can probably just use reiki power symbol again, no need to get complicated.

7. Continue with my 21 day cleanse, which started on the 21st.  End date: Jan. 10.

8. Figure out a way to meld my thoughtform with a servitor sigil to keep the nasties out.

9. Study Sekhem and see if there are any parallels with reiki energy, or if my intuition is correct, see if they’re the same.

10. Execration ritual against fear of darkness, also do a divination about it.

11. Try to get a local reiki share up.

12.  And if this isn’t enough, do some actual studying for once because I need to contribute to the KIN blog.

Hopefully get most of this shit done BEFORE break is over and I have to get back to work.  Yeah, I’m not busy at all.

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December 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

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Ask, and ye shall receive.

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…as long as you provide an appropriate offering first, of course.  What, you think doing all this stuff doesn’t take time and energy?  Thanks, Mother Bast, for providing when I needed it.  But of course you don’t need to be told how awesome you are, you know that already.  Doesn’t hurt to hear it every now and again, anyway.

So, thanks to a recommendation by SatSekhem I connected with Devo and got to talking with her about astral travel and whether or not I might find some of the info that my ancestors have been telling me I need to look for.  This may or may not turn into an exercise in recording dream travel.  It may be the best way to get at the things in my subconscious that are subtlely poking me and trying to break through.  I know reiki will help me to get more in tune with energy and how to interpret them, so I will continue doing my distance healing and healing myself if I have no volunteers.

I may have mentioned that I have a problem with darkness.  I mean to say that I hate it.  ESPECIALLY the darkness in which you can’t even see your hands.  I chalked this up to childhood traumas, but there may be something more to it.  I especially despise open doors into dark rooms or dark areas (like the closet).  There’s always this feeling that something is going to come through.  And it dawned on me today that doors ARE portals, after all (as well as mirrors and windows, but it’s the doors + dark combo that really gets me).  This is probably not so much an unfounded fear as I thought.  Do any of my readers have any advice on energetically blocking off doorways that I don’t want any creepers getting through?

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December 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm

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Prayer for my Mother

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Listen to it sung here.

Bas-es ahmetek,
Iryet Ra, iryet Ra;
Bas-es senedjek,
Iryet Ra, iryet Ra;
Khuwi Muti iryet Ra,
Iryet Ra, iryet Ra;
Khu netyu meruwi, iryet Ra.

Translation:

She devours your sorrow, Eye of Ra, Eye of Ra.
She devours your fear, Eye of Ra, Eye of Ra.
Protect me, Mother! Eye of Ra, Eye of Ra, Eye of Ra.
Protect the ones I love, Eye of Ra.

*Thanks to Rev. Tamara Siuda for the Egyptian and Senushemi for the translation.  Photo used from google.

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July 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

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Purification 13

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For an explanation of this series, read the introduction here.

Hail Bast, coming forth from the shrine, I do not eat my heart.

This purification invokes Bast in her epithet of Devouring Lady. 

This reminds me of an expression I heard from either a Korean or Japanese movie.  The phrase was to “eat bitter tears.”  When someone is having an extremely hard time, the only thing they can satisfy themselves on is their own bitterness.  This purification has a similar sentiment.  Traditionally the belly is associated with heated emotions that blind us from thinking reasonably.  Here are a few quotes from the instructions of Ptahhotep that illustrate the connections the ancient Kemetics have to the belly:

 

The trusted man who does not vent his belly’s speech,

He will himself become a leader.

He whose heart obeys his belly

Puts contempt of himself in place of love

 

The next time you’re angry at someone and are about to tell them the first thing that comes to your mouth, I recommend you pause just for a moment and ask yourself, “Is this what I really think, or are these the heated words coming from my belly?”  The ancient Kemetics valued the person who did not boast nor make arrogant displays, but rather listened thoughtfully to others and showed humility.

 

Do not boast at your neighbors’ side,

One has great respect for the silent man:

A man of character is man of wealth.

 

If [a friend] does a thing that annoys you,

Be yet friendly with him, don’t attack;

Be restrained, don’t let fly,

Don’t answer with hostility,

Neither part from him nor attack him;

His time does not fail to come,

One does not escape what is fated.

 

This is probably my favorite passage from Ptahhotep’s instructions:

 

If you are mighty, gain respect through knowledge

And through gentleness of speech.

Don’t command except as is fitting,

He who provokes gets into trouble.

Don’t be haughty, lest you be humbled,

Don’t be mute, lest you be chided.

When you answer one who is fuming,

Avert your face, control yourself.

The flame of the hot-heart sweeps across,

He who steps gently, his path is paved.

He who frets all day has no happy moment,

He who’s gay all day can’t keep house.

 

As you can see, the ancient Kemetics valued moderation.  There is a time for everything, and they certainly had no aversion to emotions, since this was one of the ways that the netjeru let us know of their presence and their wishes.  But as a general guide to how we should approach everyday life, moderation and balance are key.

With this purification, I seek to find balance in my words, to not speak from my belly but from humility. 

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