Kemetic Yoga of Meditation
Once the Initate overstands the purposes of meditation – to decipher the mysteries of existence and to surrender the ego – Dr. Muata Ashby teaches us that formal meditation practice consisted of 4 basic elements: posture, sound, visualization, and rhythmic breathing.
Postures included both stationary and moving positions. These were part of the ritual aspect of the spiritual myth, which when practiced, served to harmonize the energies and promote the physical health of the body and direct the mind in a meditative capacity to discover and cultivate divine consciousness. The following page from Maat Philosophy illustrates two of the postures used in Kemetic yoga practice.
The Initiate is taught that vibration is the essence of all creation, and through sound these vibrations can be used to enter, alter, or create new realities.
Chanting was used to this effect. One such chant can be found on the walls of the tomb of Suten (King) Seti I and reads:
NUK HEKAU (I AM THE WORD ITSELF)
NUK RA AKHU (I AM RAS GLORIOUS SHINING SPIRIT)
NUK BA RA (I AM THE SOUL OF RA)
NUK HEKAU (I AM THE GOD WHO CREATES THROUGH SOUND)
As the Initiate becomes more disciplined, visualizations are introduced to create new states of consciousness. These visualizations can include light, objects, or divine beings.
The highest form of meditation in Kemetic Yoga is visualizing and meditating upon oneself as being one with Ra (God).
Just as there are many visualization techniques that Initiates are taught, so too are there many different rhythmic breathing techniques. The most basic breathing technique is as follows:
Very slowly inhale through your nose and gently push out your lower belly as if it’s filling up with the air that you’re inhaling. When your belly feels about 80% full, pause for about 3 seconds.
Then, even more slowly exhale through your nose and gently pull in your lower belly as if you’re now squeezing out the air. Inhalation should be roughly 3 seconds, the pause 3 seconds, and the longer exhalation about 4 seconds.
At the very end of your out-breath, mentally count, “One.”
Again, inhale, pause, exhale, and then at the end of your out-breath mentally count, “Two.”
Keep counting like this at the end of every exhalation until you reach “Ten.”
Then, starting counting backward — nine, eight, seven, six, etc. — until you reach “one” again. If your thoughts stray or you forget which number you’re on or hesitate, then you must start over again at “one.”
This meditation is designed to enhance focus and concentration for the initiate. At higher levels of practice, hyperventilation, incredibly slow breathing, and breathing in and out at varying ratios are all used.
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