GLORIOUS SPIRIT OF THE ATEN

“Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend.” -Akhenaten

When I talk of manifestation I’m not bringing up anything new. The concept of speaking things into existence isn’t exactly a lofty one foreign to our modern minds. In certain Near Eastern cultures it’s not uncommon for cancer to be referred to as the disease that must not be named. We, in the West can see this idea echoed in the Harry Potter series where the heroes refuse to use the name of the most wicked wizard in their world. This is actually a throwback to the Saxon magical tradition known as Galdor. The term galdre meaning “if I speak, I am.”

Every religious tradition emphasizes the power of the spoken word through prayers or chants. Scientific research even verifies that cancer patients who are actively being prayed over have a higher chance of survival. Even if it’s denoted to a placebo effect or the power of positive thinking there is strong evidence of something powerful speaking from within us. We allude to this belief when we collectively coin terms like “the pen is mightier than the sword,” or “you can’t kill an idea.”

This actually notes a turning point in my own spiritual development. As a lover of words I have long since understood that there’s something greater at work here. Our ability to speak obviously separates us from animals and has allowed us to evolve in a unique and fascinating way. Naturally, we feel an intimate connection with language. Words help us define our connection tom not only the Divine, but with each other as well. that’s why truly prolific phrases become immortalized and resonate within our psyche even when they seem lost in translation. Maybe it’s not so crazy to think that words wield immense power to manifest.

It interested me greatly when I learned that ancient Egyptians were actively searching for the secret name of God that was said to hold the power of creation. I found it ironic they had such a belief while holding the Israelites captive.

See, Jewish mysticism ha long since held a belief that each of the 72 letters in the Hebrew alphabet represent a corresponding name of God. as a result, the entire language is said to hold a sort of creative power. I have frequently meditated on key passages from the Bible and can attest to how fluid the language is and how deeply these forms have moved me.

One of those passages is the title God tells Moses to give to the Israelites and Egyptians to to prove who had sent him. “Ehyer asher ehye” translates into ” I am who I am” in its most widely accepted form. Scholars have poured over the multiple layers of meaning behind this phrase since the moment it was uttered. To truly grasp its significance requires a bit of background information of the religious and political climate of the time.

David Rohl calculated a timeline for his research based on the astrological records of the Egyptians who, lets face it, kept better records. He places Exodus somewhere around 1440 BCE. Obviously this isn’t the time of Ramses II as is generally thought, but I promise you its a much better fit. This also puts us in line with Manetho, the famous priest who wrote Aegyptiaca (History of Egypt).

Gardner held the belief that Moses actually denoted a title meaning”the true heir,” that was given to Amenhotep IV by the Israelites. This obscure Pharaoh was so hated by the priesthood of the day that they tried to wipe his name from the History books completely.

After closing various temples devoted to the multiple gods of Egypt, Amenhotep IV built new ones to the unknown Aten. He even changed his name to Akhenaten which means “glorious Spirit of the Aten.” Aten is the Egyptian equivalent of the Hebrew Adom, meaning a universal God, or the one true God. Couple his religious beliefs with his background and a new picture emerges.

Amenhotep IV was floated down river in a basket to hide from the Pharaoh would see him as a pretender to the throne born of a second wife, Tiye. So the midwives snuck him away to be nursed by Tey who raised him as her own amongst the Israelites. After receiving an education at Heliopolis- where Pythagoras would later study- he married his half-sister Nefertiti which put him back in line for said throne.

If Moses was indeed Akhenaten then it would go far into explaining why Hebrew and Egyptian histories are so deeply interconnected. Now, Egyptians had Aten worship suppressed and any mention of this Pharaoh crushed whereas the Israelites used the story as a classic example of the contest between good and evil we see in Exodus.

One thing is for certain, this was the first time in the history of civilization where such a clear and concise line was drawn in the sand between pantheism and monotheism. The Egyptians found this concept of an Everlasting god so shocking that they were willing to wipe out an entire race of people.

Why?

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