I think it's right for me to note here, that I've been studying Kemetism & Holistic Health which most of this entry is deriving from. This is just my own personal thoughts in regards to caring for the entire physical body/temple.
A thought passed through my mind the other night, while juicing a bulb of fennel. Which was an observation about how we take more care of the outside of our bodies than we do the inside.
It is not to say that there is anything inherently wrong with adorning the physical body with a fine presentation that alludes to being clean and well taken care of. But it is to only point out the obvious of being a visual species, where the eyes are heavily relied on as the windows to interpreting our world.
Even though there is quite the focus on outward appearances, our optical perspective is a very limited one indeed. As we may perceive that a surface appears to be clean, however the ability of viewing it on a microscopic level with the naked eye alone is impossible. So not only appearances can be deceiving but there's a lot more going on than meets the eye.
Our internal organs that give us life and the ability to function is indeed out of sight and therefore out of mind and because it is hidden from us, it's not something we take the greatest care in, especially when there is no emphasis to do so, even though it plays a very important and vital role in our lives.
When speaking on Ma'at who is the Egyptian Goddess and personification of Justice, Balance and Truth. She is the keeper of balance and order in the universe. Now the Universe is the function of the many working together as one, in order to sustain life. If there is an disruption of this order and balance, then chaos will ensue. The body (Ka) is fashioned after the like of the Universe with the many working together as one. So as it above, so as it below.
I then ask if we were to personally weigh the up keep of our visual appearance and outside cleanliness with the hidden parts of our body, would those scales be balanced? What if we would then apply those same scales to society's standards of caring for the entire body, would they tip?
This is what Ma'at teaches, balance and to weigh things out. If the scale tips, then we are out of balance and chaos will arise. In this case being a decline in health but can be applied to anything. She also teaches Truth, which includes being right and honest with ourselves.
Chaos also applies to Ma'at's order. For it is in chaos that shows us that we are unbalanced and will eventually lead back to Ma'at.
Food for thought.
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