First Eye on Kemet Course - Enrollment for Fall 2016 Begins

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First Eye on Kemet Course - Enrollment for Fall 2016 Begins

This introductory course is an inner journey of awakening the spirit.
 
First Eye is intended as a background for those who are new to studying the ancient Hapi (Nile) Valley Culture. The aim of the course is to provide a broad overview of Kemetic history, society, spiritual beliefs and practices as the foundation for further study and implementation. 
 
This course allows us to bring closure to the questions of who, what, when, and why so that we can concentrate on“How To” reestablish what we’ve lost and how to move toward living Kemetically in the 21st century.

COURSE TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Rightous Kem-Ettiquette: the sacred codes of conduct
  • The art of Medu Nefer (good speech) and conflict resolution
  • The physical and spiritual origins of the ancient Hapi Valley Culture
  • Innerstanding the interconnections between the ancient way and the contemporary way
  • An introduction to Medu Neter, the ancient and powerful words, sounds, and symbols of power
  • Ma’atcracy: the TRUE theocracy
  • The spiritual and cultural significance of divination
  • The importance of structure in Kemetic society
  • Innerstanding the concepts of NTR and Neteru
  • The resurrection of Afra-Kemetic holidays and celebrations for reestablishing and maintaining our connection with our Ancestors

Embracing the Kemetic tradition is an opportunity to transform your being in order to live in the most righteous and balanced manner possible. Are you ready for a change?

Enrollment is $450 pp. Payment plans are available.

Discounts are available for students and teachers.

First Eye Enrollment Options

An in-person and online orientation for First Eye on Kemet will be scheduled shortly; join our email list or contact us directly to guarantee that you receive this information as soon as it's available!

 

**Refunds will be given for cancellations fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduled start of class. After class has started, no refunds will be given. You are welcome to make requests to apply funds to another student or future session of the course but we make no guarantees that we can grant such requests. For extenuating circumstances, such as medical emergencies, please contact us directly to discuss.**

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Web en Djed

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Web en Djed

How to celebrate and utilize the energies of the Winter Solstice

This time of year is not only remarkable for the vast number of holidays that are celebrated, but also for the way that the seasonal transition affects our bodies, minds, and hearts. It is no surprise that so many people choose to engage in festival, coming together with their loved ones and finding reasons to be grateful and joyous, rather than succumbing to the dreariness that could be created by early sunsets and cold weather. 

Our Ancestors of the Hapi (Nile) Valley built their entire culture by being in tune with the seasons and the cycles, crafting ceremonies and rituals to take advantage of our divine relationship with the Cosmos. Many of the religious holidays celebrated during the month of December can trace the roots of their meanings and practices to our Ancestral traditions. So as we engage in the work of reconstructing our culture and reclaiming the ways of Maat, we seek to innerstand holidays as the people of KMT celebrated them and how they can be observed by us in the modern day.

Web en Djed is the Raising of the Djed Pillar, observed on the Winter Solstice, which most often falls on December 21st but occasionally will occur on the 22nd. The Winter Solstice is called the shortest day of the year, because it is the time when we experience the least amount of daylight over any given twenty-four hour span.

Metaphorically, the Winter Solstice is a time when darkness threatens to encroach upon our harmonious embrace of light and love. When the sun disappears from the sky, to be replaced by fourteen hours of nighttime, it can feel as if the darkness will never end. This can invoke a feeling of hopelessness, misery, and despair. Our Ancestors understood this and were determined to fight against such low feelings. They saw their culture as the repository of survival strategies that would get them through any dilemma or challenge.

The Djed Pillar itself is a symbol of stability and strength. The backbone of Ausar reminds us to prioritize all areas of our health and to be disciplined and steadfast despite the conditions of the world around us. The world may be immersed in complete darkness, and all may seem lost, but the Djed Pillar is our lighthouse that stands firm and tall upon the shore and guides us home to safety. It is a symbol of our own metaphoric spine and the courage we must assume when the light is drained from our world; the tenacity we will need to continue pushing forward. 

Our Ancestors celebrated Web en Djed on the coldest, darkest night of the year, so that they could be inspired and could inspire one another. They understood we cannot lose our center and become imbalanced just because times seem bleak. We must guard our beings against Isfet - chaos, imbalance, and disorder - at all times, for this is the way to cultivate our true selves and bring Maat to all we think, speak, and do. Raising the Djed Pillar is an opportunity for us to remember that when we come out on the other side of the long night, we will have to live with the consequences of our choices, so it is our charge to always create righteousness, harmony, integrity, and balance, despite what is happening around us.

How to Observe Web en Djed With Your Family:

  • This is a perfect opportunity for cleanses, both internal and external. Spend three to five days cleansing the body of toxins and engaging in longer meditations than usual. Clean house and rid yourself of anything that you no longer use and no longer serves a purpose in your life.
  • Burn myrrh oil and incense to fill your home with the scent of Ausar.
  • Eat green leafy vegetables and drink freshly pressed green juices. Visualize yourself glowing with the green light of regeneration and health.
  • Construct a djed pillar with your children. Be creative about the materials you use. Allow them to paint it and talk with them about what each tier represents - one for physical health, one for emotional health, another for mental health, and the fourth for spiritual health.
  • Lie the pillar on its side until it is time to raise it. On the Winter Solstice, raise the pillar as a family. Adorn it with a red ribbon (which represents the Thet, or knot of Auset) and a yellow sun (which represents light triumphing over darkness). 
  • Wear green, black, and white to bring yourself into alignment with the energies of the occasion. You may also wear grounding stones such as black onyx and hematite. These will help you to stand firmly on your square and not waiver from your principles.
  • Reflect upon the triumphs and successes of the year that has passed. Allow yourself to be filled with gratitude and pride. You have done great things and you can - and will - continue to do more great things. Remember that all cycles will come to an end and you, as a divine being, have the capacity to create the life you want for yourself.

Remember, it is our divine charge to look to our culture for the guidance we need to live empowered, sovereign, intelligent, harmonious, and masterful lives. Afrakan culture contains all of the elements we need as Afrakan people to be our best selves at all times, with no exceptions and no excuses. Let us continue the process of reclaiming our true selves by reinstating our Ancestral traditions and holidays and getting back to who we are and who we have always been.

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Serudj Tawi Newsletter - October 2015

E em htp!
{I come offering peace & satisfaction}

Happy Akhet {season of harvest}!

As 2015 moves closer to its end, we take time to appreciate the many blessings we have received this year while also acknowledging and accepting the temporary nature of all things. Take time to remember those who have passed and pay homage to the ancestors who continue to guide and protect us.

The season of Fall, with its falling leaves, shorter days and longer nights, brings a myriad of events, emotions and opportunities to enhance your relationship with the divine NTR. In our fourth edition of the Serudj Tawi newsletter, Temple of Anu, Nu Aset Temple and Ra Sekhi Arts Temple invite you to honor this vibrant, abundant and sometimes solemn season with us through the sacred Kemetic texts, the energies of the NTRU, our Ancestral rituals, and the words of wisdom highlighted in this publication.

“Be generous as long as you live. What goes into the storehouse should come out. For bread is made to be shared. Those whose bellies are empty turn into accusers and those who are deprived become opponents. See that none such as these are your neighbors. Generosity is a memorial for those who show it, long after they have departed.”
- The Book of Ptah-Hotep

 

 

LIVING MAAT

Fall is the season of harvest. If, during the Spring and Summer, you planted diligently and attended well to your spiritual, emotional and physical gardens, ithe time has come to reap the rewards of your efforts. And as you receive and enjoy the fruits of your labor this seaon, remember also to give!

Above all give thanks daily to the Divine NTR; this is the true source of your abundance. If you want to continue to receive from NTR, you must continue to give to NTR. As Kemau, we innerstand this truth and everyday recite the following: “Amma su en pa Neter. Sau ek su emment en pa Neter. Au dua ma qedi pa Heru.” This translates to: “Give yourself to God daily. Keep yourself for God daily. And may tomorrow be as today.” By giving thanks and living from a place of gratitude, you create a space that allows for even more blessings to come your way.

Secondly, give an offering to your hettu {spiritual house} because this is where you received the “seeds” that you planted in your garden. Spiritual leaders devote their lives to the well being of their communities. Thus, it is the responsibility of the community to contribute to and maintain the well being of its spiritual house through sustained offerings, selfless/sacred service and tithing; else there will be no proper place to worship or learn of God's will.

Third, share your riches with family and friends and with those who have less than you. “...Peace will not be found in a city where friends are forgotten and their needs not answered [The Book of Ptah-Hotep]”. Do not allow ego to convince you that you alone are responsible for your unique gifts and accomplishments. Your blessings are a gift from NTR meant for you and your community.

And finally, set aside and prepare a portion of your harvest in preparation for Winter – the season of stillness and hibernation when the soil appears dead and very little, if anything, grows from it.

Understand that good fortune is a result of living Maat, speaking Maat, being Maakheru (true of thought, word and deed) in all that you do. And remember: “to whom much is given, much is required.

 

Anedge hra tenu NETERU

 

The Ennead, Company of Nine Neteru, is an essential aspect of the theology of Anu. Atum, an aspect of Ra, is considered to be the first member of the Ennead.

Atum is the complete one as represented by the setting sun. Atum is the completion of metamorphosis; the full realization that one has actualized his/her potential. Atum is the Elder who has come into his own; the community's source of wisdom and insight through experience applied. Atum reminds us that we must be fully aware of self if we are to embrace the lessons of the physical plane. As we incorporate those lessons into our being, we learn to use our divine powers to live in harmonious balance and actualize the purpose of our existence.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND RESPECT FOR OUR ANCESTORS

This is a topic that seems to need no explanation or encouragement in order for us to embrace its principle in the modern day. Without the Ancient Ones applying themselves diligently towards the study of nature and of human behavior; without their scientific documentation and preservation of their findings; without their commitment to passing down their words and research to the generations to come, we might not have access to some of the greatest wisdom from one of the world' greatest civilization.

Yet our acknowledgement and respect for our Ancestors does not begin and end with the Ancient Ones. We must consider members of our direct lineage, our grandmothers and grandfathers, who did their best to survive in a world hostile to their existence. We must consider the revolutionaries and freedom fighters who risked life and limb to secure greater empowerment for Afrikan people around the world, not just themselves. We must add to the list the sages and shamans who have blessed our marriages and families, who have offered comfort and guidance in our darkest hours, and who have reminded us of the divine source when we were incapable of seeking it on our own.

We recognize and acknowledge each of the five classes of Ancestors: the iakhu, beings of light who shine the way for us on the path of Maati; the shepsu, venerated Ancestors whose work has benefited the race; the tepiu, the sages, priests, and shamans who offer spiritual guidance; the abetet, the beloved Ancestors who have given their lives for our freedom and empowerment; and the akeru, those recently transitioned Ancestors who are making their sojourn to the west.

Calling our Ancestors forth through drep khesu (libation ceremony) reminds us that we stand on the shoulders of powerful people who come before us. It reminds us that we belong to something larger than ourselves and that we will contribute to a future that will last longer than we will. With the strength of our Ancestors behind us, we are empowered and driven to live up to the greatness that they left us, and we are motivated and courageous for the generations to come.

 

 

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Financial Freedom Discussion

Join us for our first discussion on
Financial Freedom


Saturday, November 7th
2:00 pm

Topics to include: how to cultivate the mindset of a millionaire; practical tips on making and keeping a sustainable budget; and an introduction to stock market investing.

Our focus at this first discussion is practical and reasonable adjustments that can be made by anyone who is ready to move towards financial freedom. 

REFAL Headquarters
271 South 9th St
Newark, NJ 07103

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Anedge hra tenu Neteru - GEB

Geb is the masculine representation of earth. Many of us think of the earth as a mother, relating the earth’s abundance to the feminine quality of nurturing life. Geb is the masculine nature of the physical plane; his laughter is said to cause the earth to quake. As the fertile force that impregnates the cosmos (represented by his consort Nut), Geb shows us that when we use our energy to plant seeds in the universe, we can expect a divine harvest.

Geb reminds us to be assertive about how we approach our reality and not to wait passively for our abundance to be harvested. Instead, we have the right to create conditions that will guarantee our success.

By meditating and observing the sacred cycles, we can plant seeds and expect that our intentions will be made manifest on the earth plane. Our abundance does not need to be solely cosmic; we are not people who must wait until the afterlife to receive from the universe. By channeling the power of Geb, we can expect to see improvement in our lives surrounding material concerns, particularly in finances, family, and health. 

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Feast of Sekhmet 2015

Feast of Sekhmet


December 31, 2015

7:30 pm to 1:30 am


Join us on New Year's Eve to celebrate Sekhmet in fiery fashion!

Ntrt Sekhmet is the powerful one, she who loves Maat and abhors Isfet. Sekhmet was sent by Ra to punish the Kemau for turning their backs on the way of Maat. Her power and force reminds us that we will always reap what we sow. Using the power of Sekhmet to our benefit teaches us to channel her fire into the maintenance of Maat within and without. Sekhmet forces us to ask ourselves if we are contributing to divine order, or disrupting it

The highlight of the evening is a fire ritual, the element that represents the passions of Sekhmet. As the flames are burning brightly, we release all of the troubles, pathologies, issues, fears, etc. that have kept us from reaching the peaks of success that we are capable of.

The night will also include:

  • Home-cooked vegetarian cuisine;
  • Teaching the children the story of Sekhmet and keeping them engaged in African culture and spirituality;
  • Ceremony to honor Het-Heru, divine manifestation of love, attraction and joy;
  • Ritual to honor Bastet, divine manifestation of music, protection, and harmony;
  • Libation to honor our Ancestors, those ancient and familial;
  • Dancing, celebrating, and communing with others of like mind and spirit.

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First Eye on Kemet Course - Enrollment for Fall 2015 Begins

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First Eye on Kemet Course - Enrollment for Fall 2015 Begins

This introductory course is an inner journey of awakening the spirit.
 
First Eye is intended as a background for those who are new to studying the ancient Hapi (Nile) Valley Culture. The aim of the course is to provide a broad overview of Kemetic history, society, spiritual beliefs and practices as the foundation for further study and implementation. 
 
This course allows us to bring closure to the questions of who, what, when, and why so that we can concentrate on“How To” reestablish what we’ve lost and how to move toward living Kemetically in the 21st century.

COURSE TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Rightous Kem-Ettiquette: the sacred codes of conduct
  • The art of Medu Nefer (good speech) and conflict resolution
  • The physical and spiritual origins of the ancient Hapi Valley Culture
  • Innerstanding the interconnections between the ancient way and the contemporary way
  • An introduction to Medu Neter, the ancient and powerful words, sounds, and symbols of power
  • Ma’atcracy: the TRUE theocracy
  • The spiritual and cultural significance of divination
  • The importance of structure in Kemetic society
  • Innerstanding the concepts of NTR and Neteru
  • The resurrection of Afra-Kemetic holidays and celebrations for reestablishing and maintaining our connection with our Ancestors

Embracing the Kemetic tradition is an opportunity to transform your being in order to live in the most righteous and balanced manner possible. Are you ready for a change?

Enrollment is $450 pp. Payment plans are available.

Discounts are available for students and teachers.

Pay in full before October 1 at the discounted rate of $400 pp.

Orientation for First Eye on Kemet will be held in person on Sunday, September 13th at 11:00 am. The date for our online orientation for long-distance students will be announced shortly.

All those who are interested are invited to attend. Orientations are an opportunity to ask questions and be introduced to the priests who will guide you on this journey.

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Serudj Tawi Newsletter - August 2015

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Serudj Tawi Newsletter - August 2015

E em htp!

{I come offering peace & satisfaction}

In this, our third edition of the Serudj Tawi newsletter, Temple of Anu, Nu Aset Temple and (newly inducted family) Ra Sekhi Arts Temple celebrate & reflect on the Kemetic New Year {Wep RenPet} and the abundant blessings that it brings.

The opening of the year expands hearts, and we invite you to expand your mind and heart to welcome, embrace and receive what is divinely yours to have this new year!

Set an intention for a greater connection to NTR and kemmune with us through the sacred Kemetic text, the energies of the NTRU, our Ancestral rituals, and the words of wisdom highlighted in this publication.

Welcome to Serudj Tawi

Shem em htp!

Living MAAT

  “...The balancing of the land lies in Maat – truth, justice and righteousness. Do not speak falsely for you are great; do not act lightly for you have weight; be not untrue for you are the balance and do not swerve for you are the standard. You are on the level with the balance. If it tilts, then, you will lean too. Do not drift, rather steer...”

- The Book of Khun-Anup

The Serudj Tawi Ketem {covenant} is focused on restoring the Kemetic legacy to its former glory with a demand of greater commitment to: Remetch {black men & women}, Sheps {elders}, Abet {family based ceremony}, Seba {wise instructors}, Shetu {priests}, and Naswt Biti {the Kemetic leader}. As Kemites of the Temple of Anu, Nu Aset Temple and Ra Sekhi Arts Temple, we acknowledge the Kemetic Legacy as our divine inheritance, and accept our sacred duty to restore this Legacy. Thus, we are each charged to share in the responsibility of unifying, growing, strengthening and protecting our collective kemmunity.

Meditate daily on the Tep Ra of the Ntr/Ntrt who chose you during Wep RenPet {Kemetic New Year} and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual balance in your thoughts, words and deeds. Allow NTR to speak to you and through you so that you become the light that guides and directs others to the path.

There is much work to do. Act swiftly & thoughtfully, and perform always with the intentions of Maat!


“I restored (serudj) that which I found ruined;
I joined (thes) that which I found severed,
And I replenished (meh) that which I found depleted.”
- Rediu-Khnum

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Anedge hra tenu NETERU

Nut is the motherly force that nurtures all of creation by being the barrier that stops chaos from disrupting the world. Her body is the heavens covered with stars, and it is said that she gives birth to the sun daily. The five Ntru of Wep RenPet {Kemetic New Year} are the children of Nut, born after Djehuty maneuvered around the decree of Ra to allow her to give birth. This connects Nut to the passage of time, both the charting of each day and the change of each calendar year.

Nut reminds us that we are not merely beings of the earth, and we must nurture our spiritual aspects just as we care for our bodies. Remaining connected to Spirit and nurturing our divine potential serves to keep the forces of Isfet {chaos} at bay. Just as Nut acts as a vessel for Spirit to manifest itself, so too must we be available and open to allowing the Ntru to live, speak, and act in and through us. Our greatest potentiality gestates within and we must protect it from being corrupted by darkness. This is the example and power of the great mother Nut, for she is the force which allows Divinity to live.

Belief in the NETERU

The Kemetic tradition is not polytheistic as eurocentric researchers & egyptologists would have you to believe. In actuality, as discussed in our June newsletter, we believe in NTR and a Creator that is one with its creation - the oneness of God, if you will. Taking this thought even further, the African mind sees supreme intelligence in all things that exist, which means that NTR can express itself in however many ways It chooses. The Neteru are the individual expressions of NTR; the myriad of ways that the Creator chooses to express itself to us and through us.

Our Ancestors took the time to observe the design of nature: the way trees process carbon monoxide and release oxygen; the way vultures eating carrion contribute to harmonious balance. In this they saw supreme intelligence – NTR. To access NTR, they began to name and honor these qualities they respected as divinely inspired. When we “call on” a Neteru, we are calling on the supreme intelligence that manifests itself in this unique form - allowing us to better connect with, direct and respect the Divine force. When we respect Ta-Urt {an expression of the abundant & plentiful earth}, we respect the very land that nourishes us with fruits, vegetables, & grain, thus honoring the divine design of planting, nurturing & harvesting, and learning that the universe will always provide. When we honor Ptah {an expression of the creativity of mankind}, we are respecting the intellect and imagination that comes together in the mind of a master craftsman - honoring the divine design of our mental capacity, and learning that we too have the ability to create great things.

By looking at the individual expressions of NTR in this way, and getting to know the Neteru one by one, we are better able to understand what it is to be divine beings, how to access our Divinity, and how to use it for our collective benefit.

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