“The Beginning of Holy Writ for Emerging While Awake, Praises and Spiritualizing, Emerging and Entering
as the Nayture Beyond the Far Horizon,
an X Distilled Within The Beautiful Western Horizon!”
That is the full title of the collected funerary poems we know as the “Book of the Dead.” Their general phrase for holy writ was Im Duat, “What is Within Duat.” There were several such Im Duat texts. Their belief in the reality of the dual dimensions, inside and outside of your skin, was strong and their language reflects it. Where we would say “while alive” or “in this life,” they used the phrase im top ta, “on top of the Earth,” counterpoint to referring to the deceased as ntr-xert, “Nayture Beneath.”
The tests which must be passed are a collection of instructions on the course of your journey through life to eternity — the vehicle of the journey, the progressive stages of the journey, the elements of your self which are your companions, the dangers and obstacles to be met, and the goal. The prayers and magical spells are for your protection and reassurance along the way.
Your primary goal throughout the journey is to remain firmly centered in your own identity. Rae Horus must ride calmly in the Sunship. The real danger faced throughout the journey from reality back to eternity is the dissolution of self-identity into non-differentiated X, to return to the mud of primal existence with identity, memory and love all lost.
The elements of your identity serve as your companions in the Sunship, accompanying your X. Identity is the emphasis throughout the journey. The name of everything you encounter must be known — the threshold of each portal, the door, the guard, the parts of the Sunship, everything. These things are manifestations of your own identity. By focusing on their meaning, you remain focused on your own cohesion.
There are images of sailing a lake of flame, navigating through the union of opposites. You have the choice of sailing as cargo or captain — trusting to the natural forces of Osiris, or experiencing the journey awake. The Egyptians did not fear death, only the process of dying. They agreed with Woody Allen, who commented that he wasn’t afraid of dying. He “just didn’t want to be there when it happened.” Some Egyptians wished to fall asleep and just wake up in the lovely meadows of the Afterlife. Others wished to remain awake for the scenery along the way.
The story of walking the maze to the underworld is a world-wide and time-honored story in the mythologies of mankind. Egyptians based the journey on a tried and true road-map. The many wonderful variations and descriptions of this maze map are a testament to the strong and happy imagination of the Egyptian citizen, celebrating the terrible joys and delicious fears of this last, most important transition through dimensions.
Changing the maze’s run to a riverboat journey shows how thoroughly the story was integrated into their daily lives. Life itself was the maze and they sailed it with delight.
Through all this confusing tapestry of interwoven stories are the threads of Osiris, Rae and Horus: mysterious figures of a mystery religion, a single theme whose elaboration over the millennia became the symphonic unity of a great civilization. Osiris, Rae and Horus had many names, each a focus on the mystery of being. The priests of Egypt were there to introduce you to your own eternal nature. Egyptians were sacred beings living in a world alight with sacred presence.
The function of spiritual training was the appreciation of the stages as your X evolved while clothed in reality, as well as the eventual return to the eternal pool. The pharaoh himself was the leader of the dance, conductor of the great orchestra that was the nation, role model for the X within.
“Give me my voice. I will shape words with it. I pilot my heart in its hour of fire and dark.”