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SEKHMET

 

 

Connection with Sekhem

 

When I was learning Sekhem with Helen Belot, she advised that she was visited by Sekhmet when she first started to tune into the Sekhem energy. In her own words, she recalled that one day in particular she allowed Sekhmet to communicate with her.   Sekhmet’s energy was so strong that Helen felt as if she was being pushed down into the planet beneath her. Sekhmet was visiting Helen in the context of the Sekhem energy. The guidance from Sekhmet to Helen was that Sekhmet is very connected to the Sekhem energy and wanted the Sekhem energy to be worked with here. The reason why Helen could feel Sekhmet’s presence was because she wanted Helen to be a person to channel and to work with and to teach the Sekhem energy. Helen’s guidance is that this energy comes through the Sirius star system and holds the Siriun energy vibration and that Sekhmet is Keeper of this energy.

     A part of me can remember working with the Sekhem energy before and I know that Helen’s guidance on the links with Sekhmet and Sirius are correct. It will be helpful, therefore, for students to be able to develop a personal relationship with Sekhmet and to be able to call upon her for assistance when working with the Sekhem.  

 

 

The legends

Sekhmet was worshipped as one of the pantheon of deities in the times of Ancient Egypt. She was often presented in paintings  and statues of the time with the solar disc above her head, the uraeus (serpent), the ankh in one of her hands and a sceptre in the other hand. She was always presented wearing a leonine headdress and was sometimes presented with a scarab (beetle) in her heart centre.

 

The body of understanding about Sekhmet that is in the public domain has come from a number of sources – inscriptions on the walls of temples in Egypt, texts found within the temples and burial places, stories that have been handed down verbally through the generations, etc..

 

Within this understanding, Sekhmet has quite a reputation. On the one hand, she was revered as the Goddess of Healing. The energy healers who worked in her name had a very high reputation for their advanced skills. She was also worshipped at Memphis when it was the capital city of Ancient Egypt as one of a triumvirate of deities – with her husband Ptah and her son Imhotep (alternative name Nefertum). She was revered as the Mother of Life and as the Mother of the Pharaoh.      

 

On the other hand, she also has a reputation as the Goddess of War and Destruction. Aggressive, vengeful, violent and bloodthirsty are some of the adjectives used to describe Sekhmet. This reputation seems to have come in particular from a tale about the time when the humans had lost respect for Ra and when Ra had sent Sekhmet to sort out the situation. Sekhmet’s approach was to leave a trail of destruction behind her as she went on a killing spree. Eventually, Ra decided that the humans should suffer no more from Sekhmet and tricked her into drinking beer disguised as blood. After she had slept off the effects of the alcohol, she felt remorse for what she had done and the killing and destruction ceased. After that time, the priesthoods in the places of worship dedicated to her had to perform regular ceremonies to appease her so that she would never return on another killing spree.    

 

 

The real Sekhmet

 

The civilisation known as Ancient Egypt went through a number of stages of existence and experienced a number of different political structures. The priesthoods, the Kings (later known as Pharaohs), and the Institutions of State all had an entwined relationship with the King / Pharaoh being the link between the physical and the non-physical dimensions. At times, the priesthoods changed their theology in line with shifts in the politics at the time. Also, the priesthoods used to present their teachings of the deities to the ordinary people by way of plays and drama. This involved the creation of archetypal imaging and some of this would be tailored to the politics and needs of the time. Given that our present day interpretation of what material is available from those days will have its own subjectivity, it is not so easy to separate fact from fiction when trying to understand the theology of Ancient Egypt and where Sekhmet fits into it.

 

The best guidance I can give is as follows. It needs to be understood that some of this is channelled information and that there needs to be the usual health warning with it. No matter how good the quality of information coming through from the non-physical dimensions, it can only be interpreted within the limits of the receiver and is also usually subject to some colouring in the interpretation by the receiver.       

 

A key concept within Ancient Egyptian theology was that there exists the Dimension of Chaos. The Egyptians used the word Chaos with not quite the same meaning as we have in everyday life now. They used it in the sense that energy was not structured in the Dimension of Chaos and that lack of structure meant that the energy had no form, was not being directed anywhere and was not being used for any productive purpose. It was from this Dimension of Chaos that consciousness was able to descend through various other dimensions of consciousness to the three dimensional world that we live in today. Although the energy of Structure is one of the forces that allows consciousness to be present on this planet, the energy of Chaos is also present down here in our physical world. The priesthoods of Ancient Egypt understood that it was easy for the relationship between Chaos and Structure to become imbalanced, as a result of which chaos in its present day meaning could result. It was necessary, therefore, for the Kings / Pharaohs, the Institutions of State and the Priesthoods to work together to contain Chaos within Structure in ways in which the balance between Chaos and Structure could be managed and some kind of equilibrium be achieved. Structure is just a form of focussing energy towards achieving desired outcomes. It needs to be flexed to respond to changes in circumstances. The Egyptians knew also how to work with Chaos to change Structure when needed but always within the limits of not losing control of the balance between the energies of Chaos and Structure. The existence of the energy of Chaos in the wider physical world which could not be controlled so easily by the priests was recognised.         

 

Various deities in Ancient Egyptian theology had their roles in the ongoing relationship between Chaos and Structure. Sekhmet had a particular role. There is a dimension of consciousness based around geometry from which Structure is derived. Geometric Structure can be used to contain or to give form in both physical and non-physical ways and to hold consciousness. This Structure is all around us in our physical world. For example, as we looked at earlier, crystalline structure is based upon molecules in energetic relationship with each other in regular and repeated patterns. Humans have gaseous, liquid and solid crystalline structure in their energy bodies, in their body fluids and in their physical bodies. Our planet is covered with crystals underneath its surface. These are examples of physical form being manifested from sacred geometry. To take another example of geometric relationships, we looked earlier at the  triangulation principle between male energy, female energy and the third neutral energy that helps to hold male and female energy separate and to prevent male running into female – the trinity of energies. The Egyptians understood that the Higher Beings who were Keepers of the consciousness of geometry which enables the manifestation of our physical world were Siriun. One of these is Sekhmet, hence her name Mother of Life.

 

The priesthood would work with Sekhmet both proactively and reactively to maintain reasonable balance between Chaos and Structure. Sekhmet is able to work with the energies of both Chaos and Structure. She would be invoked to break Structure through the use of Chaos when appropriate. She would be invoked the other way when it was necessary to support and to reinforce Structure if it were at risk from Chaos. Although the priesthood would work with Sekhmet all the time, there were periods when she was needed more than others. For example, there are historical records of big natural disasters affecting Egypt. The Ipuwer Papyrus (which you can look up on the internet) refers to one of these and the situation described in the Papyrus would have represented the very worst nightmare scenario for the priesthood and for the King. Not only had the Structure of the physical world been damaged but the Structure of Egyptian society fell apart. After such occurrences, Sekhmet would be called upon to help to get back an appropriate balance between Chaos and Structure. There were different ways in which the priests would work with Sekhmet across Chaos and Structure. For example, she could hold the energies of the various dimensions of consciousness at the same time and these could be channelled through her for whatever reason they needed to be worked with. As a Siriun Being, they worked with her to ensure that our planet had enough of the Siriun energy that forms an integral part of the electro-magnetic makeup of our planet and its atmosphere. The rows of pairs of standing and seated Sekhmet statues to be found in Egypt represented male and female energy and the priests would work with Sekhmet to achieve reasonable balance between these energies.           

    

In terms of the representations of Sekhmet in paintings and in statues, the leonine headdress is reflective of the leonine Higher Beings associated with Sirius. The solar disc, ankh and sceptre are all linked to bringing other dimensional consciousness and energies down to our planet. The scarab is representative of renewal and rebirth. 

 

The link with healing follows on from all of this. Sekhmet’s healers would seek to achieve a rebalancing of various energies within the geometric makeup of the human form on this planet. They might, for example, seek to correct any problem with the balance between male and female energy. They might seek an energetic reconnection and reintegration of the other aspects of the person in other dimensions with what was here in the third dimension. They would work with a range of energies including the energy which Helen Belot decided to call Sekhem. All this would be done within the overall concept of getting the right balance between Chaos and Structure within an individual. 

 

The names by which we know some of the deities of Ancient Egypt today are not Egyptian but are instead derivatives of the Greek names for the deities following the conquest of much of Egypt by Alexander the Great around 331BC. Until the hieroglyphs had been deciphered, Sekhmet was known by the Greek name for her, Sacmis. In Ancient Egyptian, the written form of her name was SKHMT, vowels never being used in the written form.

 

The logo which I use on my website is a representation of the hieroglyphs for Sekhmet’s Egyptian name.

 

 

Working with Sekhmet

 

You will find Sekhmet to be a great help when doing healing on yourself and other people and for helping you to develop your understanding of the Sekhem energy. If you try to get an energetic connection with her in much the same way as outlined in the earlier chapter about channelling, you should be able to develop a relationship with her and ask for her help in the healing situation. At the Masters Level you will receive an initiation into the energy of Sekhmet which will make it easier for you to connect with her and to channel her energy. You might then like to consider initiating any statue or picture of a statue of Sekhmet that you have into Sekhmet’s energy if you would like her energy to be constantly present where you do your healing work. You can also try to call her in using this mantra - Sa Sekhmet Sahu. ‘Sa’ is an honorific prefix and ‘Sahu’ is one of the nine bodies which Ancient Egyptians understood us to have. We will look at the nine bodies later in this course and how to do healing on them. For the time being, though, please work on the basis that the ‘Sahu’ is the energetic body of the memory of all of Sekhmet’s experiences and learnings. Therefore, chant Sa Sekhmet Sahu with the intention that you are connecting to Sekhmet and to ask her if she can give you help and guidance from her Sahu body.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of update : 30th June 2007

 

 

 

 

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