In Ancient Egyptian het translates to “house”. This takes on many meanings and interpretations. We see it as a possible mortuary reference in the name Nebt-het. In this sense the “house” is a tomb. Long ago I read where the name of Het-Hert was also a way of saying She was a mother of Heru, and in that sense “house” is a reference to the womb. The Kemetic word for temple includes the word house.
Imakhu presents another idea which is interesting to me. She presented the idea of one’s being as a house. It’s something I’ve appreciated. When I first listened to the podcast I decided to incorporate the concept of myself as a house. I found it to be a helpful tool.
The first function this concept serves is the idea of who or what I let in my life. While I’m far from perfect at this I’ve already seen the benefits. When new people want to come into my life I can evaluate them based on what they show me. I can see if their values are similar to mine and, if not, how detrimental those differences are to me. If I think that person is too incompatible I don’t let them in to my life.
There’s still the physical element of my home and what I let in. As I rebuild my life I’ve taken inventory of what I still have for a home and what I still need. Thanks to my job I can now pay for items such as towels and dishes. It’s been tough balancing just what I need as opposed to buying “in case”. Moreover I once again have the means to fill my home with items I want, things that fit my vision of a home. For me, that means a home which is calm and peaceful. I’ve picked things which I feel work to that end.
In order to have the peaceful and calm home I desire I have to monitor my habits. Not only do I need to be aware of the values I share with others, or the values I want in a physical home, but I must keep dilligent in my health. When I realized I neglected my health I took measures to regain it. I reviewed my list of what I consider healthy living. After making an inventory of my health I’ve made more strides to take time for activities I enjoy, time to rest, dietary change, etc. In looking at my list I’m reminded how much of what I consider essential for my health connects to people in my life as well as what I consider a home.
Home can mean many things, and for me many of those definitions intertwine. Ultimately it ties together to mean a balanced life for me. In losing some of my inner balance I lost some of my health, based on how I define both for myself. In my process of regaining those I repriortized and revised my lists and my discernment process. I am rebuilding my home.