worship one god

Theism: belief in and worship of god(s).

Monotheism: belief in and worship of only one god.

Polytheism: belief in and worship of many gods.

Megatheism: belief that there are multiple gods, but that yours is superior to all others and only They are worthy of worship.

Henotheism: worship of only one god while acknowledging (the possibility of) the existence of others.

Kethenotheism: the worship of only one god at a time.

Monolatrism: the worship of only one god while believing in multiple gods.

Pantheism: belief that the divine is in everything.

Panentheism: belief that the divine is in everything, while also being beyond everything.

Apatheism: being neutral towards the possibility of the existence of god(s).

Atheism: neither believing in nor worshiping god(s).

Antitheism: being actively opposed to the belief in and/or worship of god(s).

Transtheism: a belief system that cannot be easily categorised as either theistic or atheistic. (Sadly, not the belief that god(s) is/are trans or that trans people are god(s)).

Autotheism: belief that divinity is inherently within oneself (may or may not exclude external divinity).

Agnosticism: belief/philosophical position that the divine (and/or whether or not it exists) is unknowable.

Ignosticism: belief/philosophical position that knowledge regarding whether or not god(s) exist is unprofitable.

Deism: belief/philosophical position that God does not interfere directly with the world.

Pandeism: belief that the creator deity became the universe and then ceased to exist as a separate and conscious entity.

Monism: a philosophical position that attributes oneness or singleness to existence.

Dualism: a philosophical doctrine that attributes co-eternal binary opposition to existence.

Omnism: the recognition and respect of all religions.

Panpsychism: belief/philosophical position that consciousness, mind or soul is an intrinsic universal attribute within all things.

Ietism: unspecified belief in an undetermined transcendent force.

Omnibenevolence/eutheism: belief that (a) god is wholly good.

Dystheism: belief that (a) god is not wholly good and may be evil.

Maltheism: belief that (a) god is wholly evil.

(Please correct any false definitions or add new ones to the list.)

We don’t need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It’s what we do.
—  Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Do you miss the Prophet ﷺ ?

Have you ever felt that longing and yearning for someone you haven’t even met? Do you ever get that feeling of missing the Prophet ﷺ ?

If no, then this story I am about to share with you will definitely put you in tears as well as give you that feeling of longing for the Prophet ﷺ.
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This is a story about the muadhdhin of the Prophet ﷺ, Bilad Ib Rabah Radiyallahu Anhu. The story of his torture and unwavering faith is one of the famous stories in regards to the Sahabah, his Ahadun Ahad (Allah is One, Allah is One) somehow became his trademark that when we hear about him, we are refreshened with his strong built of faith.

It was said that when the Prophet ﷺ saw Bilal RA, after Abu Bakr RA took him and freed him from Umayyah Ibn Khalaf (his former master), he rose up and embraced Bilal RA like a parent embraces a child.

After then, Bilal RA became the Prophet’s ﷺ muadhdhin. He had such a melodious voice that whenever he would call the adhan, the hearts of the believers would be so moved that they would come to the masjid to worship one true god, Allah.

It is also said that whenever an event of difficulty or hardship comes to the Prophet ﷺ, he would ask Bilal RA to call the adhan by saying, “Bilal, relieve and soothe us through salah(prayer).”

Bilal RA was not just a muadhdhin of the Prophet ﷺ but also a very close companion. He used to carry water for ablution and walking stick for the Prophet ﷺ. Whenever the Prophet ﷺ would perform the wudhu, he would hold his shoes in his hands and Bilal felt honored for being the only one to do this service for the Prophet ﷺ.

Indeed, the love of Bilal RA for the Prophet ﷺ was boundless.

When the Prophet ﷺ passed away, Bilal RA was in full grief. He couldn’t accept the fact that the Prophet ﷺ whom he loved so dearly was no longer with him.

He asked himself: “Has the Messenger of Allah ﷺ really left us for good? Shall I not see him again until the Day of Resurrection? Since the truth of Islam will remain until the Day of Judgement, I shall continue calling the faithful to prayer.”

The next morning, as he started to say the adhan: “Allahu’akbar, Allahu’akbar”, his eyes started to search out the places where he saw the Prophet ﷺ only to find that he was no longer there. He then realized that he ﷺ had really returned to His Creator.

Bilal RA somehow controlled himself and said the next part but as he started the third part he could not control his emotions and he broke down in tears and collapsed. 

In response, many believers, young and old who were listening to him in their houses burst into tears.

The sahabah rushed to the masjid only to find Bilal RA lying on the ground crying like a baby and was asked, “What is that matter with you, O Bilal?” He replied with tears in his eyes: “I can’t say the adhan.”

Abu Bakr RA, who was the Khalifa that time came and asked him, “Bilal, what is the matter with you?” He replied “I will not say the adhan now that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ has gone.” Abu Bakr RA was surprised and asked, “Who will then say the call to prayer for us?” Bilal RA said: “Find another caller to prayer.”

The sahabah accepted his request and he no longer called people to prayer.

Years have passed, Bilal RA still continued to uphold the testimony of tawheed and took part in various expeditions. When Palestine fell to the Muslim forces and the flag of Islam fluttered over the blessed land, ‘Umar RA, who was the Ameer ul Mumineen that time, set out to Palestine. This was the time when large parts of the world were under the sway of the Muslims.

The Muslims (who had defeated empires) had now gathered in Masjid Al Aqsa. The contingent included those persecuted by the Makkan pagans, who fought at Badr, and who took the bai’ah of Ridhwan just before the conquest of Makkah.

Dhuhr (noon) prayer came when ‘Umar RA saw Bilal RA and remembered the role he had played in the past.

‘Umar RA had implored Bilal RA to call the adhan, he refused at first but the sahabah urged him to agree to ‘Umar’s RA request.

He then stood up and called the adhan in deference to the sahabah.

The moment was so emotional that even though he was old, his voice was as moving as it was before and it resounded through the still air and it moved the hearts of all those who were present.

Everyone, including ‘Umar RA, the sahabah and those muslim warriors burst into tears and their sobbing reverberated throughout the masjid.

Indeed, the voice of Bilal RA has taken them all back to the days when the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was still among them.
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Allahu’akbar. Subhan’Allah, does this story not move you to tears?

How beautiful must it have sounded to hear Bilal RA call the adhan? Indeed, a story like this makes us long for the Prophet ﷺ. It takes us all back to the days when Islam was at its pioneering days.

May Allah fill our hearts with love for the Prophet ﷺ and his sahabah RA, along with love for our brothers and sisters in faith and may He put in our hearts a sturdy and firm love in practising and following the sunnah of His beloved Messenger ﷺ. 

Amin
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Series of stories regarding Bilal RA were taken from

• Sahih Al Bukhari
• Sunan Abu Dawud
• Al Misk wal’Anbar fi Khutbu il Minbar, Al Qarni

Story was taken from Nafs Book, Umm Umar Khaled, pp. 152-153

There is not a single verse in the bible that says Jesus (peace be upon him) was born on the 25th of December. There is not a single verse in the bible that says anything regarding “Christmas” or “Santa” itself. There is not a single verse in the bible that Jesus declares to be God. 

God does not need eat, Jesus did. God does not sleep, Jesus slept. God does not pray, Jesus prayed. God is independent, Jesus is dependent as he prayed. God is All Knowing, Jesus has limited knowledge and is not all knowing.

Jesus prayed, Muslims pray. Jesus fasted, Muslims fast. Jesus kept a beard and so do Muslim men. We love Jesus (peace be upon him) he is our role model. Even his mother Mary who we Muslims call her as Maryam she wore a scarf, full loose veil which Muslim women wear because both were Muslims.

Jesus (peace be upon him) came with a simple message, to tell his nation to worship One God without any partners. Bible has been edited several times, there are so many versions and contradictions. God sent down another Prophet who was called Muhammad (peace be upon him) he came to mankind not just one nation. This is the last prophet with the last revelation as God said he will protect this book from being altered and changed. This book is the Qur'an till this day it has never been changed or altered. 

We invite you to look further and investigate Islam. Islam is not just another religion. It is the same message preached by Moses, Jesus and Abraham. Islam literally means ‘˜submission to God’ and it teaches us to have a direct relationship with God. It reminds us that since God created us, no one should be worshipped except God alone. It also teaches that God is nothing like a human being or like anything that we can imagine.

The concept of God is summarised in the Qur'an as: Say, He is God, the One. God, the Absolute. He does not give birth, nor was He born, and there is nothing like Him*. [112:1-4]

Becoming a Muslim is not changing or losing your Christian identity. But it’s going back to the original teachings of Jesus. Guidance ultimately comes from God. We ask God to guide us and you. May God’s peace and blessing be upon you for the rest of your days. *God is not male or female, the word ‘˜Him’ when used for God does not refer to gender

Ares, we met through mutual friends

The first time we met, I felt metal spikes and shoulder pads fall down on me

A smirk came across your lips as rock music raced through my veins like electricity

Needless to say, it was a memorable first impression.

Despite my initial anxiety upon our first interactions,

Intuition didn’t sound sirens as one might expect upon crossing your path

I soon graciously welcomed your hand on my shoulder as a grounding influence: a gesture of encouragement, of good faith, a vote of confidence

History has memorialized you in such negative terms..

People will never be satisfied; You remind me that they shouldn’t be satisfied. If they settle, where would the passion for living go?

All the same, I am determined to show the world the way you are.

Ares, you encourage people to take life into their own hands

Their future is waiting, beyond a path they pave themselves

Most beautiful things are difficult to gain 

However, there is nothing like looking back on beauty you forged yourself, the end of a struggle purely your own

A battle well won.

“Not every war will be literal,” you say, as the tension in my mind starts leaking through the cracks in these concrete walls

You kneel by me as I clutch so hard at my skin, you grasp my shoulders and meet my eyes with a firm, gentle grip and fiery gaze

You’re reminding me what I fight for, you speak so passionately about my strengths, never turning away from me even in my weakness

When my tears have slowed, you’re reaching into your pockets and handing me your own knife… Upon inspecting it, I hand it back.

“In a war, there will be battles that will be grueling to take on alone… This knife is a promise, a reminder.. that I am always ready to fight for a comrade.” You say. 

It’s starting to rain a bit overhead, but I can’t help but smile up at you.

You smirk, and I don’t miss the affectionate sparkle in your eye akin to fondness

You help me stand before shrugging off your jean jacket to wrap it around my shoulders

and together, we walk towards the future in a downpour. 

Lord Shiva is called Swayambhu. He is never born and has no end. He is eternal and non-dual consciousness that is present everywhere. That’s why we do Shiva puja. To worship Shiva you have to dedicate your mind and soul yourself into Him. To worship Him you do not need to go to anywhere or on long pilgrimages to find the Divine. If you don’t find Shiva where you are then you not going to find HIM anywhere else. Shiva is all about the truth and decent karma. Worshiping Shiva is about losing lust, anger, desires, self-importance and having respect for every living existence. Where the mind dissolves, Shiva is there because the entire planet earth is your temple. Shiva is all around us and He is constantly and contentedly watching us. He doesn’t have a form. He is the formless core of existence and the end. He is the seer, sight and the scene. He is everywhere and in everything.

🙏🏽ॐ नमः शिवाय || हर हर महादेव 🕉🔱📿❤️

anonymous asked:

Can I ask a question? I'm still converting and if this is a weird question don't worry about answering it. I love that we have a Heavenly Mother. What I'm confused about is how, if we worship one God, she's another deity that we worship as well. Is that polytheistic? Or is there something I haven't learned and I'm totally confused? Thank you for your time, sorry again if it's a weird question.

First of all, no question is a weird question especially in Mormonism! This question does get particularly complicated, but the gist is that the LDS theology around God (as much as an LDS theology exists, because continuing revelation leaves literally everything in it open to change) views God less as an entity and more as a title–and, what’s more, as a title that multiple embodied individuals can share so long as they act in complete unity, which the Godhead will. This is in contrast to the doctrine of the Trinity as it’s expressed in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions where God is three persons in one substance or nature (the Greek jargon word for this is homoousios). I would recommend reading Dallin H. Oaks’ recent Conference talk on this subject because it’s a really simple summation of what Mormons essentially are thinking of when they say “Godhead.” The rest of this kind of digs into the details of that basic idea.

I don’t honestly think the Mormon position is as different from the Trinity as a lot of us like to claim but the major difference is Mormonism’s stress on God having to be embodied. Pretty much every other Christian tradition rejects this idea beyond Christ’s Incarnation, but Joseph Smith seeing two physical personages in the First Vision and his later King Follet Discourse really tie us into the doctrine of an embodied God. To maintain the idea of One God, we shift the concept of God towards expressing a partnership between multiple divine beings instead of one being who is multiple personages; it’s basically taking the Trinity idea one step further. God The Father (or more accurate to the theology, God The Parents, which we’ll get into below), God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit are all different persons who are operate and are worshiped as one Godhead or in normal parlance, One God. Think of Jesus’ intercessory prayer in John 17, where He asks The Father that His disciples “may be one, as we are.” The Mormon take on that is that since Peter, James, John, Thomas, Matthew and the rest didn’t melt together into one blob of homoousios than the best reading of the united nature of Christ and The Father is a union of purpose and action rather than a union of being.      

Heavenly Mother is generally inferred and implied in Mormon theology rather than explicitly discussed or worshiped but the idea stems from the biblical teaching that human beings were created in the image of God and the King Follet Discourse’s concept of human beings progressing towards exultation as gods themselves. If we’re holding to those premises, it doesn’t make sense that half of the entire human race just vanishes once we start looking at what’s supposed to be the next step in our evolution. Heavenly Mother resolves that issue and I think the Divine Feminine is a really beautiful idea, but we haven’t worked to receive much more revelation about Her than that She exists, so that’s certainly a subject to pray and ponder about. I’ve taken to using Heavenly Parents more often than Heavenly Father because it seems to me like She’s involved in most everything The Father is–my hunch is that our scriptural tradition just leans on male language for deity because of the patriarchy, but that’s just a hunch. Heavenly Mother gets downplayed a lot in the LDS Church because She isn’t a belief we share with any other Christian churches and we can’t really point to any canonized scriptural precedent that really seals the deal on the theology. For example, we don’t really pray to Her because the precedent in the Lord’s Prayer only has us addressing Our Father. But She is here and we believe in Her! 

Obviously these are both really BIG topics and contain some of the largest differences between Mormons and other Christians, as well as the fuzziest and least certain portions of our doctrine. There are a ton of tangents and detours to fill, but I feel like this a decent portrait of the basic concepts. I know I didn’t cover everything so if anyone else wants to help me flesh it out, or has any other questions along this line, feel free to contribute. 

“To adore God is to praise and exalt Him and to humble oneself, as Mary did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude that He has done great things and holy is His name. The worship of the one God sets man free from turning in on himself, from the slavery of sin and the idolatry of the world.” -CCC 2097

Adoration at 1am is my favorite.

Devilish Starters

Taken from numerous songs, books, movies, and shows.

  • “Please allow me to introduce myself…”
  • “I’m a man of wealth and taste.”
  • “I’m in need of some restraint.”
  • “Use all your well-learned politesse or I’ll lay your soul to waste.”
  • “Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.”
  • “The devil, you see, is that friend who never stays with us to the end.”
  • “If you care to take a dare I’ll just make a bet with you.”
  • “I have never made one of them do anything. Never.”
  • “They use my name as if I spent my entire days sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commits acts they would otherwise find repulsive.”
  • “All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me.”
  • “When Nietzsche said God is dead, he forgot to mention that Satan died in the same horrific accident.”
  • “Don’t you know there ain’t no devil, there’s just God when he’s drunk.”
  • “‘Tis a woman that reigns in Hell.”
  • “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”
  • “We didn’t say it. Milton said it. And he was blind.”
  • “Heaven forbid that anyone worship anything but the One.”
  • “God? God is love. I don’t love you.”
  • “Do you know what Hell really is? It’s not lakes of burning oil or chains of ice. It’s being removed from God’s sight, of having His word taken from you.”
  • “Your war is arrogance. That makes it evil. That’s mine.”
  • “Don’t be afraid. This is your choice. You need to invite me in.”
  • “They say there’s just enough religion in the world to make men hate one another, but not enough to make them love.”
  • “There is but one greater than us, and to him … to him we no longer speak.”
  • “They talk of me going around buying souls, like a fishwife come market day, never stopping to ask themselves why." 
  • "They belong to themselves … they just hate to face up to it.”
  • “I could never again be an angel … innocence, once lost, can never be regained.”
  • “Been there, done that, wore the tee-shirt, ate the burger, bought the original cast album, choreographed the legions of the damned and orchestrated the screaming…" 

anonymous asked:

Would it be rude to worship more than one Greek God/ess at a time or is that encouraged

Resident Hellenic Polytheist here. It is absolutely encouraged (and in my eyes, required) to worship all the Theoi together. They are a familial unit; each deity affects each other in different ways. Every deity is connected to each other in some way within the mythology. Also, don’t take this is as you have to be doing every single ritual for every deity and celebrate all the festivals for all the Theoi because that’s literally impossible with the amount of gods there are and how there’s a festival happening nearly every other day. But acknowledging all the Theoi is possible, and worshiping them together is too. So it is absolutely NOT rude to worship them together! Personally, I worship the Theoi at large, and Apollo, Aphrodite, Ares, and Artemis more closely. This is the general norm I’ve noticed amongst other Hellenics; usually, they worship “all the deathless Theoi” as I’ve seen @pomegranateandivy mention it, and then have closer relationships to particular gods based on their own paths. This is not rude at all, anon, it’s encouraged!

~terebinth

anonymous asked:

Christianity is a monotheist religion

Hi anon,

I apologize, I misspoke in that previous post.  Christianity falls in between a traditional monotheistic faith and polytheism. 

Many Christians have two factors that make the religion partway between the two:  (1)  Many Christian denominations separate God into the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  The Trinity can be explained as three manifestations of the same deity.  If you’ve noticed Christians refer to God and Jesus as the same being. 

(2)  Many Christian denominations have saints.  The origins of the saints are rich in Greek and Roman history.  Originally the polytheistic gods of the ancient world, they would transform into the saints that Christians pray to today.

Traditional monotheism is worship to one God.  One can make the argument that Christian denominations pray to the manifestation of one God through three aspects and through the saints, or one can argue that the three parts of God are actually three different gods.  One can also argue that the saints, once gods, are still gods. 

I hope that this helps!

-PJ

anonymous asked:

I had a friend who told me it's not appropriation because it's not appropriation for her, a white person and me, a Chinese to become friends so it's not appropriation for Chinese culture spirits and a white person to be companions.

It’s different. Your white friend cannot take part in any Chinese rituals. Idk any @electrolytic-eclectic can awnser more than me. They’re chinese.
But you are not Native American, so would you try to worship one of their gods? No? Your white friend shouldn’t worship your gods or your dragons.
Being friends isn’t infringing on the culture. You can be Chinese and not be part of the Chinese culture,,, I think. Pretty sure? Idk talk to Khie (the wonderful person mentioned above)

Your friend was lying or miss informed.

So I thought of Aethelrik again (HOW COULD I NOT?????) and I was inspired with this. ENJOY!

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     Aethelflaed wondered. Her husband was a handsome man; seemingly kind and gentle with his golden locks and big blue eyes; so fair. It had been only natural for her to assume his soul and temper matched his beauty. But a night with him convinced her that ugliness and evil hid in the core of even the most handsome man. Aethelred was a Saxon and as such, Aethelflaed would have believed him to behave like her father to her mother; kindly and lovingly. But he did not. Evil hid even in the fairest of Saxon prince. Evil hid even in the core of a Christian man.

     Erik was not as fair; he was different with his stiff stature and his strange haicut; his scars and his eyes circled with black. Erik firstly appeared fearsome and cruel. He was a pagan who refused to convert and worship the one true God; a man who sought the destruction of her dear Wessex. But a night with him convinced her otherwise. Erik was kind and gentle; caring and loving. He was all she had ever dreamed of. He was the prince she had wanted to marry.

     A night with a man – any man – was enough to convince a woman of his worth.

     Appearances were misleading to a man’s temper and this had made her believe Aethelred was as fair as his face and Erik as cruel and evil as his. The beauty inside Erik showed the truth of his being to her eyes; he was handsome, the most handsome man she had ever seen. More even than her husband. He was so different, like the sounds he made when he spoke his tongue and his foreign gods. If a man she saw as ugly was that beautiful, then she wanted her daughter to marry an ugly man. For it was now all she cared about; the daughter Erik gave her’ happiness. She wished for her to be married to a man whose love was gentle and kind. She wanted her to find her own Erik. She wanted her to be loved as she had been loved. It was all she wanted now.

DARKNESS IN LIGHT
They called her the red woman,
The one who worshipped the god of light,
She believed in war,
A battle of life against death,
Sweet summer air breath,
For she was bold and young,
Warmth in the frost,
She has seen men in warzone bled,
For she was a woman of red,
Women of light and warmth,
But as she looked in the mirror,
All she found was fear and horror,
All she saw was darkness,
For there is something dark,
Even in light and spark,
The red woman was dark at her heart,
And wicked on her part…
-Pratibha Badgal

anonymous asked:

So I'm thinking of becoming Hellenic and how do you go about doing that? I prayed to the goddesses, specifically Aphrodite, a long time ago when I was a little kid because i read a lot of Greek mythology, but I don't know if I can go back to that without having all the proper praying materials? So I guess what I'm asking is, how do you convert from being agnostic to being Hellenic?

oh gosh, you and I are in the same boat! I remember falling in love with greek mythology in the second grade! I’m still in the process of converting I guess you’d call it? (I’m still keeping my allegiance to my ethnic religion though.) I’ve talked to a few sapphic witch blogs now and this is what I know:

• hellenic polytheism isn’t the same thing as wicca (from what I can tell, wicca is a much more stringent ideology) 

• witchcraft is more of a tradition or practice than a religious commitment (although it can be both depending on the individual!)

• you can be a follower of several gods and/or goddesses without being a devotee

• devotees worship one specific god or goddess and place them as a higher priority above all others (I’m not clear on whether you can pray to other gods and goddesses while being a devotee but I think so?) 

• in the end, being a devotee just makes your relationship with one god/goddess more serious (as opposed to just being a follower)

• before you become a follower or a devotee, you have to introduce yourself to the god/goddess of your choice (the process of which varies by individual I think) 

I’ll tag a few blogs to help you get started! @sapphic-witches @genderwitchcraft @witchlesbiansthings @seafoambeauty @sapphic-seafoam @roseofaphrodite @bee-girlfriends @falling-for-aphrodite and my witchy sideblog @aphroditesapphist! (I suggest you make one too, they’re really fun to work with!)

UPG. Living in Ma’at Guide

Hello everyone, this is the Priest(tess) mentioned in Prince’s Kemetic guide about Set, here to compile my ideas for getting isfet and ma’at in some semblance of proper balance, at least in your immediate area, because it looks like the next couple months at least are going to be a riot.

Disclaimer: I’m neither a scholar nor a formal authority on the topic, and properly worship only one of the gods, which will color my perceptions, but I felt the need to share my thoughts on the matter nonetheless, due to circumstances that have cropped up in a lot of places, including my interactions with people and my own faith.

So, without further ado:

Welcome to Chess’ guide to adopting Ma’at into your daily life.

~!~

Part One: Ma’at is not peace.

Ma’at is usually translated as order, harmony, truth, and balance. That doesn’t mean it’s peace and quiet, though those can be side-effects.

Keep in mind:

  • The goal of Ma’at is to keep the world functioning as it should
  • Ma’at is objective
  • Ma’at counters Isfet, in every place that Isfet occurs

To practice Ma’at is to counter Isfet at its core, by every means you can. Means will be different from person to person, but the next part will cover common ways.

Part Two: Countering Isfet

Commonly perceived as doing things in old ways or rituals, but countering Isfet isn’t so simple as waving a candle and praying.

However, prayer does help a lot; sincere prayer, sans formality, sans pretention, is at its core one of the best ways to foster Ma’at in your life. Through prayer you can learn to speak freely and directly, which won’t always make things nice but if you’re true then you’re doing what needs to be done.

Directly, even, because fostering Ma’at in yourself and for the gods will directly affect their nature. The gods fight Isfet at every turn; to foster Ma’at is to aid the gods themselves, doing your part to keep the world turning.

However, prayer won’t be enough.

Here are other ways you can foster Ma’at through yourself and others.:

  • Bring others to an understanding
  • Bring others to an understanding
  • Draw out the truth of the matter before you
  • Practice emotional maturity and sincerity
  • Practice understanding when you or a situation needs help
  • Be fair and just even when (especially when) it’s inconvenient or someone is noisy about it

You don’t have to do all of them, but if you see the opportunity within your means, take it. Many of these will be difficult and frustrating, but in the end it will ease the pressure off your immediate area.

Everyone has a different way of doing things. More concrete examples would be like mediating or even facilitating an argument to draw out the grievances within and thus result in proper harmony, or advocating for reforms that will benefit those in need.

Part Three: Take care of yourself

I understand that these things can be dangerous to a lot of people. I understand that every one of these things can put your life on the line, in an abusive home or relationship, or a misguided community. Bear in mind: You cannot work Ma’at if you’re already dead, and the above are not absolutes.

Keep in mind:

  • Know when to stop and regroup; if you burn out that day, Ma’at will prosper later if you will yourself to keep a level head and fix the problem from inside.
  • Don’t sell yourself short; you have worth and to believe it will help you.
  • Understand people but separate your self from that of others; one of the fastest ways to burn out is to put yourself in every situation that you see Isfet in.
  • Cleanliness, organization, and proper nutrition all foster Ma’at; if you can’t do it for yourself that day, keep in mind that your gods need you to be in top form, and to do it for them or yourself is the same result.
  • Monitor yourself closely; unnecessary destruction of any kind, including of yourself through abuse or mishandling your capabilities, not only causes you trouble but also fosters Isfet in a lot of sometimes unnoticeable but later significant ways.
  • Don’t forget the little things; not everyone has the means to go out there and fight Isfet in big, flashy ways, and it’s equally important to keep your internal harmony and balance.

This isn’t to say to shy away from pain, but to know that you shouldn’t kill yourself over the work. If it hurts, understand why, and address it as positively as you can, by what means are available and in-line with Ma’at.

If you know it’s necessary, even if you’re afraid of it, voice your thoughts and do what must be done.

Part Four: Ma’at for the gods

The above covers Ma’at among people, and the below will cover Ma’at in your communication and interactions with your gods, whether scholarly or mystical.

Some of these were covered in the above, but here they are doubly emphasized:

  • Speak truly, clearly, and respectfully
  • Offer from the heart
  • Feel sincerely, but don’t let yourself be overwhelmed
  • Know when to draw the line, for yourself and for them
  • Let yourself believe you have influence, whether it sounds crazy or not
  • Be willing to listen and discern the truth from anything, direct or indirect
  • Be willing to consider both the negatives and positives of the gods, and reconcile them
  • Respect that some people will have unusual beliefs and interactions with their faith, differing from yours
  • FOR MYSTICAL KEMETICS: Be empathetic, but know your limits; be careful with what they ask of you, and whether or not it will be good for both of you, and whether or not you yourself are influencing what you might hear; understand that some people don’t believe the way you believe and that’s fine, the gods have accounted for such.
  • FOR SCHOLARLY KEMETICS: Respect that some kemetics believe in the gods in a more direct fashion, that others will have differing interpretations of the gods and their stories, and that the truth of Ma’at is in the core of the stories and not the details, timeless and universal.

Part 5: Devotional activities

A word of notice first of all: This is a difficult faith to practice openly, but it’s one that shouldn’t be hidden away. If you can’t practice openly, this might not be the faith for you, at least at the current time.

That said, if you can devote only a small amount of time to the gods, do so as regularly as you can. Any activity can be a devotional if you offer it up to the gods you want to give it to, though some of them may have preferences.

Miscellaneous acts you can offer the gods:

  • Making a playlist
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning the house
  • Eating, as if you were sharing a meal off the same plate (pray over the food, say you’re offering it, ask them to share with you in the moment, that kind of thing)
  • Art or writing of any kind
  • Magic and rituals, if that’s your thing
  • Taking care of pets
  • Taking care of people
  • Talking to them (basically prayer, though with the express purpose of just talking; tell them about your day)
  • Exercise (yoga, aerobics, tai-chi, zumba; if you feel the burn you can offer it)
  • Playing music or singing
  • Playing games, whether videogames, puzzles, visual novels, or physical activities
  • Going places (museums and parks are a good choice, movies are also good)
  • Defending the truth
  • Calling for justice
  • Advocating for the proper treatment of those in need

Basically any projects or activities that take time and make you meditate on the gods or the activity in question, especially if you do it by yourself or can get a group moving in harmony.

You can also offer:

  • Things you find (cool pebbles, flowers, a nice purchase)
  • Things you own (jewelry, books, old things you’ve made)
  • Things you experience (a memory, a story, your feelings)
  • Significant moments in your life (celebrations, upheavals, opportunities)
  • With the above, remember: Offering doesn’t mean something is given up, but that it’s shared.

(Quick tip: I offer food off my plate because I can’t always make a shrine, and I do it by murmuring over it, “[god’s form of address], I offer you this [food, named as if you’re describing it to the judge of a cooking show], please enjoy this offering with me/eat together with me.” Modify as you please, but the basic idea is there.

This is specifically a devotional act if you eat slowly, enjoy the food, and have dinner conversation, so you might want to either save it for special meals or do it a lot and very quietly. When you’re done, thank them for sharing with you.)

Closing Remarks:

In the end, this is only a guide. Each of us fight Isfet and devote ourselves differently, personally, and most of all, with Ma’at, which might not always be fun but should always bring about something better than what came before.

Always keep in mind that what you do, what Ma’at is, is to make things better than they were before, as the world should be.

Thank you for reading!

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