Upholding Ma'at

Journeying through the modern world with ancient ways.


Devotional Tuesday Is Now Inspirational Tuesday

Some of you will know I write about my thoughts on the Negative Confessions.  I was always reluctant to write about devotionals based on them because the Ancient Egyptians didn’t have devotionals.  The reason for this is because they didn’t have religious texts in the same sense as the Bible for Christians.  I was afraid in calling them devotionals I would mislead people wanting to learn and gain insight into Kemetic beliefs.  I wrote it just the same, because I thought maybe my experiences could help someone and maybe bring some insight into the Negative Confessions from a modern perspective.

Calling them devotionals still felt funny to me.  Yes, I supplemented my experiences and personal interpretations with wisdom literature.  I even grabbed scholarly sources where possible.  I used a disclaimer to explain this is just my interpretation and to treat it as such as I’m not an Egyptologist.  It still felt dishonest even with my best endeavors to clarify this isn’t actual religious law and ensure I’m not to be seen as an authority figure on the subject.  It probably contributed to why I wasn’t writing them as often as I hoped.

I meditated over the topic for a bit as to figure out whether or not I should keep writing them.  After all, I would eventually run out of Negative Confessions.  I couldn’t come up with a decision each time I meditated.  One night I grew too tired to focus and went to bed.  As I drifted to sleep I had that moment of inspiration that always seem to come before one falls asleep: call them “inspirational”.  Honestly I felt dumb for not thinking of that in the first place; it’s more appropriate to call them such.  It was my aim to give insight and inspire people.  It also allows for me to move beyond the Negative Confessions and more into my life experiences with my faith when I use language that isn’t so dependent on a religious text.

I will probably change the name of the past posts of inspirationals just to have the name reflect the change.  It will take time and not be instant.  I have more posts to write.